Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Cards with MFT Stamps & Dies

As soon as I saw the teasers for the My Favorite Things I knew I had to try them out! Both these cards use their Embellished Eggs clear stamps and the coordinating Easter Elements die. They were my first purchases from MFT but I don't think they'll be my last ;-) The dies worked really well in my cuttlebug.

First up is a card I made for my mom. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's supposed to be her in the middle, surrounded by all the little chicks she takes care of.



I also made two versions of another card. I used heat & bond embossing powder to stick some flocking powder to the chicks coming out of the eggs. It was my first time using flocking powder, I was hoping that it would be a bit fluffier, but it still looks kinda neat.


A close up to show the flocking powder on the chick






X-Stitched Easter Card

I had planned to make a bunch of cards on Friday, but I was feeling pretty ill. Luckily, I'm feeling much more human today so I cranked out just enough Easter cards!

I finally mounted the cross-stitched Easter design onto a card. I just picked a pretty paper from my Recollections All Seasons 8.5x11 pack and added a little bow.



I'll add another post with the other cards I made.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cross stitch finishes so far this year, with reverse side!

Not only am I far behind with my Easter cards this year, but I've also got a bunch of card designs that I've cross stitched but have not mounted onto a card. Here are all the card designs I've stitched so far this year.

One of the things I looked for when I started cross stitching was seeing the back side of the designs. I didn't find too many examples, so I've included a picture of the reverse side of my stitches below. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to make them neater!

The designs come from a variety of sources (books, magazines). If you're interested in a particular pattern leave a comment below and I'll tell you where you may find it.











Cross Stitched Baby's 1st Birthday Card

I bought a really cute stamp and die set for Easter a while ago. I figured I had tons of time to make all my Easter cards, and here we are, a few days away and I haven't finished any Easter cards! I'm hoping to have a card making blitz before I see all my loved ones.

I was out of town all weekend, so I wasn't able to make any cards. I made this post about a card I made a little while ago.

The cross stitch pattern is from "Cross Stitch Cards 100" . I love that book! I've made cards with several of the designs. I like that the author put some thought into the rest of the card design, and I often take inspiration from that when putting my cards together. I subscribe to a bunch of cross stitch magazines and usually they just display the designs with a single-coloured aperture card, which can be kinda boring!


I like how all the blue and green just all fit together really nicely. The washi tape may have been a bit of over kill, but I've got so much of it and I was just itching to use it. Besides, I don't think little Owen had a problem with it. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Simple Male Birthday Card

Here's a card I made for a male friend's birthday. I suppose the bright and cheery colours may not work for everyone, but I thought it made the card look fun. I also made this card about 30 minutes before getting to his birthday party. I love having supplies on hand to quickly made a card when I need to!


I made an A2 card and cut a piece of pale blue paper slightly smaller. I ran the blue paper through my Cuttlebug "Seeing Spots" folder. I cut a strip of coloured paper half an inch wide and adhered it to the card. I punched a 1 inch circle and a small star. I glued the star to the circle and added Stickles to make the star sparkle. I cut out a little piece of kraft paper and used glittery letter stickers to write out his name. Both the name and star were stuck to the card using foam glue.

This is a pretty basic card, but it's great because it's so flexible. I'm always behind on my birthday cards, so I should make a bunch similar to this to always have on hand.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Quick Birthday Card

Here's a birthday card I made a couple days ago. I took some step by step pictures.

I didn't take note of the actual size of the pastel purple base card. I sent this card out by snail mail and all I have on hand are letter-sized envelopes. I had to make the card a bit smaller than A2 in order for it to fit in the envelope.


I fussy cut one of the flowers from this patterned cardstock as the focal point of the card.


I cut out a pastel pink piece of card stock slightly smaller than the base and ran it through my cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder.


I added foam glue to raise the flower off the card.


To make things a little more special, I added some stickles glitter glue to the center of the flower.


I cut a beige piece of cardstock (the same size as the pink one on the front).


I used Lawn Fawn's Sophie's Sentiments to add a sentiment to the inside of the card.


Here is the (sort of!) finished card... I forgot to take a complete picture after adding the glitter glue ;-)



Friday, March 15, 2013

Hi!

My name's Bernadette, but you can call me Bern.

My mom taught me to cross-stitch when I was little, and in fall of 2012 I took it back up again. I found it to be a nice way to unwind after sitting in an office all day. I wanted to do something "practical" with cross stitching, so I got myself a book with designs for cross stitched cards.

The first card I made had a stitched Formula 1 style car for my brother's birthday. Considering I hadn't stitched in a while, the car looked pretty okay. The card itself however, was hideous!
trust me, you don't want to see the rest of the card
Before Christmas, I took a card making class and learned some of the basics. I got hooked immediately! Since then I've been exclusively giving my friends and family my hand made cards.

I'm not very artistic, but I love how simple card making techniques can produce impressive looking cards.
I hope to use my blog as a journal/catalogue of my card making and cross stitching projects and also to share any things I've learned to others who may be starting out as well. I'm excited to keep learning and keep getting better at it.

~Bern