Do you have a lot of extra threads lying around? Get creative! There are plenty of free mandala or floral designs on the internet or magazines which don't require a lot of colors. You can apply the colors you have to any design that is monochromatic. 

The image attached is a completed cross stitch that we did using only 1 Variations floss. This design can be done with any thread color :) and we found it on The Gift of Stitching Digital Magazine (now defunct!). 

 written by Hamidah Gul