|The Sweet Smell of Honeysuckle|
This challenge is about the SENSE-ational Summer contest # 1 - the SMELLS of SUMMER. I'll be honest with you, living in HOT So. Illinois with all of my allergies to everything outside, including GRASS, there aren't too many smells that I really enjoy. My journal tag says it all: I love to walk around the corner of my house and be blown away by the sweet and bold scent of the honeysuckle growing on my back fence. The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy it also. If you want to see the page closer, just click on the photo.
One of the challenge requirements was that there be sewing on the page. Last time my daughter was home, I pulled out my 25 year old sewing machine and we tried to get it working, but it is destined for the trash. Last week I decided to check out Joanne's online sewing machines and found one that I thought might fit my needs and it was 1/3 off and free shipping. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!(LOL you can tell I watch too much Drive-Ins, Dinners and Dives). Sewing is not a craft that I have ever enjoyed, but I have been intrigued by the sewing I have seen on cards and scrapbook pages. So when my machine got here, it sat in the box for FOUR days until I got the taxes sent off to the IRS! YEA! Then, I allowed myself time to actually READ the directions(something that I do rarely) for the new sewing machine. It is supposed to do 59 different stitches, but I only see a possibility of 25. Luella, my daughter, is coming for a visit tonight and maybe she can help me find the other 34 stitches. LOL!!! But, I was proud of myself that I figured out how to use the leaf stitch around the boarder of my page. I also attempted to make my own honeysuckle flower out of paper.
I placed yellow ribbon(SU retired) behind the punched Lace Ribbon Border and it really made it pop off of the page. I used DSP(SU retired) for the title and glued it to a cereal box before cutting it out with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies. If you try this at home, crank the die through the big shot three times to get it to cut through this thicker material. Just crank until you see the die go past, stop, crank the other direction, etc. If you let it get too far through before reversing, static electricity will move your paper and ruin your image.
Paper: Retired SU cardstock and DSP, More Mustard, Whisper White and So Saffron Card Stock
Ink: Old Olive
Stamp: French Foliage
Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Stampin' Write Journal, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Retired SU Ribbon, Brother Sewing Machine, Smashed Pop Bottle Cap