Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Challenges are Just Opportunities Disguised

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great day! I was so excited the other day when I was looking for something in my craft room and came across my old Provo Craft Sew Crafty Mini sewing machine, circa 2003! I couldn't wait to use it! It only makes straight-line stitches but it looks so good on cards. I completely forgot I had's been probably five years since I used it. Of course I couldn't remember how it worked, so I had to dig through my file of old instructions. But I found them and surprisingly, the batteries still worked! Once I used it, I remembered why I packed it away...the thing is so darn hard to thread! And the thread broke three times :( Don't look too closely at the stitching or you will see the places where it broke! It bothers me that it isn't perfect, but I didn't want to waste this pretty sparkly leaf paper.
I used paper from Cloud 9 Seasonal Stack for the top and DCWV for the rest. The flower is cut from Flower Shoppe - so love this cart! And the swirl is from Picturesque. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set. Click HERE to purchase your own set!

I used this week's Celebrate the Occasion sketch for the design of the card.

  • K Andrew Positive Thoughts Stamp Set
  • Provo Craft Sew Crafty Sewing Machine
  • Flower Shoppe - flower at 1 1/2"
  • Picturesque - swirl at 1 1/2"
  • DCWV Harvest Gathering Paper
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink
  • Colorbok Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Recollections Gem Strip
  • Hobby Lobby Ribbon
I am entering the card in the following challenges:
Also, I have received the Butterfly Award from some friends and I am working on getting that post up. I wanted them to know how much I appreciate them thinking of me and how thankful I am! I will get the post up soon, I promise! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great day :)


Megan said...

Your card is so pretty! I love how that flower turned out, I need to get that cartridge!

Sherrie K. said...

You did a marvelous job on your card Lisa! I love the sparkly leaf paper, pretty swirl and gorgeous flower.
I just picked up Flower Shoppe cart, but just haven't had the time to use it yet:( BTW, I had to get rid of that PC sew crafty mini for that very same fraustrated me everytime I used it-so out it went.

Have a GREAT day:)
Sherrie K

girlia said...


Judy said...

Beautiful card Lisa! I love the Fall paper and the sewing on your card is so awesome.

Adrian said...

very pretty!

Melissa said...

This is beautiful, fall is my favorite season and you did a fabulous job with this card! Thanks for joining CTO!

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Your card is very pretty! Good luck with all the challenges. :)

Linda B said...

No wonder you didn't want to waste that paper... it's soooo pretty. Don't you love fall stuff? Your card turned out fabulous... no problems that I can see... it's beautiful! Love your flower!!!

Elizabeth said...

I love your card:) It gavce me a nice refreshing thought for this very hot day! I got rid of my PC sewing machine for the very same reason! Very frustrating! However I love my cheap Singer I picked up at Walmart!

Charlotte said...

Lisa, your card is fabulous! I really love the paper with the leaves. And the flower is beautiful. I will have to get the Flower Shoppe cart. Great stitching on the card.

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Lisa!!! What a beautiful card! And I love your blog!

Thank you for visiting and becoming a following family-friend! I, as well, will be following you to be further inspired and amazed by your talent!

I look forward to getting to know you, my friend!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Bee-utiful card. Sometimes we are harshest critics of our own work. I'm horrible at sewing and you did a wonderful job. I do not see the broken stitches.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

DIANA L. said...

Nice job Lisa, I really like the patterned paper you used for the leaves on the top, your stitching looks great. Thanks for joining us this week at Celebrate The Occasion.


Amy said...

What a pretty card, and I love that sparkly paper! I think your sewing looks good! Great job on the challenge! :)Amy

Letillia said...

Beautiful Card Lisa I plan on playing @ CTO also if I can get this house in order lol, I also have the Butterfly Award for you over on my blog!

Laurie said...

Hi Lisa! I understand your "pain" with the thread!! Hence, the faux stitching on my card!! 3 tries and I was done! lol I really do like your though, the pp is adorable!! Thanks for joining us at CTO!

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Lovely card Lisa, and love the stitching and the flower!! TFS

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

You had me laughing because I just did the same thing with my sewing machine! I could not get it to thread and when I finally did it just made holes in the paper! I ended up lugging out my big sewing machine and wow was it so much easier! I still have to make the rest of the card, all the attempts at sewing made me exhausted! Great card, your take on the sketch is amazing!

Esther said...

Very pretty!
And your stitching looks fine!!
Thamks for joining us a CTO!

Jani said...

Wonderful card. I just love your beautiful flower. Don't you just love when you rediscover an old toy. When that happens to me I feel like a little kid again playing with a toy I had forgotten about.

Jani :)
Paper compulsions

Shelly said...

Great card Lisa! OK I am in love with that paper and the flower. Oh boy I may have to get that cart. I told myself no more craft supplies for 1 month. It's only day 3.... I love your creativity! I always look foward to seeing your cards pop up in my blogger!

Sabrina said...

Adorable card Lisa! And I can't see any of the stitching mishaps, so no worries, LOL! I just got the Flower Shoppe Cart. and need to play with it!
Thanks for playing with us at FCCB!

Cre8tiveVet said...

I love your card and the sparkly paper too! Thanks for joining us at CTO. -Yvette

Rez P. said...

Aloha Lisa,
I love the sparkly paper and the sewing looks great. Your cards are always beautiful.
Big Hugs,
Karezma Kreations

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

So true! Love your card. Sewing looks great. You are just so talented. x

Brenda said...

Oh this is so beautiful. What a pretty fall card. I love the colors you chose and it's a great take on the sketch. I also have the mini sewing machine and found I had the same problem with the thread breaking all the time, but your stitching looks great.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Mary said...

I love that fall paper, I wouldn't have wasted it either. The card turned out fantastic, love the sentiment and the flower. I too love that cartridge. Thanks for playing along at CTO.


Paper Panther and Rayna said...

Love your fall colors! The sentiment and the flower are perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at CTO!

♥ Rayna

Susan said...

Hey Lisa! I missed you this past week! Actually, I've missed about 5 projects you have done so I have catching up to do! I will be blogging tonight so I promise I'm going to be checking out all I've missed. This one is really cool, I like the threading on it. I had no idea Provo Craft had something like that back then! I like the sentiment too, it fits perfect with the card. I will catch up later, hope all is good!


Sweet Magnolia Rose said...

WoW Lisa, this is sooooo pretty!!! I love this PageMap Sketch :o) I am so happy you joined us this week at DCD!!

Die Cuttin Diva

Georgiana said...

Very pretty. I wish I could sew better. My lines always seem crooked.

Carson's Creations

scrappinC said...

Love your card, it reminds me of Fall. The sentiment is wonderful.
Cindy Lou

Joy said...

Love the leaf paper and the flower is so pretty!
Thanks for playing along with us this week, at My Craft Spot !

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Lisa, love your card and you message within your post. Thanks my friend. ~Shen

Dilsaver Designs said...

Love your fall theme with your pretty flower! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

Karen H said...

My dear crafty friend, how beautiful is this? The colors of Autumn are unlike any other and you captured them so beautifully here. Rich, yet vibrant. The sewing looks amazing, despite your machine's best efforts to deter you otherwise. :o) That shade of ribbon is absolutely perfect with its deep gorgeousness. And another flower for me to love... that cart looks magical! :o) Most importantly though, I adore the sentiment. It's quite similar to one of my favorites. :o) Beautiful work as always, my friend. I'm always happy when I can visit you!

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Creative Diva said...

This is very beautiful Lisa. I love the stitching. Thanks for joining as at DCD.


ScrapMyWay said...

Lisa, once again a well thought out card, design & color are great. Love the flourish.

jo ( said...

So cute! Love the stitching around the edges! I had that sewing machine too - my husband broke it on the first day because he messed around with it! Now I have a regular sewing machine, but I'm still not good at it! *lol* Too much work!

Amy C said...

Beautiful card!! I love the rich colors. Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot.

Scrapping Mommy

Kate said...

This is wonderful, Lisa! Your flower is gorgeous!
Thanks so much for playing along at My Craft Spot!
Small Bits of Paper

Kate said...

Back to thank you for playing along at Fantabulous Cricut too! I'm still LOVING that flower!
Small Bits of Paper

Glenda said...

Very pretty! Love the flower and papers! Thanks for playing with us at Fantabulous Cricut!


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