SAF 2015: Threads Challenge

By August 29, 2015Stamp-a-faire

Is everyone out there having a good time so far?  Have you been grooving to our Spotify playlist?  Hopefully by now you are feeling like you're in the zone and ready to get into some serious paper crafting!  Here we go onto the next challenge!


Use thread and twine in unique ways on your projects with tips and tricks from two of your favorite experts!


Laura Bassen says,"Today's video shares two ways to add "thread nests" to your projects. Adding thread nests is a great way to draw attention to your sentiment or focal point. It adds subtle detail without any bulk. I used my favorite silver thread, which I think is a perfect neutral to match any project for any occasion. I will also show you how I like to manipulate and adhere my thread nests onto my projects as well as sharing some of my favorite card making techniques to set the stage for the thread nests such as ink blending and colorful stamped backgrounds."

SF Card #1 close up

SF Card #2



 –Create a project featuring a thread nest.  We know everyone has a spool of thread lying around and we hope this tutorial inspires you to give it a try. Go dig that old spool out of your sewing kit and try adding it to your paper crafting projects in a fresh, new & trendy way.

–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.


  • STAMPS: Scripted
  • INK: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, True Black
  • OTHER:  Center Stage Cover Plate, Phrase Play #7, White Embossing Powder, Silver Thread, Rainstones
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • STAMPS: Enclosed: Star, Thank You Kindly
  • INK: Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse,Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Versamark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, True Black
  • OTHER: White Embossing Powder, Silver Thread, Rainstones
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


Danielle Flanders says, "I love twine and seem to add it to almost every project! It gives that little touch of softness, color and dimension to a card that I just adore. In my video, you'll see ten twine techniques that I use quite often on my greeting cards…as well as some brand new twine techniques as well. Twine is inexpensive and so easy to add to your projects in so many different ways! "


Luggage twine buttons



Create a project featuring twine.  Danielle highlighted TEN different ways to incorporate twine into your projects, so pick one and get started!

  1. Wrap twine around a card where two patterns meet to create a border.
  2. Add a piece of twine to a section of a card with staples.
  3. Wrap twine around an embellishment before attaching to a card.
  4. Create a twine nest or branches with jute twine.
  5. Use twine as balloon strings.
  6. Stitch with twine.
  7. Bundle twine behind a focal point.
  8. Tie twine onto a tag.
  9. Create faux crocheted flowers with twine.
  10. Create luggage tag tied buttons with twine.

–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.



  • STAMPS: Button Up stamp set, Cutting Garden, Background Basics: Herringbone 
  • INK: True Black 
  • PAPER: Spring Moss and white cardstock 
  • DIES: Circle punch,Vintage Linens die, Button Up dies, Cover Plate: Stitched die, Tremendous Tags dies
  • OTHER: Twine (Colored twine, Rustic Cream Twine, Rustic Jute twine)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


–You will have until 7am EST, Tuesday, September 1st, to add your link(s) 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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Join the discussion 22 Comments

  • 1
    Pat Whitley says:

    I do need to dig thru my Mom’s stash and find some thread.

  • 2
    Lootsee Lustan says:

    Love the Thank you for your kindness card. Who would have thought stamping repeatedly with the various colors would achieve that. Obviously, you did Laura. Thank you for the brilliant idea & your choice of colors. Need to get that stamp. I’ve become a fanπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘

  • 3
    Natasa says:

    Laura always makes me laugh or at least smile. Love her style and will definitely do something similar πŸ™‚

  • 4
    Mary W says:

    Great ideas and love the videos!

  • 5
    Betty says:

    Thank you for some wonderful ideas

  • 6
    Sue in Grapevine says:

    Ok, I’m going to try a thread nest & a twine flower. Wish me luck!

  • 7
    Cynthia Rose says:

    So many wonderful ideas that it was hard to choose which to try. Love the nests, braided flowers and luggage tag buttons.

  • 8
    Tema says:

    Great tutorials.I will definitely have to make those faux crochet twine flowers.Thanks Danielle!

  • 9
    S. Molinari says:

    Loved the videos! Crafting just won’t be the same around here without Laura’s wacky sense of humor πŸ˜‰

  • 10
    Noreen says:

    Always get such great ideas from Laura! And she always makes me laugh, what a bonus!

  • 11
    Isabel Z says:

    I am so inspired to create and can’t wait to get home from vacation to do so.

  • 12
    Linda S. says:

    Great ideas from Laura and Danielle.

  • 13

    Great cards! Love Laura, she’s like me…kinda gets off track sometimes but it never affects her beautiful cards! Love Danielle’s twine techniques also. The little twine flowers are so cute.

  • 14
    andrea smith. says:

    Laura – I just love watching your videos…they are the best πŸ˜‰ and of course, your cards are GORGEOUS too!

  • 15
    Jani says:

    Currently I’m working on scrapbook pages. These are some terrific ideas for including texture, dimension, and adding a little bit of a new color. Thanks for the ideas. Now to get to work.

  • 16
    Karen says:

    Lol, I learned that I need to go and buy some nice, thin silvery thread. The stuff I used is horrendous! The cording makes the card practically a quarter inch thick. :0)

  • 17
    Bonnie says:

    I love seeing how working with nearly the same materials can create such different looks based on a designer’s style! All the examples are so lovely! I’m really going to miss seeing all Laura’s bright, bold, vibrant cards every month!!!!! She really brought a wonderful change of style to the DT (though all the ladies are equally phenomenal in their own way!)!

  • 18
    Dawn Y. says:

    Such great inspiration from Laura and Danielle! This is my first time to actually participate in Stamp-A-Faire. It’s also my first card with a ‘nest’ of twine! So many ‘firsts’ today! Thanks for planning such a lovely day for all of us! β™‘

  • 19
    Holly Saveur says:

    Great inspiration and cards!

  • 20

    So many fabulous cards!! Love it!

  • 21
    Susan says:

    Such great cards! I love all the print outs!!

  • 22
    Julie says:

    Laura – just wanted to say how fun it was to get to experience your fun personality πŸ™‚

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