The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is In Stitches. Instead of faux stitching or making a layout about being “in stitches”, I decided to take it literally and add some real hand sewing to my project.
I used paper and ribbon from Rustic Home Fundamentals along with Sea Glass cardstock. The stitching pattern is from the Stitch Guide by Close To My Heart. I grabbed some old floss and away I went, needle in hand with a vague memory of embroidery from earlier days. While it’s nowhere near perfect, I think it fits with the shabby chic style of the card!
I added sentiments to make this appropriate for a sympathy card, but it could certainly work for any occasion. I’m not sure I’ll do a lot of hand stitching in the future since it takes quite a bit of time, but it was fun to try!
Please stop over to Heart 2 Heart and check out the other design team members’ artwork. You will certainly find some great ideas for adding all kinds of stitching to your projects. Then link them up at H2H for everyone to enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by! Remember to do something AWESOME today! Laurie
This week at Bitten by the Bug 2, we are thinking Arbor Day and Trees! The challenge is to use a TREE cut to make a project. Since we always seem to need sympathy cards, I decided to make one to have on hand.
I used paper from the Hello Lovely collection from Close To My Heart to make this card. It paired nicely with Fern cardstock for the tree image from Artistry, also from Close To My Heart. It is hard to see in the photo, but I attached the tree image to a rectangle shape and then used the Slice feature to make a window in the top card layer that has the tree image. I then cut a separate tree image in Fern cardstock to attach over the trees cut in the window. The sentiment is from a retired stamp set, also by Close To My Heart.
I hope you can take a minute to stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see more TREE projects created by my talented design team sisters! Then join the fun and link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by! Do something AWESOME today! Laurie
Today I’m sharing some quick and easy sympathy cards. I used the paper from last year’s National Scrapbook Month paper pack by Close To My Heart and an embossing folder I recently purchased from Joanne’s.
The stamp is from the CTMH Hello Lovely Cardmaking Bundle. I simply stamped the image on my cards, but it would have added even more interest if I would have used the coordinating Thin Cut first and then stamped the image. I could even have popped up the image with dimensional foam. Hmmm…might have to make a few more of these with the Thin Cut too!
The coral paper has gold embossing so I chose to heat emboss my stamped floral image to match. On the other card I simply chose coordinating cardstock and ink to match the Glacier print on the patterned paper. Using Close To My Heart products makes it so very easy to find the perfect match!
Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate you all very much!! Laurie
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Take a look at Thoughtful Flowers, the December Stamp of the Month! Beautiful flowers and beautiful sentiments make an all around beautiful stamp set!
Here is a Christmas card I made with this Stamp of the Month. I thought one of the flower images resembled a poinsettia, so I stamped three of them in Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then used my watercolor paints to add a bit of color to the images. I layered gold and white shimmer trim over papers from Oh Deer and added a white glitter snowflake and a Christmas sentiment banner.
I especially love the sentiments since they are a bit different than those you usually find on a sympathy card, so I had to make one of those too! I used the gray toned linen paper from the Rustic Fundamentals collection, turning the gold stripe over to silver and adding some silver sequins to the flowers.
And finally, here is a card made by one of the artists at the CTMH Home Office. The flower stamps were used to create the background for the card which really sets off the sentiment on the black banner.
You can get your own Thoughtful Flowers SOTM for only $5.00 when you purchase $50.00 of Close To My Heart products. Or you can purchase the set for the full retail value of $17.95. Shop HERE!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Laurie
We are getting fancy at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week! The challenge is to use a Flourish or Swirl cut on your projects. I made a sympathy card with a beautiful rose, complete with flourishes, from the Quarter Note Cricut cartridge.
I used Topiary (retired), Smoothie and Pomegranate cardstock by Close To My Heart. The patterned paper in the background is from the CTMH Oh Deer collection. It reminds me of birch bark and makes a nice base for the beautiful roses. Purchase your Close To My Heart products HERE.
Please visit Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the beautiful “eye candy” created for you by our design team. Then link up your own projects with Flourishes and Swirls for everyone to enjoy. We love it when you share your artwork!
Happy Halloween! Laurie