Monday, January 31, 2011

sew much fun!

you know how sometimes there's a challenge that doesn't sound very "you"...but you give it a go anyway, and surprise yourself by actually coming up with something cool? well, i think i've done the opposite: taken a challenge that was sooooooooooooo obviously me, that i've sort of "choked"!

the challenge to is city crafter week #41: SEW FUN. (told ya...how *ME* is that, right?!) also, i've had the idea for this in my head ever since i saw this AMAZING card that kirsty made! and still, somehow, the finished product is just NOT what i was going for.


(patterned paper, diecuts: k&co; blue trimming: pink paislee; lace & fabric flowers: michaels; inks: colorbox; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape; other: image of woman's head & torso cut from a costume book; vintage lace & buttons; hindi newspaper; sewing machine)

i love the "paperdoll" i made from an illustration in a costume book and layers of newspaper, lace and ruffles. she did turn out a bit *BIG* though...which made my card kind of grow and grow. maybe at some point i will have a brainwave, and "re-locate" said costumed beauty onto a base i like more...or maybe not...

at the end of the day, a unique handmade card by definition is never a BAD thing, is it?! and i did seriously have "SEW" much fun! thanks, CCCB! :)

22 comments:

  1. She is sew beautiful, L. I am particularly amazed at the PERFECT arc of buttons!

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  2. Goodness Lauren, what a work of art - fabulous!!!! Jo x

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  3. beautiful vintagey card, lauren. love her skirt! so super pretty! also love the framed sentiment in the corner and the arc of buttons. thanks for sharing and have a great week!!! *hugs* steph :)

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  4. I wish I knew more words for stunning and gorgeous cuz I'd write them all here. WOW, babe, love this!!! And love the one you lifted, too!!!

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  5. Ha! when I read your first few lines it was like me using acrylic paint ... and hey I've used it again today! (ain't no stoppin' me now ...la la la ) ... but what do you mean Miss L? ... this is totally "un choked" and amazing ... I can hear that dress swishing away ... love the background ... another "one off" by you ... thanks for sharing at CCCB

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  6. Wow this is gorgeous !
    I am going to check out the challenge...sounds interesting.
    Did you know I have a blog for my everyday life and other crafty goodness? Drop by and have a peek at my beaded doll

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  7. WOW! This is very creative! Love it!

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  8. Cudo!!! wspaniały pomysł!!!
    Pozdrawiam:*

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  9. GORGEOUS!!!! I love, love, love it!! That paper doll is breath taking! Gonna go admire some more :)

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  10. I adore this card! So beautiful, love the layers... silk with newsprint... so many interesting details! Fabulous!

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  11. Wonderful dress for the paper doll on a wonderful card! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

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  12. Ummmmm...you certainly did not choke...this is magnificent!!!

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  13. WOWZER... This is one amazing card.. I love it.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

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  14. You put ALOT of serious work to this ! I think if you want, you could get a distressed frame for this, and that'd really add to the vintagey goodness you already did !

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  15. OMG!! This is insane... I love that dress!! YOu are incredible!

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  16. well i don't know what you "were going for" but you made it to "FANTASTIC"!!! good grief that is a ton of work..........love it :)

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  17. Ooooooooh. This is gorgeous. I love her dress. You have made me want to dust off my sewing machine. (Of course I ALWAYS say that when I see your cards.) But this time I even pictured it.

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  18. This is a great card. Its the blue shade that throws it off. Its a different hue than the tans/browns the rest of the card is. I think I totally coould be wrong, but if you had made the blue ribbon either orangeish color or a slightly darker blue you might have been happier with the outcome. That being said... this card is still ultimate coolness and would be cherished by whomever receives it. A little girl would totally cut her out and use her a a paper doll. She's gorgeous. :)

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