Monday, January 19, 2015

scrappy Notecards

This Sunday my friends, my mother and my mother-in-law threw the most wonderful baby shower for Eleni and I.  I felt incredibly loved because so many of my friends contributed their special gifts to the day.  At this time in my life, I am blessed with many dear friends who are already mothers and instinctively give from the heart, so there was a wise knowing and comfortable camaraderie in the room.  Anyways, it was a sweet time!

 31 weeks on December 31st

I have six-ish weeks left until baby is expected (this photo is from 31 weeks).  And, oh my, I am really starting to be eager for her birth!  It's not so much being uncomfortable as feeling really, really ready to finally hold this child.

scrappy notecards

Naturally, I'm in need of thank you cards, so I spent some time over the weekend with my scraps! 

scrappy notecards

First I dumped out all my small, multi-colored scraps. These are some of the harder scraps to use since they feature several colors.  They are lovely or cute, but not "helpful" fabrics, ya know?

scrappy notecards

Starting with a particularly inspiring multi-colored scrap, I created little groups of scrappy happiness.  I'm pulling from my crumb scraps, which are already organized by color in little white fabric bins:  red/pink, orange/yellow, blue/green and neutral/purple.  Keeping my scraps organized makes a project like this manageable.  Plus, it really feels good to pull from my tiny crumb scraps!

scrappy notecards

There is a project like this in my Curves Class (just started today, registration still open!), where we use notecards to experiment with improv curve piecing.  This weekend, I felt like keeping things square. I pieced scraps together improv style and trimmed for pinked edges, using a rotary blade.

scrappy notecards

Then the piecework is glue-basted to a blank notecard and permanently attached with a simple straight stitch.

scrappy notecards

And, voila!  Notecards.  Lots of them!

 scrappy notecards

scrappy notecards

scrappy notecards

Such a fun, low-commitment way to use scraps! I so enjoy jumping from color scheme to color scheme, making cards to suit all sorts of personalities.

Now excuse me while I go pen some much-deserved gratitude!  Thanks to one and all!

35 comments:

  1. I had actually blogged about my sewn Christmas cards in December; It's an unexpected mixed media item. I like the way you patchworked your pieces together first, that was a clever idea and you're right, a great way to use scraps!

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    1. Thanks,Terri! Great minds think alike =) I first made fabric embellished notecards when I was invited to a scrapbooking night. I don't do paper arts, so this was my way to fit in!

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  2. these are so awesome! The pinked edges really add a great little detail as well (in addition to serving a purpose).

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  3. Adorable cards and what a beautiful picture! Wishing you a healthy rest of pregnancy :)

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  4. What a beautiful woman!!! - And thank you for this great idea for the cards!
    Wish you all the best for the last weeks!
    Greetings, Rike

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  5. Those are perfect thank-you cards for you!!! And the photo - - simply stunning. Just lovely!!

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  6. Your cards are lovely, Rachel. I must remember to pick up one of those pinking blades!

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  7. A really simple, why didn't I think of that, sort of idea but sooo effective. Fab cards. And all the very best with your last few weeks of pregnancy, it's a very exciting time for you and your family. :0) xx

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  8. Oh my! Right up my alley! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Love your silhouette picture!
    What a wonderfully fun way to use scraps and such a great way to personable way to thank your giftors.

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    1. Thanks to all of you! Wishing you all happy scrappy cards in your future =)

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  10. That is such an amazing photo! Thank you for the note card idea.lately we have been using my kids watercolors for notecards, but I just love this idea :-)

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  11. Rosemary b here:
    FUN and cute.
    My scraps are NOT organized. I have two heaps. I need to do that.... this year.
    I think I will use clear boxes.
    I started a quilt for Christina's baby. I am just going to get it done so then I won't have to think about that anymore. I will make a lot of stuff as the time gets closer.

    I am so happy you had a lovely party with your friends. What fun! We girls sure know how to party no matter what the occasion but this one is the best. Your cards are adorable and I will try to make some of those cards too!
    I am getting excited for you as well. 6 weeks is going to fly, but I know this is the time you feel like a puffy hippo. Just be careful with that added weight and obscured view of your path :-o

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  12. How delightful those cards are. Maybe, I could make something like that.

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  13. The cards are super cute, but your portrait is just beautiful! Wish I had done something like that!

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  14. Rachel what a cherished picture you have there...certainly one to keep and lovingly look back on in years to come :o) I LOVE how you call them "crumb scraps" oh-my-goodness that is cute! Where do you buy the card stock you sew your fabric to?

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment! I think I got my blank notecards and envelopes at a local craft supply store, like A.C. More. I think they'd be at stores like Michael's too. Just use a coupon and they're pretty cheap!

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  15. What a beautiful photo of you Rachel! Your Eleni will be here soon - I'm looking forward to seeing her! What a great idea for cards (pregnancy clearly hasn't dulled your cleverness or creativity!!).

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  16. I love your photo - you look positively gorgeous! And those note cards are just adorable. I'm thinking I need to go pick up some blank notecards very soon...

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  17. oh, this post is so inspiring... I'm gonna get me a pinking rotary cutter... and I'm gonna get me some blank cards... and I'm gonna get me a ............oh NO, I'm not gonna get me a baby - - I will let you do the baby making !! Love the photo - just gorgeous !!

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  18. I adore that photo. You look gorgeous. Great idea for those hard to use scraps!

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  19. Love! Love! This is going to happen soon in our house!

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  20. They are just fabulous and I'm sure the extra work compared to plain cards will be very much appreciated.

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  21. Those are certainly sweet note cards. Great idea for using up a few of those delectable scraps. Love the silhouette photo. You look fabulous!

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  22. That picture of you is just lovely! I never thought to use scrap panels on notecards! I'm going to do that! I just made some large panels to make a new ironing board cover and felt pretty good about emptying a few bags of scraps. :)

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  23. You reminded me that I actually have a rotary pinking blade. It's never been used! Time to remedy that.

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  24. Great idea. I just found some blank note cards I'm going to use my scraps on to make some of these.

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  25. That is a beautiful photo of you!

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  26. You look stunning in your photo! Can't wait to see the new bundle of joy! These note cards are great and I might be doing this for Xmas cards this year since I don't care all that much for Xmas fabric and have a small stash of it. :)

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  27. My kids are always going to birthday parties and I never have cards on hand and wondered how I could make one using pretty fabric. This is genius ! Thanks for sharing. Lovely photo of you. Must be exciting getting closer :)

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  28. Great scrappy fun Rachel, you look stunning!!

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