Saturday, 21 July 2012

In Stitches faux embroidery

How do Chrissie and Mandi think up their brilliant challenges? Less is More always inspires me on a Saturday morning and today was no exception - they want to see cards with stitching or a sewing theme. I immediately thought of my In Stitches wheel, which I've unmounted and divided into separate stamps (see this post for how I did it.) Come and have a look:


The stitches always remind me of leaves and plants, so I've made a faux embroidery garden! I used a variety of green inks and coloured the larger leaves in with markers. The sentiment is from Curly Cute and I set it in a split frame embossed with my Simply Scored.


The zig zag stitch reminded me of grass, so I stamped a double row at the bottom and this grounds the plants nicely too.


The stems were given a variety of flowers: Twitterpated designer buttons, which I threaded with thin shreds of card stock before attaching with glue dots; four petalled flowers punched with one of the Itty Bitty punches and centred with tiny pearls; and a cut out embossed flower coloured with Watercolour Wonder crayons, a blender pen and a marker. It's great fun adding these pretty details!

Here's what I used to make today's card:
Stamps: In Stitches wheel, Curly Cute
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Baja Breeze
Card stock: Whisper White, scraps of Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory
Other: Markers, Simply Scored, Watercolour Wonder crayons, blender pen, Twitterpated designer buttons, Itty Bitty punch pack, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Basic Pearls, paper snips, Stamp-a-majig
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Life is getting just a bit too hectic just lately so I've decided to take a brief blog break to try and catch up with everything. Forgive me for not posting or commenting but I will be checking my mail, so do keep those orders pouring in ladies LOL! Hopefully I'll be sorted out by next week and I'll have some exciting news for you then!

Before I leave you, I just wanted to show you the card my youngest son made for his wonderful teacher this year. I suggested a rosette and described how to make one, but he chose the colours (purple is her favourite colour, he told me) and made the whole thing by himself. Inside, he wrote a note telling her how much he'd enjoyed the year because of her "great sense of humour". He went on to mention her sense of humour three times in four sentences so she'll be in no doubt at all where his priorities lie! 

Enjoy the week ahead won't you,



47 comments:

  1. Smashin stitched card and well done to your son on his fab card too

    Kathyk

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  2. Very pretty card, Vicky. I love your faux stitching stamps. I thought it was the real thing at first glance, as my embroidery machine has those stitches. Lovely colours and sweet little flowers, too.
    Tell your son I think his card is fabulous!
    Have a nice break!

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  3. WOW Vicky, this is just fabulous.
    I don't have this stamp, but it would be perfect for me. Not that I'd ever be able to create such a wonderful card
    Superb card made by our son too!
    Thanks very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  4. I had written a comment and then I pressed something and I was on an eBay page... goodness knows what I did! If you get 2 comments from me it will just be a bonus!
    This is fabulous Vicky and I'm SO glad that you are such a faithful participant in our challenges! You inspire SO many!
    I really love your colour choices in this one!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  5. Awesome work Vicky as usual. Your sewing is spot on and I love how beautiful it all came together.

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  6. Gorgeous card, love the stamped stiching- looks real!

    Rebecca x

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  7. Hi vicky
    Gorgeous card.... Love it ..... Buttons are so cute .... And your sons card... I can see he is following in your footsteps... I will miss you ... But can understand.... Enjoy your week....
    Hugs sylvie xxx

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  8. What a fabulous design Vicky, that stamp set is great and your colours and little flowers are perfect! Love your son's card, very on trend with the rosette:) hope you're not missing for too long
    Val x

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  9. What a beautiful floral design and wonderful use of stitches! The colors are gorgeous too!

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  10. what a wonderful card, lovely details
    Cathi

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  11. I always enjoy your LIM entries Vicky, and today is no exception! really gorgeous card - love the scored frame with the break for the sentiment. Enjoy your week off, and look forward to your exciting news when you return...!! M x

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  12. You never cease to inspire! Your embroidery garden is just perfect for this challenge. And my oh my, isn't your son following well in your crafting footsteps?! Doesn't surprise me a bit though that he valued his teacher's sense of humour highly!!

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  13. Great stamping and beautiful colours. A 'sew'per card! xx

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  14. This is really beautiful! Can't believe how perfect and precise it is. Bravo!

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  15. You always pay so much attention to the little details Vicky and this is no exception. Love your thought processes in designing it and the final card is just perfect. Hope you catch up with life. There are times when stepping back and getting sorted are necessary. See you when you're ready. Hugs, Buttons x

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  16. Vicky what a gorgeous card super flowers too hugs Elaine

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  17. Great card. I had to look twice cos I thought it was reall embroidery! Your son is looking to take over in the card stakes!

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  18. What a beautiful "embroidered" garden, Vicky! You've really made this wheel work well for you. I've cut most of the rubber off my wheels. I love using them this way.

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  19. Love your embroidery garden with all the different flowers. Enjoy your time off and hope you come back refreshed soon. Helen (Sydney)

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  20. Vicky absolutley adore this card, it's beautiful, will miss your blog each day so come back soon.

    Hayley

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  21. Wow Vicky, that card is stunning. Love everything about it, wish I had a small amount of your inspiration.

    Happy Sunday xx

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  22. a stunning card Vicky - reminds me of my nan's embroidered tablecloths - Jacqueline xx

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  23. Such a clever card! I love all the different textures. :)

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  24. Hola Vicky, gorgeous card as always the stitches remind me of leaves and plants too :D, my first option was a flower but at last i make something different :D.
    Your son is an artist, a great work for his teacher, well done!!!
    WE Have life beyond our craft room:D:D:D, have a nice days out.
    Hugs from Palma

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  25. Super sewing card - love the buttons for flowers!

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  26. gorgeous card - really love the how you have used the different stitches

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  27. This is gorgeous Vicki ! Great 'faux' sewing :) Shirleyx

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  28. Good heavens Vicki - for one minute there I thought it was "real" embroidery! Its a fantastic design.

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  29. This is stunning Vicky, great take on the challenge theme, Jo x

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  30. So fresh and lovely! I like the idea of cutting apart a border stamp - makes them so much more versatile!
    Cheers, Karen

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  31. Amazingly stunning card Vicky and yours isn`t half bad either. Sorry, couldn`t resist. I think you might have some serious competition there.
    Your card is fabulous and very cleverly done.
    Lynne xxx

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  32. I love your stitchy card Vicky, such a great use of those stamps! Love the button flower heads too! I will be taking a two week break too, apart from my scheduled posts, I don't know how I'm going to manage for 2 weeks without any crafting lol!

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  33. gorgeous card, wonderful use of the stamps and the layout is brilliant hugs Karen

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  34. great stamping and I love the teacher card too! jenx 68

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  35. Vicky, this card is just wonderful! How clever to use the "stitches" as the stems...and I love the button blooms!

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  36. Oh! VIcky you have done it again, this is stunning, I love the buttons and the flowers and the stitching altogether as I said stunning.

    Just catching up with my comments and all the cards I have missed.

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  37. Beautiful Vicky - soft fresh colours and a lovely use of the faux stitching. Jane x

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  38. How clever to use the stitches as flower stems. I never would have thought of that! Do enjoy your blogging break. I'm well aware of how hectic life can get sometimes so a little break is good to recharge the batteries, so to speak!

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  39. Gorgeous card Vicky, just adore that faux stitchery too. Awww what a great card your son made for his teacher( obviously inherited that talent from you), I bet he is one of her fav pupils too :) Viv xx

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  40. lovely card, love the faux embroidery

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  41. Fabulous card as always Vicky - enjoy the break :)xx

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  42. Vicky, this is AMAZING gorgeousness!

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  43. Both cards are fabulous and your son definitely has your talent, I think its about time he had his own blog ! Your cards is so pretty I really had to zoom in as i thought it was real embroidery, clever you. Enjoy your break.

    Marie

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  44. I love your faux embroidery garden. The flowers are fabulous. Well done to your son he deserves a rosette too! x

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x