Sunday, May 19, 2013

Keep Calm & Ask Mom

This week at Pile It On we're challenging you to use Fabric and/or Felt on your creations. I decided to use the opportunity to incorporate a cross stitch project into my cardmaking, with this pocket card and interactive bookmark:

I designed the cross stitch pattern using a background grid in InDesign. It's stitched with 2 strands in bright red DMC embroidery floss onto Oatmeal 14-count Aida cloth. It's pretty easy to stitch, as I mostly did the stitches over 2 rows (it didn't look so great in single stitches).

The Jean-patterned paper is from my stash; gee, I've had that for years and years! I made my own template for the pocket, and sanded both pieces with my Prima distressing tool. I added machine stitching to both pieces, but the pocket is adhered with double-sided tape.

It's difficult to see, but there's a white border on the front of the tag, cross stitched directly onto the red backing. Kinda tricky! but worth it.

When I showed my husband the bookmark/tag, he wondering if we could Velcro something to it, as he's using Velcro at work and once you use it you want to use it everywhere! This was a perfect suggestion, as I have some patches with Velcro on them in my stash. I put some adhesive Velcro on to the pocket, so you can switch around the pieces. 

Here's the back of the tag, with two Velcro-backed patches stuck on it.

Charisma Cardz #19: No Digis Allowed
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge: Mother's or for a female
Inspire Me Fridays #103: Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts Monday Challenge: Anything Goes and/or Mother's Day and/or May Flowers
Paper Shelter Challenge #112: Anything Goes
Squigglefly: Use a Pocket
Stamp n Doodle: Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers' Challenge #100: Anything Goes
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything goes + encouraging uplifting sentiment

Update: This was featured at Inspire Me Fridays. Thank you! I'm so honored to be in amongst the fabulous projects.

Thank you for visiting,


  1. wow loooove this pocket!!! So very awesome!

  2. This is fabulous! Verry creative and just love the design.
    Thank you for joining us at
    The Crafter's Cafe


  3. Great ways of bringing in felt and fabric - super creative!
    Thanks for sharing this in our challenge and PLEASE come back to play along with us again soon.
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. How very cute and sweet! I love the sentiment and your creativity! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

  5. This is just gorgeous!! Super cute!

    Thank you for joining us over at The Paper Shelter with our Anything Goes Challenge!


  6. This is so clever! I love, love, love the hand stitching!
    And just last night, I was sorting through my papers and I came upon some denim paper in my stash too! Really, just last night! I spent a lot of time trying to figure out a good use for it and today I see your post with your cute project. You've inspired me to use mine too. Have a great evening and thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. Very original project ! Beautiful work of sewing. Congratulations !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week.

    Hugs from France.

  8. Hello CG,
    I just thought I would zip over to check out your blog after you left me such a great comment about my scarf - which is going to get a wear out next week to the movies methinks.
    Anyway I am now a follower as I like mixing things up very much. Love your tag and pocket and the velcro idea is cool too. Now I am having a little detour about your blog.

  9. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

    Love the whole idea of this one! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

  10. Great project. Love the idea. Thanks for inspiration & thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Magda :)

  11. What a cute idea. Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Hope to see you again soon. Sarinda

  12. Very cool project great card.

    Thanks for joining us at stamp n doodle

    Tracey dt

  13. Very cool card! Thanks for sharing it on the Stampotique Challenge Blog. XOXO

  14. Love the fabric and the design of your card. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week.

  15. This is fabulous!! So creative and such wonderful work. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter.

  16. Stunning, love it!

    Thanks for joining us at SND

    Zoe x

  17. These are great, so creative.
    Thanks for playing at Charisma Cardz.

  18. brilliant design!!!

    I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thanks so much for sharing!! :)

  19. Love your pocket project! The distressing looks great and that cross-stitch bookmark is a perfect treasure to put in it! Thanks so much for joining us at Stampotique!
    Val :)

  20. Love this it's great, thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

  21. Very clever!! Thanks for playing with us this month at TCCCB!
    FYI: We have a DT Call going on right now! Be sure to check it out!! :)
    Karen C


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