Portrait Transfer with Cross-Stitch

This picture was taken when I had pink hair extensions put in last fall.  I wanted to do something fun with this photo so I printed out a color copy and covered it with gel medium.

Then I placed it print side down onto the canvas.

I didn’t let it dry long enough and the image was blurry.  If you give this a try, let it dry overnight.  I did a second transfer with a red-tinted print to see what would happen…

It wound up looking like an impressionist painting. Hey, I’ve always wanted red hair!

I hand-dyed some white thread with Wilton icing colors to match the c0lors of the transfer…

And now you know why my fingers look gross… I started adding some free cross-stitching…

Then added color back into facial features with pencils…

A few details with the .o3 black pen…

More cross-stitching…

I stamped the butterfly onto the canvas as a guide and then colored it in with more stitching detail…

I also used some ‘Vintage Photo’ distress ink around the edges and over the red hair to tone it down a little.

I think it turned out kinda cool.  I’ve got another one to show you up next.

Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!

Upcycled Paper Rolls~ Napkin Ring and Place Card

I’m in no shortage of these at my house so when I saw Somerset Life’s ‘Paper Roll’ challenge I thought I’d give it a try.

And lest you think all rolls are created equal, I have to show you the difference.

The sturdier tube on the right is Charmin.

(Isn’t it funny how we buy the same brand of bathroom tissue we were ‘raised’ on?)

Someone in my house buys whatever’s on sale. That’s the roll on the left.

Big difference.

I used my preferred rolls to make a  butterfly napkin ring and place card set.

The napkin ring is half a tube covered with paper and a scalloped book page.  Then I cut a measured strip of coordinating paper and stamped it with a butterfly in the middle.

Then I cut around the wings with my swivel x-acto knife…

The place card was made by flattening 2/3  of a tube and cutting along one side…



Wouldn’t these be cute at a little girl’s tea party?


I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Knox and I will be leaving for the UK in only 4 more days! I’m so excited!  I’ll be getting some pink streaks in my hair for the trip and Knox will be donning some ultra cool adventure hair as well.  Photos to come!

Thanks for coming by!