Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Up-cycled Shirts

Today's card is a real up-cycled project.  The burgundy flower on the card was made from one of DH's shirts that was terribly stained on one side near the hem.  After lots of looking online, I put the shirt on the ground and laid one of my favourite tees on top.  I used a Copic to follow the outline of my shirt and then ran the sewing machine up the sides.  I now have a gorgeously fitted, soft burgundy top.  Why do guys always get the great soft material that wears and wears?   If you study the shirt carefully, you can tell I need to adjust the sleeves since the shoulders come down a bit too far but for a Saturday shirt, it's perfect.

Anyways, I was left a bit of the edging on one side and this is what I came up with.  I cut it with my Tattered Flowers die and then the leaves are the sleeve of another shirt.  The layout is from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Gallery # 416.  The sentiment was from Paper Makeup.  I thought it would be perfect for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges I do every year for breast cancer.   The DP is from my endless Costco pack.  This sheet is truly blinding in a 12 x 12 size. You really have to wonder what the designer was thinking with it but it looks really good in small doses.  That's really been the trick with those weird papers.  I've had to cut them up, ink them over and really play with them to make them work, but I've used stuff that I thought was too hideous to use in a million years and actually really liked the results.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Friends of Speedy Challenge - Recycled Item
Stamping with the Dragon - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Blog Challenge - Out with the Old


  1. Great recycling - thanks for joining our challenge at Friends of Speedy TV.

  2. Great job on your recycling of the card! Thanks for joining us at Friends of Speedy TV - come back again next week! Gail DT

  3. This is absolutely lovely! Great work getting a shirt for yourself too!