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Cross Stitch to Calm

Recently, I learned to cross-stitch. It’s so decadent to take up a craft that takes forever to complete.  Each line appear slowly, like an image being downloaded on a computer in the 1990s. And yet, I love it. It t gives me the chance to do something else than sit in front of a computer screen at night.

The origami crane is a pattern from Cross-Stitch to Calm: Stitch and De-stress With 40 Simple Patterns by Leah Lintz.  It took me 2 hours to get this far. Crazy!



Japanese playing cards HYAKUNIN-ISSHU

IMG_5086I bought an old set of Japanese playing cards. I think they are called HYAKUNIN-ISSHU (100 Poems by 100 Poets).


The goal of the game is to match the poem with the author, but I can’t do it correctly because I don’t read Japanese.


The illustrations are beautiful.


I was thinking of using them for collage, but I would feel very bad breaking the set.

Tri-Fold Shutter Card


I made this tri-fold shutter card by following the video tutorial of TheMadStamper on Youtube.


This is what the card looks like from the top.  It’s all about folding. There’s not much gluing in the card itself (except to apply the decorative paper), so I really like that.


When you decorate the card, make sure to leave some empty rectangles to write greetings. Plan carefully: some greetings will show when you close the card (see next photo).


This is what the card looks like when it’s closed. The central card (pale grey) could hold a main greeting.

I thought this card could be used to make an interesting zine. Maybe I can even put some of my comics on the panels.