Sunday, 10 May 2009

Just Magnolia stitching challenge

My goodness!!! I cannot believe I have spent I don't know how many hours hand stitching a card LOL!!!! I'm a wonderweb girl wherever I can get away with it and here I am sewing paper LOL!!! I have wondered what all the fuss is about when I've seen that people have stitched their cards but I think photos obviously don't do it justice because now I've seen it in the flesh I can totally see what the fuss is about....it looks really gorgeous!! I do love the way these challenges get me doing something I wouldn't normally choose to do. I decided to use this challenge to make a card for my Mum from my children rather than a card to put in my "for whenever" box. The paper I used I saw on a foreign site and fell in love with it then saw it on Tabbycrafts site and had to get it....but have you ever bought a paper because you love it and then found it doesn't actually seem very easy to make a card with?? that's this paper. I really struggled at first embellishment wise as the highly stylised flowers on the paper just didn't go with any of my flower stash. Necessity is the Mother of all invention though and it caused me to have the flower and wire idea that mimics the paper. I just coloured some of my paper covered wire from my cake decorating supplies with black marker and drew some leaves to match the paper et voila! I'm really pleased with how it all gels together.

I have decorated the inside with the same paper and another image and just a little stitching this time...my fingers couldn't take any more!

Image: Butterfly Tilda from Magnolia coloured with Copics

Papers: Bo Bunny Angel Island "Phoebe", Bazzill dot card and green card by Papermania

Ribbon and gems: from stash

Flower and wire: hand made and cut from the paper

Stitching: A true labour of love with needle and thread LOL!

8 comments:

lilacanglia said...

wow, stunning!!!
certainly worth that time stitching,
Hugs
Angie

Rach said...

wow this is gorgeous, beautiful papers and stitching. thank you for joining us at just magnolia.x

Michele said...

Gorgeous card. Love the image and the fab colouring. Love the papers also. Hugs Michele x

jenny said...

Absolutely stunning card, I love your stitching, cant believe you did it all by hand!!
Love the decorated inside too x

Jenny x

Jules said...

Hi Jane

Found you via Kath's blog.

What a wonderful card you have posted. A real labour of love! You should be really proud of this.

I stitch sometimes but only with my machine. I wouldn't have the patience to sit and hand stitch as you have done.

I hope the receipient treasures your creation for the work of art that it is.

Love Jules xx

Kim Piggott said...

Wow! Fabulous card and your detail and beautiful colours are wonderful!
Thank you so much for joining us at Just Magnolia!
hugs
kim x

debby4000 said...

Fabulous card, wonderful inside and out.
luv
Debby

Carolyn said...

Beautiful card. I love the flower. Please share how you made it.