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Thursday, 4 June 2009

365 Cards Day 96, Card Patterns # 17 & Cuttlebug # 34

The challenge at 365 Cards for today Day 96 is to make a card using fabric, ribbons flowers and buttons don't count.

Paul and I are following the GI Diet at the moment and one of the nicest parts of a diet that is working is to be able to get rid of clothes that are just far too big for you. Paul threw a really nice NEXT shirt away that it made from touchy feely modal fabric and as it was in such good condition I decided it was too nice to throw away and needed to be made into something. I've seen a butterfly shaped cushion in NEXT and thought I'd have a go at trying to do something similar.

I used a Sizzix die to cut the dress from the fabric. I have never cut fabric before and it didn't make a clean cut. Next time I think I will stick the fabric onto card before I cut it, on this occasion I did it the other way round.... oh well, you live and learn. The bottom layer of the dress is tulle and this is wrapped around to the back. Docrafts ribbon is used for decoration on the neckline and as a belt. I also snipped 2 flowers off to add to the shoes. Tiny gems from my stash were added to the flower centres.

The layout of the card is using this week's sketch # 17 from Card Patterns. I wanted a sketch which had a large rectangle to be able to show off the backing paper which is from Basic Grey Two Scoops. I matted this onto some co-ordinating card stock from my stash. The Be Inspired challenge this week at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog is to make an item using both Basic Grey and Core'dinations cardstock. The back panel on the card is a sheet of card from the Black Magic collection, this was run through the Devine Swirls embossing folder and then sanded to reveal the core.

The velvet ric rac is by K & Co and was part of the prize I received from The Cuttlebug blogs T member Karen Maldonado. The flower & pin ensemble uses flowers and a button also from this pack as was the tulle on the dress. The other flowers are Prima's from my stash and the large gems are by Paperchase.

The sentiment is from the free papers that came with Crafts Beautiful magazine this month and you can download them from their site. The very talented Kirsty Wiseman has designed them an she's got a project on the front cover this month. She was absolutely made up and I loved reading her post on her blog about this momentous occaison.

17 comments:

Allison said...

lovely card, reminds me I have that die and must use it more
Thanks for playing this week
Cuttlehugs
AllisonX

Shari said...

Really Cute Mandy!

Sarn loves choc said...

Lovely hun!

Sherry said...

Mandy, great card. What is the GI diet sounds like something I need.

SarahLP said...

What a lovely card, and so great to use recycled materials too!

Dolce Deb's Designs said...

This card is so elegant I love it! You also get points for reusing the fabric from the shirt. Great job.

Karen Lee said...

Totally CUTE!!

hugs, Karen Lee

Denise Clark said...

Hi Mandy! Found your blog over at the Cuttlebug Challenge.

I love your card. The dress is just adorable with the flower accents. Wish my waist was that size! Love the DP's you choice and the shirt material was a great idea!!!!

~amy~ said...

whatta great use of fabric Mandy!!! Spectacular card!!

Vicky said...

oh wow...this is awesome! i love that little dress!

Fi said...

Toot Toot to you for recycling, love your dress, great take on the challenges.
Hugs
Fi

fabricbutterfly said...

Beautiful card, what a great little dress, and congrats at needing a smaller size.

whoistracy said...

Well aren't you a card rockstar combining all of those challenges on one card!?!! Way to go! Love the dress, it's adorable. So glad you could play along with us on CP.

willow said...

Great use of your fabric, cute card
maz

Vickilyn said...

This is SOOOO cute!! Love that dress!!

Mrs J said...

Such a gorgeous card Mandy! Very resourceful using Hubby's shirt, it makes a great dress! Gorgeous paper and I love how the sanded Core'dinations matches it - perfect! Thanks for joining in the fun this week at www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com
Hugs Mrs Jx

June Houck said...

This is darling! I love the dress and shoes, and the way you used your ribbon across the bottom.