Monday, November 29, 2010

Flurry of Love

It was a chilly, chilly weekend but it was sunny and bright...not snowy and blustery. So I decided to create a little snow storm of my own with my card today.

This month's MFT guest designer challenge is to use stitching...something I do on pretty much every card anyway, so it seemed like the perfect challenge to play along with.

I used my Pure Innocence Flurry of Love set. The first thing I thought of was putting her on navy with big white snowflakes all around her. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo black, paper pieced her coat and hat with one of the patterns from my Pink Paisley 365 Degrees 6x6 pad. I coloured the rest with copics. I added some sugar sparkly fluff to the hat and boots then cut her out.

I would normally use white liquid applique for the falling snow but this is a stitching challenge so I dug out some white embroidery floss and created the snow with french knot stitches. Now, it's been a really long time since I did any embroidery so I had to google how to do a french knot. LOL!!! Thank goodness for You Tube, eh?!?

I used three layers of white felt for the snow on the ground but I wanted to make it look like the strong wind had blown it into ripples...kinda like the waves do to sand on the beach...so I added plenty of machine stitching on each layer. I played around with adding ribbon and embellishments but nothing looked right so I opted for a very simple layout that lets the image shine.

I did want to add a sentiment though so I ended up decorating the inside...more stitching of course and I also used my jumbo ric rac and let it snowflake die-namics.

You know when a card just makes you smile? Well this one just makes me smile...I keep picking it up and looking at it, and smiling. I know...nerdy, but hey, it's the little things, right?

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

12 comments:

Kerry J. said...

This is over the top adorable Karen!! Love all those french knots and the stitching in the snow!! Good luck chickie!

Leslie said...

It is OUTSTANDINGLY fantabulous my friend! I "canknot" believe you made all those french knots!!! :) I LOVE the snowbanks and all your special little details make this a FAV of mine! It's a winner in my opinion!!!!

Jana said...

OK, that is just too cute

Vicki said...

this is fabulous Karen, all those french knots and your stitching is amazing!!! LOVE IT!!!

Jackie Pedro said...

You're a WINNER! This is over the top FANTASTIC! Love the french knots as snow!! So clever!!!!

Candace said...

It makes ME smile, too, Karen!!! Sooo clever...just LOVE it!!

Michele Boyer said...

This is REALLY REALLY cute!! I LOVE the french knots and stitching!!

Monique said...

Karen this is so sweet... Love the rolling hills of snow... and she really looks like she is getting blown away lol... Fabulous job on the stitching!!

Carolina said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E...can't imagine anyone else coming up with something more adorable than this card! Will keep my fingers crossed for you...best of luck!!!

Joanne B. said...

This is even MORE amazing in person. Thank you so much for driving it over so I could visit with it. :-)

Have a GREAT day and CONGRATULATIONS!

Jessie/knightrone said...

SO pretty!! LOVE all the stitching!! AWESOME!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my goodness, this is SO STINKIN' CUTE!