Sunday, 8 May 2011

Simply Squares

Hey there, thanks for stopping by today for my second installment of Sassy Inspiration.. ;)

This time I thought I would break out an older stamp that I hadn't inked up - Hippy Love, available HERE from Funky Kits. Isn't she gorgeous? She was a dream to colour (aren't they all?!) I love her hair - it's beautiful!

Some of you may know about the Facebook Group challenge that has been running all week - Squares from Scraps. This was the perfect challenge for a 'quilting' technique which can be done with paper with help from an intricate embossing folder.

Here is the card. A simple square Kraft cardbase which I have distressed using Frayed Burlap DI, I have also stamped a leaf design in Crumb Cake ink down one side. The 'quilted' area measures 3.75x3.75". I used a 1.25" square punch to ensure all squares were the same size and adhered them onto some standard thin computer paper to make one panel. I then put the panel in an embossing folder - Snow Cap by Sizzix for Basic Grey (okay, its a Christmas EF, but I won't tell if you don't..) and ran it through my CB. I then went over the raised surface with more Frayed Burlap DI and around the edges. I wrapped some SU! Old Olive taffeta ribbon around the panel and tied it in a bow - then adhered the whole lot at an angle to the cardbase.

I coloured Hippy Love using ProMarkers - if you would like a colour list, let me know - then fussy cut her out and placed on the 'quilted' panel. I custom made the stick pins to coordinate with the colours on the card and attatched them under the bow using glue dots.

I stamped the sentiment in SU! Old Olive ink with a mini alphabet set from Studio G, rounded the corner and added the smallest button I could find from Basic Grey. I then distressed the edges again using Frayed Burlap DI.

I hope this has inspired you today! :) Be sure to check back tomorrow for Tracey's inspiration post! xo Lou.


  1. Wow lou great card .. love how you have done this .. I for one am certainly inspired !
    Hugs xx

  2. I love the quilting effect & to have dry embossed is a lovely idea for it just makes it all a whole. The way you have co-ordinated those pins is superb & I like all your attention to detail.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. Fantastic Lou! Love the colors and the layout is fantastic!! Great work!!

  4. Stunning work - adore the background with the dry embossing and your colouring is FAB! :)X

  5. Gorgeous card Lou, love the image and fab colours!

  6. fantastic card lou.i love how you have done the quilting background and stunning sassy :D

    xx coops xx

  7. This is fabulous Lou! Love how you made the quilted background.