Monday, August 16, 2010

Stitching Inspiration

Hello hello again! Thanks for popping in today. It was a great weekend here in Maryland - got lots done around the house and had many giggles with the Husband. He's a card!

So, we kicked off a new Beary Sweet Challenge yesterday - "In Stitches". I hope you can play along with us! I've been noodling around with the idea of a vintage sewing inspired card lately. I collect vintage sewing stuff, so it's always on my mind in some form or another. At an estate sale years ago, I found a 1924 Singer Model 66 in it's cabinet with the cool drawers and scrolly iron base. The wood top had some cosmetic problems but the machine itself was in great shape. I recently sold it on Craigslist (without the drawers!) since I will be receiving Grandma's machine in a few weeks. It's in excellent condition and I'm very excited!

Sew, here's my card, in an attempt to scratch the vintage sewing itch I've been feeling lately:

I Googled "vintage sewing" images and found this beauty. I popped it into Photoshop, upped the resolution and sharpened it a bit. I think it turned out pretty well! I used Basic Grey's Capella papers - it's such a beautiful variety of prints. I was able to use 4 different Capella prints as well as the coordinating solid green layer. Oh, and the pattern along the left side is from the Capella ribbon tape set. Pretty!

The layout is strongly influenced by current challenges Creative Prompts and Practical Scrappers, plus my own quirky style. I wanted the do the CP challenge but couldn't make the "tiles" work. I found the PS sketch and figured I could turn that scrapbook layout sketch into a card and use my already-cut tiles. Now it's a combination of the two challenges - three tiles as a nod to CP and freeform placement thanks to PS. Ooh, they're kind of like quilting blocks, no? Even though it's a huge stretch, I'll still enter both challenges (on my personal blog post) as a "thank you" for the inspiration. :)

I wrapped a tiny spool with coordinating thread and made it into a charm. I have no idea where the scissors charm came from... I don't remember seeing it in my collection before today. Weird, huh? The stick and t-pins are both from Grandma's sewing box. Thanks again, G-ma!

Card Recipe
Thanks again for stopping to visit today. Elise will be here Wednesday with her answer to our BSC #8: In Stitches challenge. Hope to see you back for another visit, and can't wait to see your entry, too!



Elise said...

Oh my goodness Susan! This is out of this world amazing! I don't know where to begin!!!! Words are just whirling around in my head from all this excitement when I look at your creation! Wow wow wow! STUNNING!!!!


Dorcas said...

Hi Susan! This is really special. So pretty and so many gorgeous details. Lovely!

Patricia said...

WOW Susan this is just WOW I love all the details about this. Awesome.

beadz said...

Susan, this is so great! I love all of the details that you added and it is certainly "you"

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