Friday, June 11, 2010

Sugar Sweet Paper Treats


Well here it is, my very first project for my very first design team.  Over at Sugar Sweet Paper Treats we were issued a challenge to use "sewing" on a project.  Well I was excited until I heard that.  I don't have a sewing machine and I hate to hand sew.  But I was determined to come up with something fabulous.  And then I remembered one of my favorite techniques.  I love to use faux stitching with a pen.  And one technique that I am super in love with is making my own background paper.  One way I like to do this is to use my scraps to punch squares and make a paper quilt to be used as a background.  I decided to share a little tutorial on my project.   

Start out with some squares(you can punch these out or use a die cutting machine or cut them with your trimmer), any size will do.

Next adhere these squares to another sheet of paper.  I prefer to use white cardstock but anything will do.  I always use a liquid glue to make sure all my edges are stuck down real good. 

Now take a fine tip marker and draw some dashed lines to simulate stitches.

Next trim down to fit your card and adhere.  I used an easel card (tutorial found at  This custom paper could also be used in any die-cutting machine to make your own custom embellies.  I have used this technique and cut it with Nestabilities and the Cricut machine. 

 Cut a piece for the inside of the card and add a solid color as well.  Add more stitching and some ribbon.  As this is an easel card I also added some buttons and gasp actually pulled out a needle and thread.  I still can't believe I actually did that.

  Add a border and some ribbon.  This border was made on my Gypsy to resemble the Fiskars Apron Lace punch, but any one will do. 

Next add your die cut.  I cut this flower on my Gypsy from the Sweet Treats cartridge.   Then I added lots of faux stitching.  Because I was trying to use up scraps for this card I have a little piece of the brown shadow missing.  Don't worry, we will fix that later. 
I actually have some more goodies that go along with this card but as they are for a swap I can not post them just yet.  Check back with me later.  as soon as my partner received her goodies I will post the rest.

I added a bow and strategically placed it over my boo-boo and there it is.  My very first easel card and my very first project for the design team at Sugar sweet Paper Treats.  if you have not checked them out, come play along with us at


  1. This is awesome!!! I love your quilted paper technique!!!! TFS!!

  2. This is so cool! I love the colors you used and I can't wait to try it! TFS!

  3. Very cute.. what happen to your sewing machine? I left you a little something on my blog.

  4. Great card! I love the faux stitching.

  5. Becca, I LOVE this!! The papers and colors!! So pretty. I never think to do things like this. I'm too much of a Simple Susan. ;P

  6. Very cool project!! Love the colors and fun design!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at ACLP!!
    Sheri-ACLP DT


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