Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thanks, Grandma

I happened to inherit what I like to call the papercrafting gene from my Grandma Helen. She passed away a few years ago, and amazingly enough, is still gifting me things! I had a little stash of her art supplies (she was an artist and teacher) handed down to me, and one of these items was a pad of old watercolor paper. It's the paper you see the stamped image on in this card.

I decided I wanted to use it because of its unique texture, and when I went to sew the edges, it took the thread like fabric - it's quite flexible. And then when I inked over it, I was delighted to see the fun texture. And it was a moment where I just thought: thank you, Grandma. :)
The stamp comes from Loralie Designs. I just think it's the cutest thing! There are actually two sewing machines in the set and both are equally amazing. This stitching is sort of my "thing" that I like to do. I use two different colors of thread (one on the bobbin and the other threaded through the machine) and then make sure I stitch off the edge of the paper a bit. That makes the bottom thread show through, so if you take a closer look, you'll see the tan and black threads. The messier the better with this technique!
Thanks for taking a peek :


  1. So cute. Love the stitching. And how nice that it all brings back memories.

  2. Great card! And what a sweet memory behind it-I don't know if I could give it away!

  3. Beautiful card and great memory! I do the same thing sometimes with my stitching - love the subtle contrast a different-colored bobbin thread can make!