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Sentimental Sundays Color Challenge

It's Sunday again and that means it's time for the Sentimental Sundays challenge. This week we are challenging you with a color challenge (see the color sample further down this email). Don't forget to include a sentiment.

I finally bought a small sewing machine so I can try my hand at actual sewing on a card. (All sewing on my cards up to this point has been faux.) This is my first attempt. It looks a little rough but I thought it was okay on a card for a boy. If you have any tips for sewing on a card, especially on how to keep your thread from snapping, please share it in comments. I need your help! Even with the crazy stitching, I still like the way this turned out. These dinosaurs make me smile.

Here are the colors we are challenging you to use. You do not need to use Stampin' Up product, just use similar colors (like I did).I based my card on the Sweet Stop Sketch #91 but the challenge ended before I could get my card posted.

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to pop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to see what the rest of the DT created. Downloaded the sentiment freebie from Ann from Raindrop Echo Designs while you are there. Don't forget to enter the challenge. We love looking at your entries.


  • Stamps: Rex & Bronty Know How to Party & free sentiment from Pink Cat Studios
  • Papers & CS: PaperTrey white cs, Georgia Pacific white CS, Stampin' Up Handsome Hunter CS, October Afternoon Campfire & Night Light DP
  • Inks: None
  • Tools: Sewing machine, EK Sucess edge punch, Big Shot, Provo Craft Seeing Spots & Mesh Texture embossing folders, PaperTrey XL rickrack border, Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Embellishments: PaperTrey Button twine, misc. button, Glossy Accents, Sakura Stardust glitter pen



Hi Cheryl - this is totally fabulous! The expression on those faces really made me smile!!! The stitching is great, and fits in so well with the overall design.
If the thread keeps breaking, it may be the tension which is too tight. When I do zig-zag on cardstock this combination works for me:- Width-3, Tension-4, Length-2. For a larger zig-zag, I increase the Width to 5. (The larger the Width setting, the larger the stitch). If I am doing a straight stitch, I use the same settings as above, apart from the Length which I set at 5.
Hope this helps.
Have a happy Sunday, Sylvia xx
Annika said…
If I had all the time in the world I would most likely spend a substantial amount of it just staring at your work - stunning!!
Shirl said…
Hi Cheryl, don't have favourites ... but if I did ... this would be it. Can't stop smiling when I look at it such a cutzie image, love, love, love it. Stitching looks perfect to me.
Hugs Shirley x x

Same as above for the stitching but when I put the paper on the card I only put the smallest amount of double sided tape in the middle of the paper, just so it doesn't move when stitching (you'd be surprised how many people put their paper on as normal and then try to stitch through the double sided tape as well as the paper) not good for the needle or machine.
Have fun experimenting Cheryl.
Dorcas said…
THis is wonderful Vheryly! So much fun and expertly done. Love it!
Riet said…
What a gorgeous card Cheryl,I love the image and your papers,

Hugs Riet.x
Nannieflash said…
Fabulous card Cheryl, love those characters, and your papers are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. with hugs Shirleyxxx
1CardCreator said…
Great card Cheryl, so bright and colorful. I love your stitching too. ~Diane
KraftyKoolKat said…
Cute and colourful. Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.

Anonymous said…
It really is unfortunate that you have people out there not likely looking over this website. Best wishes
OMGoodness! This is so fun card.
Thanks for playing at OSAAT.
Hugs Nataliya.
How cool! What type of machine did you buy??? I'm looking to buy one. I heard the Janome Sew-mini was good!

Here's a few tutorials I've kept in my favorites until I buy one:

I think the card is a great boy card! The cooky eye's of the dino's go with the little bit of cooky sewing! I'm sure you will master it in NO TIME!!!
craftybunny said…
I love dinos and these are just the cutest.Fabulous colouring too.Thanks for joining us at AiFactory,Craft Your Passion and Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
Lisa x
I think you did a great job, I have not tried sewing yet, but you even tried zig zag. Great card for a boy with those colorful dino's .
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Cute one there, not just the image, that edge punch is another "to buy next" on my list!
Anita said…
Very cute card Cheryl. The image is just adorable and I think your stitching looks great on this card.
Marlene said…
This is just too cute!
nicoleqmullen said…
This is such an adorable card Cheryl. Well done on the stitching, I am always too lazy to get my machine out so fair play to you for trying - but I think it looks fab, especially with the image!
Karin said…
The stitching came out great and the zig zag is perfect for a boys card...Cute little monsters too and your layout...Fab!
HI Cheryl - me again! A fabulous card, and thank you so much for sharing with us at OSAAT this week - Hugs, Sylvia xxx
Maria Matter said…
gorgeous Cheryl! love your design with the black stitching!!!
hugs & blessings!
Emily Leiphart said…
Cheryl, I love this!! Rex and Bronty are adorable and your sewing looks great!
Cheryl said…
Oh I just love this,a cute image and fabulous details!!!
CraftinGranny said…
OH wow Cheryl, this is such a cute card with the colors, the stitching, and adorable image. Bet you had fun making this. "Hugs" Carol
Betty Wright said…
This is too cute and fun, Cheryl! Awesome card!
Giò said…
WOW's so cute!!! Fantastic colors and I love the embossed dots!!
Thanks for visiting me!!!
Have a nice day, Giò
Tracey said…
Fabulous card Cheryl, I love that cute image & the stitching looks great ( & very straight ;) ).

MiamiKel said…
This is just SUPERB!!! How fun and happy! Your sewing is spot on! I have yet to dabble there but this is truly inspiring and super cute - wonderful!
Tammy said…
This is ADORABLE Cheryl! I love that image and what a fun sentiment!
Wishcraft said…
Oh this is SO cute! Love the fun image and fab colours :o) Lisa x
Alicia said…
This is such a cute card! I love these images! Perfect for a boy!! Very inspirational.
Alicia xx
Anne Marie said…
Rawr this is Dino-Mite!! I love it! The stitching looks great and that image is so stinkin' cute! I especially like the texture on the little ric-rac accent...looks like little scales. :)
Jinny Newlin said…
This is so, stinkin' cute, Cheryl! And a sewing machine... Yihoo! It sounds as though your tension is too tight. I, usually, have mine set at three. Let us know how it works for you.
Anne said…
Fantastic! Thanks for linking up with us at OSAAT this week. Hugs x
Tameko said…
Cheryl, this card is too cute! I got a Janome Sew Mini, a while back, and I had never used a sewing machine in my life. Well after watching Gina K - Stamp TV vidoes, I was up and going. I dont use it near as much as I thought I would, but I did pull it out this past week. I found a good tip from Maria at Scraps By M. If you put clear thread on your bobbin, its a lot easier to change out the thread as often as you like. Then you will only need to change your spool of thread on top.
A.J. said…
Lovely card!
Thanks for playing along with our As You Like It challenge this time over at OSAAT!

Crafty Creations by AJ
Rainmac said…
Hi Cheryl, what a fabulous bold card, I love the colours and the cute image. I bought muself a small sewing machine in November and I am embarrassed to say it is stll in it's box, I am too scared to have a go! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards for Men, good luck with the challenge xxx
Melissa said…
I love your card Cheryl! The colours and layout are fantastic, great job!!

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