March 25, 2011

March Papertrey Ink Blog Hop & CR84FN20


Hello, fellow blog hoppers!  Today is the monthly Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink, and this month the challenge is to use embroidery floss in your design.  I have had very little time to craft this week, so I can't say I had the most *creative* idea in the world, but it has been a while since I used a crochet flower, so that's what I decided to do.  I was also inspired by the gorgeous dresses and bouquets in this week's inspiration photo at CR84FN.  For someone who doesn't like purple, I've been using it a LOT lately!

I've used this crochet flower pattern several times in the past, and the pattern is from Nichole Heady herself.  You can find simple instructions HERE.  The only difference in my flower is that I added a third round of "petals" in avocado to give the appearance of leaves, and I prefer to flip the design over so that the back of the stitches are showing.  I just think the petals look a little fuller this way.

I used the partial embossing technique again on the white cardstock, using the Diamonds impression plate along the bottom.  The top is stamped with Background Basics:  Text Style, then with a couple of leafy sprigs from Turning a New Leaf.  I wrapped plum embroidery floss around the card a few times and tied a simple bow.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Ripe Avocado, Lavender Moon, white
Stamps:  Mat Stack 3 Collection, Background Basics:  Text Style, Turning a New Leaf
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Frost White (Clearsnap), Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Tools:  Mat Stack 3 die, Diamonds impression plate, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories:  Plum Pudding button, pearls (Queen & Co.), embossing powder (Stampendous), DMC floss

I am especially excited to hop around and get new ideas for using the loads of embroidery floss I have stashed away!  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy hopping!

44 comments:

Andrea M said...

Oh my word!!! This is so fabulous!!! I thought about using a purple combo card but I wasn't feeling it but yours is heaven!!! Love it! Look at those fabulous flowers!!!! EEEK!!! So cute! Great job, as always!

Marge said...

Exquisite card!!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

This is beautiful!!!

Diane said...

Elegant and oh so very gorgeous!!

Rhonda said...

Love this card!! the text backgrd and leaf are great.

Jean Martin said...

This is gorgeous Christina! You make those crochet flowers perfectly! There's so much talent in your little pinky alone! :) I hope I can join later on after work. :)

Amy said...

Christina.....we must have been thinking about each other since we get to meet tomorrow! We both used these colors for the hop and CR84FN! My oh my. I need to learn to make these fabulous flowers.....I've never crocheted so I have no idea where to start! Love the text background and the mat stack to show off that flower! See you in Boston! :)

lynn said...

your flower is lovely! thanks for the link!

kasia c. said...

Insert jaw drop here!
Christina those flowers are gorgeous. Of course your card is too. :)
I love that panel of text behind the mat stack.
Those are by far my favourite leaves from that set.
Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Diane Jaquay said...

This is lovely, elegant, and the colors look marvelous! And of course that amazing crocheted flower is the crowning touch :)

Marisa said...

This is fabulous, Christina! Love the flowers and of course the leaves :) Have a great weekend.

Wendy ten Hove said...

The colors are gorgeous and those flowers amazing! Love how you made this card!

Mary Duffek said...

So pretty!

Lindsay said...

Lovely card Christina! That flower is fabulous and you did a great job with those colors!

Cristina said...

So, so pretty! No one uses purple like you. And I *love* all that text.

Margaret M said...

Christina I just live your card! Especially the flower! Great job on the challenge!

I'm Renee said...

Beautiful.
Love your color combo and your crocheted flowers are fabulous!

Laura Isham said...

I LOVE this card! It almost makes me want to learn how to crochet! ;)

Kim Singdahlsen said...

This is gorgeous!! I can't imagine crocheting a flower for a card - I hope this is going to someone very special!

Sue Lelli said...

Christina, LOVE LOVE LOVE your embroidered flower and the leaves and the text! So PRETTY! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Cassandra said...

Really lovely Christina, particularly the embossing.

Dana said...

Such a beautiful flower!

Kay said...

Ooh, there's so much I love about this card! The colors, the background stamping, the mat stack die, the crocheted flower, the embossing- just great stuff!

Jen Carter said...

This is really beautiful!! I love when you use your flowers on your cards! They are always so stunning!

Have fun with Amy tomorrow!! I have to say I wish I could be there too!! :)

Debgem said...

This is lovely. I really like the text on the backing with the leaves over stamped. Your crocheted rose is just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

GORGEOUS card Christina! Love the crocheted flower embellishment and the beautifully embossed label! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN :)

Heather Jensen said...

So very sweet Christina. Love the crochet flower. I just got my new PTI order today and can't wait to play. I got the dies to go with that leaf set you used here. :)

Thanks for playing at CR84FN!
Hugs~

Karen said...

Gooooooood morning from Australia Christina! lol I've just woken up and am blog surfing with my cuppa.....you want one too? lol

I think your card is beautiful, the colours are just so rich and vibrant and I just LOVE that little crochet flower! I can't crochet to save myself.....too many fingers and thumbs! lol

Luv K
x

Dani said...

So Lovely!!

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

What a fabulous card Christina!!! Beautiful background and that flower is super! LOVE it!!!

beckynoelle said...

lovely crocheted flower!

Peggysuez said...

So pretty!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Lovely card and beautiful crocheted flower embellishment.

Rebecca said...

I wish I could make lovely flowers like that! Great card.

Jen W. said...

I love all the different elements here - the layered background stamping, the embossing and the super cute flower. Such a gorgeous card!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Lovely card, Christina! Love the embossing and crochet flower.. Thanks for joining us at CR84FN!

Babies- Beth said...

Oh so beautiful colors and crochet, your card is stunning!

xiumaiyuki said...

Such a gorgeous card in every way. I love how that beautiful crochet flower just fits perfectly in that MS frame... and how you tucked the leaves in the background... very lovely.

Niki Estes said...

Very pretty, Christina! I love that flower!

Laurie said...

That flower is gorgeous! I bet they are so fun to make!! Your card is beautiful and I love that color combo!

nancy jane said...

Still making the rounds of the blog hop. This card is graceful. The leaves against the script is such a lovely look. Great use of the CR84FN colors.

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a lovely card Christina. Gorgeous colors and that flower is so pretty! :o)

Lisa Petrella said...

Such a pretty card! And your crocheted flower is FABULOUS!!! Ever think of selling those to some of your crocheted-challenged blog followers???? hmmm....

Suzanne said...

Beautiful card! I love that shade of purple and the whole thing is so elegant. Also, new header on your blog? I like it!

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