Monday, November 05, 2007

Sew On and Sew Forth

Another busy day on the docket, so I've got to get today's post cranked out quickly! No Makeover Monday, but instead I'm showing you my card for the newest Caardvarks challenge!

This time we're challenging you to get out your needle and thread and do some hand sewing on your cards! Everyone knows how fabulous machine sewing looks on cards, so how much better is hand sewing going to look? Not only is it going to look as good or better than the machine, the card you make will be a serious, collectible work of art! Haven't you ever coveted something hand sewn by your beloved grandma? A cross-stitch pictured? A hand-sewn apron? The thought that your special someone sewed the item with their very own hands makes it uber valuable to you, doesn't it? Now you have YOUR chance to create something with your very own hands that can be handed down through the generations! What fun!

Here are the juicy details.....all cards must be posted to the Hand-Stitch gallery by November 17th. The winner of the Sew On and Sew Forth challenge will win a prize from our brand new sponsor, The Scrapping Spot! They are a brand new on-line kit club and and scrapping community that offers two sizes of monthly kits! Be sure to stop by and see for yourself everything they offer scrapbookers and cardmakers!

These are the two cards I made for the challenge. Once again, I pulled out my Wanted set. I sewed around the edges of my card with twine, perfect for conveying that "country western" feeling! I stamped the horse three times, each in a different color (to match the paper), and then mounted them to the front of the card, on top of a strip of coordinating brown paper. I stamped the star in the set in three different colors as well, and then adhered each star to a horse of a different color. A brad holds star and horse together!

The second card I made was sort of a process for me. The designer paper is Le Jardin from SU. I thought I'd recreate the look of the paper with stamps, but I'm not sure I was successful. I used glossy paper and clear embossing powder to do it, but in the end, some of the ink rubbed off since the glossy paper because I didn't put any protective spray over it. Live and learn. I sewed a simple whip stitch around the glossy stamped main image, using some dark green thread. Don't love it, but just so you know, it does look better IRL than it does in this pic.

I had a blast with this new Caardvarks challenge. I hope you decided to give it a try too. I think you'll have lots of fun! The gallery is plum FULL of gorgeous cards created by the amazing Caardvarks Design Team! Stop at the gallery first to get a good feel for how sewing can be added to your cards so easily!



  1. These are both so beautiful!! I don't think I have the patience to hand stitch...I barely have the patience to use my machine!

  2. Oh! I have the perfect card for this contest...I am off to submit it. I really like your cards today!

  3. love the stitched twine! what kind of needle did you use for that?

    the second card is a bit bland by your standards, but i like the nice even stitching around the focal point! hey, can't bat 1000% all the time!

    happy week...

  4. Lovin your cards! That western theme and those stamps are fabulous!


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