Friday, July 22, 2011

Sew Easy (but not so quick) Get Well Card

Hi, all,
I purchased a Sew Easy (We R Memory Keepers) kit on HSN a few months ago and decided I better try it out. The kit came with a mat, 4 stitch design heads, the Sew Easy tool and 4 cards of colored floss. Since the DCWV cardstock I used for this Get Well Soon card has a cross stitch type design, I decided this would be a good card to try out some stitches. For those unfamiliar with the Sew Easy tool, it's a manually manipulated handle with a rolling stitch "head". These heads come in different stitch designs. They twist on and off the handle easily and the tool is well designed for comfort and ease of use. You roll the tool with selected stitch head across your paper and it makes holes for you to stitch. Now, for my results:

I used the running stitch head (green cardstock) first. The result was less than stellar. I think I should have used more strands of floss. Since this was an experiment, I decided to move on to the cross stitch head. The green floss on the yellow cardstock is the result of that trial. It was better, but I was enjoying the act of stitching way more than the result. Also, the stitch heads were not completely piercing my paper, I had to use my paper piercer to finish making the holes. So, I decided for the yellow cross stitched border around the my stamped image, I would use my trusty Stampin' Up paper piercing template, mat and piercer. Loved it!  It took me hours to do all this stitching, but I was cropping with friends and found it quite therapeutic. 

The stamp I used is from a recently discontinued Stampin Up set (Wellness Wishes). I love this sick dog. He just makes you go awwwww..... It's my favorite part of the card! I colored the image with Stampin Up water color pencils. 

I have not given up on my Sew Easy. In fact, I just bought some awesome metallic floss to try out with it. More to come....... I'll include pictures of the Sew Easy kit next time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm Going to Be Published!!

Holy Carp!!! A card I submitted to Cricut Magazine is going to be published! I am soooooo thrilled, words cannot express my joy! My submission will be published in the January 2012 Cricut magazine. That is if I get my stuff to them on time (insert nail biting emoticon here). I have to write all the materials and cuts I used and give a brief description of how I put the card together. I am working on that tonight, but I won't get this in the mail until Friday. I want everything to be perfect. Thanks to Maggie, Lisa, Kate and Cathy for the encouragement to create and submit my card. Love you ladies!

Just had to share my joy with my cyber friends!
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