Sunday, 17 November 2013

All Dressed Up - Inspiration Post

Hello, my friends!

Today it's my turn to share an inspiration post over at the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog. Besides the two challenges a month, there are also tutorials and inspiration projects posted almost every day. It's really worth taking a look if you haven't stopped by yet!
Most of you have already seen the stitchery that I made using one of Wendy's lovely images. I have another stitched project for you but this time I stitched on paper instead of fabric. I used the "Cute Just Got Cuter" from the freebie pageI printed it the image "fit to page" onto 8 1/2 X 11 kraft cardstock. Then using my piercing tool I pierced holes evenly on all the main lines. When that was finished, I stitched in the holes using a variety of colours of embroidery floss.  I added french knots for the freckles. I set that all aside and moved onto the rest of it. 

I used an 8" X 10" canvas board from my stash. I took a 9" X 11" piece of red tissue paper and wrinkled it all up into a ball, then I smoothed it out flat. Using a paintbrush, I coated the entire canvas with Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish and laid the tissue paper over it and gently smoothed it down with my hands. Again using the paintbrush, I adjusted any wrinkles that needed it. When it looked the way I wanted, I brushed another coat of varnish over the top. I wrapped the tissue paper around to the back and secured it with varnish. Then I set it aside to dry.

*You may be wondering why I use varnish at a time like this. It serves the same purpose as Mod Podge, but I prefer it. Mod Podge always seems to have a bit of tackiness to it, even after it's dried. The varnish is easy to work with, very affordable, cleans up beautifully with soapy water, and I have lots of it on hand. 

Okay, my canvas board is dry. I cut my stitched piece down to the size I wanted and adhered it to the board. I used the trim to frame the edge of the paper, mitering the corners. All that's left is to add the buttons, and the yoyos.

Materials Used:
Trim: KI Memories - Fire Line;
Embroidery Floss: DMC;
YoYos, Canvas Board, 
Tissue Paper, Buttons:
From My Stash.

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Wendy has many adorable images that are perfect for this kind of application...
...or any other application you may want to try!
So pop on over to the SHOP and be inspired! :o)


Ardilla said...

What a great work , Nancy!!!
Cute looks awesome and you did a great job at stitching him...
Ardilla :)

Marilyn said...

This is as cute as can be Nancy and very creative too! Those rosette flowers are a neat embellishment and I like the button in the sentiment too.

Tracy said...

hee hee How fun is this! He's absolutely snuggable Nancy. Hugs!

Cely said...

oh man, look at all that stitching! great job on this one!

Cely said...

oh man, look at all that stitching! great job on this one!

jimlynn said...

Simply adorable!!!

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Wonderful creation! Your creativity knows no bounds! I love it!!

Tracey said...

This is gorgeous Nancy, so creative & I love those yoyos:o)
Hope you're having a great weekend.

Ana said...

How lovely work, Nancy!! I want to thank you for your kind comment in my blog. I'm really busy, yes, but I don't forget my old blogui-friends :-) I have others blogs, but now I work almost every day in a blog that isn't related to the craft world, it's a site about the relationship between God and Science. You can see it here:

I send you a big, big kiss from Spain, you're a very good friend for me :-) See you soon!

And sorry for my bad English!

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh it's utterly beautiful Nancy!
Thank YOu~

Tracy said...

This is so cute Nancy.
I agree with you about Mod Podge, I haven't used it in over 20 years because of the stickiness issue

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie, wowzers stunning work!! hugs Pops x

Christine L said...

Hi Nancy..

Wowwwwwww this looks fab.... love how you've used this image so big... and that stitching is perfect!

Christine x

Kelly Neis said...

Wow your creativity is flowing and your gift of stitching has made a fabulous canvas. This sweet pup is perfect, you accented just the right things. love the yo-yo's at the bottom, Beautiful and this is a great gift too.
Hugs Kelly

Kat W said...

I'm blown away by your creativity - what a wonderful idea! I love that anyone could do this without needing to be a genius with a needle and thread!
Mounting it on a board is a fab idea and the yoyos are the perfect finishing touch - love it!
Big hugs, Kat x

Jonia said...

Well how cute is this! Love the dog and love what you did with it.

Jennifer said...

Your cute just got cuter with your amazing stitching! Love the flowers to!

Tracey Sabella said...

How adorable!! Love the stitching and yo yo flowers!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Anonymous said...

This is definitely cute.

Your stitching is brilliant!

Great tips on sizing the image to be made larger, and how to add tissue paper to canvas. The varnish you used is similar to something I used to use long ago. Best part of that type of varnish is that it doesn't yellow after it fully cures out in a couple years.

Once again....AWESOMENESS!

Love you my friend - Leslie

Penny said...

OMGosh, Nancy, this is adorable! It looks just like an embroidered picture! Love it! :^)
Hugs, Penny

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Hi Nancy! I love the stitching and buttons on this one! ~*~Lisa

Sandra Przybylska said...

I want it, post it to me please :D