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.