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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Stampotique Colour Challenge

Challenge number two over on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog is to create something using a Stampotique stamp and with the colours rose, yellow and mossy green.

As Mother's Day is coming up I made my Mum a card using a stamp called 'The Crafter'.  As my Mum's craft is machine knitting and sewing I thought this stamp was good to use since the crafter is holding some scissors and a heart.  I found a lovely relevant quote too 'Love is the thread that binds us'.

I rubber stamped the image onto some cream cotton fabric and coloured around it using watered down Dew Drop Brilliance inks (Pearlescent Orchid and Sunflower Yellow).  I placed a thin layer of batting underneath and machine stitched around the image using green thread then cut out the heart shape with pinking shears.  I finished it off by hand stitching some random cross stitches over the background in green, and in pink around the heart using embroidery thread.

I printed out the words and coloured them with the Pearlescent Orchid ink, then machine stitched them onto the card.  I wanted some of the thread to show so left some of the ends long.  My Mum always taught me to neaten the loose ends whenever I made anything, so I'll have to explain to her that I left these ends showing on purpose. (You'll notice, I didn't leave them too long though - LOL!!)

The three tiny heart shaped buttons near the bottom of the card represent her three children (me being the oldest, then my younger brother and sister).

I don't know if you're the same but the more important the person is to me, the harder I find it is to make a card.  When I used to buy cards in a shop, I'd spend ages and ages trying to find the perfect one and there never seemed to be one quite good enough.  Now I make them, I know they're not perfect, but at least they come from the heart and I know they're always appreciated, especially by my Mum! 

Thanks Stampotique, you made it easy for me this time to make a 'perfect' card!

17 comments:

Carol said...

I love how you've made this fabric card. Its great! You put alot of time into making it and I'm sure your mum will cherish it. Thank you for joining the challenge.

Alex said...

WOW! This is fabulous! I love the stitching all over it.

Carol Q said...

oh lovely - great to see some stitching. beautifully put together

Gini said...

Stampotique may have made the stamp Sherry but it's your creatively and ingenuity that's behind this most beautiful card :-)

You have really made some art from the heart!
I love your touch of adding the buttons to symbolise her children. I think you are the Ginius today!

Yes I agree with you on how difficult it is to make cards for the most special people in our lives. I'm completely flummoxed by my Mum's card. She likes more traditional styles and I don't tend to make them. I know what I'd like to make for her, but I think she would look at it and think "what's this piece of crap?!"
And yes she would appreciate the fact that I had made it for her but she would still be thinking how soon can I take that down!
I also want to do my "best" crafting for it. Thankfully there is still a couple of weeks to go!

Gini
xx

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Awww, that is brilliant Sherry!
Love the heart, all the stitching, fabby stamp, buttons, - Well just about everything really!! :)
Jan x

Mrs Moen said...

I love how you have added machine and hand stitching to your card, it's gorgeous!

Gez said...

Absolutely brilliant Sherry! Your mum is sure to treasure it. :) I'm sure she will forgive your lose ends! How the heck did you manage to stitch around your words without sewing any of your fingers to the card! Hats off Sherry.XXX

Cindy Is Crafty said...

I. Love. It!

AngelaC said...

What a fantastic and original idea! I love how you have put this all together - great work!

Deborah said...

Not the colourways you'd expect from stampotique but I love what you have done - and I'm sure your mum will too (loose ends and all LOL)

Basement Stamper said...

Your card is phenomenal and I'm sure your Mum will love it. It's very creative. Awesome job and thanks for joining us at Stampotique.

Melinda Cornish said...

Sherry this is an adorable card.....I love the mommy with the heart......

Summerthyme Studio said...

I love your super cool card!

Vicki

Piddawinkle said...

what a great take on the theme, love it.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

What perfect detail. Love that stitching. Sat and looked at this for some time. Its the little touches that make a card I always think.Your Mum will treasure it I bet.

gayle said...

This is awesome :) love the fabric!

nancy said...

This is so good! I love your work!