Monday, April 23, 2012

You're Sew Special!

Sew, here's the whole card from yesterday's post:

1 Hero Arts Sew Crafty window card mel stampz 580px

The fabric is just a cut piece of patterned paper
and I used a little roll of paper to support the curve of it.
(It's hidden underneath):

2 roll of paper to support 'fabric'

and here's the inside of the card:

3 inside of Hero Arts window card with HA BasicGrey stamp

With more patterned paper, faux stitching &
Hero Arts Basic Grey Flower Dot Pattern background
stamped in yellow on yellow cardstock.


Have you checked out A Blog Named Hero yet?
It's a challenge blog, created by Linda and Mary Dawn.

(Create a card with a window on it
or through it -- closes Apr 25 at midnight)


Continuing in the spirit of Earth Day,
this card has a bit of hoarding thrown in...

hero arts Sew Crafty WINDOW

The window is dressed with a bit of the backing from these
E.K. Success Flora & Fauna vellum border stickers:

I was playing around with adding a quick bit of silver leafing
to the back of the adhesive borders and the hoard'o'saurus
in me couldn't bear to throw the backing in the garbage...

EK success adhesive vellum backing upcycling

Left: the original vellum border sticker, left as is.
Middle: with silver leaf added to the adhesive back.
Right: the backing with Gesso pained on it & distressed

(Or if you don't want to use the backing itself on a project,
they make fabulous stencils instead).


The matching envelope was lined
in about 2o seconds:

4 envelope lined in about 20 seconds

There's a tutorial for how to
do the speedy envelope lining here:
PDF TUT lining an envelope_mel stampz


I used this Hero Arts Sew Crafty digi set:

I altered the original full colour
image that came with the set...

make coloured image into an outline image

Then printed, coloured, and cut out the sewing machine.
I added thread and some doodling to complete the image (where
I had cut away the thread bits from the original image):

hero arts Sew Crafty digital image


I also used this Crate Paper Paper Heart
6x6 patterned paper pack:

and this set of printables...


If you like the sewing themed background paper,
You can download it for free here:

Dress Pattern preview 12 and a half inch SQ mel stampz

I hope the view from your window
is a happy one!

P.S. Full Disclosure: I received the E.K. Success border stickers for free,
(but not as payment for promotion just to do whatever with). :-)


Alina said...

Gorgeous card! I love it! Love the colors and the stamps! Great job Mel!

Dawn said...

sew, sew clever!!!


Mary Dawn said...

you NEVER cease to amaze me! i appreciate all of the work you put into ever single post you do, and i LOVE YOU for enter our challenge!

Mary Dawn, ABNH

Esther Asbury said...

Love your card, Mel. Your creations always challenge me to "think outside the box" always your card turned out beautiful!

Amma // Beyond Beyond said...

Way too long since I've visited your pretty pages and this is simply too awesome!

Bonnie said...

Wow is there no end to ideas in that fabulous brain of yours?! So many neat ideas in today's post! Thank you as always for sharing

Kim Etherington said...

I love the little piece of "fabric" coming off of the sewing machine. J would love this. She's been sewing at Gramma's.

Sandy said...

You are "sew" clever! I like this a lot!!!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty card Mel and I LOVE those adhesive boarders! And just so you know...To me YOU are SO special! I love when I see your blog in my dashboard line-up!

Holly Young said...

Mel this is just so cute and clever and creative - I love it! You are so original and unique, and you put so much thought into the tiniest details that make all the difference. Nicely done!

Scrappin' Annie said...

Love your card Mel. Thanks for the tips on the envelope liners too

Shelly said...

Fabulous card, Mel!!! I learn so much from each card you make. You are soooo creative. Thank you for sharing it. Hugs!!!

katemade designs said...

you come up with the cutest, cleverest stuff.

Stephanie said...

Wow, this card is just amazing! So cute and such great ideas for all the little details! Thanks for sharing the tutorials too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero!!

Merry said...

Fantastic card amazing tutorial....thanks.

missmacymay said...

You are the cutest blogger on the blog block, I love your sense of humor and your crafting savvy. I really like the way you have set up your blog, anyhoo, question for you if you choose to answer, what do you mean when you say to use the magic eraser to make an outline of the sewing machine image? I have photoshop but haven't taken any official courses to learn. Thanks so much, Mel.

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Suzanne Russell said...

Delightful card! What fun you must have had making this. :) thanks for the inspiration!

Chari Moss said...

Wow! This is a fabulous Card! Thanks for playing at A Blog Named Hero!