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Have Yourself a Retro Little Christmas + FREE PRINTABLES!

I love retro images. Like LOVE, LOVE retro images. They make my heart smile and I feel all warm and cozy just looking at these darling illustrations. It’s no wonder, than, that they are the centerpiece for so many of my card creations!

Here are six cards I made recently. I thought you might enjoy these darling greetings.

This “Little Boy’s First Christmas” is one of my favorites. I love the color combo and the flower cluster so much!

Adding various sizes in your flower collage makes it look full and interesting – so, change it up! Add a variety!
Found this pine bundle in the floral section at Michaels and just took apart branches so that I could put them where I wanted them.

I was so happy when this sweet pink baby’s first Christmas card found a good home – I love the intricate lace, pearls, flowers, and seam binding!

Beautiful cards don’t have to be super fancy either. This one is simple, but just so happy and sweet!

Feeling inspired? Here are copies of the vintage images I used so that you can print and play with them too!

A few “must haves” when working with printables:

  • a great printer! I use HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 and it’s amazing (I use it a TON every single day for my business)
  • quality cardstock. Try Neenah Premium Cardstock for fabulous images
  • Stickles glitter – you won’t believe how it changes the entire quality of your card. For real

If you just want to get your hands on finished cards, be sure to check out my eBay and Etsy shop for lots of handmade goodies!

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for all things crafty! Please stay in touch and share your finished projects with me!

Thanks so much for crafting with me today, and happy holidays!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving Month! Gobble gobble!

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I am so excited to share my recent festive greeting cards with you, my crafty friends! 


Some kitchens may be full of baked goods and turkeys, but mine is covered in turkey images and craft goodies! 

I love vintage images so much and it’s always such a pleasure to make greeting cards around these darling illustrations.

This is also one of my favorite color combos (I got married in the fall just for these colors – lol).

I used lots of hand-dyed seam binding and 49 and Market flowers on these special collages. I also inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink throughout.

Check out my YouTube tutorial for some bow-making ideas – I have lots of cheats for ya! πŸ™‚

You can find all these happy holiday greeting cards in my eBay shop and my new Etsy shop.

What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for, and what is the coolest DIY dΓ©cor idea you’ve seen? Keep in touch – let’s make stuff together!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Pastel Christmas!

There’s something so precious about a pastel Christmas! I love the sweet pinks and yummy teals – they always make me smile!

This month’s Handmade Club Kit is all about shabby chic Santa, elves, holly berries, and cookies. I had a wonderful time cutting out all these darling embellishments and playing with them in different collage settings.

Crystal Stickles is the perfect accent to all these delicious images. I added them to the roses, the elves’ costumes, and the cookie frosting.

I already have several Christmas cards ready in my eBay and Etsy shop too (yes, I know it’s October, but I couldn’t help myself!) πŸ™‚

Don’t they just make you smile? Have you tried fussy cutting? What do you think about the process? It seems like people either love or hate it. I think the biggest tool for your cutting success is super small, precise scissors. It really makes all the difference.

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If you’d like some tips on better fussy cutting, I have a YouTube tutorial all about it too:

Well, hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my October Santa’s workshop today! Keep in touch and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Trick-or-Treat

This is one of my favorite times of year, for sure! I love the colors of fall and spookiness of October. Welcome to my happy place!

I’ve been busy in my new home of South Dakota – trying to find my rhythm here and the best place and time to create. It’s not without it’s challenges, however, it’s sometimes nice to have a fresh start too.

Here are some of the layouts I’ve made this month…

(all these handmade goodies can be found in my eBay shop and my NEW Etsy shop!)

Of course, I’ve had to make some darling greeting cards too – they just make my heart so happy!

What have YOU been up to this month, my crafty friends? And where do you like to craft? What is your favorite space and time of day. I think I’m *just* starting to hit my stride, and it’s so nice to get back to making pretty things after the summer’s move.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today – keep in touch!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Old Card Sketches Made NEW! Card Making Idea + Free Printable!

If you’re anything like me, you still have lots of paper crafting magazines lying around. I found a bunch the other day while cleaning my craft room and thought it would be fun to find some old sketches and “modernize” them.

The magazine I’m starting with today is an older Card Design Handbook. I love this sketch idea and thought it would be a great card idea for beginners or any level paper crafter!

Here’s my first in what may turn out to be a series. This card making design is super full and happy, yet easy to replicate to just about any occasion. Let me know what you think!

Here’s the image I used for the card. Feel free to save and print!

Do you like this idea?

Would you like to see more like it in the future?

What’s the oldest publication you have in your house?

You can purchase items used in this video from the following links:

– Hand Dyed Seam Binding in My eBay Shop

Prima Marketing Pastel Dreams Flowers

Sizzix Crochet Dies

Cream Cardstock

​​ – Art Glitter Glue

Ivory Lace

Tim Holtz Big Chat

Glossy Accents

Vintage Photo Distress Oxide

Crystal Stickles

Thanks so much for making happy cards with me today!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

PS – my blog uses affiliate links. These commissions are at no cost to you.

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Calico Collage Sew Vintage Cards

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Printables are amazing for so many reasons – producing multiples, resizing, and more!

Find out why I enjoy them so much in today’s YouTube video:

I’m a new member on the Calico Collage design team, and was so excited to make some fun shabby chic greeting cards with you today, using their Sew Vintage collection.

For some of the additional products used in this tutorial, please check out these links:

– Prima Marketing Rossibelle Flowers: https://amzn.to/3kC0oDr

– Neenah 65 lb Cardstock: https://amzn.to/2DJ3tRu

– HP 8710 Printer: https://amzn.to/2DAtyCn

– Ivory Lace: https://amzn.to/2PKmvJB

– Shell Colored Buttons: https://amzn.to/3aitWkT

– Vintage Scissor Charms: https://amzn.to/3kyDGfo

I sell collections of hand dyed seam binding in my eBay shop too!

Hope you enjoy these darling creations as much as I enjoyed making them!

Happy crafting, my friends, and keep in touch! xoxo

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8 Vintage Christmas Cards Using Fabric!

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No matter what month it is, there’s always room for a little bit of Christmas.

Join me on YouTube today for eight Vintage Christmas cards ideas – all of them using fabric Santa Bingo panels from my eBay shop!

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These were so much fun to make. I love this style so much, personally, and I was delighted when someone suggested a tutorial for Christmas cards.

Hope you’ll celebrate the joys of the season with me today on YouTube, no matter the date! Happy crafting! xoxo

For some of the products featured on these cards, pleas check out the following links:

– Prima Marketing White Christmas Flowers: https://amzn.to/3jkZs5J

– Prima Marketing Sugarplum Flowers: https://amzn.to/3hfpvJJ

– Prima Marketing Tidings Flowers: https://amzn.to/2WC3UTL

– Vintage Photo Distress Ink: https://amzn.to/32ArG6z

– Bazzill Kraft Cardstock: https://amzn.to/30vdXLA

– 4 Inch Gold Doilies: https://amzn.to/2WDAtkq

– 4 Inch White Doilies: https://amzn.to/2Ckiysc

– Sizzix Weathered Clock Die: https://amzn.to/2DSuOQO

– American Crafts Sticky Thumb Tape Runner: https://amzn.to/30qWQdPΒ 

– Art Glitter Glue: https://amzn.to/3hiqpVK

 

***My site uses affiliate links through Amazon. These are at no cost to you, but they help to support my art. Thank you for using links. xoxo

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DIY Washi Tape Card & Printable!

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I was so excited about this card! It really validated the years (and YEARS!) or hoarding washi tape! It was so easy and looks fabulous – that’s my favorite combo!

Check out my YouTube video about how to make darling backgrounds with washi tape.

Here is the printable too, if you’d like to make this same card (I printed this lovely retro lady 3 inches tall).

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Here are some of products you may enjoy too, to make a similar card…

Tim Holtz washi tape

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Dylusions Bubblegum Pink Ink Spray

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Scrapaholics Life Moments Chipboard

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You can find this card, along with dozens more greeting cards and scrapbook pages in my eBay shop too!

Here’re some more fun retro images you might enjoy too…

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Check it out, try it out, and keep in touch! xoxo

 

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Limited Edition Vintage Bee Card Kit

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Hope you enjoy this fun, limited edition bee card kit!Β 

I fell in love with these darling bee printables from Dots Inspiration Shop and couldn’t wait to put them together into a one-of-a-kind card collection!

With purchase, you’ll receive all the materials needed to create these lovely works of art. I have pre-cut everything and tied all the bows for your convenience as well.

The only items needed will be:

The rest is just a matter of piecing all the embellishments together with adhesive.

Your kit will include 2 cellophane baggies. Each baggie contains the ingredients for two of the cards + their envelopes.

Find the following embellishments for each card and glue together…

 

CARD 1:

 

CARD 2:

 

CARD 3:

 

CARD 4:

 

Kits are packed and ready to ship now! Quantities are limited. You can find the listing in my Etsy shop.

Please let me know if you have any questions along the way or if there are any kinds of themes/colors you’d like to see in future kits!

Thanks so much, my friends, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante

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Ok. You ever have that paper collection that you are so excited to buy, but then are terrified to use it? It’s just so beautiful and perfect, you fear “messing it up” by actually crafting with the paper you purchased it for? Yeah. The Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante collection was one of those for me.

This paper pad is YEARS old and has been gracefully sitting in my paper closet looking pretty. Every once in awhile I would thumb through it (careful not to bend or crease even the cover) and then sigh happily and put it away again.

This week was the time. I just couldn’t hold back any more. But I promised myself that I would use as much as humanly possible, so I wouldn’t feel like any single page or tag was left behind. I think I did pretty well. I ended up using the collection to make 10 scrapbook layouts and 5 fancy cards.

I love them all so very much, and hope you enjoy these papery treasures too.

You can still find this discontinued collection on places like Amazon, but be warned – it has a hefty price tag. If you’ve got the coin though, trust me when I say, you won’t regret it. This paper collection truly is gorgeous. Link for the paper pad.

I also sell these finished 12×12 pages and greeting cards in my eBay shop, so feel free to check those out as well. They are all looking for a good home and ready to ship!

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Which paper collection did you hang on to for (maybe) too long? Did you ever use it, or do you just glance longingly at it every once in awhile as you craft with other paper pads?

I’d love to share in your paper romance too, so please keep in touch and drop me a comment.

Happy crafting! xoxo

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