March 26, 2011


Through the circuitous routes one takes while online, I came across a new challenge blog called hello cutie challenges. Although I think it would be cool some time in the future to say that I started participating with the first challenge, I probably would have skipped this inaugural challenge if not for the colors, particularly that incredible chartreuse.

Why was chartreuse the deal breaking color? Let me tell you a story. Brianna bought this funky little cardigan from J.Crew. Well, actually, she didn’t buy it; her dad did. Anyway, as I was writing… When she grew bored with it, Brianna passed the sweater on to me. I loved that sweater with its color so different from the usual shades I wear. This winter, when I pulled that sweater out of my closet, I noticed some holes in places where there shouldn’t be holes. (I had seen something similar on another sweater, but it was one little hole in an inconspicuous location. I just figured that I had caught the sweater on something.) I called Brianna right away and asked her if she had worn my chartreuse sweater. When she answered in the negative, I told her what I had discovered. It turned out the same thing had happened to a couple of her sweaters. Ye gads, our sweaters were being attacked by moths! Not since back in the day when my mom packed our winter clothes in those smelly mothballs have I had to think about this. Well, actually, I didn’t want to think about it, so I folded the sweater and put it neatly back into my closet. Then, last Sunday night as I was gathering trash and had room to spare in the bag, I decided it was time to toss the sweater. Because the buttons had great character, I cut them off to use on a future project, as any crafter would.

While removing the buttons, I was mentally sorting through my stash, trying to think of what would work with the color/feel of them. With that sweater in hand, I was bemoaning the fact that I wasn’t clever enough to do something with it. Then – Eureka! – fabric flowers came to mind, something I never thought I would use due to the patience and nimble fingers required to make them. I wasn’t sure how the material would stand up to that type of treatment, but decided I had nothing (more) to lose by trying it. So I cut strips of the material and tucked them into a bag for use on a future project.

Oops, too much glue.

Who knew the future would arrive the next day? (Well, we all did/do, but I needed a segue into the next part of my story.) That was the day my circuitous route landed me at hello cutie challenges with its opportune color palette. I decided it was time to once again follow the famous saying:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  So I took some remains from that fabulous chartreuse sweater and made a card.

Now I’m pondering the question: Is this the most expensive card I’ll ever make when I take into account the cost of a J.Crew sweater or is that cost nonexistent since the sweater was headed for the trash? Hmmm.


paper:  kraft c/s (PTI); Farm Fresh (October Afternoon); Quite Contrary (My Mind’s Eye); Lemonade (Basic Grey)
stamps:  Tiny Tags (PTI)
ink:  olive pigment (Clearsnap); rose bud dye (Memento)
dies:  Tiny Tags and Victorian Lace Border (PTI); standard circles large (Spellbinders)
extras:  button and fabric for flowers (J.Crew); coarse glitter (Martha Stewart); pink sorbet twine (The Twinery); ribbon (Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s)


Jessie said...

Wow are you handy Nancy! I would have never thought about taking a sweater and using it for a card! The card is great! The flowers rock!!!

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

WOW!! Your card is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! I love it!!!
+ I wanted to let you know that your comment on Moxie Fab + my blog this week made me very, very happy! Thank You so much!

Susie said...

Nancy...I love the story behind your card! You are SO clever. And, what a sweet card.
By the way, great blog...your writing just drew me in. I had to read all of your current posts :o)
Thanks so much for your comments on my blog.

Karen said...

Great story and great card! I'm another one who appreciates your comments on my blog. I'm glad to have found yours.

Chris said...

You are too clever! What a wonderful way to recycle! LOL... (and I'm going with spendy card.)

Jocelyn said...

These flowers are AMAZING! I love the colors in this card--just beautiful! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog--made my day!

Mommy said...

I have been reading down through your blog posts tonight and they are all so witty and made me giggle! I love your cost justifying for card making - I do the exact same thing! And as far as i am concerned those are the cutest jcrew sweater flowers I have ever seen in my life!!!! I bet if JCrew saw them they would add them to their next batch of sweaters! Love your card and your blog!
Jill / Seattle, WA