Monday, 29 August 2016

It's A Stitch Up at Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge

Thank you so much to the Design Team at Simon Says Monday Blog Challenge - this is sadly my last time in the Spotlight here and I have had brilliant support from the team, especially from Lols, it has been an honour and such fun!!

It's time to reveal the new challenge - 'It's a stitch up' this time and the details are on the SSS blog

My tag represents how I feel when hand sewing - a different matter when it came to what I thought would be a good idea! More of that later…
I started by coating my Ranger tag with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint to which I added some Black Knight Infusions powder and dragged it down the tag.
 Once that was dry - not long to wait as this paint dries in super quick time - I used the TH Harlequin layering stencil to add Prima Art Basics Transparent 3D Gloss Gel 
Now that does take a while to dry, so I got on with stamping my chosen images onto a linen scrap - I used the sewing elements from the TH Attic Treasures set - I masked off the images one by one to get an illusion of them being in a heap.
I also tried to recreate a happy accident I had some time ago when using the TH harlequin die from the Sizzix TH Thinlets Mixed Media set - as I hadn't taped the die to my plate on my Big Shot it jumped a little giving a lovely jagged edge!
Of course I should have known that I would move the die the wrong way but I know I will use the downward one sometime so that OK!
 I used a Ranger Cut-N-Dry Brush Tip Pen Nib to add some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink

I also used my Big Shot to cut out 3 of Tim's Sizzix Framelits labels using Ranger Inkssentials Manilla Cardstock

I added TH Remnant rubs from the Botanical set
I used a little Antique Linen DI around the edges.

I managed to get all of this done while we were away at our caravan but when I got home it was straight to my sewing machine to sew the linen onto some old book paper.
Now this is where I had a 'moment' - I always admire folk who include sewing in their card making - it must be easy - right? Ha! Totally wrong colour thread, sewing a very small piece was also tricky, the finished piece looks dreadful- start again!!
Slightly better - well, OK...

I also wanted some beads - paper beads - made by cutting long thin triangles of a sewing page from Tim's Crowded Attic papers and then rolling up from the broad end
The beads were coated with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Pearl Glaze
I could start assembling my tag now, some more sewing(a piece of vintage lace) and then hand sewed a button and the beads onto the corner

The top left corner had a piece of old T-shirt that I added an eyelet to using my trusty Crop-A-Dile.
Top right I used one of my favourite background stamps, also from the  TH Attic Treasures stamp set 
I added a TH Trinket pin to my lace, ribbon(coloured with Stormy Sky  Distress ink) and twine the top of my tag.
When I came back to take a photo I could see a space to add a TH Big Chat word 'CALM' which is how I feel now I have finished!

Don't forget that one lucky entrant into the challenge could win a $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp! 

Thank you once again DT for asking me to join you this month - looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 'STAMPtember'!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Lorraine A said...

Fabulous tag Chris, the whole design of this is brilliant! I love the little stitched panel and actually quite liked the blue stitching! Love the paper beads and all of the details too, absolutely gorgeous :-)

It has been a blast having you along with us, I have really enjoyed our 'chats' and I hope we get to do this again sometime soon :-)

Enjoy whats left of the summer ;-)

Lols x x x

Helen said...

I've often thought about getting a machine to do stitching on card projects... love your tag, and well done on your final spotlight piece!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece, glad you had fun at SSS. See you tomorrow at TSFT etc, hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

Great that you enjoyed youself

This has such a lot to look at and take in. Wonderful project

Love Chrissie xx

Zoey Emanuela Scarpelli said...

What a lovely tag! love it!

Maura Hibbitts said...

Cool tag in the muted tones. I especially love the little paper beads you made Chris! It's been lovely to have you as our GD this month, and I wish you the best in all of your creative endeavors! hugs, Maura

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful tag Chris, lovely details with the sewing and materials.
Yvonne xx

Stephanie Leykauf said...

What a great tag, Chris! Love the vintage look :)

Simon Says Stamp!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Chris, I read and reread this post because it spoke volumes to me. I see why you got your machine out. It came in handy, because sewing by hand is not my idea of relaxing.

You put SO much into that tag. I'm always amazed at how much you did to create this incredible tag. It's a true beauty and a joy to see how you put it together.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I forgot to mention that all electrical, telephone, and cable (for internet and pay tv) wires are above ground unless you live in a very new subdivision where the contractors have paid extra to bury all the cable wires. It has always been easier (and far cheaper) to string all wires on poles than it is to bury them.

Crafty She said...

What a gorgeous Tag Chris, I love ♥ it.. xxxx

butterfly said...

Love the delicate vintage neutrals, and your linen-stamped image is so perfect for the theme. The beads are just gorgeous and I really like that little trio of tags offering peace and calm. Delightful finale to your SSS spotlights.
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous tag Chris, I love the way you brought all the elements together to create the perfect stitch up design. Great job xxx

Barbara Schiassi said...

Love the vintage look and the soft tones you used for this tag! beautiful work! barbara

Catherine said...

I love the texture in your background and the sewn elements on your tag. So pretty! It's been fun having you on the team this month. You're awesome!

Cathie ♥

Macarena said...

Great tag! I love the soft background made with Infusions. Beautiful shabby details. Hugs, Marzena

Anna-Karin said...

This is fantastic! I especially love the paper beads, and all the different trims and fabric. Thank you so much for being our guest designer this month Chris, it has been wonderful to see your creations.

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful tag the paper beads and bits of fabric you added...thank you for joining us on the team...hugs kath xxx

Emma Williams said...

This is such a beautiful tag, Chris ~ I adore all the texture you've incorporated and the details are just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful work and for joining us on the SSS Monday Challenge DT this month, it's been an absolute pleasure to get to know you! xx

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your beautiful tag! Chris. The layers of embellishments are fabulous. :)