The first Flourishes challenge to celebrate the opening of the new improved on-line store was issued on Monday. It is a sketch challenge, using this sketch by Becky Fleck, hostess of Pagemaps.com and Flourishes artist.
I frequently look at online photos of flowers to help me choose my colors. The first image I colored I used magenta hued flowers, but I wasn't happy with it, so for the second attempt. I went with the more common blue variety. After stamping the image with Memento Rich Cocoa, I colored it with Copics. I wanted to sew on this card, but it took three tries. My first two attempts were trashed; the feeder plate pressure was loose; of course, I couldn't figure out the problem after the first botched attempt even though I knew the paper wasn't feeding correctly. It just didn't feel right. So I tried a second time and got the ziz-zag stitching done, but then the straight stitching went bonkers. At that point, I was about to give up because Patience is not my middle name although my husband is always telling me it is. (He is so subtle. LOL). But then I realized the problem, so I decided to try one more time...and it worked. The the crooked stitching is completely user caused; I just told myself it adds to the handmade charm of the card. I frequently tell myself this :) Adding the ribbon and buttons was such a relief after the problems. I chose blue buttons to mirror the blue flower and used white embroidery thread to mirror the white centers of the flowers. After several restarts, I finished the card. I can't say that I'm 100 % pleased with end result, but I am happy that there was an end.
Thanks for taking stopping by,
Stamps: A Year in Flowers set 2 (Flourishes)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Paper: Spring Rain, Lavendar Moon, Pretty Pastels,Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Other: Copics, Spring Rain twill ribbon and Vintage Buttons (PTI), Fiskars border punch