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Monday, 17 September 2012

Crafty Cardmakers 75 – Stitching and Lace

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.

CCM 75 Stitching-Lace

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.  

We are sponsored by Hobby Art Tempwith these two incredibly gorgeous stamp sheets


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.

CCM 75 Image

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


Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


PS Don’t forget to check out my new team, announced here.


  1. Hello Lin. This is absolutely gorgeous. So beautiful and wonderful colours and stunning design. Cute image too. So much fabulous detail.
    Happy crafting.
    Love Sandra xxx

  2. so beautiful Lin. The image is adorable.
    Big hugs
    Doreen xx

  3. THis is AWESOME!!!. LOve the rainbow lace and all the stitiching. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

  4. A beautiful card Lin - the colours are matched perfectly.

  5. Lovely card.. The stitching and lace are gorgeous. Thanks for playing at Stamp-N-Doodle. Hope to see you again next week..

  6. This is stunning thank you for joining us at Stamp n Doodles Lin I am so glad you persevered with it as the end result is amazing and Daisy is one of my fav stamps and you have coloured her perfectly
    Jacki xx

  7. This is gorgeous Lyn, love the details and the lovely image.

  8. wow, love the detailed stitching!

    Thanks for having me as part of the team,

    Rebecca x

  9. An absolutely gorgeous card Lin, I like the image the lace the stitching and the design.
    Kevin xx

  10. Oh, Lin, this is gorgeous! I love the stitching, and that's such a sweet image!

  11. Beautiful card. Gotta love Daisy!!

    Thanks for joining in at Totally Papercrafts this week.

    Susan x

  12. Lovely colouring as always... I always feel like getting my pens out when I see your cards, even if the end results aren't as good!

  13. What a sweet card. Your coloring skills are amazing! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

  14. Your hand stitching is gorgeous, Lin! LOVE your darling image--and the lace as a frame is beautiful! :)

  15. Gorgeous card Lin! I'm still in awe from all the stitching, lol! This is one of my favorite images too. Sorry about my blogroll, I've updated it, thanks for letting me know!!

  16. Wow Lin. You must have the patience of a saint to do all that stitching by hand. It's gorgeous. And I envy your colouring skills. Cxxx

  17. Wow Lin, your stitching and colouring are fabulous, this is one special card. Thanks again for having me on the team. xx

  18. Such a beautiful card Lin, I'm so impressed with the stitching it's so intricate and the image is so sweet.


  19. Beautiful technique. You have mad coloring skills and a unique design point of view. I guess that comes from all that "light"! My daughter gave me a card with that saying, slightly different variation, because she thinks I'm just a little dizzy.

    Fabulous creation! Thanks for playing along with us at Stamp-N-Doodle!

  20. Beautiful card , I love the stitching and you colored it wonderfully. Thank you for joining in at Dutch Dare card Challenges. Come back again.

  21. Gorgeous Lin, such perseverance with the stitching but it did turn out super beautiful. Fabulous card, wonderful coluring and design!

  22. Well I see you are in good form if your comments on my blog are anything to go by !!! Lovely to hear you laughing again, honest i can hear from Greece. Not sure what you mean about The SS and the sig though ! Fabulous card Lin but all that stitching !!! That will teach you to choose a sewing and lace theme so dont feel a bit sorry for you !! It is fabulous though and must have taken days to complete. The colouring is amazing and your attention to detail is outstanding. this definitely deserves to be framed and to have pride of place on one of your walls


  23. Your card is just gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at Stamp-n-Doodle!

  24. wow, this must have taken awhile!!! very pretty, thanks for joining Simply Create!!!

  25. Oh this is so pretty! Love it :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  26. This is gorgeous Lin, really sweet! Thanks for joining in at Joanna Sheen challenge this fortnight. Teresa xx

  27. Fabulous technique, this card is so sweet and adorable. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Avadares. We look forward to seeing you again using an Avadares image.

  28. Now it is my time to comment your card as DT ( I join now and than at Crafty Cardmakers..). LOve this beautiful lacy ribbon card with beautiful handstitching...and the image is also very cute.


    FF DT Blankina

  29. Adorable. I love that stamp. One of my favorites. So pleased to be working with you all! Have a good week. Eva xx

  30. Hi Twisty Witchy, Oh my! what a beautiful card this is, and what a lot of work has gone into it! I am in awe! The end result is so pretty. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my Blog today, with such a lovely, much appreciated comment. Ermmm, I think you are right my card said goodbye to Summer (the one we blinked and missed! lol) and plunged right smack into Winter. We had a glimpse of Autumn and I thought that was great but I think it was just teasing us! Judy x

  31. This card is amazing Lin! Everything about it is gorgeous, I especially love the lace.


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