Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Upcycled Eye-patch

Mom occasionally sends me a box of crafting goodies, magazines, and motherly notes, and in one of the boxes she sent recently was this metal disc with lots of holes in it .... I assumed it was for crafting, but I couldn't figure out for what ... So when I talked to Mom, she let me make a few guesses (glitter applicator, bow-maker) before telling me it was her eye-patch from cataract surgery. Thanks Mom ha ha!

Her surgery went well, by the way, and her eyesight actually improved! Anyhoo, she & dad are visiting my aunt & uncle next week, and my aunt just had the last of several eye surgeries, so I thought I'd give them all a smile with this card! Don't you think Mom's eye-patch makes a great flower‽

I was inspired by Stephanie Lee's fabulous card featuring the customizable Eye Chart by Tom Blackwell (if you follow me on Pinterest, you've probably seen both ... they've been some of my most popular Pins). I bent up flaps on the eyepatch to give it some dimension, and painted it with orange acrylic paint. I cross-stitched the center in yellow, variegated embroidery thread and added a simple Spellbinders leaf diecut. I them framed the card with a black-edged white ribbon I bought from Can You Digi It? some time ago.

  1. Addicted to Stamps CAS Challenge #2: CAS
  2. Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-invent August Challenge: Anything Goes with recycled item + Bonus Round: Frame It
  3. Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes

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  1. oh my gosh, you soooooooooo crack me up! just saying....... who else would make a card like this?! toooo funny! ;)

  2. love this!! so fun and bright and love the cleverness of the card!

    Loves Happy Hour

  3. Wonderful! Glad to hear your mum is ok and I LOVE how you have created this card. Thanks so much for playing along at ATS xx

  4. OMG this is so clever , I love this beauty. How wonderful and original to use the eye patch would could tell ! Glad to hear your mum is feeling better. Love this thanks so much for sharing with us at AS.


  5. Very original and grat recycling! Thanks for playing along at ATS.
    Val x

  6. Such a great card, the eye patch makes a great flower and I love the humour in your card! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  7. What a GREAT idea! I love this! Wow.

    Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge.....

  8. This is just too funny and made me laugh, I never would have guessed if you hadn't said what it was. Thank you for sharing this on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent, it is truly inventive and a great recycle.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

    PS. Glad your Mom is doing well,tell her, her eye patch was a big hit. Love it.

  9. How clever is this card, just love the brightness of the flower... Very lovely.
    So nice to have you visit. I promise I will visit more often.
    Hope you are well.


  10. Brilliant! How clever.
    Regards Florence x

  11. Great recycling. I love the flower and would never have thought that it was an eyepatch. Fantastic card and story. Thanks for joining in at Recycle,Re-purpose & Re-invent
    Paula DT :o)

  12. Gorgeous CAS project - love the eye patch flower....... it's perfect for our challenge at ATS this week. Thanks for joining us.

    Karen x

  13. wow this is so very clever! I would never have thought of using this. And it looks nothing like a eyepatch lol

  14. I love the cleverness of this card. The combination of the eye patch which is now gorgeous and the eye chart is inspired. Thanks so much for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. Just delightful!

  15. A very 'eye' catching card! - Thanks for joining in our challenge this week at ATS - Jacqueline xx

  16. Oh what a wonderful card and its so clever.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  17. What a brilliant example of recycling! Truly unique! Thanks for playing along with us at ATS this week :)


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