This fortnight over at the Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight blog we are spotlighting decoupage. If you have never tried this popular craft but want to try there is an excellent tutorial on the blog by our very own Mandy.
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Now that’s a prize I would love to win.
My decoupage is from Reddy Crafts from their Faerie Poppets diecut decoupage range. Now there are some who think if you are not cutting then you are not properly decoupaging, but I say anything for an easy life! Having said that I have a friend who loves nothing more than cutting and sticking!
Anyhow I have had this little beauty for a very long time now, having bought her from Create and Craft ages ago, and then deciding that as there were other things I preferred she was relegated to the back of beyond in my craft room, so when Mandy suggested this theme I knew I had some lovely designs I could dust off.
The backing paper was from the same kit. I stuck the BP to some card and then pricked a Cosy Corner embroidery pattern on the corner and stitched it in three different colours of Joy Crafts Sparkle thread.
Stitching really is my first love, but it’s so time consuming. You need to choose a design and what it will go with, then prick it (which kills my hand) and finally choose your colours and stitch. Be aware if you want to stitch through card you need to be prepared to work with shorter lengths of thread as the fibres in the card can split the fibres in the thread causing them to fray back to the nylon filament that often runs through the middle of the fancier metallic and sparkle threads.
A few butterflies cut from some ribbon finish it off.
My Niece has her eye on this to give to her Mum (my Sis) for her upcoming birthday, so she will soon be fluttering out of my craft room.
I’m popping this into the following challenges:-
The Alphabet Challenge Blog – Up is for Up in the Air (Fairy and Butterflies)
Flutterby Wednesday – Anything Goes as long as it has a butterfly, angel or fairy
Little Red Wagon – Butterflies
One Stop Craft Challenge – Angels and Fairies
Crafty Creations – In Stitches
Sugar Creek Hollow – Sensational Stitching
Wee Memories – Anything goes