I've been making paper hearts for Valentine's Day. The patterns for these hearts are available on http://www.patternsonline.com/.
I started with an empty sheet of graph paper and drew hearts. They are not symmetrical. I doodled all kinds of patterns in these hearts. Then I colored them with red and purple colored pencils. I picked out my 3 favorite to convert into cross stitch patterns.
Every time I pictured these hearts they where red and purple on a white background. But as I was searching for perforated paper I found brown and I remembered several pink and brown quilts I had seen over the summer. The colors looked great and I filed them away in my mind for a future project. The brown paper shows off the pinks wonderfully.
I think this is one of my easiest designs yet. They stitched up very quickly. I think I'm going to make my samples into Valentine's Day cards. They would also look cute glued on to the cover of a photo album or notebook.
I still think these would look great in red, purple and white. I'd like to make some more in those colors soon. But, I'm busy with spring patterns. I'd like to put out one a week for the next month. That's my goal anyways.