Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sew Frustrating!

I love sewing.  I love admiring other people's sewing.  I love all the amazing things you can do with a needle and thread.  BUT I am sew rubbish at it!  When I saw the sewing theme at Less is More, I was about to launch into faux stitching but then thought that it is supposed to be a *challenge* and I had better *challenge* myself.  So I threaded a needle and huffed and puffed and stropped my way through a lot of card before making this:


Captured in the evening sunlight - which I think goes a long way to making my stitching look better! - this looks a remarkably simple card.  In fact, it looks like more like a child's drawing of a flower.  My husband has been subjected to a constant stream of 'do you think this looks alright?' today and in the end he said 'I'm trying to word this in the right way... I think it's good and I think you should enter it but I don't think this challenge is bringing out your best crafting!'  Nor my best side, he was probably muttering under his breath!

Supplies
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, French Foliage
Ink: Basic Black, River Rock, Wild Wasabi, marker pen in Wild Wasabi
Card: Daffodil Delight, hammered white card (non-SU)
Other: antique brad; stamp-a-ma-jig; Blossom punch, sponge dauber; embroidery thread; paper piercing tool and mat; needle; blood, sweat, toil and tears

Along with the pretty much the rest of the UK, we have been celebrating the return of sunshine today with a nice walk alongside the river Lune, putting off mowing the lawn until tomorrow (which is probably a general invitation for it to rain again).  Meanwhile, Socks has been sunbathing as he does have to maintain his beauty regimen.  These cats, on the other hand, have to recharge their catteries...


Thanks for stopping by, and, whatever the weather, I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!


47 comments:

  1. beautiful card, so sunny and colorful

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  2. oh what a great idea .. i love the stitched flower .. and those cats are funny
    Lisa x

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  3. Wonderful work Victoria. I think you did a fabulous job!

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  4. I cannot sew either Victoria, but you have made a fab card , what a super flower well done Hugs Elaine

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  5. Wow, brilliant card Victoria! Love the stitching, well done. Your batteries didn't need recharging for this LIM challenge for sure. Di xx

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  6. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your sewing Victoria - it's very neatly done! A beautiful sunny and happy card. xx

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  7. Well done for persevering Victoria. Love the way this flower has turned out. So hoping the weather stays warm and sunny - Socks has the right idea! Hugs, Buttons x

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  8. Victoria, I think your flower is stitched beautifully! I hope you keep stitching, and don't give it up! Thank you for your visit today--I am so glad you told me about that word verification thing. I had no idea, and I did not purposely turn it on, so now I've got to go into the dashboard and figure out how to turn that off. What a nuisance! Thanks again dearest for looking out for me!

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  9. Well if this a poor job wait til you see mine -(I will definitely be going the faux stitching route!) you have done a brilliant job !! x

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  10. This is fab. I'm afraid to say that I normally use faux stitching on my cards, so in my eyes you've done a fantastic job. x

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  11. This looks fabulous Victoria... what a great idea to add stitching to the petals.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  12. Brilliant idea to stitch the punched flower Victoria, love it! I always smile when I visit your blog, Socks has that expression on his face that appears to be saying 'not another visitor to disturb me'
    Val x

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  13. I think your stitching on this flower is adorable and I also think hand sewing on paper is probably lots harder than on the sewing machine. Maybe I'll have to open up my machine.

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  14. What a pretty flower...I think you did a wonderful job on it!! Cute kitty cat you have, too!

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  15. well i think your sewing looks great!!! :) that is a ton of hand stitching girl but it sure makes the flower pop!!! love it :)

    *i drive my hubby nuts by asking him if my cards look good. funny thing is the ones i dislike and he says to post are the ones that others love! so glad to have him around :)

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  16. Oh I love this, not sure I'm gonna like this weeks challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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  17. What an impressive sunflower! I love the bold colors on this clean design, and you've done a great job with the stitching!

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  18. Great card Victoria and Congrats on not taking the easy way out! Really admire you for stitching (sticking.....) at it and even going so far as to sew two layers of the flower. Such a gorgeous bright and sunny card - just like the weather.

    Karen x

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  19. It's a lovely cheerful card - well done on taking up the challenge and gettting a needle and cotton out!

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  20. Hola Victoria, thank you for your kind comment, is nice to see you:D
    Ooh my friend your card is GORGEOUS!!, great idea stitch the petals with orange is a fantastic colour effect, very bright, perfect flower for a sunny day:D, the brad is a great final touch, good work Victoria.
    Hugs for you and for Socks from Palma:D

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  21. I love it Victoria, I always find the simple looking cards are the most difficult to make. It's such an original idea - well done to you for not just running the machine around the edge (like I would) or getting a pen out.
    Pauline
    x

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  22. Hi Victoria . . . blimey your "In-house critic" is extremely tactful isn't he? No wonder you married him!

    I can't sew for toffees . . . I struggle with buttons and I use Wundaweb for hems (even though I hate ironing, I hate sewing MORE). So am in total awe of your stitched card and take my hat off to you for doing it in the middle of a strop too!

    Have a better Sunday xxx

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  23. LOVE IT - well done you, I'll still trying to locate a needle! - Jacqueline xx

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  24. Love this card..........what a great idea to add stitching to the petals .....Perfect!

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  25. what a great and cheery card

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  26. Hurray - a fellow non-sewer! Mind you, you've done a great job of the stitching on that flower. Your card is very bright and cheerful and I bet you didn't stab yourself as many times as I did!

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  27. Hello:)Oh,i have so laughed at your sewing post-thst is soooo me!! i am entering the challenge too,but i havent stitched anything since i was about 9 !-i have had the same dilema as you today,asking my poor hubby the same "is it ok isnt it ok? it looks like a child made it" !! .....yours however is lovely-beaufifully crafted,well done you :)

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  28. Victoria hun stop putting yourself down! This is gorgeous love it! Karen x

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  29. I love the stitching, and your card

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  30. I love this! It is the perfect every occassion card & beautifully done. You did well on your challenge! Looks like you are a natural for stitching!!

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  31. What a great idea to add stitching to the petals - I love it!

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  32. I really like your pretty cas card and I'd be proud to do hand stitching like that. I'm still smiling at your supple list!

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  33. Hey Victoria

    Check you out with your sewing - brilliant - well done you!

    I love the piccie of the cats recharging - brilliant.

    Winston says 'Hi'.

    Thanks for dropping by to see me and leaving me some lovely comments.

    Ta ta for now.

    Hazel x

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  34. Superb flower Victoria
    Those cats look FAB
    Thanks very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  35. Well you did a wonderful job and I "sew" love it!!
    Sandy

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  36. Great card Honey and love that you have used a stamp set and punch which I have! Yippee!
    I have some homemade stout and chocolate cupcakes with marscapone frosting if you want one but there are not many left so keep Mum! I will make some for the rest of the Playground later in the week!

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  37. You doing your self down!!! the stitching looks great, in fact in the top photo your flower looks like an embrioded motif.
    Brilliant CAS design and fab colours too.
    A walk along the river sounds idyllic... hopefully you got the grass cut too :0)
    Jenny x

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  38. Fabulous flowers. Everything in simplicity. What a work ! Bravo !

    Hugs from France.
    Cath.

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  39. Terrific card. Love the flower, the stitching really brings it to life.
    Lynne xxx

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  40. Oh my word, it's fabulous!!!! LOVE the stitched bloom!!! :)

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  41. Look at you with 41 comments on your breathtaking card! I love the CAS lusciousness of it and it smells like a winner to me! So the next time hubs say "it's good," you'll know it's a knockout to the rest of us!!

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  42. Oh, and now I feel badly for fauxing my stitching. I'm "that person."

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  43. I was "sew" challenged this week too. I think you've come up with a brill idea though and your bloom is gorgeous. x

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  44. Well I love it and you have certainly done better than what I ever could lol!!!. Going by all of your comments I think everyone else does too. Sorry Sam you were wrong this time!!!!. The flower actually loooks like it is made from felt. So pretty hun. You do not need anything else on the card as the flower does it all. Love the cats and hope Socks is using his factor 50!!!. Hugs Clare xxx

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  45. Your perseverance really paid off Victoria - fabulous card.

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  46. Loads of deatail, gorgeous!
    Laura
    x

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