Monday, 20 October 2014

A is for applesauce

What a great time we had making applesauce with Erica. It was an assembly line of peeling, cutting, cooking and canning. Erica made a great foreman. No one quit anyway but then that was because we were being paid in applesauce. Anyone can do a hard day's work for that kind of remuneration.

I participated in two challenges by doing this layout. The first was the Scrapmuch? Sketch challenge of October 3rd that this layout is based on. The second was the Stitching Challenge by little red wagon. Your layout had to include stitching and I chose to stitch an apple on one of the background papers. It took a lot of stitching, a pencil and the Silhouette Cameo but I love how it turned out. I'll tell you how below.

Most of the papers in this layout are from the Scrapmuch Kit Club, October package. The kit contents were perfect for my 'apple' themed layout.

I first started by getting a sketch of an apple from the Silhouette store. I then used the Silhouette pen holder, but with a pencil, and had the Cameo draw the design for me. I lightly dropped the pencil into the holder so that it didn't draw out darkly. I wanted only a light drawn outline. Then it was a matter of threads and stitching.
Sketched outline and beginning of stitching.
I used a triple stitch so that the stitching would come out as a heavy outline and rayon embroidery threads to put a 'shine' to the stitching. It's a matter of patience but as more of the outline was stitched the more I loved it.

Close up of stitching.


Once the stitching was done it was a matter of adding all the other elements and "A is for applesauce" emerged.

My favourite embellishment was the one I made from a canning lid. It seemed an appropriate item to use.

I added a burlap circle, which I pulled some of the fibres off of (I put them at the top of the page), scrunched up the burlap a bit, added a button and some embroidery floss and there it was...done!


  1. Wow Rhonna, such a great take on the sketch and I just love that stitched apple - I too love the canning lid embellishment! Thanks for joining us at ScrapMuch?!

  2. What a wonderful take on the sketch Ronna!! I love what you did what the stitched apple. Amazing! Thank you for sharing:)

  3. GASP!! Ronna you ROCKED this sketch!! Your stitching is "friggin" AWESOME!!
    #Talented - Perfect time to be enjoying applesauce
    Thank you for playing along at ScrapMuch?

  4. Anonymous4:45 pm

    Wow, i'm so impressed with your stitching! Great layout! Thanks for joining us at ScrapMuch?!

  5. your stitching is amazing!! geesh.
    love what you did with the sketch - thanks for linking up at ScrapMuch?

  6. Wow look at you Ronna......fabulous stitching and an awesome page! Thanks for playing along again at Scrapmuch? this month.

  7. This is just amazing...from the stitching to the fabulous embellishing....and the canning lid has me speechless! Awesome! Thanks for playing along with ScrapMuch?!

  8. Woooooowwww!!! This is an amazing layout!! I love how you used the Silhouette to trace for your intricate stitching, then your choice of thread for the sheen was brilliant! I'd never know that but I totally suck at sewing and truly bought my sewing machine so I could stitch on layouts (true story!)! While we're at it, the papers, pictures and canning jar lid are all perfect too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at ScrapMuch?!!

  9. Apparently our next one is "B" is for Bacon according to the peanut gallery ;)

  10. I have been peeking around your blog and I am in awe! Just wanted to let you know that Stick it Down is having a design team call and I would love for you to apply!