My first postcard swap

I’m so excited!  I’m participating in Do What You Love’s Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap (  It’s my first “swap” of any kind and it’s so much fun.  I’m swapping a postcard (as the title suggests, it has to have some kind of stitching on it) with someone in New Zealand.  This is especially fun because my parents have vacationed in Australia and New Zealand a few times and I’ve heard so many stories/seen pictures that they brought back.  This makes it feel even more “close to home”.

So, here’s my card:


I used a few pieces of scrapbook card stock paper as a stiffish background (knowing that it would be going a LONG way).  I cut the butterflies out of another piece of paper and glued them on then sewed over the top in a kind of a flight pattern.  I used butterflies because of the airmail connection (you know, because butterflies fly).  I can’t find the normal foot for my machine so I used the “N” foot and a stitch that’s made for elastic.  I actually kind of like the way it came out.  I used a metallic thread on top and a dark green in the bobbin- which made for a neat contrast.  The theme for this swap was “Celebrate!”, so I stamped on that word with the subtitle of “Fly Free” (to go with the butterflies).  I’m celebrating my first swap!

I taped a piece of white cardstock on the back to cover up the stitching and write my message and used washi tape around the edges to firm it up (and as a bit of a border).

I can’t wait to get MY card, and I’ll be sure to share it when I do.

Oh, and just for the heck of it, I’m entering my card into a few challenges:

Created With Love Challenges’ “Sewing- Real or Faux” challenge (  I absolutely love sewing on paper and there are some great entries in this challenge.

Twist of Faith Cards’ “Things with Wings” challenge.  The butterfly is such a powerful symbol of inspiration (rebirth and resurrection) that I think this is perfect for their challenge.  (

Ooh-la-la Creations Challenges’ “Things with Wings” challenge (  I love all the birds and butterflies in this challenge, but my favorite is a winner from the last challenge, Marina, with a little girl with wings.  Her card is stunning.

26 thoughts on “My first postcard swap

  1. squarebird says:

    What a lovely idea! My mum took part in a knitting share which involved spinning her own wool, dying it and then knitting an inch of the scarf in a pattern of her choice before posting it to another knitter. They included a book containing a sample of the wool, the stitches they used and so on. But I really like the stitched postcard!

  2. Jamie says:

    Fabulous card! I like how the “elastic” stitching turned out too. = )

  3. Alli D says:

    Gorgeous card, Love the colours. Thanks for joining our Things with Wings challenge at Ooh La La Creations.
    Alli xx

  4. Zella says:

    I have never created a postcard – I always think they would be harder to do than a card. But look at you!! Yours is absolutely beautiful!!! That stitched flight is adorable!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Twist of Faith!!
    Twist of Faith DT

  5. Stargroves (Anne) says:

    What a lovely postcard for the challenge, like the stitching you added. Thank you for joining our Things With Wings Challenge at Ooh La La.

  6. great card. love those butterfles. Thanks for joining the fun at Created with love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  7. DawnD says:

    great card, love the butterflies and the stitching! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our Sewing Faux or Real Challenge!

  8. Tracey F. says:

    What a neat card…and a really neat swap idea! You are right about the symbolism of butterflies and they are perfect for our “Things with Wings” challenge! I love the stitching! Thanks for sharing with us at Twist of Faith this week! Hope to see you again soon!
    Tracey F., DT Twist of Faith Card Challenges

  9. Chris Hanselman says:

    Great card. Love the butterflies. Thanks for joining our Stitching Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


  10. Lovely! I really like the stitched “flight path” effect

  11. rachel taylor says:

    what a lovely post card card thanks for sharing with CWLC this week Rachel DT

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