Category: mailings

homemade cards — house

twisterfishcrafts welcome home card (5)

I received a “we’ve moved” notice and I wanted to send them a “welcome to your new home” card. This is what I came up with.

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homemade cards — flowers

More homemade cards! This one was done using only petals made from the Shakespeare play. A small piece of colored card stock was cut out and glued to the center.

twisterfish crafts paper flower

I must say, this was so much fun to do! I did quite a few cards with this weaving technique. Some used only pages from a Shakespeare play (purchased an old, faded copy at the thrift store for less than a dollar). A few had pages from that book along with colored card stock. Some used strips cut from a small book of maps (also from the thrift store). And one included a photo cut into strips as well.

Once the weaving was complete, I sewed it onto the blank card using my sewing machine. On the reverse (inside front cover) I glued a solid piece of card stock to cover the stitching.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of each of the cards I made. Here are two I did remember to take pictures of before sending them out.

twisterfish crafts woven card twisterfish crafts woven card 2

Here’s another card that uses Washi tape to make flowers. I made small flowers, and used a piece of card stock paper for the center of each flower.

twisterfish crafts washi flowers (2)

I’ve been having so much fun making homemade cards lately. Here is one I made today.

I started with a white card I purchased as a pack of 8 at the craft store. Using an old thesaurus I purchased for 25 cents at a thrift store, and a roll of washi tape from my huge washi tape collection (oh how I love washi tape!), I cut out petal shapes. The washi tape helped to hold down the larger paper petals in the back, and then the center (a different washi tape) held down the smaller petals in front. Then I used my sewing machine to sew them on, to give it more depth and interest. I love that it’s not perfect (notice the center — the thread didn’t stay in some of the stitches for some reason)…. Flowers aren’t perfect!

twisterfish crafts card

On the inside of the card I covered up the stitching by making another flower, but this time without the paper. And I reversed the washi tape that was used for the front flower. I like that the stitches give it texture.

twisterfish crafts card inside

Couldn’t finish this off without adding another flower to the envelope. This one was also made using washi tape — one with the same color but a different pattern.

twisterfish crafts card and envelope

another snail mail package

Here’s another snail mail package I put together and sent.

snail mail sent to GLENICE (1)


This recipient said that she likes to quilt, so I took fabric scraps, cut them into 1-inch squares, and sewed them onto a notecard in a quilt pattern. Top stitched it with a zigzag stitch. Also in the main envelope was another spring picture I took of the trees on my street, a square garland (sewn on the sewing machine with an inch of string between each piece), and two smaller envelopes I made with goodies inside. One envelope was made out of scrapbook paper and the other was a page from an old paperback book I purchased at a thrift store.


snail mail sent to GLENICE (2)


The envelope was again made out of a sturdy 12×12 scrapbook paper and held together with mini-duct tape (I love that stuff!). Also decorated with a bit of washi tape.


snail mail sent to GLENICE (3)

snail mail project

I recently signed up to participate in a snail mail project orchestrated by Sarah over at a nice little life.  So far I’ve sent out four envelopes to people across the country and across the ocean! I’ve been having a ton of fun being creative and crafting and am very thankful Sarah got this whole thing started!

At the beginning of the process I gathered my bits and pieces of paper, fabrics, washi tape, and my sewing machine. Then I purchased a few more rolls of washi tape, some larger sheets of scrapbook paper, colorful twine, and at a thrift store I spent less than a dollar on a few old books. I’m using the pages from those books to make small envelopes, as well as using them for other crafts (I’ll post pictures of those soon).

Here’s the first mailing I sent out.

snail mail to kathy (1) cover


Using my sewing machine I sewed “hi” on the cover page, finishing the edges with washi tape to make sure the stitches didn’t pull out.

(P.S. I was surprised to find that sewing onto paper looked so cool, and that it was also much harder than I thought it would be!)

Each page is connected by a long piece of twine which I decorated with washi flags.

snail mail to kathy (2) haiku


This recipient stated that she enjoys poetry, so I created a spring haiku for her.

snail mail to kathy (3) washi flowers


A few washi tape flowers!

snail mail to kathy (4) photo


I printed out wallet size photos I took of the trees on my street, which bloom so beautifully each spring.

snail mail to kathy (5) final page


The last page holds a simple message written in multiple sharpies.

snail mail to kathy (7) note on back


And the back cover ties up the twine that runs through the pages.

snail mail to kathy (9) mailing envelope


I made the mailing envelope out of a 12×12 sheet of heavy scrapbook paper, and sealed the edges and folds with bold duct tape.

I also sewed a border around the mailing label. Found that the label didn’t stick as well near the stitches, so I had to use a bit of glue to keep it in place. Not sure I’ll attempt sewing onto a sticky mailing label again!

snail mail to kathy (10) back of envelope