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    Stitched party time

    Hi crafters. I stitched another rainbow using the retired Paper Smooches cross stitch die. I embossed some bursts from Visible image Rays of light, as well as a sentiment from Paper Smooches Birthday sampler stamp set, with gold powder onto acetate. I thought the sentiment was hard to read so I embossed over the top in white. I cut out the acetate and stitched it to the panel. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Paper Smooches Rainbows challenge: Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Bright and cheerful. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Stitched rainbow

    Hi crafters. There’s something therapeutic about stitching a rainbow. The current Paper Smooches challenge is Rainbows so I decided to stitch one using the retired Paper Smooches cross stitch die. I used floss in bright colours and worked my way along the panel. I cut the panel so I had room to stamp underneath if I wanted. When I finished I considered stamping a sentiment along the bottom, sticking a diecut on top, but I eventually decided to emboss a sentiment from Paper Smooches Birthday sampler onto acetate. I cut the acetate with a banner die and sewed it down on the left side. I am entering this card in…

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    Beaded card

    Hi crafters. It’s been a while since I did a stitched card so I decided to use a recently acquired die from Lil Inkers. The Pointelle cover die has holes in hexagon shapes covering it. I cut it twice to cover a 5×7 card and sprayed this cardstock blue/purple. I layered over that blue tulle and green and teal sheer fabrics. I sewed through these incorporating beads as I went. I held the layers together with bulldog clips. I slashed the fabric in between and helped it curl back with a heat gun. In the past when I’ve tried this the fabrics stuck out more than this time. It might…

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    Inspired hearts

    Hi crafters. The current Paper Smooches Challenge is to be inspired by one of the design team. I chose this card by Jill Hawkins. I like the design, the stitching and the colours. I don’t have that die so I used the Paper Smooches Tiny hearts dies. I drew a spiral on some white cardstock and then die cut the hearts along that. I decided to use the arrow as well and have that point toward the ‘you’. The hearts were coloured with alcohol markers. I stitched the panel to an orange cardbase with orange thread. My machine plays up if I stitch through any adhesive, but I wanted to…

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    Rainbows and Unicorns

    Hi crafters. I couldn’t resist using some Julie Ebersole stamps for the Less is More Challenge. I started by diecutting The Stamp Market dotted rainbow die twice. I extended the lines with a pokey tool and a ruler. I stamped the sentiment from Pure Magic in Versafine onyx black and the unicorn from Unicorns and Rainbows in grey. I coloured the unicorn and fart in glitter glue and pearlised purple acrylic. I added some glitter gel pen to the unicorn. I put a little glitter glue over the rainbow as well. The rainbow was stitched in bright cotton threads. I am entering this card in the Less is More #406…

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    Bright birthday

    Hi crafters. Yet another stitched card. I coloured the Hero Arts Ocean Waves bold prints Background Stamp with Sharpies. I decided to cut it with a series of Hero Arts circle dies all taped together. I also cut red fun foam with the same attached dies. I glued the pieces to the foam. I decided something between the alternate circles was needed. I used an in between circle die to dry emboss a white square card base. I used a pokey tool to make holes along the embossed line. I made mine closer than I needed and ended up not stitching every hole. I used an acrylic red yarn to…

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    Stitched Christmas

    Hi crafters. I found some some ombré red crotchet cotton and thought it would be good for a Nordic/sweater look card. I used the Paper Smooches cross stitch die (the rectangular version here is retired but there is a square one available) on white cardstock. I made up a pattern and stitched to the middle and left a gap for the sentiment. I repeated the pattern on the other side. The sentiment was made with a Dymo labeller. I placed red fun foam under the border and matted the panel on red cardstock. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon says Stamp Stamptember Paper Smooches collaboration challenge.…

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    Red and black Birthday

    Hi crafters. This textured card was stitched using the Paper Smooches cross stitch die. ( This rectangular one is retired but there is a square one which can always be extended with multiple die cutting). I cut some black cardstock and stitched with red acrylic yarn. I don’t have any Paper Smooches stamps so I used one from Funky Fossil quick brown fox stamps. The experiment with this card was how to get a really red embossed sentiment. The top attempt is Gina K red hot embossing powder on black cardstock. The embossing looks very dark. The middle one is white embossing with red over the top. This is more…

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    Winnie and Walter

    Hi crafters. This is the Winnie and Walter inspiration photo: This such a fabulous room. I decided to try to recreate that wall with distress oxides on photo paper. I smushed faded jeans, wilted violet, worn lipstick, cracked pistachio and antique linen. When it was all dry I wiped off the oxide on top to reveal the bright colours. I thought it would be nice to stitch the light cables hanging down. I tried to sew them on the sewing machine but the silver thread was messing up and breaking and the panel was getting marked. I decided to just stitch it by hand instead. The marks rubbed off luckily.…

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    Stitched acetate

    Hi crafters. Another acetate card. I wanted to see if the Tim Holtz crotchet dies would cut it. This is a very intricate die but with a shim and going through twice it did cut satisfactorily. I stitched these to a white panel. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple sayings stamp set and is stamped on clear acetate with black StazOn ink. I tied this on with some ribbon. The panel was placed on a black matt. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: Stitch it Simon says Stamp Stamptember Tim Holtz collaboration challenge.