Friday, 27 January 2023

A Couple of Stitching Cards Creations

 My February family cards are done. While perusing the Stitching Cards website, I spotted a sweet dog pattern that was ideal for my son's birthday. He'd love to own a dog, but  isn't in a position to look after one.

This is one of the hardest patterns of theirs that I've done - mainly because of the irregular shapes and holes shared between sections. I felt that the thread I used (a Sulky varigated thread) didn't provide sufficient contrast, so I outlined the various sections in back stitch. I added the frame  in gold Anchor thread which is not part of the original pattern. I created a z fold card in A5 size, and decorated with some Papermania patterned paper I've had forever.

The second card for February is a Valentine card for my OH. We always stick to the pretence of anonymity, and this design was perfect.

A much easier pattern to follow. The only complication was working out which holes were for which letter! Again, I've used some Sulky varigated thread, but the black is a machine embroidery thread, and the gold is Anchor. Another z fold A5 card, but this time, I created the background paper using a variety of Distress Ink and stencils.

Stitching cards provide quite a few free patterns which are great to try. You will need access to a printer, or someone who can print for you. The paid patterns are £1.30 each, and you can 'bulk buy' at a cheaper rate. The only issue I have is that they don't do square patterns. I prefer square cards, and while you can use rectangular patterns on a square card, in this case, it would have to be 8 by 8in as the stitched section is quite long. (It would fit on a 5 by 7in, but it wouldn't allow much room for layering.) You could print smaller than the original, but you run the risk of having holes too close together causing holes to join up.

Friday, 20 January 2023

Some Flowers for Winter

 Since International Art and Soul is no longer publishing challenges, I need to remember to post things I've done independently. Call it a New Year Resolution, if you like, although some projects get published on my craft group blog: Crafty Harrow Ladies . So, what have I been up to lately?

I picked up a Spellbinders waterfall card die in the post Christmas sales and used it to make a card using stamps from Creative Crafting magazine.

And also in the sales, I picked up a couple of new Susan Tierney Cockburn dies. Each time she has a new collection, I try to pick up options I don't already have, and this time I got Beeblossom and Spirea which I combined with various ferns and stems and a rather oddly coloured gazania. (I'm a crafter, not a gardener, so I make flowers to suit even if they don't exist in nature!)

 The actual image area is about 7 by 7 and the frame 9 by 9 in. I embossed the background using a Crafter's Companion folder, and made the frame by extending from a Elizabeth Craft die. I used a stencil to give the front of the frame a little colour on the slightly gold tinged cream cardstock. I coloured most of the card using either Promarkers or Distress Ink and added some detail with Pan Pastel and liquid pearl.

Sunday, 4 December 2022

International Art and Soul Challenge 148

 The new challenge from International Art and Soul was set by my team mate Crafty Girl. It's a long challenge - five weeks this time, and she wants projects on the theme of Winter.

It's a long time since I've made a card using only die cuts, but I was inspired to do this. The background panel die is from Frantic Stamper, the Winter die from Sheena Douglass, and the snowflakes were cut using a very old Cuttlebug die. It was one of the earliest I bought, and I could never cut it with my Spellbinders Wizard die cutter. It was simply too thick, and with the heavy-duty cutting plates that machine used, and the problems of reversing it if something went wrong, it simply lay, unused, until I got my Big Shot Pro. Now, of course, it cuts easily, and the combination of snowflakes and stars is always useful.

The white card is a pearlescent white with a lovely sheen that the photo has completely failed to represent,

In the meantime, I wish you a very happy festive season and all the very best for 2023, and hope you can join us for the challenge. 

Sunday, 20 November 2022

International Art and Soul Challenge 147

 The challenge for this fortnight was set by my team mate Maggie, and she wants us to post something with a Fancy Fold.

I spotted instructions for an Infinity card on Craftworld recently. I tried one of these years ago, and it was horribly difficult with having to separate out sections using a craft knife. I wasn't impressed. This version just uses four separate pieces of card, and was so much easier! You can see the instructions here.

Then, I saw somewhere, I think it was a Lavinia Facebook group, where someone had filled the various panels with different pictures and decided to try something similar. The basic card started with four pieces of card, each 8in by 4in, and the end result is 8 by 8in. This is what I came up with!

This is the front. I created the picture as a whole and then cut it to fit the panels. Anywhere there is an opening or a fold, I treated as a separate panel. The stamps here are a mix of Lavinia and Inkylicious, and the background inks are Distress while the stamping ink was Versafine Clair.

When you open as if the card is a gatefold, you get this:

Mainly Lavinia with one Inkylicious stamp as well as some Tapestry stamps in the lower, large image. When you open this along the line between the cat and the sprite, you get this:

The poppy images are the same as in the last photo - visible on two 'sides' of the card. Again Lavinia, Inkylicious and also some Clarity stamps along with stencils from a set I got at The Range. And finally, opening along the central vertical line, you get this:

Stamps this time are from Inkylicious, Artemio, Woodware, and Personal Impressions.. I left a panel without an image so I can add a message.

Throughout, I've added detail to the stamped images using Posca pens, and on this face, I added a little glitter. Opening this along the horizontal centre returns you to the front of the card.

I do hope you can join us this time.


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