Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge!

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!

Supplies
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

46 comments:

Rose said...

THUD! Jill that is the sound of my jaw dropping!!! this is not only gorgeous, but THE most inventive floss use ever!
And i must try pink with ocean tides...great combo

Kay said...

AWESOME stitched butterfly (and kicking myself because I didn't think of it)! I love this and must try it!

lynn said...

awesome!!

Jessica Griffin said...

GORGEOUS butterfly!! Absolutely stunning!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Now that is clever!!!!

Marge said...

WOW, Jill -- very, very clever use of floss & I LOVE how you curved the sentiment -- BEAUTIFUL!!!

Karen C. said...

This is awesome, Jill. Very clever use of the stamped image to act as a guide. This reminds me of the string art - very fun idea!!

Lindsay said...

Awesome Jill! Love the butterfly!

Baseret said...

Oh,Jill! That butterfly is GORGEOUS!! I just love everything about this card.

Mary Duffek said...

Simply fabulous and unique!

Diane said...

Wow...this is so neat.....very creative!

I'm Renee said...

So creative...
so gorgeous!
Love the colors...
but the butterfly is really just fabby!

Kelly said...

WOW! What a great idea!

Mel said...

Fun Fun Fun!

Jen Carter said...

This looks fabulous!! Great job!

Michelle said...

This is so pretty! The butterfly turned out great!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Gorgeous!!! Such smart thinking to make the butterflies wings this way, looks awesome!!
Hugs, Wendy

Amy said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! This is truly amazing work with embroidery floss! Certainly a creative use of floss!

Dana said...

This stamp is just perfect for this! It looks gorgeous!!

Linda said...

Lovely! Ashes of Roses makes me think of my Grandmother. It was her favorite color and a very vintage name for the color. Beautiful butterfly, beautiful colors.

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Brilliant! I love your butterfly stitching. I vow to try this sometime soon!

beckynoelle said...

so pretty and clever! love those colors :)

Dani said...

So Lovely!!

Lorraine said...

OMG, woman, this is fantastic! Beautiful & creative use of floss and a lovely card!

paula said...

How unique! Love this idea!

Terri said...

Very clever. That image is perfect for stitching with floss. Great job!

Peggysuez said...

What a lot of work, neat job on the butterfly.

Suzanne said...

HOLY MOLY JILL! This is pure genius! I LOVE IT! {LOVE}!!!!

Allison said...

That is a brill way to use the floss...love your butterfly!

Sharron said...

Amazing!! Love what you did with the butterfly. What a wonderfully creative approach. Your card is AWESOME!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Your butterfly is beautiful!

Debbie said...

Great technique on your butterfly! Beautiful.

Lori said...

Just fabulous--and so very creative! Love how this looks.

Jessy said...

wow, that butterfly is amazing. what an innovative use of the floss. :-)

Kristii said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I totally love how you used the embroidery floss!!! Gorgeous!

June K. said...

Totally beautiful. Such a great idea. Great color selection too.

Meredith said...

Awesome!!! This reminds me of some cards my husband's grandmother made a few years ago using a similar technique, and I love it!

Helen F. said...

Totally amazed at your creativity, Jill! This is gorgeous!

Amy said...

Wow! This is just beautiful... and you even custom-mixed floss colors??? Just wonderful! I love your color combo. I didn't even know that PTI needed this mauve-y color until you paired it with Ocean Tides.

nancy jane said...

Your butterfly looks magical, Jill. Enjoy your weekend.

Rebecca said...

Great use of floss. The butterfly is gorgeous!

Babies- Beth said...

I LOVE IT! I can't believe how you got the butterfly to be just like the stamped version, and how the wee flowers replicate the look of the butterfly! Sigh- gorgeous!

cards by cara said...

This is absolutely stunning! How creative!

christy compton hall said...

I don't just like it, I LOVE it! Fantastic work, Jill. And I quote, "it is superior, as are all items papercrafted in Bonita". :) Love the way the lines on the butterfly mimic the stars in the background!

Chris said...

Phenomenal use of floss, Jill. Really, really cool!

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