Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Old-fashioned Pixels

So for the first time in this century (actually since 1996) I rang in the New Year without a cigarette. I would have crafted straight through midnight if not for the fireworks (we're only about 3 miles north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor) that woke up my dog Allen, who then needed immediate love and attention. I wouldn't have it any other way!

I quit smoking 7 weeks ago, and I did it with the help of cross stitching. I found myself a few projects and found it really helpful in keeping me busy.

So...I've been cross stitching all weekend. I made this simple pattern based on a rubber stamp design. I stamped the stamp itself in SU! Whisper White on black paper.

rotated 90° counter-clockwise
The "stitching" on the border of the card is actually a SP & Co. stamp; I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #4: Sketch
Allsorts: Black and White
Hotshot Crafts: Clean and Simple

Here are some other designs I made this weekend:

I couldn't find a free pattern for these Space Invaders characters, so I made them (thanks to the document grid in InDesign). I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this piece yet...

I designed these myself too, so that they would fit in these 1x1-inch bottle caps. I cut circles from magnet sheets using a Sizzix die and glued them onto the bottle caps to make magnets.

These patterns are available as PDFs; just shoot me an email if you want one or both. (CGsaysSomethingLoudly [at] gmail [dot] com)

And here are a couple of projects I made for Christmas Gifts:

My Mother-in-law's favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz, so I made this for her for Christmas. I got the pattern for this at Sewing Seed, and I plan on making the whole set this year. I found the frame for like a $1 at my mom's church's Thrift Store.

This was a gift for my mom; she mentioned how lovely white-on-red fabric would be, so I found a free pattern for a Coeur Fleuri. I colored the wooden frame with red Tattered Angels glimmer mist, and added liquid pearls on the front & sides. I covered the hoop closure with white Silk Crush ribbon from May Arts, and a plastic red bird charm from Popalicious Too (I received it in a blog candy).

Not bad for 7 weeks, huh?! So far, 2013 is looking good!

Thank you for visiting & Happy New Year,


  1. this is such an original take on the sketch! The cross stitching looks great and well done on being smoke free! Thanks for joining us at CAS- Colour and Sketches

  2. Beautiful needlework CG and your space invader b&w card is just fab. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts, good luck with the challenge x

  3. Thanks so much for joining in this week at CAS - Colours & Sketches - your card is amazing, unusual and totally stunning - Jacqueline xx

  4. Great card! I love that you have thought outside the box. Congratulations on becoming a non-smoker! Thanks so much for playing along at CAS - Colours and Sketches xx

  5. Hello,

    A belated Happy New Year to you and thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  6. Such an original idea, trhanks for sharing with us at CAS Colours and Sketches. Happy New year and congrats for doing so well to stop smoking

    Louise xx

  7. What fun and fabulous cards here on your blog. Congratulations on your Guest Design spot with us at Eureka Stamps. We're so pleased to have you join us, and hope you enjoy your time.

    If you get the chance, I'd LOVE to have you come by to play along with us at Word Art Wednesday. We're always Anything Goes, and would love to have you share your fun creations in our challenges. Hope to see you real soon!
    Word Art Wednesday

  8. So much beauty there and what a beautie you are to quit smoking and replace it with your super cross stitch. I like each and every stitch you have presented. Keep cross stitching and no smoking. May be try smocking instead... lol.
    That girl is so cute with her puppie and her bag and red shoes. Love her red smile. The heart is lovely. The black and white card is so neat. And so are those figures in yellow. I like the bottle cap magnets too. Very creative.
    Keep going,


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