Sew and Shine

Happy 2015!
Have you been keeping an eye on the upcoming products being debuted at CHA over the last few days? I’m excited about several of the new collections which will be coming soon to the shop over the next few months. Sarah and Lianne have been busy picking out the latest and greatest for us to enjoy! It seems that gold is still the major trend, and finding it’s way into more and more products, although I have spotted a couple of lines featuring silver instead for a bit of a twist.
This month I’ve been sticking with gold accents, and finally got myself a bottle of Heidi Swapp colour shine in Gold. I have had this product on my wishlist for a while, and I’m so pleased I finally added it to my shopping cart – I will now be using it on everything, it’s gorgeous!
HLM Jan2015 footballer
The papers I’ve used for all three pages this month are a mixture of Heidi Swapp September Skies and Amy Tan Stitched, along with a stitching kit from Amy Tangerine and the fabulous transparent alpha book. I love these letters – nice and bright but not totally opaque, so they create some depth when layered over each other. My die cuts are from Elle’s studio Sycamore Lane, wood veneer words from Freckled Fawn, and the cutest little enamel stars and amazing wood sprinkles from Jillibean Soup.
HLM Jan2015 bear
Adding the stitched elements was so so easy as everything you need is included in the pack. I love the look they give to the page, and I found it quite therapeutic to do a little sewing on my papers. There are 3 different packs available in the Amy Tan Stitched collection, and the kit comes with stencils, piercing mat, piercer, needles and threads. I opted for the “Hello” kit, and was pleasantly surprised by the contents – lots of really usable designs. This is the selection of stencils you get in this particular kit:
HLM Jan2015 stitching
HLM Jan 2015 footballer close
I especially love the weaved or cross sticthed heart design, which I used on this layout below. You could stitch this in a few different ways to give different looks. I stitched it with long lines onto white woodgrain cardstock, punched a large circle and then painted some of the colour shine mist around the edge of the shape.
HLM Jan 2015 cousins close
HLM Jan2015 cousins
It can be really tricky to photograph shimmer on a page, but I hope the photos below can give you a little bit of an idea as to what the Colour Shine actually looks like when it catches the light. I used it in several different ways on my pages – painted on, spritzed over a background, sprinkled in specific areas, and sprayed over wood veneer.
HLM Jan2015 gold
That’s it from me this month. Remember to keep an eye on the ‘Coming Soon’ and ‘New’ sections on the shop site for news on upcoming products – exciting!

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