SAF 2015: Pins + Needles Challenge

By August 29, 2015Stamp-a-faire

Is everyone hanging in there with us?  I've been jamming out to our Spotify playlist all day and have been thinking about how many of you may be listening along with me!  Nothing brings paper crafters together like a little "Uptown Funk" and "Beast of Burden"!  Have you had a favorite tune pop up today?  Or do you happen to be listening/watching something else today?  Maybe you prefer to work in peace and quiet!  Either way, it's time for another challenge!

 

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See how the pros add embellished stick pins to their projects, as well as stamped and actual stitching.  You'll be on pins and needles to try these fun techniques!

Stick-pins

Melissa Phillips says, "Trinket pins are an inexpensive and very versatile embellishment.  By versatile I mean that you can do so much with them, not only to dress them up themselves, but also to dress up your projects.  Stack felt flowers or a couple of buttons together, insert your trinket pin through the centers, and you’ve got sweet, custom-made embellishments.  Add a stamped tag to your card and attach it using your trinket pins, and you’ll always have a special, unique embellishment and hand-made accent.  There are so many ways to use these fun, little items."

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Melissa

 

Your-turn

 –Create a project featuring a stick pin.  Incorporate some of the tips that Melissa mentioned throughout her video!

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).  You can also link up here using Instagram!

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

  Supplies

SO THANKFUL CARD BY MELISSA PHILLIPS

  • STAMPS:  Twig Wreath, Choose Joy, Stamped + Stitched (SAF KIT Exclusive)
  • INK:  Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush
  • TOOLS:  Enclosed:  Leaf, Tinier Tags
  • PAPER:  Vintage Cream, 2008 Bitty Star Basics, and vellum

HELLO CARD BY MELISSA PHILLIPS

  • STAMPS: Twig Wreath, Stacked Statements, Life, Stamped + Stitched (SAF KIT Exclusive)
  • INK:  Spring Moss, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Spring Rain
  • TOOLS:  Tinier Tags, Twig Wreath, Limitless Layers:  2 1/2” Circles, and Tag Sale #4 dies
  • PAPER:  Vintage Cream, Kraft, Chicken Scratch Gingham

CHOOSE JOY TAG BY MELISSA PHILLIPS

  • STAMPS:  Choose Joy
  • INK:  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, and Summer Sunrise
  • TOOLS:  Enclosed Leaf, Tremendous Tags, Be Happy dies
  • ACCENTS:  Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, and Vintage Cream felt

Machine-stitched

Amy Sheffer says, "I learned to use a sewing machine as a young girl, and over the years have enjoyed sewing clothes, window treatments, costumes and more. Naturally, I was drawn to machine stitching on paper, too. Today I'll be sharing a fun metallic thread find with you, as well as sharing tips for stitching around circles and other shapes. I love the subtle texture stitching adds, and it doesn't have to be intimidating at all!"

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Your-turn

 –Your challenge is to incorporate machine stitching into a project. We'd love to see you use metallic thread if you have some! Don't let this intimidate you if you've never done it before!  Just follow along with Amy's tips and have fun getting crafty!

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).  You can also link up here using Instagram!

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

  Supplies

CELEBRATE CARD BY AMY SHEFFER
  • STAMPS: Birthday Style
  • DIES: Birthday Style, Good Times
  • INK: Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise
  • PAPER: Fresh Snow Linen card stock, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow card stock
  • OTHER: Yellow-Gold Sulky Holoshimmer thread, sewing machine
 
SENDING HUGS CARD BY AMY SHEFFER
  • STAMPS: Bloomers, Big Hugs
  • DIES: Bloomers, Big Hugs, Limitless Layers 2 1/2" Circles
  • INK: Hibiscus Burst, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise
  • PAPER: Fresh Snow Linen card stock, Soft Stone card stock; Soft Stone Stripe Patterned Paper
  • OTHER: sewing machine, white thread, ink blending tool, foam adhesive

Stamped-stitching

Heather Nichols says, "Do you love all of the stitching that you see on projects that are done with a sewing machine or by hand? Sometimes doing stitching on your cards can seem overwhelming and it can take some time and your need to make sure that you have the supplies to do it! I am going to show you two different ways to add stitching details to your projects without having to pull out a needle or thread. And you probably already have the supplies on hand! You will be surprised at how easy the techniques are, but how much they add to your projects and how it looks like real stitching."

In Heather's first video, she shows you how to get a realistic look with your stamped stitches by using a shadow stamping technique.

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In the second video heat embossing makes these stitches pop and have dimension like the real thing.

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Your-turn

 –Create a project that features some sort of stamped stitching.  Have fun experimenting with the fun techniques Heather outlined in her videos!

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).  You can also link up here using Instagram!

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

  Supplies

EMBROIDERED THANK YOU CARD BY HEATHER NICHOLS
  • STAMPS: Stamped + Stitched (SAF Kit Exclusive, no longer available), Sew Simple Borders
  • INK: Smokey Shadow, Fine Linen, Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, VersaMark
  • PAPER: white, Berry Sorbet, Berry Sorbet patterned paper
  • OTHER: white embossing powder
  • FINISHED SIZE:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
 
STITCHED HEARTS CARD BY HEATHER NICHOLS 
  • STAMPS: Stamped + Stitched (SAF Kit Exclusive, no longer available)
  • INK: Smokey Shadow, VersaMark
  • PAPER: white, kraft, Mood Mix patterned paper (SAF Kit Exclusive, no longer available)
  • OTHER: white embossing powder, Rustic Jute button twine, Heart Prints dies, Tiny Tags die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

The-details

–You will have until 7am EST, Tuesday, September 1st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. And you can enter as many times as you like.

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list and each will receive a $25 PTI gift certificate. Winners will be announced on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners post.  

We look forward to seeing what you share here as well as having you back here in just a bit for the next challenge!  We're also available in the forums for a chat if you need company while you're stamping!

Nichole Heady

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