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Biggest Cross Stitch Ever

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When life gives you time, make giant tapestries! We’ve been home now for a few months due to COVID social distancing, so I figured it was a great time to start a cross stitch project the size of a 12-year-old.  🙂

I made this amazing Alice in Wonderland silhouette cross stitch pattern the other day and I wanted it BIG. It’s 32×45.29 inches, on a 14 count fabric! It only uses one color though, so it shouldn’t be too bad, right? …….. Right? I’m going to use 3 strands of black DMC 310 throughout so it’s a thicker weave.

Here’s a video I made of me putting the 36 page chart together:

 

Here’s a picture of my 3-year-old next to the pieced together pattern. It’s 100% bananas.

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It all begins with one stitch:

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Here’s a picture of me stitching on a 59 inch Aida cloth. It definitely takes a little bit to get used to:

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Week one done, and feeling good:

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I’m excited about the process and I hope you’ll join me on my journey! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebookfor weekly photo updates, and let me know what you think of this project! Here’s a link to the chart, if you’d like to stitch it along with me, too!

Thanks so much for crafting with me, and happy stitching! xoxo

 

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Ciao Bella “The Muse” Scrapbook Layout

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This is my time using Ciao Bella, and I am completely in love! The illustrations are fabulous, and the paper collections include lots of great ephemeral elements to fussy cut out.

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In the video below, I’ll do a flip through of The Muse collection, and make this darling “Moments” scrapbook page.

I also dyed my own seam binding to match! My handmade seam binding, as well as premade scrapbook layouts (including this one!) can be found in my eBay shop.

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Hope you enjoyed this beautiful layout, and thank you so much for crafting with me!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Kickin’ It Old School

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This week was all about the 49 and Market Old School Collection. I mean ALL ABOUT IT.

I used the entire collection in the past couple days, and it made me so happy in my heart.

I’ve never seen a paper collection with ephemera and die-cuts like these – books, pen and ink, and 3D notebook die-cuts!

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I made lots of collage-style pages using the die-cuts in the collection, along with the Cobalt and Sky Wildflowers.

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Fun, right?! For the layout above, I cut around the boarder of one page and popped it up with cardboard to create a kind of shadowbox effect. The paper underneath is from Tim Holtz.

What do you think? Which page is your favorite? I sell all my premade pages in my Etsy and eBay shops too, if you’d like to add any of these layouts to your own album or shadowbox.

Thanks for taking this tour with me today! Keep in touch, and happy crafting! xoxo

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Upcycled Book Mini Album & Giveaway!

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My friends are the best – they always text me before throwing anything away, just in case I can craft with it. lol

One of my best friends dropped off her old (VERY OLD) copy of What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry. I normally hate to cut up books, but in this case, I was happy to save it from being thrown away.

Using a 6×6 chipboard album from Bo Bunny and a little Mod Podge, I was able to create this darling, nostalgic mini album!

Full tutorial here:

I’m also having a giveaway for this darling album this week. Winner will be selected from my Bella Stitchery Facebook page on Friday, May 1, 2020. To enter, simply comment and tag a friend on the post:

https://www.facebook.com/BellaStitchery

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Thank you so much for visiting today and for being a part of my crafting community.

Hope you’ve been inspired to see your old books in a new way! 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! 

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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FREEBIE – Fairy & Bunnies Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern

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I thought you might enjoy a cross stitch project you can easily begin on without having to go to the store for lots of DMC colors. This freebie pattern uses only 1-2 colors (depending on whether or not you choose to stitch the background).

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I’ve also included some samples of what it will look like with different color combos. You can use any colors you’d like!

Fairy and Bunnies Silhouette collage

Enjoy, and happy stitching!

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You & Me 12×12 Scrapbook Page Kit

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Page kits are one of my newest passions, and this one was so very much fun to create!

I used lots of beautiful Prima Marketing cardstock and flowers for this one of a kind 12×12 scrapbook layout! Full kit tutorial is available on my Bella Stitchery YouTube channel.

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——–Only glue required. Everything else is included in the kit———–

This shabby chic page is embellished with ink, chipboard, flowers, leaves, doilies, and pink pearls!

This page has room for one photo on the page in the various pockets and comes from a smoke-free home.

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Perfect for framing too!

All my layouts are made with acid free paper.

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All materials will be carefully shipped in a bubble envelope for safety.

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For some of the other products used in the layout, please check out the following links:

8 Inch Paper Doilies
Prima Marketing Mulberry Flowers

Prima Marketing Poetic Rose Flowers

Prima Marketing Miracles & Unicorns Roses

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

Art Glitter Glue

EK Success Leaf Punch

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Thank you so much for crafting with me today!

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Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Card with FREE Printable!

Welcome! What a “lucky” day to be here! I have a fun YouTube video detailing the step-by-step process for making this fancy vintage-inspired St. Patrick’s Day card and folio.

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I love vintage style everything, but these colors really are some of my favorites to work with.

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This special greeting card is also fully embellished inside with pockets, banners, tags, and more!

Here’s a printable collage I made for you, if you’d like to make this card as well (or just play with some fun St. Patrick’s Day ephemera):

St Patricks Day Collage

For some of the other products used, please check out the following photo links:

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Hope you have just as much fun with this card and tutorial as I did making it.

Please keep in touch, and thanks for crafting with me today! xoxo

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Introduction to Cross Stitching

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Welcome to cross stitching 101!

Ever wonder how to begin what may appear to be a daunting journey? Well, look no further, my friend! Bella Stitchery is here to the rescue!

Rest assured, it’s actually not that difficult once you get started. I just posted a YouTube video all about how to read and begin a cross stitch chart, along with some background information on Aida cloth and needle sizing.

In the video, I promised to provide you with the “Meh.” pattern free if you’d like to practice your newly acquired knowledge. Well, here you go. Just open, print or save, and start stitching today!

Meh. Pattern

Please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for all things crafty, and keep in touch! Thanks so much, and happy stitching! xoxo