I was so pleased to find that the Altered Element are now doing one of my favourite ranges of stamps, the Creative Expressions Vintage ones which are unmounted A5 rubber: they stamp out beautifully every time, and there is such a good selection on each plate. Today I have just made a simple card, using the Vintage Sewing plate, and some very well priced metallic thread.
I made a spritz and dab Distress Ink background first, and stamped a selection of the images in Sepia ink, then some of the images in black on white card and sponged them. I cut out the cotton reels and wrapped them in pink metallic thread. I stitched some of the thread through the row of buttons bottom right. I found it easier to do this by making holes with the needle first. I stamped the four bodices a second time on various co-ordinating papers and cut them out, then adhered them over the top of the white panelled version.
There are some other lovely sets in this range - Photography, Games, Art, Aviation, etc. I am always drawn towards Vintage Sewing themes, though, as you may have noticed, as this is something genuinely nostalgic to me. As a little child I used to go to sleep to the whir of Mum's Singer sewing machine, which she inherited from my nana, and she still uses today. I am not sure actually if she knows that you can get electric machines now - seriously. She loves hand sewing as well, particularly hems as she has lost a lot of height, and she often sends me out to buy a reel of cotton in a VERY specific colour - 'Somewhere between Raisin and Sultana, please Lucy, you know what I mean'.
I hope you like my very simple card - I did feel when I added the metallic thread it lifted it a bit.