Aren't these pictures wonderful? They are courtesy of Martha Stewart - a great place to visit! I love the stationery - all shades of red, pink and white - just fab! When I first saw the colours I thought of strawberries and cream - but this idea just wouldn't come. And before I knew it - I was working right up to deadline - sorry Mona - but I got there.
I decided to try and make a card that's out of my comfort zone. My cards tend towards clean and simple, and while I do have some layers, there are not usually many. I love the shabby chic and vintage styles, but I'm not very successful with them. Something that I've seen on lots of the cards entered for CR84FN challenges is stitching - I think it looks great and adds texture. Be kind to me - it's the first time I've tried stitching on card!!
Oh yes, I should mention that I've used the sketch layout from this week's Just Us Girls - JUGS91 challenge for this card. I've been quite faithful to the sketch layout too.
I started off by cutting out two base cards in red and pink and rounding the corners. I then cut some fabric (free from one of the craft magazines) to go on top. Pink gingham for the red card and red hearts for the pink card. I taped the fabric into place and then added some stitching - eek! It's not perfect by any means, but I'm reasonably pleased how it turned out. I have to get some better thread - a bit thicker and I have to play quite a bit more. I also need to get a selection of different coloured threads.
I used the lovely Lotus Pendant to cut out the base layer on the main part of card (do love this shape) and a smaller pink mat using the heart circles. I had planned to use those strawberries for my main image, but in the end I turned to my favourite rose. Stamped it three times, coloured with Promarkers and then layered up. The smaller accent circles were also made using nesties. I added a simple sentiment directly onto the gingham fabric. This card is for my Mum - just because I love her!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Roses in Bloom, Festive Foliage
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress - Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Spellbinders: Foliage (S4-328), Heart Circles (S4-316) #2, Lotus Pendant (S4-269), Classic Circles Sm (S4-116) #2
Promarkers: Poppy, Lipstick Red, Salmon Pink
Accessories: Card from stash; Fabric free with craft magazine
I took a close up photo of the rose and you can really see the depth. More importantly, you can see that I really did stitch the card - zig-zag and running stitch!
Deborah, this card is oh so pretty! The layered colorful doilies look wonderful and I love the big blossom! I'm sure your Mum will treasure this beauty!
Lovely card for your Mum. I agree with you - great job with the stitching!
Hi Deborah, beautiful card!!! Love the flower and the doillie under!! Your mom will LOVE it!!! Have a fantastic weekend!!
Fab card, love the gorgeous rose, I have that set and dont use it enough! Your stitching looks great! I have used my machine 3 times, and I love the texture it gives to cards. A beautiful card for your mum!
Hearts & flowers, lovely centerpiece.
Your stiching is great, you may have inspired me to give it a go, my sewing machine has been standing idle for too long
Beautiful layering of the die cuts and your stitching looks wonderful. Lovely card and that rose is a stunner.
Oh my - this is gorgeous! She will adore getting this beauty! The stitching looks great to me ... it's not suppose to be perfect - it's handmade and wonderful!
What a beautiful card, great colours :o)
You did a good job with your stitching! The card is so pretty!
Beautiful card. I love the fabric idea. I'm sure you Mum will be delighted to receive this card.
Such a beautiful colors! Love the rose and fabric!
Such a pretty card, Deb! Love all the wonderful layers!
Brilliant rose & those Spellbinder leaves are so effective with it. I've only tried hand sewing on card so I'm intrigued by this - haven't even got a sewing machine!
WOW, Deb, I see sewing in your future card making! Looks FAB! Your Mum is going to LOVE this, especially since it's just because! LOVE the material and that flower is GORGEOUS!
Love how you have framed the flower. Lovely card!
i love the fabric and doilies, deb, but your flower is oh my-gorgeous:)
This shows off why you are on the DT; your card is fabulous!
Such a beauty Deb! That flower is AMAZING! LOVE your take on the JUGS sketch too! Great take on the CR84FN colors and thanks for playing along with JUGS!
Just beautiful, Deb. I love the pretty flower. :)
Lovely card! The stitching looks great (I have yet to dip my toe in that water), and your paper-pieced rose is awesome!
Oh I like the stack of doilies you have going on here!!! And that flower is great :)
Love all your layering Deb! Stepping outside your comfort zone was just the thing to do with this beautiful creation of yours as the result!
Thanks so much for getting sketchy with Just Us Girls this week!
Wish you could hear me, cause I sound like this "ohhhhh, BABY!" This is WONDERFUL! I could get lost in the layers of fabulous you've combined compliment the fabby Just Us Girls Sketch and, of course, divine color palette you girls have offered up this round! FANTASTIC work, my dear! Thank you SO much, for sharing your talent with Just US Girls!
How pretty! Wonderful dimension on your blossom!
Wow Gorgeos card! Love you beautiful layered flower! Your Mom is going to love it!
Oooh this is a beauty! That rose is jaw-droppingly beautiful! The lime green leaves just make it pop right off the card!
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