12 October 2020

Stitched with Love


Sometimes it is the simplest of designs that can give us such pleasure. A long time ago, I used to enjoy cross-stitching, so when I came across the My Favorite Things Rectangle Cross-Stitch die, I knew I had to buy it. 

When the die arrived in the mail, I went to work immediately.  I know you can all relate to this moment when you jump into a project without a plan. I didn't even have a card design in mind. My fingers were just itching to start. 

The inspiration for the background actually came from the package of embroidery floss I purchased. All the colors were beautifully laid out by colors in a perfect rainbow effect, so I decided to use the colors in that order. Typically, I would have bought DMC at Michaels, but since COVID, I have been relying heavily on online shopping for a lot of my supplies. Bonus-- it was super cheap, and for this application, it was fine. 

I was quite pleased with the background when it was completed. It was just as I imagined. Then, as luck would have it, the perfect opportunity came along for me to use it in a card. 

The hardest part about this project was threading the floss into the needle. Honestly, that was the most time-consuming part. I didn't have a needle threader. Since then, I purchased these threaders, and they are fantastic! I highly recommend them. 

I like the pairing of the stitched heart with the background. For the sentiment, I used a thank you die I bought off of Amazon (which I do not recommend and therefore have not furnished a link to it) that I cut multiple times and glued together to create the dimensional look. For the top thank you, I used a piece of scrap corrugated cardstock, which I think was a nice touch.

For such a simple design, this is not a quick card to make. If you do like the design and would like to make your own version, I do recommend making up a few background panels in advance to have on hand. That way, when you need a card in a hurry, you will be ready to go!

Thank you for joining me. I look forward to seeing you next time. 

Happy crafting!

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