Thursday, February 23, 2017

Altenew Post---Hand-stitched with Love

Hello friends!
It's my turn to share projects with you over Altenew!

 We all love handmade cards with unique touches. Altenew's color-layering stamps such as Hibiscus Bouquet are the obvious solutions! Even better, you can add some simple hand-stitching to your design for that special homespun feel! I just love how stitching can enhance the overall aesthetic aspect. A little hand-stitching goes a long way! I started out with gold-embossing Hibiscus Bouquet on the Pale Grey Card Stock. 

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Once the hibiscus images are embossed, I stamped the solid images with Warm & Cozy Oval Set/Mini Ink Cube Set and Rose Petal Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube Set. For the leaves, I used Sea Shore Oval Set/ Mini Ink Cube Set

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Sewing is not my forte, but I can sew a button! With a ruler, I paper-pierced the holes in a straight line and I carefully stitched it up with the DMC silver thread. I purposefully left the end to create a bit of flair. It is really fun to mix and match embossing with the color-layering stamps. The gold embossing gives the design a great depth and lovely interest. The inked flowers seem to pop even more that way! Stitching may not be just for embellishment or accents only. It can be the STAR of the show! 
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 I stamped the image from Sew Very Happy with a light ink and hand-stitched the stamped lines. The sentiment is from "Adore You". Even though it took me some time to do the stitching, I find the result to be very satisfying. Stitching in front of TV is actually very therapeutic and relaxing. 

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 This CAS design can also work beautifully as wedding, congratulations, anniversary ...and birthday cards. I hope you are inspired to add stitching to your Altenew creations.

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26 comments:

Betty Keefe said...

really lovely cards, Virginia - hard to choose a favorite - stitching hasn't been around much lately and using the silver thread is a great idea

Lin said...

LOVE these, Virginia! The stitching says "I care" to your recipient!!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! I love the Hibiscus Bouquet set, and the fun stitched detail on your cards!

Harriet said...

Oh my two totally unique, beautiful cards. I am especially drawn to the first mainly because of the colors. The second is truly amazing. Virginia, you have outdone yourself.

Sheila H said...

The hand stitching is a marvelous detail, Virginia!

alexandra s.m. said...

Stunning cards my Friend!
Your cards are so soft and so beautiful!
Love the combo of stitching and stamping and of course with a little shimmer, it's even better ;-)
Hugs~

Brandi R said...

These are gorgeous! Love your use of stitching. Adds so much character to already beautiful cards ♥

Karen L K said...

Pretty! Great idea to do some stitching especially the branch.

Tracey McNeely said...

Two beautiful cards Virginia!

TetibelleCrafts said...

I love the gold outline of the flowers.

snappy scrappy said...

So beautiful!!!!

conil said...

From now on I'm sending all my stitching projects to you in a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope. If you're not a sewer you should be because your hand stitching is meticulous. It always adds so much to your cards...like these two beauties.

lostinpaper said...

Love how you have added the stitched details, your cards are wonderful Virginia!

Barb Ghig said...

Your stitched details adds such a personal touch to your gorgeous cards, Virginia! I also love how you used gold embossing on the first one and how you added sparkle to the leaves on the 2nd card...so beautiful!!!

Greta said...

2 lovely cards, Virginia! The first card is absolutely stunning with the bit of gold embossing--totally love it!

Sarah said...

Your cards are lovely!

Karen B. said...

You've brought stitching back! Ahh, love how it looks!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love your hand stitching, Virginia - adds the perfect touch to both cards!!

Miriam Prantner said...

I am a big fan of stitching on cards! These are so pretty! Love the sparkle you added to them too!

Lisa Elton said...

The gold on your first card with the pretty colors your used is gorgeous!! These are both wonderful and how great is the stitching!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Simply bowled over by the colours and gold embossing on the first card. A beauty!

Purple Princess said...

Love the stitching!!

Robin Coxon said...

What lovely and unique ideas to use for a greeting card. I love both of them and am sure I will be incorporating these ideas into my card making. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

Susi K. said...

These are so lovely, Virginia! Love how the gold embossing sparkles on your first card. The stitching details are fantastic too.

Martha Herrera said...

WOW... you make everything look so beautiful.

LOVE the stitching on your cards.. just beautiful.

Louanne said...

So creative! Love the gold embossed outlines and the hand stitching - awesome cards! Another way to showcase using those layered stamp sets.