It is true. I’m a victim of OCCD. LOL!
Truth is, I never thought I’d be into cross stitching, or just stitching in general. I used to see my mom crochet and my aunts stitch stuff and while I found it fascinating to watch, I was overwhelmed by the amount of time and patience it requires, and never thought I’d be able to even start working on a piece, let alone finish it. Then, I saw a Jennifer McGuire cross-stitching video. I think you can probably guess what happened next. LOL! I went on a shopping spree and bought a bunch of DMC Pearl Cotton Variations Flosses and Cross Stitching Dies and needles and a thing to hold all these things… and so many other things! I just went nuts.
Then, I was back to feeling overwhelmed by all the supplies I bought, and whether I’d be good at it, or even like it. I kept putting it off for a while, just like I did with the glitter paste (see my FOMAM blog post for the full story) and then finally, decided to just try it. And Oh…. My…. God!!!! (Pretend I said it like Janice from Friends – haha!) I was, and still am, absolutely hooked! I have no idea what it is, but it’s so addictive! Who knew it would be so satisfying poking a piece of paper a million times?! Haha!
So, originally, I bought the Paper Smooches Cross Stitched Rectangle die and it’s a large rectangle and it took me a while to finish one of the cards. So, what I did was – I started cutting them into strips and making multiple cards out of just one of the Cross Stitched Rectangle die cuts. (You can find variations of these on my Instagram account).
Then I came across the Studio Katia Stitched Borders dies. If you’re looking for just a few rows of holes, it’s perfect for you! Okay, that sounded weird, but what else do you call the holes? Anyone know? Please let me know in the comments if you do. hahaha!
So in addition to the long rectangles, there is a small square die with a very small number of holes. It looked like the perfect weapon of mass production for me! haha! So, I used the square to cut out three squares with the holes and cross stitched them in. Then, I used 3mm Moonstone sequins by Simon Says Stamp and some seed beads from Pretty Pink Posh (I don’t remember which specific ones, sorry!) and stitched those in too. At this point, I thought I’d just put a sentiment die cut and call it a day, but then, I left my sentiment dies at home, and I was at my boyfriend’s place at the time. The only thing I had was a “Holiday Wishes” sentiment on vellum that I embossed and kept ready last year when I was mass producing cards. So, I figured I’d make this card a holiday card and drew lines with a silver Gelly Roll pen connecting the top of the card to the squares making them look like ornaments. I didn’t think the silver Gelly Roll was very prominent so I stuck pieces of silver thread on top. And this is what I ended up with!
What do you guys think? Please do let me know in the comments section! 🙂