The way i express appreciation and encouragement is making and sending cards.  So i sat at my desk for 2 days on and off and made 37 handmade cards.   Here are two of my designs: 3 Butterflies and Single Flower in three colours (other colours done but not photographed and its been raining).

rockmelonrecycled 3 butterflies

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Butterfly Cards are one of my favourites, so versatile: engagement, birthday, weddings, hello, sorry, thanks, condolences, mother’s day, goodbye…  I have stamped the butterfly onto the 100% recycled cardstock to show the antennae, then stamped and cut out two more butterfly, one onto a vintage dictionary page, one onto some left over scrapbooking paper from this project.  i glue stick down the vintage dictionary butterfly flat, then gently fold either side of the cardstock butterfly’s abdomen and affix it to the card with double-sided tape .   Love the 3D effect.   Love ten minute cards.  Love being back at my craft desk.

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I use my Big Shots Die cutting machine to cut out fabric circles from a stack of fabric from my stash: vibrant pink/orange op shopped shirt, purple tulle and satin left over from a 60’s costume  (10 years ago), purple fabric left over when my daughter was a flower girl when my Dad remarried (13 years ago), a yellow, vintage, satin dress with a big rip in donated by a friend, and some remnant fabrics sourced from Reverse Garbage, Brisbane.

rockmelon recycled flower orange 2

I burnt the edges of each circle with a long-handled lighter to help the fabric curl and give dimension, machine sew together then hot glue onto vintage dictionary pages (which i’ve machine sewn onto the cardstock).

rockmelon recycled flower purple

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I snail-mailed 6 cards with handmade envelopes.

rockmelon recycled flower purple 2

The rest of the cards are restocking my handmade shops, madeit and etsy .

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