Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Country Cottage Needleworks...

In November...
Nikki over at Country Cottage Needleworks asked me to stitch and finish a design that she was going to release in early 2012. She showed me a picture of the design and I couldn't pass stitching and finishing this *cutie* up! How sweetly designed it is ~ sweet, soft, simple.

So...
I received the supplies in short order and got to stitching and finishing for Nikki. Today she released the pictures over on her blog. This design will be to distributors early next month, so pencil this in to share your love of SWEETS with your needle and thread as your palette ~ no calories here! (although it will make you crave a big slice of cake!)

May I present...
Party Cakes designed by Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks:


CCN_Party Cakes_stitching CCN_Party Cakes_finished 1 CCN_Party Cakes_finished 2


Notice...
I used a layer effect on the side of the cube to mimic the icings on the cakes, the green polka-dot material, with a wide pink satin ribbon, then to mimic some swirly icing a wide white rick-rack. On the top of the cake I used wide, satin, wire-rimmed ribbon to mimic the bows on the top of the cakes in the stitching (see the green ribbons on the two cakes in the middle). Cute!

A little trade secret to share...
Do you know how to make your cube stand perfect without leaning to the front (or back)? Simply add those little clear, plastic bumpers that framers use on the back of framed pictures ~ make sure to put one on each corner of the bottom of your cube to make it stand tall, straight and proud! This is just something that I tried one time and it works PERFECTLY! It gives just enough height to your cube to make the design shine. You'll have to give it a try sometime when you make yourself a cube....maybe this project is the perfect design to give this method a try. I purchased all of the trims, material and ribbons at Hobby Lobby.

Until next time...
I'll be stitching and creating doing the things that bring me joy - keeping my hands to work and my heart to God ~ join me!
Hugs and Love,
Vonna

81 comments:

  1. Oh Vonna that is just too cute for words. You truly are a very talented lady and I bow to your talent! Can't wait for that chart to come out now - I have all of the other cake thread packs that Nikki did, now I just need a 10 yr holiday from work to be able to stitch all of these lovely things. Well done again Vonna, just wonderful xx

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    1. Thank you Lucie, I'm honored you would think so :)
      Have a good day!

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  2. Your finisb is so pretty! Great job!

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  3. Vonna how darling. This is now on my wish list. Thank you for the tip for making no-sew cubes stand straight.

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  4. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Love how you finished this piece especially the ric rac trim along the side! Fabulous!

    Robin in Virginia

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  5. Will you think it odd if I admit that I am hankering for a big piece of bakery cake right about now?? Some how eating cucumbers just doesn't cut it. ;)

    GREAT finish! It is so pretty--and the trims are the perfect extra touch. Great tip on the little rubber thingies to make the cube stand up! I'll have to write that down!

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  6. Vonna, coming over to your blog is such a treat. How beautiful Party Cakes is and the finishing? Stunning. Thanks for the plastic bumper tip... love it! :)

    Dang, now I want birthday cake! :)

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  7. It's beautiful and a great tip too. x

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  8. very beautiful !

    bisous xxxx de FRANCE

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  9. This is beautiful and would look great in my expanded "new" kitchen ! Love reading your blog Vonna! your work is always an inspiration . Hope your family is well and having fun!

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  10. Vonna.... adorable! Nikki's design is so sweet (no pun intended, but fitting), and I love your finishing.

    Your tip is great! When using a styrofoam insert I have on occasion used round tip pins as "bun feet", too. I love your suggestion and will have to use it when adding "feet" would look out of place.

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  11. Cute, cute, cute!!! I love how you finished it :-).

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  12. Very, very nice! I love the finishing! Thanks for reminding me of this option - I have several pieces waiting to be finished and I'd forgotten about this one!!

    As usual, your work is gorgeous!

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  13. Oh Vonna! We know why Nikki comes to you! Gorgeous finsih. :)

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  14. Just an adorable design and your finishing is too cute!!

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  15. Vonna, it's beautiful. You always have a real eye for color and extra touches in your finishing. Your stitching is also beautiful. :) Cathryn

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  16. ohhh now that's the kind I do like .. no calories ...lol and lovely finishing and with hints and tips as well ... what more could a girl want ;)
    love mouse xxxxx

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  17. Beautiful finish Vonna! I love all the extras you added:)

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  18. Vonna, that looks so good I wish I could eat it! lol Your finishing is amazing as always.

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  19. I love that design, and your finish makes it all the more appealing! Thanks for that tip about the bumpers. You are a treasure trove of valuable information!

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  20. What a beautiful piece and the fiinishing is just superb, makes you just want to reach out and have a slice. You inspire such inspiration with your finished pieces.

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  21. Your finishing is just lovely. Will have to try your little trick with the bumpers.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  22. Cute stitch - and as always - your finishing is perfection! You have such a great eye for details.

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  23. A beautiful design and wonderful finishing

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  24. Cake? I like cake! Can't wait to get my grubby little hands on this one!

    Pam

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  25. I love to bake! I might have to stitch this one up for my kitchen. Your stitching is wonderful!!!

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  26. Wow...you & Nikki sure know how to ruin a girl's diet, LOL! Love the design, and your finish could not have been a better choice for this piece!! Now, I need to head over to your tutorials to see if you can teach ME how to make one of those cube thingies :o)

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  27. hmmm....wonder now why I NEED a piece of cake - LOL! It's simply delicious!!

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  28. Lovely finish! Your stitching is beautiful as always.

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  29. Beautiful finish. Thank you for the tip!

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  30. This design is just too pretty. I love CCN designs. I haven't found one yet that I didn't like. I love the box finish. I will give it try one day. BTW, I used your flat fold tutorial to finish an exchange piece I did and your directions were excellent. I will admit, I made a few mistakes at first that ended up going in the trash, but after that I GOT IT!. I'll make sure to give you a shout out on my blog for the finishing directions once I am allowed to show the project I made.

    Jen :)

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  31. Vonna this finsihing is gorgeaous...love it really much...what is inside???

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  32. Very pretty! The design reminds me of Cake Boss...I've become addicted to that show :)

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  33. What a gorgeous design, I love it.You have ,as always, finished it so beautifully, Vonna.

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  34. thanks for the tip about the cube!! who would of thought those could come in handy in more then one place!

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  35. i love it so much xxx

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  36. Very cute finish.

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  37. Totally love this one! As soon as I saw it on Nikki's blog this morning I knew I would have to have it! Great job stitching and finishing, as always!

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  38. VonnaVonnaVonna!
    You do such a great job and always make things look so beautiful! I love your finishing techniques and the fact that you share them with us who are not as creative! :) We are so thankful for you! pj

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  39. I love this piece, and I love how you finished it!!! Great tip on standing it up too. Never would have thought of that!

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  40. Beautiful stitching and finishing.

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  41. A yummy design with a perfect finish. Great work as always, Vonna.

    Bobbi

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  42. Beautiful job. Your stitching and finishing are wonderful. Thanks for the tip. I will be trying that.

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  43. Love it! Your stitching and finishing are gorgeous! I think I may have to break down and get this one. I can imagine stitching up cute birthday fobs! OMG...so cute!

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  44. This is absolutely fabulous!!!!! Thanks for the great tip~

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  45. I love it all!! The design, your stitching and your finishing!! Thanks so much for th tip on the cubes!

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  46. Absolutely adorable!! This is a must have...as usual! Thanks for the block standing tip. This piece will perfect next to Sweet Treats.

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  47. P.S. Love your version of Granny & the gang! LOL

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  48. Very nice piece. It turned out lovely.

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  49. Beautiful stitching and a beautiful job of finishing it!

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  50. I never met a cake I didn't like and this is a particularly adorable finish, Vonna! I love the way you layered the fabrics and ric rak on the sides... You and Nikki are a great team :)

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  51. I continue to be amazed at your creative and lovely finishing!

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  52. Anonymous11:13 PM

    Wow! What a great job! I love this piece and thx for the tip. You are the best for giving tutorials and tips. Really appreciate it! Jannie

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  53. Ooh great design and great stitching and finishing too. Congrats on all of it. CJ in OK ;-)

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  54. That looks too good to eat... LOL!!! Great tips, thank you!!

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  55. A great new design, complimented by some gorgeous stitching and finishing! What a team!

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  56. Great finish ~ very cute new design!

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  57. Oh Vonna, how cute is that !!

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  58. This is such a cute design, indeed! And your finishing is simply gorgeous!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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  59. What a gorgeous finish Vonna!

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  60. What a stunning finish Vonna! I love the colours in this.

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  61. That is a wonderful design and I loved the way you finished it! Great colors too!

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  62. That is so cute! Well done on the stitching and finishing!

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  63. Another beauty !! Love the finish !!

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  64. Looks awesome Vonna- beautiful stitching and beautiful finish :)

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  65. You've had some gorgeous finishes since I was last able to visit, congratulations

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  66. Love the cute design and your finish is gorgeous.

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  67. Your stitching and finishing is gorgeous, as always. I've never made a cube finish, but will keep the finishing tip in mind!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Vonna!

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  68. This is a truly delightful finish Vonna! I love how you mimicked the icing with your trims! Can I ask you how long it takes you to finish off a cube finish like this? I've wanted to give one a try but I'm so incredibly slow with finishing that I expect it might take me days, lol!

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  69. What a wonderful finish, very cute pattern and your finishing is perfect for it. Thanks for the tip on how to make it stand straight, never would have thought to use those for "feet" :)
    Sue

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  70. A wonderful Stitch and finish! Something for me to aspire to!

    Best Wishes,

    Suzanne

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  71. Now, to find the perfect baker to make this for! Yummmm, such a great gift for a baker.
    Thanks for the finishing tip, you are the best sharer.

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  72. What a darling design and so beautifully finished.

    hugs, Kaye xoxox

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  73. Ah Vonna, such a lovely stitching and finishing.

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  74. This is such a beautiful finish, and so well done. I have tried to access your tutorials, but it tells me that I need an invitation? Are you able to help with this Vonna?

    I love looking at all your work.

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  75. Lovely design, great stitching and beautiful finishing.

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  76. Did you stitch this just for me? The only thing I love better than stitching is Cake! The finishing is marvelous, too! Thank you for the tip on plastic bumpers. I've used them in the past to turn a pretty ceramic tile into a trivet.

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  77. What a beautiful design! As always your stitching is perfect and finishing immaculate.

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The Twisted Stitcher