Good morning my friends. Today I have another Clean and Simple card for my Tuesday Series. I’ve had this series going on for years and I love it, since I’m a clean and simple kinda gal.
Today’s stamp set features Mama Elephant Stitches. I used to do a lot of crocheting, cross-stitch and acrylic painting with my Gram. When I was pregnant, and my kids don’t know this yet, but with each of them, it took my entire pregnancy to cross-stitch a lovely and extremely detailed picture for their bedroom as newborns. As they grew into toddlers and moving all over the country, I took the newborn cross-stitch picture down and saved it for my kids for when they had their first baby boy or girl. I thought that it would be a lovely gift for my brand new grandson or granddaughter. I also kept 2 special and my favorite outfits for the kids throughout the years so that I could give these treasures to my grandchildren too.
The card I made today reminds me of my old sewing days. I made beautiful lace curtains for my farmhouse and sewed all of the Christmas Tree ornaments with blocked Christmas pattern fabric, machine-stitched around the edges, leaving the top open. I would carefully insert in my fluff so the ornament was just perfect, add in a tied burlap hanger, sewed the top up and had an adorable Christmas ornament. I wanted to keep those too and divide them up between the kids. I remember being so proud of sewing my beautiful lace curtains for my farmhouse. I had planted a lot of lavender outside of all of the windows in my railroad tie garden beds. In the spring, I would open the windows up to air out the house on a beautiful day with the wind softly blowing that would so graciously bless us with the scents and sounds of outside and the lovely lavender smell from my plants all throughout the house and my lace curtains blowing in the wind too. If a neighbor was cutting their grass, all the better.
Of course, I love to color sewing images too! Using Bristol Smooth White Cardstock, I broke out my Derwent Watercolour Pencils that I had to blow the dust off of and started to color. Remember, there are 2 types of these pencils: watercolour and regular. I used watercolour pencils only. I laid down 4 colors of pencils for my spools and thread. I cut 3 banners using various specialty cardstock and used my Stampin’ Up! Tiny Attacher Stapler to size up the banners, arrange them in an aesthetically manner that is pleasing to the eye, and then stapled them to the top of the cardstock for a really unexpected and fun handmade embellishment. My stitched-edge banners come from My Favorite Things Stamps Blueprints 28 die-cut from Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration, Item 143831, Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, Bermuda Bay Glimmer Cardstock, that is on 60% off at my Stampin’ Up! Boutique! The solid Chartreuse foil banner was die-cut from DCWV Foiled Cardstock Stack. The purple-striped acetate is from the Clearly Bold We R Memory Keepers 6 x 6 Acetate Pad. I love all of the various choices that I have from regular cardstock to foil to acetate to vellum to whatever my little heart desires for my design. I will have a complete product list for you at the end of this blog post.
For the spools of thread, I colored the thread halfway to center from the left side and pulled the color out with a Blender Pen by Stampin’ Up!. I wanted the color gradation and love how it turned out. My color combination is regal and royal. The colors I used are:
- SPOOL TOPS: Brown Ochre 57
- SPOOLS: Imperial Purple 23, Jade Green 41 and May Green 48
I seem to have a special affinity for May Green in most color mediums. I love Chartreuse as a color in general and this just reminds me of that. Keeping your colored pencil tip extremely sharp is also key to get into the little nooks and crannies of images. All of the images were stamped twice using my MISTI with Versafine Onyx Black. I believe that is the absolute best ink on the market for getting good, crisp, and clean stamped images that is Copic-friendly and everything friendly. I love it. Many stamp companies also have archival and/or waterproof ink, which all work perfectly. Everybody just has their go-to and favs. Versafine is mine.
I absolutely love, love, love the banner/flag detail I stapled to my card. That’s exactly what I needed to make the card complete. I believe with a CAS card, you must have that one WOW factor to make it stand out from the rest and with this card, it was my banner flags. They just worked. They just worked perfectly too.
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Until the next time, God bless.