Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel

     I love making cards using this Eileen Hull "Embroidery Hoop" Die. It is no longer available, but Waffle Flower and Paper Smooches each have one. 

     I fussy cut the sunflower and the hummingbird separately and pop dotted them. I found the leaves by some peaches on the paper. The butterfly came from a piece of ephemera.
Fussy Cutting

Only one piece of thread
     When I taught the card class for this one, everyone was surprised by the fact that I used one piece of 4 foot embroidery floss for all of this. I started by putting 5 counted cross stitches (not finishing the last one), then wrapping around the HALF spool, going through the button holes 4 - 6 times, and finally whimsically around the screw at the top. I cut the spools in half using a chisel and a hammer. I had to cut 15 of them for 30 students. Every single one of them split right down the middle, without fail. I painted the centers of the spools with amethyst acrylic paint. The button is from the chipboard. 
     The "SUMMER" sentiment is a sticker matted on Concord Jam card stock.  

Inside of Card
     For the inside of the card I used a scalloped circle die to cut an ephemera card. This is only the bottom of the ephemera card. The top half is on the inside of the Pen Nib card

Adding a simple helper
     I had to try something different to make the card sit as an easel. There were 2 setbacks. The weight of the hoop and the spool made the card want to collapse. The second thing was the inside of the card was so pretty that I didn't want to mar it by placing an embellishment in the center to hold the front up. I ended up cutting a 2 x 1 1/4 in piece of card stock, which I scored at 1/2, 1, and 1 1/2 - folding it into a "W". By adding this, the card could not collapse. A new problem arose - now the card wouldn't lie flat to place in an envelope. Easy fix - by folding the card backward everything lie flat and went right into an envelope.

From the back


     I will be making 16 cards and 4 calendars with this Graphic 45 Seasons Paper. All of these SEASON cards can be made using:

  • one sheet of each of the patterned paper 
  • one sheet of each of  Prints and Solids
In order to make All Seasons cards and calendars, you only need purchase the following items once:
  • Tags and Pockets
  • Chip Board
  • Ephemera
  • Stickers
  • Season's Patterns and Solids
Stay tuned for more cards this year.
Spring

Summer
Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel - You are here!
Winter
Winter Birdhouse
Winter Cozy Snow Day
Winter Pop Up Gift Card Holder - Go live December 23
Winter Box on Card - Go live January 6
Winter Calendar - Go live January 20
  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Summer)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Ecru
                                      Wildflower
                                      Concord Jam
     Ink: Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Die: Spellbinders - Petite Scalloped Circle Large
           Sizzix - Eileen Hull: Embroidery Hoop 
     Embellies: Embroidery Floss - DMC 470
                   Elizabeth Craft Designs - Starfoam Stickers - Black (eye)
                   Wooden Spool
                   Folk Art - Acrylic Paint - Amethyst
                   Laminated Burlap

Challenges

Creative Inspirations - All Tied Up - #9 - *
Dragonfly Dreams - Summer - #29 - *
Ellibelle's Creative Moments - Summertime is Here - #17 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - 330 - #9 - *
Try it on Tuesday - Things with Wings - #68 - *
Unicorn Challenge Blog - Real Stitching - #15 - Winner!