Thursday, January 26, 2012

Out on a Limb

A beautiful day here on the Westcoast.  Nice and dry ... the rain has finally stopped and the sun is shining.  Hubby and I decided to take full advantage of the nice day and headed out for a walk along Crescent Beach (about 20 min. drive from our house).  We got some exercise, enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and then stopped in Ocean Park (next to Crescent Beach) for a delicious lunch at the Village Pub (our first time there).  It was a great way to spend some time together!

Once back home, I headed into the art studio to work on a card for today's Ways To Use It Challenge (WT359 - Looking back ... use at least two WT challenges from the past year on your card).  Well, I managed to fit in four previous challenges (WT312 - Seeing spots; WT322 - Terrific Trees; WT346 - Leaves; WT358 - Sew Beautiful).  I used the paper piecing technique on today's card (one of my favorite techniques!).  Hope you like.

"I'd go out on a limb for you"

Stamps:  Tree Swing, sentiment (Stampendous)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Soft Suede DP (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso; Stampin' Write marker:  Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Cappuccino Twine (The Twinery), embroidery needle, 1/4" Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, Tombow glue, and adhesives

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I stamped the tree in Early Espresso ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped it a second time onto the Soft Suede polka-dot DP.  I cut out the tree trunk from the polka-dot paper and used Tombow glue to glue it on top of my image on the Whisper White cardstock.  I also cut out the base of the swing and glued it on top of the main panel.  I used my Old Olive Stampin' Write marker to color in the leaves on the tree.

I threaded a piece of Cappuccino Twine onto my embroidery needle and tied a knot at the end (this will be the knot that sits under the base of the tree swing).  I sewed the twine through my main panel, adding a little Tombow glue to hold it in place.  I repeated with a second piece of twine to finish the swing.

I mounted a large piece of the Soft Suede polka-dot DP onto a card base of Early Espresso.

I mounted the main panel onto a frame of Early Espresso cardstock and then mounted it to the card.  In hindsight I could have just used the card base to mount the main panel, along with a smaller piece of the polka-dot DP, but I originally had made a horizontal card and then changed my mind about the layout.

I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, mounted it on a frame of the same color and adhered it to the front of the card.

I wrapped the 1/4" grosgrain ribbon around the top of the card, tying a knot off-center.

1 comment:

Lura said...

Darling card here. I would just like to say that I have noticed in your pictures that almost every one seems to have an inside element to it but only a small sliver of it shows. This is something I always struggle with and it would be good if we could see maybe a small inset picture showing what the inside is all about? Appreciate your generous instructions and notes on how you make these cards.