Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Cards: Remaking Felt Ornaments as Cards

Just a little share.  I took several of the felt ornaments I've made and reused the templates using paper to make note cards to send quick notes to family, friends, and pen pals.  Some turn out better than others.  Some I embellish with coloring to add background. Take a look:

Bomb Pop into a Thank You card for teachers.

A Happy little Rainbow on a Cloud

Fries and a Drink (always makes me hungry!)

Llama - thinking about making a Happy Llamakah card next year

I like this little fox

Even my Salesforce character obsession gets in the ix with Earnie...

...and Astro with the Trailhead logo in the background

Aside from the ones I made from felt ornament templates, I wanted to make one Salesforce character I hadn't done in felt, so I made a Codey the Bear as a Bearista card.  I used different colors to add some variety.  I've been using these to send to my Developer Group members.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Felt Ornament: Snowman

Inspiration: Our neighbors have some nice traditions at the holidays.  One couple stops by on Christmas Eve each year and delivers a bag full of cookies and a fruit/nut bread along with some yummy Bourbon Balls.  Others just drop off cards, sometimes with cookies or a small gift.  We often drop off hamantaschen during Purim (any where from early March to mid-April) and cards for different holidays.  Given the stay at home orders this year and knowing many of our neighbors were staying home for the holidays and unable to celebrate with their extended families, I made extra little ornaments to drop off with our cards.

How I Made Them: Like most of my ornaments, I started with making templates.  I made one for the body/head that was a slightly smaller circle above a larger one.  I made a template for the hat and the hat band and one for the carrot nose.  Using the templates for each snowman, I cut from felt:

  • two white bodies
  • 1 black hat
  • 1 orange nose
  • 1 colored hat band
Then I glued the bad to the hat.  I stitched the nose near the head and stitched the hat onto the head.  All with embroidery floss (orange for the nose and black for the hat).  For the first set I made, I glued on googly eyes.  For the second set, I sewed on blue or green pony beads for the eyes.  I searched through a jar of old buttons I had looking for matches.  I used pairs to sew onto the bodies.  Then I took quilt fabric scraps cut into 2" squares.  I folded one into thirds and sewed it around the neck.  I took a second one more loosely folded in thirds and secured one end at the neck and then cut little slits at the far end.  It made a nice scarf.  I used white embroidery floss and blanket stitched the back of the head/body onto the decorated front, pausing to add a lobster claw hanger and to stuff it with polyfill.

Alternatives: There are so many ways to be creative with these.  Besides switching eyes between googly eyes and pony beads, other things I might try in the future include:

  • more than 2 buttons if they're smaller
  • finding a way to incorporate small twigs as arms
  • adding a flower to the hat (like Frosty's in the animated classic)
  • Finger weaving or knitting small scarves to use instead of fabric
  • Adding a small ribbon smile
  • Seeing if I can find something that looks more like a carrot for the nose

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Felt Ornament: Turtle

Inspiration: I don't know about you but between the weather and doing pretty much everything at home, I'm starting to get some cabin fever.  I'm also running out of ideas of things I really want to make.  Last week, I just had a day where I felt like I needed to make something and I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do.  I remembered this cute little turtle my daughter used when we were creating a Scratch program, so I decided to use that to make my next piece.

How I Made It: I printed 3 copies of the image.  Then I cute them out.  I cut out parts, traced out templates with card stock.  Then cut and traced some more until I was pretty sure I had all the pieces I was going to need.  (It really wasn't very many - body, back, back edge, front leg, 2 back legs, tail, cheeks, and some spots).  I looked through my current felt supply and decided on colors (mostly greens) and I used the templates I created to cut out the pieces.  I sewed the pieces together using embroidery floss and applique stitches.  I sewed the 2 body pieces together with blanket stitches, pausing to add a hanger (lobster clip with a loop), and to give it a little Polyfill stuffing.  I finished it by gluing on googly eyes.

Things I'd Do Different: I kind of think the head part is a little long from the body so I might reshape if I want to do over or else reposition the spots so it looks better.  I could also add in some embroidery stitching to make the turtle's back a little more elaborate.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Review: Cut & Create Paper Mosaics

For the holidays, my husband got my Cut & Create Paper Mosaics.  Doing these is pretty addictive and I only have 2 of the 8 projects in the book left!  The first four are labeled as easy because every piece is outlined for you (or you have to hole-punch it).  I worked through those fairly quickly and they turned out pretty nice.  All the paper is supplied in a velcro-closure envelope along with the thicker cardboard base.  There are outline shapes on the back of the paper for you to cut and each piece is numbered.  These correspond to outlined spaces on the carboard base.  I used ModPodge to do my gluing but most glues should work well.

The next two are intermediate.  For some paper patterns there is no outline to cut out, only instructions and then you place them in specified areas but again no outlines for placement so you get to bring in your own creativity.  The final two are more difficult and have pieces that need to be cut without guidance that are not simple shapes (rectangle, diamond, rhombus).  I can't wait to get started on them.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Felt Ornament: Clown Fish

Inspiration: I wanted to make something else in felt and I wanted it to be colorful.  After some image surfing on the internet, I settled into making some clown fish.

How I Made Them: I found an image of a clown fish I liked online.  I printed out 2 copies.  I cut them out and created templates as I cut - one of the main body, then cut out the white stripes for more.  Then used the 2nd copy to cut out the 4 fins.  

I used the cardstock templates I made to cut my pieces out in felt.  I applique stitched the white stripes onto the fish body using white DMC floss.  I placed together my front and back and between them placed the fins and the charm hangers.  Starting at the front bottom fin, I blanket stitched around the fish using a DMC floss as close to the main color of felt as I could find.  After passing the last fin on my way around, I paused and stuffed the fish with some polyfil and then finished it.  I glued on a google eye to finish the fish.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Card: Hootie Turkey

Inspiration: I really hadn't planned on making a Thanksgiving card, but I thought it would be fun to make a card of the Hootie (Owl) as a Turkey to share with members of my technical community for Thanksgiving or messages of Gratitude.

How I Made Them: I used the same templates I used to make the felt ones (see this blog post) but cut them out of paper and then glued them together on a folded piece of 5x8 card stock.  The did extend a little over the edges but I figured that was ok.  I used them as note cards and wrote personal messages inside to the recipient(s).

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Card: New Year's 2019

Yes, still posting old cards.

Inspiration: I didn't have a lot of time to create something that year but I had lots of postcard sized card stock in blue.  So I made a postcard for the New Year (I think I actually made them originally for Rosh Hashana and then just changes to the Gregorian year).

How I Made Them: I actually hand drew the Hebrew words and the 2019 on card stock but since I didn't trust that I could do it the same multiple times, I scanned the image and then printed it out for additional cards.  I colored them after printing - always making Ahava (Love) in pink or red, Shalom (peace) in Green or Purple, and Tikvah (Hope) in Gold or Yellow.  I used a variety of colors of the 2019.  Then I glued the coloring to the blue card stock and wrote "May peace, love, and hope surround us in 2019." near the bottom of the card with a Gold Gel Pen.