Friday, April 20, 2007

A Touchy-Feely Friday

I hope everyone will soon be back and blogging after the Easter holidays because it's been way too quiet in Blogwrold the last couple of weeks - I guess the sunny weather we've been having here in the UK has sent everyone scuttling to the garden centres and into a mad planting frenzy! We are STILL digging at the bottom of the garden, clearing the weeds etc and trying to level the slope out a bit by moving loads of the soil to other parts of the garden. It's taking longer and is much harder work than we thought it would be! We got another bit done this week and the grass seed we planted before Easter is growing well now, so we're gradually getting there. I just know that when it's finished it won't accurately reflect the hours we spent and the aches we suffered though!

This week The Daring Cardmakers Challenge is set by Gillian and it's all about that Fabulicious, Funky, Fuzzy stuff called FELT:
"....as you may have noticed felt is really hot in the crafting world at the moment, and it's available in so many ways now, in sheet form in a rainbow of colours, precut shapes, beautiful felt borders, even lovely patterned felt and felt with glitter...
So I reckon it's a great medium to dare you with.
So here's the dare, Make a card and include some felt,
the theme & style are entirely up to you,
Can't wait to see what you come up with."

Once I'd actually managed to find my stash of felt I thought it might be the perfect stuff to use on a 16th birthday card for one of our nieces. Felt and sewing just go naturally togehter, so once I'd cut the numbers I used my sewing machine to add lines, zigzags and embroidery. I love the little daisy stitch my machine does and once I'd started using it I couldn't stop - so the backing paper ended up covered with lines of the daisies too.
I used a punch to cut some of the flower shapes - but I'm not convinced that was such a clever idea as the punch kept getting stuck (ooops) - so I gave up as I didn't want to completely ruin my fave flower punch! So I had a go with some QK and Bosskutz dies using the Sidekick - this was more successful than the punch, phew!
I sewed the flowers onto the numerals before sticking them onto the card. The big white flower looked a bit dull so I added an edging of beads.
All the paper is from the BG Gypsy pad, the lower border is raised on foam pads and decorated with little coloured gems.
This was a fun card to make. It was one of those cards that starts with only the germ of an idea then grows and develops all by itself, I like it - I hope Aimee will too!


Don't forget to check out the DCM blog where you can see how the Design Team got on this week and the fab cards they made, then you can find out more about how the cards were made by following the links to our personal blogs.









16 comments:

Esther said...

What a beautiful card! so much work gone into it! well worth the effort!

Angelnorth said...

Sweet 16 - this is really pretty Kathy! That daisy stitch is very cute and the colours are really cheerful - great job.

Paula said...

My blog has been busy - cause I'm not so busy at work ;-)
I'm hoping to get in some much missed crafting soon as well!

Frog said...

Lovely card Kathy, i am going to have go at sewing on a card one day.

Andrea xx

NickyNoo said...

Now that's pretty. What a lot of lovely detail, I feel I need to look at it a few times to take it all in!

Lisa said...

I LOVE THAT CARD!!!!

Rhi said...

I love the detail on the stitching, its a beauty of a card!

Rhi x

Lythan said...

this card is just amazing Kathy!

Lynne.x said...

Kathy I love this card - it's gorgeous.

Rein said...

Gorgeous card!
Love the design.

Paula said...

Love the combination of colours & stitching on this card.
Hmm, I too discovered last year that flower punches dont work with felt!! Tried to decorate a felt hat for a card & it went pear shaped!!

Gillian Hamilton said...

Kathy your card is simply WONDERFUL!!!... so much detail.. it wasn't till I saw this last upclose photo I realised you've sewn seed beads on too... WOWZERS hun.. this is a marvelous keepsake for Aimee, I'm sure she will look at it over and over again, and treasure it completely!

Keryn Campbell said...

Stunning card Kathy as always. Your description made it sound like so much hard work, well spent of course. Just off now to catch my breath.

Dollydimps said...

Absolutely gorgeous Kathy! You've put sooo much work into it and it's sooo effective! (can I borrow your sewing machine please?)

manicstamper said...

Oh no don't you start tempting me to get my sewing machine out.....I'm having a hard enough time resisting Gillian.
Mine does lots of different embroidery stitches too.
Stunning card Kathy.

Paula said...

You have been tagged!
Pop along & read the rules when you get chance.x