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Monday, January 17, 2011

Meet Annie, a postcard ARTiste( she says she's not..U B the judge lol)

Hello fellow stashers. My name is Ann and everyone calls me Annie and I love to sew. I'm very honored to be invited here today. I must admit that I have blog-fright, having never ever blogged before. Madame Samm promised it would be painless, simple and fun. So, here goes.

My fabric postcards seem to have caught Madame Samm's attention and I hope you will enjoy them as well. Maybe you'll start creating original keepsake greetings from your scrap stash too.

I have always been intrigued with mail art. What has ever been more fun than to find a fun piece of mail amongst the bills in the mailbox? I'm no artist, but creating a small 4X6 piece of fabric art actually seemed possible to me. I found a tutorial on fabric postcards and the wheels of ideas began turning. I wasn't very happy with my first efforts based on the best tutorial I found, so I set them aside for a year. A year! The idea of them kept eating at me all the while.


Fabric Postcard




Determined to come up with a process to create the cards and make them mailable I went back to work on them keeping what worked, discarding what didn't. I finally settled happily with materials that keep them easy to make, with a cleanly finished edge and sturdy enough to withstand the United States Postal Service. My very first mailed cards reached their destinations in tact and unharmed.

Fabric Postcard


Although I started out with fabric fronts and backs, I wanted to write messages on the cards easily and I wanted to know for sure the postage stamp would stay put during it's travels. So, the backs of my cards are paper. I made a template for the backs and I just run off copies through my printer and cut them to size.

Fabric postcard backs

Materials I use are fabric scraps (sometimes I have to go out and "buy" some new scraps...don't try to tell me you haven't had to do that), and I like to use InnerFuse between the front and back for stiffness. I like the clean finished edge so I bind the edges. Most tutorials show satin stitched edges. I like how the binding frames the little works of art.

Christmas Fabric Postcard

I find inspiration for my postcards in all the normal places: magazines, books, patterns, greeting cards, gift wrap, etc.

Fabric eeek! Postcard

And some maybe not-so-normal places like from rubber stamps and fabric that can be fussy cut and one of my favorites, old family photos.

Birthday Fabric Postcard

Merry Christmas Fabric Postcard

Hello - Old Photo Fabric Postcard

Since the blank canvas area is only 4" X 6", I look at bigger inspirations and think about it in smaller portions and partial sections.

Brrr ~ Fabric Postcard

And finally, holidays and major events are always inspiration in themselves.

Cheers! Fabric Postcard

We spend so much money on paper greeting cards and later stress out over the guilt of throwing it away! Or just tucking it into a drawer, never to be seen again. Postcards can be made from fabric scraps and mailed for the price of a first class postage stamp. (some cards require an additional 20cent non-machining fee). But where can you buy and mail such an awesome greeting for 64cents? Fabric postcards are a novel, fresh idea greeting for your recipients. They not only want to keep it, but it becomes a fresh new decor item for everyday or holidays, depending on the design idea you created.

Love Fabric Postcard

I've enjoyed sharing my fabric postcards here today. I hope I've inspired some of you to give them a try. Thanks to Madame Samm and Stash Manicure and happy stitching everyone!

Hugs ~ Fabric Postcard

Ann

YOU can reach Ann here
This is her Flicker account where you can keep an eye on her lol

( editors note....Ann, does not even have a blog
I found her in my group of Mug Rug Swaps, and invited
her to just send me an email with all her posting and photo
link to her flicker, and I would look after posting everything for her..
Sew for all of you who do not have a BLOG but would love
to be a guest and you have words and photos..well 
come forward, there is a lot of talent out there that needs
to be shared..Thanks to Annie for trusting my guide) 
YOU  my dear are a terrific guest blogger..
Love to have you back...


And ps...it looks like she will be back and with a Tutorial..
yeah...

58 comments:

  1. Annie, your work is stunning! What lucky recipients....and postal workers to see your beautiful creations during their work day.

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  2. Please, please please tell Annie that her work is WONDERFUL. I've seen a lot of postcards and make them myself and I've never seen those finishes and that attention to detail. Her images and messages are spot on. She is truly creative. Thanks for ferreting her out and encouraging her to share with us.

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  3. Ah-mazing! I am so impressed. Glad that Madame Samm talked you into it. You must start a blog now!

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  4. How absolutely right was Samm - these are pieces of artwork. I would love for you to come back with a tutorial on how you make these, I really like the way you use the binding edge rather than the stitched - this postcard maker does not compare to the lovely pieces you have crafted. Thank you for sharing this unique crafting with fabric with all of us. And for MSamm in preparing a delightful posting for you and us.

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  5. They are so gorgeous. I was thinking of making some for our church fete and now I have been inspired.

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  6. Oh Annie your work is wonderful!! I've been entralled with fabric postcards for quite a while and have only just started to make them... your postcards are truly pieces of art that would be a true gift to hang on any wall! Thank you for sharing them!!

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  7. What wonderful postcards... these days with emails and sms it is so nice to get something in the post.... and especially if it is such a wonderful piece of art.... thanks Annie for sharing this ..... and Mdme Samm for facilitating it!
    Hugz

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  8. What fun little works of art! Oh, Annie, you MUST begin blogging so you can join in and share all your creativity with the rest of us! Blogging is a wonderful way to journal your thoughts, ideas, creations, and make some pretty wonderful friends along the way! Sew WE Quilt is THE BEST quilter's Blog out there. Please come back!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane
    Only blogging since June 2010)

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  9. I love these. Now how do I find someone to send them to me?? hehehe Nice job!

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  10. Mug Rugs are not out, but Postcards are now IN!

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  11. Oh, wow, these are wonderful! And I love the idea of the old picture one (or heck, new pictures too). Thank you so much for sharing. Your work is beautiful!

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  12. I've admired many of these in the flickr group. Your work is fabulous!!!

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  13. Annie your postcards are fabulous!!
    Please please start a blog so we can see more of your work!

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  14. What great postcards, I'm inspired to have a go myself. You make them sound quite achieveable Anne.

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  15. Annie, these are just wonderful peices of art, a woman after my own heart for sure! Get busy blogging!

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  16. Beautiful works of art. You really should start blogging yourself. You have a lot to share with us all. I look forward to seeing more from you!

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  17. Good Morning Annie, see didn't I share with you they would love your work. To wake up to such a delightful post of colorful artwork, well suffice to say it is the correct sweetness to begin my day. To begin all of our days. MY favorite is the first one, the second one, the third one...all of them lol

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  18. Very nice and so inspiring! Thank you Annie for stepping out of your comfort zone, twice. Once for starting the journey with art cards and secondly, to be a guest blogger. Thanks for digging her up for us to hear from Madame Samm.

    denise/deBRAT finding out there is 90% chance of rain today. No matter WHERE i'm going to be driving. what a surprise!

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  19. Oh they are all fabulous - a tutorial would be so welcomed! - particularly the binding step - but I will experiment and see what happens - love that first one - and I still have some of the fabric with the lady on it I am sure

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  20. Annie, your postcards are wonderful. I've hemmed and hawed around postcards for a long time - but you may have just given me the bug. I especially like the bound edge - that's my style too - nice and finished. You're a great blogger - would love to hear more from you!

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  21. I agree, a tutorial would be awesome. I can't imagine how long my stash would last if that's all I did with it. LOL How fun!

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  22. Love the postcards! thanks for sharing with us.

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  23. Annie - Your postcards are incredible... and I love them all!!! Fabulous work... just beautiful!

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  24. Loved these!! I also like paper or cardstock on one side to write on... but when I use a satin stitch, it perforates the paper to the extent that the paper comes loose on the edges. Your satin stitch looks very tight... what am I doing wrong with mine?

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  25. Oh my gosh! Those are just incredible! I love how much detail you can fit into a 4x6 space.. who would have thought it possible? I'm quit impressed and inspired!

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  26. So clever, and Green! Gives me lots of ideas. Thank you.

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  27. I applaud you, these are terrific. You have talent and I look forward to seeing you here again.
    Bobi

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  28. These are absolutely amazing!! So beautiful!!! I love the Christmas one :)

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  29. Oh this is what I love about Stash Manicure! What a great post! I love the detail to finishing. You are an artist!

    Madame Samm thank you for searching out and finding people for Stash Manicure - So I Quilt. I feel like I am in the biggest most supportive quilt group every!

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  30. Your cards are beautiful, thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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  31. Annie, I'm with you on blog fright.....been blogging for 6 months and it's still there but is getting less frightening. I'm slowly coming out of my box....luv them all but the snowman is my fav...I agree...the binding frames them nicely. Thanks for sharing and do take the plunge...start a blog...would love to follow you:)

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  32. I just love your fabric postcards. I've never made one, but they look like so much fun to make. I really need to give it a try. Your cards are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us today. This was a wonderful post. Hugs Ariane

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  33. Stunning! Simply beautiful! Please come back again and do a tutorial for us - I'd love to make some of these to send my grandchildren for keepsakes from Grandma. blessings, marlene

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  34. These are so precious - I love them. I have to try them. They are added to my 'must do' file.

    Hugs - Marie

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  35. Wow - those are amazing! Annie seriously needs to start a blog so we can see more of her creativity!!! Thanks for sharing, Annie, and thanks to Madame Samm for finding her and inviting her to post!!

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  36. Annie, you have inspired me to try out fabric postcards!

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  37. Ithink those rer absolutely the BEST postcards I've ever seen!!! Thanks for finding her Madame Samm and thanks for sharing with us Annie. You will be a great blogger!!

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  38. I've made fabric postcards and yours are sew much nicer than mine turned out!! I would like to try it again someday. I love your snowman and especially that spider, stupendous! I encouraged my BFF to start a blog and now she has been posting for just over 6 months! You should consider it too. You really should share your talents with the whole blogosphere!!!

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  39. I love your cards. I used to send fabric postcards to my daughter when she first went away to college. I haven't done any in a while but I think I'll make a batch soon. Great post!

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  40. Annie - an artist? That's clearly an UNDERstatement! Wonderful, great, beautiful, fabulous, inspiring works-of-art, just a few of the words that come to mind! Thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures with us!

    hugz,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  41. Her postcards are stunning! I have tried one once. Annie is inspiring to me try it again.

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  42. Love all of these postcards!! So creative. I am definitely going to make some of these to send to my family this year.

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  43. Those postcards are amazing. I'm almost convinced to give it a try myself! ;)

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  44. Annie, your postcards are incredible! I love each and every one of them. I've never tried a fabric postcard before, but I might try now. A tutorial would certainly be a great help. So glad you shared them all with us!

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  45. Beautiful! I've never tried a fabric postcard, but now I'm inspired. Maybe I'll make a few this year for special birthdays. thanks for sharing with us!

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  46. How cool!! I like tha fact that they are so tiny. You are very creative.

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  47. Annie dear, thesae are fabulous! You really should start a blog..I would follow you, I know many others would as well. Great artistic work! xoxo Christel

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  48. Annie, great cards, I would love to get one myself!!

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  49. Oh, my goodness! I have been at work all day while you all have been enjoying my postcards. I'm blushing from all your kind words. It seems that I need to work on a tutorial.

    My life will be upside down for the next few months. In the meantime, if anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to help.

    Working full time, I don't get enough creative projects done to start a blog, but I think your encouragement to do so is very complimentary. If you are a member of Flickr, you can follow my photostream here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30867529@N03/

    Thank you all, so much! This was a fun experience!

    Hugs to you all, Annie

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  50. Love them!! Oh how I do love to get pretty mail!!
    Wonderful designs Annie!
    xx, shell

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  51. Annie,

    Your cards are spectacular. Thank you for sharing with us. Inspirational.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  52. Annie these are gorgeous!! Frame-able ! Yep! We would all love to get one of these in the mail.
    Now can I send you my address?

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  53. Annie your pc's are wonderful...It would be lovely for you to have a blog so we could all enjoy them. I have only made a few but would love to exchange with you. If you are interested please email me at sgriff57@comcast.net
    Sharon

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  54. Wow, Annie, your work is stunning! Thank you for sharing your art with us.

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  55. I have always wanted to try these but haven't. You have inspired me to get to it. Your work is beautiful.

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  56. I too am big fan of the 4X6. I like ATC but this is just a bit better. Your art is so fresh and filled with great ideas. Loved the one with the black and white photo!

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  57. I have made my greeting cards for several years and your's are certainly an inspiration. I love to use fabric and machine embroidery designs. I also use ink stamps at times. I have a question...do you only keep a photo of each of your cards or do you make one for yourself to keep? In the case of my Christmas cards I keep an actual card; however, for special occasion I usually only do the one for the recipient and keep a photo....how about you..???
    Marilyn in San Antonio, TX, USA

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