Saturday, August 25, 2012

Operation Write Home Pizzaz Blog Skip

I hope everyone is enjoying our Operation Write Home Pizzaz Blog Skip today.  I decided to concentrate on showing some stitching on my cards.  My first card is using patterned paper from My Minds Eye, Split Coast Stampers sketch 395, a Hero Arts sentiment stamp, and a flower made with my Fiskars punches.  I used straight and zigzag stitching to give it some added pizzaz!

My second card is a take on OWH sketch 121.  I've used some zigzag stitching to give the impression that I pieced those strips on the bottom.  Nope!  The paper from K&Company Best of Brenda Walton was just kind of plain and sitting there all dull and boring until I gave it some pizzaz with the stitching.  I also used some straight stitching to finishing off the edges and the cross piece.  A trick I use when sewing thin paper is to foundation piece it, which means I glue the thin patterned paper to some cardstock.  In this case, the white cardstock that I've embossed is the foundation piece as well.  I used one of my favorite embossing folders from Craft Concepts called Budding Vine for that.  The pre-colored hydrangea digi is from Sandi Gore Evans' collection Floral Bouquets from Daisy Company and was cut with a Spellbinders Standard Circle die and layered over a  Spellbinders Lacey Circle die cut made from kraft layering cardstock to match the background layer.   Whew!

I hope you enjoyed looking at and learning about my cards.  Our next cardmaker is Cora at Cora Jean's Paper Playtime.  Cora makes fabulous cards, and I know you will really enjoy seeing her work.  Click here to go to her website.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the skip!

54 comments:

  1. Lee Mae, Two beautiful cards. Your first card has a nice autumn feel to it and I love Autumn so it's a winner in my eyes. The stitching on both cards is very nice. I really like how you stitched the second card to make it look like several different pieces of paper. Great job with both.

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  2. I really like the stitching; it accents the papers so well and gives them a little texture too.

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  3. Stitching is something I have to tried yet, but it looks fantastic and adds that extra 'something special' to the cards.

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  4. I love the look and feel real stitching adds to cards and wish I had the space for a sewing machine. You definitely had me fooled on the bottom card... I was kinda wondering how you stitched those strips together so neatly. Beautiful cards Lee Mae!

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  5. Well, I am NOT able to sew, despite multiple sewing classes taken over the years! I really wish I was, because the look of your sewing is fab! It adds so much pizzaz, especially that zig-zag stitch, without making things to feminine and girlie! Lastly, the colors on that first card are so rich!!! very nice!

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  6. I love the colors of the first card- and the pure elegance of the 2nd card- your stiching is impressive! I think it adds such a perfect touch to your cards! Not sure I will ever pull out my machine for card making but if I do- I will remember your tip about making a foundation piece!

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  7. Love the stitching on your second card it really adds to the striped paper. I haven't tried stitching as of yet.

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  8. Both the cards are fantastic. I especially like the first one with the paper punched flower you created. That is a great look.

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  9. Thanks for sharing, Lee Mae. The stitching adds just the extra punch. I never think to do that to my cards, but will have to try it.

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  10. Neat cards. I would never have thought to add something to the stripes like you did. These are all great ways to add dimension without a lot of bulk. Thank You.

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  11. Beautiful cards! I really need to "blow the dust off" my sewing machine! Thank you for the great tip for working with thin paper!

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  12. OK, now I have to try stitching - my sewing machine has been patiently waiting for years! I like that you were able to take the rather plain striped paper and add a bit of pizzazz with the stitching - very cool!

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  13. Love your stitching job! I tried stitch freehand once - not a good idea lol! Your stitching is remarkable though. Love the soft colors on second card. The stitching makes it feel just a bit more country. Great job and thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love, love, love the stitching. I do have a machine, but live in such a small apartment, have no where to set it up. I end up using faux stitching instead.

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  15. I have GOT to remember to haul out the machine! Your sewing is lovely and thanks for the foundation tip!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    http://deliteful-alpha-sets.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  16. Thanks for the inspiration. I've only tried stitching once...maybe I'll have to give it another try!

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  17. Love the stitching. I wonder if my sewing machine still works. It hasn't been used for years.

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  18. I've sewn on cards before but have trouble keeping my lines straight. You've done an excellent job. I never thought of adding stitches to one whole sheet but the effect it's pretty incredible. Thanks for sharing your knowledge...

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  19. I love your first card, the color combinations fit so well and the zig zag stitching really help to focus your eye on the sentiment. Very nice card!

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  20. Hi Lee Mae,

    I LOVE how you gave such life and interest to the "dull and boring" paper by adding zigzag stitching between the stripes. Great idea!

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  21. I have tried to sew and failed. I never thought of attaching it to cardstock first. duh. Sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks. I liked that you used paper with stripes and sewed over the top sure would save time in cutting strips. Loved the zigzag!

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  22. Beautiful cards, I love your choice of paper. I might have to pull out my sewing machine and start stitching my cards. . .it certainly added pizzaz to your cards!

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  23. Nice idea adding the stitching to already striped paper! I haven't gotten brave enough to use my sewing machine on paper yet.

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  24. Very pretty with the addition of stitching. I esp like the zig zag.

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  25. The papers are really showcased with the simple designs.
    All your added details of stitching, brad and embossing really make your cards pop with Pizzazz!

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  26. OH MY GOSH - I love, love, love that first card. I would never have put those papers together but they work so well. Love that pop of blue on the flower.

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  27. I love the stitching - the colors in both are fantastic - stitching on the striped papers does give it pizzaz
    thanks for being a part of our skip

    Barb Housner

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  28. I loved the pizzazz colors on your first card, and the stitching was a great touch for that paper. Great job! Pat K.

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  29. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards with us, and for explaining the whole process so well. It was a brilliant idea to add that stitching to the second card...it really does at pizzaz.

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  30. I think I can do it now! Thanks for the info about gluing the thin strips first. I tried but tore and gave up but the look yours have is worth trying again.

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  31. What a great card and your sewing adds the extra touch. I wish I could sew. Awesome job with colors too!

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  32. Thanks for the tip on stitching. I particularly like the second card - love the way you did the flower embellishment!

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  33. Hi Lee Mae! Your stitching really highlight the shapes on the cards. I never thought to use striped paper for that OWH sketch. Very clever.

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  34. I love your cards Lee Mae! I wish I could sew, it adds so much to the cards.

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  35. I pinned your second card to Pinterest. I have never thought of stitching on striped paper to make it look like you pieced it. I want to try that. I even have paper in mind. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  36. Lee Mae -- both wonderful cards. I like your stitching. I've been exploring a little with that myself. If I had to pick a fav it would be your second card. I like all the zig zag stitching -- really adds that pizzaz. Thanks for the inspiration,

    Sharon

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  37. Like the way the stitching changed the look of the striped paper. Wish my cats would sleep on the floor when I work, instead they prefer my work table and/or lap!

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  38. I love the stitching! Makes me wish I had a sewing machine.

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  39. Great use of a precolored digi. These cards are full of pizzazz.

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  40. Both cards are lovely. They are so well balanced in design and color and texture. The stitching really adds a nice element. Nice work!

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  41. Amazing how a little stitching can add so much...Thanks for the reminder!

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  42. What a great idea to put stitching between each strip of paper. Nice touch and a look of dimension.

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  43. Oh wow, so many pretty details! That's pizazz for sure! Thanks for sharing, I love both is these cards!

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  44. Two beautiful cards! I love the zig-zag stitch and the extra punch it gave to both cards in such different ways. (love that dry embossing folder pattern as well!)

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  45. Beautiful cards. I love how you used the stitches to accent them.

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  46. Great cards! Ilove the stitching you did on them! Really adds a finishing touch!

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  47. The colors in the second card are soooo pretty. Till I read what you wrote and went back for a second look would have said that you'd pieced it, amazing what a little stitching can do! I usually either forget or am to lazy to dig out the machine. Pets to the dogs and thanks for being an OWH'er!
    R/

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  48. Awesome cards! Your stitching is so beautiful and precise. Stitching is not a technique that I have tried yet but I hope to soon.

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  49. I love the look of stitching on your card. I keep saying I need to try this. It really adds dimension without a lot of bulky layers.

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  50. Gorgeous cards-- love the care you took and all of the details... mmm, pizzazz!

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  51. Beautiful example of stitching, Lee Mae! Love the zigzag stitching especially :) Makes me want to get one of those little machines just to have it for cards!

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  52. Your stitching does make a big difference. It is very effective on the second cards' striped paper. Thanks for the hint abut backing thin pp before sewing.

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  53. I really love how you stitched the second card to make a solid piece of paper look like several sewn together. Your stitching on both cards really kicks thing up a notch.

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  54. Gorgeous. I love your use of colors! The stitching adds a nice element. TFS!

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