Thursday, May 8, 2008

Stamp Simply 34-- In Stitches!

TGIF! Stamp Simply Time my friends! This week, we get to pull out our sewing machines or fake like we know how to sew on cards! LOL. This week's challenge is "in stitches." You can sew or go faux - just as long as your card has some sort of sewing "look" to it! For all the challenge details - click HERE to visit Sharon Johnson's place!

For my card, I chose to let my sewing machine "drive" on this one. This is one of my favorite ways to sew on cards -- because you can't get it wrong! I figured out what I wanted to use as my base for my card and my mat. I then put my paper through my sewing machine and only minimally guided it through. I love the curves that are just naturally created! Looks a bit funky!

The rest is pretty simple. I used one of Gina K's new stamp sets called Comfort and Peace. This set rocks for so many reasons. It is the perfect stamp for those serious times in life when you struggle to find the right words. Sadly, I created this for a friend whose mom is battling Pancreatic cancer (Stage 4). This same friend also recently had a baby - just a month ago- and when the baby was born, it was born with a condition called Peter's Anomoly. It's a condition that impacts vision and typically comes with a cloudy cornea and glaucoma. This little baby girl has already gone through four surgeries. So, if anyone is the praying kind (I know you are out there) please pray for Baby Theresa and her grandma (also named Theresa). I know they need all the prayers they can get.

Back to the card... The image was created by just coloring the back with markers and "huffing" before I stamped. The circle and scalloped circle were created thanks to my Nestabilities dies. After I adhered it to my mat, I just trimmed it up so that I only used a portion of the circle. Before I matted it all up, I used a slot punch (Stampin' Up) to string my ribbon through and added a faux brad (it's acutally a hot fix nail head). That's pretty much it.

Here's a close up to show the stamped flower. I just love this image. I know it will be well used!

Hope you make time to play this week for Sharon's Challenge! If you need some inspiration, be sure to check out the fabulous creations from the other members of the Stamp Simply Team!!


Take care and have a fabulous weekend!

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


hemidemisemiquaver said...

Oh Julie, I will be praying for both of them. She may take encouragement from this story: (My best friend's sister) A battle for life at every turn. The card is beautiful. I like the bright colors. Are you huffing again? Man...we have to talk! ;)

Lesli said...

Very cute card Julie - you know I have never physically sewn on a card - I need to get busy :)

Penny said...

It's the perfect simple quote for encouragement for your friends at their difficult time. I am sure they will love this card - I know I do. Your wiggly stitching is fantastic!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Such a beautiful card! Love that crazy stitching!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Such a fabulous sample, Julie -- I love that type of sewing as well!! And, yes, gorgeous image!!! Thanks so much!!! I am so sorry to hear about your friends mother and daughter -- I will definitely pray for them all.

Janine said...

Gorgeous Julie... I will definitely have to dust off my machine

Jennifer Buck said...

Julie, I am so sorry to hear about your friends mom and baby. We will be praying for them here. Please keep me posted. On the lighter side your card is beautiful! ...I know your friend will love and appreciate it! Thanks for sharing...hope you have a wonderful day! :)

denise g. said...

VERY pretty card. So sorry that you need to send it and I will put the Theresas in my prayers. I inherited my great grandmother's treadle machine. It's a dust catcher outside the door to my studio. Maybe even I, who barely squeaked thru sewing in 4H, could do that "funky" stitching like you do. And I LOVE the sayings that you've been putting on your posts - thanks!

Dee Jackson aka stampincuzIluv2 said...

Luv your card Julie!! The layout is fun and the stitches are fabulous!!

Melanie said...

gorgeous card!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Julie, this is beautiful! I just love the bright colors, and your free-form stitching is a perfect touch! Great job! Thanks for coming up with a fun challenge!

acreativeneed said...

Beautiful! Fun stitching and great layout!

Hope said...

Fantastic card Julie. I am so sorry about your friend she is really going through a lot. I will be praying for them.

Laura Davis said...

This is so beautiful Julie!!! Your friend will love it!

Anonymous said...

I just recently discovered your blog and your work is beautiful! IS there any way I could see the cards that are on the slide show? (When they are not moving!) Do you have a Splitcoast gallery?
Thank you,
Sandy Kay

Julie Koerber said...

Sandy Kay,
Thanks for wanting to look more at my cards! I feel honored! If you click on the slide show, you can view each card one by one. I also have a splitcoast gallery and my name is outtoimpress


Michelle said...

Very pretty! Again I love the bright pinks! I bought a new janome machine. I'm not much of a sewer. I love how you just went with it and sewed the curvy lines. I can do that without trying :)

paylin said...

Hi Julie, how's your day ?
That's great layout. It's just simple layout, sweet, beautiful, cute ... etc.

anyway, just wish all the mother's " happy mothers day "

takecare n have great weekend.

JAR said...

Lovely card and awesome stitching! I will have to try that!

Kim said...

WOW this is gorgeous and I LOVE the sewing and the layout.