Thursday, June 25, 2009

This Week I'm the Guest Designer on The Next Level

My card won the challenge for week #2 of the wonderful new ezine challenge blog The Next Level. My prize was that I get to be guest designer for week #5 - that's this week. Here is the card I made for their very complicated sketch this week. The one thing that wasn't a challenge was that you had to sew on your card, which I have been doing for the past year. In fact, I can't make a card now without sewing on it - it just feels naked with no stitching!!

I wanted to pick a completely different theme for my card and had been yearning to do something beachy and tropical. I hit our one local scrapbook store and fortunately they had some very yummy paper by My Mind's Eye. I had to borrow the flamingo stamp from my sweet friend & SU demo Stasia and then dug out my stand-by hibiscus stamp from Stampendous.

The images were colored with Copic markers. The "bamboo" railing was cut with the Cuttlebug and Floral Borders die from a woodgrain pattered paper. I cut the large background circle with my Creative Memories cutting system. Since one of the requirements was sewing, I decided to use a fancy stitch. It was a real struggle with my sewing machine. I see some really beautiful fancy stitching on some cards which I love, but my machine just isn't up to that level. It was all I could do to get it to sew this stitch in a full circle and it wanted to tear holes in the paper.

The sketch called for a sentiment in the upper left corner so I made it a sun - can you tell it's a sun? I had to paper piece it by punching out some stars, cutting them up and gluing to the back of a circle. I glittered the rays as well as the hibiscus flower.


Anonymous said...

Linda I am so excited to have you as the guest designer this week and your card is beautiful! I love all of the cheerful colors!


Unknown said...

Linda my Dear Friend,
You out did yourself on this one! Very pretty! Wow to the fancy stitching in a circle! Geez Louise, that had to be tuff!
Love your choice of images, DP and your coloring! Your cards always ROCK!
So glad you could join us this week at "The Next Level"!

Ann said...

What a fantastic card Linda, I love everything about it - and your stitching is just superb. Thank you so much for your fantastic support on The Next Level. Ann xxx

Wendy Hall said...

What a great card Linda!! I love it and your flamingo is just darling too!!

Anonymous said...

Linda, beautiful card, love everything about it!

I'd comment more often, however, my home computer has some kind of "filter" that will not let me post here and there when I come and visit several of the blogs, but I gotta tell you, I'm loving your NEW designs!

It's been a pleasure visiting!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Linda this is a wonderful card. Congrats on the guest DT!

Anonymous said...

Your card is so cute and "sassy". I need a card for a friend whose birthday I missed and that flamingo is Perfect! Love your color choices.
Linda Mc

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