Monday, June 6, 2011

In Stitches

So its week 2 of me working days for the summer, and trying to find stamping time has been hard! I dont know how some of you crafters do it--full-time job, spouse/kids in the evenings, crafting, other activities. I'm exhausted by the time I get home at 4!

Anyway, since we had some rain this weekend I managed to squeeze in some time to work on the latest Jingle Belles challenge and I finished up the card tonight. This week the challenge is to:
incorporate sewing into our holiday cards; whether that be in the form of hand-stitching, via sewing machine, or even by using a pen, a stamp, or some rub-ons to add some faux stitching. anything goes!

I'm not going to lie. I hate to sew. I used to cross-stitch a long time ago but thats the closest I've come to sewing. When I was growing up if I needed something sewn I'd ask my grandma or my mother. When I was in the military I paid my roommate to do any sewing I needed. I've been married almost 18 yrs and my husband sews anything that needs it! Yes, thats how much I despise it, so you can imagine my thoughts when I read the challenge. However, I sucked it up and said, well, the whole point of a challenge is to overcome and do something you normally wouldnt do, so I did! Nothing fancy, but it was all by hand and no object or person was harmed in the process! :)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps:  Holiday Lineup, sentiment from Best Yet
Paper: Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Wintergreen DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Old Olive
Accessories: SU markers, brads, Curly Label Punch, Sage Shadow Ribbon, sponge, DC Floss # 503 and 368



  1. ok, i have to confess that--much to my mother's dismay (she's an amazing quilter!)-- i actually have *ZERO* interest in "real" (ka PRACTICAL) sewing; i'm not sure my machine has TOUCHED fabric! but i do enjoy "embroidering" on paper... and i have to say that if i could work as neatly and as perfectly as you've done here... i would probably do so on EVERY SINGLE CARD i ever made!!! WOW!

    i am also SERIOUSLY impressed by your sheer intrepidness in terms of being willing to embrace a challenge NOT to your natural inclinations; and finally--even w/o the amazing needle work, this would be a flat-out *BEEEEEEAUTIFUL* holiday card! well done, you!!! <3 <3 <3

  2. Your card turned out beautifully , Lisa! Your stitching is done by hand ,wow, it's so neat!!! Glad to see no one hurt in the making of this fab card!!! :).
    BTW, I just checked out your blog.... Awesome work!!! I'm your newest follower!!


  3. I was wondering where you've been lately. I can remember the days of working full time and rarely having time to craft, let alone make a card as lovely as this one! I agree with Lauren and Candy, your hand sewing is PERFECT. This must have taken a lot of time and patience, especially since you dislike sewing. This is a gorgeous card!

  4. Those goofy elves are one of my absolutely favorite stamps ... I smile every time I see them ... and framing them with your impeccable stitching is pure card-making magic ... love it! ... so glad you pushed through your sewing resistance & joined our jingle belles fun.

  5. wow! that stitching is so perfect! I can't believe how neat it is - especially if you don't sew! I could only dream of such perfect results!
    your card is just gorgeous though - great that you found the time to make it!

  6. LOOOOOOOOOOVE your hand stitching in this card!! It looks phenomenal!! WOW!! I did a little (hand stitching) on mine, but didn't have the patience for more. So, I totally bow down to thee. :)

    Great paper, fun stamp & that hand stitching make this card AH-MAY-ZING!! :D

  7. I love this card. So cute. The moose is awesome. I guess those are then norm for Alaska. Fabulous crafter. Thanks for sharing.


  8. This is so delightful and fun! I never stitch anything! Give me a white gel pen and I am faux all the way! LOL!


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