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Monday, 22 August 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 171

This week's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is to make something on the theme of Under or Beside the Sea.

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(See the challenge blog for details.)

Well, there's nothing more 'sea side' than sea shells, right? So, while I was considering what to do for this challenge, I happened to be taking out some paper recycling at work. I opened the bin and spotted a paper pricking book lying at the top of the pile. Naturally, I took it out, and found it was in perfect condition. So, I laid claim to it, and took it home. Admittedly, it's one of those books with gorgeous pricked patterns on the cover, but when you look inside, it sends you to buy one of their templates to get the result. (I always think that's really rather dishonest, but since I didn't pay for this book, I'm not really complaining.) However, while none of the bigger designs were in the book, there were a couple of sea shell motifs, so, with some tracing paper and a ruler, I put together a grid and added the motifs.

I stitched the shells and grid using some machine embroidery thread which I've always thought is perfect for this sort of embroidery on paper. It took ages to prick and stitch the pattern, but since my craft bits are in even more disarray than usual (due to my oh converting our study to a craft room), it kept me sane!

Apart from that, all I've added is some layering, and it's all mounted on a 7 by 7 in card.

I hope you can join us this time!

5 comments:

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Josephine, such a pretty card. Have a great week, Angela x

Ina G said...

Love your take on our by/under the sea challenge Josephine. Wish I could stitch like that.

Maikreations said...

Lovely take on the challenge ;o) Love the shimmer on your card! Happy crafting, Maike

Rebecca said...

So pretty Josephine I love the metallic thread and all that stitching! Hope the craft room conversion is going well.

Bec

Kim x said...

Lovely card Josephine, good luck with the craft room. It always takes so much longer than you expect it to. Hugs Kimx

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