Flutterby the Butterfly

I started this pattern at Side Projects Club. It is because of this group that I have gotten through so many cross stitches the last couple of years. This year is turbo mode with all the cards I’ve been making.

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I found this pattern in a library book called Stitch Graffiti by Heather Holland-Daly. I enjoyed this book so much I bought it! I can only dream and aspire to create fun and creative patterns like she has, but for now I will continue with the ready-made ones. I have yet to venture off cloth, but I would like to try stitching on screen sometime, it never would have crossed my mind before reading her book.

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Although I’m not to the point of creating awesome designs, I did do my own thing for the colors. I don’t have the correct variegated thread, so I combined two colors that are close to create my own version of variegation. The colors work well together and stand out from the dark cloth.

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This is the first project that I am branching out from the usual white or cream colored Aida cloth and trying the dark blue. To make things even more complicated I thought I had purchased 14 count, turns out it’s 18 count. So this project got extra small very quickly. Luckily at Side Projects Club there’s lots of light and white tables to bounce light back to see the holes in the cloth. Working on this at home is a bit more of challenge.

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To finish this card I used E6000 to glue the corners to the paper. This thing isn’t moving at all! I think it ended up a little crooked, but overall it turned out very nice. I also used a small corner rounder tool per my mom’s suggestion to make this look a little softer.

This is a birthday card for someone I used to talk to a lot, but we recently had a falling out. I hope she gets it and enjoys, but I can’t be too surprised if it comes back to me as I am not certain of her new address and sent it to the only one I have.

Stitching

Started: July 14th
Finished: July 20th

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Birthday on my mind

I somehow managed to not make any cards in the entire month of August. All year I made a point to make at least one a month. I missed the mark last month.

The card featured here was on my mind since I finished my last set of new cards in July. I knew I wanted it to be a birthday card. I would cut an oval with the Cricut, stamp Happy Birthday with a script font in blue, and mount it to the card using foam tape. I had the wallpaper piece ready to go and everything, but for some reason I put this off for over a month.

 

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I have been working on another cross stitch card for October, it’s just nowhere near done yet. More on that one later.

Back to the new card I made…I was doing my normal mass scrolling through Facebook and saw a new event pop up from a former teacher. (I only knew her through National Honors Society, never actually had her as a class teacher) Anyway, at some point we became friends on Facebook. So this event is to send her snail mail birthday cards. She is turning 40 and wants to celebrate with everyone by getting “a boatload of mail” for her birthday.

I wish I had thought of that last year when I turned 30. I love getting snail mail, but sadly my mailbox is filled with bills and junk.

Even though I don’t know Ms. Connors that well I decided that the reason I wanted to make this card and had the idea for it for so long was to send it to her. One of those odd the universe is trying to make something happen, just listen!

I hope she likes her custom hand made card from a former semi-student.

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Happy Birthday from the Party Elephant

It’s finally here! The post I promised in March. It’s the elephant birthday card for another cousin of mine Casey. She is obsessed with elephants! I am hoping that no one else has made her an elephant card, or at least not with this pattern.

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This is the earliest photo I have of this project

I officially started working on this January 30th and finished April 23rd. I even took a photo of everything when I started, but it seems that photo is lost forever. I can only assume I took it on Snapchat.

This cross stitch pattern was hand drawn, small and full of quarter stitches.Β cards_0518_11

Like the Panda birthday card I used the “diamond” embellishment at the bottom. Makes the card more 3D and jazzes it up a bit.Β cards_0518_12

To cut out such a nice square to place the cross stitch in I used my nifty Cricut. Because I made so many cards in a row I was able to better compensate for placement on the screen vs where it actually ends up cutting. I’m not sure if this is because of their quarter inch no cut zone or what, but it still drives me nuts.

On the inside I used the fancy scissors to create an insert. Since the paper is dark blue I wanted something to help balance my cross stitch back and the right side inside. And now I have a pretty place to write my message.

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And another birthday card to a cousin this year is complete!


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just because…

I told you I would write about stamping attempt #3, so here it is.

A brown plaid card on its own isn’t very exciting, but with my new stamping venture I was excited to start thinking of ideas. I had already affixed the plaid wallpaper to the card and chose to have the darker section at the top. After going through my new cards this one got tagged for needing something more.

Next I went to my stamps to pick something out, just because in a typewriter font seemed like a great idea. I found a button that would look good with the paper and found paper that would match nicely to stamp on.

I decided I wanted a rounded corner rectangle. I can’t remember if this is possible to do within the Cricut design space, I wasn’t finding anything quickly so I made my rectangle in Illustrator and uploaded it into the Design Space.

The cutting, stamping and embossing went off without a hitch.

The attaching to the card is where things went awry.

After I make a wallpaper card I mark the back with 2 small dots to let me know the bottom. Mistake #1: I failed to look at the back. Mistake # 2: I didn’t try to open the card the way a typical person/non-lefties do.

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So this is what happens when you don’t check something and just start taping and gluing. I was so proud of this card until that moment. I am left handed, but have adapted to the spine being on the right and opening on the left.

I felt that even though the whole thing is backwards (and upside down, however you want to look at it) I can still use it based on the words I chose to adorn on it. “just because” Now it’s more of an ironic statement that “just because” I decided to make this card upside down.

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The beginning of stamping

I started collecting stamps last year. For whatever reason I have been terrified to use them. Partially I think it’s the mess and clean up that stamping entails that has kept me from using them. Whatever the cause I finally pushed through, grabbed a stamp and ink pad and tried something new.

One

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My first stamping was to add something to a mostly plain wallpaper card. Add a little pizzazz. I didn’t know what would happen with applying ink to wallpaper, but it turned out ok. So far it hasn’t wipe off either.

Two

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The next card I made I got a bit fancy with. Adding layers and foam squares to really give a 3D look to this card. I kept with a greyscale color palette. The wallpaper backing is much shinier than the picture shows. The black and white papers are matte. The thanks is a clear stamp. When I put ink on it there were just bubbles, so it doesn’t have solid coverage like I was expecting, but it works to keep with an industrial look. This card is staying in my personal collection to use.

Three

Can be found here…it’s a doozy!

Four

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I already had used this paper for a regular “classic” wallpaper card and I was having such fun using stamps at this point to make cards different I came up with this idea. I had to buy some darker red ink and pink paper (I also bought blue to see what I liked better). I did learn that buying the cheapest ink is not the best idea.

I had to get out the embossing powder to try and get this design to show up better the ink was so faint. I also used the Cricut to cut the pink paper into an off kilter square. Giving this a funky look to match the stamp style.

Five

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This card is the result of just wanting to keep going. I started to get into this whole stamping thing. I happened to have bought espresso colored ink a while back and it went perfectly for this card. Again stamping direct on the wallpaper and then I embossed it as well. I wanted to have it stand out.

I’m not sure if it’s because of the heat or what caused this, but there is now a bubble under the ‘no’ of note. I did the stamping and embossing with the heat gun (seriously spend a little more to get a good one) before I applied the wallpaper to the cardstock. So that might be a bit of a learning curve.

I did learn that you should probably hold small paper that need embossing with tongs, even low powered heat guns get super hot.

And here they are the completed cards using stamps. (Minus number 3, like a said whole story on that one)

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Stencils & Paint

So who knew that using a stencil with paint could be so challenging?

Maybe it’s just me, maybe I don’t hold the stencil down enough, but each flower I stenciled onto this card with paint is a little different. I did chose a very light paint color to add to this. I was going for a more blended look than something bright that would stand out more.

I think the light grey is a nice compliment to the overall paper colors. I was toying with an orange color until I went to look at it and found it was more construction orange than pastel.

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The flower second from the bottom is the closest to the stencil I used. Once I pulled up the stencil I wished I had done this card the other way with the large flower on bottom for better balance. That feeling could also be from the excessive amount of paint that ended up bleeding out making the petals blend together more. The downside to using such a light color and not being familiar with paint. I thought nothing was happening, oops.

I am continuing to use a makeup sponge for painting with stencils. I learned this trick from an Introduction to Art Journaling class on CreativeLiveΒ (seriously check them out, On-Air classes are free to watch!). To be honest it is that class (which was On-Air one day) that got me started on this new way of working on wallpaper cards.

It’s amazing how sometimes the most random thing can spark an idea for a completely different project.

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L is for Liesel

This is a project I have thought about doing for years. I met my friend about 5 years ago, she already had her two children at the time around 6 and 3 years old. They were past the point of making birth samplers, but I wanted to make them something.

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During an estate sale my mom picked up some Precious Moments cross stitch books, one of them being the alphabet book. While some of the images with the letters would today be seen as offensive (I is Indian…N for girl is Nurse…M for boy is Mexican and for girl Mom…). I digress…The L in this case for boy and girl is Lion. So I was happy to move forward with creating this without worrying about offending someone.

When I started I thought this would be a large image because the pattern is pretty good sized. Once I went to cut the fabric I was in for a surprise. This pattern would fit on a card! So a card it will be.

Once I got through the lion (color changes and quarter stitches everywhere!) this project went pretty fast. This is also one of the few projects that I mostly used the correct DMC colors for. I haven’t done many projects with brown, especially light browns and tans, so I needed to go hunting for the real thing.

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After I finished assembling the card it looked a bit plain. Since this is for a 10 year old I thought maybe it needed a little something extra. I went into the spare room with all the random things and saw my glitter glue collection. That was the answer! I think it turned out pretty good for having the cats help me.

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Stitching

Started: June 16th
Finished: July 13th

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