Stitching update and using a cps.

At last the appointment has arrived for my operation to remove the cataract from my right eye.  Its for the 14th December so only just over a week left to wait.

In the mean time stitching on the EMS Garden Alphabet did not go quite to plan, as I have given up before finishing the 2nd letter.  I have done P for pansy but the Q is for queen ann’s lace and the colours on the flowers are so pale I was struggling to see them.  However update picture has been taken so here it is.  Hard to tell but there are 5 different shades in that flower head, and looking at it here I think it will be frogged and restarted next time round, as its far from neat.dscf5283

On the card front, have you ever heard of a CPS – well I hadn’t until the other day but now I know its a Card Placement System (or sketch – depending on which site you read lol).  I am a dreadful hoarder and have dozens of beautiful paper pads that I have never been able to bring myself to use.  In my bid to get my stock in better order I have said I will part with anything I do not use, but as I cannot bring myself to part with these I have to use them.  Apart from backing papers I didn’t really know how to show them off, so went on the net to look for ideas.  Whilst doing so I found a couple of people who did weekly challenges for blogs that use the afore mentioned CPS, and as they show off the pretty papers to great effect I decided it was time to have a go.    Here are the four  I have made so fardscf5282 The first one used the beautiful Papermania Capsule Collection – Oyster Blush.  These very pale but elegant papers have the most beautiful sheen to them.

These both use papers from a bright and colourful collection of “Booful” papers.  I felt the first was too plain so added some gems,  and I think I am also going to add some on the second card too, but on the card itself as maybe with using a craft card, it looks rather stark.

Lastly dscf5285These are from an old freebie paper pad by Kaiser Craft.  It contained Christmas designs but I obviously used the more tradition papers sometimes in the past and all that are left are some lovely old, slightly distressed looking plain or chintzy designs.  Despite the lovely papers this one did need something else so I added a small topper which I felt complimented the papers.mojo472sketchThis was the cps I used for the 2nd design, and (though I’m not sure how to add blog links to my post) I am sure if you went to the, you would find lots of inspiration.  Also dozens more of these cps designs which can be interpreted in lots of different ways.  Worth a try, even if you never use them again – though I am sure I will.

Thank you as always to those who have ploughed through to the very end.



About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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7 Responses to Stitching update and using a cps.

  1. Good luck with your cataract.
    I tend to use card sketches if I’m lacking inspiration, or if I’ve got new toppers with shapes I don’t use often and am feeling a bit lost x


    • Anything that gives inspiration is worth a try and we all get in a rut sometimes. I sometimes look and think – though the toppers are all different types and styles those cards are all the same”, that’s usually when I look for the inspiration lol. I have certainly enjoyed using the sketches and its made me think out of the box.

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  2. Anita says:

    Good luck with the operation, Helen!
    You’re right, it is indeed hard to tell that the flower head has five shades of colors! ☺
    I think CPS would also be of great help for card beginners. Yours show off the papers really well!


  3. kathyreeves says:

    If your eye is anything like my dad’s the change will be immediate and wonderful. Best wishes for a quick and successful outcome! I didn’t think the pansy looked so bad…😄 your cards are beautiful as always!


  4. Catherine says:

    Good luck for next week. I love your pansy. Beautiful work!


  5. katechiconi says:

    Such pretty and delicate stitched flowers. I hope your eyes will come good after surgery and you’ll be able to complete the piece.


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