Thursday 11 April 2024

Living in a Material World!


Not quite what Madonna had in mind when she penned Material Girl perhaps, but perfect for a good friend of mine who likes to sew!   

Perfect for Challenge #261 at Time Out Challenges as well because this fortnight we have an Inspired By Words Challenge with this little quote which will no doubt appeal to anyone who loves shopping for new stash!

"I'm a romantic!  I live for long, dreamy walks down the craft aisle"!

Definitely guilty here - I sometimes think my love of card making comes a close second to my real hobby of buying new dies, stamps and interesting papers!  

An Inspired By Words challenge works exactly as you would expect - you take the words from the featured quote and use them to inspire your creation!   You can use one word, multiple words or just the general idea of the quote.  For example you could choose the word "romantic" or the phrase "down the aisle" and make a wedding card!  Please explain how you were inspired - especially if it isn't obvious!

 This fortnight we are generously being sponsored by Doodle Bugs and they are offering our Top Pick as chosen by the design team a very generous $25 store credit and our Top Pick will also be invited to Guest Design with us in a future challenge.  

Speaking of guest designers, we're joined this challenge by the very talented Milla of Mustesormi as our guest!  Be sure to check out her gorgeous interpretation of our quote as well as the rest of the team on the Time Out Blog!

How do these words inspire you and where do they lead your imagination?  We hope you can take Time Out of your busy schedule to come play cards with us! 

Naturally, my penchant for shopping for stash inspired me to create a birthday card for a good friend of mine who also likes to go shopping for stash - although her addiction is to fabric and wool!  

These dies are all Gummiapan - most of the elements were cut multiple times, snipped apart and stacked up to create dimension.  I cut the table and shelf from Kraft card stock and added gilding wax - there were 4 layers to the table!  I cut the sewing machine from black and added gilding wax so that it resembled my mum's old black and gold Singer machine.  The bolts of fabric were cut from Kraft and again from snippets of patterned paper (I just snipped away the end bits of the patterned papers and overlaid them onto the Kraft).  "FABRIC" was cut from Kraft and then again from one of the patterned papers I used for the bolts of fabric.  The die I used for the floor boards doesn't cut through - you can snip it away easily enough, but I thought it was enough detail to ground the scene and I preferred to leave the whole background white. 

After assembling my elements and creating a little scene I was at a loss for something to say - I know, not like me at all!   So I went through all my sentiment stamps to find something (other than a plain boring "Happy Birthday") that might work.  I was about to go with "Make Today Great" when I spotted this sentiment from the Verve Cupcake set - the set includes a bunch of sayings that can be used with the word Cupcakes (or it's related sets Coffee and Chocolate) and I realised all I needed to do was spell out fabric and it would be perfect!  

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight vision, I should have placed the "FABRIC" on the floorboards - the top half is way too crowded!  

I'd like to enter the following Challenges
NBUS Challenge #61 -  NBUS Gummiapan dies - Sewing Machine, Sewing Accessories, Slim Table, Hanging Shelf;
Snippets Challenge #477 - Snippets of patterned papers used for the fabric bolts;
Fab'n'Funky Challenge 593 - Add a Sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. What an absolutely BRILLIANT card for your friend who loves sewing. I can think of a couple of people in my own life that would love this beautiful card. All those tiny snippets painstakingly made in multiple layers to make up the scene, I am in awe of your talent and patience! The sentiment is perfect just as it is.

    Thanks for entering a piece of homework to the Snippets Playground. See you up in the treehouse later. xxx

  2. Wow, your card is brillant and stunning and it looks so real!!! Great work!!!

  3. Love this card Kate, this would be perfect for a friend of mine who teaches people to sew.
    Liz xx

  4. Crumbs Kate! You really have created a fabulous card here! So much care, thought and work into a perfect result. LOVE the theme, the little rolls of 'fabric' - absolutely everything! Well done on a real corker of a card. Your friend will be totally thrilled to pieces. And, Sarn has commented just what I was going to say - the sentiment is perfect where and as it is!


    Di xxx

  5. This is outstanding! The elements look real!!! If I received this card I would frame and hang it in my craft room forever!!!!!

  6. This is beautiful Kate I love the sentiment behind the making of this wonderful creation for your friend I love it all right down to the rolls of fabric a brilliant card
    lolo x

  7. Oh you are beyond creative, Kate! Love your post title and the wonderful scene you created with so many great details! The perfect card for your friend who sews!

  8. This card is absolutely spectacular, Kate. Each of your wonderful elements is so special. The fabric bolts and hanging scissor! Where on earth did you get them? Your sentiment too! I so love this awesome make for our challenge!

    1. that was me, Kate. I was commenting from my phone and it comes out as anonymous. I so LOVE your card.

  9. I love how you set up the sewing room, Kate, and the machine is like one I learned to sew on years ago. All the details are so perfect right down to the scissors and the bolts of 'fabric'. I too struggle with sentiments so I sometimes leave a card without. The one you used worked beautifully.

  10. These dies are super cute and I love all the attention to detail here! Such beautiful patterns too. xxx

  11. I'm a sewer and I LOVE this card. So much work has gone into it, and I think the Fabric is perfect where it is. Well done on your gold star from the playground.

  12. Wow!! this is simply a great card, Kate. You have created a beautiful scene here.. It reminds me of my Mother-in-law's sewing room. She love sewing so much and the sentiment you have mentioned is also her mantra to keep herself sane. I really love this card.. you are so creative, Kate. Hugsxx

  13. Don't change a thing about this card, because it's amazing! LOVE!

  14. What an amazing creation Kate! I love all the wonderful details you've included to make this gorgeous little scene inside the sewing room. So special. x

  15. This is fantastic, Kate! Love these dies and what a fun scene you made here, just wonderful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  16. Fabulous card with the perfect sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K x


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