Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WWC160 - Heidi's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Before we get to this week's challenge, I want to welcome Tenia Nelson to the Watercooler Artists Team! We have had to say goodbye to Judy Markowitz who was needed to deal with a family issue. Each team member brings a unique perspective to our challenges, and while we will miss Judy we will look forward to Tenia's contributions.

And now, onto this week's challenge from our host, Heidi:
My design was inspired by an embellishment in the 2018 Occasions catalogue - Mini Embroidery Hoops. While there is co-ordinating stamp set, as a long-time, avid cross stitcher, I had to stitch something to fit inside the larger hoop, which measures 1 3/4".
As luck would have it, I was sorting through my stitching stash and came across some patterns I had downloaded many years ago. And, one of them had these sunflowers that would work perfectly!

It stitched up really quickly and I wrapped it around a chipboard circle with the help of a bit of adhesive sheet to adhere the fabric to the chipboard, and then the chipboard to a 1 3/4" circle punched out of Crushed Curry cardstock. I also used the adhesive sheet to adhere the hoop to the cardstock.

I thought it would pair well with the sunflower design from the Painted Harvest DSP from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. I folded up two doilies to set the sitched piece off from the background. A linen thread bow is a finishing touch.

A simple birthday sentiment from Thoughtful Banners, stamped with Crushed Curry on Whisper White - and it's ready to go!

Be sure to check out Watercooler Wednesday for more inspiration from the team!


  1. What a clever idea, to combine two of your passions, Gail. The cross-stitched sunflowers are the perfect compliment to the beautifully stamped sunflowers of your background. That Painted Harvest set is one which never disappoints. Love the way you've used the doily is two fan-like shapes. Very unique and works very well with your design. Beautiful work!

    1. Thanks Heidi. The background is actually the Painted Harvest DSP. Love both the DSP and the stamp set.

  2. Gail you've designed such a wonderful feminine card and made such terrific use of the little mini embroidery hoop. Delightful! And, what fun to incorporate two of your favourite loves, stamping and stitching. Great card!

    1. Thanks Penny. Was fun to do. But, it's the reason I don't get far when I decide to go through a box of stuff to purge. I come across something, get an idea, and just have to do it! Purging can wait.


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