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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

 

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DIY – Dyeing Seam Binding and Lace

I love using vintage looking accents in my cards and scrapbook pages.

I’ve learned several ways to dye my ribbons and trims, using various ink and paint brands and am happy to share this trick with you!

 

Here are some examples of cards I’ve made using my hand dyed seam binding:

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Here are the supplies used in the video:

Distress Oxide

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Dylusions Ink Sprays

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Lindy’s Magicals

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Hug Snug Seam Binding

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Please let me know what you think, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

 

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Bo Bunny Genevieve Collection

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When I found this Bo Bunny collection that had my name as the collection title, I just had to pick it up! I love the French country look of this yellow and blue paper pad:

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I used lots of yellow/blue/white flowers from 49 and Market. I love their flowers, since many of them come with greenery as well.

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I love working with collection pads when making scrapbook layouts and cards because I know I’ll have lots of coordinating papers to choose from, making craft time super efficient!Ā  šŸ™‚

I have these, along with lots of other premade scrapbook pages, available in my eBay shop.

Please let me know if there are other collections or products you’d like to see highlighted in future blog posts. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun with foil

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My sister gave me a package of foil transfer from Prima Marketing, and it’s been in my drawer for about…a year. I just didn’t know what it was or how to use it.

Cut to – I had a custom request for some Pink Floyd scrapbook pages. I knew I would have to make my own background papers for something like this, and -BAM!- the package of foil was opened.

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I have to say, it’s pretty magical. And SUUUUUUUUUUUUPER easy to use.

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For my layouts, I decided to use spray adhesive and stencils. I sprayed the adhesive through the stencil onto my card stock and when it was *almost* dry, stuck the foil paper (shiny side up) onto it (I also gave it a hardy rub, just in case) and… instant glam!

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I have used several packs since. They work so well on black paper, and I can’t seem to get such magnificent color and shine with any other embellishment. You can purchase some here, if you want to give it a go. Prima Marketing carries them in several shades, but this is the package I used for these pages.

Try ’em out, and let me know how they worked! I would love to see pictures of your finished projects! Happy crafting, and shine on!

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Watercolor with Lindy’s Magicals

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Ok. This is my new favorite way to scrapbook. I remember watching several YouTube videos about Lindy’s Gang shakers and I thinking, “THAT is how all these cool mixed media pages look like that. Holy smokes.” (that was my actual interior dialogue).

I bought this ten pack on Amazon last week to try them out:

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And my life has changed forever.

Here are some more pages I made this week using the shakers and just some water spray…

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Literally just shake them onto your paper and spray with water. I didn’t even need a paintbrush.

For the bright purple color in the first layout, I also added Dylusions ink sprays to make the color bolder. I found that if the paper was wet enough, they blended really well with the powder pinks from Lindy’s Gang.

Hope these pages inspire you to get messy! Please let me know if you’d like a video tutorial as well. I’m super excited about my new-found artistry!

Happy crafting!

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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!

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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

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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

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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 andĀ then added some custom details with a Sharpie andĀ 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

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Free Handmade Holiday Cheer – Christmas Card Giveaway!

Bella Stitchery Christmas Card Giveaway

Woo! Christmas! I love this season SO much thatĀ I’m doing my part to spread the joy by giving away this three-card collection!Ā 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 hereĀ telling me all about your favoriteĀ 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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