Friday, March 18, 2011

OhBaby, Baby...

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here and I hope to sleep and maybe get some stamping time in over the next 2 days. I have so many new products to show you and so many half finished projects on my desk. How about I start with one card that is finished?
And a close-up so you can see that button border a little better...
This was a hard card to photograph because of the paler colors and the noontime sunshine. No matter what angle I used, it looked off a bit. To get a better idea, just know that I used Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, and So Saffron.

The idea for the card itself came from the very talented Jen Del Muro. SU policy prohibits me from linking to her site here but you can see her work on her blog, iheart2stamp. She made a very similar card and I loved the look as well as her color choices. That striped panel is made by cutting strips of your card stock or DSP and stamping various "stitching" lines across the edge. here, I used the Stampin' Around wheel called In Stitches. This delightful wheel of 6 different stitching styles is available in the Occasions Mini catalog. As I mentioned before, I decided to unmount my stamp images and trim them apart so I have separate stitching lines to use with a clear acrylic block.

After you trim and stamp your strips. cut a piece of Whisper White CS (or any neutral) to the size you want the striped panel to occupy. I chose to have a 1/4" border around the edge so my base piece is 3 3/4' x 5". Adhere the strips to the piece so they are tilted randomly and then flip the piece over to the back. Using the straight edge of your base, trim away the uneven edges of the strips. Stick this piece down to your card and we are almost done!

The final step is the button border. I chose various buttons in the colors of the card but you could use anything you have. Run a needle and thread through them all so they look stitched. I always tie the end off on the backs just once and stick it down with a glue dot which can also be your adhesive to mount the button itself. To coordinate with the Crumb Cake base, I used DMC Pearl Cotton #3782 which is a very close match. Stick the buttons down across the middle of the card and make them somewhat crooked. This will add to the patchwork feel of the card.

One last item on the card is the sentiment tag. You could personalize this design to any kind of card you wish. The tag could be stamped and colored with a small image even. On mine I used the Big Shot and Naturally Serif Sizzix Alpha die.

When you name all the steps, it seems to be a complicated card but it really isn't. I finished the whole thing very quickly. You could use scraps to create cards with different looks and sentiments. The possibilities are endless!


  1. Love how you used the wheel to make the stitches along the edges to look like actually stitching. Simple and probably obvious, but I haven't seen it elsewhere and it's very cute.

  2. Thanks so much for the "instructions"! I'm a novice at homemade cards and need all the help I can get. I'll definitely be trying this one out. It is adorable!