Welcome to Day 10 of the Artisan Entry Blog Hop! The last one!
Although I am disappointed to see the blog hop come to a conclusion as I love looking at everyone's samples when I get up in the morning, I was pretty happy to put the finishing touch on my tenth project when I gor everything ready for the contest. What you saw this past ten days took a lot of work and time to put together.
I had put some pictures aside for the pages I had to make and I woke up one morning totally inspired. I thought I would use the picture of my laughing niece, title it "In Stitches" and play on that theme by using the Sweet Stitches kit directly on a page. This is the kind of smile she gives us that just fill our hearts up to the brim with joy. How can you not love that sweet face? Anyway, considering how clear of an idea I had for this page, you wouldn't guess how much grief it ended up giving me while creating it...
The major problem was getting the background stamped properly. I grabbed the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig right off the bat, knowing I'd need it to line everything up perfectly. That being said, I kept getting either part of the image not stamped properly or a ring around the rubber when I pressed too heavily, so after FOUR unsuccessful tries, I finally grabbed by craft knife and gutted the center of the circle (inside the hoop). It totally solved the problem - which I'm thankful for because I really wanted to see my idea come into life.
Notice those polka dot panels on the left? Those are the cards from the Sweet Threads kit that I cut apart and used as patterned paper. I don't know if you can see in the pics, but I used the embossing plate that comes with the Simply Scored to add stitching detailing on it, along with actual stitching done with the remaining floss. The sides were die-cut using the Adorning Details Edgelits, and I added three Bitty Buttons dotted with rhinestones at the bottom.
The title was created with the new ABC-123 Alphabet, which is perfect because it looks just like satin stitch. (By the way, if you don't have that alphabet yet, make sure to add it to your wish list! It is the absolutel perfect size for any size of pages and even cards - I'm already in love with that set!)
The images inside the hoops were inked with markers and stamped with the use of the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig.
Oh, and I should add that this is an 8x8 page. Just wanted to show my range with another page size.
And this concludes the final day of the blog hop! Thanks for coming around every day and most importantly, a very warm thanks for everyone who left comments about my projects. It meant a lot to read that you enjoyed what I put together and saw value in it enough to leave me a sweet note. A big thanks for the time and kind thoughts!!
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: ABC-123 Alphabet, Hoop La La
Ink: Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple, Pool Party
Cardstock: Pool Party Core'dinations, Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Sweet Threads kit, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Stampin' Markers, Designer buttons,
Lucky Limeade baker's twine, White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Corner Rounder punch,
Stampin' Dimensionals, In Color dahlias, Bitty Buttons, Rhinestone basic jewels,
Adorning Accents Edgelits die
Here are all the links to the participants' blogs in case you can't hop from one blog to the next properly:
Brenda Quintana http://qbeesquest.blogspot.com/
Joan Robertson http://www.dailystampede.com/
Lauri Ingram http://lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/
Laura Mellinger http://laurasworksofheart.blogspot.com/
Kandi Phillips http://kandiphillips.blogspot.com/
Lisa Hensley http://ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com/
Anna Black http://my-creation-station.blogspot.com/
Pamela Staples http://www.sunnygirlscraps.com/
Tina Munzke http://www.craftedwithclass.blogspot.com/
Cindy Major http://www.cindymajor.typepad.com/