Wednesday, December 7, 2011

You got Mail....

Hello my friends. As you know I am on the design team
for City Crafters Challenge Blog.  All of our team was
invited to play along with the team from
Lessology..

There theme is
You got mail!  Lessology is a challenge blog that uses
recycled or up-cycled projects..

So I decided to make my own Envelope..
A Big Envelope...

My project started with an old file folder.. 
I hope hubby doesn't mind that I took this from his drawer.
It was empty!!




I started off by painting the file with acrylic paint.
And then started ripping all types of paper.
Scrapbook... sheet music... magazine... doily....

No there is no Toilet paper here! Hee Hee.




Then I just started gluing them all down on the 
folder with my gluestick.
So much fun!!



All this tearing and gluing made me
feel like a kid again.. 



Then I added the lined paper and added the words
From and To..

I added some cut out flowers..  And then I painted 
them with my watersoluble colors.. 
I added a tiny piece of flowery lace..

Is that even a word "flowery"...



Then I added stitching all the way around to close it up.. 
Once you add what you want inside you 
can fold the top down and sew it shut...

I wonder if it would really make it through the mail!!





Here is the Back!!

So there you have it, my altered BIG envelop..
I had a blast making this..

I just want to thank all the gals over at
Lessology for letting us play along with them..
You can find them HERE!!

25 comments:

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a beautiful and fun project Linda! Love the collage of pretty papers and your whimsical stitching!

Ros said...

Wow!! this is such fun ... great job my friend

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful work Linda. I LOVE the back.

Suzanne C said...

LOVE IT! Gorgeous altered envelope. Love the layers that you blended beautifully!

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, how very, very cool, Linda! I love the artsy feel to this. How fun to just go to town with the collage. LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at LESSology!

TexWisGirl said...

really cute. i wouldn't trust USPS with it, tho! :)

JeanFB said...

OH, WOW! Love, love, love it!! You have a gift with collage - absolutely gorgeous, and it sounds like you had fun, too! :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Such a cool project, Linda. It looks like something from Stamper's Sampler magazine. :) (and yes, 'flowery' is a word!)

Angi said...

I love how you tranformed a file folder into this beautiful creation. Love all of the pretty elements. Also, your project is featured on the Lessology blog today. Thank you so much for playing along with us. :)

Becca said...

Loved seeing the steps of how you did this, and it looks great in my craft room by the way!

Sylvia said...

Fabulous envelope, Linda! Looks like fun. Don't mail it, use it to hang and put your important mail in! Have a beautiful day, my friend. It is 40 today, 28 last night when I went to bed, my kind of weather!

Netty said...

oh wow this is fabulous Linda. x

Deanna said...

That looks like you had such fun making this...so fun would love to receive an envelope like this, it wouldn't even have to have anything inside for me to love it!!

lisa said...

Only you dear friend, can make a plain manila folder look so beautiful. You are truly amazing!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! This is AMAZING!! I loveeeeeee the flowers and that stitching! Just WOW!!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You turned that plain ol' manilla folder into a valid art piece. Bravo! Color me impressed.

Tracy said...

Oh how cool! You are so good at collage work and this is such a fun idea. I can see a file cabinet drawer full of all kinds of funky and fun folders. Hugs! :-)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

WOWZER!!!! as I scroll from the top, looking carefully at each picture of the tutorial, I knew that something GORGEOUS will be up soon, what a WONDERFUL project Linda!!!! Thanks for joining us this week!!!!

Lynnda Hosni said...

WOW WOW ..My dearest Linda....What a beautiful and fun project!!! I love the collage of pretty papers and your whimsical stitching!!!! You rocked it girlfriend...so inspiring indeed...hugs..xoxo

Catherine said...

Honestly Linda ~ you are so creative and your envelope is so darn pretty! And we know it made it through the mail as I saw your pretty envelope over at Becca's!

Very sweet!

xo Catherine

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Ha! It's fabulous, what gorgeous papers and a brilliant end result I love it Linda! Look what happens when you play LOL Gay xxx

Lynn Stevens said...

I Love it Linda, Such a free spirited collage and BTW your cookies sound yummy, going to give those a try! Thanks hun!
hugs Lynn

julieprice3 said...

This is delightful Linda, looks like you had a great time
Hugs Julie P

Joanne Leddy said...

Love it, Linda! This is gorgeous! Tearing and gluing and painting then stitching ... sounds like fun. A clever use for a boring old folder - thanks for sharing!

Linda64 said...

I love your artsy envelope. I LOVE it.
Thank you for great inspiration!