Monday, 15 February 2010

A new found love

Love Birds pink & brown

Guess what I've just discovered? Stitiching on cards, up until now I've avoided this like the plague as getting my sewing machine out is a)nigh on impossible and b) only to be used in dire emergencies as me & the sewing machine are not the best of friends! However our challenge over at Sophisticats this week is sewing - eeek - set by one of our newer DT members Gina, so I had to get stitching. I decided rather than face the cupboard in the spare room & try to extract the machine I'd go for a bit of hand sewing as I've always liked embroidery, so I got out my paper piercer, stamped out the holes using my SU! guide and did a simple running stitch as a border around my image. I'm so pleased with the result that I will definitely be doing this again! So thanks to Gina to introducing me to something new - that's what I love about challenges, discovering new ideas & sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone.

So hope you can join us this week over at Sophisticats & here's the details for my card:

Image - digi from Digistamp Boutique, coloured with PM's
Sentiment - SU! Circle of Friendship, stamped with Chocolate Chip ink
DSPs - Stampin' Up! Sweet Always
Cardstock - SU! Whisper White; Chocolate Chip
Ribbon - SU! Chocolate Chip
Other - SU! circle punches
Flower and pink ribbon from my stash

I've found quite a few challenges to enter with this card:
I Love ProMarkers - Sketch plus pink & brown
Simon Says - What's Love Got to do With It
Susie's Sassy Designs - Hearts & Flowers
Dare You To Digi-Stamp - Use your punches
Bee Crafty - Sew Cute
Tellens Place - Valentines using at least 5 hearts



stitchy said...

Jan this is beautiful and I'm so glad you came out of the box, stitching is not so bad now is it? lmao..thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT on the launching of our new site..good luck on all your draws..
stitchy xx

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Beautiful card, and the stitching sets it off wonderfully :) Thanks so much for joing us on outr first challenge over at OSAAT, good luck and we hope to see you back again :)

Liz's creative corner said...

Hi Jan, glad you found us this is lovely, the image is so cute and the stitching is fab, thanks for joining us at One Stitch At A Time, hope to see you next time, hugs Liz xx

Karen said...

Hi Jan, lovely card and love the papers you've used. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

Mrs Bs Blog said...

I love this card. The image is so simple and goes so well with the papers you`ve chosen. hugs Val xxx

Sarah said...

Hi Jan,
What a Beautiful card, paper,layout,image all lovely, and Fabulous Stitching. Thank you for Joining us over at OSSAT First Challenge,and hope to see you back again soon.
Sarah xx

Sally said...

Stunning effect on your card. I too shy away from the sewing machine, because I just don't feel like unearthing it from the bottom of hubby's closet. Now don't ask why hubby's closet. LOL

Cheryl said...

oh jan hun this is brilliant bless you for joining us on our first challenge over at OSAAT your stiching is great hun and so effective too hugs cheryl xxxxx

gina g said...

Hi Jan Gorgeous card i love the pretty papers and your stitching is brilliant. I'm so glad that you enjoyed my challenge and that you will be doing more of it lol. luv gina xx

Faye said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous, the stitching just makes it! So it's well worth it! x

sam said...

Great image hun and I avoid the sewing machine as well but only coz it takes up so much space.Love what you have done on this card and thanks for joining us at OSAAT for our irst challenge.
Sam x

kazzells said...

Oooohh love the card Jan, stichin great too xx

CraftyC said...

Its beautiful Jan and the stitching looks great!

Liz said...

Jan what a beautiful Card paoers are great stitching better
Thanks for joining our very first challenge at OSAAT
Liz xx

Margreet said...

wow your card with that lovely birds.....and your stitching is stunning!!!
xxx Margreet

Bee said...

Beautiful card and fantastic stitching, very nicely done. Thanks for joining in the Bee Crafty Challenge :)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh girl.... you are good! the sewing machine hates my guts. i would have done it by hand.

fabulous card!

Lynsey said...

Hi Jan, what a beautiful card, your stitching looks fantastic!
Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge.
Hugs Lynsey x

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Jan, love these cute lovebirds and the papers are so pretty...thanks for joining in the fun at Dare U :) Donna x

Michelle B said...

Super Cute Card!Love that stitching, great job. Thank you for joining us this week at Tellen's Place.

Michelle B.

Terry Oulboub said...

Jan, this is a beautiful card. Your stitching is great (I, too hate dragging that thing out)! The papers are beautifully put together and I love those cute love birds! Thanks for playing along with us at Tellen's Place! ;D

debby4000 said...

Adorable cute card Jan.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Joynana said...

Really cute card, the love birds are great with their heart wings. Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place.

Mia said...

Great job on the stitching! Love how this came out!!! Thanks for joining us in the Tellen's Place Challenge! :-)

Spyder said...

Love your card Jan and I love he way you've used the pink dotty paper again in the circle, really lovely cute love birds!! Your stitching is brilliant, so glad you found us over the OSAAT, hope to see you again next time too!!

LISA said...

Love your card, the image is so cute.
Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.
Hugs Lisa xxx

blackdragon said...

Hows things Jan?
Hope you are keeping ok.
I hate stitching.... but had to do it this week for a different dt card... Corrosive... you could enter there as well!
Thanks for playing along at Tellens place... this cards lovely even though its pink i dont need a bucket.
keep safe love lynx

Fabrizio said...

Gorgeous card ! Love the little birdie. Thank you for playing the Dare U 2 Digistamp Challenge. X Fab

chris said...

this is so perfect. i love it.
hugs chris xx

Susie Sugar said...

Wow this is so cute I love it Thanks for joining in this weeks at Susie's Sassy Challenge we hope you will join us again next Thursday the 25th
Love Susie

Tasha said...

Wow i love this card the paper is beautiful and such a wonderful layout
love tasha xx

Tracy said...

Very sweet card, thanks for joining Susie's Sassy challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Biscuitlid said...

love it Jan - gorgeous papers, fab image and your hand stitching gives it such a perfect finish.

Thanks so much for playing along at Bee Crafty.