by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

Greeting Cards: A friend I used to work with sent me a birthday card with machine embroidery on it. I loved it! So...I thought I'd give it a try. I starched my fabric first and then used a sticky stabilizer to embroider on...cut out the shape of the card and glued it on to my cardstock with a spray glue. My first try was the fuchsia (an inbuilt design on my Pfaff Creative Vision); the fabric wasn't stiff enough and it puckered a bit.


My second attempt was the Jacobean Flower (a weekly free design from Easy Organizer Suite). This time I "painted" on a solution of water and wss scraps and let it sit overnight to dry, then I used a heavier sticky stabilizer. It came out crisp and it kept the fabric weave on grain. Then the same-- trim to fit the blank card and glued with just regular school glue. Worked like a charm!! I think I'll make some more, I just have to watch for designs that are small enough to fit on the face of my card -- usually in a 120X120 hoop.

Anyway, that was my "play" time this weekend...just "sew" much fun!!!!

Oh my, just think of all those pieces of fabric I just can't throw away!! They can become my background for whatever card I make. One day I'll look for a font that can fit a couple of words; e.g. "Happy Birthday", "Thinking of You", etc. etc.

This is just as addictive as Lidia's coasters!! Avis

P.S. I hope I'm posting this in the correct venue this time.

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by sewdeb 06 Jun 2017

Oh, Avis - your "playtime" sure resulted in some lovely cards! Thanks so much for the great tips! Hugs*, Deb

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cooperal by cooperal 08 Jun 2017

Thanks, Deb, it really was fun. Avis

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by missqueenbee47 06 Jun 2017

You explained how to do it so well. Makes me think I might could do it too. Thanks.

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cooperal by cooperal 06 Jun 2017

Oh do give it a try. Would love to see what others do with this so post pictures. Thanks for your comment. Avis

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by kustomkuddle 06 Jun 2017

I think they are both beautiful! What a fantastic idea to make cards. DebB

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cooperal by cooperal 06 Jun 2017

Thanks, DebB

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by PIGNADA 05 Jun 2017

Beautiful cards. You can try to write with a gold pencil "Happy Birthday", "Thinking of You", etc. etc. then stick some crystals as said you killiecrankie and sign your work . Thank you very much for sharing.
Amitiés de France.

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cooperal by cooperal edited 05 Jun 2017

Love your idea of signing with a gold pencil...I have one!! Thanks for your comment.
Avis

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by sonjapotgieter 05 Jun 2017

Beautiful work done!!!Great designs!!

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thanks, Sonja.

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by jrob Moderator 05 Jun 2017

Both very pretty. This is a great way to use those trial stitchouts and your designs are fabulous!

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

I have a box of them...great idea. See all the comments and ideas people have given me? I appreciate every one of them. Will have to find those stitchouts!! Thanks for your input. Avis

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by awesome1 05 Jun 2017

I love your fuchsia design...beautiful!

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thank you. Avis

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by letta2na2 05 Jun 2017

I have done the design on sparkly organza in the past and glued it in a tri-fold card. They are expensive, so gluing it to the front of a card would probably be cheaper. You could cut around it with pinking shears, too, for a different look. I like your idea of using other attractive fabric, too.
Well done!

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Organza is one fabric I have not sewn on...yet. I'm going to try it one day. Thanks for your option for variety. Avis

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by dragonflyer 05 Jun 2017

Nicely done!

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thank you. Avis

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by basketkase 05 Jun 2017

Beautifully done......

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thank you!

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by pennifold 05 Jun 2017

Perfect! Love Chris

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thank you!

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by bemara 05 Jun 2017

Lovely cards, i like your fuchsia card :-)

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thank you. Yes, I like that one, too! Avis

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by airyfairy 05 Jun 2017

They are both lovely. Great job

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Thank you.

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by killiecrankie 05 Jun 2017

Great idea,maybe if you glue some crystals ,sequin shapes or just colour the puckers ,they will become part of the design & not be noticed.
Have you thought about the packets of stickers that you peel off & stick down ?I use the Happy Birthday stickers a lot on plain cards.
Coloured envelopes in various sizes can often be found in cheap shops amongst pens ,pencils etc.

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cooperal by cooperal 05 Jun 2017

Well,bless your heart!! Your cute perks are awesome...now I have something else to put on my shopping list. Will see what I can find next time I visit Dollarama or Michael's. Thanks for your helpful ideas. Avis

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by noah 04 Jun 2017

Excellent job hugs

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

Thanks, Carolyn.

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by lucy12345 04 Jun 2017

Well done and great designs!!

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

Thank you.

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by pennyhal2 04 Jun 2017

Great designs for this project! I like the idea of just gluing on to the card instead of using a tri-fold card with a cutout. Thanks for the detailed information too!

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

When I get this system down pat, perhaps I'll take some pictures as I go along. Tomorrow I'm going to go to Staples and see if I can find some blank cards with envelopes. My prototypes in the pictures were just plain card stock and there were no envelopes. My mind is racing ahead and depending on the design it could be fun to add crystals!! thanks for commenting and I hope you give it a try. Avis

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by crafter2243 Moderator 04 Jun 2017

Wonderful idea. Thank you for your info how you did it. Now all you need is my address.:-)

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

Got a birthday coming up? ggg Maybe just "thinking of you" will be apropos!! Thanks for your comment. Avis

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by mi30kaja 04 Jun 2017

Beautiful! I am so jealous as I collect Fuchsia designs but do not have a Pfaff.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 04 Jun 2017

I collect fuchsias too and I share in your jealous moment! Hers is beautiful.

cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

If I find any online I'll have to direct you to them. I haven't stitched this one out yet and was amazed at how many colour changes there were, in the end I was pleased how it turned out. Thanks for commenting. Avis

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by Sewmum1 04 Jun 2017

Lovely cards. great way to use up some of the scraps

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

I agree...and thread, too! I so want to buy some new thread but am determined to reduce my thread stash first. Glad you like them and thank you. Avis

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by jgwatchorn 04 Jun 2017

Beautifull, Thankyou for the incentive to try this. Janette

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

Oh please do...and post some pictures. I'm glad I can inspire someone else. I always feel as though I'm on the receiving end. Let me know if you need help. I'm still tweaking my fabric and stabilizer. Avis

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by shirley124 04 Jun 2017

Very nice. Keep up the good work. Hugs

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cooperal by cooperal 04 Jun 2017

Thanks, Shirley. One of the perks about retirement is that I have time to "play". Just love it. Be blessed, Avis

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