Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOS139: embellish me!

this week might just be my all-time favorite challenge at shopping our stash. i mean, we've had a *LOT* of good ones, and sometimes the ones i've found the hardest have proven the most inspiring (or vice versa!) but this was really fun AND i like the way my card came out, too! anyway, before i show the card, i should probably tell you what the challenge is, right? it's called "embellish me" and we want you to make your own embellishment! how fun is that? it can be anything from a crocheted doily, to faux buttons, a fun paper-pieced banner, one of those stunning rolled roses, a hand-cut title (in your own handwriting?!) or even... dare i say... custom die-cut letters, like these:

(my very own vintage map chipboard letters; basic grey old skool green letter stickers; crate paper ledger background; scraps of patterned paper for banner: basic grey, october afternoon, prima, my mind's eye, crate, sei; ink: colorbox; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine) 

if those map-based letters look familiar, it might be because they were one of the very first products i put into my etsy shop, and they continue to be one of my faves! last week i made a big batch of them to list, and i sort of re-fell-in-love with them, so when i read this challenge i knew exactly what i wanted to use! i've paired them with ancient basic grey letter stickers, which i still really love. my little banner is made from loads of tiny paper scraps in blues and greens; i just snipped the ends, inked them up and stuck them on the card by applying adhesive only at their very tops, so that when i sewed over them, the lower ends would be loose, like a "real" banner. here's a closeup of the embellies in all their funky glory:

possibly the only thing more fun than playing along with this challenge is seeing what everyone else makes! so why not hop over to SOS and start with the lovely DT cards, which are DEFINITELY worth the trip! ciao, darlings! ♥


  1. Oh I love it, great job with the letters, and the whole sketch AWESOME

  2. Fabulous! The stitching looks awesome!

  3. Looks great! Love the banner and those alphas are so cool!

  4. oooohhhh....love this......fun mix of fonts and love the banner!!!

  5. Wow, wow, and triple WOW'S!!!! Love this card and those letter are well.....WOW! Yep, these have to be a winner! VERY nice. I also love the banner.....don't know why I can't get the "hang" of those things when I try them!
    Love your entire card!

  6. Wahhhhh so many awesome embellies on your card!! Those map letters...come on now!!! That banner...all kinds of awesome!

  7. I've ALWAYS loved your letters! Super card!!!!!!

  8. I think the banner counts too, overachiever! This is muy fabuloso, m'dear :) Love the stitching, and the perfect 'droop' (I lack a pretty-sounding word) of the banners, the patterns, but especially those incredibly fun letters!

  9. I love your map letters, so much fun. The blue banners stitched down are wonderful too. Such happy embellishments.

  10. I love how your card came together! All those lovely little bitty bits of seemingly coordinating scraps turned into banners - fabulous! And those vintage map letters - scrummy! I love everything about your card!

    Sorry I have been mia and not visiting, we have been getting an awful lot of winter here as has been the case all over I hear... and have been coming up with adventure after adventure to enjoy in the white stuff! You see, we normally have cold and snow, but not nearly this much snow, so it has been a great year for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, sliding and nordic skiing just to name a few. Such activities have a tendency to take up large chunks of time that might otherwise have been at least partially spent in the scrap room or blogging, lol!
    I have managed a bit of time to work on my 25 days of Dec album which is coming along quite nicely though it is now February, lol! Will be posting some pics soon of this; in the meantime, I have shared a plethora of pics of us enjoying the white stuff!
    Thanks as always for the continuous inspiration!
    Shanna :)


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