Sunday, 2 June 2013

New Baby Cross Stitched Card. A very "stitchy" weekend.

This weekend has been all about cross stitching. Woohoo! Finally, I have finished my cross stitched teddy  and mounted it on a card. I was backstitching it all afternoon yesterday and today I've washed it, ironed it and mounted on the card and embellished the whole thing :) Quite elaborate piece of work considering how many hours have gone into stitching the teddy itself plus how much time I spent today pondering on the card layout and choosing the right stamps! :) Pink gingham paper was a must! - I just love gingham patterns. Cross stitched cards are the most time-consuming types of cards but they are so unique and special in this way. Not bad ;) Pleased with the results.


The card will go to my colleague, who recently has had a baby - gorgeous ginger-haired Millie May. Hope she likes it. 



The cross stitch design comes from Cute Cross Stitch magazine, a newbie on the press market, issue no.1, Spring 2013. The stamps I used to make a tag: Nordic Baby from The Waltzing Mouse Stamps and the punched lacy heart border was made using Martha Stewart punch Heart Border
Still on the cross stitch frontline, yesterday a new issue of subscribed Cross Stitcher arrived through the post and since I just loved their added freebie, I started stitching it immediately :) These 3 supa cute retro / folksy flowers are sooooo my style! They will make a set of 3 cross stitched notelets. 



I'm really enjoying stitching them right now!
Speaking of the cute flowers, I have been sooo over the moon when I managed to get hold of these 2 gorgeous sets of stamps:


In a way they are very special for me. These are the stamps by Basic Grey from 2009 - series: Ambrosia Bitsy Bohemia stamps. Very difficult to buy now as they are the retired products. I spotted them being reserved and then bought by someone else in a 2nd hand craft market group on facebook (doh!) and since I'm always on the lookout for the craft products with a unique folky feel, I knew I had to find a set like this for myself too. I scoured the whole internet looking for them and finally some persistent search on ebay made my dream come true :)))) there was one seller in Germany who was still selling them and now I can enjoy card making with these beautiful designs. How lucky I was! My favourites among these sets are naturally the  gorgeous folky butterfly, 2 birds on the branches and a folky medallion with a butterfly inside (two separate stamps).

To finish off with this stampaholic confession, I'm linking up tonight at Hand-made Harbour to do some blog hopping. Hope all you have had a good weekend and enjoyed the last two sunny days. x x

20 comments:

  1. The stamps look amazing, so will look forward to seeing what you make with them.

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  2. A lovely card - such a lot of work has gone into it. And I love those flowers so much I might have to but the magazine!

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  3. That card will be put away somewhere very safe and treasured!

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  4. Your card is amazing. So neatly stitched. The recipient will be over the moon and will treasure it.

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  5. Your beautiful card is a treasure. I am such a stingy person when it comes to cross-stitch. I haven't done much, but what I have done I hoard. I LOVE the flowers from your new magazine. They would look wonderful in a variety of color combinations, but I particularly like the aqua and red.

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  6. Hi Martha,
    the cross stitched bear is soooo cute!
    And I also like the flowers you are working on.
    KATRIN W.

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  7. Hi Martha,
    your Cross-Stich-Works are wonderful, so are the cards you created!
    Thank you also for your so kind comments again!
    Have a wonderful new week,
    hugs to you,
    Claudia

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  8. That is a very pretty card, it must have taken you ages. I'm sure it'll be a very treasured memory in years to come.

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  9. The card is beautiful and the pieces you added really compliment the cross-stitch. You were determined to find those stamps weren't you? I'm glad you succeeded in the end. You'll have to show us pictures when you use them.
    I like the retro flowers you're working on now too, I'll have to have a look at the new issue at Smith's.
    Have a creative week.

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  10. All the details of the card tie in so beautifully together. I love how the gingham pattern looks with the cross stich. Happy Handmade Monday!

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  11. Your card is so pretty. I'm sure Millie May's mum will love it.

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  12. aww what a lovely card! the gingham background sets off the cross stitch perfectly, i'm sure it will be treasured for years to come :)

    your new stamps are very pretty too, well done for tracking them down! x

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  13. Beautiful card. The teddy looks so cute sitting there.

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  14. Gorgeous Teddy :-) I love cross stitch and think it makes for a lovely card - especially ones that will likely be kept for ever! Simmi x

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  15. I haven't done any cross stitch for ages but I know just how addictive it can be!

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  16. A very time consuming and beautiful card, a lovely gift. Have a good week, Jo x

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  17. These cards with the cross stitching are just so lovely!! They are very special with the extra stitching and add such a keepsake addition to the card. The cards would be great framed and hung on the nursery walls. Lucky, lucky recipients!!

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  18. Gorgeous card for a gorgeous baby hun x

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  19. Hi, have you got the numbers for the colors used for that lovely teddy bear. Thanks.

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