Steampunk

I made this 8×8 album as a special order for a steampunk album. It was my first time making anything in this style and it was fun using lots of new materials- from Swellegant paints to Prima Marketing metallic waxes.

I used Etsy printables for the paper backgrounds and many of the printed embellishments .

I made this pressure gauge out of cardboard that I painted with the copper Swellegant paint. I added liquid diamonds to the printed gear face so it would look like glass and then finished it off with brads, a Tim Holtz year and a lightbulb embellishment (also by Tim Holtz).

Up, up, and away!

Gesso and metallic paints helped bring these pages to life!

Pockets!

This was a fun collage. I used buttons, keys, glass beads, and even screws to add layers and texture. Then I covered the whole thing with black gesso. Once that was dry, I lightly went over the pieces with Prima Marketing silver wax.

I love these clock die cuts from Tim Holtz. I cut out several for this album.

I used lots of lace and some burlap to give the pages dimension…

This last page has tags that tuck in behind the lightbulb print.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope these pages inspire you – feel free to comment or send me photos of your work as well. I would love to see what you make!

Work with a Pin-Up

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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

Buy 3, Get 3 FREE! Woot.

buy three, get three FREE

We’re heading into a new year. Let’s kick it off right! Stock up on lots of fun, unique cross-stitch patterns and keep yourself busy and out of (too much) trouble in 2015!

You can shop at any one of my Bella Stitchery websites, from eBay to Etsy to ArtFire and enjoy my new promotion:

*Buy any 3 patterns, get 3 more of your choice FREE!

Yep. Free.

Simply email me with the list of the 3 that you would like as your freebie gifts and I will include all six with your order.

Easy breezy.

Please feel free to convo me with any questions. Custom patterns are also available upon request.

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So, have fun and cross-stitch your little heart out. 2015 will be the year of crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

Emmet Lego Movie Birthday Card – Free Emmet SVG Cutting File

Emmet Lego Movie Card

Everything (about this card) is awesome!

I made this for a very special four-year-old’s birthday party this weekend. Like it? Want to make one yourself?

I created the SVG cut file for my Cricut SCAL. Feel free to email me at gspeegle@gmail.com for the free file (WordPress doesn’t let me attach SVG files), if you want to make a card for yourself as well.

For Emmet’s outfit, I chalked the edges with light blue and then added some custom details with a Sharpie and strips of hand-cut gum wrapper. I printed out this image on the side here so that I could cut out the hair, smile and Emmet badge.

Lego MovieI also cut out several .5 inch circles and inked them with green Color Box Cat’s Eye chalk ink, before affixing them to the background with foam pop dots.

Inside, is a custom song, based on the “Everything is Awesome” tune from the Lego Movie:

“Everything is awesome!

Everything is awesome when you’re no longer three.

Everything is awesoooooome

At your birthday party!”

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

Free Handmade Holiday Cheer – Christmas Card Giveaway!

Bella Stitchery Christmas Card Giveaway

Woo! Christmas! I love this season SO much that I’m doing my part to spread the joy by giving away this three-card collection! I have lovingly designed these one-of-a-kind creations with a large die-cut greeting embellishment – complete with hand-cut star and pink rhinestone. I have also added baker’s twine and festive polka dot cardstock along the bottom. The inside is also fully embellished (just like a present!).

Each card is about 5.5 inches square and comes with a white envelope.

Bella Stitchery Christmas Card Giveaway

Bella Stitchery Christmas Card Giveaway

In order to qualify for the drawing, simply:

* Leave a comment here telling me all about your favorite Christmas tradition (and please be sure to leave me your email address as well, so I can contact you when you win).

* Share this contest link with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.

I’ll announce the winner on Friday, so you’ll have these puppies in plenty of time to mail them to your closest loved ones.

Thanks so much, and happy contesting!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Art Imitating Life

One of my favorite things about creating cross-stitch patterns is the endless possibility for design.

With simple needle and thread, anyone can create a masterpiece – even one worthy of scientific recognition!

I have designed these special pieces due to popular request from the stitching community. I love the life-like results and they have appealed to such a range of crafter, from students to doctors.

This last one is my newest addition. I just posted the brain pattern last night. Hope you enjoy my creations – happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

Thankful for Fiber Art

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The holidays are here once again, and it’s a great time to cozy in with the family, enjoy a little time off of school and work, and get busy cross-stitchin’! With all the classic holiday movies about to start up on television, what better way to relive those old favorites than with a Thanksgiving themed cross-stitch pattern?

Here are some that I have made. They can all be found under the holiday section of my Bella Stitchery Design shop on Etsy.

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Do you have a favorite image or photo that you would like to make into a cross-stitch project? Please feel free to contact me for custom patterns – I would be delighted to design a special project for you!

xoxo

Genevieve