Category Archives: Paper Piecing

You Lift Me Up



Hi there.  Thanks for checking in.  I have 3 cards to share today, and the first one will be entered into the Heart2Heart challenge for their Two Faced challenge.  The requirement is to use both sides of a patterned paper.You Lift Me UpThe hot air balloon, from the new CTMH Give a Lift stamp set, was paper pieced using patterned paper from the Balloon Ride paper pack.  The flowers were coloured with Copics.  Those took me a few delicate moments to cut out, but it was well worth the effort!  I added a scalloped border to the blue background, and the shimmer tape to finish it off.

The next card was made with a stamp set that I really like, but have never found occasion to use.  It’s such a shame when that happens!Sweet LifeThe chicken wire background was stamped directly onto the card surface.  I then stamped, coloured and cut out the apple tree branches and fiddled with them until I liked the placement.

And last but not least…Horses

I saw this style of card in an old paper crafting magazine and thought I’d give it a go.  I played up the country theme of the Jubilee patterned paper with the horse image from the Country Born stamp set.  The lovely little gift tag sentiment is from the Made From Scratch stamp set.

So that’s it from my little basement studio this week.  I will be back soon with more paper crafting fun.  Have a great week!



Autumn Splendour


Hello all my long lost blog friends!  Welcome, and thanks for stopping in.  Can you believe we are at the end of September?  This is my favourite time of year.  I love everything about it – the colours of the changing landscape, the bounty of the harvest, the still warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights – a feast for the senses, and so much to be grateful for.  So, in honour of this delightful season I have some autumn cards to share with you.Autumn PosterThis was my first attempt at the ever so popular chalk board technique.  The Poster Tidings stamp set from Close To My Heart is perfect for this.  I also used the Count Your Blessings stamp set to embellish the card with a few tokens of autumn.Apple ThanksThis thank you card was inspired by someone who helped me out at work.  When I jokingly offered to send them some chocolate for doing such a great job, they responded that they were trying to eat healthy, and would prefer a bag of apples!Remarkable WreathNext up is a simple card using CTMH’s Remarkable Wreath, Swirls Around, and Always Grateful stamp sets.  The patterned papers are from the CTMH Huntington paper pack.Happiness Is HomemadeI finally broke down this summer, and bought a pack of vellum.  I know, I know… what have I been waiting for?  I have seen so many beautiful projects using vellum, but I’ve just never gotten around to buying any.  Here, I kept it simple with a strip down the middle of this country style card (don’t worry, I do plan to get fancier with it down the road!).BlessingsThis card is a mash up of all sorts of things – scraps of paper, die cuts, feathers, buttons, stitching – but it reminds me how lucky I am to have all these things at my disposal when I feel the urge to create.Bountiful SeasonAnd finally, a card I created for a card party I ran last weekend.  This was really fun, because we used Perfect Pearls to help create a background.  If you look at the top of the card, you can just make out some shimmery writing.  This was stamped on with Versamark ink, and the Perfect Pearls were spread over it with a paint brush.  The PPs stick to the Versamark and create a gorgeous shimmery background.  I learned this technique from the uber-talented Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink.  It’s my new favourite technique, and I think it will make some beautiful Christmas cards this year.

So, as you can see, I have been busy in the craft cave.  I’ve got a few other creations to share, but I’ll save those for another day.  Have a great week, and happy crafting!



Summertime Fun


Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted last.  The biggest reason being, I started a full-time job about a month and a half ago. Needless to say, that along with two kids keeps me busy, busy, busy!  But we went away to a nice, little cottage on a lake in Quebec this weekend, for one last bit of summertime fun, and I managed to squeeze in some crafting time – yeah!

This is the last of four cards I made, but I will share it first, as it is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge this week.  LanternsThe challenge theme is bunting/pennants.  I guess the lanterns aren’t really pennants but I thought it was a fun twist on the theme, and it reminds me of summertime and camping.  The stamp set is the Close To My Heart November Stamp of the Month – Illuminate.

The second card is one I made for the owners of the cottage.  A little thank you note to let them know we had a great time swimming, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and just hanging out.  You can just see the lake in the background.  A lovely view to craft by!Thank You CardNext up is a beach inspired card, made with the CTMH Bright Sunshiny Day stamp set.  What is more summery than a beach, children building sandcastles, and frolicking in the water?


And finally, the cherry on top…. an ice cream sundae card!SundaeSo, as you can see, it was a fun afternoon yesterday, crafting from my shady spot while watching the kids play in the water.  Moments to cherish!  I hope you all had a fabulous Labour Day weekend, and took some time to relax, and enjoy family and friends.  Have a great week!


Out of a Mad Hatters Tea Party Challenge


Hello, friends!  My post today is an RSVP to the Out of a Hat Creations Mad Hatters Tea Party Challenge.  They are having a cyber tea party to welcome in the New Year, and the challenge is to make a card or project in response to their invitation.I'm very fond of tea.

This is a very bizarre card for me.  Because it is a Mad Hatters tea party, I was inspired to create something abstract, but this does not feel intuitive to me.  One of my goals this year is to learn more about distressing and altered art projects.  So I guess this was a small step towards that goal.Alice

I started out with an image of Alice swimming in her own tears and imported it into GIMP photo editing software.  I then took a teacup image from the My Time Made Easy A Spot of Tea digital stamp set and edited the two images together.  Alice surely does like her tea!AliceAfter distressing the card stock with sandpaper, the edges were inked, and images stamped all over.  I tried to use things that are in reference to the book or to add to the distressed look.

That’s pretty much it from me today.  Hope you’re having a terrific weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kissing Gnomes


Good day all.  Today is the start of the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge #77.  Here are the challenge colours…MTMEPPC77Love is in the air again for me this week!  This card showcases these cute kissing gnomes from the First Kiss digital stamp set.kissing gnomesI printed them onto ivory cardstock for the main image and then again onto kraft, and two MTME patterned papers.  This allowed me to paper piece the gnomes’ clothing.  All the patterned papers on this card are from the MTME digital paper collection.Kissing gnomes

Pretty Palette Details:

You can use the palette on ANY type of project!

While participation with products from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is appreciated, it is not required to participate. You can use products from ANY company.

Every other week we will pick a winner from the palette participants, and announce them the following week, when the next Pretty Palette Challenge is announced.

This month’s contest began Thursday, November 29th. Contest ends Wednesday, January 23rd. Winner announced Thursday, January 24th.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Whoever plays along  in Palette Challenges #76, 77, 78, and 79, will be entered to win a Pretty Package of THEIR Choice!  For more inspiration check out what the design team did using these colours.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Have a lovely day everyone and happy crafting!

Oriental Influences


Good Sunday afternoon!  First off, I’d like to announce that I’ve been selected as the Top Chick of the Top Ten over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog for the month of August!  This means I get to be a guest designer for the month of October!  Woohoo!  I’m very excited about this and can’t wait to get started.  Should be a fun October.

Speaking of fun, the Out of a Hat gals are hosting an Oriental Influences challenge this week.  They have some really great projects showcased on their site so check it out if you have a few moments. It’s been a busy weekend but I managed to squeeze in some cardmaking time to come up with this…

I ended up using the So Fortunate digital stamp set from My Time Made Easy.  It has some really nice oriental images including this cherry blossom branch, as well as, the symbols for love, happiness and good fortune – perfect for my card!I printed 2 sets of the cherry blossoms out and coloured them in with Copic markers.  I then painstakingly cut out the whole branch from one copy and just the flowers from the second copy.  I curled up the petals of the flowers and glued them to the branch image to get a dimensional look.  A gem was added to the centre of each blossom for a bit of sparkle.I printed the Oriental characters onto a piece of red card stock, and glued the cherry blossom branch beside it.  And what would this card be without a touch of gold?  I would have loved to add some gold embossing but don’t own any gold embossing powder yet (it’s on my list of things to get, as Christmas is right around the corner), so I added the gold ribbon to the bottom instead.

That’s it from me today.  Have a great week and I’ll be back soon with another creation of some sort.  Until then happy crafting!

Tea Tag Time Challenge


Hi friends.  Today I am entering this tea time tag into the Out of a Hat Challenge.  The theme this week is Time, and since I am a die-hard tea drinker I thought it would be fun to combine the two.

I used the new CTMH La Belle Vie Paper for this project.  It is so feminine and pretty, and makes a great invite to tea.  Here is a picture with the tag pulled out of the sleeve.

    The sleeve and tag tops are cut to look like gears which I thought fit the time/clock theme well.

I started off by stamping the sentiment at the top of the tag so it would show when it was tucked into the sleeve.  I also stamped the floral swirl at the bottom to balance it out.  Next, I created my own background by stamping little Baby Pink flowers all over, and adding a bit of clear sparkle gel pen to the middles.  The stacked tea cups are from a Gina K stamp set which I’ve had for quite some time.  I paper pieced them, and popped them up with foam dimensionals.  Finally, I added the ribbon to the top and tucked a rose into it.

Both the tag and sleeve, as well as the clock pieces, were cut using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  I stamped a couple of different images onto the clock face with Baby Pink and Bamboo ink to get a shabby chic look.  I then added tiny clear gems around the  outside at each hour.  The body of the clock was stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black with one of the Universal Backgrounds stamps.  A dot of clear glitter gel pen was added to the center of each little flower to match the flowers on the tag, and I added a silver ribbon around the middle for extra sparkle.

That’s all for now.  All this talk of tea has me craving one so I’m off to boil the kettle!  Happy crafting!

Incredible You


Hello and thanks for stopping by!  Yesterday I made this card which was inspired by the Paper Crafter’s Library Makeover Monday Challenge.

I started off by choosing a floral background DP from Gina K Designs.  This is from the Parisian Garden Collection.  So feminine and pretty.  I paired it with Moonlit Fog and Cotton Candy card stock.  The floral background was distressed by sponging on Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I just added enough to get a bit of a yellowed look on some of the lighter flowers.

The woman is stamped in Grey Wool and Amethyst ink and is from the CTMH Fashionista stamp set.  This is a great set for the girls in your life who love fashion and shopping.  The flower in her hair was cut out of a scrap of patterned paper from my scrap paper stash.

I stamped the sentiment using Blush ink and then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder.  The words in the sentiment are from 2 different stamp sets – Pure Adventure and Fashionista.

After assembling the different layers of the card I popped up the fashionista on top of everything using foam dimensionals.  Voila!  Une belle carte pour une belle jeune fille!

Hope you have a great day everyone.  Happy crafting!

Sew Grateful For You


Hi friends.  I’d like to share another feminine card with you today.  I will be giving this one to my mom-in-law.  She is an incredible lady who is always doing things for others.  She is also a bit crafty – quilting, sewing, baking and crocheting – so I thought she might like something along those lines.

The colours (red, pumpkin and espresso) are based on the MTME Pretty Palette Challenge this week.  The CTMH Stella paper pack has all those colours (plus more) and this great background sewing pattern paper that I used as my jumping off point.

The focal image consists of two tags which were cut out using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The first tag was stamped and paper pieced with Gina K’s Celebrate In Style stamp set.  The second tag was stamped with the sentiment, which I pieced together with the Say It In Style stamp set, and a flourish from Love Life.  And because the card has a sewing theme, I just had to add the faux stitching around the outer edges of both tags!

I wanted to put a ribbon or something across the card under the tags and I came across a button border embossing folder in my stash.  Perfect!  I dry embossed the buttons onto Cocoa card stock and matted it onto Sunset card stock.   Finally, I added the vintage looking button and tied the tags to it using hemp twine.  C’est tout!  A card fit for a crafty lady.

Have a wonderful day everyone and happy crafting!

Thinking Of You


Good day all. Yesterday, I found out an acquaintance of mine is going through a family trauma.  Her husband is going in for bypass surgery, quite unexpectedly, so I decided I wanted to make her a card to let her know they are in my thoughts through this tough time.  I will probably bake her some treats and slip in a coffee card to keep her fueled during the long wait through the operation.

The kraft, red and yellow colour combo was inspired from MTME’s Pretty Palette Sketch this week.  I chose the patterned paper and red CS from the Gina K Designs Red Carpet paper pack.  I really had fun making this card and stayed up waaaaaay too late last night!  But it was worth it because I love the results.

The daisies are from CTMH’s Enjoy Every Moment (hmmm… Freudian slip?) stamp set (retired).  They were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Gina K’s Pure Luxury Ivory 120lb CS (fab for colouring with Copics) and then coloured with… you guessed it, Copic markers!  Next I stamped the daisies onto the patterned paper and cut some of them out.  They were popped up with foam dimensionals to add a 3D look and to glam them up a bit I added the Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel to the centres.  I love the look.  It gives the daisies texture and sparkle.

These are the Copic colours I used.  Don’t ask me how long it took to stack the markers up like that.  The things I do to try and get a photo!

Anyway, last but not least, the sentiment banner.  I cut out the layers using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, stamped the sentiment in Desert Sand ink and mounted it using foam dimensionals.  The sentiment is from one of Gina K’s stamp sets.  I guess it was a Gina K kind of night last night!

I added the rhinestones (coloured with the Sepia Copic) and Kraft Color-Ready Border as a ribbon-style accent.  These borders are great because they have their own adhesive on the back and come in a whole whack of different patterns.

That’s all from me today folks.  I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful for someone you care about.  I now need to go make a strong cuppa to help me make it through the afternoon!  Happy crafting!