rose of sharon

Rise up my love and come away
The rain is over and gone
Your love is the fruit of my darkest day
And I am your Rose of Sharon
~ lyrics by Eliza Gilkyson

PTI Regency Rose

This weekend the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2014 took us back to the early 1820′s Regency era in this blog post: Explore the Regency Era with Melissa Phillips.

While others were paying homage to the romantic 1820′s I was happily transported back to my mother-in-law’s living room where I did a lot of counted cross stitching back in the 1980s. Mr. Catered Crop was in graduate school and money was tight. It was an inexpensive hobby, and Mom McClain was happy to share her know-how, patterns and thread for some girl time.

Regency Rose

My adorable twin sister has a birthday coming up. Her name is Sharon, she has a Rose of Sharon bush in her yard, and the darling carried the Rose of Sharon blossoms in her wedding. I know this rose doesn’t look exactly like the Rose of Sharon, but, if you’ll allow me a little creative license . . . my love, this rose is for you.


tips & techniques

Rumor has it that Papertrey Ink will make individual kits from the Stamp-a-faire available for purchase beginning in October. If you like this project you can possibly purchase this Regency era kit then.

There are no stitching instructions in the kit. I gave away every cross-stitch project I ever made and lost the county fair ribbon a long time ago, so the only proof that I was once a cross-stitch queen (supreme!) are a few tips from a once-upon-a-time expert. Here are some Mom McClain (via Linda McClain) tips for any cross-stitch beginners.

  • I love DMC embroidery floss. Seriously, don’t use anything else. It comes in six strands and is sold in all the big-box hobby stores like Michaels and JoAnns. For this pattern you should separate the strands and work with only three at a time.
  • Papertrey Ink’s kit does not include a design chart. Like Michelle Phillips’ example, I started out stitching in every square until I looked at the linen-colored patterned paper and realized it was a map for how to stitch a beautiful rose. You can use the pattern paper or my rose as a design chart.
  • Everything else you need to know about how to cross stitch to complete this project you can find at DMC’s wonderful tutorial here: Quick Start: Cross Stitch. It will show you how to start your thread without knots (to prevent lumps and bumps) and ensure each stitch finishes in the same direction.

Here are the the ingredients for my 1820′s/1980′s cross -stitched card.

Card size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: taffeta ribbon, Lifestyle Crafts die cut, vintage button, and DMC embroidery floss (503, 758, 950, and 3032).


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renaissance texture and textiles

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
~ Arthur Erickson

Hi again everyone. I know – two posts in one day. Unheard of. You can blame Papertrey Ink and their Stamp-a-faire 2014. I had so much fun traveling through time with them this weekend.

Wax Seal Birthday Greeting

Nicole Heady was our tour guide through the rich textures and textures of the Renaissance period in this blog post: Explore the Renaissance with Nicole Heady.

Renaissance Birthday Card

Nicole showed us a technique I’ve always wanted to try: creating a wax seal with stamps. Her hot tip (sorry, bad pun) is to ink up your stamp with Versamark embossing ink before sticking the stamp in the melted wax. Hold the stamp firmly in place until the melted wax cools. She has a fabulous video for making the seals with a wax candle or embossing powder. It’s Magical.

PTI Renaissance Card

Embossing velvet is a technique I did and taught years ago, but it’s such a fun one I was glad to have the excuse to do it again. I was a little nervous trying it with polymer stamps instead of rubber stamps because the technique involves holding a hot iron over the fabric and stamp. But, it worked like a charm and my new stamp set didn’t melt. Yay! No stamps were harmed in the making of this card.

Renaissance Thanks

Here are the ingredients for my cards:

Finished size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: Retired Stampin’ Up Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy cardstock.

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when in rome

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
~ Miguel de Cervantes

PTI Ancient Rome Mosaics

This weekend I had the time of my life playing along with Papertrey Ink’s Stama-a-faire 2014. It was the first time in a long time that I just shut the door to the Crop Crib (my studio) and immersed myself in ink and glue and all things wonderful.

Papertrey Ink turned us all into time travelers, beginning our journey in Ancient Rome and ending in the 1980s. Each tour stop provided a little history lesson (I loved) and even a Spotify play list (I loved even more). All I needed was a toga to feel completely transported to our first stop, Ancient Rome. Lizzy Jones was our tour guide in this Papertrey Ink blog post: Exploring Ancient Rome.

Roman Mosaic

For our first card Lizzy taught us how to replicate the grecian mosaics with embossing paste. She had a brilliant idea for making our own stencils from any die cut. Just cut clear cardstock (acetate) four times and then adhere the four layers together using a Xyron creative station. Genius!

PTI Ancient Rome Mosaic

I used Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste and colored it with just one drop of re-inker (Stampin’ Up’s Blue Bayou). Because it was a translucent embossing paste, my tiles look more like marble or glass tiles than clay tiles. It captures the light in a fun way.

Here is the recipe for my cards.

Finished size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: vintage buttons. Stampin’ Up! reinkers.

Next stop – the Renaissance.

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