Stitching Week!


Whether it's done by hand or by machine, stitching adds so much life and texture to layouts, cards, and projects! This week we'll share creations using this technique, starting with a pair of layouts by Paige Evans (Blog: Paige Evans | Instagram: @paigetaylorevans | Pinterest: @paigeevans | Twitter: @PaigeTEvans):

Paige Evans


Remember You Are Always Loved by Paige Evans
Supplies: Cardstock, wood button, stickers (circles, flowers, striped border, ticket, vellum letters), adhesive: American Crafts; Floss: DMC; Patterned paper, metal bow die, badges, vellum die cuts, chipboard circle, ticket die cut: Crate Paper; Watercolors: Mr Huey's by Studio Calico; Enamel dots, spray mist: Studio Calico; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Title cut file: dear lizzy – loved heart (Design ID #46690); Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark 

How to: Die cut the dear lizzy – loved heart (Design ID #46690) from scratch cardstock. Place white cardstock on a sticky die cut mat, lightly but firmly adhere the die cut title in place on top, then watercolor over the letters. I put the cardstock on the sticky mat so it doesn't warp as much. Let it dry completely on the mat before carefully peeling off the title and the watercolored cardstock. Poke holes about every 1/4" all the way around the title then backstitch through the holes using floss and changing the floss color where the watercolors change color. It took me about 4 hours to stitch this entire title – after the kids went to sleep and Chris and I were watching HOUSE I stitched – gotta love multitasking! I placed Amy Tangerine vellum letter stickers to say "always" between the last words to complete the title then I embellished with older Dear Lizzy and Maggie Holmes products and a pair of photos. I die cut a bow from patterned paper (leftover from a previous layout). Then I dropped a few colors of mist and matching enamel dots around the layout to finish.  

Remember You Are Always Loved Detail by Paige Evans

Barcelona by Paige Evans
Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, chipboard, stickers, die cuts, wood veneer, date stamp, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Enamel dots: Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

How to: Punch 1" squares from the Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste papers then trim each square into a triangle. Adhere the triangles in a quilt inspired design on the left half diagonal of a kraft cardstock layout base. Zigzag stitch every direction over the paper triangles – they ain't goin' anywhere after this! Layer two photos on cardstock, die cuts, and stickers on the top right corner and embellish with chipboard, wood veneer, puffy border stickers, more stickers, and add a bit of journaling with a black pen. Stamp the date in black ink on a die cut tag below the photos. Place color-on-like-color enamel dots on the paper triangles to finish. 

Barcelona Detail by Paige Evans

We've got a spectacular step-by-step tutorial in the works for tomorrow!