Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Stitch in Time.....

Hello everyone: Before I started making cards about 10 years ago, I had other hobbies like knitting, crocheting, swimming, biking, running and one of them was cross stitching. As a young girl,  I learned to knit and crochet from my maternal grandma, who also taught me to cook.  The cross stitching came much later, and this was something I truly enjoyed for many years.  For the past 10 I've concentrated most on card making but today, thanks to the Shopping Our Stash challenge, I created a little cross stitch project for this week's challenge called "Stitch in Time", in which we want you to create a card using some kind of stitching, whether is using your sewing machine, a needle and thread or even faux stitching, we would love to see it. Here is my card.


I have this cross stitch book to make Clip Book Marks and I made this one with it, easy to follow directions, this projects really can be done fast, although it took me a good part of last week to finish it due to having my grandkids spending time with us, and with this super hot weather, we literally have been living at the club house pool. 3 of them went home Thursday but they came back Saturday and they are still here, camping out in our living room. But we love it, hubby and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
So back to this card.....the pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley and the sentiment and stamped needle and thread are from this stamp set I've had for years and years but don't know where it came from, I so wish I would have saved the box and label when I got it but, back then, I didn't think I would ever need that information, so sorry.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Hummingbirds".
I hope you like this card, I really enjoyed sitting down and cross stitching this little project, I think I will make some more of this cute little book marks, I think they will make great gifts.
I hope you give this challenge a try and for more inspiration, hop over to the rest of the DT blogs and leave them some inky love.
Thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




20 comments:

  1. Maria, Thank you for sharing your card. I also cross stitch and make cards, but rarely mix them. I took up cardmaking to have a quicker result for my efforts. You did a wonderful job trimming the stitching!

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    1. Thank you Jean, I did have a period where all I did was cross stitch, when my grandchildren were little, I was knitting and crocheting, now it's card making. This is the first time I mix both of this wonderful hobbies and I'm glad I did, it felt good to embroider again.
      I washed this little project first, just a little bit then, I dried it and ironed it then trimmed it, somehow, the fabric get a bit stiff and that is how I was able to trim it, as you probably know, this type of canvas frays easily.
      Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. pretty little addition to this darling card Maria! Love the little needle and thread you've used to pair with it, adorable!

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    1. Thank you Patti, I love this stamp set with the needle and thread and all the other little accessories, it was fun to embroider this little frame.

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  3. Love your card, fabulous to be able to cross stitch it was one hobby that never surfaced for me. Have fun with the "grands" they grow up way too fast.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, cross stitching is fairly simple, there are lots of wonderful, easy projects out there and this one was one of them.
      Those kids are a hoot, grandpa and I love to be able to be in their lives as much as we are, they keep us on our toes.

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  4. Maria, this is so cute! Great idea to use mini-projects for cards-- maybe we'll see more of these from you! I also tossed a lot of the old packaging from supplies, thinking I'd never need them. Now I feel bad when I use a product and can't give the designer/company a shout-out!

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    1. Thank you Mimi, this "3D" projects are fun to make too, they might take a bit longer, specially with a house full of kiddos but the results are great.
      I'm with you, I regret not saving the packaging for all of the stuff I bought years ago but Google is a good source of information about them and Pinterest is a great way to find out more or less the age of the stamps, I find cards made with some of my images and, when I go check the person's blog, I see the date.

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  5. I can't adore this enough, Maria! That wee little cross stitched panel was a brilliant idea and I love how effortlessly you paired it with paper crafting!

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    1. Thank you Chris, this challenge was just the jump start I needed to go back and try this beautiful hobby again, even if it's on small projects.

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  6. oh what a great idea for a cross-stitch bookmark project and then it's the perfect embellie for your card! very cool!

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    1. Thank you Lauren, this little bookmark was fun and easy to do, it's like riding a bike, no matter how long it's been since you ridden one, you still remember how.

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  7. A former cross stitcher too. I made hundreds of Christmas ornaments for gifts. Also made some pretty pictures I've framed. Guess I tired of it. Haven't done in many years. Your card is twice as precious. Besides getting a handmade card you also get a beautifully stitched piece. What a brilliant idea to combine the two. LOVE IT

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I also made some beautiful projects I've framed a while ago but then I stopped and went on other stuff. This challenge got my interest in cross stitch fired up again, it felt so good to pick up my needle and thread and create this little bookmark, I have some awesome books with fabulous projects, so I'm going to make some more.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Stacey. :)

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  9. What an amazing card Maria, so so pretty with that nderful piece of cross stitch. You are so talented, you remin me of a friend of mine. Always full of energy and on the go, your grandchildren must love you to pieces. Enjoy their visit.

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    1. Thank you Aileen, I haven't done cross stitch in a long while and now, after doing this little project, I realized how much I truly missed it.
      Our grandkids are just a joy to have around, I feel so fortunate to live so close to them, 2 just next door, the other 3 about 15 min. away.

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I want to thank you for stopping by, I always read all the comments you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Maria.