I started mine out at home on my sewing machine. I took a piece of pink fabric, added batting to the back and sewed the pieces together, marking out approximate ATC sizes with yellow stitching, see below:
Then I cut them apart. This gave me a good base to start my ATCs with. I was traveling to see my parents in Florida at the time, so I packed a little bottle of glue, a few sentences cut out from an ARTchix Studio Sheet called 'Her Words', embroidery thread and needles, small fabric roses, other bits of fabric, regular thread for hand stitching, silk embroidery ribbon, and some lace I originally got from Frieda as a swap hostess gift!
I must say I really got so much enjoyment out of stitching these ATCs by hand. Below is the ATC made for Caryl Hoobler - She helps herself to happiness.
I worked on these while traveling and then a little more when I was back at home and had some waiting to do, like after my allergy shots, etc. It certainly made the time pass quickly, and I got some very curious inquiries about what I was doing! "What are you making??"
For Tristan Robin Blakeman . . . . I specially modified the words from the 'Her Words' sheet to fit him, so his ATC says, "He makes art very loudly". It somehow seemed to fit him! I am so happy that Tristan loved receiving this ATC and the words I choose for him - he wrote about it on his blog. You can visit! it's linked in his name, above.
For Debby Harriettha . . . . "She has delicious dreams". This just seemed to me to fit Debby especially with my retro daisies embroidered across the front.
... and for Frieda Oxenham "She loves unconditionally", because, I think she does!
Furthermore, I had to make one for myself for my own collection, and it is below. I think the words I chose for my own ATC fit me well with all the talking & writing I do ~grin!
I enjoyed the hand stitching on these fabric ATCs so much, that I am continuing the process for the Colour Groupies March Blue & Green colour combo ATCs !
Thanks again to my friends in Colour Groupies - which is a small, closed group by design, sorry! I love doing these exchanges with you. Two of the envelopes I sent out with the pink & yellow ATCs inside are below . . . one of my favorite things to do. I printed paper address labels, stitched them onto fabric and then used my xyron to attach the fabric/paper label to a dark brown paper envelope. Not shown: I slipped the whole thing in a plastic sleeve and placed self-adhesive postage on top!
To see ALL of the Colour Groupies related posts, follow THIS LINK.
(This post was written last week and saved as a draft until ALL the participants had received their ATCs!)