March 28, 2011

Calendar Girls 3

The Calendar Girls are at it again!   It is the 28th of the month and our time to post this months creations.   In addition to this post, please view the other Calendar Girls blog posts.  You can find links to their blogs on the right sidebar under the title Calendar Girls.

April, was our hostess this March.   I love the fact that she chose March as her month because her birthday is in March and her name is April! 

Back to business......we were to make a card using the sketch April provided.   The challenges were seemingly pretty simple.   1.  Use the sketch provided.     2.  Feature something that you are looking forward to on your card.   3.  Use a technique that 'scares' you.   Yeah well, simplicity was good in theory!

The sketch was great and no issues there.   What I am looking forward to, easy deal....spring, thus the flower.   The technique, well holy night!  

Anyone who knows me can confidently state that I am my dry cleaner's best customer.   The reasons are I take everything there and they can sew and mend.   This girl cannot sew.   No buttons, no hems, no way.  My sewing needs grew a little more than Mrs. Ford could handle, so I took all of my alterations to the lady at Nordstroms.   She felt sorry for me because they charge an arm and a leg for items not purchased there and put me in touch with a seamstress.   Mary, is my new best friend.

So what does this have to do with my card?  I bought a friggin' Sew Easy!  How funny is that?!   There was a WAIT LIST for it at the craft store.  Who knew so many women were clamoring for the Sew Easy?  DH said "what are you going to do with THAT?".  I had to listen to DH say "That's SEW EASY" for like two days. Let me tell ya, Sew Easy is Sew Hard!!!!  Really, I just made a mess of it!   

The Sew Easy is a cool tool.  I found that it is not easy to roll the wheel in a straight line.  That takes some practice.  I ended up using a plastic ruler as a bit of a guide.   So then I had some holes.   Now the part I am dreading...I HAVE TO SEW.....but it will look so cute.   Holy night.   I had to thread the needle with the floss.  Then I did not know how much floss I needed, so did not want to cut it.  I rocked out about two stitches before I had a tangled mess.   Yikes!  I finally got myself back on track, only to do it AGAIN.  I was laughing at myself out loud.   The second mess was really bad!   It was on the last hole and the floss was knotted hard.  I was trying not to rip the only piece of paper that matched the card for cripe sake, or I would have just cut bait and started over.  I was about ready to call, Mary!

I now have some words of wisdom (yeah right) on the Sew Easy.   Cool product.   Great price - $8.00 for the handle with one head.  Additional heads $3.00.   Using a 40% off coupon $4.80 and $1.79.  You do need the pink pad to roll it on.   It was $8.00 as well.   They sell the floss in three shades of the same color for $3.00.  I just used floss from the embroidery section for $.39 (yes, I had to ask where that was, as I had seen it somewhere before).  While I was there, they had these cute little holders that you can put your floss on and label the color number.   You all know this already, right?  Okay, it's just new to me.

Wow, that was a long story, sorry!   Here is my card.   I used Stampin' UP! Nature's Wonders, circa 2002.  Colored with Prismacolor Pencils. The shiny DP is from Best Creative Inc.  The checkered DP is from Cricut.   The card stock is from my scrap bin.   I normally am not a sticker kind of girl, but used Reflections bubbled stickers.  I placed them on all of the circles of the DP, which does not show well in the photograph.  

I still cannot believe I almost broke a sweat making this card!  Thanks, for taking the time to check out my little project.



Lauren said...

Oh Tami, I can just see you making this card, so funny. I love it, well worth the effort and sweat!! Very pretty, Love the stitches!!

MiamiKel said...

Oh Tami, I am *in stitches* just reading your post, lol! You did great! No need to sweat this, the end results is FAB-U-LOUS! Great color of blue - this is fantastic (shoot, ll your cards are!) Great job on the challenge, girlfriend! xoxo

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh my goodness, Tami! I didn't know whether to geeeeegle (over your hilarious story) or drool (over your amazing card)...... so I did both! Wow!!! Love your card and that stitching DOES add a lot to it. Gorgeous!!!

Thanks for keeping me in stitches, too! I ♥ you!!!

Barb said...

Oh My--this card is just stunning. Love the story behind the card and the stitching on it. Very, very cute!

April said...

First, I have to say that I almost wet my pants envisioning you using you Sew Hard! LMBO

It turned out great! I love the look of the whole card!

Did you buy that little holders for the floss? That's what I wanna

dweatter said...

Love your story and your card. Beautiful card, I love your color combo. You keep me in stitches with all your stories! Sounds like DH may need a Sew Easy to go along with his Cuttlebug. LOL!! Great card my friend...way to overcome the sewing fear. Do you think your new BFF really would have stitched it for you...I can just see the look on her face...ROFL!! You crack me up!

Carol W said...

Holy Hanna girlfriend...I can hardly type I'm giggling so hands keep shaking...Read lildj's comment and I can just imagine what your new BFF Mary's face would look like if you gave her your card to sew...(new set of giggles)...amazing card...awesome I think you need to show your DH how to work the sew Easy so he can be schooled on this and share his insite at the next craft store you take him card is simply beautiful!!! Well done my friend...♥♥♥

Terry Ladwig said...

Tami that is such a cute card....and a cute story!! I love sewing...and I even have the Sew Easy too (but it is still in the box it was shipped in ☺). Now, when I finally use it, I will think of you fondly and laugh....not at you, but with you!!

I love it!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh are to funny! There is still a wait list at work for this tool.
I love your card...its stunning. Love the bold/spring colors.

~Paola~ said...

ehehehe what a cute story Tami! I too geeegled as I was reading it :o)
Your card is seriously AWESOMEEEE...I loveee the color you used and the flower and the cuttlebugged part and the tripled half circles,and the sparkley d/p and all those bubbles and yes..the stitching too!
WOW heck I love EVERYTHING about it!! :o)

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I love the colour combo and the image is so cute and coloured beautifully.
tiffany & co