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I’m seeing stars, pink stars

I’m aiming to only send handmade cards in 2013 (see my other aims here), and as it’s the 3rd birthday of a friend’s daughter this Saturday, I need a card…

Little girls tend to like pink, so I found pink paper in my stash and used this as my background colour. I used coordinating paper to create a band across the paper and added an embellishment to wish the recipient happy birthday:


I always make quite simple cards, don’t I? I quite like this card, but it’s not quite suitable for a 3 year old. I’m sure I will find a use for it.
I was a fan of the background with the white stars, so used it again. I dug around and with the help of a few buttons and a sticker, made this:


That’s much more suitable for a 3 year old!


How to make your own sewable stars

I got some lovely comments about my snowflake garland I made a few weeks ago.


As I mentioned in my original post, it was a free kit in this months Cross Stitcher magazine. You guys aren’t the only people loving the garland. Apparently a lot of people have been contacting the magazine to find out where to buy more stars. They have put together a guide to making your own stars on their blog, so now you can all have a go and make your own!

Snowflake Garland

Apologies in advance…
This may be slightly Christmas themed!

Last year I made some basic stuffed Christmas ornaments using just red and white colours. I like the simplicity and effect of just the two colours. I think I’ll stick with the sane theme this year – it’s timeless!

I treated myself to this months Crossstitcher magazine. Out of all the cross stitch magazines this is my favourite as it is always full of modern ideas. I fancied the Scandi style booklet (free gift) as it sticks to my favourite Christmas colour scheme. The free kit this month also fits with this theme. I have a collection of free kits from magazines, and rarely make them.as soon as I get them, but thought why not? this time. I was also considering turning the stitching part into Christmas cards…

Anyway, the stitching part of this kit was to stitch a snowflake onto card. With three cards precut with holes, I actually found this very easy, despite being my first time stitching on something other than aida! The three cards each have a different design, and each one took a couple of hours (so an evening) to stitch. My favourite is the white on red snowflake – which is yours?




The hole in the top means they wouldn’t work as card toppers. If I put brown paper under or over the hole, it would be very obvious where the hole is. I did consider turning them into a bauble type thing, with the coloured star shapes as the back, and whilst it looked good, the holes didn’t match those on the matching side if you used one of the other stars in the pack. They were growing on me, so I decided to string them up as a trial.

I actually quite like this:


When initially hung they just hung in the middle, facing the side. I stuck the tips onto the fireplace with bluetac for this photo. After playing a bit with the string I managed to get them to hang properly:


I think I’ll put these away until C time!