Monday, 6 July 2009

Bits and pieces...

Paper piecing is not something I do very often but it is a fun technique! It's also the challenge for week two of the CHF Summer Stamping Star contest so I thought I'd show you a recent paper pieced card. Of course, the patterned paper phobia struck again and I basically created my own!

In my head paper piecing goes hand in hand with the Clean and Simple look for some reason, so it's a CAS card today...

I stamped the tree top twice on green paper from the Scrapblock pack then cut out three of the clusters and pressed them onto the Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock. I left tabs on the base of the two higher pieces when I cut them out and cut corresponding slots in the base tree so the tops of the patterned piece are free of the base for a bit of dimension. The trunk was cut separately from a piece of brown cardstock and stamped with the Wood Grain backgrounder.

I used my home made stamp positioner (a handful of Lego bricks made into a right angle and a piece of clear card sheet) to split the sentiment over two lines to suit the shape of the card better.

Summer Trees (Kim Hughes Collection)
Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock
Woodgrain backgrounder
Friend Centers (Mona Lisa Moments line)

Scrapblock Layers (CHF)
Smooth white
Scrap of unknown brown

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (Shabby Shutters and Weathered Wood)

Stamp positioner
Craft knife
Detail scissors

If you played along, thanks for joining us in week one of the contest - we've had some wonderful coloured creations! Hope to see you again this week (check out the details by clicking on the Will It Be You logo over on the right if you'd like them).

Thanks for dropping by!


cookcreateread said...

This is lovely Joanne! I love trees, and this one is really cute.

Karen said...

I really like the simplicity of this one Joanne and the sentiment is just perfect. X

sam21ski said...

Fab tree xxx

Anonymous said...

I love paper piercing and I love this modern,clean lined design.

Anonymous said...

lovely card xx jo xx

Kaz said...

Brilliant card Joanne, I love the funky feel to the tree.

Janice said...

Fab card, love the clear and simple look!

Kathy said...

Great card Joanne - the tree looks fab.
I'll let you off the patterned paper if you let me off the stamping ;)

Mary G. said...

Fabulous card!!! Love the simplicity of it, but that tree is just...WOW!

Susan said...

thanks for sharing your card, Joanne! Before I read about your pp dilemna, I never had thought not to use pp, but now you have opened my eyes to creating my own. Thanks and I love those houndstooth leaves!

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Joyce across the Pond said...

Great card....great idea and new use for Lego!!! Used to be the bane of my life 35 years was all my sons wanted to play at 43 and 35 they 'collect' are very resourceful! Maybe you should contact Lego with a new product idea!!!LOL