Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Clothes Line




She was the master of fort making. She'd take the old quilts and drape them over the clothes line. Then she'd take a few clothes pins and pin more blankets inside the fort in just the right areas to create rooms. We'd had the perfect fortress against the neighborhood boys. She was our leader. We were invincible.
This patterned paper lent itself quite nicely for the linear design of the sketch at Everything But the Kitchen Sink. I thought that the card needed a little extra umph in the bottom corner, so I added a stitched sun, the inspiration coming from the sketch at 365 Cards. I'll be the first to admit that I struggle with the use of patterned paper in card-making and admire all of the wonderful crafters that make it look effortless.

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Marigold Morning (Stampin Up) Patterned Paper: The Boyfriend Line (Cosmo Cricket) Blue from Cottage Power Pallette (Creative Memories) Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch (Stampin Up) Circle Punch (Creative Memories) Other: Twine, Thread, Brown Journaling Pen (Creative Memories)

32 comments:

jen said...

I'd say YOU make it look effortless! Nicely done- I dig all things Cosmo Cricket & love the stitched sun- very cool element! :)

Alice Wertz said...

you used those pps beautifully!! love the subtle stitched sun!! fab card!!

Jenny said...

sew cute!!! LOVE IT! :) :) :)

Isabelle P. said...

Another beautiful card! I love the sun seems dryer!
I hope the translation is good ...

Ayana Posadas said...

SOOO Cool!... I love how you incorporated both sketches with the stitching! I've seen people combine challeges (color, sketch, and theme)... However, i've never seen anybody combine two different SKETCHES together! Very impressive!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

that's funny because I was just thinking how I've got this Cosmo paper but haven't used it yet because it seems a bit difficult - but I love what you've done with it. And I adore the stitched sun over the top of it all. I've put this on my 'must scraplift' list!!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

I love this and the stitching is awesome!!!!

~amy~ said...

woot woot wootie woot woot Karen!!! Check you out...slinging out that patterned paper!!!! I love your card...what a great combo of challenges and aren't you clever with your fabbie stitching?!!!!! I seriously don't see any struggle with your use of the patterned paper...you rocked it!

Laurel said...

Wow this is fantastic!

BonnieRose said...

Oh Karen.. I love them both! u don't struggle at all.. all your designs are fabulous.. pat yourself on the back.. these are both beautiful!

Sue Lelli said...

OMGosh! This is just sew cute! I didn't see the stitched sun at first because I was focued on the HanG In There and the clothes. This card is AMAZING!

Deb Neerman said...

OKay, how the heck did you combine two different sketches?!? I think that's impossible, lolol.

LOVE this great card and your fab stitching of the sun ... very cool!

~kelly marie~ said...

Totally amazing! I heart this!

Winter said...

SO cute! Great job on both sketches! Thanks for playing with us in the EBTKS challenge! :)

Lynnette said...

Karen this is so creative, and you know I love the designer paper :)

Lea L. said...

Such a cute card! Love how you combined the two sketches!!

♥♥♥Lea

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I'm impressed! I would love a cool card like that to celebrate the endless amount of laundry I do without a dryer. Some day I will look at this period in my life and marvel.

Valerie said...

your stitched sun and paper work so well together - I can smell those clothes coming off the line...looks to me like you've got the whole patterned paper thing down!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a great idea Karen! You and your cards just ROCK ;-)

Maria Matter said...

Fun & Fabulous!!!
love the sentiment with the clothes line, too fun! Beautiful design Karen!!!
Hugs & blessings!

Courtney Baker said...

Oh my word! Seriously genius! I love it.

Mags said...

Beautifully done!

TesaB said...

Amazing stitching FUN! Love this card, it's totally gorgeous!

~ Sophia ~ said...

Soo clever and great! I have never seen anyone combining two sketches before!!
I also looove your stiching. Me, I´m allergic to stiching and needlework, haha ; )

Heather Jensen said...

Perfect sentiment for that DP. :)

lynn said...

the papers, sentiment and stitching-wow! great card, karen, i'd say you rock pattened papers:)

Michele Gross said...

Amazing! I love the stitching!! Outstanding!!

Cindy Lee said...

WOW!! I reay really love this card!!
I saw that you made to the top20 at Gallery Idol!!! Woohooo!! Congrats to you! I was so happy to see your name there!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome card. I love it!Truly amazing how you put the sketches together. Brenda R

Pam said...

Wow - you've done an amazing job with this card. Love that stitching!!

Sara and Co said...

Gosh, Karen! Your stitching is so clever (so is combining two challenges -- I've never done that before)!!! Way to go! An awesome card!

Carolyn V said...

WOW! Great card - and a well-deserved top spot at 365 cards! Congrats! :)