Things to do with denim...

Who'd have thought denim could be so pretty...





Quick Engagement...


It's always the way, I've a box full of cards but never the one I need.  So I had to whip up a quick Engagement card yesterday.  Just a couple of hand cut paper hearts, a sentiment created on the pc, some machine stitching and here it is.  I'm happy!

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Fonts: Splendid 66 and Blackjack
Papers: MME and Basic Grey Out of Print

Stamp It & Freehand Embroidery...




It's challenge time again over on the  Let's Craft and Create blog, and the theme is

Stamp It 

All you need to do to enter is include a stamp - rubber or digi - in your design.  You can just make out the stamping on my card, around the cherry on top of the cake.  A recent purchase of circle sentiment stamps,   a bargain in the Hobbycraft sale.
Check out the Let's Craft and Create blog to see some fabulous 'Stamp It' projects from the rest of the team and the prize on offer for one lucky entry.  Don't forget you've got two weeks to enter.

Now, the freehand embroidery.  I've been wanting to try it on paper and card since way back when I discovered Poppy Treffry's work.  I've had the special darning foot for my machine for about a year, but was put off trying it when I read it described as, "drawing with a needle rather than a pencil".  I can't even draw with a pencil!
This week with a bit of time on my hands I plucked up the courage to give it a go.  It takes A LOT of practice, a completely different concept to regular sewing and I'm still not sure if my perfectionist tendencies can get used the irregularity of the stitching.  But, it's growing on me and I've a few more design ideas I'm working on.

Enjoying this new crafting adventure!

Personal Impressions Frames and Greetings Stamp Set
Crate Paper Paper Pad - Emma's Shoppe
Medium Pom Pom Trim and Cream Cotton Lace from The Ribbon Girl

Soft Neutrals...



The theme over at The Shabby Tea Room this week is 'Soft Neutrals' check out the Blog for some amazing cards from the Shabby Girl Designers - you won't be disappointed.
For my entry I've made flowers using some Maya Road Kraft Doilies and scallop circles of Core'dinations Distress Cardstock. Then stitched stems with top stitch thread for added texture.

Maya Road Kraft Doilies
Core'dinations Distress Card stock - Antique Linen
Prima Songbird Paper Pad
Paula Pascual Mix & Match Stamp Set
16mm Grosgrain Ribbon - Natural from The Ribbon Girl

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Make It Pretty...



Our latest challenge over at Let's Craft and Create is

Make It Pretty

Add anything you like to your card or project to make it pretty.  I've used vintage style seam binding and a flower loom to make these shabby daisies and added lots of stitching to 'Make It Pretty'.  Do check out the Let's Craft and Create blog to see how the other designers pretty projects - you won't be disappointed.
Hope you can join in the fun with us this time.  You've got two weeks to enter and there's a prize on offer for one lucky entry.

Paper Pad:  My Minds Eye - Dwell
Vintage Style Seam Binding and Top Stitch Thread from The Ribbon Girl



Owl Bookmarks - How To...


Last week I made some Owl  Bookmarks for the Bubbly Scrumptious Blog.  Super easy project, perfect for using up those scraps and for crafting with the kids.  Here's how to make them.
You will need:
Various circle punches, or dies, I used 3", 1" and 1/2". punches
Patterned Paper and Cardstock and some Wiggly Eyes.


1.  Cut circles as shown and assemble your owl and mount onto cardstock


2.  Take a second circle of card stock and score across the centre.


3.  To stop the bookmark from slipping out of the book I added a Self Adhesive Magnetic Dot from First 4 Magnets.