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Saturday 16 April 2011

A new challenge at Let's Ink It Up!

Hi there, time for a new challenge at Let's Ink It Up and this time we want you to
'Show us your Stitching' Any kind of stitching is fine, real or faux as long as you remember to use a rubber or clear stamp on your project.

Our lucky winner will receive a fab prize from StampingScrapping who are giving the winner a set of stamps for their custom spellbinders dies!! What a great prize!!

I've made a little canvas for my DT project this time around. but i've really struggled to get a decent pic so apols for the dodgy photo lol

I created a crackle background on the canvas and the oval using silver ecogreen paint, PVA glue and a pale lilac acrylic paint and once it was dry distressed with dusty concorde and black soot distress inks. I've added a UTEE border (Cosmic shimmer arctic black) and stamped with a Lost Coast button border stamp, I added purple velvet ribbon, black lace and some lace coloured with dusty concorde distress ink. The stitch stamps are from Chocolate Baroque and the dressmakers dummy stamp is from MME. I stitched a ribbon flower and a skirt using some wide chiffon ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and added a black lace belt  I added some more stitching - a black and lilac beaded tassel made using size 11 and size 6 seed beads, it took me ages to stitch it. I used to do a lot of bead stitching but i'm very out of practice lol.
I added a cute little lady mouse from Crafter's companion, she is stamped with black stazon and coloured with inktense pencils. I cut her out and made a cut in the eye of the needle before threading through a little purple embroidery floss. I also used a needle stamp from Crafters Companion to stamp the pins, embossed them in silver and added a faux pearl for the head.
I'm entering this canvas in the following challenges:
Artistic Stamper: Build it up (layers)
Squigglefly: Fabric/Stitching
Sir Stampalot: ladies and fashion
Sweet Stamps: For the ladies
I was really pleased with this project but its very camera shy so once again apols for the awful pic. I hope you're going to join our stitching challenge at Let's Ink It Up, we're really looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations. My teamies have come up with some gorgeous work for this challenge so if you have time stop by their blogs (links in the sidebar) and check out their work!
Thanks for calling by
Claire xx


  1. A truly beautiful creation Claire. Love all the beading and lace and the adorable little mouse.
    Fliss xx
    PS: I was a bit quick off the mark with my post as I forgot about British summertime!

  2. Hi Claire, Your work for the stitching challenge is stunning, so much work, so inspirational. Cheers Caz

  3. This canvas is gorgeous, Claire! I love the crackle. I've tried this technique a couple of times and it never works for me :((( Maybe I was using a wrong surface/material... Anyway, stunning project! xx

  4. A lovely project, Claire, perfect for our challenge at Sir Stampalot this month. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Lynne x

  5. Pretty project! Love the crackle background! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps!


  6. What a gorgeous project Claire! Love your crackle on this and the stitching details look fabulous too!! :) Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly this week!! Smiles, Vicki

  7. Gorgeous project Thank you for joining us at Sweet stamps
    Hug s

  8. Wow! Very meticulous and so pretty and feminine! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge.

  9. Oh Claire this is so pretty- I love Pink.
    So glad you could join us.
    Thank you for sharing with us this week at
    Sweet Stamps Challenge
    Have a sweet week.

  10. Wonderful job claire!! Love your sewing design and the mouse is soo cute!!

  11. Another beautiful piece of work Chaire.

    I was interested to see you have used the crackle background on canvas, I wondered if it would work and you ahve answered my quesiton.

    Thank you so much for joining us at Stampalot challenge again this month.

    B x

  12. This is so pretty Claire! I love it!
    Alicia xx

  13. perfect creation!

    a real eye-candy!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  14. How very sweet!!
    Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

  15. Its looks gorgeous from here, love the soft vintage feel to it. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

  16. What a beautiful card, it's very elegant. I love the colors you chose. Thank you for joining our challenge at

  17. Absolutely gorgeous! What a fab project. Thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

  18. Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month
    xoxo Sioux

  19. This is beautiful Claire, one of my favourite colour schemes, and I love your crackle background and your flower x

  20. Absolutely Beautiful creation

    Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!



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