Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mind Wide Open Challenge

I am participating in this month's Mind Wide Open challenge...

Gail provided this lovely image along with the word prompt "Heart".
Since the supplies were recycled, I thought it would also qualify for Susan's Met. Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch (on Monday)
Here is my entry: (you can click on image for a larger view)

I made a tag with the image provided and embellished it with crystals, stamps and ribbon.

And the little 'pouch' to put the tag in is a recycled envelope. I learned this technique from my very talented friend, Judy!

So you start out with one of those return-mail envelopes you get in the mail. Usually it comes with bills, and since we pay our bills online we have all these envelopes to use!

Measure and cut in half.

The 'window' side is very usable, too, so don't throw it away!!

Seal the back flap of the envelope.

Then turn back over and mark the top corners and cut.

After you've cut the corners off, fold the front flap down.

Now it's ready for you to glue on assorted papers and embellish!

Courtney and I have made several of these envelopes, punched holes in the sides, attached rings and made mini photo albums!

There are many lovely submissions for the Mind Wide Open challenge..pop over there and vote for your favorite!

And be sure to check out other wonderful transformations on Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!


  1. thank you for the tutorial - I'll use it for my grandkids' valentines.

  2. GORGEOUS Myrn!!!! I love seeing your beautiful artwork and love that you're sharing how you made it ~ hope you are doing wonderful sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

  3. Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. What a gloriously beautiful tag and envelope! How very talented you are! I adore the little cherub and the sentiments ~ hmmm.....wonder if it could be because of my blog name.......

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  5. Your tag is soo precious. I'm gonna have to quit throwing those envelopes away!

  6. Wow! You have great talent! I can't wait to try this envelope pocket technique! Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. somehow this looks so easy, but I would for certain, not be able to figure it out.

    adorable finished!!

  8. BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a cool tutorial, too! :) You have such a wonderful talent!

  9. Really clever idea with the envelopes and to think how many of those we toss out! Beautiful artwork too! See you SOON!
    Love, Toni

  10. Oh, that's how you do it. I love that you are using all those return envelopes that I have piled up all over the place. Thanks! Sherry

  11. Wonderful!!! Boy will I use this artwork...I too do online bills,so the leftover envelopes(ones u just can't throw away) great! I love your Blog,my 1st time will be in my favs from now on...

  12. I love this idea! I looked at the post where you bound them too. What a smartie you are. Thank you for sharing this. I will be trying to make some of these, and if it turns out well enough, I'll post on my blog and credit you. laurie