Friday, April 1, 2011

Simple Stitched Cards

Ok, it is snowing here in NH today and it is so pretty. I am supposing that this will be the last snow this spring. I can hardly wait for my lily garden to grow once it is all melted and the warm weather hits. There are 2 things I really like about lilies. One is they are so pretty. Second, they are sooooo easy to grow! Just fertilize and weed, they just spread and grow. I am hoping that once they fill in the garden there will be no more weeding :o)

I just had to use this lily image from the Stampin' Up set Abundant Hope. Now I have at least one lily around the house, lol.

I used a basic back stitch for this card. Sew easy ;o) I got this pattern from Fred She Said. Using the Canvas Luster paper from Paper Temptress makes using copics a bit difficult since the ink does not dry fast. This makes blending very hard. I think it gave it a kind of water color look.

I used some shimmer chalk around the image, but with this paper I am pretty sure the luster would have shown through anyway.

The top corner of the inside says Wonderful Mother which is from the SU set Well scripted. The paper is so very hard to photograph with the beautiful shimmer paper.

For this card I used a backward back stitch. It did not come out as pretty as it would on straighter lines, but I still think it is OK. The rose image is from the SU set Happiness Shared (I think it is a rose, it looks like a rose from one of my rose bushes anyway) My love/hate relationship with SU does not extend to the stamps, they are so pretty and well made. The rhinestones are from SU also and are self-adhesive. These do not fall off like the pearls do, yayyyy. I am thrilled about this considering they are the prettiest ones I have found that are not Swarvoski.

Here is a close up of the stitching. The pattern is from Fred She Said. My holes end up so big. I have seen stitching with much smaller holes and have asked the people how they do it. They use a beading needle. I have no idea how they thread the floss into one of these, I can barely get the floss through the larger size 10 needles.

Can you see the beautiful luster and shimmer on this paper? Sooooo beautiful.

I again used chalk around the image and stitching which you can see better on this card than the previous one.
This is a smaller card, only 4 3/4 x 3 3/4, so I left the inside plain to leave lots of room for a hand written note.
I will enter these cards in the following challenges:
All Sorts: special lady (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Creative Inspirations: Mom (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Drean Valley: mother's day (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Cupcake Crafts: Mom with flowers (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
My Time To Craft: Mum (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Scrapbook Sisters: Mom/special lady (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Your Next Stamp: stitching
Paper Play: Mom (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Paper Craft Journey: special lady (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Stampin' For The Weekend: Mum (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)
Delicious Doodles: Mom (the lily card says "wonderful mother' inside ion the upper left corner)

Aly's; spring
Totally Gorjuss: spring
Scrappy Frogs: flowers and lace
Sparkles Forum: spring
Kaboodle Doodle: spring
Stamp, Scrap Central: Sparkle
Tuesday Throwdown: florals
Creative Belli: sewing
The ABC Challenge: "R" for roses
Little Miss Muffet: stitching
Charisma Cardz: bling and sparkle
Frosted Designs: bling

Have a beautiful weekend! Hugs,


Besthobbyeva said...

Wow so beautiful and elegant! That is a lot of stitching, and the chalking, fantastic! I love it!

I didn't realize you were in NH. I have family in Londonderry, Manchester, Hooksett and Chester. We are in Massachusetts. So close!!


Debs said...

Lovely cards - the stitching is fabulous.
Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Sweet Jane said...

That is some fancy schmancy stitching. And lovely, I might add.

And guess what…MOMO SENT ME! What a good idea she has had to boost our “Followers” lists.

~Vittory~ said...

Lovely work! So much stitching =)Thank you for playing with Little Miss Muffet Hope to see you again.
With best wishes,

Catnaps said...

Such wonderful cards, glad you became a follow so I could see such wonderful work.

Tanya said...

Beautiful cards with so much detail! Love the stitching and your papers are all just lovely!

Pat said...

Lovely cards, super images and embellies. Thanks for sharing at MTTC this week.

Pat xx

Sue C said...

Beautiful cards, I had to inspect them really closely as your shading is stunning ! Thanks for joining us at The ABC Challenge. Sue C x

Anonymous said...

WOW, beautiful cards, love the stitching detail, so lovely..

Thanks for joining us at SFC, good luck.

Huggies Angel

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Sandy, what a gorgeous card. I love the floral image and your stitching is awesome. Definitely a card any mum would be delighted to receive. Thanks for joining in with my challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Anonymous said...

What a stunning card!!

Susan said...

Hi Sandy!

Very pretty card! They are calling for a snow mix here in Minnesota this weekend so I appreciate looking at a beautiful, flowery card. Thanks!

Sharla said...

Wow Sandy, those cards are so pretty, I love the stitching and shimmer!

Donna said...

Wow, Stunning stitched cards, I don't think I would find it easy lol they are so pretty. Thanks for joining in the Little Miss Muffet Challenge, hope to see you again. Donna x

Creations By M said...


Tahnk you for checking out my blog! I have come to visit yours, and I must say you work is incredible! I love the flowers you used on thse cards and the elegance they bear. You did such a great job and I look forward to seeing more of your creations!

Thank you!

Kat said...

Beautiful cards. Love how you've done the stitching. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Kat x

mckinkle said...

What beautiful makes you have here.

Your stitching is fab, you can really see how much love youve put into each piece.

Thanks for joining our 'Something for Mums' Challenge over at Delicious Doodles.

Keryn :)

Dee said...

Beautiful cards. Love the flower images, makes me think of spring.

Michelle VP said...

Such pretty cards! :) I love the shimmer of your Paper Temptress papers and what patience to do all that stitching - looks amazing! Thanks for visiting my blog. So happy to meet you through Momo. :)

ChickieChirps said...

Wow! Your stitching is a beautiful touch! Lovely cards! Thanks for joining the Little Miss Muffet Challenge!


Karen W said...

Wow this is drop dead gorgeous, I love all of it. Thanks for joining us at Creative Belli

Oh SO fAb.. jOjO said...

sandy! your cards are amazzing! :)
If only I knew how to sew on paper!
verry pretty! ans you did great at coloring the images! I love the effect :)

jdmommy said...

Your stitching is wonderful on these shimmery, beautiful cards! this weeks theme was right up your alley!!! Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge.

Tabitha said...

Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. New follower. Congrats on the awards.

Elizabeth said...

Once again just beautiful! I awarded you the Versatile Blog Award. Be sure to go to my Blog to grab your award and the rules for it:) Congratulations!

Cor* said...

Wonderfully done! A definitely watercolored look! Perfect stitching! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful mother's day creation with us at Creative Inspirations this time round!

Kendra said...

Yeah another NH stamper/blogger! Great to meet you, I'm here too! Wasn't that snowstorm just crazy?! I'm ready for spring! lol Thanks for playing along at Dream Valley, your cards are gorgeous!

Ceal said...

Gorgeous cards! thanks for joining our Belli challenge

Davi said...

Beautiful the flowers, colors and your great stitching!! Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week.

Christel said...

Really nice card! Love the flowers!
Thanks for joining Charisma cardz this week. Good luck!

...just Peggy said...

This looks like fun. Thanks for joining us this week at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

sari said...

Hi Sandy!
Oh my goodness! These are 2 such lovely and elegant cards! Both ahve wonderful colors, images and sweet details! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craft Challenge this week and good luck! Hugs & Sunshine /Sari

laney said...

beautiful!!! I so envy ladies who have mastered this technique!!
Thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations this time, hope to see you again

Vee said...

Fabulous cards love all the detail. Thanks for joining Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful cards! I love the hand stitching- and the lovely floral images. I love the awesome paper you used too. Thanks for playing along with the Belli Challenge.

lisa808 said...

Beautifully colored flower images. Very pretty cards.

ruth said...

Oh how gorgeous! I love that your paper has a beautiful sheen as well as the bling you added to your cards! Gorgeous.

Thanks for taking the challenge this week at Frosted Designs!

Teri said...

Beautiful makes hun, both of them!
Thanks for playing at The Delicious Doodles Challenge this week, and good luck with the draw!
Teri x

Lesley said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

Lesley said...

oops, thanks also for taking part in the SFC! xx

Vintage Milly said...

What a gorgeous creation, thanks for joining in with our Roses ABC Challenge,

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! This card is so pretty. The details are amazing it must have taken you so much time. Thanks for sharing with us at PCJ this week. hugs ~ Cindy

Leah the Orange said...

so pretty! they're both lovely, but the stitching on that second one is fantastic! you put a LOT of time into these - far more patience than i've got! go you! thanks so much for joining the Charisma Gals for this week's challenge!

Elisabetta e Noemi said...

But they are superb! Elegant and original at the same time. I think that will copy the idea!

Joan Ervin said...

WOW!!! What absolutely gorgeous cards...the stitching is fabulous!!! Thanks for joining us in the Creative Belli challenge!!!