A fresh start

Summer has finally arrived here in Northeastern PA!  With temps in the high 90's it was finally warm enough to swim this week, too bad the water is still ice cold.  The kids jump in anyway, I don't know how they do it!!

Today's card was inspired by the CASE Study Challenge #96, another week with Joy Taylor as Muse.  Almost every detail on my card reflects something on Joy's card; the colors, clouds, black accents and banner.

I've found myself using a lot of faux stitching on my projects lately.  While I like the look of the faux stitch, I think I need to learn how to do the real thing!  Any sewers out there?  Where do I start?  I've seen small sewing machines specifically made for papercrafting, are they any good?  Is there a brand you can recommend?  I'd love your input!!!  Thanks so much :)

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri (SU!), Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink:  Fresh Snow (PTI), Basic Black & Baja Breeze (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze (SU!)
Accessories:  Banner Trio Die (Wplus9), Elegant Butterfly, button (SU!), ribbon & gel pen

17 comments:

Clare said...

So pretty! I love those delicate butterflies, and that little gingham bow tops it off perfectly!

You know, I hadn't even
thought of PTI's new Hexagon dies - if they had released them two months earlier, those cards wouldn've come together so much faster! ;)

As to sewing, I don't know about the small machines, but we have a Brother here, and I love it! Pretty simple to use - I actually made a video on it, though I think I was just blabbering most of the time and just not making sense. ;)

And LAST thing - I just saw that you and I have cards next to each other (pg 36-37) in the Stamp It! magazine! How COOL is that?! I think it's so awesome to have a card beside a friend and former design team teammate! :)

Autumn Mist said...

Gorgeous card. I've plucked up the courage to use proper thread recently as I think it showed up much better than ink. I don't have a sewing machine so I paper pierced the holes and sewed by hand. I was very pleased with the result, it might be worth having a go, much less nerve wracking than using a sewing machine!

Dawn said...

This is beautiful Maureen. I love the white clouds on the Kraft! I actually use a full size Singer to sew my cards. I just make myself sew something "real" every now and then so I don't feel guilty. LOL

Christina said...

I love those patterned butterflies and the soft white clouds on kraft. The black gingham bow is a great finishing touch!
As for sewing, I use a basic Singer machine but would love to spring for a better model that will take heavy duty thread. I do love the look of stitching on a card and definitely use my machine more for paper than for fabric these days!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautiful card and great case

Maureen said...

everything looks yummy on kraft! Those clouds are so cool! I had a small craft machine for about 2 weeks (3 years ago) and it broke...then went to our local sewing machine store and bought a basic Janome machine for 200.00...it works perfectly!! And I sew on most of my cards so I use it tons...no problems...I'd invest in a full size machine, basic style :) Thanks for playing with us at CASE STudy this week :)

nwilliams6 said...

Wow, this is soooo pretty! Love the sweet and peaceful look to it. You cased Joy well!

SmilynStef said...

Love those clouds on kraft.

Patricia said...

so fine.. so elegant.. love this Maureen.

samantha's cards said...

great card, love the butterflies

Ann said...

Love those clouds against the kraft!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Maureen, your card is delicious! I'm a sucker for white on kraft, and the pop of aqua is so lovely!
I sew a lot on my cards, I use an old, crude Janome that I "borrowed" from my mum in law :) It performs heaps better than the cheap mini-sized machine that I bought at first. Thank you for joining us at CASE Study this week :)

Suzanne Russell said...

Congrats on the Top Three recognition! Well deserved! The white clouds on Kraft and the little black bow accent really made the whole card very eye-catching. I'm with you on the sewing-I actually have a machine, took it out of it's hiding place and found that my stitching needs a lot of practice. I prefer a white pen and the faux technique!

Pryn said...

This is breathtaking and has completely stolen my heart!!! I MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Just wanted you to know that....l

Love and hugs to you!!

*Alison* said...

this is simply adorable.. I love your clouds.. it was an HONOR being chosen at CASE Study..along side your creation.. HUGS Ali

Jean Martin said...

Oh my goodness! This is so beautiful and dainty! I LOVE it! Thanks for playing! :)

lostinpaper said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love your CASE and a big congrats on your well deserved top 3!

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