Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Gorgeous Altered Embroidery Hoop How To & Blog Hop!

Hello Creatives!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Today is SOOOOOOO exciting!
Today, is the Rita Barakat Designs & 
StyleTech Craft blog hop!

My project features
a die cut from Rita's NEW Marvelous Mermaids 
die cut collection,
along with GORGEOUS glittered
vinyl from StyleTech Craft.

I always keep the inexpensive embroidery hoops around in a variety of sizes, they are always fun to use to make mixed media projects.

For this project, I chose a smaller size. I also love 
up-cycling in crafting, and used an acrylic sheet
left over from a stamp collection for my base.

But first, I chose from a variety of StyleTech Craft Vinyl, the Ultra Metallic & Ultra Metallic FX vinyl,
to create design features.

Since I am using a mermaid in the project, every mermaid needs a spot to just "be a mermaid", so why not a seaweed garden?

Using my Cricut machine, I cut out sea weed, and sea bush designs in Lime Tree (Ultra Metallic) & Drab Green FX (Ultra FX).

I also used my machine to cut a variety of sizes in bubble designs, using from the Ultra Metallic collection White & Tiffany Blue.

Once I had cut the designs, I figured out the layout, and began putting it together.

I first applied the sea weed designs to the acrylic sheet, using the AMAZING Style Tech Craft tape transfer. The design layout, I used the darker shade to the back of the light shade, to look kind of shadowed.

Next I used PLAID Glitterific Paint in Turquoise, on the backside of the acrylic sheet.

Once the paint had set, I then added the vinyl bubbles to the acrylic sheet.

I had also used PLAID Mod Podge Mega Glitter, alone on the embroidery hoop.

I decided to add PLAID Watercolor Acrylic Paint on the back of the background, to give a more blue color.

For the mermaid, I added PLAID Glitterific pant to make her glimmer & shimmer.

In finishing the design,  I added some fiber yarn, sentiment, ribbon and clay embellishments in sea themed designs.

And Beacon Multi-Grip Glue was the perfect adhesive to put it all together!

And there you have it!
A gorgeous sea like project, featuring a beautiful mermaid in her perfect playground!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

The following links will lead you to even more inspiration & projects created by the talented Rita Barakat Designs DT, as well as links to purchase Rita Barakat Designs products & a link to StyleTech Craft too!

Rita Barakat

Betz Golden

Yolie Burke

Margie Higuchi

Renee Wallace

Cathy Potosky

Liza Sivek

Rita Barakat Etsy:

StyleTech Craft:

So be sure to hop along to see all the great projects created for this hop, and subscribe to each blog, to stay up to date with new creative shares!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Be creatively you!

Until next time............


  1. Michelle, this work of art is absolutely gorgeous. It is so colorful and tells such a beautiful story. I love it!!!!

  2. Love me a hoop art pieced and this one is AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing this great piece of inspiration <3

  3. Oh my gosh! The embroidery hoop is just perfect--it echoes the bubbles. And your use of sea plants all around is great. I just love it.

  4. I love the embroidery hoop and the bubbles! Fantastic!

  5. Never seen a hoop used like this before, what a great idea. The mermaid seems to like her new home :-)

  6. Fantastic use of a ho-hum embroidery hop.
    It's now a work of art. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Love the layering and incorporation of the hoop!

  8. Very fun! Love ❤️ all the layers. This product is beautiful

  9. So awesome and
    pretty! Love the
    glitter and sea weeds.
    Carla from Utah

  10. Beautiful!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  11. WOW! You did an amazing job. This is so clever. Thank you for your demonstration. You've given me a lot of new ideas.

  12. Pretty mermaid scene. I like how it started with an embroidery hoop.

  13. I'd love to hang this on my wall! You did such a beautiful job Michelle! I adore those little bubbles! :)