Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cross-Stitch my Heart

Growing up I remember these framed 'art' that my mother made with Cross-Stitch.  She stitched in fine detail a stunning Tiger and in another frame a vase filled with vibrant flowers.
I never learned the art of cross stitch.
My friend Pam is known for her award winning patterns even... so it has always been a temptation to learn!
(the embroidery thread makes such pretty bracelets - lol)
With the NEW Sweet Threads Simply Sent kit (Spring Mini) I jumped at the opportunity to combine my love of cards and paper crafting with the memories of my mother's art of Cross~Stitching.
This KIT includes all one needs to learn HOW to Cross-Stitch.  It has the patterned card stock base, the stitch dies in a tulip and a cupcake... come and play along with me!
So I'm farrrrr from perfect - lol... just ask my kids and husband - lol... but I find that new challenges can quickly frustrate my A~Type Personality.
HERE goes to show that everyone has room to grow and yes, it's OK to 'mess up'.  I stitched with a different needle that was larger than the whole - this caused me to pull harder than necessary.  As I finished the last stitch, I pulled tightly and did it so quick and hard that I ripped the tulip!
It was soooo upsetting.. I wanted to throw it to the ground and walk away... what a lesson that would be to my kids - lol.

I left it to the side and re-thunk it by the next day.
Taking one of the clean slate dies, I then planned out a replacement with a pencil on a clean Whisper White card stock.  I now can re-do it!  I love that I was able to come up with a solution while having a great example for my kids.

I'll punch this out with our Ovals to create an 'Easter Egg' w/ a Tulip in the middle!  BAM!  A Save!!  YES!!
This Kit comes with EVERYTHING You'll Need - including extensive directions and pictures on how-to!!
OF COURSE... I'm going to change it up!
So using our FREE Sale~A~Bration Mini Vine Street Textured Impression Embossing Folder (YES ~ FREE!!) and my Big Shot for 1/2 way Up the card.
Our Primrose Petal pink ink is a match to the pink thread.  It's a fun way to add to the card and stay coordinated!!
'Memories' from the Loving Thoughts stamp set (Idea Book & Catalog).  It captures the memories of my mom's amazing skills!  I then debated whether to add the Tea Lace paper doily or not... hmmmm...
Without it's still lovely...
but I added it just because I loved the results!
Break Up the White on White by using my Sponge Daubers in Primrose Petal ink on the Cross~Stitched card.
Bling??  Meeeee??? lol  Yes!
Our Basic Jewels Pearls kit has these tiny adhesive backed pearls... perfect for the flower!  (Like icing a cake!)
So go simple, clean and elegant...
Or be like me and change it up!
Either Way you are Sure to warm some one's heart!
With out delay,
I wrote a nice note to my mom and
Popped it in the mail!
We both are busy and don't live near one another...
So this will be a nice surprise!
Change it up and Add to it...
Embossing the lip of the envelope was a
fun touch and sooo easy, too!
This Spring Card stretched me - in a good way.
Sewing together the memories of my childhood to my mommy-hood was a nice way to embrace this chilly day!
Mixed Mediums are all the rage, too!
What do YOU think?
Your favorite childhood memories?
Leave me a comment and let me know...
The FREE Items from Sale~A~Bration is limited, so grab YOURS before they are gone!!  They are UNLIMITED, too!
The Spring Mini is limited, too... so try something NEW and have FUN learning (like me) Cross~Stitch or Mix your mediums like we did in this card. 
and all items are available to order 24/7*!
*Pick Jamie Albanese as your demonstrator and save 10%!!


  1. Jamie what a beautiful card! I did not get the cross stictch, but I love yours.

  2. From a person who does a lot of cross stitching, you did a fine job - as well as learning a lot in the process. Your patience and ingenuity are admirable. Thanks for sharing your talent and insights with the LNS group this week.


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