Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Catching Up!

Oh I had such an awesome time with my people!  My sister is my best friend, so spending time with her is the bee's knees!  We shopped and shopped and shopped and also laid in the sun.  Being from Washington state she is pretty darn tired of cold and rain.  Being in 70+ with sun is her idea of heaven!  The disadvantage of people is you really can't stamp!  So, today I dropped her off at the airport I will spend the rest of my day catching up on past and future designing  I need to do.
I did some new to me techniques on this card.  As you all know, I CAN NOT sew a straight line however, I just love sewing on a card - I love the look.  Well, out there in blogland I have been seeing HAND STITCHING.  Now, I know I can pierce a straight line (I have a Tim Holtz piercing ruler thank you very much) - how hard could it be sewing with the holes already pierced and straight!  Guess what - NOT HARD at all!  In fact, it was a very fun, relaxing technique to do.  I wouldn't want to do this on every card - it is time consuming - but what a blast and I adore the end result!  You will be seeing this again you can bet on that!  I also tried the  Polished Stone technique.  Even though I didn't have any metallic re-inker, I was very happy with this result also!  I did take my gold stamp pad and run it over the top.  It gave off a nice,subtle shimmer.  Here is a close up of that and of my hand stitching. (so fun!)
Okay, off to do another card -


This catch up is for the color challenge over at STV.  Gina messed up (oh it is so nice to know everyone messes up sometimes :)) and had 2 different choices of colors - I went with Turquoise Sea, Fresh Asparagus and Sweet Corn.  In stead of using the newly released GKD stamps, I went back in my file and pulled out the fun stamps from Quite the Catch (lobster guy) and Gifts from the Sea  (sentiment).  I also used my Nestabilities Seashell die cut.  Just a little card, but fun!

Thanks for stopping in.  I am so excited to be creating again! :)




15 comments:

Marisa said...

Well, to say I can relate to your sister is an understatement LOL! Where in WA is she? I'm in BC just up the coast and we have been growing flippers up here! Next time I'm coming too LOL!

Love the heart image and the seaweed around the crab is fabulous :) Have great fun catching up on your stamping :)

Payne Holler Cards said...

looks like you're having a blast catching up! these are great and I always love that little crab (-:

Benzi said...

Love your stitching, Vicki! I got the Sew-Easy....not used yet. LOL Also, there is the Janome my sister gave me for Christmas (not this last one, either) gone unused. Geeez...
Love your cards and glad you're back to stamping. I'm sure you were bursting at the seams to get to the craft room after you enjoyed visitors. Have a wonderful day.

Francie G. said...

Fabulous, Vicki! Love the sewing. I bought the kit for the hand stitching thingy but never used it.I am sewing machine challenged. I think you have inspired me. Love both your creations beautifully done as usual. So glad you had a great time with your sister. Not much stamping for me this week, my brother is visiting from Georgia. Lots of laughter and way too much eating. Hugs!

Julia Aston said...

Wow Vick! love the hand stitching (I would NOT have the patience!!) and great polished stone panel! and that grab just makes me laugh - love the 'stuff' you have behind it - and what a great sentiment! that would be perfect for one of my beach-loving, now lives in FL, friends!

Janeen said...

Vicki your cards are wonderful and I know the company dilemma. We love our company but we also need de-stress time. (stamping)
I gave myself a challenge this year to use every single stamp in my collection and that is a LOT. Check out my blog to see the first two days.
http://janeen-alittlebitofthisandthat.blogspot.com

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Vicki- both cards are wonderful. Great job on the stitching! Glad to have you back to us. Can't get your sis hooked on stamping? Can she color in the lines?? Imagine how much fun you'd have if she shared this hobby with you??

maryr917 said...

glad to hear your sisters visit was enjoyable-2 awesome projects that you posted today-like the sewing you did on the card-i tried that once-it definitely is time consuming

Diana Queen said...

Speaking of catching up..... I get to sit here with a cup of hot tea and catch up on what you've been up to here on you fab blog!!!

I'm lovin that polished stone effect. I also love that you are always trying something new and fresh!

So, I'm off to glean more good ideas here! Hugs! ;D

Monika/Buzsy said...

These are fabulous Vicki. Especially love the crab and the fab lay-out! :o)

Cheryl said...

Great cards!

Peggy said...

Glad you and your sister had a great visit! Love to have family come visit! Your first card with the sewing is beautiful! Love the polished stone. The second one with the lobster guy is as cute as it can be!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing this link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at allidoisstamp.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Cheers,
Daniel

Joanne (jojot) said...

ah, sunshine......would be fab...glad you could enjoy it with your sister,,,,looks like you've had some fun stamping too

jdmommy said...

Love that fun hermit crab, and your polished stone is wonderful!

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