Saturday, May 18, 2013

Catered Crop: Fabric of Friendship

Just a month ago, I was honored to be asked to be on the design team at Catered Crop.  I've posted a number of times and it's gone well...until this week...when the recipe is fabric.  I don't do fabric, I don't have any, and I've never sewn.  So I wandered into the fabric department at Hobby Lobby and found a fun package of 1/8 yard pieces of coordinating yellow fabric - I knew that I could do a sun.

I thought that I had read that metal dies (besides Sizzix) could cut fabric.  I was clearly dreaming because they don't - but they do put a mark on the fabric which allowed me to cut out my pieces.  However...I am also handicapped in that I am incapable of cutting a straight line.  So I decided to embrace the raggedy nature of my cutting by distressing my edges and ripping the fabric for my bow.  I'm hoping it all looks intentional vs. an act of desperation!!

Some Days are Better

I also decided to try a slightly simpler card also - I wanted to put the sunshiny fabric behind a die cut.  I like this card, but it really doesn't scream "fabric" - it could just as well be patterned paper.

Wishing You Sunshine





This card also uses the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.









Be sure to check out the other designers - there are some fabulous ideas!!  And Catered Crop also has a wonderful Pinterest board full of fabric ideas.  I would love to see some of your work so that I can be inspired to work with fabric again.

Some Days Are Better
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Hello Sunshine
  • Paper: white
  • Ink: black
  • Accessories: fabric and sequins, Papertrey Ink Hello Sunshine dies (to mark the fabric for cutting
Wishing You Sunshine
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Scattered Showers
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Summer Sun
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Memory Box Small Circle Burst, Trendy Twine Lemon Tart, white embossing powder

29 comments:

Lyndal said...

Both GORGEOUS cards Kim!!
I'm scratching around trying to find some fabric too!!

snappy scrappy said...

Both turned out great!!

Kara said...

fabric? i thought it was paper at first...looks beautiful!!

cm said...

Kim, these are stunning! Absolutely! You've definitely worked some 'magic' with the fabric. Glad I don't have to select a favourite, because they're both so gorgeous! Thank you, too, for commenting on my wild, crazy card; it's a zany one for sure! Have a wonderful Saturday!
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Cindy Hall said...

Wow! Both are fabulous cards and fabulous designs! For being someone who "doesn't do fabric", I'd say you DO fabric very well! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Lisa said...

Bravo to you for sticking with it Kim! I think it turned out super and I like the "torn" fabric bow. Your second card is a pretty one too, the fabric looks great behind the die cut. I think I read somewhere that you have to use on iron on fusible backing on the fabric to die cut it. Might have been from Melissa Phillips at PTI.

Kelly S. said...

WHOA, I LOVE your interpretation of that sketch! What an awesome way to make a sunshine!! The fabric underneath is such a special touch! PS...I love that first card just as much. I have always wanted that PTI set and you may be pushing me right over the edge ;)!

JD/ Jill said...

I thins BOTH cards are sensational! I really like what you did with the fabric, and have so inspired me to try and use fabric. Fabric is something I still have a lot of...even though I have given a lot away. (I used to sew all the time...don't ask me how long ago that was) I would love to find other uses for fabric, so I am definitely going to check out that link

mypapercraftworld said...

Stunning, Kim, just stunning! Glorious, sunshine-y happiness ... LOVE them! Anita :)

Becca Whitham said...

Well...I'd say you succeeded in making the torn fabric look intentional!! Wow!

Bonnie said...

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that can't cut a straight line! And I sewed all our clothes for years. You've made a beautiful sunshine and a card that will lift someones spirits so high! And I love the bow. You tear very straight!

Amy O said...

What bright, fun, and happy cards! Love them both. You did a great job with the fabric, even if it may not have worked out exactly as you had envisioned. Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Jean said...

They are both great cards ~ really love the first one ~ fantastic sun (even it wasn't intentional).

Linda McClain said...

Oh dear . . . I'm sorry I gave you such a challenge. But oh my goodness gracious - did you ever rise to the challenge. These are beyond stunning. I Love, Love what you did!! Now you are a fabric Pro!

Marybeth said...

Wow, love them both! Love that torn fabric bow on the first and the sunburst dot die card is amazing!

Sian Ridley said...

These cards are both ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! The colours are so bright and cheerful and the designs showcase them so well :) I would never have guessed that you hadn't used fabric before - you're a pro!

PS No one (in my experience!) can cut fabric and get a perfect edge - we all go with 'intentional!' he he! :)

Kristi said...

These are so lovely and happy! Congrats on your GD gig!

Andy said...

love the fabric!!!!!!! love mixed media usage :)

lets walk the lake this week if you have some time.

Quip1320 said...

WOW!!!!! I love this and now I'm going to have to go buy some fat quarters. :)

Jeanne said...

Great cards, Kim. 'Specially love the sunshine one. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Lesley said...

Gorgeous Kim, the fabric is amazing and the yellow, mixed with white base and the black sentiment makes for such rich and elegant cards.

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! Both these cards are absolutely fabulous. I love the second one!

Barb Murphy said...

Beautiful! I love how the ribbon cradles the sunburst. Those rich golds and oranges are fabulous!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Wow!!! Is all that I can say!! I don't do fabric or sew a lick either, what you did is beyond georgeous!!!

Claire said...

Both cards are stunning - especially the second one. How clever! I don't do fabric either. The difference is that you'd be able to tell on my cards!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

I have heaps of fabric stashed away ... That I haven't touched since I started card making!! You are welcome to come & have a look sometime! Your card definitely looks intentional ... And a great effect with some bright, happy patterns! I am still not sure whether to delve into the fabric fad ... Or for that matter ... MDS! Hugs xxx

Happy Dance said...

Congrats on being chosen as a Princess over at FMS! I hope they send you a diamond crown, as this card is gorgeous! Woohoo! Bev

maria f. said...

Love your sun - try putting a piece of scrap paper under the fabric (um, plate, paper, fabric, die, top plate). The die bites into it better than into fabric!

windinstarsranch said...

what die cut is your sun burst. I just love it. Your cards are both beautiful. But that sunburst is fab!