Hugs & Smiles

Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism. 
         ~ Leo Buscaglia




Wow, as I type this post amazing news is coming through that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. I'm kind of speechless. Thank You! to all our troops and their families who sacrificed and suffered to bring us to this day.  I made this card tonight before I heard the news, but I'd like to dedicate it to you: a Hug and, finally, some Smiles!


Cross your fingers for me as I enter this in My Favorite Things' Guest Designer Contest: blue jeans and bling. I've been wanting to try stamping on fabric for a long time . . . so this challenge got me started.  I stamped on the denim to make a denim sweater and used denim to layer the paper panels. Then I added black gems (bling) for the dragonflies' flight, the sweater buttons, and the dot of the i in "smile."

Here are a few tips it you want to try stamping on fabric:

  • Use a quick-drying ink so it won't run on the fabric. I used Versamark Pigment Ink.
  • After I stamped this adorable image by Claire Keay onto the denim, I ran the fabric through my Xyron sticker maker. That gave it a stiffer consistency and made it easier to cut out the sweater and "paper piece" it onto the rest of the image.
  • I also used the denim as background layers. I ran the denim through the Xyron sticker paper to give it substance. I glued to top paper panel to the denim and used a Olfa Rotary Cutter against a ruler to get the straight edge for my bottom layer. 

I had so much fun working with the denim, I made a matching, denim-covered clothespin.

  • Stamps – Claire Keay Hello Sunshine
  • Paper – Neenah, My Mind's Eye Stella Rose, Stampin' Up!
  • Color Mediums – Copics, Stampin' Up! pastels
  • Fibers – denim, ric rac ribbon, felt
  • Tools– Nestabilities, Die-namics Mini Rolled Roses, i-rock crystal heat-setting tool, sewing machine, Xyron sticker maker
  • Embellishments – i-rock black gems
  • Miscellaneous – clothes pen and Mod Podge
  • Challenges – My Favorite Things May Guest Designer Contest (MFTGUESTDT0511) and My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge (MFTWSC17)


Shew . . . staying up too late to watch all the news. Time for me to "hit the hay" as Dad used to say. Tomorrow, we get to wake up to a country full of hugs and smiles!


Sweet Comments

  1. Adorable!!! LOVE the Denim!!!!

  2. Cheryl (Shestamps) says:

    Linda – Your card is fabulous!  I love all the layers (especially the denim) the bling, the awesome papers and your paper (denim) piecing.   Totally awesome!  Good luck on the GDT call.

  3. Corinna says:

    Oh my goodness….nothing more fab than this!! 😀  I'm looking for some old denim as we speak!  Oh, and I guess I gotta git me a Xyron now too, huh?! hee hee hee

  4. Hi. Love your card! I love these Claire Keay stamps I NEED to get me one! I like the new one with the cutest puppy!
    I entered the guest designer contest, too. And I am making anonther card with denim cuz I liked making the first one so much! LOL!
    I love the little denim sweater you made and your colors are fabulous! And I love the felt with the denim on the flowers.

  5. PS: I like your quote about hugs!

  6. Wow Linda, what an amazing card! I just LOVE what you've done with my stamp – you ladies have so much creativity and I so enjoy seeing all the wonderful things you can make with my images…keep it up!!! Claire Keay xxx

    • Oh, Claire, that you so much for your comment. I love your images! I always wonder what the stamp artist thinks of how we play with your images. It means a lot to me that you like it! Oooo, and I love your Etsy site.

      • Linda, I just love, LOVE seeing the cards people make with my stamps! I once bought loads of card making supplies to have a go myself as a friend needed some hand made cards to sell in her shop – I was sooo useless! It's just a skill I do not have and so I really admire the ideas and creativity you all bring to your work. This card you have made is simply beautiful, the use of pattern, layers and little touchs make it a real work of art.
        It still amazes me that I can sit here drawing an image in my little room in England and before you know it, thousands of mile away, you are using that picture to create – how cool is that?
        Take care and keep making these beautiful cards! Claire xx

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