Saturday, 27 March 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge - Stitching

Yippee!! It is my DT group's turn at Magnolia Down Under Challenge this week and we have a great challenge for you of stitching! I loved making this card so much! I used my favourite new Tilda, colours that I love and I had a great idea and the card just flowed from there! I was lucky enough to be given some frosted shrink plastic last week and decided to have a play. I can't stop shrinking things now, it is so much fun watching how tiny and cute they get LOL! So, my idea was to make some flower buttons for this card and I love how they turned out! My paper was a plain BoBunny paper which I have stamped with a Hero Arts letter stamp as it looked too plain, and I have distressed the edges with bundled sage distress ink and stickles.
I used this gorgeous Ladybug Tilda and coloured her to match my papers and buttons. I've coloured her with distress inks and added stickles to the spots on her jacket and all the lace trims of her outfit.

So, here are my buttons. I stamped two different flowers from my Stempelglede grunge collection using different colours of Q chalks before punching the buttonholes and then shrinking.
I arranged my buttons in groups of three like a little garden around Tilda. Each one has a hand stitched stem and leaf which I have sewn with embroidery thread using a daisy chain stitch (if I remember the correct name from my school sewing class LOL). The stitching around the card and image was done with my sewing machine.
Here is a close up of one of my buttons. You can see the stamped design better in this photo.

I added a couple of butterflies punched with my MS punch with tiny gems for their bodies and stickled all over.
In the top right corner is a simple bow made with some tulle from the Hobby House.

Do pop over to the challenge blog and have a drool over the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations and I hope you can join in this week! Hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

28 comments:

Maria Therese said...

Wow what a cute card!!

Tracey Feeger said...

Jane this is gorgeous. I love the colours you used for Tilda. She is adorable. Love all the stitching and those flowers with the stitching rock. Great inspiration for anyone joining the challenge
mwah
Trace

Anne said...

Hi Jane:n What a beautiful card. Love the colours (my fave too) and your button flowers are so lovely and beautifully stitched. Hope Birmingham went well and you enjoyed your day and the drive. Is there anything I should know about stitching cards? I've not done it before but I do have a trusty Berlini machine which is I kid you not about 45 years old but still works a treat. It is electric - not a treadmill lol! Just a bit worried about chewing my card up lol

Sol said...

This is lovely! I love your sewing! and the flowers you have made are so cute! :)

Smiffy's Particrafting adventures said...

This is gorgeous. I love the colour scheme. Pam x

Juls said...

I love this tilda, she is one of my favorites!!! loving the sparkle, and wow your stitching is amazing! Hugs Juls

Kylie said...

Oh - this is so lovely!

Debra James said...

Gorgeous, stunning, Fabulous, Wow... Jane what can I say I Love those buttons and that hand stitching is perfect and the stictching around the edges and the colours us used and OK, you get the idea I am so impressed with your card, Love it!!!!!!Hugs xxxx ... where's my shrinky and cotton, LOL

Kellie Winnell said...

Jane, Jane WOW this is absolutely STUNNING the stitching leading to the flowers WOW I am in love what a truly amazing inspiration to everyone playing along this week...

Hugs Kel xx

kmassman said...

Cute! I love those flowers! I wonder where to get the frosted shrink plastic-that is such an awesome touch!

cabio's craft corner said...

Very delightful card. I love your stitches. So fun and creative :o)
Hugs,
Cabio

Fran said...

Gorgeous card Jane, My poor neglected ladybug Tilda is sitting next to me all coloured up and still waiting to be shown some love, but she is now sitting on some matching paper, so we are gotting closer, hahaha! Love that tulle bow, it is so soft and pretty which goes wonderfully with all the pastel colours and the hand stitching is amazing, you have definitely gone to a lot of effort with this challenge :)

stephanne said...

You took the stitching challenge to a whole new level with your clever stems, how perfect for your lovely handmade buttons, too cute!! Love the colours, they are dreamy together and your colouring is fantastic!!!
Take Care,
Stephanne

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card.

Paula said...

Gentle card! Love it!Cool!=)

Chantelle said...

Your card has so many cute details - the butterlies are so sweet and I LOVE how you've added the stitching for the flower stems - so clever and creative. Gorgeous colouring too - well done!!

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous Jane, love the colours and not forgetting the sweet Tilda.
luv
Debby

TaraG said...

Absolutely stunning,Jane! I am at a loss for words really it is breathtakingly beautiful! i love the shrink plastic buttons and your stitched steams and leaves is gorgeous and so creative! you are one super duper talented lady! I love this card to bits, hun and Tilda looks adorable and your colouring is just phenomenal as always!
hugs,t

Jackie Thomas said...

This card is gorgeous Jane. I adore the colours you have used. Stunning. xo Jackie

Valerka said...

WOW! So lovely, clear colours

Debbie Pamment said...

This is soooooo beautiful Jane - your field of button flowers is gorgeous! What a wonderful inspiration you are for all!
xXx

Kimba-Slydog said...

What a wonderful card!!!! Love the pastell-colors. You have colored so perfectly.

Hugs,
Nicole

Kate said...

Beautiful card, as always! ** Kate **

Andrea, said...

Beautiful cards, I love the flowers and stitching

Rebekah said...

Aw, I love this card so much! The stitching is perfect and I love the overall simplicity this card has. Great job, Jane!

Rainmac said...

Wow what a stunning card, completely beautiful and full of wonderful detail x

April Rose said...

What a cute little garden scene and gorgeous card! I love your embroidery and the adorable buttons you made! You've colored this cute Tilda so beautifully.
Hugs,
April

Sol said...

Oh... This is so cute! I love the colours too! They are Great Together! And so Cute with the shrink plastic.. The flowers are the cutest! :)