bella stitchery, cross stitch patterns

Art Imitating Life

12x12 Baby in Utero Cross Stitch Pattern https://www.etsy.com/listing/115087269/baby-in-utero-handmade-pdf-cross-stitch?ref=shop_home_active_15
12×12 Baby in Utero Cross Stitch Pattern
https://www.etsy.com/listing/115087269/baby-in-utero-handmade-pdf-cross-stitch?ref=shop_home_active_15

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.

Fertilization Cross-Stitch Pattern https://www.etsy.com/listing/115087057/fertilization-handmade-pdf-cross-stitch?ref=shop_home_active_3
Fertilization Cross-Stitch Pattern
https://www.etsy.com/listing/115087057/fertilization-handmade-pdf-cross-stitch?ref=shop_home_active_3
Heart with Ventricles Cross-Stitch Pattern https://www.etsy.com/listing/118012062/heart-with-ventricles-illustration-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_18
Heart with Ventricles Cross-Stitch Pattern
https://www.etsy.com/listing/118012062/heart-with-ventricles-illustration-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_18
Brain Blood Vessels Cross-Stitch Pattern https://www.etsy.com/listing/210943795/brain-blood-vessels-pdf-handmade-cross?ref=shop_home_active_1
Brain Blood Vessels Cross-Stitch Pattern
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210943795/brain-blood-vessels-pdf-handmade-cross?ref=shop_home_active_1

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

xoxo

Genevieve

bella stitchery, cross stitch patterns, Thanksgiving

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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rsz_saturday_evening_post_children_with_turkey_above_them

rsz_thanksgiving_day_greetings

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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

halloween, scrapbook layouts

The Boo Crew 2014

We went a little batty this Halloween.
We went a little batty this Halloween.

Halloween 2014 – good times! Just finished this year’s layouts for my scrapbook and wanted to share.

The layout above was made using cardstock from the Authentique Spirited paper line. I love the fun double-sided cardstock and notecard embellishments.

halloween layout 6

It also worked nicely with the My Mind’s Eye Frightful collection that I used for the double layout below.

Happy Halloween from the Boo Crew!
Happy Halloween from the Boo Crew!

The toughest part of this layout was deciding which side of the cardstock to use – both sides were super cute!halloween layout 5

halloween layout 7

My Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge allowed me to make this spoooooooooky title.

halloween layout 3

I found the inspiration for my double-page layout from this Creating Keepsakes sketch from 2011.

This sketch can be found here: http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/articles/Bonus_Sketches__September_2011
This sketch can be found here: http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/articles/Bonus_Sketches__September_2011

For tips on how to best photograph your scrapbook layouts, be sure to check out my how-to post here.

Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate! It was all treats this year – no tricks! 🙂

xoxo

Genevieve

boy scrapbook pages, diy, photography, scrapbook pages

How to Photograph Scrapbook Layouts Using an iPhone

Scrapbook Pictures

Great product photos are everything – whether you are using them on a blog, for sales, or to have your images re-pinned on Pinterest.

I am always looking to sharpen my skills. With a tight camera and lighting budget, I have to make do with what I have.

Below are some tips for using your iPhone to best show off your scrapbooking works of art. I used an iPhone 5s for these layouts.

Carrots - after

1. Purchase a large white poster board from the craft store (around $1.00). It helps to clear the background in the pictures and provide a nice, neutral base. I like to use the shiny side too, in order to get the most out of my available light source.

2. Choose your poster board position carefully. As you can see, I like to have mine next to my craft room window. I also used a standing OTT light to the right, to help balance the light (you don’t want a lot of shadows).

Here is the view of my "photo studio" wall.
Here is the view of my “photo studio” wall.

3. Stick a piece of tape behind the layout and affix it to the board.

4. Take the photo using some kind of stabilizing structure. I don’t have a tri-pod, so I usually use my desk with a box on it to help hold the phone steady. Take several pictures so you can choose the best one.

5. I then clean up the image using either www.fotoflexer.com (a free site) or Afterlight (a $.99 app). You can use these to play with shadows and lighting, crop and rotate, etc. I also use Photoshop Elements 5.0 at the very end to add white paint to the background, making it as bright as possible.

Before and after editing my pictures.
Before and after editing my pictures.

That’s it! Now you can save and share your masterpieces!

With these tips, you can make sure your artwork is the focus - not a messy background.
With these tips, you can make sure your artwork is the focus – not a messy background.

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1950's, altered art, anniversary cards, birthday cards, card ideas, cards, ephemera, free printables, retro cards

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

altered art, card ideas, paper crafts

10 Fabulous Ways to Use Scrapbook Paper

So much amazing scrapbook paper! What shall I ever do with all of it?

I’m glad you asked! Here are ten fun ideas for what to do with all that delightful card stock. I would love to hear YOUR ideas too, so please feel free to comment.  🙂

1. Card Making

I love making greeting cards. Here are just a few of the pieces available now at my Bella Stitchery Etsy shop.

Let's Do Lunch Card
Let’s Do Lunch Card
Drive You Crazy Card
Drive You Crazy Card

2. Canvas Art

Super easy and a great way to display your favorite paper collection. This idea is from Better Homes and Gardens.

Canvas Art
Canvas Art

3. Bookmarks

These darling monsters are sure to delight kids of any age. Learn how to make these cuties at Tally’s Treasury.

Monster Bookmarks
Monster Bookmarks

4. Ornaments

SOOOO many darling, simple ideas on the Internet to inspire ornament making! Here is just one example, from Houzz.

Star Ornaments
Star Ornaments

5. Gift Wrap

These boxes are flippin’ adorable – who cares what’s inside?! The paper used is from October Afternoon, my current favorite brand.

Gift Wrap Embellishments
Gift Wrap Embellishments

6. Envelopes or Envelope Inserts

No matter what year it is, snail mail will always mean something special. You can easily personalize your envelopes using scrapbook paper. You can find some template designs at Apartment Therapy.

Envelopes
Envelopes

7. Flowers

I found this great blog with a tutorial for twenty different paper flowers. Check out It’s Always Autumn for the directions.

Paper Flowers
Paper Flowers

8. Banners

I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of banners. I make them for my fireplace mantle for the holidays, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays. I am kind of obsessed. This is one I made for a baby shower a few years back.

Banner
Baby shower banner I made for a friend.

9. Decorate Office Supplies

This adorable file folder is from This Art Makes Me Happy. What a great idea! I’m sure you can extend this idea to include things like desk drawer liners, pen holder cups – the possibilities are endless!

File Folder
File Folder

10. Scrapbook Pages

Let’s not forget the obvious, too. Scrapbook paper is perfect for….scrapbooking! Here is a page I made for my shop.

My girly scrapbook layout on Etsy
My girly scrapbook layout on Etsy

Layout

Thanks so much, friends! Hope you feel inspired! Keep in touch – I would love to hear your ideas too, and see what wonderful works of art you create!

xoxo

Genevieve

BIY, infinity scarf, yarn

BIY – Infinity Scarf

As an avid crafter, there is no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization, just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project – that, let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s item is the fabulous, trendy infinity scarf. Here are some amazing crafters that would love to share their handiwork with you:

The Borrow scarf from Deroucheau on Etsy looks snuggly and stylish for $75.

The Borrow Scarf
The Borrow Scarf

This Chunky Infinity scarf from Plexida is $58.87 and is even sent in gift wrap – what a perfect Christmas gift idea!

Chunky Infinity Scarf
Chunky Infinity Scarf

The Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl found on MicheleMade is a steal at only $25. You can even pick your color options!

Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl
Infinity Scarf Loop Cowl

They’re not just for women, either! This purple man scarf from Necklush is priced at $95 and is perfect for wearing all year long.

Purple Man Scarf
Purple Man Scarf

Still want to make your own? Well, OK. Here’s fun how-to guide for ya from Handimania:

Infinity Scarf

Handimania

Thanks for supporting handmade, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve