Thursday, March 9, 2006

Stitch It Up

From the LM Archives

Product Feature: Stitch It Up!
By Margaret Winters, Design Team Member
When you hear or read the word 'sewing', what comes to mind? Maybe fond memories of your Grandma or Mom sitting at her sewing machine making clothes for you when you were a child? Or perhaps you, yourself, love the craft.  I would almost bet, though, there are several persons who could admit they had never used a sewing machine or hand stitched anything until sewing became a popular trend in the scrapbooking industry.  For several years now, sewing has been an enduring technique used in scrapbooking and card making.  Whether by hand or machine, the look is classic and timeless.
What if you don't have a sewing machine or the room for one? Or you just can't justify spending the money on a machine just to be able to use it for scrapbooking?  Over the last few years there have been several scrapbooking companies who have offered wonderful alternatives to get the look of stitching without the machine such as hand stitching templates, patterned papers with stitching, and rub ons. Just recently, to add to that list, several manufacturers are offering stamps with faux stitching patterns. This week, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, four new stamp sets that offer unlimited possibilities of creating the look of stitching without the needle and thread.
  • Leave Memories Clear Stitch Me Stamps . This new set of clear acrylic stamps offers nine different stitching patterns including a herringbone pattern plus two different distinct zig zag stitches, one of the more popular stitches among scrapbookers. While this set doesn't mimic the perfect seamstress line, it can quickly and easily add that homespun feel to any layout! This set also includes a few bonus images of stitched hearts and an envelope clasp.
  • Technique Tuesdays’ Hanging by a Thread stamp set . With 12 different stitches to choose from, you can put your sewing machine up for sale! You are sure to find the stitch you are looking for and get that perfect stitched look with these detailed stamps. Because of the pliability of the soft acrylic, both the Leave Memories and the Technique Tuesday stamps can be bent to go around corners or provide even more versatility in your scrapbooking or card making.
  • Fontwerks debuted seven new stamp sets at CHA in January. One of those sets is devoted to the faux stitcher in all of us! These stamps will soon be added to the wonderful collection of Fontwerks stamps in the store here at Lifetime Moments.
  • Sassafrass Lass has several new stamp sets that have been up for preorder for several weeks now and are expected to arrive any day. The Stitched Borders set includes patterns of straight stitches, zig-zags, flowers, dots, and several more fun patterns. The Blooms N’ Stalks set has several different fun flower patterns to use on little girl, spring and Easter layouts or just to add a little extra pizzazz to those everyday layouts and handmade cards. Sassafrass Lass went one step further with the stitched look with their two new lines of alphabet nesting stamps. The Sew Simple set is a fun sophisticated lower case font including a shadow and a stitched pattern of each letter, while the Jumbo Stitched set is also a lower case font featuring more of a bold classic font that includes four fun background blocks that can be layered behind the letters for a fun creative look.
Sassafrass Lass has really outdone themselves, because not only are they offering four new stitching stamp sets, they just released two new patterned paper sets that adorn wonderful fun colorful stitching patterns. These new lines, In Stitches and Sew Fine , can help you achieve the look of stitching without the fuss of a sewing machine! The colors and patterns make them perfect for adding a homemade feel to spring, heritage, or just about any kind of layout!
When you don’t have the energy to drag out your clunky old heavy sewing machine, or don’t have a machine, these new stamp sets are sure to help you achieve the look of stitching without having to get out the needle and thread. What is even more exciting is every ink pad you own offers you another color of 'stitching' to choose from! No need to change the spool and bobbin. You can go straight to the stitching fun! 

Design Team Examples
To view all layout ideas and products used, please be sure to visit the Design Team Gallery: Stitch it Up!
Margaret Beshka
 Sonya Madeline
 Wendy Vickie

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