Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Shabby Vintage Notions

One of my most favorite things to look for at antique stores are all the sewing notions.  I have a few antique sewing machines, and I like to collect antique wooden bobbins and spools, vintage button cards and buttons, vintage needle holders, and all sorts of neat shabby vintage sewing notions.  So, whenever I see a challenge that is inspired (either in photo image or in theme) by this genre, I try to jump on board and play along.  I found this inspiration photo today at The Shabby Tea Room and was so inspired by this sweet image that I just had to get out more of my goodies and play along.  Isn't this just yummy?  All my favorite things. . . .including lace, trims, vintage thread spools, and more.

http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/2012/09/week-131-creative-candy.html - The Shabby Tea Room - Werk #131 - Creative Candy Inspiration Photo

My card was made using several different patterned papers (JilliBean Soup, Prima, Girls' Paperie, the Material Girl stamp set from Crafty Secrets, and the sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers I'm in Stitches stamp set, I used a vintage button, seam binding, DMC floss, Cat's Eye ink, and Freckled Fawn washi tape, not to mention. . . .some good old-fashioned machine sewing around the edges.  I chose to use the Material Girl stamp set from Crafty Secrets because they are sponsoring this awesome challenge at The Shabby TeaRoom, and I just LOVE their products.  I would be so thrilled to win this one.
I'm also entering the following challenges:
http://www.stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2012/09/challenge-156-romans-323-24_9.html - Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog - Challenge #156 - Create With Bright Colors

http://redcarpetstudiochallenge.blogspot.com/2012/09/rcs-2-pun-card-challenge.html - Red Carpet Studio Challenge Blog - Challenge #2 - Pun Card
http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/09/pile-it-on-37-patterned-paper.html - Pile it On Challenges - Challenge #37 - Patterned Papers
http://uniquecrafterschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html - Unique Crafters Challenge Blog - September Challenge is Anything Goes.  And, if they like what they see on our blogs, we may be invited to Guest Design.  How exciting is that?
Well, I thank you once again for stopping by to take a peek and say hello.  It's trying to rain here in Las Vegas today.  So, we're all tucked inside for now.  We're having a Restore America Revival this week at our church, so hopefully it will clear up by evening.  Hope you're having fun whatever you're doing today.


  1. This is so pretty, Karen! Love it! Hope you win!

  2. Beautiful card. Great color combo. Thanks for joining us at Red Carpet Studio.

    Tonya RCS CDT

  3. This is beautiful, Karen!! I am always amazed and inspired by how many different elements you can add to a card and bring them all together beautifully!!!

  4. Wow - you have rocked this card KAren - love it, especially the pun!

  5. Gorgeous Card, Karen!! I enjoy collection vintage sewing things too. One of my DH's has found her mother's box of buttons to give me. I can't wait!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


  6. Karen, I so enjoy your style and seeing you create with your favourite things! Love that old sewing machine! Dan and I have his grandmothers old treadle and it still works wonderfully! Love it!

  7. Gorgeous card Karen. Thanks for joining us at Red Carpet Studio.

    Dawn DT member

  8. Wow! will you take a look at all that lace I would be in seventh heaven.
    Love your card today, it is so obvious that this kind of thing is a passion with you, thank you fro sharing your inspiration.
    I make button necklaces and just love rummaging in my huge button jar.

    Patricia xx

  9. this is a wonderful card. I would love to get it in the mail. Great job and thanks for entering at Red Carpet Studios!!

  10. Perfect ... perfect ... PERFECT!! Oh so pretty and such beautiful eye candy to behold! Thank you for sharing this lovely card with us in the Tea Room this week :)

  11. Very pretty!! Love the colors and your sentiment fits very well!
    Thanks for joining us at Red Carpet Studios Challenge!
    Hugs xx Sandra

  12. That's a beautiful card, Karen. I should make something like that for my mother sometime, since she used to sew all the time when I was a kid. Blessings!

  13. wooow, Karen this is absolutely stunning! I love all the little details you put on your card! Gorgeous!

    Have a nice and blessed day!

  14. Great sewing themed card, perfect for our challenge.
    So glad you could join us this week at TSTR!

  15. Hi Karen! Oh, what a lovely vintage sewing card! I love the theme and all the perfect little sewing details! Pretty colors, too! Thanks for joining us at SSiC this week!

  16. Karen - I love this card! Those are the same things I enjoy searching for at antique shops and flea markets! Such a great design and I love all the details. Thanks for sharing with us at SSiC this week.

  17. Sew charming and sweet

  18. Wow! How cute is this!? I really like it :)