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Nov 30, 2011

Thank You with All My ❤

Hi all!  This past Thanksgiving holiday has me feeling extra thankful for all the wonderful things in my life.  I have an amazing husband, three gorgeous and sweet children, a job I LOVE, and friends that feel more like the sisters I never had.  Life is good.  :)

The warm, fuzzy feelings led me to make this thankful card for MFT's Wednesday Stamp Club 48.

I kept with a very literal interpretation of the sketch and used the same Die-namics, Well-Worn Greetings, with the coordinating stamp set.  The heart was cut from red felt using the Notched Tag Die-namics.  I added a bit of flair by using the Simply Scallops Die-namics for some trim in cream card stock.  This card felt "homey" to me, so I reached for some twill ribbon and added a big bow in lieu of using a floral embellishment, like the sketch.  Feel free to take some creative freedom when designing cards using the sketches.  They are only to be used as inspiration and you can change it up as you see fit.  :) 

I get asked pretty frequently HOW I stitch so perfectly around ovals and circles.  I took some step-by-step pictures this time so you can see how I do it.  

Die-cut your shape, and stamp as desired.  (Ignore the messy heart, which I "fixed" with a felt heart for my finished project.)  Use a pencil to lightly draw a line about 1/8" from the outer edge of your shape.  Erase and re-draw as needed until you have it as smooth as possible and as evenly spaced as possible.  

Now, use your sewing machine and stitch ONE STITCH AT A TIME, following your pencil line.  The needle should poke THROUGH the pencil line.  Keep your stitches as consistent as possible.  It is especially AWESOME if you can finish in the same hole you started in.  (like I did here)

Using a WHITE eraser, rub over your stitches to remove any remaining pencil lines that are showing.  Depending on the thread you use, you may be able to skip this step.  Now, pull the threads to the back and adhere.

You'll be left with a (mostly) perfectly stitched oval (or circle).

Here is this week's WSC sketch:

Remember, you can get all the details by visiting the MFT Blog and the MFT forum on SCS (look for the most recent WSC thread).  You'll need to upload your card in the SCS gallery using the keyword shown on the sketch. You will have the chance to win up to $20 in MFT money. One winner is chosen at random each week!

Go get sketchy with MFT!



  1. Awesome card! Love your precise stitching!

  2. stunning card Jody, you always blow me away with your stitching and I love your tips and tutorials on it! I've learned so much from your blog.

  3. Perfect stitching, perfect bow, perfect card! Amazing card!

  4. Hi, Jody! I see you show the Janone sewing do you like it? Have you had it long?
    Have you used others before, for comparison? I saw this had been out of stock....well, it's in stock and only $39.99 now!
    Wonder if there was a reason it was marked so low???
    I bought a Brother for $89 at Walmart and haven't opened it yet...
    Thanks for your response!

  5. whow ...teerrific...and the stitching!!!! awesome

  6. I simply ADORE this! The papers, the stamps, the twill ribbon, the felt heart. LOVE this!

  7. What caught my attention right off was your perfect stitching, so thanks so much for the tips, your card is beautiful. Love it!

  8. So cute, Jody. I love your perfect bow and pretty papers.

  9. Fantastic card, Jody!!! Love the homespun feel!

  10. Jody,

    What a great card!!! :) I love all of the texture (twill ribbon, felt heart, stitching...)!

    I don't mean to sound clueless (which I totally am when it comes to sewing!), but when you sew one stitch at a time, you don't use the foot petal, do you?

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  11. So so pretty!! You have that stitching down packed J! Thx for the tut! :-)

  12. Great stitching on your Thank You card. Love it. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  13. LOVE this beautiful card! I also love how the bow is off center....awesome touch!


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