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Making Card Carriers

With the NC Quilt Symposium coming to Asheville in 2018, our local longarm group is once again making small items to add to the goodie bags to get our group publicity.  For locals, and those who don’t mind mailing quilts to be quilted, we have a number of wonderful longarm quilters ready to make your creations sing with professional quilting services.  See our website at Carolina Mountain Longarm Association to find a quilter near you, or one that takes mail in tops.  If you are local, or you attended the Sympsium held in Hendersonville in 2015, you might remember our Chickens Project.   This year we decided to do small card wallets, or carriers, for credit cards or business cards, or even tea bags.  Each one of our members is making at least 30, so it is a stash busting project for me!

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

These are really easy to make. Start with cutting two pieces of fabric 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut another piece from another fabric 4-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut a piece of batting 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Stack the batting with one large piece of fabric right side up on top. Fold the small piece in half, wrong sides together, and place this piece 2-1/2 inches from the bottom, with the fold towards the top. I find using my cutting board makes finding that placement easy.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the other large piece of fabric, right side down on top of the stack.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place a few pins around to hold the pieces in position.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew around the edge, leaving an opening for turning, just be sure that the opening is not along the edge where the small piece is sewn, or along the bottom as that won’t get any additional stitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Clip the corners to reduce bulk and make the points nice.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn right side out, and press.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

At this point, you can change your mind as to which fabric goes on the outside, and which one goes on the inside. Just turn the inside panel to the other side.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, turn the bottom up, leaving a bit of the inside divider piece showing. Be sure you have the folded edge showing, and the raw edge at the bottom inside the fold.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Top stitch all the way around, enclosing the raw edge inside, and the opening for turning.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

When you are done, the raw edge will not be visible inside, and the divider will be fully sewn in.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now add some sort of closure. I used round velcro dots with velcro glue. You can sew in snaps by hand, or any other kind of closure you like. If you wanted to sew in the closure, do that before folding and topstitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

You can use the exact same fabric for all the pieces if you like. It does make the divider a bit harder to see.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

There is more definition with a contrast fabric.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a good start on the 30 I need to make for the group’s total.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I know some people like to carry tea bags in these too. Tea bags do fit, but if I was making it for this purpose, I might add 1/2 inch to the top-to-bottom measurement to make the pocket just a bit deeper.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

One more afternoon and I had more than my required share all done. These are so easy and fast, use up a lot of batting scraps, and I think I’ll make a few more. I ran out of round velcro dots, so just used regular velcro strips cut into 3/4-inch squares.

Card Cases ~ From My Carolina Home

So, if you are local, and attend the Symposium next year, you’ll get one of these with your registration. They will have the longarm group’s card inside to remind you to look at our website for quilting services.  I have made a wide variety of them in different kinds of prints.  I made a few extra ones too, just in case someone gets a print they really don’t like.  We’ll have a few extra ones available so people can trade for a print they like better.

Don’t you love a quick project with no hand sewing?!!

 

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Autumn Jubilee Stampin’ Up Halloween Cards and Giveaway

Time to get out the Halloween stamps and get our cards ready to send. It will be here before you know it! I got out all the Halloween inspired stamps and goodies, and began auditioning various looks. One thing I knew I wanted to use was a neat new embossing folder that had a spider web.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I embossed the spider web design on black cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, yes, I like that. An orange ribbon is added going straight across.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I stamped a spider web with a goofy spider on orange cardstock, and mounted it on a purple cardstock frame. Then it was glued to the front, overlapping the ribbon.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside is stamped with a jack-o-lantern and Happy Halloween.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

On the back, I added a witches hat to my personal stamp.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

That witches hat gave me an idea. The witch shoes are in the same Stampin Up set called Wicked Cool. I remembered another stamp about shoes in another Stampin Up set called Humor in High Heels. I thought they would be a hoot together. Plus, how often can you use a striped paper? It reminded me of the stripes on the witch’s tights.  So, I mounted a large square of rust and white striped paper on cream cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The sentiment is from Humor in High Heels, and the hat and shoes are from Wicked Cool.  I mounted the element on green cardstock as a frame. Perfect together aren’t they?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside are some bats, with a cute saying.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I added the witches hat to my personal stamp on the backs of these too.  I liked that idea so much I made three more, with different color combinations.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course the envelopes all got a stamp too.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Isn’t this fun?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We will get to more Autumn inspired Thanksgiving cards soon. And you can see the Welcome Autumn cards I did last month for more inspiration.  The best news for today is the wonderful giveaway sponsored by Stampin’ Up!! They are going to send a Paisleys and Posies bundle set to one lucky reader!

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This fantastic bundle is a modern twist on a classic shape.  The Paisleys & Posies bundle contains a set of 18 photopolymer stamps and 19 Paisley Framelits Dies with the largest piece: 2-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, a $45 value!  The stamps are not mounted, and can be used with the clear stamp blocks sold separately.

To enter the drawing for the Paisleys and Posies Giveaway, visit Stampin’ Up (just click on the words) and read a blog post, or view the catalog, then come back to comment on anything you like about Stampin UP!   Comments will be taken until November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends! Good luck!!

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Celebrate International Craft Month! Tri-Fold Birthday Cards, Prizes and Blog Hop

March is International Craft Month, and I am kicking off this month’s Celebration with a stamping project. Throughout the month will be more new ideas using lots of crafty things.  In conjunction with Quilt Shop Gal, a number of bloggers will be sharing crafting ideas this month, particularly today.  Read all the way to the bottom for a huge giveaway opportunity!  To start the month of crafting projects, today I want to show you this Tri-Fold Birthday card.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

These stock cards come in packages of 10 with envelopes at the local craft supply store. It has been difficult to come up with a good design, so I put them aside for a long time. I do like the little window, so I decided to pull together several elements to make the three sections work together.  I made this design initially for my MIL’s birthday, then I needed another one quick so used the same design a few days later.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I started by centering a cute saying in the window of the card.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Using a black piece of throw-away paper, I masked off the under section of the card so I could use a large stamp on the second fold.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I inked up a large flower with purple ink, and stamped the image. I put the word ‘smile’ at the top.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I colored the flower with chalk pastels, and added a butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

On the front, I stamped ‘Celebrate’ at the top. You can see how the flower in the second section makes a pretty border on the sentiment visible from the inside.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I added purple and yellow ribbons down the left side, and began putting scallop circles at the bottom.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

On the last circle, I stamped a little pansy.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Of course, my personal stamp goes on the back, this time with a little butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Inside has the cute candle sentiment, and Happy Birthday.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

A few days later, I needed another one for a special family member to go with an old photograph. So, having only a little time, I just did another one in the same basic design.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

This time I used a rose inside the second fold.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Getting out the pastel chalks again, I colored the rose yellow.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Then added a little butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

The yellow ribbon has little dots on the yellow, and I used green satin ribbon with it.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Five scalloped circles in two sizes complete the front, with a butterfly accent. Celebrate is stamped at the top.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

As usual, my personal stamp goes on the back, this time in green.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

As I did with the first card, I also put a stamp on the envelope to dress it up a bit.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Thank you so much for visiting!  If you are not a regular reader, please look around to see what my blog has to offer.  I blog about so many things, and I love having new followers.

bee creative kick off badgeNow for the prize news and Blog Hop!  We have nine bloggers participating with this fabulous Celebrate International Craft Month blogger event.  So, let’s Bee Creative! Thanks to Quilt Shop Gal, our hostess for this great event,  Aurifil, Timeless Treasures, Martingale, Dragon Threads, The Wooden Bear, and more have all confirmed donation of prizes, most of which will ship directly and be open to international participants.  So, click on a Rafflecopter giveaway , and then visit these fun blogs for even more entries.

 

Marian  – Seams to be Sew: http://www.seamstobesew.com

Patty – Elm Street Quilts: www.elmstreetquilts.com

Cheryl – Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting: http://cherylsteapots2quilting.blogspot.com/

Barb –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb: www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Vanda – Quilt in Piece:  http://chittenden.co.za

Julie – Pink Doxies: www.pinkdoxies.com

Carol – Fun Threads Designs: www.funthreads.blogspot.com

Carole –  You are Here!  From My Carolina Home

Darlene – QuiltShopGal: www.quiltshopgal.com

Are you crafting or stamping this month?

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Please forgive me if I don’t answer your comments individually as I usually do, there may be just too many to do that.


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Birthday Card for a Quilter

One of my quilting buddies turned 90 years old this week.  She is an inspiration to everyone that knows her.  I wanted to make her a special card, something from the heart instead of the store.

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I started off with stamping a paisley print on one side of the card, and gluing a printed paper to the left.  I have some lovely printed papers, and cut triangles from three prints for flying geese.

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A quilt block was made using triangles in an hourglass block design, mounted on a darker square like a border on a quilt.

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At the top is stamped “In the crazy quilt of life, I’m glad you’re in my block of friends”.  I added a little bow to the right.

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Inside, I like to fancy up the Happy Birthday with a couple of quilt block stamps.

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On the back is my custom made stamp, so she knows I made it.

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Then, the envelope got a couple of stamps too.

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I hope you had a Happy Birthday, Donna!!