Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Nature Walk

Hello everyone, welcome especially to my lovely new followers, so glad to see you and will be over to visit as soon as I can.
My bad news saga is continuing unfortunately as my hubby has been borrowing my car because his is in the garage for a second day (dreading the bill!) and went outside this morning to find that some very nasty vandals had decided to pull out my poor car's wing mirrors in the night and they were dangling on each side by the wire connections. As you can imagine, there was quite a bit of blue air here for a while lol.
He did manage to fix them back in eventually after searching the internet for instructions and also had to postpone his scheduled appointment with a local vicar where he's church architect. He finally got there around an hour late! I'm just thankful he's handy with fixing things as I'm totally useless with stuff like that.
Anyway, enough drama and on to the cards I have to show you today which are from the last workshop I taught and I decided to post them as I saw the latest challenge at Top Tip Tuesday concerns stitching, Say It Isn't Sew! - Not Machine Stitching. My 2 cards both feature faux stitching which I have a tendency to make a bit wonky as my machine sewing would most definitely not be straight!

When we made these cards, the weather was rather dull so I decided on bright and cheery which I thought would work well with the silhouette images stamped in black.
Most of the papers I used are from a Basic Grey Ambrosia pack that's been in my stash for ages so I thought I should use it up. The first card has strips of coordinating papers attached to a piece of thin card and trimmed. I then stamped the trees (Kanban) with black ink giving them depth by stamping the centre image slightly lower. I then made holes round the panel edge with a pokey tool (Tim Holtz) and drew on the faux stitches with a fine black pen. I find if you let the pen run from one hole to the next, it looks much more realistic (one of my class ladies actually thought we were going to use a sewing machine much to her horror!).
I covered the card blank with some toning paper (Polka Doodles) having added faux stitching as before. I added a panel of grey card and a die cut sentiment decorated with pearls to finish.
The second card involved cutting the paper strips attached to the thin card in the opposite direction and then sticking them to further card using a variation of a bargello technique (my pattern only uses one side of the traditional design). I then stamped on the silhouette wildflower (The Stamp Fairy) and a butterfly free with a magazine with black ink. I added the panel to a blue mat.
I covered the card blank with paper I added rows of faux stitching too and added a further border with more faux stitching matted on blue (both papers are Polka Doodles). I finished off with a sentiment from the Kanban set.

Hope to see you all soon.
Fliss xx


Joan said...

Lovely cards Fliss,love the patchwork effect on the second one.Sorry to hear your car was vandalised, pity people have nothing better to do than wreck other people's property, bring back the birch !


Silvia(Barnie) said...

Both of your cards are fabulous, love the silhouette images.

Fandhmum said...

lovely cards, Fliss. Sorry to hear about your car,
Rosie x

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely cards, and sorry those rotten vandals got at your car! Hugs, Valerie

Jacqueline said...

Fabulous patchwork effect Fliss - love these cards with their beautiful colours - Jacqueline xx

Lisa S. said...

I love your faux sewing on your fab card. So sorry to hear of your auto woes but hopefully things will be better soon. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

Remember you can enter up to 3 projects and 3 tips, good luck!

butterfly said...

Completely love these, Fliss - gorgeous papers, and you've made such lovely backgrounds for your silhouetted plants and trees - I love both cards - fabulous!
Alison x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards love both and love the colours too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Bettina L. said...

Oh this is lovely. Great design with the stamping with the butterflies,dpand faux stitches.Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck.Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge.Bettina DT Member at Top Tip Tuesday xx