Thursday, July 19, 2012

Unseasonal Holiday Cards

So it's not really the time of year for winter holiday stitching, but a few things made it seem appropriate.  First, the weather has been very hot and humid, so I thought if I stitched winter themes I could trick myself into feeling cooler.  That actually did not prove to be successful.  The AC is best for that.  Then the JCS ornament preview issue arrived with a couple of designs I couldn't resist stitching.  And finally,  the World of Charity Stitching Yahoo group started a July project to collect stitched cards to distribute to nursing homes in December.  I've been a member of that group for a while and finally found the time and right project for participating.
So here we have four stitched cards as a result.  I decided to try ribbon trim on these.  A very quick finishing technique and I was only in the mood for quick finishing.

The first is the Blue Ribbon Designs ornament from the JCS preview.  I think this is the cutest in the series so far.  I love the white owl, the bunny and those teeny birds.  

 

Next is the Full Circle ornament from the same magazine.  I changed the "Ho Ho Ho" to "Peace", but otherwise I don't think I changed anything.  I like the long, skinny shape. Works well on a card.

           

At long last, I stitched my first CEC Mitten design.  This was a freebie called the Mitten Mitten.  The chart was in black and white and I didn't have a color photo of the finish, so this was a mystery stitch.  I had no idea how the colors were going to mesh.  I don't think I would have chosen that particular green for the background, but at least all the other colors show up pretty well against it.  And not having enough contrast always bugs me.



And for the last in the series, we have one more Full Circle design from the 2011 JCS Ornament issue.  Such a little cutie.  I never got around to it last year.  The red ribbon has gold glitter on it that doesn't show up so well in the photo, but in real life I think it makes a nice border.






28 comments:

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Very, very nice Annie! I have no doubt that the recipients will love them. What s kind and generous thing for you to do!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

How darling each one is, a very perfect Holiday Greeting for each recipient :)

Margaret said...

They're all so nice! The recipients are going to love them!

Jan said...

Those are just adorable. Great work.

Silverlotus said...

Lovely cards! You did a great job.

Nancy said...

Annie your cards look beautiful! Very appropriate for "Christmas in July"! I love the green background on the mitten - very festive.

Miss 376 said...

You have been busy. Stitching sat under the AC seems to be the perfect way to cope with the heat

CATHI said...

Very beautiful!

Cathi

Nima Titus said...

so nice to see your holiday stitching..lovely as always

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great job on the cards and what a lovely thing for your group to do.

Vinniey said...

All those card designs are lovely! Quick finishing technique but beautiful! Great job, Annie! :)

Carol said...

It does seem weird stitching winter stuff at this time of year, doesn't it, Annie? I've been finishing Christmas ornaments this week myself!

I know the lucky recipients of your cards will be so pleased, Annie...They are all adorable--I especially love the second one (is that a little moon with a Santa hat on in the upper corner? Too cute!!).

How do you attach the stitching to the cards?

ArchangelDecker said...

I'm sure the cards will go over like gangbusters. They are all so pretty!

♥ Nia said...

I love how you used the ribbons on the cards :) I have to try that too ;)
Hugs&smiles

Karen said...

How nice of you to make those, Annie, I'm sure they will be very treasured! I bet you are so glad to have your AC working again!

Gina E. said...

You left a nice comment on my blog about my charity quilts - now I can reciprocate! What a lovely idea, to give your beautiful stitched cards to residents in nursing homes. As one who used to work in aged care, I know just how much your work will be treasured.

Anne said...

Lovely designs Annie. How wonderful for nursing home residents to receive such prettiness. They shall smile! I think the mitten mitten is very cute too. :)

Elaine said...

The Residents are going to be delighted with those pretty cards Annie. Such a lovely project for your group to do.

Melanie said...

How adorable are these??? LOVE THEM! :)

Anne said...

Aw!! Love these cards!! Especially the BRD one with that snowy owl! I think they are all adorable!! Great job Annie!!

Brigitte said...

Some very creative cards. I love the ribbons on the cards - gives me some ideas how to use several of my ribbons that are way too broad for pinkeeps.

Michelle said...

They are all beautiful - the recipients are going to love them!

Annette said...

So you have been busy!!
Love all your pieces!!
have so much fun with your next projects!!

Sandra said...

Oh Annie I can't decide which one to favorite, they are all gorgeous!!! the ribbons on the cards look fantastic.

I do like the green in the mitten and think it makes a nice color combo.

Your post has reminded me that my little brother (shouldn't keep calling him that now that he's 40 lol) requested cross stitched ornaments as a Christmas present. Guess I'll have to make something special for the twins.

E.L. Chard said...

Well my other comment went poof so here I am trying again, lol. I think this is totally the time of year for winter stitching but then again maybe we are just thinking alike. I fiound myself going through an older JCS ornie issue today and making a mental list of those I'd like to stitch. As if I'll find the time but one can dream!
Your cards are so cute and I like the idea of using ribbon up that way. The recipients are gonna be tickled to receive these.

zoomcity said...

They're fantastic, Annie! I love seeing what you come up with. You always make me smile. I can't pick a favorite; I'm glad I don't have to. Maybe the mitten is that wild green color to create contrast. Terrific job.

Mylene said...

wow! Such beautiful cards, great job!!

Rachel S-H said...

Your needle is smoking!