When you're stuck in the house with a broken arm, you get behind on birthdays and other special occasions. You also can't run out to get the cards on a moment's notice when you can't drive so, "Necessity is the Mother of Invention."
I had been making a Stitch Sampler of the hundreds of beautiful stitches that came on my sewing machine, because it was minimal movement for my arm, and frankly good exercise for the range of movement I had to use.
While most of these cards were made with the exceptional stitches on my machine, I know some designs (which I intend to make for a future post) could be made with the utility stitches that come on nearly all the machines today.
This is card stock paper I had left over from giving workshops during my teaching days. Tag board could be used as well. Or, better yet, what about cloth cards?
I took these pictures before I signed the cards.
(above) This was the sympathy card. I hand wrote a personal note inside. I made a duplicate with the other half of the sheet while I had the machine set. Since it's blank, it could be used for just about any occasion.
(above) For my Grand Daughter's sweet 16th.
(above) For my second grader Grand Son
(above) My other grand daughter and I had a joke about sending her a card for Columbus Day so I free motioned the ship.
(Below) Meanwhile, I'll keep my stitched cards in my new stationary box I bought had a yard sale. It still had quiet a bit of unused stationary with envelopes just the right size for my new cards.
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