Squirrels Gone Nutz, The Greetery

Stitching with Thanks! A Squirrel Gone Nutz Blog Hop

Hi! If you are following along on the hop, you have just come from the wonderful V Fairchild! I will also have the hop list listed at the end of my blog post just in case you get lost along the way.

We have a wonderful blog hop theme this month – Stitching with Thanks! I tell you it’s been awhile since I stitched anything and soon I found out while doing these project inspirations – my eyes are not what they used to be! I was going nuts just trying to make sure I didn’t miss any stitches. But inspite of the my best effort, I still missed a few but as you can see – not so noticeable!

Before I get into the details of how I created my cards for today, I want to explain a little about our fun little hop. We are a group of crafting friends who decided to host this hop to showcase each other’s talents and to encourage each other to use crafty stash that we haven’t used in a really long time or that we have “squirreled away”! In this particular case, I will be using embroidery floss that were from my cross stitch days. The photo below shows just my stash in one box, I have three more just as full!

The die I am using for this project is a rectangular stitching die from Paper Smooches (yet another squirreled away item). Unfortunately the company closed down about a year ago so I am not sure if you can still find the exact one, but since stitching on cards is now all the rage, there are a lot available out there.

I wanted to use The Greetery Macrame dies I had in my stash which has a zigzag faux macrame style pattern so I sketched out the zigzag design at the back of die cut stitching die.

Then I spent about two nights stitching the zigzag pattern in rainbow colors. It was so nice to get back into stitching again – the only problem was that I had a hard time keeping track of the stitches. But I kept on going and in the end, I think I did a pretty good job!

Before adhering the stiched panel onto a card base, I glued two layers of paper strips at the back on all sides to create some space for the stitches at the back.

Then I lined up the Macrame diamond pattern die cuts and adhered them on top of the stiching with liquid glue. I then added some acetate to the back of the front panel. I had die-cut a window on it using one of the rectangle dies from the Hero ArtsNesting Infinity Rectangle die set. Then I adhered a stamped and die-cut “Thank You” sentiment also from the Opposites Attract stamp set also from The Greetery.

Then I did the same for my second cross stiched panel but this time I only used the zigzag macrame pattern as I wanted to show more of the stitching. Then I adhered the die-cut sentiment “Just a Note” on the front of the acetate window.

I finished off both cards with a frame die cut using the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity dies. Speaking of Hero Arts, I will be linking these projects on the STAY CRAFTY WITH HERO CHALLENGE – Rainbows theme!

Next on the hop is the lovely and creative Bory! Hop on over to her blog and show her some love!

‘Til next time!

❤️

Anna

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Anna Mahtani

Boryana Yankova

Marie Bingaman

Karen Page

Lounon Riviere

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5 thoughts on “Stitching with Thanks! A Squirrel Gone Nutz Blog Hop”

  1. Love these so much!!!! Using the macrame die cuts as accents was such a genius finishing touch!!! Never would have thought of that!!!

  2. They look so beautiful ! I was speechless when I saw your embroidery floss as I must have 3 or 4 mini bobbins :p You really did a beautiful work !

  3. Rainbowy goodness, my friend!!! Wow, I bet that pattern tested your eyes for sure! I would have been cross eyed by the time I finished 2 panels! But all your effort was so worth it as both cards are just stunning and a great use of the HA products! And I apparently need to go get more floss… LOL!

  4. My friend, these are just amazeballs! I can’t believe you did both of these in just 2 nights!! It took me so many more evenings just doing the one panel that I did for the hop. Loving all that yummy rainbow-ness too! 🙂

    ~Marie

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