Saturday, January 9, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge #15

Hi all!  It's finally Saturday which means Just Us Girls are celebrating our 15th challenge!  Today Mona is hosting and challenged us with adding stitching to our project, whether it be machine, hand, faux...digi...you name it.  If we see stitching, your project qualifies!  LOL 


I almost went with digi stitching but my computer locked up on me so I figured it was a sign.  Instead, I chose to make my time easy by adding faux stitching to my card.  I literally sorted through all of my digi paper scraps from the recent My Time Made Easy TM LLC release and trimmed them down to fit a typical 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.  I adhered the scraps evenly on my card front, and ran it through my Cricut. 


I created a cut file to cut this card from my Cricut.  [Keep an eye out for a special "release" at My Time Made Easy...you just might see this cut file I created sooner than later ;]  Oh and I MUST thank Canda again from http://www.candacraft.com/.  Canda is SUCH a sweetheart!  She is just one of those generous souls!  Out of the kindness of her heart she offered the SCAL software FREE to Lauren's DT!!!  So, I went to work straight away...I ♥ new techy stuff ;]  If you're not familiar, the SCAL software is designed to interact with your Cricut and allows you to cut svg images from your computer...vs purchasing the $89 cartridges!  For instance, our Flutters and Flowers Pretty Pieces Cut File is only $2.50 at My Time Made Easy TM LLC!!  $2.50!  I can't even buy a jar of prima flowers for $2.50, but now I can have all the daisies I want in ANY color I run through my Cricut, ANY size, for a mere $2.50 purchase price.  Not to mention the butterflies! Who needs a butterfly punch when you can cut them out with your Cricut and use Lauren's coordinating stamp set to stamp wing prints or the thick, outlined border...OR just cut from patterned or solid cs and make your own unique design. $2.50 is a STEAL!

Check out these posts to see my projects using the Pretty Pieces Cut File Accents.

The Cricut didn't cut through the double layered paper (with the scraps) but it cut the base sheet so I had a great guide to trim the rest.  I poked my holes, used a SU! Chocolate Chip marker and ruler to make my "stitches", added some primas and another scrap.  The glittery, outline of the butterfly you see in the center is a SCRAP!  I created it for a project earlier this week and it just didn't fit, so I set it aside and salvaged it tonight!  Cool, ehh? 


The butterfly is only 3 3/4 inches wide, but it still fits a perfect little sentiment on the inside.  Oh, and I definitely poked through the base cardstock...I chose not to cover it because I think it looks so neat!! 


Here's a close up of the All A Flutter Sentiments saying that I used.


Isn't it sweet?  I am in LOVE with my butterfly card!  I hope it's not just me.  Normally when I really like a card, nobody says anything, but when I post a card I HATE, everyone LOVES it!  I hope that doesn't ring true in this case ;]  Ha ha

Please be sure to visit our JUGS DT (links are in my left sidebar) and dear, Gabby Arriaza, our super talented Guest Designer for January, for some incredible inspiration !!  These girls just impress me more and more each week with their projects.  They are AMAZING!

Also, please visit Lauren and Catherine for some added My Time Made Easy inspiration today!  You don't want to miss their projects!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I really do appreciate all of your feedback, congrats and well wishes!  I WISH I had 20 more hours in the day (where I don't feel like taking a nap) so that I could just blog surf and pay the comments forward better than I have been.  You all are my constant inspiration! 

Can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge!  Be sure to link your post using Mr. Linky over at Just Us Girls and use keyword JUGS15 in any online galleries.

Thanks again for swinging by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

25 comments:

LeAnne said...

COOOOOL! I am so jealous of your techi-ness! This is just amazing!

Canda said...

I LOVE THIS CARD! I finally got to play with the new stamps and templates last night and uploaded them on my blog. I can't wait to play with them some more!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Kristin, I love your Butterfly shaped card & ALL that hand cross stitching is fabulous! How creative is that? I will be keeping my eyes open for that one! All of that DP is beautiful! I like how you showed the pretty stitched pattern on the inside of the card as well! Thank you for such a beautiful card sure to inspire others to play along!

Karen B said...

This is such a unique way to use the butterfly shape. I love that you've made it into a card and I love how you patched the DP on top. Your stitching is precise and perfect and the centre butterfly is just the added touch it needs. It must be fun trying out all the new stamps and packaging from Lauren. You all must be over the moon. What a great start to a long properous business. Thanks for sharing.

Dana Gustafson said...

ooooooh GIRL! I just love when you let your techie show! You make it all sound so easy that I just *might* have to blow the dust off of my cricut and get me some SCAL! Boy oh boy! You just come up with the best stuff...I love using up the scrap strips on your card and your pretty butterfly bit. Just gorgeous!

Sue Lelli said...

This is just too BEAUTIFUL for words! LOVE all of the FAB details!

Diane Jaquay said...

Your card is BEAUTIFUL!! I love the faux stitching on it too :)

Silke Ledlow said...

GORGEOUS butterfly card!!! Your colors and sewing looks awesome and I can tell you are lovin' your new sewing machine :)!!! Hugs ~S~

Stampin' Pam said...

ACK I LOVE THIS - when can I get the cut file? LOL it's DARLING DARLING! You my dear are so talented - I wish I could come to your house for a week and just SUCK UP some of that amazing mojo :-) Beautiful job with JUGS and showcasing yet another MTME project. ROCK ON! And that faux stitching - YES.

Judy McMullen said...

Kristin, you must have been reading my mind! I've been wondering how I could cut this butterfly template into a card. Wow! This is fantastic!! Sure wish I had it right now because I need to get a special friend's birthday card made now! LOL

Katie Cotton said...

love love love this!!!

Maria Levine said...

THIS IS FABULOUS!! And I keep thinking about that SCAL software I know I need it!! It seems as though it's worth the investment, I guess with the holidays and all I am hoping for a coupon or something! LOL!

Anyhow, LOVE your butterfly! This is a fabulous creation!!

Kathryn B said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card Kristin!!! I love the new cut files from MTME too! The colors you chose for your card are so beautiful and I love how you layered your papers and stitched them together!

Tracey Cuccia said...

Gorgeous girl!! :) You totally FOOLED me with your faux stitching -- never would have thought. I figured it would only be a matter of time before you made the card shape into a cut file ;). Stunning my friend -- just stunning!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Did you hand-stitch all that after getting a sewing machine for Christmas??? LOL This is so pretty, Kristin! Beautiful work!

Stephanie Kraft said...

This is just fabulous, Kristin! I'd love to have this available as a cut file!!

Katie Cotton said...

super cute!!!

dpkennedy said...

This is gorgeous Kristin! Do I need a Cricut now?! I hate cutting those templates...

I love your faux stitching and paper combo!!

Cynde said...

Beautiful Card Kristen. Love how it turned out! Thanks for sharing your talent...

Christine said...

Your butterfly card is gorgeous!!! I love my files from My Time Made Easy and I also love my Sure Cuts A Lot too!! Thanks for sharing!
xoxo, Christine

GinaB said...

These are so beautiful, Kristin! Great job! I love the colors you chose and that faux stitching! Awesome stuff!

Patti Senter aka NW Lady said...

Love this pieced butterfly card, it's just great and I love the idea of it being a top fold shaped card. So different and what fun adding the stitching, I may have to try this challenge. I'm off to look at what other inspiration you have on your blog.

Davi said...

Love that card! The colors and stitching are really cool~~

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my gosh, how GORGEOUS is that!!

Lisa Kind said...

I never got a chance to comment, but I found time today to tell you that you are not off the mark in thinking that this card is beautiful! I love all the details you put into this for the final outcome! Very pretty! I really need to break out my Cricut!

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