Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey March Blog Hop

This month's Blog Hop challenge is to use embroidery floss in a "fun and inventive way." Lucky for me, Papertrey defined "fun and inventive" for us: "This could include stitching, wrapping it around and tying it like ribbon, braiding, accenting tags, embroidered patterns or anything else you can dream up! " Whew! I didn't have to think too far outside the box with those instructions. :)

My first thought was to use something that I used on some of my Christmas cards -- I used the same knot that I used waaaaaayyy back when I did candlewicking with my grandma. I think the candlewicking knot is similar to a French knot, but I don't really know enough about either to elaborate. I just know that I have this knot technique in my hands' muscle memory from my childhood. I can do it automatically, but I can't do it if I try to think about it too much. Anyway, I put a knot in each of the "flower" button holes. I also decided to use the same floss to stitch a line leading to the sentiment.

What you can't really see in the picture -- well, the knots, for one. They're there in the button holes, I promise. They're just hard to notice in my picture. Also, the raised white layer of the card is embossed with a dot pattern. It looks good in real life, but my really affordable photographer just can't get it to show in the picture. You also can't see how many of these great little buttons I've accumulated since I received my new button dies. I've had fun rolling out the little buttons! That's why I had to use my Everyday Button Bits set for this card -- I had to justify die cutting all of these buttons! I think I may have to make a lot of button bits cards.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted otherwise):
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Ink: Versafine Onyx, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse, 2009 Bitty Dots Basics
Other: Nestabilities Labels 2 dies, Buttoned Up #2 die, Backgrounds 1 Stampin' Up Texturz plate, embroidery floss from my stash
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Kristii said...

What a beautiful card!!!! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous and such a perfect way to use the embroidery floss!!! I love it!!

Jen Carter said...

I can see all the details when I enlarged the photo! Great job with this card, your use of the floss is super!

Monica K. said...

Very pretty! I love the stitching in the buttons!

Jill said...

Amy--candlewicking! I haven't thought about that technique in ages--what a nice memory you've brought up! Adorable button flower card! The image is one of my all-time favorite PTI images and I've probably used it as much or more than any other, so I vote for you to do lots more with it and your button die cuts! :-D

Alicia a.k.a. Crafty Al said...

This is fantastic!! Love how you used the french knots in the button holes and then leading up to sentiment. TFS!