Monday, February 4, 2013

The Outlawz Greeting Card Stitching Challenge

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo. They have the cutest assortment of images, don't you think?

We are challenging you to use stitching on your cards. It can be machine, hand, or faux stitching. It's up to you. (Isn't that big of me! I chose this challenge.) I knew that I would use faux stitching, because that's how I roll. And I don't roll that way too often. Like almost never. Ever. So I thought it would be good for me to try; and what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Or other geese. Or gooses. OK, I think I'd better quit while I am not too far behind.

I got ahead on all of my DT work before we went to Hawaii. But I am back to being behind. Drat! I hope to catch up and get ahead again. Wish me luck. I really need it.

I said yesterday that I would add some more photos today. I hate to lie, so I will take a few minutes to show you some more of that fabulous vacation I wish I was still on. I think I was showing you our trip up to the northernmost part of the Big Island. We had stopped at a couple of beaches on the way up. Then we just kept driving to Hawi. As we drove north we could see Haleakala on Maui in the distance, but didn't get any photos. Silly us.

We stopped at the Kohala Coffee Mill in Hawi for a bite to eat. I had a yummy veggie sandwich & Gary had a turkey wrap. The sandwiches were so huge that we had no room for the Tropical Dreams Ice Cream, which is made on the island and is supposed to be delicious. If we ever go back, I will definitely try some. I didn't have coffee, either, as it upsets my stomach. (Gosh, I am such an old lady whiner, aren't I? Oh, and so much fun to travel with, for sure! Just ask Gary.)  The photo was taken by poor dear Gary.

So we continued on the road to the next town, Kapa'au. If you've ever watched Hawaii Five-0, you have probably seen the statue of King Kamehameha the Great on the island of Oahu. Well, that is the second statue of the king that was made--the first one was lost at sea around 1878. However, someone salvaged it and it was found in Port Stanley by the captain of the wrecked ship. He sent the statue, which had a broken arm, to the Big Island. The arm was repaired and the statue was erected at the North Kohala Civic Center in Kapa'au. So I took photos of it. Natch.

We left this area and continued as far east as the highway went. It dead-ends at the Pololu Valley Lookout. There is a trail there, but we didn't take it down to the valley. We weren't ready for a major hike that day. But we did see two donkeys and a young guy peeing at the side of the road. Odd. The guy, not the donkeys. Got a few shots there--of the donkeys, not the guy. And, of course, the ocean and the Pololu Valley. It is really beautiful there. Lush and green. And windy.

Well, well, well...looks like I am showing you photos of Gary and I, as well as a donkey. By the way, the donkey came over and put his head over the fence and just stared at me. I knew he wanted me to scratch his head; after a slight pause for courage, (I didn't know if he might bite me), I scratched his forehead and nose. He had very rough hair. But he seemed to enjoy the attention. And so did I. 

We then took off and drove back to Hawi, where we took a different route toward Kailua-Kona. We drove the Kohala Mountain Road to Waimea. It was cooler up there and crazy-dark with the low overhead clouds on the one side, while the sun was shining on the other side. Oh, and that's our crappy little Camaro convertible at the side of the road. You know, the one that you needed to be a pretzel in order to enter and exit.

After reaching Waimea we decided to take the Mamalahoa Highway on the last leg back to Kona, rather than going back to the coastal highway. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake, because we got caught in our only rainstorm on the Big Island that week. I guess we needed to be in one, huh? Though I don't know what for, except to add to Gary's discomfort of driving that convertible. And, no, we did not have the top down in the rain, either.

BTW, we never got to see the top of Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa while on the island. They were always covered by clouds. 

We found the Lotus Cafe that evening, which is a wonderful little Thai restaurant hidden at the back of a Kona industrial park. Such great food and the best Thai iced tea I have had ever! They put in coconut milk instead of condensed and they add ginger. Oh, my, how yummy! We loved the food enough for Gary to say we had to go back two more times. Well, we didn't manage twice, but we did go one more time before we left the island. 

'K, that's another day down. So, now for the card of today's challenge. I chose a sweet little Bugaboo image "Fancy Sunbonnet Love", which I printed on X-Press It CS. (Yes, I am still trying to use up my supply of that CS.) I colored this image with Copics: E000, E00, E11, BG70, BG72, BG75, R20, R22, R24, R81 R83, R85. I added just a bit of white gel pen. My large and small sentiments are from Whimsy, as are the postage dies they were cut with. 

I used Carta Bella Devoted DP. I paired that with Stampin' Up CS. My largest hearts were cut using a pattern I drew myself with some help from a tutorial. I know, right? Who knew? I did my faux stitching on the large hearts with my white gel pen. Poorly, I admit, but I don't practice this technique. Like ever. Don't look for me to do it again anytime soon, OK? OK. (Yeah, me and my brilliant ideas.) I made die cuts using the following dies: Cuttlebug Hearts and Stamps, Spellbinders Classic Hearts, and Memory Box La Rue Heart. I finished off the card with some ribbon and netting from my stash and some Wild Orchid flowers and stick pins.

OK, it's over to you now. I am looking forward to your stitched greeting cards. And be sure to check out the creations by my talented teamies, including our GDT for February, Linda Weber. 


  1. Hi Penny,
    your photos are so wonderful, I wish I could be there once a time..
    Your card is really, really nice - love it!!!
    Great hug,

  2. oooh looks like you had a heap of fun! i am jealous ;) this is such a gorgeous card the shape and the aqua pops real nice against the red :) awesome!!

  3. Wow what lovely photos...just love that Mule.

    Your card is just adorable, and so beautifully designed and presented...just lovely.


  4. Your card is gorgeous Penny. I love the cute image, wonderful colour scheme and beautiful flowers and hearts.
    Hugs Sue

  5. Gorgeous card, Penny! love the heart easel design and the colors and papers! Darling image! Enjoyed seeing more of your vacation pics!

  6. Great pictures and a splendid Card! It looks so plenty of love!!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment Penny. It is always so pleasant when I have some nice feedback.
    Your card is simply fabulous...

    Wish you something nice...
    Rosi x

  7. really gorgeous card, love the heart shape

  8. This is so darn cute! Love the heart easel card and your beautiful papers you've used. Add all of that to your gorgeous coloring and it is a fabulous card. I love everything about it.

  9. Beautiful Penny!!
    The card AND the photo's!
    Love the donkey :-)

  10. My goodness Penny, you make the most amazing easel cards! This is the first I've come across the heart shape. Gorgeous papers, image and embellies!
    I have been enjoying your photos, they are bring back some great memories!

  11. Gorgeous card Penny love the easel and your color combination. Wonderful pictures from Hawaii, am so jealous especially since we are to get more snow tonight into tomorrow.

  12. Penny, Thanks again for sharing your pictures.
    Awesome heart easel card. You did a wonderful job drawing your heart, remember in school we would fold the paper in half and draw a hump and bring it to the bottom edge and cut it out and it would be heart, we did such a good job... Love the tickets and the sentiment all the amazing hearts looks so nice and love your papers, pins, netting, everything just turned out so pretty even your faux stitching. Love the colors and you image turned out so cute.

  13. Adorable heart card...great details and faux stitching....
    Love seeing your pictures...what an amazing vacation!

  14. Ooooh. I love your card. Cute image, beautifully colored. I also love that intricate die cut and the netting. Your stitching, faux or otherwise, looks great.

    Your photos are so wonderful. Are you going make a mini-album out of them?

    If you do, you should just print out your blog posts and add them to the photos. It would capture you perfectly! That is if you want to be captured for posterity in a real tangible memento as opposed to the ephemeral nature of the blogosphere.


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Hugs, Penny