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Festival of Wreaths

The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths.  They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it.  You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun!  So out came the Christmas stuff and a new grapevine wreath.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Setting the grapevine wreath at an angle makes it easier to place the elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a very large bow this time, so I made a double one. I showed how to make a basic bow HERE, and for the double bow I made a second bow without the center loop and all wide loops in the same manner.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Placing the basic bow on top of the larger base creates a double size.  This is easier to make than one huge bow to hold and tie.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Gluing the streamers down, I offset the bow placement to one side, about 11-o’clock position. I made them long enough to ripple over the wreath, and spot glued the ends down.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

For a little extra pizazz, I glued some red tuille loops under the bow area, then began filling the sides with greenery and other elements.

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The bow base was glued on top of the tuille.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Then the top bow section is added to complete the bow.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Greenery and pine cones are glued to either side of the bow. The white berries add a bit of lightness to the wreath.  I use odd numbers of elements on each side of the bow – 3 white berry sprays, three pine cones.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Three clumps of red berries and additional holly leaves fill in the spaces.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

A tie-wrap is used for a hanger, it is flexible and strong, and can be put over a nail or a wreath hanger.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I hung it up on the wall for a final picture.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I was having so much fun that I made a second one that is more winter in feel with snowflakes. This one is inspired by the wire edge ribbon that I used for the bow. There are some plain silver streamers under the snowflake blue and silver.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wrapped blue ribbon around the small wreath, added the bow and streamers along with some greenery and pine cones.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

It needed something more, so I added five snowflakes, three on the left side, one on the bow and one low on a streamer.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The snowflakes are paper cutouts with glitter for shine, just glued into place. Now the wreath has a winter feel that can be enjoyed through the next few months.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

DH and I delivered them to the Council on Aging office in plenty of time. The wreaths are being displayed on the office doors, so bidders will walk down the hallway to see the offerings. Several wreaths were already on display like this seaside inspired one.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one with greenery and cotton bolls could be used anytime of year.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was Christmas themed, full and large.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Another one had a springtime look.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was a hoot, an elf has apparently crashed into it!

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The auction will also have some table decorations available for bidding.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Mine was hung on a door for bidding. One of my blog cards is hanging on it, and can be snipped off by the high bidder.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The Festival of Wreaths is open for bids at the Council on Aging office at 105 King Creek in Hendersonville on Thursday November 30th from 3 pm to 6 pm if you are local. Proceeds will go to providing support for the Meals on Wheels program for our local homebound elderly. Put it on your calendar for Thursday if you can, help support this wonderful program, and score a great home decoration for the holidays.

Do you have a holiday wreath?

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Reworking Artwork Frames

One of the things I really dislike about our home is the hideous mauvey pink color of the countertops and tub surround in the master bathroom. Personally, I don’t think things this expensive to replace should even be available in anything but neutral colors. This color was very dated and old when the bathroom was remodeled in the late 1990s before we purchased the house. It is unfortunately in good enough condition that is doesn’t make economic sense to replace it with the cream color I’d rather have. So, I do my best to make it look more like light burgundy by putting a lot of burgundy accessories in the space – towels, candles, and burgundy in the pictures on the walls. The picture I had over the large tub was one that constantly brought up bad memories because of who I bought it from. Every time I looked at it coming out of the shower it brought up feelings of betrayal and hurt, so it needed to go. But finding a replacement wasn’t easy because of the size.  So, when I saw this stunning magnolia at the thrift store, I had to buy it to replace the other one.

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I love the picture, and the burgundy background will fit nicely with my decor. But, the gold accent on the frame was not my cup of tea.  I am not a fan of metallics, and this wasn’t actually guilded, it was painted.  I wanted more burgundy, so I decided to paint it. I set up two sawhorses in the workroom in the basement, and put the picture on them.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I taped off the creamy white part with green painter’s tape to keep it clean.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

One corner of the frame accent piece was broken, so I needed to fix that.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I didn’t spend a great deal of time on this part. I used spackle to fill in the hole.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Filling in the space with a putty knife, I let it dry and then added a bit more to make the corner appear the same as the rest of the frame.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I allowed it to dry for a day, then painted the gold part with burgundy wall paint. This is the color of our guest room, so I have a small jar for touch ups.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

It didn’t seem dark enough on the frame, so I put a second coat on the next day.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

It still wasn’t the color I really wanted, so I mixed up a wash of acrylic paint in a darker shade, adding a bit of black to the burgundy. I brushed that over the top of the other coats which darkened the color and added a bit more depth.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Peeling off the tape, the contrast is really good now, and it picks up the burgundy in the picture well.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Compare that to the original gold accent, and it just looks so much more dramatic with the contrast in value.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Plus, hanging in the bath, it helps tone down the awful countertop and tub surround color.  BTW, we’ve used this tub only a handful of times.  On the mountain with our well, it takes almost 30 minutes just to fill it with water.  Why the previous owners decided to put such a massive thing in the bathroom with our low water pressure is beyond comprehension.

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So what did I do with the other picture? Well, I put it out in a garage sale and didn’t get any interest, even when I lowered the price to just $25. The frame and glass was worth that much! Anyway, it didn’t sell, so it went to the basement to await donation. Then I got a re-print of my favorite all time painting, Andrew Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea after the original was donated to a museum for the Looking Out Looking In exhibition. I had this print my college days, and it hung on the wall in our home for a couple of years. My dad badgered me into giving it to him, then his idiot third wife threw it away instead of giving it back to me like I asked him to do if he ever decided not to hang it anymore.  I say idiot because that original print is now extremely valuable. I have wanted to replace it for years but it is rare and collectible now, not something I could afford until the re-print was issued. The print without the white edge would fit the frame, so I decided to cut it down and use the frame instead of buying a new one.  Careful measuring and cutting, measuring several times to be very sure it was correct, and using a paper designated blade on one of my rotary cutters, I got it cut to size.

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I mounted it in the frame, then set the whole thing on the sawhorses, preparing to paint over the silver marbled edge when I noticed that it was bubbling up in a corner. Pulling on it a bit, it was found to be an overlay, not even glued down, and underneath was a really nice creamy white!

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

So all that had to be done was to carefully pull it off, and use a box cutter to cut the edge where it went under the gold painted accent part of the frame.  There is still a tiny edge of silver inside the gold braid, but it doesn’t really draw attention, so I left it there.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I may eventually paint that gold in a soft green to better match the print, but for now it is fine the way it is.  It isn’t a metallic gold, so I don’t mind it as much.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

It went on the fireplace wall in the dining room for now, but I think I’ll move it to over the bookshelves.  When we use the fireplace, the wall above it gets hot as these are ventless gas fireplaces.

Wyeth Wind From the Sea framed

One more look at the magnolia.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Have you ever re-worked frames on your artwork?

 


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Shabby Chic Pin Cushions

I’ve been crafting again, this time with velvet and pearls.  These wonderful silverplate pieces were found in a thrift store, and I have been busy making them over into luxury pin cushions.  While cleaning out, I found my stash of velvet bits, and used them to turn ordinary items into handmade, unique treasures.  Some readers may remember this little beauty, that I have been informed was a salt cellar.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

With the addition of a velvet pin cushion, filled with cotton and poly fiberfill, and a vintage clip back earring, it became a fabulous treasure.  All the elements are glued on.  These lovely creations will be sold in my Etsy store.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

This small, tarnished silverplate urn became a shabby chic treasure.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

I added the red velvet pincushion filled with poly fiberfill, and added off-white color roses around the edge.  It stands about 3 inches high with the pincushion.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

I was really excited to find this gorgeous sewing basket.  It is ceramic/plaster with lovely painted details.  It is huge, 5 inches across and a smidgen over 5 inches high.  It is also heavy!

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

It had one chip on one of the sewing machines, that I was able to disguise with the careful application of some black paint. The inside was filled with fiberfill, covered in dark red velvet and a corded trim was added to finish off the piece.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

This small porcelain vase became a pincushion using deep blue velvet.  It is about 3 inches across.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

I thought a pearl accent looked good to finish off the top edge.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a few more little things like these to turn into pin cushions next, if the ones I have listed so far do well.

I have decided to refocus my Etsy store away from supplies like fabrics, threads and buttons as they don’t really sell well.  My new focus will be on handmade creations and I hope that the store will do a bit better.  All the items shown on this post are available as of this writing plus a few more.  I hope they will all be gone shortly. I did do some research on this kind of item to begin pricing.  Know that I am trying to find the sweet spot, not too high, but not short-changing my time either.

If you have any suggestions for what you would like to have available in the store, please let me know.  There are also some neat vintage items for sale now too.  Visit Craftnut’s Studio to see all the goodies.

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Winter Projects

We had our first snow of the season beginning Friday afternoon.  It started earlier than expected, and I was happy to get my appointments done, attend a memorial service, and get DH from the airport before the road froze.  After we were home for half an hour or so, I saw that the turkeys were back again!  I was delighted as I have missed seeing them. I counted at least nine, and maybe more in the woods. They were in the meadow, and weren’t moving around much. Of course, I couldn’t resist seeing if the two males would come when called.  The snow was falling in fat flakes drifting down.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

I wish I had brought out the camera fully booted up and ready as I missed getting the two of them running toward me. They made a bee line for me as soon as they saw me and heard me call to them. I had the bread ready, but not the camera. It was funny to see them come straight at me at a dead run! The rest of the birds stayed in the meadow and watched, no one else was willing to take a chance, so these two got all the treats.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

They made their purring and clucking sounds while I fed them several pieces of bread.  I think I should give them names, don’t you?  Maybe Bert and Ernie?  or Butch and Sundance?  Any suggestions?

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

It was blasted cold, around 27 degrees with snow still falling. And they just kept making circles and purring, so of course I had to give them another slice. Next time, I think I’ll put some peanut butter on the bread to give them some extra protein and calories against the cold.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

The larger male does get very colorful as his head become more blue and the wattles get red as he struts around. I do think he is preening to get more goodies. It works too.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

Last night, it was really coming down hard with blustery wind.

January snow Friday night2

Now that it is white outside, I want to show you some white inside. While putting away the holiday decorations, DH found a wreath in the garage that I forgot I even had!  Well, the ribbon was crushed and certainly the red flowers were needing a lift.

Wreath Winter White 1

So, I decided to rework it completely for a winter wreath. I am in the mood this month for white, as I usually do in January. White decor and cleaning up the clutter is like a refreshing break from the frenzy of the holidays. I pulled off all the elements, and then cleaned up the excess glue on the wreath.

Wreath Winter White 2

I know I have shown you how to make a bow before. This time I centered it at the top, glueing the streamers under it, using a wonderful silver color wire edge ribbon from the estate sale box. White silk poinsettia flowers were added to each side. In keeping with the clean and simple theme, I stopped there.

Wreath Winter White 5

Hanging it up, it will remain through the winter.

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One other thing I did was paint some pine cones.  These aren’t as easy to paint as you’d think.  I began with a white primer paint spraying them from the top.

Pine Cone Project 1

Then I realized that most of the pine cone you see is the underside of the petals.  So, turning them on their sides, I sprayed the undersides of the petals.

Pine Cone Project 4

I’ll be using these in a tablescape coming soon.

Pine Cone Project 3

Back outside this morning, it is obvious that we won’t be going anywhere for a while. The forecast was for 3-5 inches, but this looks like more than that.

January Snow Saturday Dawn

This was near dawn this morning, I love the winter wonderland. Good thing I stocked the pantry last week!  We are expecting a bit more snow this morning too!  There are massive power outages in the area, we are not affected.  We have a whole house generator in case it does go out so I can still sew and do some cooking.  I am going to post this while we have the internet just in case.  It was 20 degrees when I took these pictures.

January Snow Saturday Dawn 2

Being snowed in means I can get some sewing done! I have Scrap Dance Waltz loaded and I’ll share that soon as it did present a challenge.  Wild Card Weekend means lots of football on the schedule for the next two days! Maybe I can get some hand work started too.

Do you have any projects going for January?

 

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Christmas Card Crafting

Before you start taking down all the holiday stuff, I needed to get in this post on what to do with some of the Christmas Cards you have. There are some interesting ideas on the internet, including one of ornaments made of circles folded this way and that, angels made by cutting out a pattern, and other things, but all that was a bit complicated for right now. Maybe I can save some cards out and try those later, but for today, I wanted to show some quick ideas that don’t need a lot of prep.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

First, do you have any gift bags around with store names on them?

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Use a cut-out from a Christmas card to cover the logo. Now you have gift bag you can re-use.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I had this tri-fold card. I cut the middle into strips, and  I’ll use the front on a gift bag.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

I cut a long, thin strip with the candies, then put it through the embosser to give it some interesting texture.  It took two runs to get all of the strip embossed.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Mounting the strip on a white background, I have a lovely bookmark to add to a book gift next year.  Or to use myself now.  I usually have multiple books going at once, and there are lots of recipes in cookbooks I bookmark to make later.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

I stamped the word ‘friendship’ on the back. You could put any sentiment you like there.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

The next card was narrow and wide, so I cut out the motif in the middle.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

It was wide enough for two bookmarks, this time with ‘Thank You’ on the back.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

This card had a beautiful sentiment inside, so I carefully cut it out leaving space all around.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Punch a hole in the upper left corner and thread a pretty ribbon through. Now you have a gorgeous gift tag for a special gift next year, with plenty of space for a To and From.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

This card had a lot of potential, so I challenged myself to get the most out of it.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Begin with cutting the front side of the card away from the back side.  Then keep cutting bookmark and gift tag shapes.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Ten bookmarks and gift tags from one card! The inside had a nice green border which I turned into an accent stripe.  Stamping flowers on some means I have gift tags for birthdays or other gifts.   I mounted the sentiment inside on a piece of cardstock, which will make a nice bookmark for DH.  I punched holes in the gift tags to add ribbons.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

For the Smile bookmark, I stamped the word on the beige section then punched a hole in the center top. I threaded a ribbon through the hole as it made it a bit fancier.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

With this next card, I saw a lot of opportunities to use my punches.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

The trees, deer, and snowflakes made cute elements for a hand crafted card next year.  Using the ornament punch, I centered a snowflake, punched out the shape, then mounted it on a bit of solid red cut from another card for a place card.  Using the scalloped circle punch, pretty elements of pine boughs will dress up a hand made card next year.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

And lastly, sometimes you get a card that is just so cute, it needs to be a permanent addition to the decor. In that case, frame it.  These dogs are just precious in their Christmas pageant.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Somewhere I have one of Airedale dogs singing into microphones with Christmas sweaters on.  It is beyond cute, and I am absolutely certain I would never throw it away. I really need to find that before all the Christmas decoration boxes are packed up, and frame it so I don’t lose it.

So, don’t throw away those cards!  Recycle them into other projects.  And know that you can recycle any kind of card, so keep the birthday and anniversary cards, Easter and Halloween, and any other card you receive.  Bookmarks, gift tags, place cards and new cards can be quickly made from recycled cards.

Have you recycled cards into other projects?

 

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Best of 2016 and Goals for 2017

Who knew it would be difficult to write about the 5 Best posts of 2016 on From My Carolina Home!  As I near the end of my third year of blogging next month, it is amazing that I still have things to say, projects to sew, things to create with hot glue, cards to stamp, new recipes to cook and it is still fun.  So, what did I enjoy the most this year?  Well, instead of five posts, I am going to review three events.

Scrap Dance Tango Mystery Quilt Along

This was the second mystery quilt I designed, and it told me its name while it was in the design stage. The Scrap Dance series took off after this, and now has five patterns in the series, with #6 coming in January.  It was the second event I did on the blog.  The pattern for Tango is available in my Craftsy store, link on the sidebar.  You’ll also find Scrap Dance the original, Scrap Dance Quickstep, and The Charleston bag there too.

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Christmas in July

I began thinking about doing this in the spring, and started designing new projects for a 12 day event.  I contacted my favorite companies for prizes and the response was terrific.  Sponsors included Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Connecting Threads, Stampin’ Up!, Superior Threads, and Primitive Gatherings.  I was just about done with planning when I got an invitation to join a blog hop, and was so very fortunate to be the first stop.  Many of the blog hoppers came back for more fun later in the event.  We began with the Sewing Kit / Jewelry Case Tutorial, and for the next 12 days made a wool applique penny rug, stamped cards, sewed a Christmas purse, made a mini quilt and a Christmas bed quilt, made ornaments, created gifts for guys and gifts from the kitchen, and then did some decorating and tablescapes.  And after all that, we settled down to rest with some Christmas themed books.  Click on the Christmas category on the sidebar and scroll down for all the posts.  I had a blast doing that event, and the sponsors were happy too.
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Autumn Jubilee

Then came my favorite season, Autumn.  Here is where I lost my mind, and committed to a month long event with 2 quilt alongs, a stitch along, sewing and crafting projects, tablescapes, thrift store finds and recycling, another wool applique pattern and a new recipe for Pumpkin Orange Bread.  I had a great time doing that, and again had marvelous support from my favorite sponsors with giveaways.  Sponsors for this event included Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Connecting Threads, Stampin’ Up!, Back Side Fabrics and Magnet King. Click on the Autumn Jubilee category on the sidebar to see all the projects.

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So now, what will I do in 2017?  Time to set some goals for the year, with you in mind, dear reader. I need to get in a little bit of everything as usual, heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun.

Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – already in the works to begin in late January

Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers

Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year

Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz

Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, as yet undetermined, encompassing a wide variety of projects

And finally a funny story about my best laugh of the year.  I was Christmas shopping for a calendar for DH, and I found a large display in a store.  One of them was called the Anti-Affirmation calendar and the cover shot made me laugh out loud.  Yes, in the store.  Could. Not. Stop.  Other customers were coming over to see what was just so funny.  In short order, I had a group of people laughing, and was still going as I went to check out.  No, I didn’t buy it.  The person I would want to give it to is my ex-boss, and I am quite sure it would not be appreciated.  So, what did it say that was so humorous?  Here it is, and maybe you had to be there, or maybe it was just my mood that day.  Or maybe it is truly hilarious, because I am still laughing as I type this!

“If I give you a straw, will you go suck the fun out of someone else’s life?”

Still laughing.  And committed to having fun this year!  Won’t you join me?

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Iris Folded Christmas Cards

I first saw these cards last year, and thought they were simply wonderful!  The folded paper creates such an interesting design.  Just last month, the ladies that introduced our quilt group to this had a program on how to do them.  I still love this idea, and wanted to share the process with you. This card was made by Robbie, beautiful!

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

So, here is what you need. First, the ideal paper is wrapping paper as it is thin and easy to fold. There is a lot of build up of layers on the backside, so you want to have thin paper. So, cut some strips about an inch wide of the colors you want to use. You’ll need a pattern too. Cut out the shape of the tree using the pattern on plain cardstock.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Fold your strips in half lengthwise. You can do this all at once, or as you go.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Then place the card base over the pattern so you can see where to place your strips.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Robbie said to make a master cue card with the numbers of the strips by color to be sure you got the colors in the right place. But, I figured it would be easier just to color the pattern with color pencils. So I did that.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Instead of having the colors in quadrants, I wanted to mix them up. The number one is white, so I started with taping down a white strip. Use the bare minimum of tape to reduce the bulk. Line up the fold of the paper strip with the line.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Strip number 2 is red to the left, so that strip is placed next with the fold on the line. Cut off any excess.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Continue going around the edge, according to the numbers, placing your colors as you have planned. It will be a bit of a mess on the back, but that won’t matter.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn it over, and voila, an iris folded center! The very middle and the square underneath still has no paper behind.  The tree base has a pattern for strips, and the center could have one of the colors already used. But I liked the green striped background paper so I left it to show in both the center and the square.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Mount the iris folded piece on the base with double sided tape.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I don’t know if I have a little star in the stamping stuff, will have to look before I send these out.   If not, I have a start stamp I can use with some gold ink.  They are all ready for  a stamped verse inside.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is a close up of Robbie’s card.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

And just so you can see the other cards made by the committee last year, here is a Sunbonnet Sue. Perfect for sending to a quilter!  This one went to a quilter friend last year that needed a bit of cheer.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

And I have this purple tulip in the sewing room. I can’t let my MIL see it or she will want it, LOL!! But my sewing room is done in purple and green, so I have to keep it. I still need to frame it, maybe I’ll get to that now that I have shared it with you.  The various greens in the leaves made them look almost real.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

There are dozens of free patterns on the website that created this idea. Circle of Crafters has free patterns and tutorials for all kinds of cards for holidays, or any occasion. (no affiliation, just a fan)  Look at the right sidebar for lists of collections, and free patterns for all kinds of needs.

OK, so one more. I colored the pattern with pencils again, this time in bands of color.

Christmas Tree folded iris 1

A few folded papers and a little tape, the same method as above. It really didn’t take as long as it looks!

Christmas Tree folded iris 2 done

What do you think of these cards?  Do you think you’ll try this technique?

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