Saturday, 26 June 2021

* AALL & Create: Sew Happy


It's my GDT day at AALL & Create and I have a mixed media page to share. 
This week I enjoyed revisiting some older stamps for my background. One of my favourite things to do is to combine AALL & Create stamps from different designers. I had great fun making this sewing themed page.

I love how the background colours turned out. I wasn't happy with my initial colour choices (Fossilised Amber and Picked Raspberry), so I added some Frayed Burlap and then inked over in Peacock Feathers. It made a beautiful grungy background and the white embossing pops against this dark colour..

I added water to the Lotza Diamonds stencil and held it over the background. The bleached out diamonds are subtle, but add a lot of texture.

The machine stitching adds more texture and fits the sewing theme. I really like the two contrasting fonts and the vintage style background with the cute, and quirky Material Girl.

The background has an air of luminosity.

How it came together:
1. I heat embossed parts of the stamps from Sewing Forever and Heartfelt into a collage and heat embossed in white.
2. I smooshed the card into various Distress Oxides.
3. I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide over the colours.

4. I spritzed the stencil with water and held it over the inks to bleach out some of the colour.

5. I stitched around the edges of the background and added Reverse Diamonds in black along the edge of the background.
6. The words 'Weird and Wonderful' from the Sewing Forever stamp set were stamped in black, cut out, inked around the edges and adhered over the background.

7. I decided to mat the piece onto a second piece of card, so I inked the edges and bleached out some colour with the Diamond stencil.
8. I machine stitched around the edges.

9. I stamped images in Memento ink so that I could colour with Copic markers.
In the end I didn't use the cotton bobbin.

Products Used:
#304 Heartfelt
#396 Sewing Forever
#382 Material Girl
#484 Reverse Diamonds
Stencil #124 Lotza Diamonds

To see the stamps, stencils, dies and washi tapes used, please visit
A list of stockists can be found here.

You'll find lots of inspiration on the 

This is me and Casey - a personalised digital stamp from Janet Klein. 
Order yours here.

That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Classic Design Challenge #6 AG 27/06
Aud Sentiments #277 AG With Sentiments 28/06
Corrosive Challenge June AG 30/06 
Crafty Catz #557 AG 01/07
613 Avenue Create #6 AG 02/07 TOP ROCKER
Creative Fingers #211 AG 10./07


  1. Hi Carole this is stunning I love it. Have a good weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. A fabulous background and fun card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  3. Gorgeous colourful page Carole, love the sweet little girl and the sewing theme is fabulous and I LOVE the background details..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. This project makes me so happy..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  5. Wow, you really are the queen of backgrounds Carole. I never cease to be amazed at what you are able to create.
    Hugs Monica

  6. Love it! Your background is awesome! Thanks for the step by step! We always love seeing your work here at 613 Avenue Create. Thanks so much for visiting our front porch!
    Chana Malkah,
    A Place To Start, Owner
    613 Avenue Create, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
    The Color of Cards, Owner

  7. Congratulations, you were selected as a Top Rocker for Week 3 at 613 Avenue Create! Please stop by our blog and grab your badge! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome project with us!


  8. Gorgeous, love the background and colours. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. Vesna

  9. What a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Creative Fingers.
    DT Mari, my blog Ittetehty

  10. Fantastic mixed media background! I love it so much! Thank you so much for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ. I´m sorry that I´m running a little late with my comment. Hope to see you back with us for next challenge! Nick

  11. Wonderful inkwork Carole.
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx


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