One of the reasons we drove to Vancouver this summer was to bring back a few pieces of artwork from my parents house that was sold last winter. I've been slowing figuring out where everything is going to go and motivated to complete a couple of projects that have been swirling around in my head for a while.
When I saw Challenge #14 Button It Up at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, it was the final push I needed to create this monogram piece that I think will end up in the front hall.
The design is super simple, with the four initials planned on graph paper before using 3 strands of black embroidery floss to cross stitch them onto the piece of aida cloth. Each initial is 2 x 2.5 inches. A large "s" printed on computer paper provided a guide for laying out the buttons.
I'm not a fan of "naked" buttons and planned to tie them with red jute. Most of the first layer is sewn onto the aida cloth, but I ran out of jute and ended up glueing on the rest.
I misread the dimensions of the black frame, ending up with a finished piece 3/4" shorter than the opening (11.25 x 15.25). I decided that I would pick up a black grosgrain ribbon, but in the mean time wanted to see how it looked, so added a piece of washi tape to the top and bottom. I kind of like how it - what do you think?
While I was waiting for the adhesive to dry on the button monogram piece, I made this quick one layer card inspired by a couple of challenges. The photo for the Runway Inspired Challenge #66 started me thinking of a design that flowed from the back of the card to the front, echoing the flowers on the dress.
Then I saw Cristina Kowalczyk's card while on the Blog Hop for the CASE Study Challenge, where they are in Week 3 of their 4th Anniversary celebration, with an image flowing from the back of the card to the front :)
Starting on the top center of the open card base, the outline floral images from Painted Flowers were stamped and then colored with Copic markers. I love the loose scribbly feel of the coloring and finished the card with Label Love sentiment.
I ♥︎ the Painted Flowers stamp set.
In other news, I coached my first soccer game today. Not because I wanted to, but because the substitute coach was a no show & I was the only parent that had security clearance. Either I coached or the boys forfeited?! It might not have been pretty, but at this age (U17), the boys know what to do and won it for me.
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