Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentine's Day is Coming

Are you ready for it? I think I might be. I made a few of these postcard-sized Valentine's over the past few days.


It took a few days because I first had to make the fabric-backed paper for the background and that needs drying time. Then I would just work on them in spurts when I felt like it or had time.

The hearts are made from hand dyed fabric and I layered some hand dyed cheesecloth over part of it. Then I layered a piece of Texture Magic and following the package directions I free-motion stitched and then used my steam iron to add the texture. I had received the package of the Texture Magic from Angela Marcos, who is a Superior Threads rep in my region. I'm ashamed to say I've had this product for such a long time and am only now finally getting around to trying it out. Good intentions gone bad!

I was worried about getting the Texture Magic to "do its thing" with my iron because I hadn't been using the steam part of my iron for a while. It was always leaking like crazy on me. My friend, Angie, told me to only use distilled water in it no matter what the instructions that came with the iron stated. Also to only fill it a fourth to a third full. I tried it and it seems to be working....so far. Yay!

So after I had my Valentine's cards made, I decided I didn't want to send them in the clear plastic sleeves that I have on hand. I decided to make some custom envelopes instead. I made these from scrapbook paper.


Now all I need to do is get them addressed and sent on their merry Valentiney way.

11 comments:

  1. Wow, those are stunningly gorgeous! And even beautiful envelopes too. I really like the crinkle effect on the hearts. So glad your iron worked :)

    Love ya.
    auntie jude

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  2. Terri I love these!

    I hand make Valentines for my kids and hubby every year. I make the envelopes to match, too. I'm not alone! Wee :o)

    I had actually thought about making quilted postcard ones... but it was still in my brain. These are delicious - your work speaks to me on so many levels. Your Valentines are blessed indeed! <3

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  3. Hi Terri: Your Valentine cards are wonderful. I too bought some Texture Magic loooooong ago and have not tried it. I am committed to trying it this next week. I love the texture that can be created with the sewing. Your envelopes are the perfect compliment to your handmade cards. Happy February Hearts to you...

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  4. These are absolutely wonderful.........really a gift from the heart!
    Your backgrounds are FABULOUS! each one is a treasure.

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  5. They are beautiful Terri! I too have a package of texture magic that I've had since it came out...sad to say I haven't used it either!

    Love the envelopes too,the perfect finish!

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  6. Those are so sweet! They look like little bits of love floating across the landscape!

    I don't have that texture product but I think you can get a similar effect with liquid starch-scrunch up the fabric and leave it, etc.

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  7. They're adorable.
    Beautiful texture, colors and composition :)

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  8. Well, I am the happy addressee of one of those cards, just got it. I am absolutely delighted on how you used the Texture Magic I gave you, Terri. It was worth the wait! I thank you very much for this thoughtful present.
    Now, I am not a rep for Superior anymore, but I am still selling Texture Magic, because I think it is one of the best things to have handy when inspiration comes to us. It is fun to work with, and the possibilities are endless. It just takes a while to get out of our comfort zone and try something new.
    Ladies, please, go ahead and play with Texture Magic, you will not regret it. And if you want to buy it from me, go to fabricsbylaantigua.com. Any questions, just drop a line, you will find my email address on the website.
    Thank you again, Terri.

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