Friday, March 25, 2016

March 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

Hello friends.  It's the 25th, and that means it's time for Papertrey Inks monthly blog hop!  This month was definitely a challenge for me, as I tend to take all the inspiration photos so literally, and just didn't have a clue what to do with this one at first.  But like all of the challenges, the more I looked at the photos, the more I liked them...especially the colors in the last one.  Now I do need to be upfront and tell you that an embroidery expert I am not, but with that being said, I do have to say that I was quite proud that I remembered how to do French knots, and my own form of satin stitching!  Take a look:



I started with a water colored background with Smokey Slate ink to mimic the backgrounds that Izziyana Suhaimi uses on her designs.  Next I added one of the inside frames from the Cover Plate: Pretty Frame die over my background and then added the embroidered flowers and leaves from the Friendly Flowers set, using embroidery floss colors from the inspiration photo.  The sentiment is also from the Friendly Flowers set.  And because I don't know when to leave well enough alone, I added a few rainstones to finish off my card.  :0)

Blog hop inspiration

I'm so excited to see how every one else interpreted these inspiration photos, and I'm sure I'll be doing plenty of "Now why didn't I think of that?!!".  But considering how stumped I was at first, I really like what I came up with, and just may have to try another card or two like this!!  To check out all the inspiration photos and all the cards in the gallery, just click right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)

42 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I might be the only person on the planet who got rid of her stash of floss! Wishing I had kept a little of it right about now.

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  2. Wow Marcia, this is beautiful! I never would have thought to stitch on the flowers. Pure genius! Have a blessed Easter, my friend!

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  3. Love these rich colors and your fabulous stitching, Marcia! Beautifully done!

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  4. Wonderful stitching! And you also challenged that grey background...I was lost with it!

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  5. Beautiful Marcia! Love the gorgeous grey background and the way the colourful stitched flowers pop against it. Great stitching!

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  6. Gorgeous background and stitching. Absolutely beautiful!

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  7. That is fabulous stitching Marcia and I love the colour shading with the floss. Such a pretty design too.

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  8. Well, you look like an expert! This is beautiful Marcia so well done! Your french knots look perfect! You took it much further than I and I embroider all the time. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  9. I love how you embraced the challenge, Marcia! Your stitching is great in gorgeous colors!

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  10. Marcia your needlework is STUNNING!
    You made a BEAUTIFUL card! BRAVO!!!

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  11. Your stitching reminds me of Rhodes stars and some of the other more intricate needlepoint/cross-stitch stitches. I love it!! And this card is stunning!!!!

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  12. Your card is so lovely! I like how it matches the inspiration so well. Great stitching- i'm glad I wasn't alone with the soar fingers =) I'm recovered now-hope you are too!

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  13. OMG Friend, this is amazing!! Wonderful card, you were so inspired by all the stitching...totally paid off, it is stunning! Easter Blessings to you and your family!

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  14. Oh My Goodness, this is stunning!!

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  15. This is a beauty! Popped right off my screen! Well done!

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  16. Marcia Marcia Marcia!! you really out did yourself!! this card is stunning : ) I love the watercolored background with the white highlights on top and then your flowers so perfectly placed and your stitching...! wow

    Patti

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  17. What a great take on this challenge, love your stitched flowers! Just Beautiful!

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  18. Beautiful card Marcia. I love how you did the background. I was trying to do something like that but my card just looked dirty. lol. Anyway, yours is perfect. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  19. An absolutely perfect job on the stitching!

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  20. This is an amazing card. I love every part of it.. wonderful.. you have my vote.

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  21. Fabulousy done, Marcia! Totally awesome.

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  22. so pretty. i love your colour choices.

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  23. So glad you decided to sew instead of the stamps I used. Your card is unique and gorgeous. NO matter how much I have tried, I've never been able to get my french knots to work. Yay for you!

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  24. Beautiful dimension in your stitching! and love the watery-looking gray background with white frame.

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  25. Wow! What a beautiful card Marcia! Your stitching is gorgeous! Such a creative and lovely take on the inspiration photos!

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  26. Marcia, I concur with all the other fabulous comments you received about your stitching and French knots on your stunning card. It was a difficult challenge, but you nailed it once again. Happy Easter!

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  27. I love your take on the photo! That background is just so fabulous and definitely inspired. Your flowers just pop off th page!

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  28. Wow! Love the monochromatic tones behind the pop of colour on the flowers! Awesome stitching!

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  29. Beautiful Marcia, love how you mimicked the background!!

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  30. Your flowers are stunning Marcia!

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  31. Marcia, your card is jaw dropping gorgeous! WOW, you interpreted this inspiration perfectly!
    (I never even noticed the bg of the photo :-o)

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  32. Lovely take on the inspiration!

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  33. So creative a take on the challenge, Marcia. Your bg reminds me of marble, beautiful and variegated. And your stitching is gorgeous. Looks like you do it all the time. Perfection in the french knots! My favorite is the sweet frame you encased your flowers with. Always delightful to see what you come up with.
    Happy Easter to you and yours!

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  34. Are you kidding me--you could do this again?! I'm totally in awe, Marcia! 2 hours for me to make 9 so-so French Knots & you did all this stitching for a masterpiece!

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  35. WOW! Your stitching adds so much texture to the flowers! And the soft gray watercolor background is so pretty especially with that frame!

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  36. Love this card and agree with all the comment above. I looked at the challenge and was quite stumped myself. You did a gorgeous job on this challenge!! Just stunning!! I can't wait to see it in person!

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