The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful for You

(with apologies to Emma Lazarus)

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses of used dryer sheets,
The wretched refuse of your laundry room.
Send these, the crumpled, tempest-tost to me,
I'll upcycle and rescue them from doom!


More recycled dryer sheet blooms today! (You can find a tutorial HERE.) This time I'm taking them for a spin on an autumn card, and I couldn't be happier with the results.
Smooch Spritz (or any kind of glimmer mist) is wonderful for coloring the dryer sheet circles for these blossoms, but what's a gal to do when the Smooch Spritz colors in her {very} limited collection don't match the earthy, autumn-tone colors she's leaning toward? Break out the brush-tipped markers, that's what!! I simply laid a dryer sheet circle over a scrap piece of paper and scribbled over the face of the dryer sheet. (Holding the marker at an angle to cover a wider swath is most efficient). The fibers soaked up the color beautifully. The top flower was colored with Golden Glow Smooch Spritz, and the bottom flower was colored with an SU Dusty Durango marker. And I think they both look pretty good.

I'm on a recycling roll, so this is yet another entry for Lynn's Recycling Challenge over at Do More With Less. I'm also very pleased to be entering The Craft's Meow September Card Sketch Challenge using this sketch: This challenge requires TCM stamps. The leaves and sentiment come from The Craft's Meow: Celebrating You , and the frame comes from Timeless Tags.

Thanks for stopping by for a little slice of bliss!
Emily

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Celebrating You and Timeless Tags, both from The Craft's Meow
Paper:
natural vanilla bean fleck CS, K&Co Tim Coffey Fall Pad patterned paper, misc scrap of mustard CS
Ink: SU crumb cake, Ranger tea dye distress ink, Versamark
Accessories: gold EP, heat tool, sponge dauber, foam tape, sewing machine, rhinestones, gold button, gold brad, Gold Lame Smooch, gold glitter glue, Golden Glow Smooch Spritz, SU dusty durango marker
Techniques: sponging, machine stitching, heat embossing, handmade flowers

26 comments:

Marisa said...

Your dryer sheet flowers are amazing, Emily! Love the colours you used on the card and the center decor on the flowers is great! If I used the sheets I'd send them to you, but alas I don't. I'll enjoy them through your upcycling :) Great card!

maryr917 said...

this is a beautiful fall card emily-and I love your dryer sheet flowers-I have to make some of these-alas I dont use dryer sheets-I will have to track down my friends who do-thanks for the link to the tutorial

Anita said...

Wow, Emily, this is gorgeous! Those flowers are beautiful and thanks for the coloring tip. I can't wait to try these - hope they turn out as lovely as yours :)

Bonnie said...

Amazing use of dryer sheets!

Sue Lelli said...

OMGosh, Emily! This is even PRETTIER than the other card if that's possible! LOVE the fall colors and these flowers are GORGEOUS!

wearestampers said...

Lovely flowers again Emily! Very beautiful card, such great fall colors!
Pam

Auntie Em said...

Your flowers are gorgeous! I love the sparkles on them!!! What a pretty card. I am going to have to use dryer sheets now to give these a try!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous card- love the dryer sheet flowers- perfect timing- I need a recycled idea for some ATC's!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Those blossoms are stunning Emily! Love the shimmery detail!

Lin said...

LOVE these flowers, Emily! And thanks for the link to the tutorial.

yyam said...

OOh...how gorgeous Emily! Love the sparkle! :)

Linda R. said...

So amazing my friend.. I love it.. I would love to try this..


Hugs, Linda

~amy~ said...

Oh Emily your card is simply gorgeous! Way to rock the dryer sheets!!!!! Love those Blooms! Thanks for playing your your TCM stamps! GREAT job on the sketch!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You are such a recycling queen! You are SO good for our planet. :) And our crafting world, too, I might add. ;-) Neat flowers, and wonderful adaptation of the poem, too!

onecraftymama said...

Good thing you apologized, since {groan, lol} I have the funny feeling that your brain seizes on those things just like mine does. I actually love the poem. Now let's figure out what we can do with dryer lint....that isn't too gross ;)
Love the colours you've chosen, and the intricate brad on the durango bloom - my inner magpie is twittering :)

lynn said...

such a pretty fall card, emily! the dryer sheet flowers are so awesome and clever! thanks so much for playing along:)

Jen said...

You are truly flowing with creativity! Wow, these are gorgeous!!!

Benzi said...

Awesome card, Emily! Wow..those flowers are fab and such a great way to recycle.

veronica said...

your recycled flowers are terrific! what a cool idea!

Crafty Math Chick said...

BRILLIANT Emily! Too bad I won't ever be able to try this, I am highly allergic to dryer sheets... Looks terrific though!
~Meredith

lisa arana said...

those flowers are absolutely stunning. another beautiful card with them.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh wow, Emily, this is FABULOUS! I love those flowers!!! Gee, I think I'll have to start using dryer sheets again instead of liquid! :) Thanks for the link to the tutorial... and thanks SO MUCH for playing in our sketch challenge!!!

Hugs,
Lisa

nwilliams6 said...

Love your upcycled flowers - you are soooooooo creative!!!!

Tameko said...

Love your flowers. Beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration, I will have to try this!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful card- love the layout and LOVE the flowers make out of dryer sheets!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Love those sheer flowers Emily. The glitter and the pretty brad centers make them amazing. Gorgeous card.

Bear Hugs,
Carol