In early February, I launched my first Craft it Forward. It’s been great fun having an excuse to craft all year and the pleasure of trying new things.
December’s Craft it Forward is ‘7 of Hearts’ representing my 7th work from the heart. As soon as I secure Vivien’s address, they’ll be on their way to the UK.
Vivien blogs at Where the Journey Takes me. She writes:
I live in a small old mill town nestled into the Pennine hills in Yorkshire with my long-suffering husband of thirty some years. I have two beautiful daughters who have flown the nest (most of the time!). I paint and draw (a little) when time allows, make and bake sometimes but not often enough and garden and grow things as much as possible. I recycle and up-cycle, hate waste and I couldn’t live without my time planner and lists.
Vivien is slowly renovating a quaint and picturesque cottage in Scotland, where she will eventually retire. We share a mutual love of gardening, card-making and organizing.
I crafted a set of cards from KaiserCraft’s Enchanted Garden Collection. Vivien uses flowers and butterflies in her own cards. I incorporated both into the designs, below.
Using the same paper, I made a set of quilt cards, one of my favorite designs for the Silhouette. I enjoyed combining the geometric patterns of the card design, with the more ethereal patterned paper. Each of the six cards features a different combination of the papers.
The last two cards feature the intricate illustrations of the Enchanted Garden designs.
I’ve kept the packaging simple, honoring her desire to scale back: they’re wrapped together with a single piece of ribbon.
What is Craft it Forward?
If you think you might like to try this on your own blog, G+ or Facebook page, here’s how it works. You put forth the offer to create a handmade item. The first five people to comment on your original post receive a handmade item, uniquely your own . In return, they agree to pay it forward, crafting their own unique item for the first five people on their list. Craft it Forward encourages community, creative spirit and camaraderie. It also encourages flexibility, so I expanded my list from five to seven based on interest in the project. Isn’t it fun making your own rules?