Gimme That!: DMC Metallic Embroidery Thread

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Happy Tuesday! Today I’ll be reviewing embroidery thread that I am obsessing over lately. This specific thread, DMC’s metallic, is my current favorite and I have a few projects to share with 3 different ways to use it on your cards… and of course, they are thank you cards to finish off March! But first up, the review!

Pros!! >>

They are true to their name – very metallic and the colors are gorgeous. They give the perfect amount of shine (and bling! if you will…) to your cards and projects.

They are strong. These threads are 3-ply and do not break easily. Working with thick cardstock… this is an important “pro.”

Easily manipulated. They have shape and form, but can be placed exactly how you want them and they look beautiful (see the bow in the 2nd card below).

Cons >>

The end of the thread unravels and is very frustrating when threading the needle. My goodness!! My patience was tested greatly with this issue and spinning it back together or wetting the tip did just about nothing. The closest remedy I had for this problem was to put a bit of vasoline on the end and try to get it back together – still not a perfect solution.

Not meant for the machine. It says right on the package that this thread is not intended for a sewing machine. If you are like me and don’t use one, no problem, but if you are an avid sewer, take notice of the caution.

So my verdict on this one… it’s worth it for card making! The needle threading is annoying, but I don’t stitch on all my cards so I can handle it every once in a while. And the glam you get from the finished product is just too cute! So here are some ways to use it on your cards… >>

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This card was all about the stitching! I used a standard back stitch and went through all of the paper and the card base. Use a strong needle for tough paper!! You won’t regret it… 😉 This is also a typical stitch that is much quicker to do when using a sewing machine… just use the correct thread. 🙂

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For this card I used the thread to tie a pretty bow on one of the buttons. I loved how much body the strands gave. You can also use a little glossy accents to keep your ends in place if they give you a hard time.

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And for one of my favorite ways… the messy toss of thread. I love this look. It’s very trendy right now and I think it’s so fun!! Here is another card where I use this technique. You could also wrap the thread around the card like you would use twine… like in these mini’s for example.

Thanks for stopping by! I will be out for next week – Spring Break Family Vacation time 🙂 – and will be back the first Tuesday in April. Happy Crafting!!

Stephanie 🙂

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More March Thank You’s!

Hi and welcome! 🙂 Continuing on with my March Thank You Month, I have a couple more thank you cards for you today! To see the other thank you cards from the month, you can check them out here.

Today’s first card utilizes a few items from the January Studio Calico kit, Copper Mountain, and the second utilizes some pattern papers from the Studio Calico February kit, Sugar Rush. These kits were a ton of fun to play with so I would definitely suggest checking them out. 🙂

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For this card I used a yellow cardstock base and adhered a piece of pattern paper with rounded edges on top. I attached two die cut hearts and lifted the edges, and popped up the two birds towards the bottom. I made the heart by stamping a solid circle with pale tomato ink and then die cutting the heart out of it. The sentiments are from Mama Elephant’s Many Thanks stamp set (which I am obsessed with!) and I used a button to pop the “A Million Thanks” sentiment at the top.

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For this card I tried a new technique to create a bit of a chipboard look with my sentiment. I die cut 4-5 individual “thank” words out of cardstock and glued them together with wet glue to create a thick, stand out piece. This was a cool technique I saw a couple different places and wanted to try it out. The “you” in the heart is from a piece of Studio Calico pattern paper that I cut out and topped with glossy accents to create an embellishment. I popped the heart up to match the dimension of the “thank.”

Be sure to check out Studio Calico’s latest card kit, Office Hours which is for sale now. I will have more on that one soon. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie 🙂

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March is Thank You Month! :)

Hi all! Can you believe it is March already?? 2014 is really speeding by! March is my birthday month and my friends and family always make me feel so special. Their love is a constant reminder of how blessed and how thankful I am to have them in my life, so each Tuesday this month I will be sharing thank you cards with you. You can never have too many thank you cards, right?! 🙂

So let’s get to it! >>

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For this card I made a little heart shaped window that I popped up with dimensional adhesive. I added a couple other hearts in the center and used the “thanks” arrow sentiment to shoot through them. I stamped “from the bottom of my heart” at the bottom and added some fun gold thread with a mini clothespin (found a pack of these in the dollar section at Target – whoop! whoop!) to add a little extra shine.

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This second one has a very CAS (clean and simple) feel. I stamped the sentiment with a smokey gray ink and colored in the center with some pencils. I backed the rectangle up with a blue toned pattern paper and adhered it to the card base with dimensional adhesive. Finished the card off with some sequins from Studio Calico and left this card very simple. 🙂

So there you have a couple thank you’s, both with very different feels. The stamp set I used for sentiments in both cards is Many Thanks by Mama Elephant (linked below) and I am obsessed!! There are so many options with this stamp set. I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot of it this month. 😉 Until next time!!

Stephanie

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Studio Calico February Card Kit: Sugar Rush

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Hello everyone! Today I have a few cards for you made from Studio Calico’s February card kit, Sugar Rush. With the exception of a couple embellishments and tools, each card you see was made entirely from the kit shown above. I used one of the stamps from this awesome stamp set (below) for one of my glitter tape cards from last week as well, which you can check out here. Let’s get started! Here’s a closer view of the stamp set:

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I fell in love with the “Hi! hello how are you?” stamp and used it in two of my cards for today. Here is the first one:

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How adorable is that feather pattern paper?? I just had to make some paper feathers to go along with it which were actually free cuts of the week from Silhouette! I adore the wood veneer embellishments that came with the kit this month. I will definitely be using up that stash soon.
So this card was relatively simple: Trimmed piece of pattern paper adhered directly on the card base; stamped the sentiment in the corner of trimmed white cardstock (whoops! this cardstock is from Papertrey Ink & it’s amazing! but not part of the kit…) and attached it with dimensional adhesive onto the pattern paper; die cut the feathers and tied them together with a small piece of light blue twine and the wood veneer hexagon; adhered them to the card!

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For this card I used another sentiment stamp, but I created a pattern out of it instead. I trimmed the paper, rounded the edges and adhered it to the card base with dimensional adhesive. I die cut the circle with my Big Shot and adhered directly onto the card. The hearts were cut with my Silhouette and adhered in their middles so I could flare up the edges a bit. I finished it off with a white heart embellishment.

Now for my last card, I did something a little different with one of the pattern papers. This is the paper I started out with:

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I decided to slice the stripes apart from each other and create a weave design, which I adhered onto a piece of trimmed white cardstock.

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I trimmed and adhered a piece of pink pattern paper as a thick stripe and tied some light blue twine in a bow. I attached the stamped sentiment on top to the left and slid a heart stick pin through the bow (this stick pin is from a previous SC card kit). I used dimensional adhesive to attach the whole thing to the card base and I’m done!

These cards were only the beginning! There were SO many supplies left and an infinite amount of ideas left to be created! Be sure to check Studio Calico’s upcoming kits and see if inspiration strikes. 🙂

Until next week!

Stephanie

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Gimme That!: American Crafts Glitter Tape

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Hi and welcome to the first product review here on Golden Simplicity! Starting this month, I will occasionally be posting reviews titled “Gimme That!” of products that I have current obsessions with. You will find pros and cons of each product, as well as projects (most typically cards) that I’ve made using the product.

First up is a product I’ve been crushing on for months now, glitter tape!! For this review I’m focusing specifically on the American Crafts brand. So let’s get started!!

For the projects I made for this post, I used American Crafts Glitter Tape in these colors: gold, peacock, peony, parfait, and aqua.

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Pros!! >>

First, they are gorgeous! The sparkle is beautiful and they don’t lose any of the glitter when you are working with them. The colors are so pretty and they coordinate very well.

There are MOUNTAINS of different colors to choose from (making your decision difficult if you are only looking for a couple) and makes going along with a previous color scheme very easy.

The adhesive on the back works pretty well, making these ideal for various different projects, not just papercrafting ones (I will show you below a project where I stuck the tape on wood).

They come in different widths (3/8″, 5/8″, 7/8″) and lengths, which is really handy for different projects. I also find it easy to cut the tape to different widths.

Cons >>

It can be difficult to get the backing off of the tape. I’m not going crazy in frustration and throwing it at the end, but it can be tricky at times. 😉

My biggest con is a tiny bit of stripping on the edges of some of the rolls. I have found this in the middle of using a roll and at the very beginning of using a new roll, and it’s a bit of an issue for me. It makes your tape different widths at the stripping part, and can make lining up tape uneven (like in my card example below). Here is a photo of what I mean:

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When I weigh the pros and cons for this product, it definitely passes my test. I love it! The cons are too few and minimal to effect my using it. It’s just too fun of a product and has so many uses! Here are the projects I made using these different tapes. >>

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For these clothespins, I trimmed the tape and stuck it directly on the wood. It stuck great and looks fantastic!!

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I love how this tag turned out. The glitter tape at the bottom added just enough sparkle! This is one piece of tape that I sliced along the side. The tape is just thick enough to add a bit of dimension too (another pro!).

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The AC Glitter Tape was perfect to go along with this stamp from Studio Calico! In this card, you can see how lining the tape up is important, so the fraying along the side posed a bit of a problem – Notice that adorable clothespin holding the card up in the picture. 😉 The “sparkle” in the sentiment is made with Wow! very fine gold glitter.

Well that’s all for this review! I will be posting these the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Next Tuesday I will be diving in to the Studio Calico February release so you will probably see more of that sentiment stamp! 😉 See you then!

Stephanie

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