Friday, January 8, 2010

Just Us Girls #15 {stitching}...how sweet it is!


How sweet it is!!  Life, and challenges with Just Us Girls, are just as *sweet* as can be!  This week the DT girl with "be sweet" as her signature tag line, Mona Pendleton, is hosting the technique challenge at Just Us Girls!  This week it is STITCHING!  Yay!  I *heart* stitching!


I also incorporated the colors from the girls at Color Throwdown.  See here for challenge number 74!  I love their color combos and it's been awhile since I have gotten to play with them.  But this week, I heard the great news that my friend and fellow JUGs girl, Kristin Bueter, is the newest addition to the Throwdown team!  yay for Kristin! I am SO excited for her!!

my project:

OK, it's all about the STITCHING here!  You all know I do love me a machine stitch or two but this week I wanted to let the spotlight fall on some juicy handstitching instead!  I just love the texture the embroidery floss stitching gives my focal point heart.


Before I put needle and floss to my paper, I pre pierced the sewing holes with an awl.  I made a pattern for this by drawing 3 nested hearts on a piece of scratch paper and temporarily adhering it to my kraft cardstock.  After pre piercing, I handstiched with the embroidery floss. You'll want to use a nice heavy cardstock for this kind of sewing so you don't tear your project (I used Papertrey Ink cs).


Check out that crocheted orange flower behind the button!  I WISH I knew how to make those but alas, I don't.  Good thing I have my sweet and talented friend, Kristin Bueter!  She sent me a handful of these pretty blossoms.  Isn't she a doll?  I gotta learn how to do this!  Thanks girl!

Ok, ready to check out the rest of the team?  If you haven't already, go check out all the juicy details on their blogs.  We welcome Gabby Arriaza back again this week as our guest designer too! 

Kristin Bueter
Gabby Arriaza Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!  Have a great day!

Supplies:
Paper: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Crochet flower: Kristin Bueter
Craft supply: embroidery floss, ribbon, button
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21 comments:

LeAnne said...

Very, very cute, Dana! Great idea and so creative. Yeah, maybe Kristin can teach us BOTH how to make those crocheted flowers!!!! Awesome!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Dana, your card is so sweet! I like the various colored embroidery floss you hand stitched with! Your heart look beautiful :) Thank you so much for offering such a beautiful inspiration!

Dawn said...

Dana, this is just beautful, really striking!

Rosemary said...

FANTASTIC!!! Dana! I just adore the simplicity of this card and so clever to use the CTD colors like you did!!!

Ann said...

Dana, I just saw this on the JUGS blog and had to come over and comment...absolutely fantastic!!!! LOVE the colors and stitching!

Alicia said...

Oh this is too cute! I love the idea of stitching the hearts. It looks so simple but so pretty.

Silke Ledlow said...

WOWZER - Dana!!! The stitching looks fabulous!!! I love your card!!! Hugs ~S~

Karen said...

Sweet, indeed!! I do love all that yummy hand sewn texture!! I have a sewing machine, but since have nowhere to leave it out, I usually do any paper crafting stitching by hand. Love that you did your withoutanything store bought....you made your own temmplates....good for you!!! Thanks for the sweet share! :>

Julie Martin said...

Oh. ..wow. this is fabulous! It really must have taken a lot of thought and "heart". really beautiful job!

Maria Levine said...

Wow Dana all that hand stitching looks wonderful! Love the hearts and the colors you picked! Nice job!

Kristin Bueter said...

DANA!!! You used my flower on your GORGEOUS hand-stitched hearts!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! As soon as I saw your card, I admired the beauty of your stitching then honed in on your flower. I KNEW you would use the orange one if I sent it to you. I never would ;] LOL

Okay, so Valentine's day...yeah, I KNOW you have family and all who probably deserve this card, BUT, I LOVE it! I think you should send it to me instead ;] Ha ha JUST KIDDING my friend! It's a treasure, give it to someone in your family who will appreciate the hear that you put into it ♥

Tracey Cuccia said...

Dana -- I just adore this!! Sweet, simple, and beautiful! And I do love that flower...maybe I can beg Kristin to send me some some day when she isn't doing a bajillion other things - lol. I bought a hook and everything, and just can't master crocheting...

Mary J said...

Oh Dana - I love your card sooo much! So simple and still really effective!

~amy~ said...

lovin' all that hand stitched goodness....such a SWEET card!

Erin K said...

This is so fun! Very inspiring.

Jane said...

Too CUTE!!! LOVE it!

Amber said...

Wow, that is stunning.

Stampin' Pam said...

Dana Dana Dana - WOW girly - you really pulled out a FUN one with this - all those handstitched hearts - I'm in AWE! I love the simplicity but wow factor. Great job and fun inspiration.

Courtney Baker said...

Um so love this! Really love this.

~kelly marie~ said...

WOW! Love this! The stitching is amazing!

Lisa Kind said...

What a great card, Dana! Such a clever idea to have the stitching being your focal point! And how lucky to have a Bueter original? LOL!!! Lovely card, Dana! (Sorry for commenting so late!)