My favorite quote of the day came from my sister who is recovering from open-heart surgery. She stated emphatically, “no one in their right mind should have their chest cracked open.” You think?! Speaking of things that need to be stitched–how do you like that transition–I’m thankful for the stitching tools in Studio J.

Prior to the stitching tools, we had to use the threads from the button embellishments toolbar to lay down stitches one at a time.  It was such a long process that I added the Creating Stitched Patterns on Cardstock tutorial to my Fussy Techniquesplaylist.  Several days after I posted the tutorial, Close To My Heart released the stitching toolbar under embellishments!  I couldn’t even be upset that I had wasted time creating the video, because I was so happy to have stitches in Studio J.

Now we can easily add several types of straight stitches (cross, zig-zag, back, running, blanket, and scallop) to our layouts.  We also have pennants (banner, triangle, and scallop) and specialty shapes, such as stars, hearts, posy flowers, blossom flowers, squares, and circles, in a variety of sizes.

By clicking on the layout of my sister in Hawaii last summer, you will see a variety of the stitches in action. 

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