Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fabric Inspiration

I've been meaning to post these pictures for a while now. During our Mother's Day weekend in Portland, I finally got the chance to visit Fabric Depot. I've wanted to do that for quite some time now, and used Mother's Day to twist my husband's arm! Here are some shots I took with my phone of the warehouse...1.5 miles of fabric! (Please excuse the fuzzy photos, I think my hand was trembling with excitement!)

This is a fabric lover's paradise! All kinds of fabric, from many different designers. I love the Heather Bailey fabric! So bright, cheery, and a little funky:

Michael Miller is another favorite. Love the floral prints:

Now, I have to say, I don't sew much. Not much at all. My sewing machine sees action maybe three of four times a year, tops. But I LOVE fabric. Love it. I always dread stepping up to the cutting counter and hearing the inevitable question, "What are you making?" I always say, "Oh, is that what I'm suppose to do with this, make something? I can't just collect it?" So, of course, I couldn't resist making a purchase while I was there, and I especially love this Amy Butler fabric that had to come home with me:

And I was feeling inspired enough to make a card, using my fabric as a guideline for my colors and patterns:

This is a different card; no layers, no embellishments. It's just simple, but pretty. I stamped my floral pattern in Fresh Snow pigment ink, adding some Spring Moss leaves, just like the fabric. For the flowers I stamped the single sweet pea image from Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas in white ink and colored them in with my Copics. I wanted a light, sheer look. The leaves show through a bit, but I don't mind it at all. I like the airy look it gives:

I am going to look back at my fabric photos for some more card inspiration soon. And who knows, I might just actually sew something with the great fabric I bought!

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas (PTI)
Paper: Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Spring Moss, True Black (PTI)
Other: Aqua Mist Copic Color Collection (PTI), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)


Amy said...

Ok, I don't sew at all but I still love walking through the fabric dept and eyeing all those beautiful patterns! Love how the leaves kinda peek through the flowers!

Ann said...

I love cards that are just stamped and your project is gorgeous! I really like the fresh snow leaves showing through too. I'm definitely going to try that.

Oh and I wish we had a fabric warehouse here in the UK - it certainly looks like heaven to me!

Diane Jaquay said...

Oooooh, aaaaah, fabric... lol!

Excellent card Jennifer, I adore fabric as much as I do patterned paper!!

Kathy Martin said...

NEATO card! Love the way you used that fabric as inspiration! :)

Jenn Copeland said...

I love it! You are so inspirational!

lynn said...

very pretty, jennifer!-that store would be a fabric junky's dream:)

jan said...

Great post! Happy 17! Love fabric too! Really like how you used the fabric for your inspiration, your card is really nice!

SueB said...

just simple, eh!? simply gorgeous! thanx for the inspiration!

IamDerby said...

I hate to sew but I sure do love fabric! Looks like a fun place to visit! Your card is gorgeous, what a great way to use that set. Nicely done! PS happy anniversary!

Babies- Beth said...

1??!? Just one?!!?? I can't imagine seeing all of tha fabric in one place, and buying just one piece!


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