Hi everyone, Melissa here and today I have another layout that I created with the gorgeous new Storyteller collection!!  For this layout I really felt like hand stitching so I selected several of the Pocket Cards to stitch over the printed design.  My photos are from Brielle’s 8th birthday in April of this year.

Whenever I use several of the pocket cards I go with a grid design to feature as many cards as possible.  For this layout I chose two cards that were patterned paper to house the photos, and the other four cards feature beautiful design elements that could be further embellished. I used Little Love for my background because I love the beautiful yellow and subtle pattern – perfect for featuring all of the cards. The “Love This” card was calling out for me to hand stitch around it.  I pierced holes around the edge of the words, and then stitched with the full 6 threads of the skein. Simple yet effective.

For the card with lots of adorable hearts, I stitched around the edge of each heart with 3 threads of the skein.  This resulted in a thinner stitches (due to less thread), and I think was more appropriate to the smaller design.

For the card housing my journaling I stitched around the speech bubble in navy blue thread to match the colour on the card.  I love how the stitching looks, and I embellished with a Die Cut Ephemera phrase and a butterfly.

For my title I used two of the Foam Title Stickers and for my embellishment I used several Chipboard Sticker buttons, Die Cut Ephemera Butterflies, and Puffy Heart Stickers.  I love how this finished my layout and I even surprised myself by not adding any mixed media, not even splatters!!

I hope I’ve encouraged you to use the pocket cards and embellish them with stitching!

Thanks for looking

Melissa xx

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