Thursday, January 7, 2010

I've Got Your Love to Keep Me Warm

Out for Publication

A warm and snugly card for this wintry weather. I love making just because cards for my hottie hubs. A man needs sweet little reminders, too, right?

Out for Publication

I cut the ends of the felt ribbon to look like a scarf. The hearts are made of the softest, snuggliest flannel. They're leftover scraps from a baby blanket I made a few years back. Mmmm...I luvs me some flannel this time of year. :) The colors are from Dawn McVey's Color Challenge #21 (see below).

In case you'd like to make warm, flannel hearts yourself, here are some tips. I'm sure ladies who sew know a better way to do this (maybe interfacing? or stabilizer? can you tell I have no clue - LOL!), but here's what worked for me.

First I stamped a heart the same size as I wanted my flannel hearts to be. If you don't have a stamp, you could print a heart shape from your computer.

Then I took my scrap flannel and pinned it to the back side of the stamped heart.

Here's where I'm kicking myself for not taking more pictures. I got going in my project and forgot that I told myself I'd make a tutorial for this - LOL.

Set your pinned project onto the arm of your sewing machine with the flannel side down (touching the feed dogs) and the stamped heart image facing up. You're leaving the heart shape facing up so you can see to use it as your template. Now sew along the edge of the heart image. I went really slowly to get nice round curves on the top of the hearts.

Once you've sewn your hearts, trim off the excess paper around the stitched heart. Cut it close to the stitching; you don't want it to show behind the frayed edges of the flannel (which you'll make next).

Now trim your flannel. I left about 1/4" edge. Use your fingernail to fray the edges a bit. Chances are a few threads are sticking out all crazy-like. Just take your scissors and trim them off.

Now, how's it look? Backed with cardstock, your heart should hold its shape nicely. Plus, since the backside is paper instead of fabric, you can use any ol' regular papercrafting adhesive to hold it in place on the cardfront. Though my hearts look like they're hung by linen thread going around and over the felt ribbon, the real work is being done by pieces of dimensional tape on the underside of each heart.

If this is clear as mud, please leave a comment and I'll try my best to help. :) If you're playing along with Dawn's color challenge, good luck and have fun! I like visiting the blogs of people who comment on mine, so I'm excited to see what you're making.

Paper: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist), Stampin' Up! (Very Vanilla).
Stamp: Stampin' Up! (Always - heart stamp does not show on finished card, used as a template).
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (brown felt, linen thread).
Button: Papertrey Ink (Lemon Tart).
Other: sentiment printed by computer, yellow flannel, brown thread.


  1. adorable hearts!! I love the nontraditional colours for a love card :) Thanks for inspiring :)

  2. That's a super cute card! Love your little fabric hearts and the ribbon "scarf".
    By the way, I think your blog header is gorgeous. Did you design it yourself?

  3. LOVE the flannel hearts and the scarf fringed tie! FAB card!

  4. Fabulous texture on your card. Way to rock Dawn's color challenge.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.