Saturday, 17 March 2018

Not sew easy

Hello Lovely Crafters, 
I've been meaning to have a go at stitching on my cards. Some people make amazing creations, not wanting to single anyone out (Jules - you are the queen of this! x)

The reason I've been putting it off is because I thought it probably wasn't as easy as it looks. It's not but I'm sure I'll get better with practise. Also the tension was wrong on my machine and I've turned my house upside down looking for the instruction book to no avail. I've put it somewhere safe. 
I should confess the flourish is covering a stitch too far but no-one can tell!

Anyway my card turned out OK and I only made it once, a new thing I'm trying. 

I've been doctoring an embossing folder too. 
I saw a post about using narrow embossing folders and gasket to give an embossed image in the centre of a card with no lines from the folder. Here. I found that I could use my embossing mat to give the same effect. 
I have a few narrow folders but they hinged at the side so could only be used on the edge of card. 
Knowing no fear, I snipped the 'hinges' and taped the folder together at the ends. You do need to snip off all the bits of hinge as they can make a mark. If your folders open at the ends already, it won't be a problem. 

I hope this explains. I cut the hinges from the long sides. 

Now I am able to emboss anywhere I like as long as I line up the folder correctly. I only undo the tape from one end. 

For my Big Shot the sandwich is:
Tab 1
Folder with card
Embossing mat/gasket
Cutting plate
Sometimes a card shim is needed. It seems to be trial and error to find out. 

I think this makes the folders more versatile which is always good in my book. 

Our theme at 52CCT this week is Santa which I'm sure will be popular.

You have a week to join in the fun and get ahead on your Christmas Cards. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy the Day. x

I'm joining in with ABC Christmas - E is for Embossing


  1. Putting things in a safe place never works for me Alison! I love your card and the attention to detail. The stitching looks great. Thank you for sharing the link. Barbxx

  2. I love your card design Alison and the stitching looks fab! I really like the way you've put different paper patterns together too. And what a great idea to use your embossing folder that way - you are very brave cutting your folder! You've inspired me to have a go at stitching on my cards - if I can dig my sewing machine out of my craft room ... I know it's in there somewhere! Hugs, Gill xx

  3. Quelle jolie image vintage, elle est superbe cette carte, jolie mise en scene et magnifique design, biz

  4. Another gorgeous card, Alison. Love what you did with the embossing folder. Thank you again for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

  5. Hi Alison .. .. well you have succeeded in making me blush there!!

    Nothing wrong with your stitching Alison it looks brilliant .. .. and what a fabulous tip with your embossing folder. My brain is mulling over what folders I have left at home now that I could emboss in the centre of my card blanks! Genius!

    What type of sewing machine do you have Alison. If you let me know or send me a picture of it I "might" be able to help .. .. from a distance! Or have you found the booklet now?

    Love Jules xx


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