2021 Cards

If you don’t want to read the nuances about the cards I created in 2021, this is where you can see them all by month of creation. Due to continued life circumstances there are very few cards created. You can also use this to get some inspiration for your own cards!

May

July

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August

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October

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Wrapping Bear

This cross stitch pattern is from a 1992 kit that was supposed to be made into an ornament. The design is by Celia Lange.

This pattern is riddled with 1/4 and technically 3/4 stitches. Since I knew there was so much backstitching I have learned that skipping the 3/4 stitches is better if backstitching is going through it.

Instead of following the pattern completely, I used quarter and whole stitches. This helped guide where the backstitching was going and not overwhelm the pattern.

This kit came with 18 count fabric which made it more challenging than most. It took several long breaks between stitching sessions to get this one done due to all the quarter stitches.

To finish this one I found simple paper in one of the Christmas paper packs. There is green in the cross stitch and green dots on the paper. Since there is text stitched I didn’t use any stamps or writing, just the pattern.

The cross stitch is stabilized with interfacing fabric and mounted with mounting tape. The paper is mounted to the card based with double sided tape.

Stitching

Started: June 1

Finished: July 17

Stitching time: 5.25 hours

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Old Fashioned Santa

This cross stitch pattern is from a 1988 kit that was supposed to be made into an ornament. The design is by Lois Winston.

The design and stitching were simple which was nice. A little backstitching was involved too.

I wasn’t sure how to finish this one. I have a set of Christmas paper that looks “antique.” I found a page with old world Santa’s that match the cross stitch. Well, with one major difference, they are walking the opposite direction of each other. Even so, I went forward with using it.

Since there are so many Santa’s on the paper I decided to make it the background. The cross stitch is stabilized with interfacing fabric and mounted with mounting tape.

Stitching

Started: May 24

Finished: May 31

Stitching time: 2.5 hours

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Santa’s Sleigh

This cross stitch pattern is from a 1988 kit that was supposed to be made into an ornament. The design is by Lois Winston.

This turned out cute and yet it’s so small! Getting all the backstitching in was a challenge and added quite a bit of time to finishing.

I took a risk with my paper choice. Hot pink with red for the Santas is overwhelming yet cute. I chose to place the cross stitch over the background with mounting tape instead of making a frame. This helped cut down some of the intensity.

The cross stitch is stabilized with interfacing fabric and cardstock. The interfacing is clear so the pink and Santa heads were showing through. Everything else is attached with double sided tape.

Stitching

Started: April 23

Finished: May 12

Stitching time: 5.5 hours

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Winter Scene (Art. 126)

This cross stitch pattern is from a kit that was supposed to be made into an ornament. I’m not a Christmas tree person and personally have no need for ornaments and turned this into a card instead.

While the design is small and seems easy, it was more challenging than I expected. Not only is it tiny (and a tiny piece of fabric provided) it has quite a few colors. Along with backstitching to finish it off.

The card was a multi-step process. After picking the paper, I decided I wanted to make it a frame. Because the pattern is small and no words are stitched on it I also wanted to add some text.

I’ve acquired many stamps over the last few years, but I have avoided Christmas ones. With no stamp and not wanting to handwrite anything I chose to use the writing feature of my Cricut. Since I don’t pay for Access that means any font I use is outlined and not a single line.

I decided that wasn’t a problem because I recently bought alcohol markers and could color it in. In my head I just made my own stamp. The nice thing about that was more color options and testing colors before working on the final version. No cleaning a stamp between color tests!

For this card everything is heald together with double sided tape. Nothing too fancy there. I did use interfacing fabric to seal off the back of the cross stitch.

Stitching

Started: April 12

Finished: April 19

Stitching time: 4 hours

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Seasonal Goose

Where to start with this one. I completed the stitching so long ago I don’t remember much about it.

This pattern came with a tri-fold aperture card ready to use. I didn’t have to make any decisions on paper, colors, or final size.

While stitching did take a while it was very nice to have all whole stitches. French knots went pretty well too on this one. I don’t think any are loose. The photos below are of the stitching in progress. The one on the right is what the pattern looked like before any backstitching or knots were applied. Those two things really made a difference!

The card does have elements that most in the series of kits don’t have. There is embossing on the front and the inside left panel. The company also embossed their logo on the back. The other cards I’ve completed from this series didn’t have that much extra detail.

To get everything assembled I used a light interfacing fabric behind the design and double-sided tape to hold it all together.

Stitching

Started: November 8

Finished: March 28

Stitching time: 11.5 hours

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Mailbox Stamp and Color

This card is involves a few of firsts for me. A sort of first to start things off, I thought I was going to make 2 of these. Instead of my usual one-of-a-kind. I had a piece of paper to stamp on big enough to stamp twice. I tried, but I underestimated how much ink was left and had a really faded version 2.

It all turned out ok, I used that second try to test out colors.

  • First stamp that needs to be colored
  • First time using alcohol ink markers. (didn’t even know they were a thing until about a month ago)
  • First time adding a stamped message to the inside

I learned that maybe spending a bunch of money on markers that have an extra fine tip might be worth it in the future. Most of the areas are so tiny I couldn’t color in the lines very well. I bought a fairly cheap set on Amazon. The review compared them to the name brand kind that have tri-tips, these only have chisel and brush.

Here’s the inside. It came in the box with the stamp on the front. Based on the packaging I’m pretty sure they are Stampin’ Up. I’m sure others have used this set and made much fancier cards.

I also took a photo from the bottom to show the depth with the foam tape. The wallpaper and cardstock paper are taped down and the cardstock with the stamping and coloring is mounted with foam tape.

I think this card looks awesome and it’s part of my personal collection. Someday the right person will come along that I just have to send it to them.

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Little Mouse

This card took a very long time in the making. I decided to stop assembling cards as I got things stitched. Little did I know this would take until the end of February to assemble and beginning of May to photograph for this blog!

In that time I did sign up on Instagram to show off cards this year. As I found a few people to follow I saw this cool thing of taking a baby food jar and storing thread scraps in it. I believe that person is keeping them all to put on display. For me it’s become the perfect portable trash can.

This is my tread scrap jar for the project.

To finish this card I used a page from one of those small books of scrapbook paper. I bought 2 Christmas themed ones and thought this page was a good fit. Since the mouse has a little Santa hat I thought the “HO HO HO” was good. I would have preferred it to be on the right, but this is how the paper comes. The words were in the far bottom left of the sheet. The mistletoe having the green to tie the two together in a second way.

The base of the card is white cardstock with the front being taped on with double sided tape. The cross stitch is adhered with a piece of foam tape. I didn’t get it cut out the greatest, but it works and looks ok.

Stitching

Started: October 31

Finished: November 6

Stitching time: 2 hours

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Hocus Pocus cross stitch card

It’s been a few years since I bought the Halloween Special Edition of Just Cross Stitch magazine. This year’s inspiration buy was because of someone I recently got to know a bit better. We worked together at my day job until she left to start her crafting venture Uniquely Crafted.

Now that you have checked out her awesomeness, here is the card I made for her. The pattern came from the 2021 Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch. She likes coffee and Hocus Pocus so this was perfect!

The original pattern was to be stitched on 28 count and would end up a little larger than a 5×7. I stitched this on 18 count to make it just under 5×7 to fit on a card.

The designer of this pattern did a great job with the colors for the word coffee. As someone I showed the finished piece to said, “very nice ombré.” It’s not variegated thread, it’s 4 colors. I barely had any left of one of the colors and managed to ration it just enough to have just a little leftover.

Since I changed the count this was supposed to be on the spiderwebs were extremely challenging to stitch. Lots of odd counting and trying to make new holes in the middle of things. They look awesome, but not fun when you go changing things around from what was intended.

Besides taking much longer to stitch than expected this was a fun project to make. For the inside of the card I added some pumpkin paper to bring some color to the card.

Stitching

Started: September 1

Finished: October 3

Stitching time: 19 hours 15 minutes

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Christmas Cardinal cross stitch card

This card is from a 1988 vintage kit. I inherited from one of my mom’s friends who no longer cross stitches. Something new I am trying with this cross stitch and future ones are to track how much time they take me.

I’m sure you know the adage “when you’re having fun it doesn’t feel like work.” For me that applies to cross stitch. It’s something I enjoy, probably the longest running thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never really looked at how long it’s taken me. Honestly I was quite surprised at how long it takes to do even a smaller pattern like this.

Maybe to some this doesn’t seem small. I have done some fairly large cross stitch projects that take months of steady work which skews my perception. This is the third Christmas cross stitch card I have made. These are the first cross stitch cards I have made with no intended recipient. The concept of potentially selling these cards has been presented to me and you might be reading this because you saw the card, liked it, and have come here to read more.

Cardinal cross stitch, no backstitching or French knots

This cross stitch was straightforward. Almost all of the stitches are whole stitches. Very little backstitching. Quite a few French knots (at least none in gold metallic thread).

I used the Thread Magic again, it works ok. I still had quite a bit of fraying going on. I also snagged a cool idea from Instagram with storing the leftover thread pieces in a little baby food jar. This actually comes in quite handy when working on the go. I have a built in trash receptacle with me all the time. When I’m at home sometimes I forget and start stretching super far to reach the trash can only to remember I have something much closer. Due to lack of good lighting or access to my normal camera I didn’t get a photo of my jar for this project. Hoping next time I will!

Completed card, standing up

This kit came complete with the trifold card with embossed frame and envelope. I was able to easily get the card assembled. This time I did not use any backing on the cross stitch.

Stitching

Started: July 16

Finished: August 31

Stitching time: 7 hours 45 minutes

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