Monday, June 23, 2008

Paper-piecing Fun

I love paper piecing, and I'd already saved the tiniest scraps of Basic Grey paper with this card in mind. What I didn't realize, however, was how large my focal point image was going to end up. There was no room for a sentiment without covering something up. That's when I had the idea of doing something with vellum, my Word Window punch, and a couple of Bitty Brads that I was certain wouldn't distract from the design. I stamped the sentiment with ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. It "fit" just right in just the right spot. What the camera didn't do justice are the "Stickled" glittery flower centers.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Cocoa, and Cranberry cardstock; Basic Grey "Infuse" 6x6-inch paper pad; Cocoa, Hollyhock, Blush, Cranberry, and Olive ink pads; Verve Visual Floral Whimsy and Impression Obsession Sentiments II stamp sets; Vellum; Stardust Stickles; Clear embossing powder; Embossing tool; Antiqued Copper Bitty Brads; Stampin' Up Word Window Punch; Sponge dauber.

So, it's been a good day. Like I said they would be, Bjorn and Mathias are here tonight with lots of stories to tell about their new daycare. Although it appeared that they had a good day, too, we could tell that they have some adjustments to make - a new routine, new rules, new kids, etc. I remember enough about being a kid to know that new places are sometimes kind of scary. Heck, I probably thought they were scary until I was well into my 40s and finally became comfortable in my own skin. Back to daycare, I'm told the turtle is awesome.

We played outside for a while this evening. Actually, the boys drove their Gator around while Grandpa offered guidance, and Grandma laid flat on her back in the grass and thought about how good life is right now. I'll think about it until I fall asleep, which is going to be soon. I took a little time off today to run uptown and order flowers for my daughter-in-law-to-be, so I'm starting the week with a little time to make up. It was worth it. She loved them.

While I think I've really overused the word "good" in the last two posts, I hope your day was good, too, and that tomorrow is even better. I'll talk to you again then.


Jeanne said...

The card is terrific! The paper piecing is a neat idea and one I don't think of often enough. I sure wish I could find a punch like that word window one somewhere other than SU (that 10% on shipping just bugs the heck outta me). It's a great solution to your sentiment placement dilemma.

Life is great in the Carlson household and I couldn't be happier for you all!

Sylvia said...

Love the card. When I finally get to my craft area later today I am going to use your card as inspiration. I haven't stampped in so long hope I remember how. LOL

Kariberry said...

What an adorable card. I passed up that stamp set. I think i need to rethink it. Love the PP

Lori said...

Super cute...I love this card! :-)