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Monday 1 November 2010


Its time for another challenge here at Crafty Cardmakers but firstly wow I cant believe how many freebies there are to be had so thank you so much for your entries!  Winners will be announced in our catch up post this week.  There's also still time to play in our 'Digi Plus' challenge which you'll find here.



Our new challenge is quite an easy one at this busy time of year and its to use STITCHING.  That can be real or faux, drawn, sewn, rubbed on it doesn't matter so long as its there somewhere.  Maybe you'd like to challenge yourself for this one and finally master that dusty old sewing machine on the corner of your desk (guilty!) or add holes with your poky tool for a more realistic effect (I would but I just broke my poky tool doing the kids pumpkin!)

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Lets have a look what the girls have made using stitching for this challenge!  I think they've rocked it with such a variety!  Thank You girls x


This is a really quick and easy card. I used a red base card and added some gorgeous glittery MME Wonderful Winter DP. My sentiment is from Craftwork Cards edged with red Promarker and then a Sakura clear glitter gel pen on top. The image is a die cut from LOTV (so no colouring) with added glitter gel pen. Snowflakes are from a Martha Stewart punch and the swirls are from Cottage Cutz. Snowflakes and swirls finished with Glamour Dust. And that's it, just a few minutes and you have a Christmas card.

This one was so up my street. I just love embroidery on cards and was my first love in card making. To be able to now combine it with stamping makes my day! Easily pleased, lol. I would do more but it takes so long. For this challenge I printed the stitch pattern onto copier paper and then placed it over the card I wanted to stamp on and pricked through. Then I stamped the Kanban Annabel or is it Lucy? stamp between the two rows of pricking. I coloured her in with promarkers and then chose my threads to match the colouring. After I had stitched I added some gems into the circles of stitching. I made the embellishment from a couple of different threads and some flowers and a heart pin. I decided not to use any decorative papers as I felt that the stitching was enough of a statement and looked better on plain paper.

This card is very different from the norm. I found this Joy fold card ideal at splitcoast stampers you tube site. This card has tons of stitching, and I had a lot of fun with it. The orange part of the card with the acorn stamp opens up for you to write in. The stamp is from Copicscrapbookmarkers and I colored it with Copics.

Like Melly & Fiona I have gone for faux stitching on my card - getting the sewing machine out requires major disruption and unfortunately I didn't have time for that! I drew a line of zigzag stitch down the left hand side of my card with a fineliner, then on my next layer of patterned paper I used a paper piercing tool to make holes all around the edge then added 'stitching' with a white sakura pen. I repeated the process down both sides of my mounted image and this time used the fineliner again to create the impression of stitches. My image is from Pollycraft and has been coloured with Promarkers.


I wanted to keep this one simple so only added hand-stitching to the computer-generated sentiment ~ "Follow your dreams for they are the hope of the future" ~ perfect for my daughter who has just been offered a place at Uni to study Nursing . Using a gorgeous Sarah Kay image coloured with Promarkers, I distressed the edges very lightly and layered her onto fabulous DP from Bearly Mine. I SO fell in love with those papers!

For my wee card I wanted to keep it simple and stuck with 2 colours! As I don't have a sewing machine I used my sakura white pen to add all the faux stitching, used a wee Lili of the Valley Christmas image coloured with promakers, loads of added glitter and gloss for the ice! Some wee embellishments from my stash finish my wee card.

For my "Stitching" card, I decided to use faux stitching (well I didn't have much choice as I don't have a sewing machine! lol) I have used a digi stamp from Di's Digi Downloads, coloured it with ProMarkers and used a fine liner black pen to draw on the faux stitching. The papers I have used are from Craft Creations.I have also added ribbon and peel offs from my stash.

I don't make enough boy cards. So I decided to start making more & I even used some stitching on it. A fancy little 'X' design along both sides, with a straight sewn line down the other 2 sides. Image is a hAnglar-stAnglar & I love them because they have little faux stitching marks all over thier clothes (click image for closer view). I used my long lost chalks to create a faux sky & faux road by using a Q-tip to spread the chalk around. I also freehand faux stitched around the sentiment.

For the stitching challenge I have done some real stitching on a card. The main starting point was the 'Grandma' panel which I have recycled from a shop bought card. The stitching was already on the panel and it is a very pretty starting point. I just matted it onto a darker purple card to provide contrast.

The pre glittered backing paper is Papermania Henbury Lane and I stitched 2 of the matching felt butterflies together and stitched them onto the card. By folding the top layer wings it shows off the 2 colours of butterfly really well. I pricked a few trails onto the card and stitched using the metallic thread, adding a few gems for bling.

Over to you now!  The challenge runs from 12pm 1st Nov to 9am 15th Nov (GMT)  All entries must be new, no backlinking to posts made before the start of the challenge.  We accept a maximum of 3 entries per challenge and they can be any handcrafted item (Cards, scrapbook pages, altered items etc) so long as it meets the challenge requirements.
Please post your entry into the froggy link below linking to your blog post. 


  1. Wow, all those cards are great. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great sketch and beautiful DT-cards!
    I do not know what's going on, but I can not set my card on inlinkz?
    Hugs Gisela

  3. Unable to delete my entry for some reason so I am putting the proper entry HERE

  4. Great inspiration from the DT and some fabulous entries for the challenge. Good luck everyone!
    x Sylvia x

  5. Fabulous cards.. couldn't make up my mind about the stitching so have put my card on with and without it!


  6. Loved the DT creations...beautiful work.


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