Monday, November 13

It's a Stitch Up!

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a new challenge for you this week - It's a Stitch Up! and we are all about adding stitching into your project for the challenge - real or faux. I went for the real deal and pulled out my sewing machine to create a sweet little snowman. I think the cooler temperatures inspired me to make this little fella.

I started out by roaming through Pinterest for some inspiration, and then sketched out my idea.

Next, I cut out the pattern pieces, and added about a 1/4 inch to them when I cut the fabric, for the seams.  There are lots of patterns out there if you don't want to make your own

Remember to put the printed sides facing each other when you sew, then turn them inside out.

Time for the stuffing! A skewer or pencil is helpful to push the filling into the corners. 

I stitched the hat right to his head, added the pin and star, then painted his face. I didn't like what I did at first, so smudged out some areas and redid it - not too visible.

I tore a strip of the red and white fabric for the scarf, found some florist type covered wire to make the arms, and added tiny jingle bells to tiny safety pins for decoration.

Here's the back - to make the arms stable, I wrapped the wire around the neck and brought it down.

When I showed him to my hubby, he said it looked like it came from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas - I'll take that! I think it's the skinny head, LOL!

I haven't done much sewing lately, so this was a lot of fun to design and stitch up! Now it's your turn to do some stitching and share your project with us - you just might win the $50 voucher our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer each week! 


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Bet the design team is Stitching Up a storm! Let's head on over and check it out!

Friday, November 10

Artist Trading Cards Inspired by India

I've been working on some ATC's for a Christmas Ornament exchange with some art friends, and I knew I wanted to use some of my wood block prints I brought back from my trip to India. I also ordered some fabulous India inspired mixed media items from Gwen LaFluer that are just perfect for these, including the sari silk ribbon to hang them from the tree!

First, let me share a few photos from my adventure to India this fall, so you can see where I am getting some of my inspiration. I fell in love with the country and people and highly recommend that you go if the chance arises!






I started out with deli paper, my gelli plate, blue, orange and gold paints, and started printing patterns with my block prints. I tried ink with the blocks, but found that my DecoArt premium acrylics work beautifully to get a nice print. 

I mixed gold in with the orange and blue to get a nice metallic sheen.

I started with a layer of gold on the hardboard ATC's on both sides.

Next, I cut out designs from the deli paper and adhered them with the DecouPage.

I rubbed gold paint around the edges mainly, on both the back and front.

Then, I had so much fun going through the gorgeous ribbons and baubles from India! I also cut out and added peacock feathers that my order from Gwen was wrapped up in.



I am hoping all that glitter really picks up the lights on the Christmas tree. 
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, November 6


Hello Monday! Are you ready for a new challenge this week? Our theme is THANKS/THANKSGIVING.  We are showcasing INDIGO BLU this week, so if you have some of their awesome products, please share them with us!  
I made a Thank You and a Thankful card this week using the same stamp (Indigo Blu's Lotus stamp by Limor Webber) in different ways.

Please join me in welcoming Suman Pandit who is super creative, and I know you will love her style! We are so glad to have you joining us this month, Suman!!

I wanted to try out some new ideas this week. I started by stamping distress oxide inks directly onto the large ornate background stamp, then spritzed in with water and stamped it twice onto watercolor paper.

On the left is the first stamping which I am saving for future use, and on the right is the second generation stamped image which I am using. I wanted it to work more as a background for the lotus, so I went with the faded look.

I then stamped the lotus flower directly onto my background, and painted in the blue and green using Dylusions sprays and a small paintbrush.

As I was doing this, I had another idea! I spritzed the Dylusions sprays right onto the stamp and pressed it down into the watercolor paper. I love that you can see part of the detail of the stamp, but a lot spread out into a watercolor look. I did two sheets and laid them down on each other to get a bit more of the color. 

Next, I used distress oxide ink, spritzed it and dried it.

Indigo Blu has this cool Calculus stamp which I thought would look nice in the background.  Simon's Jellybean green is a good match.

I used a white pen to add some detail to the image, and highlighted a few areas with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. Final touch was to add some sequins.


I added an Indigo Blu feather, and highlighted areas with the white pen, then add the Big Chat word - thankful to this one.


I  truly am thankful for so many things in my life!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created my cards, and I look forward to seeing what you make to share with us this week! Enjoy a creative week!

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