Sunday, 21 December 2008

One last Christmas card

I found this clip art Santa Claus and I just had to turn him into a 3d découpage, as he is so cheery looking. I made it a very simple card, as it didn't need any embellishment

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Tiny biscornu

If I ever think of doing one this small again, people have my permission to slap me, as they are so fiddly to join up.

The design is an old blackwork Christmas decoration design (not my own) I found in my charts. It was easy to stitch but the size of it makes it really awkward to join together, but I think it was worth it in the end.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a smaller button, so this one had to do. I think a smaller one would have looked better. I'm going to make it into a scissor keep.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Hanukkah cards

Here are a couple of Hanukkah cards. I had meant to stitch them but am so behind this year that I had to make them. They are pyramid cards.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

My first pyramid cards.

I could never see the point of them but I was a little bored yesterday and decided to try them. I used Publisher for the images and to save ink I put a white box on every image to save ink. If you do this you have to make sure the smaller images are slightly bigger than the white box so it covers it properly and no white shows. Now I am hooked. There are no sentiments yet because I can't find them.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Christmas card with new teabag fold

Here is a simple little card with a new fold from Lucy called Andy's fold. It is a lot easier than it looks and is particularly nice with a snowflake paper. Once again I was being thrifty, the card was a freebie, the blue metallic card was a scrap and the sparkly snowflakes were lying around. The teabag paper is one of my own designs.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Quick cross stitch for Christmas

I saw something in a magazine that gave me the idea for this simple cross stitch wall hanging. It should be a quick stitch for someone. It can be stitched in gold or a gold coloured floss blended with Kreinik blending filament. I wish I had the time to do it myself but I have presents to stitch and I haven't done any for about a week.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

A quick and simple Christmas card

Once again I am being thrifty, the credit crunch and all that. This is made with templates created from one of my drawings. The card used to make Santa is offcuts from Craft Creations and the white has a lumpy texture, the red card is just plain matte. The background gingham is card cut from a shoebox (as they say - "waste not want not"). The card is a red mirror card which was free with a stitching magazine, so all in all it was very cheap to produce

Thursday, 23 October 2008

After 8 years

I found this the other day and thought that it was time I finished it off, considering it has been hanging around the house, stitched but with no embellishments since 2000. I found the gold thread and then some beads, so I sat down and finished it. The little bunches of floss on her apron and in her hair were a bit of a pain but now everything is finished, they were worth the effort. All I need now is to find a nice frame for her. The chart was from the Cross Country Stitcher magazine and is not one of my designs

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Being thrifty again

Us Scots are a thrifty lot and hate to see things go to waste, so when I found some more old Christmas cards, I had to do something with them and here are some of the results. All I need to do now is the inserts and the sentiments and they will be ready for use.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Peace on earth

Here is my latest design/stitching project. I was playing the other night and came up with this and decided that I had to stitch it. Unfortunately the scan doesn't show up the colour of the cloth as well as I would like it to, it looks navy blue but it is quite a bright royal blue. Also it doesn't show up the sparkly bits in the snowflakes, but I think it is OK. The letters are stitched in white and the flakes are stitched with 2 strands of white and one strand of 032 Kreinik blending filament. It is roughly 8" wide by 5 " high.

It is a quick stitch and only took me a couple of hours for about 3 nights. Easy to do while watching television. It looks a bit skewiff but I just couldn't get it to sit straight in the scanner.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Biscornus, my new obsession

No doubt you are asking what a biscornu is - they are what I call "little wonky pincushions", however, the word "biscornu" is a French adjective meaning "that which has an irregular form, with projections" or "complicated and bizarre." Unfortunately you can't see the whole of it to appreciate its unusual shape because of my uselessness with a camera, however this gives you an idea what they look like. I have stitched 4 of them so far and have 3 on the go at the moment.

I have designed all of the ones I am stitching and the 2 in the photos above. They don't need to just be used as pincushions, you can add a cord and hang it as a decoration. One of the ones I am stitching at the moment is for a friend's Christmas tree.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Teabag fold cards

Another of my favourite cardmaking techniques is teabag or kaleidoscope folding, which is a type of origami. You fold 8 (or less or more) papers and make them into little rosettes. This card was made using a fold I made up myself based on another fold. I designed the paper myself, as I do with all the teabag papers I use. I could never find papers that I liked in the shops so started to design them for my own use and then I started to sell them in 2005

Sunday, 28 September 2008

More cardmaking

Keeping with being thrifty, as in my last post, I came across some old Christmas cards, which I was going to throw out. Instead I cut them up and ended up doing 3D découpage with them. I just built the images up on top of a whole card. Doing this saved printing sentiments and inserts for the card. The end result is that they look better than the original card. Unfortunately this picture doesn't show off the 3D aspect of them.


As well as cross stitch designing I like to make greeting cards and yesterday I made a few. One set were made from an idea in a magazine which used old buttons to make Christmas trees. This was such a good idea because we have a button box that is full to bursting with old buttons, many of which came from granny's house and many which mum gathered over the years. The cards used were free with a magazine at one time and all the other card used has been in the house for years.


Here goes, my very first post on my blog, but what am I going to say - Last night I was looking at some Christmas cards on a website and one of them prompted me to design a new Snowman cross stitch design.