I can't believe I'm remembering--on time--to participate in this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! The challenge is to use embroidery floss in a "fun and inventive way." Although I have just about every color DMC floss from my cross stitch days, I was initially stumped. And then one night, as I was just drifting off to sleep . . . this idea popped into my head! Fortunately, the next day was my day off so I could make the idea a reality before I forgot it, LOL!
I selected the butterfly image with the lines from Butterfly Kisses (one of my first PTI sets--I would love to see the Design Team revisit this one!) and stamped it in a very light color to use as a guide. I stitched every other line in a deep mauve color (please, PTI, come out with an ash rose/mauve color, pretty please!). Next, I blended a lighter mauve color with a platinum-y metallic thread and stitched the remaining lines. Using a Smokey Shadow-ish color, I stitched a little body and teeny antenna. Then I curved the Birthday Wishes stamp from the same set and stamped it underneath the stitched butterfly. I attached the circle they are on slightly tilted because, well, I thought it looked cooler that way! :-D I matted the white circle with a pearlescent mauve one, and placed them both on a Labels 3 die cut of Ocean Tides Bitty Box Basics.
The background on the Ocean Tides cardstock I created by stamping the asterisk-like flowers--big and small--and the littlest solid butterfly image, all from Butterfly Kisses as well, in watermark ink and then embossing them with a sparkly embossing powder. Finally, I made a french knot in the center of each of the larger flowers, in an Ocean Tides-like floss, to create some tone-on-tone texture. I hope you like it!
Stamps: PTI--Butterfly Kisses
Paper: PTI--S.S. White, Ocean Tides, Bitty Box Basics; Best Occasions--Pearlescent Paper Pack
Ink: Watermark; Versafine--Onyx Black; Embossing Powder--Filigree Clear and Ranger--Bridal Tinsel
Dies: Spellbinders--Classic Circles & Labels 3
DMC Floss: 317, 778, 927, 3726, 30762