ScrapHappy March 2020

The other day Mr Snail asked whether we had any greetings cards in the stash and when I ferreted them out I discovered that, whilst we did have some made by other artists, there were very few left from my last scrappy card-making session. So, I dug out a random pile of scraps in the hope that inspiration would strike.

Perhaps there’s some left-over inspiration in amongst this lot

During my last card-making session I had started to experiment with sewing paper and fabric together, and I want to continue to explore this. One reason is that, by sewing, I can avoid using glue, much of which is not very environmentally friendly. If I only use natural fibres, my cards will be completely compostable.

I discovered three leaf skeletons and I know that these always look effective on cards. One problem with working with paper is that you can’t pin it in place, but the clips that I use for bag making did the trick , as you can see in the picture below. I stitched the leaves onto fabric scraps (two bits were furnishing fabric samples and one a scrap from a very old dressmaking project – so old, I no longer have the dress!). Next these were sewn onto handmade paper scraps and then finally onto some folded card. By working in layers, only the last round of stitching is visible inside the card, and it doesn’t look too untidy The fourth card was simply made by framing a scrap of snail fabric using some strips of handmade paper. I’m less happy with this card than the others as it’s a bit wonky, but it has all been a bit of a learning exercise and the card will get used anyway – after all, it’s unique.

I had hoped to make more than four cards, but time got away from me, so there may be more next month.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of other folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me)Karen,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Sue and Sunny

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. I’d like to see more non-fabric posts too, I don’t want it to get too monoculture around here! The cards are fun, unique, inexpensive and super-scrappy ❤

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  2. Love them!

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  3. Absolutely lovely 🙂

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  4. A handmade card is always welcome.

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  5. Love the cards, such a good use of these bits and bobs and the recepient will know you ut time and effort into making them.

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  6. lucky folks that receive handmade cards, a gift in itself. I like your idea of working in layers and only stitching the final piece onto the card, looks very neat.

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  7. This is a great project! Who wouldn’t love to receive a handmade card?!

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  8. Another cool thing for me to try someday.

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  9. Lucky person to receive one of those beautiful cards!

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  10. I usually have a collection of cards with no greeting on – there are lots of people round here making them to sell and some of the pictures are gorgeous. Have I got time to make some from scraps? Maybe if I have to stay home more while this virus burns out or if I have to entertain the foster grand-children I will.

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