Thursday, 27 November 2008
Today is Inspiration and Themes Challenge day on ILWS. For this week's challenge I've chosen a seasonal and topical for some of us in the UK - Snow!
For this card I wanted to create the homespun look that I love so much - red, white, kraft, gingham and stitching definitely achieves this rustic, homely style I think.
I embossed the snowflakes from SU's Best Wishes and More set onto kraft paper and sponged the edges with white pigment ink, then sewed it onto the real red card base. ( I have finally got my grandmother's sewing machine working again - yay! I love it, it's a pale blue 1960s Singer, not the most advanced machine ever but does the basics. My grandmother was the most amazing seamstress and I love that I'm now using her machine for my own craft work, she's not with us any more but I know she would have loved that. I also love it because it is truly vintage and y'know I adore anything vintage, especially when it's the real mackoy! It fits in perfectly with the vintage style of my craft room - thanks Nana!)
Back to the card :) The tag stamp is from SU's Perfect Presents set and punched out with the tag punch. The tags are 'hung' on gingham ribbon to look like a banner. I tied more gingham bows inbetween the tags, added those uber-cute red heart buttons that were tied with linen thread.
Thought I'd post these wooden heart decorations too - these are for a craft fair I'm doing next weekend. Again I wanted to make something in a folk art/homespun style, so again I went for red and white (yes it is one of my all time favourite colour combos!)
I painted some plain wooden hearts with red acrylic paint, stamped a polka dot backgrounder with white acrylic paint, sanded the edges and added a tin folk heart and bead onto the linen thread. I really like these and might keep a couple for my tree!
And finally! I want to wish a VERY happy Thanksgiving to all my Americal blogging friends and also to all those living in America. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps - Perfect Presents/Best Wishes and More (both SU)
Ink - White pigment(Adirondack)/Real Red (SU)
Card - Kraft/Real Red/Whisper White
Other - clear e.p/gingham ribbon/red heart buttons, linen thread(SU)/tag punch(SU)/sewing machine
Wooden Hearts (Panduro Hobby)/red and white acrylic paints/polka dot backgrounder/tin folk hearts/red beads/linen thread/sand paper