Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!

This week's Flutter By Wednesday challenge from Danni was to use the colors red, white, and blue on our cards with a butterfly or fairy, of course. To play along, just create your card and link it up to Danni's post using Mr. Linky...it is fun to see everyone's creations!

I was able to accomplish two things this week: conquer my fear of using my sewing machine on my cards and using this awesome shimmery patriotic paper by Reminisce! I was able to do both, and I felt that because I was honored to be the featured team member this week that I ought to make two cards. I guess I'm always overcompensating!! Oh well...they just came together this week. And, they are super simple cards!

Card Details:
Stamps: Butterfly by Savvy Stamps; Celebrate Everything by Stampin' Up
Paper: Brilliant Blue and Whisper White by Stampin' UP
Ink: Silver Encore; Real Red by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Red thread for sewing machine (used free motion foot); Royal Red Shimmerz

My second card today started simply enough, but I had to add a few elements to make it all come together. The sentiment is stamped on twill, and it is sewn in a zig zag stitch to the navy grosgrain behind it. The grosgrain is only a little wider, so it doesn't show up as much. The paper that the butterfly is cut out of has the words to the Star Spangled Banner printed on it. So many friends, stamping and otherwise, have loved ones in the military at this time that I thought this was a tribute to them.
Card Details:
Stamps: Sentiment by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Patriotic designer paper by Reminisce
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: SU twill; Navy Grosgrain; Nesties Labels One; Quickutz Butterfly die (for the Revolution); Red rhinestone stickers
Thanks for stopping by today...hope you can play along with the challenge with us this week!!! And, if you have the chance, wish my stamping/blogging/mommy friend Dawn a happy birthday on her blog!

19 comments:

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

These are both beautiful. I love your butterflies! And the sewing... good show. I would have to overcome my fear of using a sewing machine - period! Somehow sewing machines and I do NOT get along at all. Had one, sold it, never had one again. But you certainly aced it!

Hugs,

Ann Kranitz said...

Nancy, Congrats on being the featured artist this week and awesome job using the sewing machine. I want one soooo bad just have not made the financial plunge!! Great Job!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Way to go and conquer your fears Nancy!! What a fab creation!! Love your sewing on the grosgrain!! What a beautiful butterfly!! Congrats on being the featured artist this week!! Have a great day!!

Dawn said...

OH Nancy... these are just beuatiful! I love the sewing and the red whit and blue is wonderful! Thanks for the birthday wishes!!!

Nicola said...

Fabulous cards from a wonderful lady. Many congratulations on being featured this week.
Nicola -x-

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

What a gorgeous card, i love the beautiful butterfly you've used. Hugs Linda x

Heather said...

Nancy,

Both of these turned out really cute!! Yay for you using your sewing machine!!! I bought one of those craft ones on sale at JoAnn's and then realized it does not do the zig zag stich just straight stiching and I am bummed I found a craft size one at Wal-Mart that does 8 different stiches but it is $49 which is O.K. but what do I do with the one I got half off for $20 and has only been used once???

I love the bling and paper on your second card!!!

Heather

Heather said...

Ooops forgot to say my card got put up late today I had some huge Internet issues last night when I was trying to post!!! Uggghhh!!!

Heather

Ashley said...

GREAT cards Nancy!

Kim said...

These are great - I love the sewing you did too.

Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly) said...

Both cards are beautiful Nancy! Congrats on sewing on your cards - I have done it only a few times and forget to get the machine out to do it.

Danni said...

You already know I love these but I'll tell ya again...love these!! I really love that first one...it just really is so nice! you are awesome!

Cathy said...

Love these cards, they are super!!

Cassie said...

nancy - they turned out great!! i am impressed with your stitching and i love the words on the second butterfly!

Jodi said...

Love that butterfly and the sewing you did too!!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Tenia Nelson said...

Great cards!!

stampin abi said...

I loe all the butterflies you've been using! gorgeous!

Rachel said...

Your cards are beautiful!! love those butterflies.

Michelle said...

SOrry I'm so late in commenting on your beautiful card! The surgery has taken me out for longer than I thought. Love the sewing and it's always nice to try and conquer those fears!