I was busy in my sewing room making up some cards for Halloween. I love these because they are simple and would frame well in a simple 5″ x 7″ standard frame. Below the instructions you will find a purchase supplies list.
Here is a list of the items you will need for making these cards:
- Card Stock with brown envelopes.
- Scraps of burlap
- Sewing machine with black thread
- Black Felt
- Spooky Patterns printed out to fit the burlap
- Vintage lace
- Heat n Bond Lite for sewing
Instructions: I cut the burlap into 4.50″ x 6.50″ scraps. Cut a small strip of Heat n Bond Lite and attach to the backside of the burlap. With a medium hot, iron press the burlap onto the card (you need just enough Heat n Bond to stabilize the burlap). Stitch the burlap onto the card leaving about .25″ edge for unraveling. ( I used a zig- zag stitch for my cards.) After I sew the burlap on I pull the edge strings to get that raveled look. I found my silhouettes by googling “free Halloween silhouettes” I edit them and crop them to the size to fit my burlap. (approximately 3″ x 4″). Take the black felt and cut a square about 10″ x 10″ and with a medium iron press the Heat n Bond onto the back of the black felt. Leaving the peeling paper on the felt pin on your printed designs. Peel the Heat n Bond backing off and with a medium hot iron press the felt silhouette onto the burlap on the card.
Caution: Check a sample of the felt with your iron first as too hot of an iron will melt the felt. I found medium heat to work great.
Supplies I purchased:
Heat n Bond Lite at Walmart
Burlap at Walmart sewing department for $3.97 a yard.
Kraft smooth A7 Cards and Envelopes Premium Heavyweight Cards. Core’dinations,(Cards come in a set of 50 cards and envelopes) I bought these at Hobby Lobby in the Paper Crafting Department. (Don’t forget your coupon!)
When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
This morning I am thinking about the winter and the cold weather. I constantly look for ways to keep myself “in spirit.” For me being “in spirit” means being in gratitude, peace, joy, forgiveness and being out in nature. When I feel I need a lift, being out in nature is vital to me. I turn off the “tube” bundle up and take to the back yard. The texture and colors of winter are enough to bring even the hardest of hearts back to their spirit. What we can find in our own yards is amazing. There’s a lot going on in the world as the TV so often points out. But there is also a lot going on right in our own back yard. Our Juniper trees on our property are several hundred years old. They twist and turn over the years from wind, sun and the relentless search for water. Their beautifully twisted trunks are painted with a soft sage green moss. All the different wild flowers turn brown and the textures are amazing.
Winter white, think again of the brown grasses
lying down from the blanket of fresh fallen snow.
Winter white, think again of the blue-green branches
of the spruce and pine showing signs
of new growth even in winter.
Winter white think again, of the green cactus
hiding under the tumbleweeds.
Winter white think again at the sunrise of this January morning.
I recently sat with my mom in the doctors office (my mom is 83) she told the doctor she was very upset about being a burden to her children. I knew she had been feeling bad about about all the trips up to her house to help her out when she fell and fractured 5 ribs and the the trips to the ER to help stabilize a rapid heart beat. She and my father (who passed away 2 years ago from colon cancer) were and are fiercely independent. I know she wants desperately to stay in her beautiful cozy home as long as she can. All five of us children would like to see that she gets that wish also. My father wanted to die at home and because of hard work and boundless love from siblings, friends and incredible hospice care he got his wish. What I wish for my mom to know is this. Yes I am older and do get a bit tired or cranky but would I be anywhere else. Heck no! I chose to move back to be close to my parents as they age. What I would like my mom to know is I love her boundlessly. Not just for bearing 5 children but raising incredible children who are loving and caring. How could I begin to thank her for the times she nursed us through chicken pox, measles, mumps, cuts and bruises, broken hearts, the list is endless. For me in particular when I had my son and he was just three months old we had no second car, I had no car seat, no high chair, no stroller. I was stranded every day in a small two bedroom apartment. My mom would show up out of the blue load me and my son in the car and take us to buy a stroller. She would take me to get a hamburger at McDonald’s and that was like steak to a 19 year old,broke, frightened mother. After a painful divorce my mom and dad took me and my son in. Mom babysat while I worked, she baked cookies and listened while I poured out my broken heart to her. She made me belly laugh, she made wonderful dinners and we would go for long walks together. There is one moment in particular that reminds me of how much love she poured out to us children. When I moved in to my folks house with my son, it was after a very bad, violent break up of my marriage. I came home one night from work exhausted and scared. I had lost everything I owned in the divorce. I came home so sad and my mother had made my bed, pulled back the sheets and in that simple act I have never in my life felt so loved and nurtured. I knew then everything would be OK. Do I owe her yes! Do I want to be here for her you bet! My parents were far from perfect but I do know without a doubt that we were very much loved and that love shines through all the time everyday. Yes, I and my brother and sisters will be there for my mom it’s what true love is all about. It’s about saying thanks for all she and dad have given us.