October 26, 2012

Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks Week: The Stitching & Sewing Challenge


Well, I hate to say it, but this is the final day of Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks Week. I've had a blast showing you some of my favorite sections from the issue, and even more fun offering 5 fun challenges for you to play in! It's moxie fun to have so many different ways to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our creativity, isn't it?

I chose this last challenge for the simple reason that stitching and sewing are tried-and-true techniques for all of us card makers, but it's also super trendy these days as well, so I thought it would be fun to try out some new approaches. One of the most original paper crafters out there, Courtney Kelley, has some really great ideas for us on that score. Check out these technique squares found on page 109:

 Moxie Fab Alert: Add movement and embellish accents by hand sewing directly onto the card.

Moxie Fab Alert: If you look closely, you can see how Courtney has enhanced these accents cut from patterned paper with a basic straight stitch.

Moxie Fab Alert: One of my favorite technique squares from the entire issue, Courtney has created a textured focal point by cross-stitching a heart onto her background patterned paper. And trendy? My oh my oh my!

Moxie Fab Alert: Why not accentuate a paper-pieced background with stitches? In this case, the sewing makes it look like a real quilt.

Moxie Fab Alert: I love how the random stitching makes this look like a grassy background, don't you?

Moxie Fab Alert: Wanna underline a sentiment to help it stand out even more? These fun stitches are just the thing!

Trendy, fun, and fresh approaches, right? That's what this whole magazine is all about!

As someone who adores embroidery, stitching, and sewing of all kinds, this Love Card by Kim Hughes found on page 110 made me gasp out loud:

Moxie Fab Alert: It's easy to stitch uniformly on patterned paper when you  select a pattern that is predictable like this grid background.

For the 5 additional projects that incorporate stitching and sewing, see pages 109-111.

Are you itching to get stitchy? If so, here are the guidelines you'll need to follow to join in on all the fun:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates stitching and/or sewing in an innovative way.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Stitching & Sewing Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight EDT on Monday, November 19.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, November 21 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks.
Isn't this going to be "sew" fun?

~Cath

PS There's more fun to be had on Paper Crafts Connection, friends! See you there after the click!


23 comments:

donna c said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this week! Thank you Cath.

DebbieC. said...

These cards are super. It is amazing how a little bit of stitch ties everything together.

walchowDesign said...

Very inspirational designs and thank you for the fun challenge!

madamewong said...

After this challenge my sewing machine is fuzz free. Thanks for the new technique though. Joining paper and sewing may be a new favorite thing.

Andrea Walford said...

As with all the challenges this week, I really loved this one. Although I've done a lot of stitching on projects before, I had never hand stitched before, and never with Baker's Twine. Thanks so much Cath for the great challenges and for helping me stretch my creativity and step out of my comfort zone.

Laura Jane said...

Wonderful MOXIE FAB alerts this week.Thanks for the inspiration:)

Donna said...

I know that I can count on your emails to be fun, fabulous or both!

maria f. said...

Looking forward to trying out all this week's techniques. Love all the cross stitching - used to do lots in college for sorority sisters.

Ros Crawford said...

Lovely creations and so inspiring

Kathy A. said...

Thanks for the great challenge. I ended up using some velvet paper that I've had for over 10 years, and some gold thread and a boiled wool rose. Might have to make a few more of these!

Marlena M. said...

Gorgeous work! I need to sew more on my cards~

Erin said...

LOVE this challenge! I don't own a sewing machine, but I have gotten pretty good at hand-sewing. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kelly Griglione said...

Love all your challenges, thanks for the prompt to sew!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Had a lot of fun with this one too Cath!

Aunt Flipsy said...

Fun challenge! Thank you for the inspiration.

TLady said...

What a FUN CHALLENGE! I LOOOOOOOOVE using the sewing machine on my cards! Just wish I'd remember to pull it out & use it MORE! LOL HOPE you LIKE!!!!!!!!! :)

TLady said...

Since I have TWO cards on my post with stitching, I wanted to make SURE you know, they're BOTH being entered into this challenge! That's the reason for the second post here! :) HOPE you LIKE BOTH of my cards!!!!!!!!!! :)THANKS FOR THE SUPER CHALLENGES!!!!!!!! :)

Debbie said...

Love the special touch stitching and sewing can add to a project! Something I use a lot on my layouts! Great challenge!

nancy jane said...

I've added some stitched flowers to my card. Hope your shoulder and the rest of you are doing better.

Nicole said...

Love the cross stitching! Thanks for another great challenge.

Kaagaz Quilling said...

Hi :)

Amazing DT creations. I have posted my card for your challenge. hope you like it :)

Cheers
Nazneen

kerenbaker said...

Another great challenge- love sewing sew much!!

Geri said...

It was fun pulling out my sewing machine again! Made me realize that I really miss it!

So many beautiful entries ladies! Loved visiting every single one of them!