March 27, 2011

love letters...

I'm a hoarder. I'll admit to it.. I love collecting and never using scrapbooking embellishments, pretty patterned paper, ribbons.. buttons(especially buttons)... The usual suspects. But, long before I discovered scrap booking and card making I kept every little item from when my guy and I were first dating; movie stubs, concert name it. The other day while going through some boxes I came across little notes we used to leave each other in between shifts, when we both worked two jobs(one of which we worked together).

Most days I'd arrive at my car after shift to find a note tucked under the wiper blade of the windscreen of the car.. or slipped in through the window. It was a pick me up at the end of a long shift, knowing we might not be able to see each other. They are not perfect in any sense.Those little notes, written on any piece of paper available, take me back to the very beginning of our relationship and make me smile. A little notebook was passed back and forth between jobs- to write in at any spare moment, to update each other.

In order to keep these notes and pages in one place(and pretty them up a bit) I've decided to make keepsake love letter keepers...tea stained envelopes-all shabby, glittery and romantic.. they make my heart smile and sing just as those little love notes did back then.
This is just part one... I wanted to enter the challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room(my first challenge there ever!) It is a pretty amazing challenge..which you can read all about here. As usual I'm just squeaking in on the deadline.. I used the middle line of the bingo card: Buttons, flowers and glitter/glimmer. *sigh* definitely not a challenge at all...I love incorporating all of those elements on my creations. Given more time on my part, I could have found a way to incorporate all 9 elements..

As you can see its the front of an envelope. I love altering envelopes...these I dunked in some tea to give them an aged look. As usual I kept it pretty muted and stuck to cream and pink...I used a lot of my fave products: Melissa Frances papers (they just ooze romance) and some of my favourite K&Company paper as well.. I tried to capture the glitter all over the buttons....and used some flower trim I had(also tea stained) and a flower under my chippy white glittered bell (how I love those little babies!) A little tag and Maya Road trinket pin help decorate the buttoned heart. **Inspired by the super talented Melissa Phillips altered heart shaped box found here** And of course some of my handmade trim tucked under the heart...
I do apologize for the dark photos. I will try and update them later today.. wanted to make the challenge deadline...I loved just sitting and creating for hours, taking my time.. that is the best part of crafting after all...
Stay tuned for more envelopes in the future.. Thanks for your visit!



  1. Your card is AMAZING! Love all those yummy buttons!! We are glad that you enjoyed your 1st challenge with us! :)

    Thank you for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!


  2. WOWOWOWOW ... this card is simply STUNNING! So happy you found us and joined in on the fun this week! Thanks for sharing in the Tea Room :)

  3. Oh my! This is soooo beautiful! May I use a button covered heart on one of my creations? I am smitten ..... Sigh.

  4. Wow... this is just stunning. I love the sparkle on the buttons. Thanks for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room.

  5. An absolute stunning creation! I'm in awe! Those buttons are just perfect!

  6. Gorgeous!!! I really love the buttons and the lace simply stunning!!Thanks so much for sharing your lovely creation this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

  7. This card is AMAZING. I love everything about it. Thanks for joining us at the Shabby Tea Room this week.

  8. Beautiful card and it was in the list of winners.
    Enjoyed your blog post with all the pretty pictures.

  9. Wonderful Becks ... just so pretty and sweet and perfect for keeping your love notes in ... A well deserved Terrific Top Three if I ever saw one ...

  10. Sooo sweet!! I ~LOVE~ it too much... ;o)

  11. W-O-W!!!
    Absolutely beautiful envelope! And what a romantic story behind it!
    Congrats on the Top 3 win at TSTR, it's well deserved.

  12. So pretty Rebekah! Love the shimmery buttons!

  13. I have some catching up to do....You are one of the Terrific Top Three; so well deserved; this is pure beauty! Wow!

  14. Positively dreamy! Love your envelopes...especially those glittery buttons! My guy and I used to pass notes and a notebook back in the day! Maybe I should start that up again becasue your sweet story and project take me back :)


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