Monday, August 8, 2011

Patchwork and flowers

Welcome - I am so glad you have called in.

I was inspired by a challenge and some Blog Candy I won recently when designing this card.

The background oblongs were cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities rectangles, as were the two feature panels.

The background panels were stitched onto a white base using a sewing machine, but the main panels were actually hand stitched on using some variegated mettalic thread.

The edges of the feature rectangles, the white layer and the pink base card were sponged with the same Rouge chalk ink as the sentiment was stamped with.

The feature image is one that I 'won'  as Blog Candy - thank you so much Rebekka. I initially stamped it with Memento Summer Sky and Cottage Ivy, them coloured the image with chalks. The centers of the flowers I dotted using a sparkle lemon pen.

After colouring the image with chalks I gave it a quick flick of hairspray - a cheap and readily available fixative.

The image was mounted on foam dots to give it some dimension, and  some buttons were added to the bottom right of that panel and the top left corner of the card, stitching them so the ends were on top and tied off.

The final detail was a tiny bow in the corner.

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Thanks for calling by my blog.  May your day be blessed.


Gaynor Greaves said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us at craft your days away and good luck, Gaynor DT :)

Anonymous said...

wow! Maxine youve done a fabulous job on this card. Im VERY impressed! Well done!! My birthdays coming up...(hinthint!!) :)

Love Janice McConnell :)

Amy Johnson said...

Such a creative card! I love all the stitching!

Becky said...

This is a beauty Maxine, gorgeous coloring and great stitching.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card,

Thanks for joining us at SFC.

Hugs Angel

jackiescrafts said...

This is a gorgeous card
Thanks for joining in at SFC this time

Jackie x

Elizabeth said...


Deb Mitchell said...

Hi Hun, Your card is just gorgeous- an amazing entry for this Challenge! Thank you for playing along with the Kenny K Challenge this week.

Hugz, Deb

Tracey said...

Gorgeous card, I love all the stitching :)
Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck!

julie_woolston said...

Lovely card so unusual, Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator Crafts.

Julie x

Sassy Scrapper said...

Hi Hun, Your card is so pretty. I love the patch work totally awesome idea. Oh boy and the sewing is fabulous.
Thank you for your well wishes.
Hugs Bonnie

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Amazing work put into this lovely card, Maxine! Beautiful colors and stitching!

Unknown said...

Oh Pretty. Thanks for joining us at paper creator`s crafts

Marlene said...

I love your hand-stitching! Beautiful!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how beautiful!! So soft!! Your hand stitching is the perfect touch.What a stunning card!! I just love the colors, the hatpins and the doily. Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge.

Crafty Lynz said...

Beautiful card

Thanks for joining at at SFC, L xx

Silke Ledlow said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Love all the stitching too! Thank you for joining us at the ODBDSLC this week! Hugs ~S~

Kary said...

Hi Maxine! This card is gorgeous!! I love the sewing you did, great job!!

Amy said...

Love the combination of stitching, buttons, and the scalloped edges - it really does look like patchwork, and seems to go so well with the old fashioned hydrangea.

CraftyGals Blog said...

Gorgeous card :) Thankyou for joining us over at Paper Creator Crafts xx

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

This is lovely! I love all the stitching! It is such a sweet birthday card! Thanks for playing along with us at Birthday Sundaes! I hope you'll join us again next week!

JoAnn V. ( said...

The colors of this card are just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Birthday Sundaes! :)


Amanda said...

Great stitching - lovely colour scheme.

Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Days Away.


Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

Gorgeous card...and by the way....hairspray!!! Wow, I would have never thought and I must say...A fabulous idea!!! Thank you for sharing your creation with us this week at Sentimental Sundays.