Tuesday, November 10, 2015

cowboy boot... rhymes with "CUTE"!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called "howdy, partner" and the brief is to use something found in the wild west of the united states, such as horses, cowboys/cowgirls, cowboy boots, native americans, buffalo, cacti, tumbleweeds... you get the idea, right? i confess that when i read the description i had a tiny little panic because i was fairrrrrrrrly certain i did not own anything that would even remotely work. i searched my stash pretty carefully anyway, because often there's an item i've forgotten, or even entirely failed to notice because the theme is so far off my radar. but no, not this time. not. one. single. thing. ugh. which, as it turns out, was kind of good, because it meant i had to build something from the ground up --i decided on a cowgirl boot-- and the result is pretty flippin' adorable if i do say so myself. which... apparently... i do, lol! :)

cowgirl boot paper-pieced using a clipart image; vintage sheet music of streets of laredo from an old childrens songbook-- resized and printed on plain white cardstock; patterned paper: prima, my mind's eye, american crafts, crate, frances meyer... plus some small scraps of faux embossed leather saved for reasons i cannot possibly imagine, but i was really glad i had done it, lol; ancient, paleolithic era leather flower: k and co; brads: mme; measuring tape ribbon and star charm: tim holtz; ink:colorbox chalk in dark brown and charcoal; pen: faber castell pitt outliner in XS; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape and gluestick, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

here's a totally gratuitous close-up of the boot, because it had a number of fairly small parts i had to cut out and ink and attach; plus machine stitching on the very verrrrrrry edge of those was somewhat tedious, and i've been fighting a cold all weekend. so frankly, i just feel like i need to put a second photo in this post, please excuse me. but i will point out that the thing that really makes paper-piecing work (imo!) is exactly this sort of tiny fiddly detail, which is not particularly --ok, let's be honest, it's not at all fun to do --but i think is worth the effort:

as it turns out, i did wind up having *one* western-themed item, and that was a piece of sheet music for "the streets of laredo" that i found in an old children's music book. i had ruled out its use because at 8x10" it was too big a card background even for me! but then i remembered i could scan and resize it, so i did. i based my proportions around the current layout (#386) from sketch saturday, which illustrates exactly what i looooooooove about sketches, because see that tilty backgound mat? it's pretty much my favorite part of the card, and i would not ever (EVER!) have thought of doing that, not if i lived to be 107 and made cowgirl boot cards every single week. but debra from sketch saturday thought of it, for which she has my admiration and thanks! ♥

speaking of admiration, you can spend plenty of yours on the luscious DT cards at SOS... why not go and do that right now, darlings?!


  1. Um, wow. That is seriously awesome. I would have been perfectly fine if you'd shown three or four closeup pics of that boot (and I'm one of those people who thinks that photos of multiple angles of the same card is kinda silly). *looks at boot again* Yep, that is totally amaztastic!

  2. Wowsers this is down right AWESOME. fab. paper piecing, love the music sheet and great use of the sketch. oh yes love the plaid.

  3. Your attention to detail always amazes me, but that stitching totally makes the card! And yeah, sketches can be so helpful with their "omg, why didn't I think of that?!" elements, which is why I like 'em so much!

  4. Fab take on the sketch and how perfect is the sheet music?? That boot....

  5. Lauren, I have to tell 'ya I'm sorta on a blogging break this week but of course the computer is so addictive. I was scrolling through the blogs just to take a peek at what everyone had done today.....no commenting Lynn and you'll only be on here for a minute........
    AND THEN! Holy mamma WOW! I came to a screeching halt when I saw this! Even called the hubby and he took a peek and was swooning. This is absolutely totally AWESOME! I can't even begin to think of all the words that truly describe it! I know I'm in love! All that stitching, the design, flower on the boot - you name it! I'll just end by saying YeeHaw!!!!

  6. That is seriously one rockin' boot ... I love it.

  7. wow, this is fabulous. Love all the details.

  8. Loving your cowgirl boot! The music is the perfect background! Just fabulous!!!
    Hope you are starting to feel better!
    Shanna :)

  9. As always, your skill at creating impactful collages comes shining through! Great comnpositiona and fabulous color integration! Love it!


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