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April 29, 2012

quite some time ago, I read this post by Carolyn, the creative force behind the inspired blog homework and I started seeing everyday things in a new way.  In her post, Carolyn repurposed envelope paper – the kind you get from the bank that has printing on the inside – as a key ingredient in some of her artful creations.

I’ve been hoarding bank envelopes like crazy and lately tried incorporating them into my stitched-paper notecards.

I couldn’t resist adding the brighly colored postmark – just seemed like a perfect complement.  Again, making use of two adjacent sides of an empty tissue box, folded out-side-in, as the basis for the notecard.

I’ve made two others, arranged differently, but this was my favorite.  When using a combination of prints like this, simpler designs are indeed better and having a focal point, like the postmark, makes a difference.

Then, about a week ago, I saw a pin that led me to a post at purl bee with instructions for 3 blanket stitch variations.  I really liked the chevron stitch and decided to combine it with a couching technique using, of course, paper.

I’ve done this a couple of times now and it makes a pretty notecard.  I selected a thick stripe of map paper for the border accent and stitched it into place with the chevron blanket stitch.

I used half of a previously used greeting card as the basis for this notecard.  I try to make all my notecards as earth-friendly as possible by reusing disposable paper items to the greatest extent possible.  To see other notecard examples, click here or here.

Thank you for dropping by!  With a slew of birthdays plus mother’s day and father’s day on the horizon, I really need to get busy and make a few more cards 🙂




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11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2012 9:04 pm

    Diane, these cards are so dang cute I could scream!

    You blow me away with your creative inventions!

    “When using a combination of prints like this, simpler designs are indeed batter and having a focal point, like the postmark, makes a difference.”

    Yes, it DOES make a difference, absolutely! It adds a bit color splash!

    I also adore the second card too because green is my favorite color. LOVE the stitching over the mapped edge!

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. Always enjoy your posts!

    Hope you had a super weekend!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  2. April 30, 2012 2:35 pm

    This is unique!

  3. April 30, 2012 7:41 pm

    Those are awesome. You are very imaginative.

  4. April 30, 2012 9:08 pm

    I’m always amazed at the materials you use and how great they look! I wouldn’t have guessed that was the insides of bank envelopes! I love the chevron stitching, too. I like the three blanket stitch a lot, too.

  5. May 1, 2012 9:02 am

    Your project makes envelopes look so much more interesting!

  6. May 1, 2012 9:06 am

    I love this! What a great way to re-use things we would normally throw away.

  7. May 1, 2012 6:09 pm

    Awwwwww…..very cute. And I like that splash of red with the pretty stitching.
    Someone’s REALLY gonna like their card….

  8. May 4, 2012 11:12 am

    Shared inspiration is a most wonderful thing!

  9. May 4, 2012 9:39 pm

    Seriously, you just keep getting better. 😀 Very cool. The postage paid strip is kind of iconic.
    And thanks for the positive feedback on BeColorful. You do great things for my ego. 😀

  10. May 4, 2012 11:58 pm

    So creative and clever. I never would have thought about using the inside of those plain envelopes. I’ll never look at them the same way again. Very clever with the stitching and the map piece too:-) Thanks for sharing.

  11. August 16, 2013 12:33 am

    So cool! I’m going to have to start collecting envelopes.

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