Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simply Less is More

Today I'm participating over at the "Less is More" Challenge Blog and the Recipe Ingredient we're supposed to use is adding thread to our project. They have some examples from the design team there but as soon as I read what the challenge is for this week I knew I wanted to do a bit of Spirelli. Spirelli is a type of string art where string is stitched through holes rather than normal string art which is thread, wire or string that is wrapped around nails or pins. Spirelli is definitely the way to go for any kind of paper crafting. Papertrey Ink has a tutorial by Amy Sheffer on their YouTube Channel here.

I'll also be playing at Addicted the CAS with their challenge of "Stitched".

I started with one of the marbled backgrounds I created a few weeks ago using shaving foam and reinkers.  While I was playing with different colors of reinkers, this is one combination that I really liked and uses New Leaf and Berry Sorbet from Papertrey Ink.  I still have several of these backgrounds to use in a variety of colors.  I'm not 100% certain that my card will qualify as clean and simple but since everything is adhered directly to the card base and not popped up on foam, I think it will be okay.

The little doily medallions I used are from My Favorite Things and are perfect for this technique. All the "stitching" is done using Gold Thread but you can also use Gold Floss.  The leaves are from a Memory Box die that is currently MIA.  I know it's somewhere on my desk.  I used Berry Sorbet Cardstock for the card base and flowers along with a mat of gold cardstock.  The Hello greeting is a Simon Says Stamp Exclusive. This was a quick and easy card and I enjoyed taking time to do the Spirelli instead of a coloring technique this time. 

Thank you so much for spending a few minutes with me today. Be sure to watch the video tutorial at the link provided if you are interested in trying this technique.


  1. Vicki this is so beautiful with the gold thread stitched in the blooms! I just might have a look ,thanks for the link!

  2. What a stunning card - I love the use of Spirelli which looks so effective and beautiful. We do need some empty or unpatterned space on cards for them to qualify as clean and simple for our challenge, but this is so gorgeous I'm really glad you shared it anyway. I'll definitely be checking out the link for more info on this technique which you've showcased to perfection :) Thanks for playing with us :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your card at less is more this week and you've used a striking and elegant technique with your thread. As Esther says we do prefer to see a little more white space on our clean and simple cards. Beautiful creation. Sarah

  4. Amazing work - so beautiful on a card. The gold thread is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for joining us at ATCS this week

  5. Such pretty use of the theme. Terrific design. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

  6. Love your spirelli flowers, and your background looks great too. As my teamies have mentioned, a little more white space is preferred but this is a truly eyecatching card.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  7. I'm sorry for the really late visit
    This is fabulous stitching, I really hope you'll join us again leaving a little white space for your next challenge with us. I love that background though!!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"


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