These cute mushrooms were made with a new die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Each mushroom consisted of three parts: the stem, the cap, and another piece that was fused over the cap that included small holes cut into the shape, to let the fabric underneath peek through. I used two batik fabrics in shades of browns and eggplant, giving the mushrooms a natural look. The background was a vibrant teal-colored fabric that at first looked too bright, but when another muted batik was used around the borders, the bright teal was toned down a little but still provided a distinct contrast to the mushrooms. Free-motion stitching was done in long, elongated horizontal swirls. The whole scene reminded me of a mama mushroom with her two babies growing under her watchful gaze. A little fungus family!
These sunflowers were die-cut with The Radiant Sunflower dies from Simon Says Stamp! There was one die for each part of the flowers in the set (stems, flowers, and flower centers), which made it super easy to put together. Each color was free-motion stitched with matching thread, giving the flowers a subtle textured look. The two flowers together looked like two good friends soaking up the sun on a summer afternoon, which is why I chose the word "friend" for the bottom of the card.
Here are three examples of wreath cards I made with dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The wreaths and flowers were cut from fabric, free-motion stitched down, and then hot-fix crystals were added to the flower centers. The frames are all die-cut cardstock, as were the bows.
The lace heart die is a beautiful new die from Moda Scrap for Elizabeth Craft Designs. The intricate cuts of the die made it very delicate to work with once cut from fabric, but with careful handling I was able to fuse it onto the base fabric, then free-motion stitch it down. The design was enhanced with hand-stitched twisted bugle beads and seed beads. The leaves were cut with a Sizzix die. The feather background paper was from Hot Off the Press. "Love You" words from Elizabeth Craft Designs were cut from pink cardstock. The frame was cut from heavy green paper and made with two dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Scalloped Hearts (the largest die in the set) and Fitted Hearts (second from the largest die in the set).
This card was made by die-cutting blue fabric with a butterfly die from Papertrey Ink and green fabric with a fern die from Hot Off the Press. The design was free-motion stitched onto a dark green background fabric fused to Peltex, then embellished with twisted bugle beads, seed beads, and hot-fix crystals. The frame (from Elizabeth Craft Designs) was cut from metallic cardstock, as was the word "wish", then glued onto a mottled blue/green paper for this 5"x7" card.
A Halloween spider and the tree branch were cut with dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The spider is lowering himself by a very narrow silver metallic satin-stitch in front of a moon cut with a circle die, then satin-stitched. Tiny eyes were hand-stitched using seed beads on top of "O" beads. The night sky background fabric is full of silver glitter. A shiny metallic cardstock frame encloses the fabric scene, which is then glued to a card front. Glitter dots are sprinkled around the frame.
These flowers were cut from spring-colored fabrics with a Poinsettia die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The same die was used to cut the leaves from green fabric. They were stitched down using rayon embroidery thread. Hot-fix crystals were applied as the flower centers.
This postcard used a background fabric with the barn printed on it; roof tiles were free-motion stitched. I die-cut the sheep and fence using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The trees and grass were dies from Impression Obsession. They were fused onto the fabric, then free-motion stitched using rayon embroidery thread. The flowers were applied using Heat-n-Bond Ultra with no stitching. Tiny hot-fix rhinestones served as the flower centers.
The moon was die-cut with a circle die and fused onto the background fabric. The waves were die-cut from two different fabrics (one from the right side of the fabric, and the other from the wrong side to make the waves point in opposite directions) and off-set to simulate a storm at sea. Free-motion stitching (in elongated, horizontal curves on top of the moon, and in large swirls on the waves) was done with regular polyester and metallic threads.
This little basket was designed with Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) software, paper-pieced using a wood-grain fabric, and framed with a cardstock frame. The flowers were die-cut from felt, and the leaves were die-cut from cardstock, with the leaf veins added with a Copic marker. The whole framed piece was raised off the background card using 3M foam tape.
This Santa postcard has no die cuts, but I had to include it in this blog because he just turned out so cute! The original fabric was covered with these Santa motifs, so I cut one out and fused it onto the background fabric. Because his beard was blank, it was begging for some free-motion stitching! I used a gold metallic thread and stitched tight curls on his beard and hat. The “Merry and Bright” section was stamped first onto fabric with Versa-Craft ink, cut out and fused to the background, then zig-zagged down.
Another paper-pieced block designed with EQ7, framed with a cardstock frame, and set on-point over another square holographic cardstock shape. The center block was raised off the surface with foam tape. The “Love” die cut is cut from a pretty glitter cardstock.
This card was paper-pieced on a design I created using EQ7. The center block was sized to about 3-½”, then paper-pieced. Then I glued a die-cut cardstock frame around the border of the block and raised it off the surface of the card with 3M foam tape. Flowers and leaves were die-cut from felt, and rhinestones glued to the flower centers completed the front of this card.
This postcard features a fused circle (satin-stitched around the edge), die-cut trees, and Santa and his sleigh stamped onto the moon using Versa-Craft ink (made for fabric). The trees were stitched with rayon embroidery thread in a lighter shade than the tree fabric, to emphasize the stitching. Hot-fix rhinestones were sprinkled across the sky.
This family of owls was from a pre-printed panel that had the nest as part of the design. I die-cut another nest to fuse on top for added texture, fussy-cut the bottom portion from a blue/green batik to ground the whole design, then free-motion stitched it all down. Finally, I zig-zag stitched the “blessed” cut from another fabric on top. Wouldn’t this be a cute card to send to (or from) a family with two parents and three kids?
This postcard features die-cut snowflakes cut out of white felt, fused to the blue fabric background, and then free-motion stitched with metallic threads. The stitching could also easily be accomplished using the straight stitch on your sewing machine. The background was free-motion stitched with swirls to reinforce the feeling of movement. A few hot-fix rhinestones add some sparkle.
This fabric postcard was made with a printed background (which already had the trees) and a simple mound of felt “snow” in the foreground. I free-motion stitched the background trees using a metallic thread to produce a frosty scene. The deer was die-cut from dark brown fabric and applied with Heat-n-Bond Ultra iron-on adhesive (with no machine stitching on the deer). “Snowflakes” were stitched using one of the pre-programmed stitches on my sewing machine, and a few hot-fix rhinestones were applied.
This scene was accomplished with some very basic die-cut shapes: the moon is a circle fused and then satin-stitched onto the background (night sky) fabric; the trees were die-cut, then fused down and free-motion stitched using rayon decorative thread; the deer was simply die-cut and fused down using Heat-n-Bond Ultra, with no stitching at all.
Notice on this fabric postcard that the darker green foreground leaves were die-cut (with Heat-n-Bond Lite fused to the back of the fabric first). The background fabric has the birds as part of the design, but it just didn’t have the amount of foliage I wanted. So I die-cut some leaves and played with their placement until I was happy with it. Once I removed the backing paper from the die cuts, I could gently curve the leaves to fit the spots I wanted to cover. Then I pressed them down with a hot iron, and free-motion stitched them onto the background. And voila! A much fuller arrangement of leaves. Free-motion stitching following the design lines of the birds really made them stand out. I hand-stitched bead eyes on each of the birds before applying the postcard backing.