Christmas Sweaters for FTR2

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out
in friendship, never in want.
       ~ Old Irish Toast


This image from Eat Cake Graphics reminds me of the Christmas of the flannel pajamas. Back on 1959 Grandma made magic with an old treadle sewing machine exactly like this one. (I still have it in the Crop Crib.) Mom bought too much fabric so Grandma made matching jammies for me, my twin sister, my older brother, my Mom and Dad, my baby doll, and my Barbie doll, complete with stocking caps and booties. The dog was spared, but everyone else wore flannel!


I wish I had a picture of all of us, but it looked something like this. Yep, this curly locks is me! My family called me Yackie Doodle because I talked so much. Even at 16 months, a phone was the perfect gift for me. I hope you all got everything you wanted (and more) for Christmas.



There are just four days left to join the Catered Crop Recipe Challenge, FTR2. Just use any of the ingredients in the featured sample to join us and possibly win a sample of Baker's Twine. I cooked up this card with Stampin' Up!'s Word Window Punch, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug's Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Extra Fine Glitter, and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – all from Risa West's sample card. Here's the full recipe for my card and the Copic markers I used.

  • Paper – Stampin' Up!, Neenah, Bo Bunny Back to Basics and Bo Bunny A Gift of Love
  • Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics 1097-M Sweaters for Christmas
  • Inks – Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
  • Tools – Stampin' Up!'s Window Tab Punch; Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Nestabilities Classic Square
  • Embellishments – Hobby Lobby flower pick, Stampin' Up! eyelet, button
  • Fibers – Stampin' Up! Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Up! Silver Cord, DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Glitter – Stampendous Ultra Fine Glitter
  • Techniques – Sewing, Paper Piecing, Out of Bounds with Nestabilities



Do you like tips for paper crafting? Here are few for this card:

  • Sewing on cards is one of my very favorite techniques. The very talented Jeanie Wilmer just posted a stitching tutorial that's fabulous, and, even though I've sewn on a lot of cards, I still learned a lot by watching her video. Like her, I usually attach my sewn panels to my card by using score tape over the stitches across the back of the panel. It keeps the stitches from unraveling. While stitching on paper is easy, it is less forgiving than stitching on fabric. If you make a mistake, you can't really pull out your stitches without risking tearing the paper. So, every time you change the thread or bobbin, change from straight to zig-zag, adjust the size or length of your stitches, etc., try a few stitches on scrap paper.
  • Next time you're looking for fun embellishments for your cards, check out the artificial flower isles. My bouquet on top of the bow is a flower pick from Hobby Lobby.
  • Embossing plates and folders aren't just for cardstock. Try them on your pattern/designer paper for an interesting effect. I used the Cuttlebug dotted Swiss embossing folder on the striped paper and the white card stock.
  • Make a glittery frame around your image by sprinkling glitter over score tape applied around the outer edges.

Looking for fun challenges this week? I keep a list of all my favorite challenges at Cooking Up Challenges. Here are some I used for this card: Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, Buttons and Bows; Cupcake Craft Challenges #122 Thank You; Cute Card Thursday #145 Thank You; Stamp Something, Glitter; and, finally, the Mojo Monday sketch, 171.



Your visits and sweet comments have been such a Godsend to me this past year. We when moved to a new town without knowing a soul, you never let me feel that I was without friends. I hope you'll think of this card as my virtual thank-you card and hug. Happy New Year dear friends.



Sweet Comments

  1. This is adorable, love the paper piecing.

  2. Gorgeous card – so bright and colourful
    Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)
    Hugs Jane x

  3. oh my Love the paper piecing!! this card is just darling!! Happy new year!!

  4. Happy New Year Linda. Love the cool colour combo on this fabby little number. It's an absolutely gorgeous card. Thanks for playing at Cupcake. x

  5. Absolutely adorable…you ARE enableing me!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Great card!  Happy New Year!

  7. A gorgeous card.I am over from Feline Playful. I am now following

  8. What a cute card, great paper piecing!
    has a Thank You challenge running too at the moment, do please pop by and enter:)
    Happy New Year

  9. Wow! What great designs you have here! I found your blog through the event at Feline Playful and have become a follower : )
    Please would you take some time to see me :-)
    Happy crafting in 2011!

  10. I love everything about this card.
    You were an adorable little one :)

  11. Such an adorable card! Love the quote that you have on top of this post!

  12. I am a new follower and friend via Feline Playful. Great blog! My number is 69, so I am looking forward to the 9th and all the comments and new followers on my blog too. If you want to visit sooner, the address is: Happy stamping!

  13. This is simply adorable!!!  Love everything about it.  And yes, I still remember my grandmothers sewing machine like that.  Such wonderful memories we have.

  14. Fantastic card, love the paper piecing and sparkly pom poms!  Happy New Year!
    Christine aka blankiefinder (#71 @ FP)

  15. Such a lovely card Linda
    I love your blog and I become a follower

  16. What beautiful cards, love the matching jumpers!  Will check out those images for sure!  Thanks for the lovely inspriation – am now a follower from FP!

  17. Stacey G. says:

    The colors in this card are fab! Love the paper piecing too! Still need to try it myself, you did a great job!

  18. This is super cute, I love your embellishments!

  19. This is FABULOUS i love the image, can i ask where it's from please i think i NEED it ha ha
    Shell xx

  20. This card is fabulous, love the colors and the images.  Here from Feline Playful and glad I am.  C2

  21. Lovely cards, I adore your stitching and the pretty details!  It was a pleasure to "walk" through your blog!
    Happy New Year and a toast to a creative 2011!
    Liefs, Renata

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    Wow cute card and fabulous colouring,
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Healthy 2011,
    thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter: 115 Buttons & Bows
    Good luck, 
    Hugs Bridget :) x.

  23. Gorgeous project and I love that picture of YOU!! I found you through Feline Playful and I am a new follower. I look forward to your inspiration.

  24. This is really cute and I love the papers and layout you used!  Hugs, Karen

  25. This is the cutest card I have seen all day! So glad I popped over from FP. I now have to look at more and more of your cards.

  26. Hiya Linda, just popping over from Feline Playful. What a brilliant card, I love the bright colours! Happy 2011. x

  27. Wow, what beautiful cards.. cute site too.  I came over from feline & now i am a follower too.

  28. You know I am already a subscriber! But I came over from Feline Playful to tell you! :)

  29. Awwwww….that image is sooooo cute! Fab card!
    Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
    Helen x

  30. Awww… sweet image and your coloring is FAB… I love,love, love the stickpin! xx wendy


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