7 posts categorized "Stitching"

11/22/2020

Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.

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Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.

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Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  

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Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.

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11/08/2020

Sun 08

Sparkly, Poufy and Bright by Jean Okimoto

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The Stitched Circle Wreath can be a poufy, sparkly addition to holiday cards with a special yarn - and a some simple stitching.  Add a soft felt polar bear, a quick greeting and layered 6x6  prints.  Hi, Jean Okimoto back again after some photo-uploading glitches last night.

Cut red cardstock with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut the circle with the Stiched Circle Wreath.  Stitch it with white sparkly yarn - tape the ends of the yarn to the reverse side of the circle with Scotch Transparent Tape.  Sparkly yarn is my new favorite accent - and it's perfect for the Memory Box ready-to-stitch die designs.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and cut the bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Define the polar bear's eyes using a needle or skewer.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the face for  the eyes and nose.

Cut a 6" x 2-¾" strip of the Christmas Plaid sheet.  Cut a ¾" x 8-⅜" strip of lime green cardstock.   The greeting is from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Stamp it with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair on the chartreuse striped sheet from the Garland Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting.

Punch ¼" dots of glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach everything to a slimline Smoky card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.

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Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

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11/05/2020

Thu 05

Add a Penguin to a Stitched Burst Winter Card by Jean Okimoto

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A very cool little penguin from the Snowglobe Backer die set joins the Stitched Burst on a contemporary slimline card for the holidays.  Frosted Glitter Pad accents add a bit of sparkle.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design - and more stitch therapy!

Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dot offcuts.  Cut it from kraft cardstock.

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Here's a tip - round the corners of the cardstock so the extra floss doesn't get stuck on the corners as you're stitching.  (Yes, it would be smarter to precut the circle - but I wasn't sure if I wanted a circle, square or octagon when I began.)  Stitch it with black floss - tape the ends of the floss on the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

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Stitch it with white floss.  

Stitch the final starburst with red floss.  Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.

Cut the penguin from white and black cardstock. Define the eyes with a paper piercer or skewer. Cut the flippers from orange cardstock.  Cut a scrap of orange cardstock, place it under the white diecut and mark eye positions.  Color the eye markings with a black marker.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on a strip of red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-⅛" strip of the black sheet from the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of green cardstock.  Punch ¼" dots from the Green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet. 

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  The red greeting strip is very wonky and the green strip extends above the top edge.

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Don't be intimidated by Memory Box stitching dies - they're easy to use, versatile and will be great for cards throughout the year.  Stitched Burst can also be a sun, medallion, fireworks - even a flower.  Experiment with different threads, colors and patterns.  It can be a great stress-reliever and create a feeling of accomplishment when you add that final stitch!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/29/2020

Thu 29

Stitched Tree on a Garland Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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A holiday background from the Garland 6x6 pack sets the scene for the Stitched Tree and glittered birds. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great ready-to-stitch tree die.

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Cut Intense Kiwi cardstock with the largest die from the Poppystamps Tall Triangle Set.  Prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots.  Cut the tree, then punch a hole about ½" below the center of the tree.  Trim the bottom of the triangle. Tall Triangle Set is a must-have for the holidays - and it's great for small pennants too!

Create a tree trunk by stitching brown floss from the punched hole at the bottom to the hole at the top of the tree. Tape the ends of the floss on the backside of the diecut with Scotch Transparent Tape  (Magic Tape might tear). Stitch the tree with green thread in the following sequence - horizontally, along the sides, and some random diagonal stitches.

Cut a blossom and three sets of birds - with the Birds and Blossoms set - from the dark red sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the Garland print with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach it to a top-folded white A-2 card and add the tree.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it quickly with detail clear powder - it's a fast-drying ink!  Add the birds.

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Stitched designs have become my creative - and appreciated - diversion from the daily news and pandemic statistics.  These simple stitches reward me with a feeling of accomplishment.  Hope you'll give it a try - leave a comment if stitch therapy works for you too!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a Happy - and safe - Halloween if you're celebrating!

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10/27/2020

Tue 27

Warm Wishes with the Stitched Circle and Knotted Circle Wreaths by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Stitched Circle Wreath add a burst of contemporary color to a traditional design.  Need glitter?  Bright sparkly berries and bows from the Mistletoe Bundle set are the perfect accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea for you.

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Prep Stitched Circle Wreath by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dots.  Cut it from Granny Smith cardstock.  Trim it with the 3-¼" and 1-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Stitch the starbursts with green floss - tape the ends of the floss to the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

Cut the largest Knotted Circle Wreath from Granny Smith too.  Cut the Mistletoe Bundle berries and two bows from red glittered cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Prep the smoother side of Intense Kiwi carstock with the embossing powder tool and stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Love that typeface!

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the greeting with foam tape.

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Prep the inside with the powder tool and stamp and emboss another greeting from the set.  Attach a few more glittered dots.

 

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Hope you're enjoying the versatility of the new ready-to-stitch designs (94404, 05, 06, 07) as much as I am.  There are so many ways to use them with a wide range of basic threads and sparkly specialty yarns.  I can't sew, knit, quilt or crochet - but I can stitch these simple designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday...

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10/11/2020

Sun 11

Stitch a Giant Candy Corn by Jean Okimoto

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10/08/2020

Thu 08

Turn Stitched Burst into a Spiderweb by Jean Okimoto

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Ready for Halloween?  Stitch a spiderweb using the Stitched Burst die, add a pair of bats, some pumpkins and glittery ghosts too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - subbing glittery bats for spiders because I don't have a spider die.  Big bats swooping down over little ghosts...why not?

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Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge or brush the damp paper with ripe persimmon, mowed lawn and black soot Distress Oxides.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die and the Stitched Burst.  Punch a ⅛" hole near the center of the burst.  

Stitch it with Aunt Lydia's White Pearl Metallic Crochet Thread - tape the thread ends on the reverse side with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).  The thread makes the web sparkle - like spiderwebs on a rainy day.

Cut the Cave Bat and the 3 bats from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the black Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the ghosts from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the pumpkins from a scrap of watercolor paper sponged with ripe persimmon Distress Oxide.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 card - use foam dots for the Cave Bat and the second pumpkin from the left.

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Blend mowed lawn and ripe persimmon onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor paper - my sponges had some of the black soot ink on them. Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Onyx Black Versafine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 3-¼" x 2" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach the remaining two bats.

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I love the stitching dies - for what they actually are, and for what they can be with a little imagination.  Like using the Stitched Tree die to create a giant candy corn.  That's another project...wish me luck with that!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend...

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