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Sunday 5 April 2015

Sew What at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi there folks, I hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend. I don't really celebrate Easter but it's bliss to have 4 days off work lol. My project today is for our new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme (chosen by yours truly) is 'Sew What' so we want to see your sewing themed projects, stitching real or faux etc. Of course we're a stamping challenge so don't forget you need to use clear/rubber stamps ... no digis allowed. As always there's a voucher up for grabs from our generous sponsors Flonzcraft so its well worth playing along.

I've made an 8x8 canvas for my DT project. I began by sticking on some pretty scraps of bp and some torn up sewing patterns onto my canvas with matte medium before applying a wash of watered down gesso. I applied some texture paste through a stencil and then applied a rough layer around the edge and left it to dry.

Next i got busy with my die cutting machine, scraps of cream and kraft card and heap of Sizzix dies to create lots of embellies for my card. The flower are made with layers of polkadot tulle and crinoline fabric (from The Funky Junkie Boutique) that I coloured with Victorian Velvet Distress stain. I coloured the rest of the die cuts with Victorian Velvet and then stamped here and there with a Chocolate Baroque script stamp before distressing the edges with a little Vintage Photo distress ink.

I took scraps of embroidery floss to wrap round the cotton bobbins, added some lace, ribbon and buttons. Next I popped on the trellis and the dress form. To create the 'dress', I simply wrapped the polkadot tulle around the die cut dress form and taped it at the back, making a little ribbon 'belt' to go around the waist.

The focal image is one of the gorgeous Gibson Girls from Flonzcraft, stamped with Sepia versafine and die cut her with a spellbinders die. To finish off I used little pearls to fix the cotton in place and added some little die cut hearts too.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics: anything goes mixed media
Country View Crafts: use kraft card
Creative Knockouts: die cuts or punches
Frilly and Funkie:  put a ribbon on it
Noor Designs UK: anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: anything goes
Stamps and Stencils: anything goes
The Vintage Challenge: use beads or pearls

Thanks for visiting today, have a lovely Easter Sunday
Claire xx


  1. Wishing you a Happy Easter Claire. What a beautiful canvas!!! I love the layers and texture on this...tatally gorgeous.
    Dot x

  2. Beautiful canvas, 'sew' much lovely detail captured on it. Love it!!
    Amanda x

  3. Beautiful canvas, 'sew' much lovely detail captured on it. Love it!!
    Amanda x

  4. Love your make Claire, all the fabric details, the Gorgeous Gibson girl, the dress form... Perfect shabby chic look too, which I love but have trouble creating! Happy Easter C xx

  5. very very beautiful!!! This is like a dream!!!!!

  6. Fabulous canvas Claire, love all the details, so prety.
    Enjoy the rest of your Easter
    Avril xx

  7. this is stunning Claire - so much detail - and beautiful xx

  8. A truly glamourous make Claire and I hope you have a fabulous Easter weekend you so deserve it.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  9. This is stunning Claire, I love it.
    Irene x

  10. Beautiful canvas you've created! Love all the flowers and the dress is sew fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie.

  11. Beautiful canvas-lovely colouring and you used one of my fave stamps. Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit
    DT The Mirror Crack'd
    DT Anything but a Card

  12. Beautiful canvas Claire! Love the main image and the flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  13. Hi Clare - thanks for a great challenge theme - love your canvas, fab pretty details and those polka dot flowers are gorgeous, hope you enjoyed the long weekend...Esther xx

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  15. I love mixing fabric and sewing with paper and your sample is delightful Clare! I just might try to join in!
    Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month.

  16. This is so, sew beautiful Claire. I love how you've used the ribbon throughout. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  17. What a great canvas - I love all the lace and crinoline and all the embellishments work so well together! I really like all the little extras too like the floss on the bobbins. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit - Steffi :o) xx

  18. So sorry I commented and left the wrong challenge name! I love this project every inch of it is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  19. This is just gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Country View .xxx

  20. Oh Claire this is sooooo gorgeous, I love all the elements on this vintage project. Thanks for joining us at Noor Design UK for our Anything Goes challenge.
    Tracy x

    Owner - Noor Design UK

  21. This is fabulous, I adore the shabby chic/vintage feel this has to it. Its gorgeous!!
    Thank you for joining us over at Noor Design Uk, good luck & hope you will join us next month.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx


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