Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday and the optional Topping this time, chosen by Barbara, is to ‘Use Faux or Real Stitching‘. Since the topping is optional, as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the party!
And here’s what I made –
I finally dipped my hands into cross-stitching!!! Yay!!! My sister was a major inspiration, after all, I’ve been seeing her use the needle and thread for years now! 🙂
I’m glad to also have used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel, for what I think, is the intended way of usage (no, I am not saying you can’t just just use it as a background, it looks wonderful either way!). On this, card, since I didn’t want to waste embroidery thread with my amateur stitching, I used normal sewing thread instead, since I had access to plenty of it from my mother’s stash! Also, I did choose colors on my own this time – I usually have a couple of colors in my mind and use my color inspiration board on pinterest to pick the rest of the colors – but this time, I chose all of them, and I am super happy that they worked so well!
I did have a great time stitching. I did all the amateur mistakes – felt so bad when I had to cut off a lot of thread because I didn’t pull it right, made the top stitch come out from the wrong side, stitched over one hole, measured wrong – the whole shots – but I truly did enjoy the experience. In fact, I would like to make more (and maybe use embroidery threads this time? What say sis?) if I am not time constrained!
All that story, since I didn’t have much to write about the card itself!!! 😀
Anyway, coming back to the card – Once I finished the sewing, I cut out 2 sets of the frames using dies from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and Waffle Flowers Nesting Squares, along with extra pieces from scrap cardstock to stack them for dimension. I then adhered these using liquid glue and then mounted that over a square Beige card base. The sentiment comes from Neat and Tangled Hand Stitched stamp set, which I thought suited the card to a T. I also added a thin strip of copper foil washi tape on the sentiment strip, since I wasn’t going to add any other embellishment – sorry you can’t see the shine here.
And I’m joining the following challenges as well –
Watercooler Wednesday challenge #324: All About Occasions
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #414: Any Occasion
And that concludes my report of my new crafting adventure! 😀 Checkout more stitching inspirations from our Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and of course, our fantastic crafting team at the Seize the Birthday blog!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
You are sure this is your first time cross stitching. Because this panel looks amazing! Nicely done – and it makes for a beautiful card.
Thank you so much for your kind compliments, Lindsey! 💕
Fabulous stitching, sis! You really could’ve just used embroidery thread in this attempt itself, but glad you’re willing to in the future. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more of your cross stitches. 😉
Thank you sis!! I still need to gather some confidence and courage to use those embroidery threads, though!! 😉
Wow! I love the texture on this card. It makes me want to reach out and touch it. I love your color combination and so glad that you followed your sister.
Thank you so much Barbara!
Beautiful cross stitching Ashwini, the colours are gorgeous too, well done! Cathy x
Thank you very much Cathy!
You did all that stitching ?? And choose the colors too 😳 !! Turned out Amazing !
Thank you so much Pooja! Yes, I am pretty proud of this piece! 😀
Sure it is your first time….whatever! 😉 Awesome job and look forward to seeing more! Love the colors too!
It really is!! 😅 Thank you for your kind words, as always, Nancy! ❤️
Oh wowI am loving the cross stitch, it’s so neat, and great to see you venture into this.
Yay!! That’s high praise from the master!! 🤣❤️❤️
Wow, Ashwini, you really took this challenge to heart and came out a true winner..that is a lot of stitching and it looks amazing! Good job inspiring the rest of us!
Thank you so much Colleen!! ❤️
So very beautiful! Well done with your cross-stitch!
Dang girl!!! You totaly went all out ….or maybe all “in”? This is beyond fabulous!
Thank you Julie!! 💕
Your cross-stitching looks great Ashwini and I like the colors you chose also, very pretty. The faux stitched die is great also.
Thank you very much JoAnn!!
Well done! Good for you having patience for cross stitching!
Thank you Vicki! Never knew I had it, either!! 🤣
I do love to see stitching on cards. I used to cross stitch a lot when I first retired, before cardmaking took over my time. It is such a wonderful thing to do. I found it would calm my mind as, although it is quite simple, you do have to concentrate or you make mistakes. I have recently been thinking that I must get a cross stick project going again. I love the colours and design you chose and it looks perfect. Really great framing too, well done. I hope you keep going with it xx
I didn’t think much when I started, but I agree with you. It was pretty calming when I was working on it. I would love to see if you work on any cross stitch project – hope you can write about it in your blog as well! 😃
This panel is absolutely amazing! You’d never know it was your first time. The simple frame lets the stitching shine on the fabulous card.
Thank you so much Glenda!!
Very beautiful card! I am getting inspired to pull out my embroidery supplies now! Great to see you in the ATSM gallery. Hope to see you again very soon! Nandini, DT
Thank you very much Nandini!