Stitching many of my smaller designs into cards and tags to combine my love of stitching and papercrafting.
Paper Smooches has die cuts that allow you to cut your own perforated paper. I have a friend who makes me laugh and has put me in stitches—twice and I have the Frankenstein scars and two new hips to prove it. I put this pattern on my website Fronyritterdesigns.com under free patterns.
My sister gave me this die cut from MFT stamps so I could cut my own perforated paper in the shape of a tag. I suspect she wants me to stitch her some tags. Here is my first design. I used four strands of DMC floss and two strands for back stitching.
To get the pattern free go to Fronyritterdesigns.com.
This year I learned there was a name for leftover bits of stitching floss. They are called “orts”. I had coined the word “flivers” by joining the words “floss” and “slivers” and used that term until I was enlightened. My husband, when he finds threads on the floor or his clothes, or in his soda, calls them “sniblets”. (Unlike mine, his word doesn’t make sense.) There is even a needlework store in Florida called Needle Orts.
I loved my ort colors from my recent chart, Stay Cool My Friend, so I kept them and made paper. Here’s how.
1. I cut my orts into small pieces.
2. I tore scrap paper into shreds.
3. I let in soak in water for an hour or so.
4. My husband, suspecting what I was up to, hid the blender because he remembers when I fried the blender with paper pulp. In the days when a floppy disk was a frisbee grandma made of polyester and a memory stick was a prop used in New Age group therapy, I had to print out copies of my thesis every time I changed it. I both wanted to avoid wasting the piles of paper and use the recycled paper to make Thank You cards to my professors who endured the paper Avalanche I foisted on them (and because they let me cross stitch during class). So this time I used a mortar and pestle.
5. Grind paper to pulp, mix in orts. Some people add a little white glue. If you want your paper to be less porous add a little cornstarch.
6. Spread onto a screen and flatten with a sponge or hand.
7. Let water seep out and let dry.
8. Pop out of screen and admire.
9. Use to make cards and tags and stay cool my friend and repurpose your orts.
I am so eager for Saint Patrick’s Day that I am having a second party to celebrate this day. I made favor boxes that I filled with Sees’s shamrock chocolate. Because I believe in chocolate I also made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. And of course, it is an excuse to display counted cross stitch.
On a recent plane flight I noticed the attendants were giving out cool bottles. I immediately thought of decorating them and filling them with candy for Christmas table favors. So I took a couple, and convinced those around me to take a couple and we emptied the contents for the sake of using them for a craft project. In all honesty, drinking the alcohol within also helped us to cope with the rabid weasels, disguised as children, who were (never) seated on the plane in front of us.
I used paper, baker’s twine and die cuts from Lifestyle Crafts to repurpose these bottles.
I went to a San Francisco 49ers football game and struck gold. I was given a snack box (or three) to take to my seat. The snacks were great, and the box was even better. While others were discarding their used boxes, I tucked mine under my sweater so I didn’t overtly look like a bag lady. I gazed around furtively, in case anyone were to try to separate me from my treasure.
I used Martha Stewart paper, ribbon, EK Success punches on card stock and the corrugated sleeve of a cup of Starbucks coffee to make a Halloween treat box. Oh yeah, the game was good too.