Sep 30, 2019

X-Stitch Santa Teddy

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
 Lena here today sharing a X-stitch Christmas card. 
I hope you took advantage of the wonderful sale of international dies that Dies R Us  recently had.  It's during these sales that you'll find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, and Joy Crafts among others. The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter.

As you can see, I used a variety of dies to make and adorn this card.
For the top of this centre fold card, I used the Merry Christmas Text  from Jeanine's Art.  For stitching the Santa Teddy, I used the Cross Stitch L  from Marianne Designs.  To add a little extra on the sides, I added a Winterfun Corner from Precious Marieke to each side. This is a corner die but for my little straight sides, I snipped off the little corner flourish.  The tiny poinsettias on the bottom were cut using the Petite Poinsettia from The Frantic Stamper.  I also added a few snowflakes here and there for fill in some gaps that I felt needed a little extra something :-)  To cut those, I used a die set from Art Impressions.  I'm not sure that you can get it at the DRU store anymore because it is an old set.  A good replacement set is the Mini Snowflakes  from Lawn Fawn.  I have linked to it below.  The beaded trim around the stitched square was cut using Karen Burniston's Party Border Blends.  All that was left was to add a few gems here and there and it was done.

On the inside I made a frame for my message using the Doodle Square  from Marianne Design and then added a snowflake from the same set that I used above.

I love centre fold cards. They're fun to open, not hard to make and fold completely flat for mailing, so no extra postage needed as long as you don't add bulky embellishments.

When I saw this Santa Teddy pattern, it called my name.  Well, it is a little bigger than the Cross Stitch L  die.  So in order to add another 3/4" of the pin holes, I moved my die around the original square and ran it through the die cut machine again.  It's really easy to do since the holes from the die nestle beautifully into those that are already cut in the cardstock.  I do strongly suggest you secure your die with removable tape, or you will end ruining your original cut.  Yup, I learnt the hard way :-)

As always, here is a  quick guide to the crafty supplies used,
 each linked to the Dies R Us store for your convenience.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card today.  Christmas will be here before you know it, so I hope that I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along with us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 15th of every month.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest too.

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