Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Big Stitched & Painted Titled

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Hello friends! Today I have a new layout to share with you featuring some of my favorite techniques: a combined stitched and painted BIG title!

To make this layout, first, I downloaded the “Now is the New Later” cut file from the Silhouette Design Store – it is one of the phrases found in my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee! In a new Silhouette document, I enlarged the title and rotated it slightly to make it at an angle. Next, I replaced the blade in my Cameo with a pencil using the pen holder adapter tool and drew the title onto Paper 07 from Oh My Heart. I used a paper piercer to poke a hole every 1/8″ or so over the title. While we were on a 7 day Spring Break road trip, I brought this project along and stitched away during the long drives between cities!

I love the dimension and texture stitching adds. To help the title stand out even more I painted it in with acrylic paint. The thread makes a nice buffer so painting inside the letters is really easy and you don’t have to be careful about going outside the lines!

Then came the fun part of adding a photo and embellishments! I chose a recent photo of myself – I rarely scrap photos of just me but I hope my kids and family members will appreciate it. I fussy cut flowers from Paper 06 and combined those with die cut flowers to create a pretty photo mat. The page was looking very busy so I added a large block of purple paper at the bottom to cover some of the busy patterned paper background.

I hope that you are inspired to try this technique (or rather, combination of techniques)! It’s one of my favorites!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Fussy Cut & Stitched Flowers

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I have a brand new layout and process video to share today! My latest collection with Pink Paislee (called OH MY HEART!) just arrived in stores and one of my favorite papers in this collection is Paper 06 which is full of colorful flowers. I knew I wanted to fussy cut them and use them on a layout.

I started by doing just that: fussy cutting the flowers. I cut out about 80% of the flowers, small, medium, and large. The blue leafy pieces I cut out and then lightly adhered onto a sheet of transparency so that I could easily move them around and figure out where I wanted them without having to move every single piece every single time.

I wasn’t originally thinking about stitching, but as I was cutting out the flowers I noticed the printed details on them such as lines and dots and thought, “Hey! Those could be stitched!” Goodness knows I couldn’t pass up a stitching opportunity!

So I spent some time piercing holes and hand stitching through almost all of the flowers. I even jumped on YouTube and figured out how to make French Knots – so much easier than I thought they would be to create!

Some of the flowers and leaves didn’t have any printed designs on them so I just made up my own. Most of the time I used the same color of thread that was printed on the flowers and leaves to do the stitching, but sometimes I wanted to add in more colors.

Once all of the details were stitched I picked a background cardstock and then figured out the placement – I decided to create a faux bouquet if you will and then adhered everything in place.

Next I hand cut some stems from green patterned papers and cardstock. I hand cut a bow from patterned paper to tie the “bouquet” together.

And of course, what’s a layout without a photo, title, and journaling?! Those were the finishing touches! Everything you see is from my Oh My Heart collection – even the cute li’l heart charm!

Watch this start-to-finish process video to see how this page came to life:

I hope you are inspired to try fussy cutting and adding some hand stitching – it’s all about the details and it really brings this page to life! Thanks for joining me today – see you again soon!

Button Tree Holiday Card

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Welcome back to The Creative Cardmaker!

Do you have an excess of buttons lying around? How about creating a pretty shape with them? Here I’ve made a holiday tree. I’ve used cardboard buttons that I found in my stash and a variety of felt buttons that I trimmed out myself with the Buttoned Up dies from Papertrey Ink and stitched them onto a felt tree shape. You could use regular buttons as well and could create different shapes with them like large snowflakes, snowmen, etc! I like the button dies and felt, because they are flat for mailing, but regular buttons would be cute for a card that is going inside a package or hand-delivered.

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I’ve simply used a plaid patterned paper on the bottom of the aqua cardstock, a strip of diagonal paper across the center and a stamped sentiment on the top portion of the card. Then I added twine and my little button tree!

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Are you making cards for the holidays yet?

Danielle

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Laureen Wagener

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I am so excited to introduce this designer, whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet and scrap with in person and she is a delight! Let’s give a big and warm welcome to Laureen Wagener!

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Name: Laureen Wagener
Location: NRW, Germany
Blog: madamerosenrot.blogspot.com
Instagram: @madamerosenrot
YouTube: MadameRosenrot
Pinterest: @madamerosenrot

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: My name is Laureen and I live in Germany with my family. I am studying Primary School Teaching with English but am currently taking a break from university because I was going through chemotherapy to fight against cancer, but got the most amazing call from my doctor at the end of June that I am in complete remission {talk about a happy – grinning like the Cheshire Cat girl!!}. I discovered scrapbooking in 2013 and for whatever reason only made a few pages and then got into cardmaking. I rediscovered scrapbooking in March 2016 shortly after I got my cancer diagnosis and it helped me rock through the tough days when chemo really hit. Scrapbooking helped me focus on something different other than cancer and it always makes me feel great! Since I’ve started, my style has developed and drastically changed. I am a traditional scrapbooker, getting my fingers all sticky and my table messy. I really love the look of bright pages using die-cuts and patterned paper and also completely fell in love with stitching on my layouts. I think my biggest obsession is enamel dots that I use on almost every single page. I don’t create for memory- keeping like most scrapbookers do – I don’t know if it is because I don’t have kids yet but I don’t have stories to tell for all my pictures – you will rarely see journaling on my layouts. I just scrapbook because I love the creative process of it! Also I am one lucky girl and am very blessed to be able to create for four amazing teams.

Favorite thing to create: Traditional 12 x 12″ layouts – I just love starting with a white sheet of cardstock; it’s like you are the artist sitting in front of a blank canvas and you get to decide how the page will look like and what mood the entire layout has when looking at it. I love to create layouts for others and gift them – my grandma is always very excited when she gets to hang a new layout in her apartment – she is my biggest fan. Also I really love incorporating stitching into my layouts – the texture it gives is incredible plus I get to watch all my favorite shows in the afternoon.

What do you love about this hobby? Connecting with all those amazingly talented ladies from all over the world, getting to know new people, and developing friendships. It is such a loving and inspiring community to participate in and the feedback is always amazing. The inspiration out there is just absolutely mind-blowing! I am always amazed by all the talent I see in facebook groups, scrolling through instagram, or searching pinterest. Plus I got to know my bestest scrap buddy, Elsie, from the UK through scrapbooking and social media. 😉

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I am in love with Paris – it is my favorite city to be in. There is just something so special about the smell, the lights, and the noises that makes my heart smile.
2. I am a sucker for Disney movies – my absolute favorite is Beauty and the Beast.
3. I would love to speak more languages – speak them fluently and be able to understand it and answer without thinking – especially French.
4. I tend to think in English more than I do in German – it is my favorite language and I sometimes even catch myself talking in English!
5. I always wanted to live in America for a certain time in my life – I actually was about to be an Au Pair this summer but plans got cancelled because of cancer. I always wanted to participate in the American lifestyle and really live it – especially all the holidays.

Here is the beyond beautiful layout Laureen made for her spotlight:

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CAPTURED by Laureen Wagener

The stitching of those butterflies actually took me about 9 hours but I really like and texture they add to the page. The picture is of me and my best friend Sarah taken in December shortly after Christmas. We always have the best time together being total goofballs and that photograph of us perfectly captures it.

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SO HAPPY by Laureen Wagener

A layout using Fancy Free, which has quickly become my most favorite scrapbook collection. This layout was made for Scrapbook Werkstatt and the monthly sketch they put up. For the month of June it was my turn to create a sketch and a coordinating layout and this was the result.

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GO SEE DO by Laureen Wagener

I still had a ton of vacation pictures from 2013 waiting to be finally scrapped and remembered and that Just Nick Cut file was just the perfect focus element for the page. I love incorporating die-cuts into my layouts, especially when they are backed with lots of patterned paper – because you can go crazy with all the papers!

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BIG SMILE by Laureen Wagener

Most of my layouts do either have pictures of my mom and I, my best friend and I, or just me, and therefore I wanted to created a layout to give to my dad. I used Fancy Free again and eliminated all the girly colors – very hard for me! This is now hanging in a frame above my dad’s bed.

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FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPINESS by Laureen Wagener

I made this layout with the June kits from Hip Kit Club and a cut file. I love to work with cut files and ever since I got my Silhouette for my birthday in April, you will find cut files on almost all my layouts!

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CELEBRATE TODAY by Laureen Wagener

This layout highlights a photo of my sister and I from her graduation from school. My mother said she was really proud of me, because I actually did not wear something on my head, because it was so hot during the celebration. I used the amazing Fancy Free collection and stitched a bunch of circles on this layout.

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MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE by Laureen Wagener

This was my first Design Team Project for Just Nick and the stitching took forever and a day. I love the pops of color the embellishments bring to the page and that perfectly match the stitching!

Thank you for stopping by today and getting to know Laureen and her amazing scrapbooking style.

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Stitched Backgrounds

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It all started with a paper in my Fancy Free collection for Pink Paislee that had stitches all over it. I then hand stitched it on the 11-hour flight from Germany to Los Angeles for CHA this past January! Now I love creating hand stitched backgrounds and then framing them for a bit of home décor!

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Here is that paper that I stitched on an airplane – super long flights are perfect for doing activities that take awhile!

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STITCHED BIRDS by Paige Evans

The next stitching page I made was this stitched birds background – it began as a cut file I designed for Studio Calico but instead of cutting it, I drew it on white cardstock and then backstitched the birds, changing the color of thread for every one. I debated whether or not I should turn it into a layout with a photo and embellishments, but in the end I decided to frame it, along with three other stitched projects (see below!) for pops of fun color on our stark white walls.

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STITCHED RAINDROPS by Paige Evans

Next I found a fun design on the Silhouette store and had fun stitching! After the kids go to bed or while they’re at school I like to plop myself at my computer and stitch away while watching favorite shows. It’s addicting!

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STITCHED LINES by Paige Evans

For the next stitched project I found a print by the amazing Ashley Goldberg and used it as a stitching pattern. I love the movement of this pattern!

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STITCHED FLOWERS by Paige Evans

The final stitched background I made (for now!) is another Silhouette design that was originally a circle of flowers, so I ungrouped them all and copied and pasted more flowers to fill the entire 12 x 12″ square. This one took the longest to stitch but it was worth it!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try some fun stitching projects!

Plush Snowman Ornament

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing an adorable plush Christmas ornament I created with a few simple stitches.

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I started with some white lightweight canvas fabric, some fiberfill, and snowman die cut. (I used the outline image of the snowman from the Cricut Doodlecharms® cartridge.)

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I cut out two pieces of fabric slightly larger than my die cut and pinned both pieces of fabric and the die cut together. Using the die cut as a guide, I cut out two snowman shapes from the fabric.

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I chose some buttons and embroidery thread and stitched on the eyes, nose, and buttons of the snowman onto one of the fabric shapes.

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Once I finished with the stitching on the body of the snowman, I cut out a 5″ length of ribbon for the loop on top of the ornament and began stitching the snowman.

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When the stitching reached near the top, I folded the ribbon, placed it in between the two shapes, and stitched over it to hold the ribbon in place.

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When I got about 3/4 of the way done with the stitching, I filled the snowman with fiberfill to make him plush.

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After adding the filling, I finished stitching the snowman closed and knotted the ends of the thread.

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The last step was to add a scarf made of ribbon on the snowman.

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It is a pretty fun and easy sewing project that would make a great “tag” to add to a holiday gift or to give as a gift itself.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

How to Hand Stitch a Title

How to create a hand stitched title by @jbckadams (Becki Adams) for @scrapbookexpo

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Hello, welcome, I’m Becki. Thanks for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’m a scrapbooker at heart. I love creating layout after layout with beautiful photos, embellishments, and patterned papers. Back in the day, I used to sew. I’m a terrible seamstress BUT I can sew on paper. Today, I thought I’d combine hand stitching and patterned paper to create the beautiful title on this layout.

First of all, I wanted to give you a couple of tips about finding a piece of paper that would work for a hand stitched title. Cardstock is always an easy choice, just make sure you choose a contrasting thread color. Patterned paper backgrounds can create a stunning background for any kind of hand stitching, especially hand stitched titles. When choosing a patterned paper, make sure to choose a small/tone-on-tone patterned paper. When stitching on patterned paper, once again you’ll want to choose a contrasting thread color so your title will stand out.

I chose a fine print grid patterned paper for my layout.

How to create a hand stitched title by @jbckadams (Becki Adams) for @scrapbookexpo

I knew I wanted my title to be in the lower right hand corner of my layout. I began by lightly drawing the portion of of the title that I wanted to stitch with a pencil.

How to create a hand stitched title by @jbckadams (Becki Adams) for @scrapbookexpo

After writing my title I poked holes directly over the top of my pencil lines with a paper piercer and a piercing mat. I spaced my holes about 1/4-1/8 inches apart. Then, I erased the pencil lines.

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When I start stitching on my layouts, I always tape the end of the my thread to the back of the paper with a piece of washi tape.

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Now it’s time for the fun part – the stitching!

I use a simple embroidery stitch, sewing forward one stitch and then back.

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To completely finish the hand stitched portion of this title I stitched for a little less than an hour. (That’s only one episode of Gilmore Girls, my friends.)

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I used a little more patterned paper, stickers (from the Shine collection by Maggie Holmes), a photo, and some handwritten journaling to finish the layout. I love how the portion of my title that is hand stitched catches your eye.

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Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you next week when I’ll a fun set of Thanksgiving themed cards to share with you. Have a great Halloween weekend!