Stone Temple Birthday Card

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To make this Stone Temple Birthday Card, I used few materials: a blank card, a picture from an old agenda, embroidery floss, beads and ink pads. After coloring the edges of the card with light brown and dark brown ink, I glued the picture that I had previously cut (so it is slightly smaller than the card).

The photographer who took this picture made an excellent job. It seems that we are standing at some distance, facing the door. And when I placed the card on sand-colored linen fabric (a skirt, in fact), it looks like the temple was carved directly from the rock. Like some ancient Egyptian tomb, hidden in the desert.

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Not being one to throw away the slightest scrap, if it is beautiful enough to be used, I glued inside the card the stripes I had cut from the picture. I ran the ink pads on the carboard to add color and depth. With the paving-stone pathway at the bottom, it looks like we are about to enter some mysterious room, which glows from an unknown source of light. (Now, that sounds like something Constable Crabtree would say to a what-are-you-talking-about Detective Murdoch. 😉 )

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I then attached a piece of brown embroidery floss along the folded edge. I separated the strands and ran each of them through three beads. Just a little detail to complete the look.

On a side note, I feel compelled to mention that this is my 100th post. Not that it makes any difference in one’s life. But it is pleasant to reflect on the subject a few minutes. And feel proud. And happy to have met so many wonderful persons. Thank you for being part of my blogging journey!

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Christmas Tags – Tutorial

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I made this tag with a few little things I already had: a piece of cardboard, an old t-shirt, a little piece of paper, a button, some thread and beads. Very easy to make. And it cost almost nothing.

It can be attached to any gift you wish to give. Of course, you can vary the colors to your taste, or to those of whom will be the happy receiver.

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I made 70 tags. No, I am not giving 70 gifts at Christmas. Wish I could, but not possible. 😉 My mother will deliver them to a youth centre, where they assemble various donated items to make Christmas gift boxes. They can personalised the gift by writing a name and a few words on the tag.

I wrote a tutorial for this Christmas tag that you will find below. There is a printable version on my Web site and in my Craftsy Pattern Store (in English and in French). Just in case you wish to make one. Or a few dozens.

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Christmas Tag Tutorial

Patterns in actual size for the background, the fabric, the star, the tree, the ornament and the gingerbread man can be found in the tutorial available on my Web site and in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

Material

  • Thick cardboard for the background: rectangle of 9.5 x 10.5 cm / 3 1/2” x 4”
  • Fabric that does not fray (an old t-shirt, for example):
    • rectangle of 7.5 x 9 cm / 3” x 3 1/2”
    • strip of 0.5 x 20 cm / 1/4” x 8”
  • Thick paper with motifs (ex.: scrapbooking paper) for a star, a Christmas ball ornament, a tree or a gingerbread man
  • Buttons : one for the centre of the star, one for the top of the ball ornament, one for the top of the tree, two for the coat of the gingerbread man
  • Three small metallic beads (silvery or golden)
  • Metallic threads, two different colors (silvery, golden, red, green, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Punch

Instructions

  1. Cut the cardboard for the background.
  2. Cut a rectangle piece of fabric. Glue it to the background cardboard, slightly in diagonal.
  3. With a punch, make a hole in the top left corner.
  4. Cut the chosen motif in thick paper (star, Christmas ball ornament, tree, gingerbread man). Glue it on the fabric rectangle, in the centre and straight.
  5. Decorate the motif with a nice button: in the centre of the star, on top of the ball ornament, on top of the tree or on the belly of the gingerbread man. Glue it.
  6. Cut the strip of fabric, pass it through the hole and attach it.
  7. Cut two metallic threads of different colors at a length of 100 cm / 39”. Fold the two threads two times (together), pass them through the hole and make a nice bow.
  8. Apply a little dot of glue on the bow’s knot and then three little beads unto the glue.

Have fun and send me a picture of your tag. I would love to see it!

 

More Christmas projects:

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Ribbon Ornament – Tutorial

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Snowman Ornaments – Pattern

Pretty in Pink Birthday Card

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This is a birthday card I made for my sister–her birthday was last week. I have a shoe box full of already made cards and I chose one I have made in 2008, using the Iris Folding method.

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I wanted to personalise the card, so I added embroidery stitches all around the petals, the stem and the leave, with the chain stitch.

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Then I added a row of lazy daisy stitches. You may have noticed that I chose my colors for the thread amid the colors of the paper I used for the Iris Folding. I was striking for harmony and I think I reached my goal.

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I realise now, looking at the pictures, that there is a white empty space on top of the card. A space where I could have written or embroidered a few words. Bonne fête, for example. Well, too late for that! You can find printables tutorials for the chain stitch and the lazy daisy stitches on my web site, in French and in English.

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Other posts about cards, tags and paper:

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Eight-Petal Crochet Flower

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I needed a special birthday card. For my father. I also wanted to crochet something. Maybe you know the feeling… hands itching for yarn and hook. While relaxing in a comfortable chair. After looking at many gorgeous pictures of crocheted butterflies (you may guess where I went for that), I decided to follow a chart provided by Lion Brand Yarns. But it was not enough. Even though the butterfly looked beautiful on the scrapbook paper, something more was needed to fill the space. Flowers was the natural choice. I did not want to loose more time deciding on a chart so I simply took the same yarn and hook and created very quickly the eight-petal crochet flower.

This is a cute little flower. Very easy to make. And this is the perfect companion for the butterfly on my father’s birthday card. The yarn I used  is a mix of merino (60%) and nylon (40%). It looks a little like cord. Of course, other kind of yarn can be used.

I prepared a chart for this flower, that you can see below, in case you would like to make this lovely little flower. You can also find a printable tutorial on my web site (it is in English and in French). I hope you like it!

Thank you for stopping by,

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Other posts about tutorials and patterns for crochet:

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