A Quartet of Challenges

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Friday, y'all!  Any big plans for the weekend?  Our car went from bad to worse with the air conditioning issue.  Now, it's having difficulty staying running at all.  We had an appointment set up for Monday, but it's so completely unreliable, not to mention that we were worried about having to have it towed to the shop, that my hubby dropped it off, yesterday morning, in hopes that they could sneak it in early.  All that's to say that our weekend plans are going to take place at or close to home.

Fortunately, we're within walking distance to lots of fun things to do with our kiddos from a Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic to a trip to Wal-Mart, the library, or just playing in the park.  We've also got plenty of things calling for our attention right at home.  Plus, they're saying we've got a 50 percent chance for rain tomorrow; and boy, are we crossing our fingers they aren't pulling our legs.  Matter of fact, we've already gotten a quarter of an inch this morning, and it's still coming down!  I wouldn't mind, in the least, if it just kept right on raining all weekend long.  Whatever keeps us running, though, at least we'll be together.  So, how about a little something papercrafty in nature?
I started this card by using my new, Jenni Bowlin, hexagon template to trace and hand cut lots of little hexagons from various, color-coordinating, patterned papers.  I then pieced them into a flower shape in the top center of a piece of woodgrain, patterned paper; machine stitched, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around their combined edges; flanked it with a couple of hand cut, from a green, gingham, patterned paper, leaves, which were anchored, down their centers, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches...
and dressed up its center with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock, butterfly, which I watercolored in shades of Pretty in Pink ink, hand cut out, glittered, and adhered at its center.
The prepped piece was then framed with a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock, as well as more white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before being adhered, with foam tape, to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.
I then trimmed its bottom edge with four different overlapping lengths of ivory, white, and kraft laces and topped them with a length of pink ribbon, which I tied, in a bow, just right of vertical center and embellished with a crystal button, laced with a hemp twine bow, as well as a stamped, in Basic Black ink, on an ink distressed, white, cardstock tag, which was also laced with hemp twine, "THANKS" sentiment.
Inspiration for this card came from the Hooked on Hexagons Challenge in the Moxie Fab World, The Ribbon Girl's July Card Challenge to create a girly card, Ribbon Carousel's Challenge 61 - Buttons and Bows - Oh My!, and The Shabby Tea Room's Week #122: Elegance & Lace.  Yum!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed weekend!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: The Birds & the Bees (Wplus9) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); Pink Pirouette, heart, & bitty polka dot (SU); pink & brown floral (Pink Paislee); big polka dot (DCWV); double polka dot (Paper Studio); star (Jillibean Soup); strawberry & woodgrain (Crate Paper); green gingham (Nikki Sivils) Ink: Basic Black & Pretty in Pink (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Timeless Tags die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); hexagon template (Jenni Bowlin); foam tape (Scotch); hemp twine (May Arts); pink ribbon & lace (Hobby Lobby); Dazzling Diamonds & crystal button (SU)

28 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh no on the AC...that can never happen at a good time. Your quilt looking card is gorgeous. Love all the fabulous stitching.

Kara Lynne said...

Jinny, this is so fresh and beautiful! I love your take on that inspiration photo, all those little elements really show up in gorgeous ways on this card. Wonderful job with the stitching!

Tracey Sabella said...

Lovely card! Love the hexagon flower and fab stitching!! ~ Blessings

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

Oh gosh Jinny I hope your poor little car gets fixed up soon. No AC in this heat is a bummer! Such a cute card today, your hexagons look great on the wood-grain. I really need to get on this hexagon train, they're so CUTE!

Kim Ryden said...

Cute card Jinny! Have you seen a hexagon punch anywhere?? Creative Memories is the only one that I know of and I don't even know if they sell it anymore! I've been wanting one. Do you like the hexagon template??

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely card Jinny. Those hexagons are fabulous. Love the colors, the lace, the stitching... another great design girl!

Jennifer said...

Love the country feel...beautiful card! Hope you get lots of rain and your car fixed.

Annette said...

awesome card...love those hexagons...they look fabulous...

Lin said...

Love what you did with your hex's, Jinny - they are so feminine with all the lovely touches you added!

Patrice said...

Love the quilty feel of your gorgeous card - I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup again this week!

http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/07/52-card-pickup-week-28.html

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sorry to hear about the car :( Hope all is better soon!! I love love love love your card!! LOVING how you made the hexagon flower!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous Jinny. Hugs Sheila.UK.XX

Tracy said...

Oh gosh I hope things work out with your car. Having no wheels can be tough. :-( I am really lovin' this card Jinny! The hexagons are so much fun and I love how you stitched around them. That adds so much interest. We've had a series of thunderstorms rolling up from the gulf for the last few days. They're mixed with the horrible heat so all of our plants are getting scorched, but the rain does provide some much appreciated relief for us. Have a great weekend! Hugs!

Jeanne J said...

Hi Jinny! Nice to meet you last night - beautiful card you created. I definately see the inspiration photo in here - love the woodgrain and the pink and all the natural elements! Beautiful!

Rebekah said...

Another stunner Jinny! Great addition of the stitching! You have patience:)
So glad you could join us at the Tea Room:)

Pauline said...

This is simply stunning Jinny, so cute and girly, and has a country feel to it too! Gorgeous!

Ruby said...

You always make me feel the need to stitch lol. Just lovely Jinny! I bet those hexagons took ages!!

donna mikasa said...

Love the vintagey homespun feel of your card! So sweet!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

JINNY! You are so amazing! I love your attention to detail! You also use a great combo of patterned papers! You amaze me:) I LOVE everything you create!

ps....I am super behind in my blog reader (over 2100!!)---please note that I'm still stalking you:) I hope to find time to stop by daily soon!!

Charlene said...

A beautiful card Jinny!! Love every inch!! Sorry about your car, and hope it gets fixed today!!

lostinpaper said...

Absolutely Stunning! LoVe those hexagons and that perfect stitching, it's another masterpiece!

Lyndal said...

GORGEOUS card Jinny - LOVE the stitching details and your button & bows :) Hope you're still on the road!

Katy said...

Very pretty! Love your flower and the lace! :)

nancy jane said...

This is a lovely card with all of the juxtaposition included. The hexagon flower looks fabulous against the woodgrain.

Cath said...

Hey Jinny! Thanks for linking this up to the Hooked on Hexagons Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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