Friday, April 18, 2014

Challenge Criteria


I've mentioned it before that I enjoy participating in challenges and always have a few that I return to time and time again. Lately the projects I've been working on haven't met any challenge criteria, so I've had to sit out and since that's no fun, I decided to do something about it. I'm playing along with the April sketch at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. and also linking up with the Stash Busters over at Two Peas in a Bucket.

Spring is in full swing in my neck of the woods and it's been a great motivator to grab my camera, go for a walk, and see what's blooming. The multi-photo sketch from LPS was perfect for some of my spring snapshots and I stayed pretty true to it. In the spirit of using up my stash, I pulled together several papers and got to layering. From bottom to top, I used Crate Paper, Echo Park, American Crafts, My Mind's Eye, and Pebbles.


The combination of papers is quite different for me, but I think with the dark brown wood grain paper, it works. I inked the edges of everything, which I hadn't done in some time, and also used some sequins. I wanted to take advantage of the heart cross stitch design, but worried if I tried to stitch it, I'd wind up tearing the paper. I instead chose to thread the design in the style of string art and did it to a couple of punched butterflies as well.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

18 comments:

  1. Your layout is amazing! I love the stitchy elements.

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  2. Love all the stitching! Such a lovely layout!

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  3. Love all the different pattern paper layers. Looks great! Happy Spring! :)

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  4. Wonderful take on the sketch and it's always a good feeling to use up that extra stash of supplies. The stitched heart turned out beautiful and the mix of pp works well togheter, I'd say your rocked it.

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  5. I agree that the colors look great on the wood grain paper.
    Very pretty Spring layout!
    Stashbusters definitely has some great challenges.

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  6. That stitched heart is too cool! I love string art.

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  7. I really loved the stitching! Very pretty!

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  8. This is so beautiful, I love the bright colours and the sewing is awesome.

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  9. Your layout is beautiful and a perfect take on this sketch.
    I love your stitched heart, so creative.

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  10. So beautiful ! Love your stitched embellishments, especially the butterflies, such a great idea !

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  11. Oh, cool! I love the string art heart! The colours all look great together in my opinion! x

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  12. Love your take on the sketch, the stitched heart is amazing!

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  13. This beautiful mix of patterns and colors make your photos shine, Elise! Love how you embellished too, especially with the stitched elements!

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  14. this is absolutely stunning! Great job on the stitching, and I would love to know who makes that "hello hello" paper … it's adorable :)

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    1. Thanks so much! It's from Pebbles {From Me to You} that came out last year. :)

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  15. Thanks for playing along with us at LPS, gorgeous layout, the woodgrain is a lovely choice.

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!