It seems ages since I created anything for my own team, but as I am hosting this time around I had to pull my finger out and get creating.
Our Challenge this fortnight, hosted by me, is Stitching and Lace.
I would like to see some stitching, either hand, machine or faux on your project as WELL as some lace, real not faux.
I had five attempts at this before I had a successful one. Three times I pricked a different paper based pattern but ruined it when I die cut it away from the background! The next one I made a mistake with the stamping and so I gave in and in the end pricked using an Ornare template. By the time I finished I must have pricked close to 2,000 holes and my hand was aching! This final pattern also had lots of dry embossing on it too.
After I stamped Daisy into the centre of the pricking pattern and before I stitched it, I coloured her skin as I had visions of stitching it and then ruining it when I came to do her skin! I just adore Daisy, there is something so timeless about her.
I deliberately left colouring the rest of her until I had stitched as it’s much easier to colour match to the thread after you have stitched, particularly with a variegated thread like the one I used.
I sat and caught up with FOUR episodes of Who Do You Think You Are, whilst I was stitching. No wonder I don’t make these like I used to. I used to always stitch on my cards, but it is very time consuming and you do end up with achey fingers, or at least I do.
Having stitched it I coloured Daisy with my copics. The lace ribbon is from my stash, and the pattern paper is from the Prima Fairy Flora pad. I backed it onto some lush turquoise glitter card and also trimmed out four corners from the same card which I used to make a sort of glittery frame. When I came to embellish it, nothing looked right, too busy, so I left it with just three small gems in two opposite corners.
As you can see I forgot to close the holes on the back of the work before sticking it down, but as the naked eye doesn’t catch the detail as well as a camera does, hopefully the recipient won’t notice too much!
I am entering this into the following challenges:-
Avadares Challenge – #3 Make It Sparkle
Dutch Dare – #182 Sugar & Spice
Forever Friends Challenge (Monthly) – September Monthly Challenge – Ribbon
Joanna Sheen – So Sweet (My sweet image)
Pile It On – #38 It’s a Stitch Up
The Poodles Parlour – Here Come The Girls
Simply Create – Linky Party #2
Speedy The Fox Challenge – #125 Your Favourite Technique (hand stitching)
Stamp n Doodle – Stitching
Totally Papercrafts – #134 Use Your Favourite Stamp
PS Don’t forget to check out my new team, announced here.