Stamp Spotlight: Monogram

Hi everyone!

I’ve recently acquired a few really pretty stamps that I want to share with you!

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In the last few months, I’ve received both of these beautiful stamps as gifts!

The full monogram, rubber stamp is from my Aunt and Uncle.  They bought it for me for my birthday.  I can’t tell you how excited I was when I opened it!  I LOVE my monogram, and I love stamps.  The two together? Perfection!

If you’d like a full monogram, rubber stamp like mine, you can get one on Etsy right here.

The wooden, initial “N” stamp is from my friend, Kylie.  She bought it for me while studying abroad in London.  It’s amazing how detailed this stamp is!  So pretty!

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Here’s a little sample of my stamping skills! 🙂

As you can see, I had a little bit of trouble with the wooden stamp.  The rubber is much easier to work with because it gives a little when you press down.  The wood doesn’t give, so it’s harder to stamp each and every detail.

With some practice, I know I’ll perfect the wooden stamp!

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Here’s a little bit more of my full monogram!

I’m going to have to start writing some letters, so I can get some use out of my stamp!  I’m also thinking about personalizing some stationary!

I’ll be sure to let you know about any upcoming stamping projects!

Do you love stamps too?

Where are your favorite stamps from?!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Personalized Floral Wreath

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, personalized project to share with you today!

IMG_3775Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_3778DMC Floss Colors:

  • 4230 – variegated blue
  • E415 – metallic silver

We’re going to start the project by printing off the letter of your choice is a festive font!  I chose “N” for Natalie, typed it up, and printed it out.

I used the Onyx typeface, which I believe came standard on my computer.

Once you print out your letter, trace it onto your fabric.

IMG_3781We’re going to start by using the satin stitch for the serifed areas.

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I never do the satin stitch.  Because I never use the satin stitch, I’m not very good at it!  So this project is practice for me!

IMG_3784Use a larger than normal back stitch for the straight lines.

IMG_3786Do the same for the other side of the letter.

IMG_3792Now comes the fun part!

We’re going to satin stitch the entire center portion of the letter.

IMG_3803This is where you really get the see the variations in the thread!

IMG_3806Keep going until you reach the bottom!

I’m actually rather pleased with how my satin stitch looks!  I know its just straight lines, but I’m still impressed with myself! 🙂

IMG_3808To make the edges look cleaner, we’re going to add a few of the large back stitches around the edge of the satin stitch.

IMG_3812Add it to the other side as well.  I also added a stitch across the bottom just to clean it up a bit.

IMG_3867Now we’re going to use our silver thread to stitch a wreath around the outside of the letter.

Use the feather stitch for this portion and alternate the side that the “feather” falls on.

IMG_3870I didn’t realize until after I’d stitched around the entire hoop that I had the wrong number of feathers.  The first and last one ended up being on the same side! Oh no!!

IMG_3875To fix that problem, I went back with the straight stitch and added a second feather.

IMG_3876Much better!

IMG_3881Now we can add some French knot flowers.

I triple wrapped all of these French knots.

IMG_3889So pretty!  I love the color variations!

IMG_3894Once the knots are complete, our project is done!

IMG_3907I had a few setbacks with this project, but I love the way it turned out!  The silver thread really brings out the little silver spots in my fabric!

Happy Crafting!!

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