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Work with a Pin-Up

pinup

Want to work with a pin-up? Cross-stitch pattern, that is. These kitschy pin-ups are some of my favorite retro illustrations, and my earliest cross-stitch pattern creations were based on famous pin-up art from the 1950’s.

You can find these and lots more saucy fabulousness at my Etsy shop – I have so many available, they even have their very own category!

Remember, all patterns are currently buy 3, get 3 FREE, so it’s a great time to put lots of unique projects in your hopper!

Happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

1950's, finished cross stitch, pin-ups

Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch

Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123

What takes 8 months to complete and a lifetime to enjoy? This handmade finished cross-stitch! I finished this pin-up with plane fiber art in 2013 and she’s looking for a good home.

You can check out the listing here on eBay and she is packed and ready to ship to the highest bidder – just in time for Christmas (it’s the perfect gift idea!)

Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/251722864165?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123

Happy bidding, and thanks so much for supporting handmade!

P.S. Love this pin-up, but want to make something of your own? I also have this fabulous retro illustration available as a fabric block! Perfect for embroidery hoops, altered art embroidery, pillows and more!

Pin-Up with Plane Fabric Block http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pin-Up-Girl-with-Plane-8x10-Fabric-Block-Great-tor-Quilting-Pillows-Wall-Ar-/251250357722
Pin-Up with Plane Fabric Block
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pin-Up-Girl-with-Plane-8×10-Fabric-Block-Great-tor-Quilting-Pillows-Wall-Ar-/251250357722
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It’s a 50’s Thing – FREE Pin-Up Collage Image Included

I love the kitsch of 1950’s retro. Just absolutely love it. Paper crafting is a way for me to enjoy ephemera in a whole new way – by taking the illustrations I love and making one-of-a-kind collage art from them.

Below are some of my recent creations. I have also included a free “Pressed for Time” pin-up image, which is a one-of-a-kind collage I made myself. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, You Animal Pin-Up Card

Happy Birthday, You Animal

Retro Love U Card

Love U

Set of Two All Occasion Cards

Set of Two Cards

Pressed For Time (I’m also a huge fan of puns)

Pressed for Time

Like that last card? Here is the image I made using Photoshop. Feel free to save it and incorporate it in your own crafts.pressed for timeBe sure to check out my Etsy shop for lots more goodies. Thanks for supporting handmade!

xoxo

Genevieve

1950's, altered art, barnes and noble, calendar, fashion, mixed media, october afternoon, retro office supplies, rub-ons, thrift shop

An Appointment With Crafting

I needed a date book for work, and couldn’t find anything that really grabbed me.
So – I altered one!

I started with one I found at Barnes & Noble.

Then, I used these adorable Thrift Shop rub-ons from October Afternoon
For this book, I started with the yellow doily rub-on and layered the ladies on top.

Easy as pie!  Hope this inspires you to use those fun scrapbooking embellishments in new ways!!
xoxo
Genevieve
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A Birthday Cocktail For You!

Happy hour cocktails for a happy birthday!
My work buddy loves the retro and Vintage style cards I make,
so I wanted to do something extra special for her this week.
I started with this fabulous balloon/music note sheet from Glitz Design
(I’ve been waiting to use it for over a year!)
I found some of these chipboard frames a little while back and painted this one a yellow gold to match the tones in this Vintage image.  The frame was a perfect fit!

Clusters of embellishments really make a card (or layout) stand out. 
Here I used several crocheted flowers, a fabric brad, hand-tied button and two pins.

Inside the card, I used a journal frame from Cosmo Cricket and stamped “Happy Birthday” on it, along with some flowers (there are tiny rhinestones in the center of each one, too).
Thanks for stopping in!  Happy Crafting!
xoxo
Genevieve
1950's, buttons, can can dancing, chicago, circus, musicals, pin-up cards, pin-up girls, pin-ups, promotion, retro cards, sewing, top hats, vintage, vintage ads

Give ’em the Old Razzle-Dazzle

Here is another pin-up card that I made for a friend’s promotion. 
I’m going to drop it off, along with some flowers, for her first day on the job this afternoon.
I love the circus illustration and inside I’m going to write,
“Give ’em the old razzle-dazzle; razzle-dazzle ’em”
from the Chicago musical.
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a crafty week!
xoxo
Genevieve
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Pin-Up Promotion

My friend Callie and I share a passion for pin-ups!  When she was recently promoted to Catering Manager in my sales office, I wanted to make her an extra-special card to welcome her.

This image was perfect, since it mixed a lovely retro pin-up girl with office supplies!  lol

I love embellishing inside the cards, too.  I think it adds 87 points to the fun factor (this card, for example, has a fun factor of 132, of course).  🙂
Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
Genevieve
1950's, 1960's, art, coffee ads, coffee posters, coffee stain, craft ideas, diy, do it yourself ideas, dunkin donuts, dying fabric, finished cross stitch, kitchen, retro ads, staining fabric

Get Your Retro On

I recently finished this darling retro coffee ad for my kitchen,
but I was sorry that I used such a bright white fabric. 
It just didn’t seem to match the 1950’s tone of the pattern.
Here is the finished piece with the white fabric:
Well?  I thought I would try dying the fabric in coffee to see how it would turn out. 
Having never done it before, I was a little nervous,
 seeing how I already had stitched the entire thing (I’ll never get those four months back…)
I started with really diluted coffee, since I wasn’t sure what the result would be and then slowly added more of the coffee into the bowl to darken it.
I checked the fabric every 10 minutes or so. 
When I was happy with it, I rinsed it out with fresh water and let it hang dry. 
 Then, I ironed it out and framed it with a walnut frame I found at a flea market (perfect size!)
I probably could have gone a bit darker, too, but I didn’t want to alter the color of thread too much.  Hope this inspires you to play with dying your own fabric – it’s really quite easy and lots of fun!
Happy crafting!
xoxo
Genevieve
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Pin-Up Halloween Card Class!

This kitschy pin-up Halloween card collection is full of unique elements and 1950’s inspired fun!
I wanted to use lots of retro feelin’ embellishments, like the sparkly brad and gingham ribbon.
October 17
1-3pm

Cost of the class is $25 and includes all the materials needed (please bring the basics: scissors, a strong adhesive such as Zip Dry, black ink, and 3D foam adhesive).

Call the store at 702-898-7414 or stop by:

5915 South Eastern Avenue #106


Las Vegas, NV 89119

to reserve your seat!
Would you like to make the cards, but don’t have the time to come into the store for the class?
Kits are now available!!

When you call to reserve the class, just mention that you’d like the kit only and I’ll be sure to have it ready for you (along with pictures and detailed instructions for your convenience). You can also find ready-made kits at the store anytime before the class day (while they last). Just pick it up and scrap at your leisure!!

NOTE: OFFERING A TRICK OR TREAT SPECIAL ALL OCTOBER!

TELL A FRIEND ABOUT MY CARD CLASSES! FOR EACH NEW PERSON THAT SIGNS UP FOR EITHER OCTOBER CLASS (10/3 AND 10/17), YOU’LL RECEIVE A $5 GIFT CARD FOR YOUR NEXT CLASS WITH ME!

BRING 5 FRIENDS AND YOUR NEXT CLASS IS FREE!

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School Has Never Been So Fun!

I’ve seen the isles full of rainbow-colored folders and matching highlighters make their way into the grocery stores.  You know what that means ~ school days are just around the corner!
Even though my little guy is still too young for school, I’ve been getting into the spirit of things with a darling collection of classroom-inspired pin-up cards.
These are the perfect gift for a teacher (probably one you know vs. your 2nd grader’s instructor), new graduate or college student.
School has never been so much fun!