That quote is a fancy way of saying "when you mess up, you have to be creative..." :-) I think I've learned more from making mistakes than I have from things that worked right the first time. When I make custom cards for people, I often make them a little bit bigger than my usual card size. I tend to cut a random sized piece of batting and build it up from there. I can usually get two cards out of one piece of card stock, but when I make bigger ones, I need a whole sheet, folded, and then cut to the exact size of my card. Well, this time, I was on about the last inch of stitching, when it suddenly occurred to me to wonder if I had finally made one that was too big even for a full sheet of folded card stock.... It turns out I was right.
Hmm...after thinking about it for a bit, I finally decided I could extend my card stock with another piece. I decided to turn the original one sideways, and have it open that way instead of from the bottom, so more of my card stock extension would show. I used fusible web to attach a piece of coordinating card stock to the inside front and back of my card. Since each piece had to be a little bigger than half a sheet, I ended up using three sheets of card stock for a card that is about 6 x 7 inches, but it worked, and even looks kind of cool:-) (I could have just added a strip, but that would show on the inside) I used Transfer Artist Paper on organza for the verse, that part worked just fine!
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on you tube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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