6 May 2016

Sew Special at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! It's the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and I'm proud to be hosting this one. This month we are all about fabric; Add fabric to your entry in some way be it felt, burlap, ribbon or cloth and if you're really feeling brave maybe include a touch of real or faux stitching! We are looking forward to seeing what ideas you have to incorporate this Sew Special theme in your vintage, shabby, mixed-media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk projects.

This month we are proud to be sponsored by the wonderful people over at Calico Craft Parts. With a randomly drawn lucky winner and three hand picked Pinworthies offered a Guest appearance for later challenge it's really worth entering HERE.

Being the host Creative Guide I felt it was important to pull out all the stops for this one. Plus it gave me chance to play with my Eileen Hull Sizzix Stitchlits Thin Dies. If like me you hate having to punch separate holes to stitch through in order to add sewing detail to your projects these are the best! I grabbed some Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and set to it with this canvas...


If you're wondering how it came together here goes...
Start by getting a piece of paper/card with a mid brown hue (I used one from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found collection). Spread Texture Paste through the Burlap layering stencil and when dry add a coat of Crazing Distress Collage Medium over the whole lot.


Now your surface 'slick' scribble the two brown Distress Crayons over and blend vertically with a baby wipe. This will help to reveal the crazing and let you choose how much/little colour you want on your final piece.


Cut strips of Eclectic Elements fabric and glue them in place over the stencilling.


Here's where those Stitchlits dies come in really useful - stick more strips of the same fabric to card then die cut with the various stitch patterns to cut your holes. You can then easily sew embroidery cottons (or similar) through the holes. Layer them on top of the first set of strips.


With the background complete I added Ruler Ribbon and a buckle, various handmade flowers, buttons and brads and the Remnant Rub words (because stamping on this uneven surface may have spoiled the lot but this was easy!) Here are some close ups so you can catch the details...





So that's my interpretation of this theme. I urge you to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with - it's Sew Special! Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win!

Before I close I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to each and every one of you who took the time and trouble to wish me luck, cheer me on and watch my first shows on Hochanda. Knowing you were all backing me to succeed was a huge boost and I'm pleased to say there will be more to come! For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

24 comments:

  1. Oh wow, Jenny, this is absolutely amazing!! I love the layers and the design!! You did such an incredible job with this!! Stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. What a lovely fabric background you created with your banner strips of material Jenny - those stitch dies allowed you to add extra texture to the additional pieces - your scattered flowers add just the right decoration for the banners - a great challenge and super project! Julia xx

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  3. Love this! Love all of the material and flowers! Very awesome! :)

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  4. A really lovely make , showing the stitched detail beautifully x

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  5. Oh wow Jenny, this card is beautifully designed and put together with wonderfully creative ideas for the fabric and stitching. Love the layers of texture and gorgeous embellishing. Have a great weekend xxx

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  6. Stunning Jenny and very inspiring

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. This is a fabulous card Jenny, I sew (sorry had to say it) love your layers of fabric strips and the extra textures of the hand sewing through the stitch die cuts. I like name of your technique for adding colour with the crayons 'slick scribbling'. Lovely touches of sewing elements together with the flowers that just finish off the project too - beautiful. Mo x

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  8. I love the fabric and I love how you used Eileen's stichlits, they look amazing on your wonderful design! Anne xx

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  9. Oh I love the banners and the flowers. It is so eye-catching and beautiful!

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  10. Love this fantastic card Jenny. I need to try this technique, it really is so effective. Well Done on your TV Debut too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  11. Fabulous make Jenny, love all the layers and textures, great use of those Stitchlits!!

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  12. super awesome!!!!! I love how you added the stitchlits, that is so perfect. =)

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  13. I did not know about those dies...thanks for telling! I LOVE the stitching on the materials, and love the strips and position of it all...a real original and beautiful card!

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  14. Oh my Jenny this is a fabulous make. Love all the fabric layers on the hessian textured background and then the burst of all those wonderful flower colours. Brilliant! and thank you for a great challenge. Have a fabulous weekend x

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  15. Beautiful make jenny .. the fabric works so well in your design. Fab xx

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  16. Great challenge Jenny and great project. I love the colors and the stitching. S@ndy xx

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  17. Utterly fabulous! Jenny and such an 'arty' creative way of using fabric. Love all the interest and detail the fabric print creates enhanced all the more with the wonderful embroidery stitching and gorgeous mix of flowers.
    This is without doubt 'Sew special' !
    hugs x

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  18. Wow those stitchlits make like easy! Or easier i should really say. Absolutely beautiful card with terrrific design. I love all the fabric strips. Very clever. Nicola x

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  19. This is amazing, Jenny! Love the strips of fabric and the stitching. Hugs, Sandra

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  20. Spectacular - the stitching detail is so cool over the strips of fabric, and I love the warm colour palette. Gorgeous!
    Alison x

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  21. Those stitch dies and genius and wonderful layers you added to em. Awesome sauce warm colors and tones! Beautiful design! ~Niki

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  22. Wonderful layers, texture and detail. Love your card.
    Julie x

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  23. This is so beautiful….the colours, the fabric, the stitching, the flowers the texture……I have spent a while scrolling back and to as there is so much to love about this! It was great to see you on Saturday - hope you enjoyed yourself! Hugs, Chrisx

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  24. WOWZERS! This is an AWESOME piece!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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