Saturday 12 August 2023

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - Technique Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products. This month the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is technique challenge.

The challenge for us this month is to use our Designer Series Paper for paper piecing. I think that commonly, paper piecing is a method of colouring stamped images but I have taken the words quite literally and I have pieced pieces of paper together in the fashion of a quilt.

A while ago, when the Annual Catalogue launched, I saw a sample shared by Berdien Weideveld, one of the talented Artisan Team members, using the Paper Florist dies to make a tiled card. I squirrelled away the idea and thought that this challenge was the ideal opportunity to have a go myself. 

I have used colours
traditionally associated with the festive season combining Shaded Spruce, Real Red and Cherry Cobbler to make a cosy Christmas quilt on a card. The background is formed by alternating red and green squares of the Joy of Christmas Designer Series Paper from the up coming September to December Mini catalogue. 

The tiled group of nine squares is decorated with elements die cut using the Paper Florist dies and, for a touch of luxury, I added a few elements cut from the gorgeous Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.

I die cut a selection of elements and played around until I was happy with the rosettes I had formed before setting about cutting, arranging and sticking them all together. As always I was a bit indecisive with this part and although the process wasn't difficult, it was a bit fiddly and time consuming. So,
I think it is fair to say that I won't be mass producing these designs!

To emphasise the Distressed Gold paper I wrapped some Elegant trim around the biggest layer, which is also textured with the Time Worn Type embossing folder. And as an after thought, I added some of the gold Festive Pearls to the centre of a few of the rosettes. Don't they finish things off nicely?

For completeness I did two different versions. They are pretty similar, but they look different when colours are reversed. Here they are all laid out together looking even more like a quilt.

I hope that you are inspired by my cards today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment.


Angie McKenzie  ●  AurĂ©lie Fabre  ●  Mo Rootes 

  Leonie Stuart  ●  Tricia Butts  ●  Karen Henderson

Ann Krucek  ●  Lorraine Tierney  ●  Teri West

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Thank you for joining us today! Looking forward to seeing you next time. 

Stay safe and as always, happy crafting,

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Today's Project

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  1. Wow! Your cards are gorgeous! I think they are works of art!

    1. Lorraine, you are very kind. I really enjoyed making these.

  2. Fabulous cards Karen, they are absolutely beautiful x

    1. Thank you so much Mo. So pleased you like them.

  3. WOW What a fabulous card! It's incredible!

  4. Love, love, love your paper piecing with these fab dies and DSP, Karen!!! Love all the different combinations you were able to piece together... definitely worth all the effort and time to create these! Such a wonderful start to the holiday season... now to get these dies! x