Sunday 15 January 2023

Paper piecing once again!

OK, who opened the rain floodgates? Non-stop rain here for what seems like weeks and no end in sight. I know that the UK isn't the only country suffering - all I can advise is to move your snippets upstairs ...... out of harm's way - and keep life jackets close beside you. It would be funny, if it wasn't so serious for a lot of people!

My post for the picks and winner of Challenge # 444 can be found HERE in the Playground.

Meanwhile, I made a snippets card to give us some hope of Spring and Summer to come:

And these were my snippets:

This was a second try at stamping onto patterned paper - I lost the first stamped images on different papers by placing my trust purely in the Misti bar magnet. Then, when I went to stamp again due to a first weak stamping - wham! The wretched paper moved and I ended with a blurred stamped flower image. Lesson there is only trust a corner and the magnet(s) - not just one side and the magnet bar. So, I raced ahead and promptly forgot to take a piccie of my newly chosen snippets - until they'd been stamped on. BTW, when stamping a sentiment which will be trimmed I always stamp at least one spare in case of any 'cutting wobbles'. ☺

I used:

- 5.25" x 4" white card blank, tent fold

- stamped the flower image onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a NBUS stamp set by Woodware, called 'Bold Blooms - Vivian'

- to add the leaves to the flower image I used a piece of acetate over the stamped flower to position the two leaf stamps and stamped onto the acetate first - got it right first time - then removed the acetate, leaving the flower panel in place, re-inked the stamps and stamped onto the stem of the flower

- stamped the sentiment from the same set onto a snippet of white card

- next I botched stamped the flower head and the leaves onto snippets of patterned paper (found in the back of a Honey Bee paper pad called 'Team Tie Dye' - one of my favourite paper pads)

- fussy cut the flower bloom and the leaves using small Fiskars embroidery scissors, which are kept purely for paper

- ran the side of the brush end of a black Tombow marker around all the edges patterned fussy cut edges then glued them onto the main image using a Zig glue pen

- trimmed the image to size and mounted it onto a snippet  piece of black card to give a narrow border

- glued the image panel onto the front of the card

- covered the sentiment with a piece of clear adhesive film before trimming away the edges to leave a shiny sentiment strip - much easier than faffing around doing clear embossing when it's only one small item and it really shines beautifully in real life

 - added the sentiment strip to the card front using very narrow foam strips to raise it for some dimension

- final touch, three Memory Box clear self-adhesive 'Fairy Drops'

At one point I almost gave up on this card, especially when the Misti also played up - my fault entirely - glad I soldiered on though.

I have another card to make shortly, and in fact bought the clear adhesive film for that (if my idea works) but it's absolutely super for adding a glossy look to sentiments - yay, hopefully a double win situation!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #46 - the stamp set was having a first outing, also the clear self adhesive film

Allsorts Challenge #711 - the theme is 'A/G with the option of Winter Blues' - I chose anything goes  

We Love Stamping - the theme is 'Favourite Colours' and I adore pink and cream together

Dudley Pupdate - nothing much to report, with the wet and gloomy weather he's not keen on venturing too far. He did meet a friend's new Corgi puppy during the week - but I can't see Arnie being replaced as his 'Bestie' anytime soon! If ever.

Just before bedtime, he always has one of his favourite 'calcium bone wrapped in dried 'chicken' treats'. This evening, Saturday, Len was in bed watching a film and I was across the landing just catching up on some internet browsing and beginning to close down for the night. All of a sudden, I glanced down at Dudley and saw a very cross little face glaring right back at me. He's so sweet and loving that it's a really rare occurrence for him to be upset with us - then we realised - he hadn't had his evening treat! Treat given and all is well again! Little monkey!



  1. It's a really pretty creation Di and we both know who else would totally appreciate the paper piecing, never fail to do it without her coming to mind.

    B x

  2. Beautiful paper pieced card Di! xx

  3. Me again Di, so ride of me to totally forget to thank you for joining us at Allsorts and We Love Stamping with our delightful floral card.

    B x

  4. Super duper paper piecing to make this gorgeous card. Love it.

    Thank goodness Dudley forgave you after he got the requisite treat!!!! Xxx

  5. A beautiful card Di - I am so glad you persevered.
    We have finally had three day's of sunshine since our last rain... and it's supposed to be summer here!!

  6. Fun bright card Di. Some stamps are soooo sticky the magnets just don’t cut it, and like you I try and use the corner most times. I also often stamp spare sentiments, so often they go wrong, or are useful for another project. You can’t get away with anything with Dudley! Xxx

  7. Wow!! You paper-pieced flower is a true beauty!! LOVE this card so much! It's a great inspiration, thanks for sharing and for the advices. The magnets don't block little snippets enough, so I will try with to add a removable adesive under the snippets for double sure.
    Thanks so much also for joining us at We Love Stamping!
    Poor Dudley, lucky for him you remembered his treat :D

  8. Brilliant paper piecing here and some helpful advice on Misti and magnets along the way. A jolly handy gadget but not without its problems occasionally if not used with extreme care.

  9. A beautiful card Di and I love the stamp you've used (another stamp for my wish list!).
    Kath x

  10. A lovely CAS design. Many thanks for sharing at Allsorts challenge this week.

  11. I really like this Di...a real standout piece adn your paper piecing is spot on! Love it! xx

  12. Such a beautiful card Di, the gorgeous stamp suit paper piecing so well.
    I have to say that I'm glad we live in an Area not known for flooding, but my heart goes out to all of those people who are water watching at the moment.

    Sue xx

  13. This is a lovely image and a perfect one to paper piece, and it looks so pretty Di mounted on the black with the added white on black sentiment strip, and with the three sweet little clear little gems, like little dew drops..a beautiful card! They say elephants never forget, but I think you can include dogs in that saying too, especially one called Dudley who thought he wasn't going to get his bedtime x

  14. Wow Di your card is stunning l like a bit of paper piecing you do it so perfectly enjoy your day x

  15. A gorgeous bit of paper piecing. A glorious stamp and my favourite colour combo, pink and green. Looks like we are in for a few dry days Di....fingers crossed xx

  16. Such a beautiful CAS design and the paper you used for paper piecing looks fabulous! Hope your weather improves soon!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge!

  17. Oh I love this card Di and it's SO inspiring! It was you that got me shopping for a similar paper pad and I would never have thought to use it for paper piecing. It's particularly effective with this large bloom and I can definitely feel a CASE coming on!
    Much amused at Dudley's cross face. Sounds like the Paddington Bear Stare - Eva has perfected this and brings it out if I am so much as 5 minutes late for tea!! Hugs, Vicky xx

  18. This card certainly does herald the hope of spring to come, Di! It is bold and colorful and just altogether beautiful! Another cloudy, rainy day here, too, so I welcome the warmth! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  19. Your card is stunning, Di. I love the paper piecing, shame about your magnet slipping ruining your first attempt. The stamp is a really lovely design. xx

  20. Great snippets and paper piecing. The design is lovely. I've fallen foul of not using the corner as well, but I should know better as I went to a workshop where the designer of the MISTI taught and she said "always use the corner!". I've got some glitter film in narrow sheets and was at a loss what to do with them - just had a couple of ideas now - thanks for the inspiration. Also, finally, thanks for taking part at Allsorts challenge.

  21. That is a beautifully paper-pieced flower, and a technique I haven't done in ages! How aggravating is it when those magnets don't cooperate like you expect them to! Oh well, it turned out beautiful anyway, and I can almost see Dudley's eyes staring you down! LOL Too cute!

  22. I love this so very beautiful card Di, a lovely image.

  23. An awesome creation Di. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us over on We Love Stamping.

  24. Absolutely love this image Di, and it looks really beautiful stamped onto the paper snippets. love the tip about the shiny adhesive tape over the sentiments - I'd love to know exactly what product you used for that? I also love your comment about stamping "extra" sentiments ... I actually find Iccan't stamp sentiments onto small snippets as I can't then get purchase on them to cut down to the exact size in my paper trimmer .. so I have to save my small snippets for small die cut shapes and things like that!

  25. Love this card and the stamp. Note to self “I do not need any more stuff”!


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