September 4, 2015

August 2015 WIP Update X-Stitching

Happy Labor Day weekend my friends....

It's been a long time since any type of update was done.  I've lost my paper-crafting bug but somehow found a stitchy-bug with vengeance. My sweetie laughed at me when I told him I was 'cross-stitching' and he said I couldn't 'cross'-stitch because I'm Jewish....so I now lovingly refer to it as x-stitching.  Silly!!!

I have four works-in-progress (WIP) and have updates on all of them. Let's get started:

First (in no particular order) is my Dressmaker's Daughter by Mirabilia.  I had lost interest in this and didn't like the colors of the Winter portion.  The lavender against the fabric color just didn't do it for me....but I decided to keep going and now I love how it looks.  The spaces you see within the stitching will be where beads will be added....I'm doing all the beading at the end so they don't get crushed by my frames/hoops.

This is where I was last time
This is where I am now.  Sorry for the wrinkles.



 The second WIP is my Save the Stitches by Liz Almond Blackwork Journey.  This is a huge project with over 24 'blocks' of patterns each with 4-5 patterns within.  I'm not sure I'll do the entire piece but as long as I'm enjoying it I'll keep going.  It's a nice change from doing all the little 'x's'. 

This is where I was before.
This is where I am now.
Third is my Blue Dragon by Heaven and Earth Designs designer Kayomi Harai.  This is another huge project (nothing too small for this gal).  It's a fun stitch but definitely intense. 
This is where I was.
This is where I am now....gotta love his fierce face....but now he's staring at me!!!!

My last WIP is my Twisted Band Sampler by Northern Expressions Needleworks.  I find that I really enjoy doing sampler work.  I'm almost done with it....just the blue bands and the purple bands left to do.
This is where I was
This is where I am now.  Again, forgive the wrinkles.
Luckily I'm almost finished with one of my WIP projects because next week I'm starting a new project with a group of stitchers from the Facebook group 'Cross Stitch and Discuss'.  It's called a SAL which is a stich-a-long.  We all start the same project (Raven Queen by Mirabilia) on the same day and support each other along the way with photo updates and discussions on any issues we may come across.  Can't wait to start.  Doesn't she remind you of Maleficent?

Have a safe Labor Day weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Heidi

 



July 20, 2015

Action Wobble - Got Catnip?

Hello my friends!  Happy Monday!  I have an Action Wobble inspiration post for you today.  I'm using a stamp set and matching die from Stampendous called 'Cling Pop Up Kitties'.  No coloring on this card at all....it was made just using die cuts and punches. The papers I used are from an older BasicGrey paper pad called 'Max and Whiskers'.  The sentiments are from a stamp set called 'Cat Sayings' also from Stampendous.


Here is a close up of the actual action wobble behind the kitty's head.

Here is my attempt to show you the action wobble in action.....to me the googly eyes make the kitty look drunk - or maybe just a bit frightened!!!!

If you don't have any Action Wobbles hop on over and SHOP HERE

The Action Wobble challenge blog hosts a new challenge every Wednesday.
You can check it out here Action Wobble Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!
Heidi

July 5, 2015

Eatin' Watermelon with Paper Nest Dolls

Hello my friends!  It's a new week so that means a new monthly challenge!  Hope everyone had a safe and happy July 4th weekend.  

I have a new challenge inspiration card for the Paper Nest Dolls Julychallenge.  Today I'm using a cute little image called 'Watermelon Ellie'.  What a perfect image to use (a) for summer (b) for July 4th barbeque weekend and (c) because I just LOVE watermelon!!!!  If you'd like to check out the image at the Paper Nest Dolls shop click HERE.
 Here is a close up of the image colored with my COPIC markers.
Don't forget, the top winner will receive a prize pack varying each month and to be considered for this prize you must use a PND image.  The winner this month will be able to select 7 digital images of their choice from The Paper Nest Dolls shop (check it out HERE).   Add a direct link for your project to the challenge blog  HERE

COPICS Used
Skin: E11, E21, E00, E000. R20
Hair:  E37, E35, E33, E31
Dress: RV14, RV13, RV11, YR15, YR12, YR01
Watermelon: YG23, YG21, R29, R24, R22

Other Supplies
Lawn Fawn 'Pink Lemonade' paper pack
AmyR Stamps by CC Designs 'Spring Sentiments'
Stampin' Up 1 3/4 inch punch
Stampin' Up WRITE markers 'Old Olive' and 'Melon Mambo'

Thank you for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you create.

Heidi

July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July with Paper Nest Dolls

Happy 4th of July!  The next monthly challenge for Paper Nest Dolls doesn't start until Monday, 7/6 but I wanted to color up this wonderful image so I'm doing my inspiration card early.....

I'm using the image called 'All American Avery' and she is of course all decked out in red, white and blue!!


Here's a close up of Avery.


COPICS
Skin: E11/21/00/000 and R20
Hair: E37/35/33/31
Outfit: B69/66, R89/29/24/22
Star: YR24, Y15
Flag: Stampin Up Write markers in Real Red and Pacific Point and Sharpie White poster pen

OTHER:
Hero Arts 'Happy Greetings' stamp set
Memento 'Lady Bug' and 'Danube Blue'
My Favorite Things 'Black Licorice'
Spellbinders Shapez 'Star' die
Die-namics 'Double Dot' border die
Stampin Up XL Scallop oval punch
Mark Richards star elements rhinestones

 Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe holiday weekend!!

Heidi

 




July 2, 2015

June WIP Update for Cross Stitch Projects

Hello my friends....I'm trying something new.  Instead of posting pictures through out the month of my cross stitch projects I thought I would try doing one post showing all updates at once since I rotate between projects each week.

First up...Heaven and Earth Designs 'Blue Dragon'. 

This is what the completed pattern looks like
This is where I was last time

This is where I am now

 The second update is on Save the Stitches (a totally FREE design) by Liz Almond
This is what the finished block of 131+ patterns will look like

This is where I was last time

This is where I am now
3rd up is the Twisted Band Sampler by Northern Expressions
This is the completed pattern

This is where I was last time

This is where I am now
This last one is a new start so there are no last time pictures.  This project is called 'Dressmakers Daughter' and is from Mirabilia.  For some reason I just really love this pattern.
This is what the finished project will look like

This is how far I got in one week of stitching. 


I know this is a long post with a lot of pictures but I think it will be easier for me to update once a month than after every project.

Hope you enjoy...

Heidi





June 9, 2015

Paper Nest Dolls June Release!!!

Hello my friends....Paper Nest Dolls has some new images being released today.  Check out the new images  HERE 

Check out the Paper Nest Dolls blog to join in the release party fun by clicking  HERE

The image I used is called 'Snorkel Ellie'' and she's perfect for this time of year now that the weather's getting warmer and school is out.
Here's a close up of the image.  Sorry the picture looks a bit faded but I used a different photo editing program and I'm not liking it!  I'll be going back to Picasa or finding a different one to use.

COPIC markers
Skin:  E04, E11, ,E21, E00, E000, R20
Hair:  E59, E57, E55
Bathing Suit:: YR16, YR12, YR02, RV19
Snorkel/Fins/Mask: B99, B97, YG25, YG23, YG21, C9, C7

Other Supplies:
'Lucy's Crab Shack' collection paper by Bazzill Basics Paper
'Grand Oval' Nestibilities die set by SpellBinders
'Life is Good' stamp set by Lawn Fawn
Enamel dots by Recollections (Michael's brand)
'Black' Wink of Stella pen by Zig
Glossy Accents by Ranger

Enjoy the new release and thanks for stopping by...

Heidi

May 31, 2015

June Challenge with Paper Nest Dolls

Hello my friends!  It's a new week in a new month!!  Happy June 1st!

I have a new challenge inspiration card for the Paper Nest Dolls June challenge.  Today I'm using a cute little image called 'Dress Up Owen'.  Since Father's Day is in June this seemed like the perfect project for this month.  You can find the stamp HERE
I used a different photo editor called Pic Monkey and I'm not sure I like the results.  I had my laptop fixed and my Picasa photo editor was accidentally removed.  I thought I would try something new....think I may be going back to Picasa.
Here's a close up of my image (colored with COPIC markers)....
 Don't forget, the top winner will receive a prize pack varying each month and to be considered for this prize you must use a PND image.  The winner this month will be able to select 7 digital images of their choice from The Paper Nest Dolls shop (check it out HERE).   Add a direct link for your project to the challenge blog  HERE

COPICS Used
Skin: E11, E21, E00, E000. R20
Hair/Shoes:  E59, E57, E55
Jeans: B97, B95, B93
Shirt: G99,, G94
Tie/Cup: R89, R39, E43, E42
Briefcase: E43, E42, E40

Other Supplies
BasicGrey 'Oliver' paper pad
Winnie & Walter 'The Big, The Bold and The Happy' stamp set

Thank you for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you create.

Heidi