Saturday, January 9, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge - Sew Easy!

Hello again! It's Saturday! Time for another Just Us Girls challenge! Today, Mona has a challenge that is "sew" easy! That's right...the challenge is to sew on your card. Now Mona is the queen of this technique, if you've ever seen any of her beautiful cards! You can use any kind of sewing for this challenge too. Machine sewing, hand sewing, and even faux stitching!If you don't know what faux stitching is, you can get instructions on SCS with this tutorial. It's very easy and I really like that technique. (You can also see how I used it on this card.) However, I recenly purchased a cheap Pixie Craft Sewing Machine by Singer at Walmart before Christmas. It was on sale for about $35, so I thought I'd give it a try. Let me tell you it works like a charm! Look what I did with it.I've had this jeans pocket stamp (yes that's a stamp, not real jeans!) from my LSS one day while I was standing in line. It just called to me to pick it up...and I did and this is the first time I'm using it! The stamp is from Judi Kins and I inked it with Faded Jeans Distress Ink from Ranger/Tim Holtz. It really is the color of faded jeans...amazing! When I took my sewing machine out of the box, it was already threaded with yellow thread. Perfect, since jeans usually have yellow stitching. So I went to work following the stitch lines on the pocket. Here's a closeup of it. I really like the way it came out...it looks so real! The dp is Basic Grey's Bittersweet, and I paired it with Regal Rose. I sewed the dp to the cardstock with one of the three zig-zag stitches on the machine. I ran the white mat through the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from Artful INKables newest set called Love Ya Lots. Love that sentiment! Those hearts coming out of the pocket is something I picked up at Target's dollar spot probably 3 years ago! They were connected together, but when I took them out of the box, they all came apart. So I had to manipulate them into the pocket and I added a tiny piece of ribbon to match the bow on top. Those little hearts on the sentiment tag are from the Martha Stewart heart border punch. It's the little confetti that is left after punching.

I'm pretty happy with the way this came out. It was just what I imagined when I was thinking all day about what I was going to do, which rarely happens, right?

The JUGs team would like to see what you do with your sewing project. We know lots of you like this technique because we see it a lot out there. But if you are new to this technique, try it...you'll love it! The faux stitching is great too. So please stop by the
JUGs blog and see what the other DT members have done with this technique. You can also go to their personal blogs to read about how they created their cards to get more inspiration.


Thanks for stopping in today and enjoy your weekend!

13 comments:

LeAnne said...

Very cute--I was just thinking that I hadn't sewn on a card in a long time! Can't wait to play!

Dana Gustafson said...

Love your jeans pocket! Your card reminds me of some of the cute embellished jeans my girls wear. Hmmmm....I think I'm gonna have to make a jeans pocket card! Too cute!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Lisa, this card is amazing! I can't get over your all the machine stitching you did with your new machine! You surely mastered it quickly :) I can't get over the fact that the denim pocket is a stamp & your yellow thread makes it look that much more "real"!!! Thank you so very much for showing us your "hidden" sewing talent-sure to inspire others to play along!

Georgia Ehrmann said...

This is so very sweet! I love the stitching on the jeans and that pocket sure does look real! All of your embellis come together to make one amazing card!

Cheryl said...

Wow, girl! You got it all together on this one! I love your pocket stamp-perfect color for those favorite jeans! Great stitching! I hope to join in this one 'cuz Santa brought me a Janome! I've been practicing and it's so fun! Great challenge, great card~!
p.s. got snow?

Crystal said...

oh my word Lisa this is AWESOME!!! I LOVE this card...the pocket and hearts WOWZA!!!!!! Have a great weekend!!!

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

OMGosh! This is so cool! I totally thought that was a real denim pocket!

Michele (mitchygitchygoomy) said...

Woohoo, look at me on Google Blogger. I don't know how it worked out but something came together and I wrote it all down and here I finally am with an identity and all just to agree with everyone else about how very real and awesome your adorable pocket looks. You give such clear, easy instruction (must be the teacher in you) and I love reading your descriptions. Now I'll tuck your blog in my sidebar and be able to let you know more of what I think and love about what you create. Hugs...

Silke Ledlow said...

OMG - this is FABULOUS - Lisa!!! Perfect take on the challenge!!! The hearts are soooo cute and the sewing is perfect too !!!

Have a great weekend!!! Hugs ~S~

Kristin Bueter said...

Girrrrrrlllll!!! This is GORGEOUS!! I cannot get over how real that jean pocket looks...not to mention your BEAUTIFUL stitching!!! It looks amazing, my friend ;] You are definitely an inspiration for me to take my machine out of the box finally. Maybe I'll clear a spot this weekend. I REALLY want to stitch as well as you ♥ I'll be on the horn if I can't figure it out! LOL

Seriously beautiful card, Lisa! Great job translating your vision to paper...this is fantastic.

Tracey Cuccia said...

Lisa - this is awesome!!! I love the zig zag stitching around the mat layer, and then the straight stitching on the pocket...what a sweet sweet card. Love it!

Stampin' Pam said...

Oh my gosh Lisa I LOVE this - what a great job with the stitching and that jeans pocket is just too cute. Love the pocketfull of hearts and the ribbon snippet - SO adorable.

Sherry Campbell said...

Absolutely FANTASTIC!! This is so darn cute- and the sentiment from Love Ya Lots is perfect for this card!

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