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Monday 7 March 2011

Challenge #41 - Fabric

Thank You for your pretty and inspired entries to our previous challenge of fairies and 2+ punches, we love fairies!  We'll announce the winners and top 5 here on Tuesday 15th so good luck!  Dont forget to check in the tab up there if you're a previous winner!

Our DT call is coming to a close, details are over on the new home for the spotlight challenges which you'll find here  I'll be contacting everyone who's successful this week, thank you for your interest and if you've not been lucky this time then don't give up, I'd love to take you all but simply can't.



Lin is your hostess for this and she has chosen Fabric for our challenge this fortnight.  Ribbons, fabric flowers, fabric for BPs or fabric cut and paper pieced etc

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You'll also find their challenge blog here!

Over to the girls!

Everything on my card is fabric, apart from the corners, the sentiment, the gems, and the tiny brad in the centre of the flower. I started with a piece of plain white silk, which I dampened down and added Pebeo Silk Paints to (full instructions on my blog). I masked off the boot and the pattern around the edge and left in the window to dry. When it was fully dry I removed the masks and stuck the silk over piece of white card and  pierced through the pattern and then embroidered it. I went around the edge of the silk with some toning ribbon, and stuck the whole thing down on a square card, and added the metal corners and flower. My sister calls me the Old Boot, so I thought this would be a fun card for her birthday! Hence the sentiment.

I made a book to hold my stamped images so I could keep track of how many Sweet Pea Stamps I own, and what they look like since these are very detailed. I Stamped on Sticky Back Canvas and colored in with Copic markers. This was my first time coloring on fabric so I did a practice piece first to pick my colors, and to test how much the markers would feather out. This book is super sparkly because I added Distress Rock Candy and a water color iridescent medium.

Well this card started life as a little saucy top lol !! I cut the fabric first and attached to card, then cut the lace off and attached around the edges.  My fairy is one I downloaded ages ago, made the flowers and used sticky finger sprays to ink them, added some stickles around the edges.  Coloured her with fired brick distress inks and embossed her.

I have included fabric in 3 ways into my card. I have used a lovely Felt and lace embellishment that I have been hoarding for a long time as the main focal part of the card. I have used a beautiful lace trim either side of the heart paper and I made a flower embellishment with a strip of fabric which I had frayed along the leading edge. Papers are from Basic Grey and Smirk.

For the fabric element of my card I have used the blue backing which is a kind of half fabric and half paper that is made from recycled cloth.I have also used lace and ribbon.The image is a Popcorn The Bear stamp from Crafters Companion,sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the little buttons are from Papermania.

I had been thinking about making a cloth book for ages. Remember those ones you could buy for toddlers? Well, here's my version, lol.  I used stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs that I was lucky enough to win as blog  candy.  I will put more details on my blog.

I thought this would be a hard wee challenge but after staring at my stash I decided to do a card with lots of ribbon! I started with a square piece of card covered in stickie tape then covered with ribbon from papermania. Added a matching piece of paper to a card and stuck down the ribbon square! Made a wee rosette from the scraps of ribbon, embossed a wee silk flower and finished with a tiny button and sentiment!

made the main mat by covering a 6x6 piece of card with double sided adhesive film layed over that some raffia that i have had for years
edged top and botton edge with ribbon then the main image is a fabric flower topped with paper flower with small flowers dotted about. the sentiment is also matted on a piece of card covered in raffia
ribbon bow added to the side

I used a fun Sweet Pea Stamp called my Sister and Me by Jeniffer Nilsson for this card.  Seriously cute image!  I stamped it onto sticky back canvas and coloured with promarkers and then stitched it onto a piece of canvas which I had triple embossed with moonglow and stamped onto with my texture stamp and some silver ink.  The background is Adirondack inks sprayed onto photo paper.  The ribbon is a roll I picked up cheap in Hobbycraft and the flower I made from some scraps of canvas coloured with promarkers to match the flower on the girl's headband and a nice gem for the centre.


My plaid fabric ( I now see I should have done a Scottish theme) is from my Hubby Nic's shirt! He was chucking it, I liked the fabric, so I de-constructed it! I made a mat from plain greyboard (the back of a sketchpad!) and covered it with the fabric, I then mounted the image onto this and made a frame from the same grey board and mounted this over the image to frame it. The whole was mounted onto a pearlescent pewter card mat.

The image is my own Eiglas 'Gretchen' lolling on a floor-cushion with her teddy watching the tv. I've coloured her with those markers again....what are they called..? Oh yes! Copics! LOL!

I LOVE the background paper! It's called 'Ruby Berry Flower' and no other identifying names on the bar-code but I'm pretty sure it's Making Memories.

Lickle nod to Sir Tim with the 'Imagine' ticket top left!


  1. just left my entry I enjoyed making this card
    Jacki xx

  2. Sensational work with fabric from the DT! Wonderful challenge - thanks for getting my mojo started with such wonderful inspiration!

  3. Wonderful challenge, and stunning works from the DT!!:) Lin, Yes..it's M.S flourish punch aroud the edges:). Beautiful effect, dont you think!?:)
    Hugs, Ellen

  4. Just found you recently, I have enjoyed this theme. The examples were gorgeous DT.

  5. Lovely work by the DT. Thanks for this fun and different challenge.


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