Boy what a week! Our school district was completely shut down due to the H1N1 (swine flu) scare. But everyone went back to school yesterday. Whew! Thankfully, I was able to work from home while the kids were out, but staving off cabin fever was an even bigger challenge. I think we rented about 6 movies from Redbox in 4 days! Of course, I didn't want the kids to spend all their time watching TV and playing video games, so I got them busy in a few crafty activities, one of them being making Mother's Day cards for their grandmothers and great-grandmothers. When I wasn't busy helping Abigail with her cards or chasing after her (once she got a hold of scissors, she wanted to cut everything in sight including her own hair and her dolls' hair), I managed to get a few cards done of my own. Here's what I came up with:
Here's how I made them using stuff I had in my studio.
I dug out my big stash of scrapbook papers, stickers and stamps that I've been hoarding over the years. I had bought some blank white greeting cards and envelopes in a value pack from my local thrift store a while back. They also come in colors if you don't want white or you can cover them with decorative papers.
After I thumbed through my stack of scrapbook supplies and found the elements I wanted to use, I designed my cards. Most of my elements were just peel and stick but some required some extra cutting and gluing to get the effect I wanted. You can also hand draw your embroidery designs or use transfers but I wanted something super quick since I had so many cards to make, so I used the stickers.
With my designs were placed where I wanted them, I used a paper piercer to create holes around the designs where I wanted to embroider.
After all of my holes were punched, I started stitching with embroidery thread. I didn't have a paper needle so I just used a small yarn darner needle which fit through the holes perfectly.
Sewing up my designs with embroidery thread.
Once I finished embroidering my cards, I coated the insides with glue and covered the thread backing with coordinating scrapbook papers.
Covering the inside with coordinating paper.
Here's a view of how adding coordinating paper punches it up a notch.
I varied my style of card to match the elements I used. Clean and mod, bright and girly, classic and traditional, etc.
Here are my finished cards. I also decorated the white envelopes to match each card using more paper scraps, stamps and punches.
I'm printing out some Mother's Day poems and greetings to attach to the insides of my cards, but I could also hand write a note or glue in a photo as other options.