Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Wee Bit O' Inspiration Goes A Long Way (and some sewing)

Happy Weekend, everyone! We have had a rainy couple of days here, so the kids are inside playing and keeping the house noisy, but I have had some time to do some sewing and stamping. I am a much happier person when I've had time to do something just for fun, and today I am happy.

Yesterday I managed to sew four, count 'em FOUR, aprons! I made three aprons for my girls using a vintage-style print tablecloth. They love wearing aprons whenever they help in the kitchen and they always want the same apron, so now they don't have to share. Here is a photo of my youngest two modeling their new aprons.



Then, I made myself an apron. I have other aprons that I like to wear, but this one is a pretty apron, and it is kinda fun. I wore it this morning when I made coffee cake and cleaned the kitchen. Here is a photo (and the tutorial) for the apron I made.




I mentioned that I got to some stamping, right? Well, my little stamping hole has been neglected lately. I've had lots going on and I just haven't made time to stamp. But, today I managed a couple of cards. The one I'm sharing today is actually for a few different challenges. In the A Muse Lounge, there is a challenge to create a card using Julie Ebersole's genius as inspiration. Last year, she created this beauty. It is so simple and elegant! I knew what I wanted to do, then I realized that it also fit the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge, using green and white (and even some gingham print). And, finally, I found that it fit the CAS challenge on SCS from last week - It's Hip to be Square.

So, do you want to see my triple-whammy challenge card?



I used the tiny heart to make the mini shamrocks since I don't have a shamrock stamp. The shamrock stencil came from a newspaper advertisement that I found this morning. Talk about serendipity!

It came out rather lovely, I think. To quote JulieHRR, "I'm bouncin' with my arms wrapped 'round myself!"

card info: white and petite gingham green cardstock, tiny heart, luck and fortune, lime twinkle stickers by A Muse.

20 comments:

Laura said...

Such a gorgeous and creative card. Also, love the aprons!

zachandamanda said...

I love it! What a great idea... I love St. Patty's day (maybe because I like green!)

imteresa said...

That card is a WAY clever interpretation of Julie's card. Super-cute!

Sarah said...

Genius! I love the masking.

Cheryl Nelson said...

Oh my goodness you are soooooooo clever!! Lovin' how you made that shamrock!! Your aprons are just as cute as can be, too!

Jill said...

This is so happy :) What awesome work, that had to take forever to make all of those clovers! lovely card

lynn said...

so creative!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a great card! Love it! :o)

Glenda said...

Brilliant! So creative - great job.

JulieHRR said...

SHUT UP!!! YOU ARE BRILLIANT, SHAC!!! This is so clever I PIMPd!!!

Frozenstamper said...

Whoa! Those aprons are darling! Very cool card too! Love all your shamrocks!

Lea L. said...

So pretty! I love all the shamrocks within the big shamrock shape! Great masking job! Great job with this week's Tuesday Trigger!

♥Lea

Novell said...

Love it all and your girls are just so cute!!!

Jennie M said...

I love the card and the aprons! Thanks so much for playing along with the challenge Elena! :)

Beach Girl 115 said...

How clever to make the shamrocks from hearts. Your aprons are so vintage - they remind me of ones my grandmother had.

Cat said...

i ADORE this card! i've loved Julie's use of small images layered to make something different, and your card really steps it up! TFS

Cath said...

Hey Elena! What a sweet approach to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! Thanks so much for playing along! :)

Laura Davis said...

Very pretty!
Laura

mtfalco said...

Ingenious card Elena! I love it.

Heather said...

This is SO pretty!