a couple of cards

I was in need of a couple of cards earlier this month, and my little stash of shop-bought cards was looking very meagre so what to do?  Rifle through pages of past issues of cross stitch magazines in search of something quick and fun to stitch!   I found what I needed in the March 2012 issue of “Cross Stitcher” magazine.  Designs by Jane Prutton.

Magazine info said each design would take approximately 6 hours to stitch.  I reckoned I could find the time, and I did.  First one stitched was this cute tortoise for a neighbour’s birthday on 10th February.  She has two tortoise, so this design was perfect.  I made mine slightly brighter than the magazine version, fringed my aida and stuck to a green chequered card with 4 pretty flowers to finish it off.

Then I set to work on a second design, again, choosing my own colours.

Stitching this wise little owl and finishing on a stripey blue card with some blue rick rack, and getting it in the post in time for my sister’s birthday on 20th.

Both were well-received, and I realise I ought to find time in my crafting week to get ahead with a few more cards . . . because there are more birthdays in the family next month!