14 December 2012

And sew another one

I want to start a brief post by thanking everyone for your amazing feedback. It has been very humbling to get so many positive reactions which have helped during those moments of huge self-doubt (which so many of us seem to have). I'm sharing a tag tonight (so apologies for the light quality) because there are deadlines looming and a large family gathering tomorrow will see me away from the laptop all day.

This will end up on a card, and thankfully I am nearing the end of making them. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas but the theme is draining my creative juices a tad, and one thing's for sure - next year I will be investing in some appropriate dies because hand cutting everything is definitely time consuming.

The goals for this one were to use embossing to liven up some plain backing paper and to use sewing. Both ticked, but the jury's out on the little sewing machine you may have spied on Wednesday's post. It didn't like thick card, it was a pain to sort out the bobbins, and the machine didn't want to sew straight (and without wishing to blow my own trumpet I have been sewing for years, so it's not personal incompetance).

The reindeer was my first outing with Mulberry paper and embossing powder. Think I prefer it as a background technique, but at least it inspired the previous tag.

I always seem to do the top bit last. A diecut charm, some lovely twine ribbon from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and some holly berries from last year's crackers kept the whole thing slightly rustic.
Challenges list as follows;
Thanks for dropping by. I'll be catching up with you on a blog post/comment box soon. Hugs, Jenny x


  1. I sew lots with my crafting Jenny. I use my oldest machine and try to be meticulous with the oiling and cleaning. So far it has never let me down.
    Your combination of textures today is inspired.
    Humans are in many ways fragile creatures and I so agree with you that the warmth we feel from others positivity towards what we do helps when the place we are in is sometimes bleak. Enjoy you family get together.

  2. Its very nice - I love the fancy reindeer and the background. Sewing on a tag/card is wonderful too isnt it - adds a kind of elegance I think.

  3. Another gorgeous tag Jenny, really love the rich colours on this one too! Sewing always also does it for me (I'm a hopeless sewer myself), I've been wondering about these little machines (I saw them in Hobby crafts)so I was grateful for your comment, I think I'll keep using the one I have...The rich textures on this tag are super!
    Hpe you have a nice family gathering!

  4. Wow, I just came here from Rosie's blog and you are just as wonderfully creative. I love to see what you ladie's do as it is different and just gorgeous. Have joined your blog as a new member too...luv annie


  5. Just amazing and no one would guess that the subject is draining you at all as everything on the tag must have taken ages to do.

    Enjoy the 'gathering'

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. I seem to be playing catch up today - again. You have been busy with your tags and cards - all wonderful with such interesting elements. I had trouble with one of those mini machines and I too am an experienced sewer so it isn't just you. I'm not sure they are actually worth the money even if they are inexpensive.

  7. Another beautifully finished tag Jenny, the colours and design on this one are gorgeous, the little tag at the top looks like a metal one. I am with you 100% on the feedback, it is always heartening when someone gives a positive comment but worry not my friend, everything you attempt turns out beautifully! Big Hugs, Anne x

  8. Stunning tag Jenny. Love the background and mulberry papers which give great texture x

    Hugs Annie x

  9. Fabulous tag Jenny. The colours are superb. Enjoy your day with the family. Hugs Rita xx

  10. The textures here Jenny are yummy! I'm loving what you're doing with mulberry! Love the colours - its a superb tag! Right back to you with all the encouragement you have given me this year. Hope you have a very merry day! Nicola x

  11. Hello Jenny, yet another stunning "Tag" i just love to come on here and see what you have created...........every one is a winner.
    I have to agree with you on the little sewing machine not a good buy I would say. I have a big machine but did not want to use that for sewing paper. Bought a small one but to be honest "a bit of a waste of money".
    Thank you for your comment about my Die. It cuts perfectly, it is the design, it cuts out certain bits then you are supposed to be able to extend it. These bits along the sides do not cut with the die. Great effect but just a pain in my opinion.
    Have a Great weekend, hope the gathering goes well.

    Patricia xx

  12. Jenny, it's a bundle of wonderful Christmas cheer on your tag. This alone would be stunning, but to add it to a card, double wowzers!!! I am with you on purchasing die cuts for next year..LOL..my fingers are well annoyed with me this year. :) Gorgeous make and so perfect for the challenge at Our Creative Corner. I do hope your family gathering was wonderful! :)
    hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  13. The most incredible textures and layering to create a sensational tag. Jenny, we all have self-doubt so in that sense you are no different but honestly, viewing this tag and all your creations I've had the pleasure of viewing since I got to know you, you have no need for even an iota of doubt.
    Love this rustic (yet classic) tag.
    Enjoy the family gathering.

  14. This is a creative tag that alot of details went into. I love it and it is fabulous. Truely a labor of love!
    Hugs Kelly

  15. I really love your tag! The embossing in the background is gorgeous, really adds this oomph to it and the mulberry paper looks lush, too! Hugs xx

  16. The embossed background paper is so exciting - love the texture and patina, and your experiments with the mulberry paper are really paying off - gorgeous focal image! Love the toppings, even if you did leave them til last... Hope all of the feedback on this will help to banish any lingering doubts - amazing work, as ever.
    Alison xx

  17. Absolutely stunning as always! I agree the cutting out by hand is a pain...I love the sewing around the card and I really hope you don't mind me saying this - the wobbly stitches really add a lovely effect to the card...I thought you had done it like that on purpose! Machine sewing card is something I would like to do but am very nervous about doing it. Thank so much for your lovely comments on my blog - I am so grateful. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Much love and hugs Laura xxxxxxxxxxx

  18. Another PIN from me, and another stunner from you!!! Gorgeous!!! The material and stitching is excellent! Coolest design ever!

  19. What a beauty! The texture comes up through the raised areas with the wonderful colors down below. Love the rich reds throughout.

  20. Another beauty! Love the light background with all the clear embossing! And that joy embellishment is so cute! Hugs, Sandra


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