After watching Jennifer McGuire's video on Stitched Cards, I felt quite inspired to experiment with cross stitching. I cross stitched with my Mom when I was little, so it brought back many happy childhood memories. Picking up a needle and thread to cross stitch was quite easy, and it was so nice to combine it with my love of card making. Although time-consuming, I find cross stitching very relaxing, and it gives my cards that extra special attention. I've been able to cross stitch when my boys have swim practice for about an hour every day. As Jennifer suggested, I carry my cross stitch materials in my Kangaroo Bag and pretty much bring it everywhere with me when I know I'll have some spare time. You can get the Kangaroo Bag and Pouch Set at DaySpring. The set comes with a bag and one pouch. I purchased extra pouches to separate different projects. Right now, they have an awesome sale going on for 25% off with the code "Family". Unfortunately for me, I purchased it at full price. But if cross stitching is something you're interested in, the Kangaroo Bag is great for storing projects you're working on.
Here's the first card I made with cross stitching:
I used the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die to die cut holes on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 paper (Neenah Classic Crest Color Solar White 110 lb). I found that the more heavyweight paper works better for cross stitching to avoid any ripping, so go with an 80 lb-110 lb weight paper. I found a flower cross stitch design online and used it to make the flower. I trimmed down the cross stitch paper and placed it on an Americana cardstock base. I finished it with a "thanks" sentiment from Altenew. If I had to do it over, I'd probably use a different color for the sentiment. The black blends in too much with the dark blue cross-stitching. Overall, for my first card, it came out pretty good. I'm working on some Christmas cards right now so I'll post those as I finish them.
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Kangaroo Bag and Pouch Set
Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die
Neenah Classic Crest Color Solar White 110 lb
Papertrey Ink Americana Cardstock
Altenew Script Words 2 Die Set