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Friday, January 15, 2010

Sewn Together Birthday Card & Friday Freebie


I started my business in 1993 to give me something to do. I had worked all my life and recently quit to be a stay at home mom to my new baby. I've always been interested in paper products and I didn't like paying full price for some of the things I wanted. So I started my business. I like to pass my savings on to others. I've made some really good friends over the years. I've always been a small business I only advertise word of mouth. Over the years I've kept as busy as I wanted to be. It has been very interesting to see the hobby industry change over the years. I had a "scrapbook" store in my basement before Las Vegas knew what a scrapbook store was. I've dealt with Provo Craft the entire 17 years I've been in business and that has been fun, to watch them change!! The Cricut Messageboard has allowed me to expand my business but still do it "word of mouth". That baby is almost 17 (March) and will be graduating HS in 2011, I will be ready to be busier at that time! She uses my supplies more then I do, I have decided I'm a collector of everything. I have more fun selling and helping others then I do creating. Maybe someday, when times are slower or I'm not being a "Taxi Mom" I can create. Until then, I collect! Right now I have some of the new release Cricut Cartridges for $38 and getting ready to go to Winter CHA to check out some awesome items, including the new releases of Nestabilities! Check out my blog for all my items that I sell and for more information!! Prize to be given -- CUTTLEBUGS COMBO FOLDER...DAMASK....$15 value

I have the Damask Cuttlebug folder so I decided to make a card with today's Friday Freebie and that folder.
I used DCWV cardstock and used the Damask folder to emboss the pattern onto the card for my background. Then I used sandpaper to distress the design and make it show up better. Next I colored the heart lock/key with my colored pencils then trimmed it down. I used six-strand embroidery floss to sew the zig-zag on the golden orange card stock strip then stuck it down. I printed the phrase "You hold the key to my heart", cut it into a circle, matted it on black, then used my Accent Essentials glossy to make it shinny (I used too much - it's like an extra thick lumpy epoxy sticker).

There are several challenges that I'm submitting my card to:
Mojo Mondy: Sketch 121
Scrapmaster's Paradise color combo: So Saffron (yellow), Very Vanilla (white), & Orange
Creative Inspiration: Distressing
Creative Card Crew: Distressing
Just Us Girls: Stitching
Digital Tuesday: Embossing
ABC Challenge: Layering
In Style Stamps: Valentine's day card
Charisma Card Challenge: Anything New (I think the new image qualifies)

I needed a Birthday card for my Father in-Law, and since his favorite color is green, I chose to color a green froggy. I colored the frog Avacado green with my Prisma markers. Then I cut him out and glued him onto a circle of blue water. I made the blue by testing out my "new" (slightly used) watercolor crayons that I bought from my friend Lisa who's been purging her craft room (I can't do that - even though I should) by scribbling a couple shades of blue then running a wet finger over the scribbles to smooth it out then cut a circle out. To create my stripes on the card's background, I used my Heidi Swapp ribbon tape. The last thing I did was to take a traditional rubber stamp and use a rainbow pad to stamp CELEBRATE.

Challenges that I'm entering this card in:
All Sorts Challenge: Sketch
2 Red Bananas: Think Round
The Pink Elephant: Birthday
Crazy 4 Challenges: Birthday
PollyCraft Challenge: Winter birthday
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle: Celebrations

Hope you like my card and be sure to join us over at the new Sewn Together Challenge Blog at Here you can pick up the new Friday Freebies, the new challenges, and other activities.
We are looking for more players and followers for our new blog: - once we reach 200 followers, there will be a coupon code on the challenge blog for 45% off your total purchase and once we get at least 50 people join our challenge,I will put another code for 20% off - Sew, make sure to become a follower and join our challenge that starts today- AND tell your friends so they can have some fun too. Be sure to also check out the store


~Jeri~ said...

Great job on both cards Cheri. You've been busy!! said...

Both cards are so CUTE!! Love that damask folder!!

Suzanne said...

Lovely work on both cards.

Cheryl said...

lovely work thanks for joining us at creative inspirations this week love cheryl xxx

perezmom said...

Wonderful cards! Thank you for playing along at SPCC!
_Kristin SP Diva

NĂºria said...

cute cards!!

Anonymous said...

Loving the cards and the tunes on your blog. Thanks for playing with SPCC!

Melisa-SP Diva

thescrapmaster said...

BOTH of your projects are gorgeous!!

Sandra Farrell said...

Very cute. If you are interested in challenges, please come and join us at Stampin Royalty.

Susan said...

Fun cards - thank you for joining us at SPCC.

Leanne said...

Very cute!

Thank you for joining us at Charisma this week - good luck!


Mona L. Pendleton said...

Cute cards :) Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls :) Maybe you can give this week's color challenge a try :)

Sally said...

So cute. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.

Juanita said...

Cute cards, love the way you embossed the paper on the first card.

Juanita-SP Diva

Danielle said...

Lovely Card!
So glad you joined us this week at SPCC!!

Anonymous said...

lovely card,
thanks for joining the ABC Christmas Challenge,
Samantha :0)

Please consider turning the word verification off :0)

Helen said...

Fab cards!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge!
Helen x

Queenie said...

Lovely cards,love the sentiment and stitching.
Thanks for joining us over at Creative Inspirations this week and good luck!!

Tasha said...

Very cute cards
Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz
love tasha xx

Stephanie *SP Diva* said...

Great cards! Thanks for joining us at SPCC!

Emma said...

Fantastic cards, cute images...
Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft & good luck.
Hugs Emma x

Allison said...

Adorable cards! Thanks for playing along at SPCC!

Allison - SP Diva

emily said...

so fun!

Emily-SP Diva

Shauna {SK Studios} said...

how cute! love the images you chose, on both cards! TFS
- Shauna {SP Diva}

Janelle said...

Sweet key to my heart card. I love the zigzag stitching! I've not thought of doing that...hmmmmmm. ;o) So glad you stopped in at InStyle Stamps OHBCGA challenge!