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!