Saturday, March 12, 2011

Challenge Themes

We have a new challenge over @ Our Creative Corner. Use fabric on your project, and ribbon doesn't count. Kristin from Lilybeth Boutique, is our hostess this week. So, here's your challenge this week: 'incorporate fabric into your creation. Use fabric as a background, use it as an embellishment. Stamp it, fold it, cut it, weave it. Use canvas, cotton, satin, silk, burlap, polyester, tulle, whatever. The only restriction - ribbon doesn't count as your fabric!'
Sounds, easy, sounds fun. So, lets play. I didn't want to create another card. Not that I'm tired of cards. I LOVE cards. Its an unique 'canvas' to work with. But, I wanted to spread my wings, so to speak. So, I went hunting in my craft room for some goodies. I saw this wonderful neutral color challenge, and I missed my entry by a few days. Ugh, life gets in the way of playing. So, why not use their colors anyway. So, I gathered my neutrals, this incredible download I printed for a card that I never made (from The Graphics Fairy), my favorite stamp sets, and this 'vintage' iron frame with a gate on the front (Pottery Barn).
For those of you who may not know, I love birds (and butterflies), don't really know, but there is just something ahh inspiring about them. So, yes, this is another million product project. I used stuff I love. Papers from two different companies, stamps from 5 different companies, and embellishments from at least six different companies. So, for a complete list of products used, please email me privately.
The picture frame is 8" x 10". So, I cut my base cardstock to that dimension, and then just played. I made sure that you can 'see' things with those 'gates' closed. That was the hard part. I wanted placement of different stuff, differently, but then you wouldn't be able to read the sentiment, or 'see' something. But, all in all, at the end, I am pretty happy with it.
My fabric, is the gray flower. I used a die and my Big Shot to cut two different size and shape flower shapes. And melted the ends with a heat gun. While heating, the pearl brad got a little scorched. But, I kinda like the look. It looks weathered, old, vintage. Perfect!
Thank you for looking. I hope you get a chance to play with us @ Our Creative Corner. I'd love to see what you come up with. I was actually surprised to see all the different takes on this weeks challenge. It should be fun. Come play along!


Vicki Burdick said...

So gorgeous!!! Just so much going on, I love those side elements!!!

Sarah Gough said...

Using the heat gun was a great idea for the flower - much safer than a lighter! I love the oversized borders too.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

What a beautiful piece, Sharon. I love making that kind of art too. I have been meaning to use that Birdie Darling song sheet from The Graphics Fairy. It looks perfect here on your piece! Hope you enjoyed the fabric challenge!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Lori Rider said...

Wow, this is wonderful! A gorgeous piece of art. You have so many fabulous textures and gorgeous elements here - just beautiful!

Bonnie said...

What a fun challenge this was! I love how your flower worked out with the heat gun - I agree, the pearl looks great a little "scorched"!!

Diane Gilbert said...

BEAUTIFUL! LOVE those side elements and your flower is awesome, great idea using the heat tool!

Audrey Pettit said...

Hi Sharon! This is so fun and pretty! Love that you created a unique framed piece, and love that frame. The yellow, gray, and brown color scheme is gorgeous. Love all the elements you pulled together. That vintage image from the Graphics Fairy is awesome. Love your fabric flower, too. :)