Saturday, 17 July 2010

Paper Stitching...

...well, I may have mentioned a couple of times that I am useless with a sewing machine... so thank heavens that I have a stitchy stamp. Over on the Lots To Do Challenge today, the new theme is Stitching. I really wish I could sew but 'cos I can't I used my Tim Holtz stitch stamp instead... and because it is unmounted, I used it without an acrylic block, when meant I could bend it along the curved edge I wanted to "stitch" Cheating I know... but I know you won't tell anyone LOL




The base is an offcut of mountboard, coloured with Wild Honey DI. I used some more of that old book - yes, I am still reading the pages as I am altering them... tis a good book and the bits that are missing I just fill in using my imagination :O)) So, I coloured the book age with Stormy Sky DI, crumpled it, spritzed it, dried it, rubbed Wild Honey over it, spritzed it, dried it and then popped it in place... and used the stitches to... erm... secure it ;o))




The flower was made using the Tattered Florals Alterations - I just cut a big wad of old book page at once and then colour the flowers with DI's - Stormy Sky, Wild Honey and Old Paper. The centre is an Idea-ology button - isn't it just perfect with that gorgeous colour in the centre??? I used the Alterations Tickets die, cut two tickets, stamped a Tim Ticket over one of them and a mini sentiment on the other, popped them into Memo Pins and then stuck the pins into the assembled flower.




I used that FAB stamp - you know the one that Tim made that actually fits under the Idea-ology Film Strip... how clever is that!!! I didn't even realise it was a perfect fit either... it is almost like he did it on purpose ROFL. All of the stamping, inkings, Alterations and embellies are from The Artistic Stamper. Anyways.. I hope that this piece is acceptable for the challenge, even if I did cheat LOL Grim is now off nights - hurrah! And... the tree chaps came back yesterday and grinded (or is it ground???) out all the stumps so we now have a massive huge task in the garden... if you know a landscape gardener who works free of charge please let me know cos I am feeling a very daunted by the amount of work that needs doing... oh how I wish I had a magic wand cos would seriously be waving it about right now LOL Thanks for looking... don't forget to check back tomorrow for the new Sunday Stamper theme... I haven't decided what it is yet... am off to make my entry now :O)) TTFN

Hels x

45 comments:

Helen said...

I love this, the flower is just wonderful, so many layers to it. The colours are gorgeous.

craftytrog said...

This is just luscious Hels! This would work for LTDC as it has stitching on! xx

craftytrog said...

Lol! Just read your post properly! Doh!

Sue said...

This is lovely, the colours go beautifully together. I think I need to update my distress inks and stamps - do you think you could just post for a while with things that I already own lol

Dawn said...

Love it Hels nice colour combo too!

Love Dawn xx

Ellie Knol said...

Beautiful!!!

Fiona said...

love it Hels :)

Paper Pile Kitten said...

This is so beautiful! And you're a genius using those stitch stamps. I'm not so good with the sewing machine either. LOL!
Greetings from,
Paper Pile Kitten

Atc.Hen said...

What a lovely blog you have!
Love the art you make,
Henny.
www.atccardshenny.blogspot.com

whyducks said...

Clever, clever, clever!

Anesha said...

Fantastic project!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

This is gorgeous Hels! I love the colors you have used on this piece.

johanna said...

this is so awesome!!! fantastic color combo!

bosenberries said...

so beautiful! that stichy stamp is great... must look out for it! Robin

Jennie said...

super cool piece :)

Lesley said...

Love all the layers in the flower. Fabulous all round.

Artyjen said...

Mmmmmm delish piece :) Lovely flower....hope your garden is soon full of them!
xoxo Sioux

Joy said...

Wonderful piece Hels, love the flower and the button is just perfect xx

Angelnorth said...

Fab piece, love the combo of colours and elements here!

Nancy said...

LOVE this, Hels!

Anonymous said...

WOW this tag is an "eye-popper." Very striking and I am so glad to learn the technique of bending the stitch stamps to make them curve. I do sew buy my machine is broken so this will be a great fill-in. Thanks for the tip and I love the art you make! Marijane

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Absolutely fabulous dahling ;-) Love it all, fab colours.
My SS entry for last week is ont' blog now hun.
Anne xx

Basslady said...

really fantastic...a wonderful card to look at...must be brilliant in reality...

xoxo silvi (germany)

SusanK said...

Loving every bit of this! And the stitching looks very real. Superb!

Zoechaos said...

Where would those of us challenged by needle and thread be without faux stitching stamps? Gorgeous atc, how you manage to use so many elements and never look busy or anything other than fabulous is a mystery. Thank you for sharing with us on LTD, Hilda will be back in the week and will be popping round the. xx Zoe

Effie said...

It's not cheating.... it's thinking creatively!

Sandy said...

OMG this is perfect.
Stunning color combo. Absolutely amazing design hun. Love it.

judith@poppy cottage said...

I love the colours Hels, great combination. The flower is fab, and that button is gorgeous. The film strip is really cool, and the stitching is just perfect, I won't tell if you don't! Judith xx

peggy gatto said...

I love all the details!!!!!!!! great colors too!

Otter Blue said...

I love the color combo and the use of metal embellishments.

Elaine said...

Loving the colours and that flower is great!

Alexandra said...

I love this Hels. Colours are gorgeous, and your flower's beautiful too, so many layers of pretty petals and I love that button centre.
I hate sewing too. I wish I could use a stamp on mending, hemming and sewing on buttons instead of that nasty jaggy sewing needle, I'm certain it knows I'm scared of it, and gets me on purpose, lol.
I stick to using the "magic tape" you iron on to do hems and stuff where possible, you know the tape I mean, and I procrastinate a lot before other sewing jobs.

Linda Cain said...

This really, really, REALLY, rocks!
Love it!

Linda

Dee said...

This is gorgeous, just love the flower and the colours. x

Lottie said...

The most beautiful colours - really gorgeous contrasts - absolutely stunning

Joanne said...

This colour combo is really great. I will try that one out for sure.
Luv Joanne xx

Anikraft said...

Love it!
Whats the name of the stamps or stamp set that the numbers strip is from, the one that fits under the filmstrip ribbons?! I must have one, it looks amazing!
xxxx

Cardarian said...

I love what you made but as a librarian I am thinking wether tearing pages out of a book is the right thing to do ( you know librarians are the protectors of books) but on the other hand if the book would go into the bin, it better be "recycled" So I think maybe it is good you use the pages!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Jaqi said...

Stunning, what a gorgeous flower, and I love the colours you have used

2amscrapper said...

This is so beautiful, I could look at it all day for inspiration!

Laura said...

Oooh I just love this colour combo! I think you have just inspired me with a starting point today. These colours. Can't wait!!!

Wanda H said...

Hels, I like everything you do but I REALLY like this one!!!! Well, I really like everything you do but I REALLY, REALLY like this one!!!

JoZart said...

That is one stunning piece of art. Great colours, composition .. everything! Love it!
Jo x

Neet said...

What a fab piece of artwork. I just love the colour combo you have used (one of my faves too)and I always enjoy ;myself at your blog. The flowers you make are amazing.

crafty creations said...

Gorgeous piece Hels

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge - sorry I'm late in visiting - I've been away visiting with family xx Hilda

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