As I’ve mentionned several times already this year, my “plan” for 2013 is to try and have a few hand-made cards and gifts in my drawers for whenever a special occasion pops up unannounced. So, inbetween larger projects, I try to do a few stitches here and there on some small designs – often using free charts and sometimes stitching a design several times if I really like it.
Anyway, the other day, I needed a birthday card for Laetitia (for whom I made the purple & black patchwork bag). I know I already gave her her present but a birthday isn’t a real birthday (in my opinion) unless the postman stops by with a few cards lol. So, after a rummage in my pile of back issues of “Cross Stitcher”, I decided to stitch the free kit design by Diane Machin that came with issue April 2011. The kit included felt to make this design into a mirror pouch BUT I gave Laetitia a handbag mirror & pouch at Christmas ^^ . . . so have kept the felt for a later project, and just finished off the design with some wadding, in a card.
Since I had the double-sided sticky tape out I decided I may as well mount two other little designs (that I stitched a while back). So . . . a “Gerbera” circle of flowers (design came with a Framecraft handbag mirror kit and I had therefore already done this design once before)
second photo, without flash, to show you the gorgeous embossed detail on the card
and third little card, with a blackwork design by Nancy Pederson. I must have stitched this design at least half a dozen times – I don’t know why but I just love the way it turns out. I have used it for handbag mirrors, for coasters, and now here it is as a card.
Anyway, one card in the post and 2 cards to add to my stash . . . so not too shabby.