quilted cards by Dana at Made
Use up fabric scraps & make a cute greeting with this Quilted Notecards Tutorial from Dana at Made. It’s a great beginner’s sewing project (crooked lines give it character!), and it could easily be hand-sewn if you don’t have a machine.
The one thing I tried differently than Dana’s tutorial is I used a spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the paper before sewing. This kept my fabric from bunching as I sewed. I liked how this worked, but then I hated the adhesive smell afterwards, so for the second card I used scrapbooking taperunner instead.
Here are two cards I made, inspired by this tutorial. The first is my practice rose from the Sew a Rose out of Knit Tutorial at Sew Take a Hike. For the second card, I sewed the fabric to the card, then sewed ribbon scraps to the fabric.
My first instinct with junk mail is to toss it in the recycling bin. But lucky for me I did a double take at this Aveeno flyer and made a greeting card from it.
Instructions: I cut out the plant from the flyer and applied Glossy Accents to make it shiny. I put stickers on the brown paper (from the flyer) and cut them to size. I also used a square brad, some ribbon, and plain blue/gray paper for the background and strategically placed all the elements to cover some writing from the flyer.
tie card by Make and Takes
It’s funny how Father’s Day typically makes us think of ties, sports, tools, or golf. I know my dad has too many tools, and my grandpa has too much golf paraphernalia. But, in keeping with the “dad needs more ties” stereotype, here’s a fun card you can stitch for him. The pattern is found at Make N Takes.
While flipping through some favorite magazines from my library–namely Card Maker & Paper Crafts–I decided to share some of my cards with you. Three of them I created when I taught card making classes.
The left card is made with paper, a staple, the flower/branches stamp, and a “thanks” stamp. For the right card, everything is from scrapbook paper except the flowers which are stickers (but you could use punches & paper instead).
For this one, there’s the background paper, the “just a note…” stamp, and a ribbon with buttons hot-glued to it.
Finally, this card was made as a not-so-girly Valentine’s Day card. I need a break from all the red & pink that time of the year. It’s made with paper, stamps (“thinking of you”, hearts, bird, & the hash-marked square), and one brad.
I love this idea from Angry Chicken. She’s been documenting her kids’ quotes & printing them on greeting cards. They’re so simple, yet personal. My son only says, “gah, gah”, “jibba, jibba”, and “mamamamam”. Perhaps “mamamamam” would work for a mother’s day card for the grandmas?
Does anyone have a good idea on how to store all the good quotes? A journal? A word document? Something else more interesting?
tea card from Instructibles
After making seed packets from recycled tea bags, I’ve been looking for even more ways to reuse tea bags.
I discovered they can be composted, and I found this tea packaging greeting card on Instructibles. Plus, there’s something like origami with tea bags, called “tea bag folding”.
Does anyone have other brilliant uses for tea bags and their packaging? Please share!
| April 24, 2009 | 9:36 am
I found this cool collection of non-standard business cards via Curbly. Some of them crack me up, like the perforated divorce layer’s card and the layerable dress-up girl card. Some of them are really well thought out, like the grass seed give-away cards from the yard service company. And some are a little impractical like the pottery pieces from the Greek store.
And some of them seem a little familiar like the one pictured here. Reusing someone else’s business card for a secondhand store is right in the same vein as the cards we posted about earlier this week.
Great minds think alike, right?
| April 21, 2009 | 10:15 am
If you came to see us on Saturday I sent you home with one of these:
When I was working more for my previous business I made a huge effort to have professional business cards. I wanted people to know that even though I was independently employed I was still very serious and you could trust me.
Clever Nesting is still very professional. We work hard and do our best to be excellent. But when we hand you a card the first thing we want you to know about us is that we make quality things, and we have ingenuity. I can credit Ellie with the idea to use the back of cereal and mac n’ cheese boxes, and thank Colleen for being all about it. These are fun business cards, for sure. I can’t wait until we get really good at silk screening. Then we’ll have really cool cards!
| April 14, 2009 | 10:14 am
Here’s a tutorial from Imagine, Create, Inspire on how to make paper roses from a flower punch. I want to decorate wrapped gifts with them–using paper ribbon & paper roses together. It’s funny, with all the punches I own, I don’t have a 6 sided flower punch…have to get one of those first.
paper rose by Imagine, Create, Inspire
My birthday was last month, and I’ve been excited to recycle my beautiful birthday cards into new cards. I turned this card from my grandpa into one I’ll probably use for Mother’s Day.
old greeting card, folded cardstock for new greeting card, silk flower, brad, hot glue, tape runner, stamp with sentiment of choice, 3-d glue dots, brown pigment ink, glitter embossing powder, shape punch for punching sentiment, heat embosser, and paper cutter.
Cut old greeting card to size of new greeting card and adhere to folded cardstock with tape runner.
Remove silk flower from stem, insert brad into flower holes, and hot glue leaf & flower to card.
Use paper punch to cut paper for sentiment. (I used paper from the inside of the card.) Stamp sentiment with brown pigment ink. Emboss with glitter embossing powder. Ink the edges of the paper. Adhere with 3-d glue dots.