Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cute As A Button

IHi guys!  I hope you don't mind seeing a few more sewing cards!  This card is all done in navy blue and cream using a mixture of patterned papers in those colours.  Yes, you have spotted my much beloved hounds tooth pattern in the background, along with some dots, checks and stripes too.  I used Mom's sewing machine to put a zigzag stitch around the edge of the background card as an accent.  I layered up a few more papers, then stamped my sentiment and cut the largest square swatch die and mounted in with a navy blue mat.  I offset it on the card.  I cut a smaller swatch out of striped card and used it for a background for my pin cushion.  I had a bit of fun with this piece as I die cut it out of felt and sewed lines into it.  I added some real pins to it too.  You can see these in the close up picture.  I stamped my tape measure and cut out a thimble from the Sewing Elements set and mounted them both with my pin cushion. I cut one more of the square swatches, this time a rather small one, out of blue coordination's card.  I sanded it a bit so it looks like a piece of denim.   I added a piece of cream crocheted ribbon across the bottom of the card.  I ruched my blue vintage ribbon down the centre of it and added a messy bow.  I topped my bow with a button and some Bakers Twine.  I finished the card by randomly adding some buttons to a few places on the background.  I hope you have enjoyed the different looks that this sewing set can give.  All for now, Sue x

182 comments:

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
I love, love, love this card.
Everything about it is just beautiful.
Have a Great Day

Patricia

Eemeli said...

Stunning card! Blue is one of my favorites so this is totally my kind of card. Love those buttons!
Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

Jayemceetee said...

Another stunner Sue! Am very excited for arrival of 4 sets of Spellbinders today'

melanie said...

This is a stunner love it,thanks for your inspiration .melanie

jucrook said...

Great card Sue. I keep thinking that I don't need anymore stamps or splellbinders and then I see another of your cards and I know just how wrong I am!!! Can't wait to see tomorrows. Ju

Keira said...

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Heather said...

Good morning Sue this is such a cute card, especially the pin cushion. The colours you have used are so nice I did Christmas cards in navy and cream one year which everyone loved. Once again a simply stunning card.
Hugs x

Pam said...

Great card Sue, very striking in the blue and just proves my point that I need these dies.

talha said...

Gorgeous ribbon,stitching and buttons all are placed perfectly on this card.

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shampylou30 said...

morning sue this card is gorgeous i can see me spending a few more pennies as i think i need this sewing set sue xxxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
wonderful card. Love the hounds tooth paper, and the colours are fab. When I made my sewing card and photo copied a tape measure as I haven't got the stamp. I used a large scolloped edge in mirror card, so it looked real. Just an idea to pass on to everyone. Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jan said...

Morning Sue, I never tire of the whole sewing/haberdashery vintage look it is so versatile and the blue is a nice ring of change looks great and it's not a colour I use a lot and there is probably some in my craft stash! Happy weekend x

Debby Berry said...

How cute is this? I especially love the colors thanks again. I might just take those dies out and start using them

Karen said...

Really like this, but I have a thing for dots andd stripes and dogstooth too. I keep thinking I must do a bit of stitching on my card but the machine and my craft room are two floors apart! Kitchen and loft) Must do something about that!

Lynnus said...

Love this card and most of your sewing ones, keep it up x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Your lovely ideas are endless, and a change of colour for you. Another card my aunt would have enjoyed. Have a super weekend. Edwina

englishrose897 said...

Morning Sue, this is another gorgeous card. Love the theme love the colours.
Sally

lestim said...

Good morning Sue, just love this card, one of the nicest sewing cards in the series so far. I have to make a sewing card today, this has given me loads of new ideas, thank you. Best wishes Lesley xq

Felicie said...

This card is so so beautiful Sue.I love all the little details,stunning.
Felicie

lestim said...

Good morning Sue, just love this card, one of the nicest sewing cards in the series so far. I have to make a sewing card today, this has given me loads of new ideas, thank you. Best wishes Lesley xq

auscrafts said...

another stunner Sue

Carolyn B said...

This is a brilliant card...one of the best 'sewing' cards I'vw seen, Carolyn

Astrid Maclean said...

This is loads of fun, love all the elements you have added, makes it a real "sewing" card. The perfect gift for a seamstress...

Macca said...

Wow sue
What a beautiful card, I have the sewing dies, so I think I might get in my craft cupboard today. I just love checking your blog everyday.
Have a great weekend. Xxx

Clare said...

Lovely card, love all the elements you've used.

Clare x

joy said...

Hi Sue
what a lovely card the patterns go well together.
joyce.e

Christine Hussey said...

Morning Sue, well you've done it again, where do you get your ideas from you are such a talented lady. Colours are fantastic and the design superb, WOW! Have a great day. Hugs Christine H x

Lesley H said...

Morning Sue

Love todays card, beautiful in blue.

Marie-Louise said...

The navy and cream are beautiful. Love the sewing theme - so useful for so many people. Fantastic card.

Jane said...

You wouldn't think all the different patterns Spots strips and such,would go together but the do.

Jane xx

Chris said...

Hi Sue,

Great use of all the elements, love this card and the colours you have used.

Chris X

Razzamajazza said...

Morning sue, love the colour combination of this card and it's very difficult to get fed up with the sewing theme! All my grandchildren gone home now and I am heading out on my birthday craft buying trip! Of course spell binders are at top of my list! Lol! Have a fab day fellow crafters! Jx

rachel said...

fab card Sue - love all the sewing ones - they are so cool! xx

Lexie said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Sue.
xx

ValJ xxx said...

Good Morning Sue and everyone. I really like this. I'm not a fan of the the sewing theme usually but this is so bright and cheerful. Love the colours and the buttons. A really pretty card.

sheila stokes said...

Hi Sue this a beautiful card, love the blue and white and all the buttons ect. Best wishes, Sheila. x

debs said...

Another stunning card sue it is so calliy will have to have ago. You give me so much inspiration. Looking forward to next weeks POTW can't wait to see what you have for us.

Take care sue

Debs xx

Julia Watts said...

Great card. Love the mix of papers. Julia xxx

vicky37diddy said...

morning sue, wwell omce again, stunning card sue i love it the colour , the design thank you hugs vicky

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
dont mums come in handy. And never say no. lol. Love themed cards and you always carry the theme through. Smashing colours. The houndtooth is back. I do like that. Yes cracking card for seam tress or tailor. Great job. I always want to have a go after looking at your cards. Cant today got a stall grrrrrrrrrrrr.
thanks for inspiring me .
Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I love this card. Love the colours and the sewing elemnts are some of my faves. Fabulous. Have a good weekend.

Jane in Spain said...

Having seen all the wonderful cards you have made with this set, I have succumbed and bought it - now eagerly awaiting its arrival!

Jackie D said...

Hi Sue,

Totally different look using the dark blue but I really like this one. have a good weekend

love from Jackie D

Anonymous said...

Fab card Sue, youare really getting good at this sewing lark. Can you run me up a set of Kitchen Curtains please?..... Mabex

Hellma said...

Stunning card Sue, i think you houndstooth paper could very well be becoming a fave of mine too, the blue and cream really lends itself to this card and your tiny swatch really looks like denium. LOVE IT.

nattyboots said...

Morning Sue great card again, love the blue and the buttons just add that final touch. Elaine H X

bluebell said...

hi sue realy likeing the sewing aspect to the cards. seem to have dificulty with the compesition of the sweing theem.carnt find any papers with sewing,any sugestions would be lovely cratfters. hope sue you will be on screen soon.love bluebell-flowerwood.

Sandra F said...

Another gorgeous card Sue. I must keep this in mind for a friend who is an expert at sewing

xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
my kind of sewing, on a card ha ha, cannot do the real thing so making this kind of card is just for me.
Tina

mags said...

Really love this card Sue. The colour combo is gorgeous and love the layout.
Mags
x

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue

Love this card with all its lovely little embellishments and background detail. Your doing great with your sewing, the card looks great with the zigzag detail around the edges.
Happy crafting to all love
Rizwana xxx

Maryann said...

This is absolutely stunning Sue. I love the color and the subject here, it´s all just soo cool. Wonderful work done here.
Have a wonderful week-end everyone and lots of fun, I hope.

Margaret said...

Good morning what a lovely card to see so crisp and interesting with all the sewing implements.
Just love this one. Enjoy your day!

Lydia Jordan said...

Morning Sue,
For me this would not be a card that I would make, however its a super layout and the colour combination is great.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

BridgetCG said...

Sue, what a stunning card for a Saturday morning. I guess I will just have to save up for more dies. Love the blue colour.

Carole Z said...

Morning Sue! I never tire of your sewing cards..just wish I had the dies (they are top of my wish list now :))...love the card...have a great weekend, Carole Z X

AnneRD said...

Hi Sue. A great sewing theme card. Distressing the blue coordinations to make a denim patch is inspirational. Anne x

Linda said...

Hi Sue, This is a Gorgeous card, I give in, I need this set of dies. The navy and cream is stunning, Brilliant card. Linda x

sue said...

Hi Sue, lovely card I really like the elemnets in this card and as I'm a sewer it suits me. The colours are great.
Lv Sue M xx

zerena said...

Morning sue, not really into sewing wish i was i would save my self a small fortune. I like the colours though, seems a lot of people love the design. All the best Zerena x

Maggie said...

Wonderful card! Have bought the set at last and now I shall start playing. These colours are just so different. Will need to gather some interesting papers together and have a go. Thank you. xx

hazel said...

Morning Sue really love this card. liking the blue and white theme. Love the thimble it looks so effective. xx hazel

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Gorgeous card Sue!

I love the blue and white together and all the embellishments, they are the perfect combination.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

lainey said...

I love love love everything about this card Sue!! buttons & stitching are FAB. lainey x

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE LOVE THIS CARD
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND

marg said...

Hello Sue
Such a lot of work .....but such a lovely card
Love Marg

mary at doghouse said...

Wow Sue another stunning card love the colour combination. I can feel another set of dies calling to me. Have a great day

angiec said...

wow just love it from the grid paper to the tape measure,a very tactile and hands on card

loftylass said...

Another gorgeous sewing themed card Sue.. and I love the colour combo.. these dies are so versatile. tfs
Hugs
Heather
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the card. I belong to a Sewing Group and there are 10 of us. Card making is my passion and you've given me lots of inspiration to make cards with a sewing theme for the girls! Thank you so much! P.S. my GC cutting mat looks just like yours!!!!!
Love Belinda

bhavana said...

What a beautiful card... simply wonderful. Amazed at what you can come up with! love it! great colour too! Thanks for sharing with us!

Kate's Cards said...

Cute as a button says it all!!! xxx

evis said...

Morning Sue. I love the card especially the navy dog's tooth paper.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Absolutely love this card, I've got you to thank for getting me into sewing bits & bobs, don't panic I haven't picked up a needle, can't sew, but love all the sewing embellishments and am forever buying them as I get inspiration from your cards. Zo xx

Kathy said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous evrything on this card! Just love it - though I can't sew so save my life! Kathy x

Dawn Louise said...

This is a mega brilliant creation, I just love it. boughtuif swatch dies after seeing a card recently x thanks sue

Tammy Ortiz said...

This sewing card is so cute. This is so awesome.

salem said...

hi sue wooow sings to me love color elements so fresh

Anonymous said...

Really appreciate the 'close-up' photo it really shows the card detail off a treat. Great card
Best wishes
Beverley W

Lesley said...

Just love these colours together. Another stunner Sue!

Cornish Emma said...

Blue's my favourite colour so this card is just perfect for me. The swatch labels die works well here. I wouldnt normally put so many busy patterns together but i think it works as all in the same colour. I love it.

Gay New Malden said...

Hi Sue

Really is a cute as a button and I love the colour combination.
Gay x

jane stillman said...

Another card that definitely sings to me Sue, just love the navy and cream, and the mixture of the papers work so well x

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Lara B said...

Good Morning Sue
As always a beautiful card!
Wish my imagination could visit where yours does for inspiration, even if it was a once only occasion!

Lara xx

Bean said...

Sue ,

Sew much more than just a card....

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card as usual, I love the blue and the houndstooth paper it just makes the card for me.
Carol x

TracyLou said...

Hi Sue,
Loved the cute as a button card, especially the little patch with the pins and things in. Colours are not what I would use but look really good. Love Tracy PS finally got signed up x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Brilliant i love your sewing cards and love the idea of the denim patch along with everything else on the card, your ideas are brilliant as you also think out of the box, could you or your bloggers let me know where i can purchase hound tooth paper/card as i cannot seem to locate any. My email is mly590@btinternet .com.Thanks Yvonne xx

Crafty Chris said...

wow such a stunning card Luv it.
Chris x

Joan said...

Love this card using so many different textures I get too scared to use pins lol hugs Joan xxx

Claveh said...

Yet again another beautiful card Sue, but we don't expect anything different!
Thank you.

May said...

Sue, I love this card!! Blue and white is just fantasic in this style.... the buttons are gorgeous, Hugs May x x x

Phil D said...

Thats another great card of yours - love the sewing theme and everything about it.

Phil

Phil D said...

Thats another great card of yours - love the sewing theme and everything about it.

Phil

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue great combination of cream & navy. I love the sewing themed cards so work away. Martina.

Victoria said...

I would never tire of your cards Sue! This is a very clever one, and even though I don't use a lot of navy blue, this works really well.

Cinders said...

Good morning Sue, Just!!!
Wow , what a lovely card, I love the colours used and Although I don't think that I used the sewing dies very much I would use the swatch dies, I already have loads of ideas for these, just got to purchasenthem now!!!
Thans again and have a great day
Caz xxx

Christine B. said...

Gorgous card Sue, the colour works so well. Love all the detail on this card. Hugs x ChrisB

Linda said...

This is just SEW fabulous! Loving the colours and the pin cushion is fabulous with the real pins! I especially like the different types of card and papers you have used too!

Hugs
Linda xxxx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue,
WOW what a stunner, good to see my favourite the hounds tooth return. The colours are so clean and crisp and love what you have done with the pin cushion, you are such an isnpiration.
Have a lovely day.
Hugs June x

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
This is sew lovely I love the colours used
Thank you
Lizzie (Serial copycat) xx

Redanne said...

This card looks so natural, as if someone has just left their sewing to go off and do something else, genious!

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue

I really like this. navy and cream are so classy looking, and all the embellishments are wonderful.
Janet

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oh WOW Sue.
I'm not a sewer but this card is a STUNNER. =;0)

gwen70 said...

Yet another stunning card Sue, you are such a talented lady

graciouslady said...

What a lovely card Sue.

The use of texture shape and form is great.

Keep smiling.

SueB

jan said...

Hi Sue, another stunner, love the colours in this card, really unusual.
love jan x

hollyberry said...

Hello Sue
Like the use of the sewing dies and the navy/white colours go well.

Marlou McAlees said...

Sue :) I never tire of sewing cards, looove them and this is just fabulous :) x

Carole RB said...

Hi Sue

Your card is fanastic. Navy blue is my fav color, so I loooove your card.

Have a great weekend

Glass Daisy said...

Lovely card Sue. It has brightened a dull day.
Sonia x

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, Love this sewing card. The thimble looks as if it has been crotcheted, how did you get that look. Love the colours too.

Have a restful weekend!!

Love Rosemarie xx

Planetsusie said...

Hi there Sue - I started sewing when I was 5 or 6 and have loved it (and associated things) ever since. I love this card because of the added stitching embellishment. The blue and cream is super and the graph paper in the background is something else! I would never have thought of using it. As for the pincushion - its really clever. Sorry I've been waffling. Thumbs up from me.

Hugs Sue Pass x

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,

another great composition!

Joan B.

Ita said...

Hi Sue Wow another fantastic card I love the navy and cream and that backing paper is super
Smiles
Ita

Jan said...

Hi Sue. This is a smashing card. I just love anything blue!! Many thanks for all your inspiration. 3362Jan

Jan said...

Hi Sue. This is a smashing card. I just love anything blue!! Many thanks for all your inspiration. 3362Jan

nmty said...

Wow Sue, another stunner, to me the swatches look as though they are really fabric. I love this one, have been resisting buying the sewing dies, but I don't know for how much longer I can.
thanks for your inspiring designs,
lv
norma

Marie said...

I always enjoy the sewing theme. The tape measure makes me smile. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Marie fix

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, love this card, another stunner, you've done it again.
thanks Sue. take care vanessa xx

Ladock girl said...

Love the sewing theme of this card and the colours are lovely. Linda xxx

sued99 said...

Love this card especially the mix and match patterns. I really like the colours too.

Rita said...

Super card, I just love all the elements you have used Sue. Colours make it a very pretty card. Hugs Rita xx

Christine said...

Lovely choice of colour with that style of card, the blue is perfect. The pins look lovely, but I don't think that I should risk it!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Sue Parish said...

Absolutely stunning sewing card, Sue. Love the colours, the papers, everything. I've got the sewing dies and the stamps, now all I need are those swatches ... Sue x

jean.phillips1 said...

Hi Sue Never get fed up with any of your cards! Love these colours. love Jean x

Anonymous said...

Another amazing card

Grimby Chris

MARGARET said...

Another stunning card. Beautiful in blue.

MARGARET said...

Another stunning card. Beautiful in blue.

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, I love the sewing themes, as I want to do a mirror frame with these elements, for my Charity Craft Fairs. Thanks for all the inspiration. Another stunner. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Shazza said...

looks fabulous, great colour combo x

Barbara said...

Lovely card Sue, like all the embellishments on it!

Kazbomps said...

Hi Sue. I love these sewing themed cards and you can keep them coming as fas as I am concerned. Karen x

nancyd said...

Hi Sue,
another super card really like
all the sewing cards you have done
love these colours too.
Nancyd x

nannapat said...

Great card Sue - tfs with us. Pat x

FreshScentsScotland said...

Hey Sue

I love this card, the coulours are fab and i like the idea of using the pins, etc and buttons, i LOVE buttons!!

Much Love

Amanda xx

jimgem83 said...

lovley card sue x x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
I think I might attempt a version of this card for my mam's birthday coming up soon. It will be ideal as she was a dressmaker by trade - she will love it. Thanks again for the inspiration.

brenda said...

My favourite of the week love the theme, the collours, the layout in fact love every thing about this card. Would love to know where the papers are from x

CraftyJo said...

Don't mind at all seeing more sewing cards :) It's lovely.

Inagh said...

Hi Sue another stunning card I don't have this set of dies I am putting them on my wish list !!!!!
have a great weekend tfs.
kindest regards
Inagh

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a brilliant card. Blue & white so fresh looking and the 'denim' patch was inspired.
Frances

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
You have not made a single card that I don't like but this one really is a WOWSER!!! Still looking where I can buy some of your inspiration from. Keep them coming Sue we love them all.
Sue B

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Fantastic and fabulous card
Susan fab colour's
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Ria said...

Hi Sue
This card sings to me, the colours, the dies and the layout.
I am going to be playing with these dies once I have finished a wedding card
Ria

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card Sue dies are great I need them all
Will get them all when I win the lottery lol
Take care
Theresa xx

Vicki Sharkey said...

Another great card Sue, love the buttons - would give us all a chance to root through our button boxes. I have my Mum's old one and I just love going through it, she never threw any away, now I can use all those odd ones.
Vicki :)

craftylisa said...

hi sue

loving this blue colour card and i love the pin cushion with the real pins ,what a lovely touch

craftylisa said...

hi sue

loving this blue colour card and i love the pin cushion with the real pins ,what a lovely touch

Cdteach said...

Just love the colours on this card.
I think these dies are very useful.

Jan

Vie Carter said...

Great card Sue, don't know how you keep coming up with such good ideas

Vie
x

mell said...

Wow sue amazing as ever x mell

mell said...

Wow sue amazing as ever x mell

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love anything sewing related and I love all the little details.
Nikki x

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

WOW!!! I love all of the details in this car, the beautiful layering and the color..it's just gorgeous!!!

Petra Jopp said...

Nice card, Sue.
It looks a little bit maritime because of the colors :-)
Happy crafting
Petra

crafty lady said...

Even Sue what a stunning card, love all the bits and bods, great colors and your wonderful bow, not one bit I don't like it's amazing!!! Hugs Fiona P xxxx

Su said...

Lovely card - great background and buttons just finish it off!

Soop (Su) x

craftynana said...

Hello Sue, I just love the look of this navy and cream card beautiful

Big Spender said...

I like how you have stitched the edges I will have to try it on some of my cards Love your ideas Sue you are amazing x Liz

Hedgie-Carer said...

Love this card Sue, I chopped up an old tape measure as I seem to collect them! This has to be one of your best. x

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smartcookie said...

Beautiful colour combo, one of my favs...I must have ago at stitching on cards... I'll dig my sewing machine out, and dust it off... That's probably all I'll do...lol. Good intentions and all....Kind Regards

Julie xXx

Joesgrandma said...

Late today. I just love these themed craft cards. Great card Sue. I will be missing for a week . Going to see the Grandchildren. Happy Crafting next week XXX

hazel said...

Evening sue
Love the sewing card.Love those buttons and the colours.Gorgeous card as usual.Take care Hazelxx

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hi Sue,
I am so pleased you showed this card, I fell in love with the felted/sewn pin cushion when I first saw it on TV. A gorgeous card and the dogstooth is lovely and a perfect combo for a sewing card as it was such a favourite fabric pattern here for many years. I remember having it, in very small print, on a tailored, waisted suit for my sisters wedding (cannot for the life of me remember the date though!). It was very Joan Collins; shoulder pads, tight fitted waist and pencil skirt (I had the figure then!!). I loved the pattern then and I love it still.
All the best Linda

Lucy said...

Gorgeous! Love the cream and navy, as well as the dotted swiss & houndstooth. The sewing pins, buttons, pin cushion and ribbon were great added touches. One of my favorites (though I think I say that for every card you make). ;-)

Becky Dunham said...

I love your sewing cards as much as your elegant ones :) Love the colors you used for this and that pin cushion is too cute - especially with real pins! Just gorgeous Sue!

CathyinMN said...

Such a fun card! I know someone who would love a card like this.

Anonymous said...

Just finished a card using sewing theme. friend loves it. such a nice change from usual birthday cards, well done Sue.
Susan R newcastle upon tyne

daisylou said...

I really like the colours in this card. Makes it have a homely feel.
Another great card
Daisy xx

Tracey Harrison said...

I will never get bored of sewing cards! Love them!
Love Tracey x

AnnR said...

This is lovely Sue and so on trend

Penny said...

Hello Sue, your cards are exquisite, cannot help every morning going to your site to see what the card of the day is. Your my kind of designer. Thank you for the pleasure you give.

Penny x

sheila said...

Very country (was going to say kitchen) cottage style but a bit more chic.

nikkib said...

Loving this style card, one of my faves at the moment..... x

Helen O said...

Very nice Sue, love the blue and cream, sewing cards are great for all occasions and ages, thank you Helen O xxx

frances joy said...

i love the style!! like all the embellishments here.. :) sooo cute!!!

Winnie said...

Super card, love the design and colours.

Victoria said...

I love seeing all your sewing cards. I love the rich tones of blue you have used and the patterns in the papers are marvellous.

Aisling said...

Hi Sue, am only making cards with a year and only got my grand calibur in the last couple of months, so don't have that many dies yet, but really love this card, beautiful colours and the sewing incorporated into it, love the idea of sewing with my sewing machine but haven't tried it yet, as am no expert with a sewing machine either, do you use a special machine needle to go through card?