Over the years I’ve given my friend and family a lots of hand-made gifts, and especially cards. I’ve given a lot of cross-stitched cards. Some of them were ‘freebies’ from cross stitch magazines that I used to get – I can’t afford them now as they are so expensive, but I always enjoyed making them. My mum has kept everything I have ever given her, and since I haven’t got anything new to show you just now, I thought I would show you some of my old cards instead. Some of them are over fifteen years old, which you can probably tell if you look closely! The card above was a lovely little project, and I loved the free printed card that came with it.
This cross stitched card of autumn leaves was given to my dad for his birthday.
This jolly seaside card reminded me of the summer holidays by the sae when I was a child.
This card was stitched on evenweave – almost the first time I had ever worked on evenweave.
Another birthday card for my dad.
This lovely card used some different needlepoint stitches
My very first attempt at hardanger, and I am still hooked!
A beadwork card – I am still hooked on beadwork too.
This Christmas card was made with folded fabric – rather like a tulip pattern.
I made over 70 of these mandala Christmas cards! I had to stamp three images for each card, then colour them, and cut sections of the design out rather like decoupage. I used sticky pads to lift the layers up, and added a little jewel in the centre. I started in October, and I loved doing them, but it did take a long time!
I’m sure there are a few more of my cards and gifts around, so I’ll see how many other I can find to show you. It would be great to see cards or gifts you’ve made.