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.

Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel - You are here!
Winter Birdhouse
Winter Cozy Snow Day
Winter Pop Up Gift Card Holder
Winter Box on Card 
Winter Calendar 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Summer)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Ecru
                                      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


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!


  1. What a beautiful card project! I am in awe of it! So pleased you played along with us over at Try It On Tuesday! Your participation is much appreciated! Thank you very much!
    oxo Susi
    (DT- Try It On Tuesday)

  2. So very beautiful with the fabulous details and gorgeous images! And also loving the easel style!
    Thanks so much for sharing this month at my Crafty Wednesday challenge where it's all about Summertime!

  3. Beautiful and wonderfully designed. I love that it is an easel card and this is the first I ever heard about an embroidery hoop die.

  4. Love this idea. You always come up with great cards!

  5. This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck!

  6. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays, its a beautiful card and design.

  7. WOW Sharon - what a stunning card! So much work you did for your class as well. I LOVE this and know a few seamstresses who would just love it!


    Di xx

  8. An absolutely wonderful easel shaped card! It is so creative! This would be a card I would keep forever if I got something so nice!

  9. What a lovely card project. Thank you for joining in the Dragonfly Dreams summer challenge.

  10. Great card! Love the way you practiced the stitching. Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen