Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Postcard Swap

I recently signed up to take part in a postcard swap which was organised by Sheila at Sheila's Quilt World.  I had never taken part in a postcard swap before and I was excited to be involved.  Sheila warned me that making the postcards may get addictive and, I do have to say I really enjoyed making my first card.... I will definitely be making some more!



I received my swap partner's details from Sheila and we exchanged emails. My partner is Pauline who blogs at Pheonix Heirlooms.  I think I was a bit over keen to get started as I had my card ready to send within a couple of days of the announcement of the swap and I know that Pauline has now received it.  I have now also received a very pretty postcard from Pauline in exchange.



Pauline's card has a beautiful snowflake on the front. The colours are very delicate and the stitching is exquisite! Pauline has also added some rhinestones for a touch of sparkle which, is just perfect for Christmas.  I really love my card.... thank you Pauline!!



This is the card I sent.  It was a lot of fun deciding what to make and send and I decided on one of my favourite themes.... a snowman!




He was quick to make using a fusible applique method finished off with buttonhole stitch.  I added a few little embroidered details and I also added a little bit of sparkle with some sequin snowflakes.



However, the most exciting thing for me was creating the reverse side of the card which I made by printing (through my printer) an imagine onto some plain white muslin.  I used Kathy Shaw's excellent tutorial which, I knew about through participating in her crazy quilt classes but, had been too nervous to try before! I was worried about damaging the printer but, it worked like a charm.  It opens up a whole world of possibilities! 

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  1. Its a lovely card - and has given me an idea for next year's Christmas cards. Thank you x

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    1. Thank you Lynda! Glad to have been of help! Have a nice weekend! Christine x

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  2. Hi Christine,wow both these postcards are amazing,i love seeing what designs everyone comes up with,well done ladies xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! It is lovely to receive surprise post and I loved the card Pauline sent to me! Christine x

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  3. Both postcards are gorgeous, Christine. I did a few postcard swaps years ago. They are fun to make.

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    1. Thank you Christine! They really are a lot of fun to make and nice to receive too! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

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  4. Christine that is so cool! I've been afraid to try printing on fabric, but maybe 2016 will be the year I try it! Love your snowman postcard, and the snowflake one is lovely.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I was a bit apprehensive to try it too but, I thought I would and it worked beautifully! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

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  5. Love the postcards! I can see where they could become adictive. Love the way you printed the back!

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    1. Thank you Shirlee! They were fun to make and to receive! Have a nice weekend! Christine x

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  6. I used to make postcards each year but it turned into a chore because I wanted to make one for everybody and I made about 30 each year. With that I lost interest and stopped making them all together. But I still enjoy seeing pretty cards and the one you made and the one you received are both very nice!
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Thank you Katrin! I can imagine that it becomes less fun when you are making 30! I don't think I will try that! Have a good weekend! Christine x

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  7. What beautiful cards! I haven't made mine yet, but it is on the list for later today! I have a couple of ideas.....

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    1. Thank you Sunny! I really enjoyed making my first post card.... it won't be my last and it was fun to receive such a beautiful card too! Christine x

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  8. What a lovely idea, both your card and Pauline's are very pretty x

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    1. Thank you Janet! They are very quick and fun to make and it is nice to participate in the swap too! Chrissie x

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  9. Both postcards are so pretty. I have discovered that I like working in that size format too. Little works of art, aren't they.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! You can make them really quickly and it is so satisfying! Fun to participate in a swap too! Christine x

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  10. Wow! That is so cool. Both postcards are so amazing! Love them.

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun making my card and it was lovely to receive such a beautiful card too! Christine x

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  11. Wow! The postcard you received is so elegant. Beautiful! And, I absolutely LOVE your snowman! Adorable! What a fun swap!

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    1. Thank you Renee! The swap was a lot of fun and I love the card I received! So pretty! Christine x

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  12. Liebe Christine,
    bei solch schönen Karten kann man wirklich süchtig werden! Viel Spaß bei diesem SWAP und einen schönen 1. Advent wünsche ich dir!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! The swap was great fun! Happy Advent to you too! Christine x

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  13. I never made some Postcards. But they look really nice.

    Have a wonderful Advent-Time.

    Iris

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    1. Thank you Iris! They are a lot of fun to make! Happy Advent to you too! Christine x

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  14. Awesome postcards--you both were lucky recipients!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I really enjoyed participating in the swap! Christine x

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  15. Fun Christmas cards; I think you were a well-matched pair!

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    1. Thank you Marly! I enjoyed the swap it was a lot of fun! Christine x

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  16. Wonderful post cards. I love them both.

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    1. Thank you Melody! It was a lot of fun to take part in the swap! Christine x

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  17. Both beautiful postcards , thanks to you both for participating . Christine you ar a real pro , you would never guess this was a first postcard for you !

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I really enjoyed the swap!! It may have been my first but I don't think it will be my last!! Christine x

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  18. The postcards are beautiful, I love both of them, yours looks amazing with the printed back, I used to make fabric post cards to, I have a box full of them.

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    1. Thank you Leanne! It was such a lot of fun to make.... I think I will be making more! Christine x

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    1. Thank you Janita! The swap was a lot of fun! Christine x

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