Jan 27 2008

Sympathy Scraps

Published by at 3 27 am under Crafty Secrets Projects,Sympathy Cards

I noticed that a Sketch Challenge was issued on the Crafty Secrets Member Company forum, so seeing as I just LOVE their Cotton Scraps, thought I’d give it a try. Also, I am continually in need of, and out of, both sympathy cards and thank you notes, so once I found the scrap I was in the mood to use tonight, I figured it would make into a nice sympathy card. Here it is:


Now, for anyone who may not know, Cotton Scraps (by Crafty Secrets)are fabulous things!!! They comein sheets, about the size of a sheet of printer paper, filled with fabulously gorgeous images and they are — of course – cotton!!! Real cotton — kind of a twill type fabric — unreal!!! I fell in love with these things the first time I saw them — I will never tire of these beauties. They have a backing on them which you peel off after you’ve cut them out. They are not self stick – you must either sew them on (fun, fun!) or you may adhere them with your choice of adhesive. You can also pull threads to fray the edges if you like, or you can cut them with pinking shears. I LOVE the look of real stitches on the Cotton Scraps, so mine are usually sewn on.

OK, now as to this card specifically, I sewed my Cotton Scrap onto a base of yellow cardstock cut slightly larger than the scrap. I used these kind of roaming stitches and went around 3 times. I knew I wanted to have wavy ribbon tails (my favorite kind) so I thought these wavy stitches would go well. I then frayed my edges up to the stitching, distressed the yellow cardstock,and mounted this onto a sheet of gray cardstock, which was eventually adhered to the card with mounting tape. I used some pretty paper from a 6 x 12 pad from Crafty Secrets, Heartwarming Vintage Collection, Pastel Pad, to border the right side of the card. I then did a very thin piping strip of Going Gray and then a strip of green which was punched with the pretty Martha Stewart Scallop Punch. The sentiment is stamped right on the base cardstock. The velvet bow is adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and I also use glue dots to keep my ribbon tails in the shape I like. There is a glue dot under each place it touches the card. I know some may not care to fuss with ribbon that much — but it’s my passion — LOL!!!

The yellow and green cardstock used are from the Prismatics line by Prism Paper. The gray is SU, ribbon is May Arts. That about sums it up!!! If you have any Cotton Scraps at home that you’ve been hoarding, pull them out and give them a try — play the challenge — it’s an easy and fun sketch!!!

  • Stamps: Card Sentiments by Crafty Secrets
  • Paper: Prism: Sunflower Light and Spring Willow Medium; SU: Basic Gray; Crafty Secrets: Pastel Pad in the Heartwarming Vintage Collection
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black
  • Accessories: Cotton Scraps by Crafty Secrets, Velvet Ribbon, Martha Stewart Lace Punch, Sewing Machine and Thread, Distressing Tool on Cutter Kit, Mounting Tape, Mini Glue Dots.

And speaking of challenges, Flourishes is planning a contest on their Member Company Forum which will begin on February 1. Check it out here!!! Pull out your Cake Decorating 101 sets and be ready to play, or order them if you need to!!! There’s plenty of time as the contest will run all of February!!!

Thanks again for stopping in!!! Have a great Sunday everyone!!!

25 responses so far

25 Responses to “Sympathy Scraps”

  1. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    What a beautiful sympathy card, Sharon. I love that green velvet ribbon and the font of your sympathy stamp…both are gorgeous. My mom’s funeral was flooded with yellow roses as everyone knew they were her favorite flower. The yellow rose image is sweet, both on your card and in my mind. Will have to go check out my cotton scrap pages and try one, too. Happy Sunday.

  2. Cheryl says:

    What a beautiful card!

  3. Debra says:

    Wow! Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon – Your card is breathtaking!!! The colors,the ribbon and the cotton image are gorgeous…whom ever receives this beauty will know how much you care for them!!!

  5. Debbie M says:

    No fabric scraps of any kind around here since I don’t even sew on buttons! I guess that makes me appreciate the details and beauty of your card all the more.

  6. Jerri Jimenez says:

    So gorgeous Sharon, I want to order those beautiful cotton scraps, but never seem to get the time to sit down and do it. Love the layout/design of this card.

  7. lacyquilter says:

    Beautiful. And I love the rippled ribbon.

  8. Carla (stargirl) says:

    This is gorgeous, Sharon! The ribbon thing may be time consuming, but it’s worth it! Your cards are a treasure! I love all you’ve done here with the Crafty Secrets stuff, which I’m pretty obsessed with right now!!

  9. Pammyjo says:

    Love the vintage feel of it all!

  10. Sharon
    This card is gorgeous. I have some of those cotton scraps (christmas ones) and haven’t used them yet. You have inspired me. Barb

  11. Sherrie says:

    Soooo pretty Sharon, love your stitching and that cascading ribbon is gorgeous!

  12. Susan Hall says:

    Oh this a beautiful card, just love it. I think I have that stamp set from crafty secrets need to get it out and play with it. I am so inspired by your chanlledges and cards. Love your work. Susan

  13. Sheila says:

    Wow !! What a unique card. You truly are very creative. I would be lost for ideas if it weren’t for talented ladies like you. TFS.

  14. nancy littrell says:

    OMG sharon, so gorgeous and elegant. Your cotton scrap is just stunning. I love the flow of your sewing and ribbon and color combo. TFS

  15. jeannen2 says:

    Your card is beautiful! I think anyone would love to recieve it, especially for a different occasion. I do know what you mean though — I seem to have a shortage of sympathy cards as well. I will have to check out Cotton Scraps because I have never heard of it before now. TFS! Jeanne

  16. I love this! The card is so beautiful! I so love what you did with the ribbon. Just a beautiful card! Thanks so much for sharing! Take care! 🙂

  17. Dawn Marie says:

    What a gorgeous card!!!!Its beautiful. I love the ribbon and the image!!TFS

  18. Rose Ann says:

    Oh my…this is so beautiful! I especially love your sewing and beautiful ribbon treatment! Amazing!!

  19. Carolyn King says:

    Beautiful card. I LOVEEEE that ribbon. All the perfect touches….amazing card!

  20. Linda says:

    This is absolutely beautiful Sharon! I love all the sewing on this card.

    BTW…I nominated you for a “You Make my Day” award over on my blog.


  21. Michele says:

    WOW; absolutely breath-taking!!!

  22. leslierich says:

    The beauty of this just about brings tears to my eyes! Absolutely lovely, Sharon!

  23. joyk says:

    Really beautiful! Love that vintage/shabby-chic look!! And that gorgeous velvet ribbon just flows down the side of your card. YummmmO!!!

  24. Joani says:

    Just gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! And the ribbon is yummy!

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