Thursday 19 May 2011

Three Minute Thursday - Using In Stitches

Good morning! Welcome to Three Minute Thursday, the one-stop shop for not only fast card ideas but also the supplies to make them! Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593 and I'll do the rest for you. You could be inking up your new stamps within a week!

Now, did you see yesterday's post? It was all about modifying the In Stitches wheel to make individual stamps. Well, I've been playing with my new stamps and I've come up with some super-fast cards using them so let's have a look:

First up is a card with a very 70s retro feel.

This is all about colour - each 'stitch' was stamped in mustards, oranges and rusts in a pretty haphazard fashion. I finished with a sentiment from Trendy Trees, stamped in Cajun Craze using my stamp-a-majig.

Next I focused on this 'satin stitch' using a favourite colour combination of mine: Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry.

I used my stamp-a-majig to align three rows of stitches exactly above each other.

The sentiment was made by colouring the H and the I from the Thinking of You sentiment in Hopeful Thoughts with an Elegant Eggplant marker. I love finding new words in my sentiments! (Not that 'hi' is a new word but you get what I mean!)

Finally, here's my favourite card of the batch:

Very simple again - I just stamped the 'running stitch' in Garden Green, Not Quite Navy and Pacific Point all the way up the card. Each time, I stamped several times without re-inking to get a nice range of colour. I love these colours together!

The sentiment is from the hostess set Afterthoughts and, I think, makes a real impact in Basic Black against the stitch pattern. Hostess sets, for those that don't know, are free to those that host a qualifying workshop or to those that place an order for £150 or more. Email me to find out more or to book a fun evening!

Talking of fun evenings: yesterday, with trembling fingers, my oldest son handed me all his hard-earned savings so that I could order him an Xbox online. He'd bookmarked one but remarked wistfully that the model with bells and whistles on was only £10 more. It was then that something truly astonishing happened. My 15-year-old daughter, who was in the room, said casually: "I'll lend you ten quid if you like." There was a silence while this sank in and then my son ran over to my daughter and HUGGED HER!!! And then he TOLD HER THAT HE LOVED HER!!! Now, my children get on pretty well on the whole but I can safely say that never before has there been such a demonstration of affection between these two!

Thank you for visiting my blog - I love it that you spend a bit of your time here with me. I'll be back tomorrow with a birthday card I'm making for my 12-year-old niece and I'll hope to see you then!


  1. Wow! What a great set of cards! I "whacked" a wheel for a card today and just posted it. I put some links to your blog for instructions. I hope you don't mind. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  2. Hi Vicky
    Three gorgeous card ....oh!!! why can`t i think of them are Amazing ...i have just played 4 games of Scrabble on line Roy is away for a couple of Days......
    so i better get to bed now ...hugs

  3. PS I gave you a shout out at Splitcoaststampers too!

  4. just lovely creations Vicky :)

  5. Fabulous cards Vicky! This 'In Stitches' wheel is deinately on my wish list now! I love all 3 and can't pick a favourite, although I do particularly like the satin stitch stamp out of the stamps you've used!
    How sweet of your daughter to help her brother out like that, that's sibling love for you!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  6. Vicky - these are just great. My favourite is the "Hi" card - just love those colours. And I think this wheel has just graduated to my "need" list :)

  7. I love your cards Vicky - I love the haphazardness of the first one - just like my sewing!! - Jacqueline xx

  8. Vicky - simply gorgeous simple cards! Love the story about your son & daughter! Thanks for sharing! Nx

  9. Beautiful cards. I will be ordering the wheel and attempting to unmount it soon!
    Hope your son enjoys his new games thing. How much interest is his sister charging?!

  10. They are all lovely Vicky and perfect when you need that "quick" card! Sisterly love is a wonderful thing (not sure your son will agree with that by next week though!!)
    Margaret x

  11. Wow - you've got it all sewn up Vicky!! LOL!

    Hugs, Sandra

  12. Hi Vicky! Just love your colour combos- you will be seeing them on my blog soon I bet. And your "sewing" is fab too. Aren't I lucky to have a friend who is so talented??!!

  13. Hi Vicky, These are a great set of cards, I have resisted this stamp so far but I am weakening the more I see you doing with it !!!
    I love the story about your kids too, mine always combine their pocket money to get something extra special.Last time they managed to get the LEGO Harry Potter castle. A xx

  14. Your blog always makes me smile Vicky. I love how you intersperse crafting with family life. That's a lovely story and it has brightened my day x x

  15. These are brilliant Vicky, three different cards and the choice of colours make so much difference to the style too. Good on your daughter that's a very generous nature she has, treasure it :)
    Jenny x

  16. 3 gorgeous cas cards, Vicky! The top one is my favourite :D Have a lovely weekend, Janna

  17. Beautiful cards it's always a pleasure to visit and see what you have been up to ans am never disappointed. That was so sweet of your daughter.


  18. Way to go, Vicky, you have turned that roller into a treasure trove. Very clever and simple cards.

  19. Brilliant cards again Vicky :) Such a lovely story....but I wouldn't expect anything less, knowing the example you and hubby are to them! Sarah xx

  20. Wonderful cards with the stitches stamps on them... every card is so unique and the colors so fabulous together.
    The description of the money-lending interchange between your two oldest brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. It is so great to see your children be generous to and appreciative of one another!


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