Dec 12, 2008

Trying new crafts

I tried my hand at some Christmas postcards. I've not done postcards before, and enjoyed the process, but found it a little more time consuming than I thought it would be! Brayden and I worked together on the "fancy stitches" Christmas ornaments, and came out nicer than anticipated (don't you love when that happens?). I'm using them for name tags (below) as well as Christmas ornaments for the tree. In both projects I used a product called "Stiffy" that I found at the Long Creek Mills web site. It's far less expensive than TimTex or Fast2Fuse, at $1.79 a yard vs $15 and $5 a yard (on sale it's $1.29 a yard! even better!) It has a nice firmness to it that was perfect for both projects, yet it's thin and lightweight so it doesn't add bulk to the postcards. Sorry about the dates on the photos -- I changed my camera battery last night!!

11 comments:

Marsha said...

Cute, cute, cute!! Love your style.

Marsha said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! Love your style. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love the postcards. They look very old fashioned. They appear to be all fabric and stitched, correct? Can you explain how you do them and I guess you mail postcards in an envelope then. Thanx.

Joan said...

Hi Anonymous. Yes, they are fabric and stitched. If you do a Google search for Fabric Postcards you will find a lot of "how to's" out there that explain the process. Mine are a lot less "artsy" than most. I just cut shapes and characters out of various fabrics and appliqued them on to the background piece. Santa w/sleigh also has ribbon stitched on.

Dixie's Whimsey said...

Joan... artsy or not... these are beautiful. You are so talented... love them...

Skye said...

Joan,
I love your Christmas Postcards...Very festive and I sure think someone is going to be lucky to recieve these...hugs, Skye

Anonymous said...

Joan, I think your post cards are great. Not somethinr I have tried but maybe some day. I did enjoy your conversation with your grandson , it is amazing what a grandma can get them to do. Margaret

Lucy said...

I love the one with the cat on it next to the bag. (of course) But all of them are so cute.

Shellmo said...

Those post cards are just adorable!

The Calico Quilter said...

The postcards and ornament are great - you have a very artistic eye - but we knew that from your quilts. Cards are one craft I haven't tried yet. But my new sewing machine has all these neat stitches......uh oh, new project on the horizon!

shopannies said...

I love these they look so vintage