It’s been relatively cool this past week here in Southern California, and it’s such a joy whenever I get to open a package with cards for inmates at the California Institute for Women. I get to oooh and aaaah at your wonderful cards, and yes, I’ve got them all posted in the gallery so you can take a peek and be inspired.  Since the end-users of these cards are inmates, the powers-that-be at CIW laid down guidelines for what can and cannot be done (scroll down to my August 2, 2009 entry for the complete list) on the cards.  However, even with these restrictions, I am still awed by how wonderful the cards look!  This week, I got 2 packages – one is from Glenda (ggothard in the PC Message Board), with 6 beautiful cards, and the second one is from Mary (MEW in the PC Message Board), with 24 amazingly creative cards. We (DDs and me) got 60 “patchwork” cards done this week , so the total card count so far is… 268 cards! Wheee! It’s exciting to see the box of cards getting full!

So, how about those “patchwork” cards? Here they are:



The cards above were designed with the “patchwork” template below (just right click on the image and save it in your computer), then the digital images/backgrounds were added. I used graphics from Autumn Blessings (Give Thanks card), Bears all Year (Happy Birthday card), Teddy Bears (Missing you card) and Feathered Nest (Happy Bday card).  Note that you can flip the template, use it in portrait or landscape orientation and  resize  it to suit what you prefer (right now its 3.89″ x 5.17″  at 100 ppi resolution). It’s very easy to come up with a pretty card with this technique!

*** Nov. 20, 2009  Update on this template: I noticed that I was getting so many hits from a certain message board,  I became curious and went to see what was posted.  What I read made me both happy and sad at the same time:  happy – because this template inspired many card makers to create new cards, sad – because this template caused hurt feelings. I would just like to make one thing clear – I am the creator of the template below.  And  since I created this template, I can even point out the minor mistakes that I have done (for someone else to duplicate the  same mistakes is highly doubtful).  I own the copyrights of this template but since I intended this template  to be freely shared among card makers,  I did not put a copyright note. I used this template to make a lot of cards for the inmates at California Institute for Women – my hope for those who choose to use this template is to use it for good – and if you did, then it’s enough for me. ***


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14 comments so far

1.  Andrea
August 20th, 2009 at 10:03 am

Hi Gem! Many thanks for this template – I love idea of patchwork for cards. I can see I’ll get a lot of use out of this goodie. Hugs.

2.  Nora
August 21st, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Thanks for the fantastic template, Gem! I can see so many different graphics collections working on this.

3.  Janet F. Broyles
August 22nd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for your patchwork template. I copied and pasted it into MS Publisher and am getting ready to make a thank you card. It is nice of you to share with us.

4.  Becky Jo
August 24th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this template. I love it and the cards you have made! Beautiful!! Hugs!!

5.  Darlene
September 1st, 2009 at 10:49 am

I love the patchwork cards! But I’m not very good at getting backgrounds into template, I use microsoft word to make cards, is there an easy way to put backgrounds in all of the rectangles? I can get the graphics in ok, but to get the backgrounds in so I can see the dashed lines is almost impossible. Thanks for any of your help.

6.  Joyce
November 20th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Thank you so much for kindly sharing your template. It is because of your generosity in sharing your creations and ideas that others benefit so personally, I am very grateful to you.
Thank you

7.  Sylvia
November 21st, 2009 at 8:42 am

Thank you for sharing your template with us. Love your blog.

8.  Angelic Anne-Marie
November 21st, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Wow thanks for this – ace ace ace

9.  Ali
November 21st, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Thank you for the template, in fact for all you share with us (freebies and inspiration) it is very much appreciated.

10.  sharron
November 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm

i have just been looking at this template and pictures, they are amazing, and its thanks to your template. ihave not made this yet, but can see many cards being made from it.thank you.

11.  Carol D.
November 22nd, 2009 at 3:01 am

Thanks for this patchwork template. It is great. Can’t wait to try it. And thanks also for your Website and so many lovely cards and ideas. Much appreciated.
Carol D. (Australia).

12.  Pam (PeeJay)
November 25th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

It’s such a shame that you have felt the need to post the Update that you have. The template is wonderful and I did get a copy from the other source. As such I have been able to compare that one (claimed as their own from something they saw) and yours and – they are identical in every way. Additionally all the information confirming this is contained within the image properties of both of them. I have PSP and the image information is identical in everyway, even down to the date and time of their creations but most of this information can be found in any graphics program – in fact even by just right clicking on the file names. It’s a great pity that your work wasn’t acknowledged as it should have been. Thank you for making the template and giving of it so freely, even if it has caused an upset that was so unnecessary and totally avoidable if honesty had prevailed. Thank you, again.

13.  lucylogic
November 26th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Thank you so much for the patchwork template. I look forward to using it for my Christmas Cards this year.

14.  jeanB
November 27th, 2009 at 8:30 am

What a wonderful idea. Many thanks for creating it for crafters to use it.


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