Monday, December 10, 2012

CYP Challenge 140 ~ Stitching

This week's challenge at Craft Your Passion was a stretch for me. The theme is stitching, real or faux. I often include faux stitching but wanted to try real stitching, having never had much success with it in the past. I absolutely love the look of it and one of my card-making heroes, Tracy MacDonald, uses real stitching all the time and makes it look so easy. The funny thing is I am very good at real sewing. I used to make all of my own clothes, coats, etc. Go figure! Anyway, I decided to give it a go.

 Two different patterned papers from the MME Moments paper pad were torn with the white core showing on the edge. They were rolled slightly and then adhered to a white piece of cardstock cut smaller than the card front. The stitching was done on the machine...I still don't have the tension right but I can live with it. once the thread ends were stitched through to the back, raffia was wrapped around the bottom section before adhering the stitched card to a red mat.

A yellow stitched felt flower button was layered with a navy blue button and threaded with ribbon. This was combined with a mulberry leaf and adhered over the raffia. Round chipboard letters made by Fiskars were popped up on foam dots and adhered above and below the torn opening. A ladybug button was popped up on foam dots and a walking path was doodled in with a Micron pen. Two little blue rhinestones bring that colour into the upper half of the card for continuity.

I actually enjoyed the process of making this card, in spite of my stitching woes. Any tips you might have for me would be greatly appreciated. Check out the other DT projects on the Craft Your Passion blog. Very creative and fun! Then come and join us in this week's challenge. I can't wait to tap into all of that inspiration out there.

Thanks for stopping in to visit.

Life is good; so is art.


Words and Pictures said...

Can't be of much help, as I'm like you - a great fan of stitching, but not able to do it - yours is already light years better than mine would be (can't thread the machine without breaking down in tears!)... and I also love the 'faux' stitching of the little ladybird trail - great card!
Alison x

~ginny said...

Woohooo Bonne! Turned out great! I am enthralled with the machine stitch look - but I always end up doing hand stitching. Your card is delightful!

ParkNSlide said...

I love how the POP of red just draws your eye in.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie,this is just delightful.Just full of rustic charm.Your stitching looks good to me as does the cute ladybird trail.
Lisa x

Michelle said...

Hi Bonnie, your card is amazing. I like the bold colors and the little ladybug.
Lovely greetings Michelle xxx