OCCD (Obsessive Compulsive Cross-Stitching Disorder)

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! 🙂

Author: Stamp All The Things!

Hi there! Thank you for visiting! My name is Sphoorti. I know it's a hard name, so you can call me "Sporty", which is what a lot of people do (LOL). When I was in school, I'd know when the teacher was about to call on my name because he/she would pause and start saying, "I know I'm going to butcher this name...." Haha! I'd change my name to make it easier for everyone, but I love its meaning in my native language, which is "inspiration". I'm originally from South India, but I currently live near Los Angeles, CA and have been in the US for around 15 years (4 of which were when I was a teenager). When I was a teenager, I used to make my own cards. By "cards", I mean pieces of printer paper folded in half with confetti and stickers glued onto them, and sentiments written out with Gelly Roll pens. I'm not sure why I stopped (might have had something to do with my family moving back to India around that time), but in December 2016, I rediscovered the wonderful world of cardmaking and have been in love and hooked ever since! I was drawn to all the card drives that companies / other people have (for example, the Caring Hearts Card Drive (by Vera Yates), and the Altenew Celebrating Parents card drive), and have been spending a lot of my free time mass producing cards for them. Oh, and I just came across a new card drive called Cards for Little Hearts, and it's for the Nationwide Children's Hospital who are looking to send Birthday and Graduation cards to patients and I can't wait to start making cards for them as well. My day job is in Software - I'm a consultant. Not sure how I ended up here either, because my original dream was to become a pilot, but when I took the introductory course, I learned that my feet wouldn't reach the pedals because I'm too short. So, there went that dream! (I'm 5' tall in case you're wondering. :) ) My future goals as far as cardmaking goes include having my own YouTube channel, and also designing my own stamps (for which I'll need to learn new tools such as Adobe Illustrator - you'd think I know how to use this tool already being in the software field, but nope!). I've had a number of good ideas but I'm still looking into how to go about making / selling stamps. Oh, and one my goals was to start my own blog, and it looks like I'm about to reach that goal right now. Yay!

3 thoughts on “OCCD (Obsessive Compulsive Cross-Stitching Disorder)”

  1. I love the thinking process behind all of this! It’s inspiring to know that ideas come organically if you just go with the flow! The card turned out awesome. Keep them coming!

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