Christmas cards

I’ve been making Christmas cards for a few years now and I really enjoy the process. I have a few tricks to make it an easy and enjoyable task:

  1.  I only make a few, typically around 20 and my list is ordered by importance so if I dont make as many that year then some people can get shop bought ones
  2. I try and start early i.e. September
  3. I look for patterns that require materials I already have.
  4. About half are a simple pattern that can be repeated in different combinations (I have a tree template that gets cracked out every year)
  5. I try and pick patterns that require a little prep and then I can complete in the evenings while watching tv
  6. I add in some more complicated patterns to keep it interesting
  7. It’s absolutely ok if they look handmade. They are

And for the moment this works for me.

 

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Greeting cards for all occasions

February is a birthday month in my family, which combined with valentines day and a really early mothers day, meant I used up my stock of handmade cards and needed to replenish it.

Also as it’s my birthday in feb, my stock of coloured paper (my closest friends dont write on the coloured envelopes anymore so I have more to use), and cards was also increased, so I had new things to play with.

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Yeah, this is how I work

I got all of my crafting things out and covered the table and played. I spent a very fun sunday afternoon making the following different cards:

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The first batch I made I used a technique I often fall back on: windows. I like the way it lets me combine a large variety of different pictures and patterns and still look chic. I don’t have a picture but I also managed to get my partner to make a card with this technique for his mother. The card on the left uses some of my large ribbon stash and a simple weaving technique. IMAG0703

I was then looking for cards that used up my stash of coloured envelopes. The balloon card I’ve made before and have a template for the balloon shape, which makes it a quick make. The bunting cards came from a tesco post. And the log cabin card triggered a brand new idea and one I loved playing with.

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These log cabin cards are made in a similar way to lag cabin quilts with strips added then cut to size and gosh do they look beautiful. But oh my they make a mess, and so many scraps. It is definitely something I’ll be doing again though.

Bank Holiday Monday Blues

I’d had some high expectations for this post, I’d had a brilliant idea for something I wanted to make and a one and a half days to make it. I did actually finish it, and finished all the machine work on my second laptop case. But today after finishing sewing and tidying up, I was intending to go out. Instead I’ve ended up back on the sofa, where it’s safe. I wasn’t exactly that excited about my plans but it didn’t warrant me crying as I locked the door. I made it to the end of the road, before heading home again. I know my therapist would say that I have to learn to accept and acknowledge the part of me that isn’t comfortable socialising with strangers but its still a blow to feel that incapable. So I’m going to leave the post about my exciting project until I can feel excited about it.

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Instead a few pictures of some cards I made, June is one of the birthday months in my family, so I was just doing some prep and making the most of my flatmates being out to use up all the space in the living room. The cut out squares is a technique I use a lot for cards, its simple enough to do and looks effective. The ballons was an idea I got off google images and again simple but looks good. The other two are squares of off-loom bead weaving, that I found in the box of stuff. I cut a square out of the card so that they sit out slightly but it looks more professional than just gluing it on the front.

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