Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wild Card Challenge with Just Us Girls!

This week's challenge with Just Us Girls is a wild card challenge being hosted by our lovely and talented Dana. It's a wild card because it's the 5th week in the month, something that only happens once in a while. Dana has chosen a fun challenge for us today...make a pennant banner.There is a tutorial on SCS for these banners and that's just what I used to guide me through this. There is a bonus challenge to create your banner around a "Love" theme, so that here's what I came up with. This was super easy to do. The difficult part for me was I challenged myself to sew it all together! Issues with the thread coming out of the needle, bobbin problems, loose threads everywhere, blah, blah, blah! LOL!!! But I mananged to keep going! Here is a close up shot of one of the pennants. I used an older dp (there's my New Year's resolution again!) from Basic Grey called Blush and backed it with Naturals Ivory from SU. I trimmed the edges of the ivory paper with my decorative scissors, then sponged it with Riding Hood Red and Sahara Sand ink. The letters and hearts were cut with my new friend, the Cricut Expression! Cutting twelve hearts in two different sizes and the five letters was SO EASY and FAST! I ran the red hearts through the textile folder and then highlighted the raised edges with a metallic rub on in golden white. It really shimmers nicely. The edges of the ivory hearts were sponged in the red and sand colors as well. I sewed the pennants and the ivory satin ribbon together. I also sewed around the perimeter of each pennant, and then added the little satin bows on the point of each one.

Now you have to stop by the JUGs blog to see what the other girls have done, and then stop by their personal blogs to read more about their banners.




Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you can play this week with Just Us Girls!

8 comments:

Dana Gustafson said...

Lisa! This is so pretty! I am so glad I got to see the closeup shots too. That rubon metallic on the embosse hearts!??! Hellooooo gorgeous! The hearts looking amazing with the DP too. Great banner girlie!

Stampin' Pam said...

Lisa this is just beautiful. I love the simple two color feel - it's very classy and elegant. Your sewing is divine and your point bows are a lovely accent. I really like that you ran your hearts through a CB folder too. I only wish there was someway I could see your photos larger - they don't let me click on them to make them for a bigger view and I don't know why. You can click on mine? Is there a setting you use for that? Or how do you insert your images? Anyhow - FABULOUS pennant - a real eye catcher.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Lisa, your LOVE U pennant banner is beautiful! I love all the embossed hearts & the vintage flair! What an awesome piece of inspiration for this week's JUGS challenge!

Maria Levine said...

Lisa! This is so pretty, so simple and elegant! I love how you use "Love U", so awesome! Nice job, wonderful color

Deborah Young said...

Oh Lisa.....this is STUNNING!!!!

Melissa Sauls said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I know it's funny that I just happened to do a banner as you guys created the challenge. Great minds must think alike, eh? *giggle*

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa! Lots to admire with this one! You and your new machine are doing great! Love everything-the papers (way to go using older patterns!), colors, sewing distressing, all of it!

Michele (mitchygitchygoomy) said...

Wow Lisa, way to hang in there with the sewing machine issues. I LOVE your wonderfully classic and romantic valentine creation. Lots of subtle patterning and texturing for such a beautiful overall effect. I've wondered if I would use a cricut, or even what I would use it for. I went over and used a friend's for some Christmas decoration at the church this winter, but you are making me see possibilities!!! Thanks for sharing this beauty...

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