Monday 28 May 2012

I {heart} Dad

I am submitting this card to a couple of challenges this week:  Retro Sketches Challenge #13, with this sketch as inspiration
and the CAS-ual Friday Challenge CFC54, where the idea is to create a masculine card, using designer paper.

Closer to home, my inspiration for this Father's Day card came from the beautiful quilted wall-hanging my friends made when I left Milwaukee:
Isn't it gorgeous?  I was also impressed by a series of quilt-inspired items created recently by Miriam Prantner (see her blog HERE). "Quilting" using paper is so much quicker and easier than using fabric!

At CAS-ual Fridays this week, the DT was using a masculine paper pack from Gina K (check out the details and samples using THIS link). I used a mish-mash of paper scraps from Close to My Heart, Sizzix and Paper Wishes "Noted"(that fabulous herringbone pattern) which resembled men's shirts. I first crumpled them up to give more of a sense of texture, then machine-stitched them to a cardstock heart. This was trimmed with deckle scissors to give a frayed look to the edge, as in raw edges of the original quilt.
Now that its finished, it doesn't look quite so Clean and Simple as intended...oh well!

I replaced the scallop at the bottom of the sketch with the die-cut letters "Dad." I used hemp for a bow and kraft paper for the background.
Now that my sewing machine is sitting on the craft table, I ought to tackle one of my unfinished quilting projects...maybe in time for Father's Day?


  1. Very unique heart—love the patchwork look! So glad you played RetroSketches this week!

  2. Wow! I can't believe that's paper and not fabric, it totally looks like fabric!!! This card is fantastic, Caroline. Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  3. Caroline - this is great! I'm so glad you were inspired to do some paper quilting. I totally agree, it's SO much easier than with fabric and you don't have to be so precise (which is what keeps me from quilting with fabric). This card is great! Thanks so much for sharing it with me!

  4. the pieced together heart....great take on the challenges....I love that you got your inspiration from that gorgeous wall hanging!!

  5. Your quilted heart is the papers the stitching ...what a beautiful inspiration in your quilt(and what wonderful friends to have made you such a treasure!!). Just love how you put it all together and with the colors and patterns made beauty handsome, too:)!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at CAS-ual Fridays this week:)!!

  6. Great card Liner. Great way to use up scraps!!

  7. So cool! I love how you took inspiration from your friend's wall hangings - brilliant patchwork!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays - we're so glad you did!!

  8. This is really unusual. I love it. Love Dawn x


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