Friday, April 28, 2017

Colorful Showers

Hello!  It has been a BUSY week:)  Mostly all good things--->my daughter was in show, we had my parents and sister visiting, it was my birthday (29th of course ๐Ÿ˜‰)....But then there was some not so good--->the stomach bug hit! ick!
Anyway.....seems like forever that I have been in my craft room.  I needed a little jolt to get the juices flowing so I turned to the Paper Smooches challenge for April.  The theme is "showers" so you could create a wedding or baby shower card or go literal and focus on rain, rainbows, showers, etc.
Here is my take:   
I stamped the city scene in black and white and then added the fun rainbow shower.  
Here are the Paper Smooches products I used:

Hope you have a wonderful day!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wish BIG

Good morning!  Ok...sorry.  ONE more cross stitch card.๐Ÿ˜  It has been so fun playing with this Paper Smooches die that I have had a hard time putting it down:)  I tried a tougher stamped image on this one---was fun to try to figure out where to put shadows so he didn't look like a blob. 

For this, I die cut the grid then stamped the elephant image from Huge Hugs. Then, I used embroidery floss to fill in the color. 

Cross Stitch die
Birthday Sampler
Huge Hugs

Wishing you a FANTASTIC day! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Stitchy Flowers

Hello:)  Back again with another cross stitched card.   I used the flower image from Blossoming Buds for this card.  This was the first card I made with the cross stitch die and I don't know what possessed me to pick such a detailed image.  This card was my test dummy๐Ÿ˜œ.  (I made all the mistakes I mentioned in my previous post on this card.)  But it turned out fine.

The only thing I did differently on this card is that after I stamped the flower image and then stitched the design, I did back the panel with some white cardstock to keep the white look of it.  If you notice on my pineapple card, the panel is not backed with cardstock to let the base color show through.  I just wanted a different look on this one.  Looks more like authentic cross stitch when you back it.

For this card, I used:
Thanks So Much
Cross Stitch Die
Blossoming Buds

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rainbow Skyline

Hello!  I am back with another stitched card today.  I cannot seem to put this die down!   Here is what I whipped up for this month's Paper Smooches Challenge:

I used the Metropolis stamp set to stamp the skyline image in light yellow on the die cut Cross Stitch design.  (See my post from yesterday for some helpful tips on using the Cross Stitch die.) Then, I stitched it using embroidery floss in colors of the rainbow.  This month's challenge is Showers---baby showers, wedding showers, rainbows or clouds.  I ran with the rainbows:) AND showers of love๐Ÿ˜
The sentiment is from Sentiment Sampler.

I have some more cards coming using the Cross Stitch die! Stay tuned:)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sew Thankful

Hello!  So I got this new die from Paper Smooches this week and I am in love with it.  It is the cross stitch die...basically punches all the holes so you can use it as a cross stitch grid or for a fun background.  When I got it, I jumped right into my craft room to give it a whirl.  This is the second card I created with it.  The first card will be on my blog I haven't photographed it yet.
Anyway, I die cut the cross stitch grid and then stamped the pineapple image from Pineapple Crush onto the grid in light yellow ink.  Then I used some embroidery floss to fill in the colors.  (I seriously have cross stitched only one thing in my life so if I can do it, anyone can๐Ÿ˜›)

For this card, I used:
Cross Stitch Die
Pineapple Crush
Pretty Phrases
Flag Tags

Here are some tips for using the Cross Stitch die:
1. Layer a piece of cardstock under the paper you are trying to die cut.  When you do this, most of those little tiny circles will stick to the cardstock underneath so you don't have to go poking out a million holes.
2. Since you are creating a paper grid, if you pull the thread too hard it can rip the paper.  If this happens, you do not have to scrap all the hard work you have done....simply remove the last stitch or two and reinforce area with clear tape....then re thread.  I did this on my first card and you cannot even tell that I had a snafu:)

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