All my ATCs this month went to the same person (Laura Borst), as we organised a private exchange. We agreed to two themes and we would each choose one of them. Laura chose a bear theme, so I stitched this lovely little chap with gingham on his face, ears and paws, holding a flower. The moment I saw him in the magazine, I knew he was perfect! I had a small, thin sheet of cork that I thought went very well with the colour scheme, so I stuck the stitching to that, and then the piece on pale beige card stock, which I think gives a very nice effect. Finally, I chose some letter stickers with metallic gold edging to spell out the word “BEAR”. I used craft scissors with fancy-edge blades to add a bit of interest to the shape. Since there was plenty of room on the back, I also stuck a little bear, which I cut out of some wrapping paper, under the info. I think it turned out rather cute!
The second theme (which I chose) was roses. I don’t usually stitch florals, so this was an excuse to do something a bit different. I found this design online (it was a freebie) and thought it very pretty. I also liked the idea of leaving the scalloped edge,so I stitched it on perforated paper, which enabled me to cut out an unusual shape with no fraying (wonderful stuff!). I added beads instead of stitching the tiny buds and also in the border, just for a bit of texture. I used some pretty floral wrapping paper on the cardstock and added some floral crystal letters to spell out “ROSE”, then used a decorative corner punch to give an unusual shape to the whole thing.
Laura relocated this month, so I decided to add an extra little ATC to welcome her to her new home. This pretty little blackwork design was from a magazine and I couldn’t resist it, despite there being a huge amount of French knots in it (which I hate!). I chose card stock that had a swirly pattern on it in a pale oatmeal colour that coordinated with the fabric, then used a wide, ridged ribbon in deep red (to coordinate with the stitching) and a narrow satin ribbon in black (for contrast) on the two edges.
I hope Laura likes her ATCs as much as I enjoyed stitching them for her!