This week's challenge over at Jingle Belles Rock is "sewing". In their own words: "incorporating sewing into our holiday cards; whether that be in the form of hand-stitching, via sewing machine, or even by using a pen, a stamp, or some rub-ons to add some faux stitching. anything goes!" I really like that "anything goes" part. :)
You see, I am not a stranger to sewing. As a child I sewed all my own clothes. I DID! In Home Ec (we still had Home Ec and Shop back then) we had to make a jumper, and my best friend and I both got plaid fabrics. Yes, we did, and we knew what we were doing!!! I got a sewing machine as a gift one year after college, and I still have it, though I mostly use it for collecting dust.
So imagine my delight when this challenge came around! I immediately went into creative avoidance mode, and tried to think of how I could make a card to satisfy the challenge and not actually have to sew. Yes, I'm strange.
I thought back to one of the early PTI sets I bought that includes a bunch of quilt pattern squares. The great thing about the set is the squares not only fit perfectly in a 3/4" punch, but they each contain a faux stitched border. All you need to do is punch out the stamped images then put them together and you have a stitched quilt! Easy peasy.
Unless you are me, which I am. I opted for Christmas colors, stamped a bunch of quilt squares, colored them and this is what came out:
Yes, it's crooked. I was going to draw lines, but I thought they might not erase completely, though now that I look at the card, that might have been the lesser of the two evils.
ANYway, you might be asking yourself how this is a Christmas card. Well, technically it's a Christmas THANK YOU card, for when your friends or family or spoose's boss have you over for dinner or a party or whatever, you can thank them.
Being me, I stamped more squares than I needed, so I made a second card in non-traditional colors:
Now this one could be used for any event, not just Christmas. But I think you should send something non-traditional around the holidays, just to break up all that red and green, ya know? :)
These cards would also qualify for the SOS "Oldies but Goodies" challenge, since they use an almost-forgotten stamp set I own. I love a double-duty card.
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