Thursday, February 28, 2013


The first thing I do when making a card is reach for my stamps.  If I want to do something different, then I reach for my Cricut.  I'm a creature of habit.  Even though I tell myself I should think outside the box and try a new technique, I cave and take the easy route.  I decided with the new year I am going to challenge myself to try some new techniques and learn some new skills. 
This card was completely out of my comfort zone.  No ink, no stamped images, no coloring, no die cuts, no decorative papers....what's a girl to do?  I was looking at my Oriental Trading Punch and Stitch border stencils when an idea came to me.  I ran with it, I think it was a bit of a stretch but I also think it works.  I used three different flourishes from the stencil to create what I think looks like a flower and butterfly.  Like I said a bit of a stretch, but maybe if you squint a little you'll see it as I do. I hand stitched it, added a $1 Studio G sentiment and a little bling. 
It's a little simple and plain for my tastes but it is something new for me, and that was the challenge.  What should I try next?  Any suggestions??


  1. oooo I think this looks awesome!! Always nice to step outside of the box and create something different! I've got a few things like this in my room, that I need to dig out and make myself use.

  2. This is gorgeous!! I love the stitching!! It looks amazing!! I challenged myself to try new techniques, too and I've fallen in love with ink sprays!! They are so much fun!! Have a great evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Amazing card, Deborah!! I love the stitching!!

  4. How wonderful! Love how you stitched your card!

  5. Holy hand stitched this! WOW, it looks amazing! Great job and way to go girl on trying something new! Looks amazing!
    Sherrie K