Thursday, August 23, 2012

Paper Piercing or is that Piecing?

I consider myself to be a good reader.  I've always loved reading, but I do less of it now that I am stamping so much!  Perhaps that is why I almost committed a major faux pas this week as I considered my entry in the Paper Player's challenge this week.  I thought the challenge was to include paper piercing.  As I perused the samples created by the Design Team, I kept wondering where the paper piercing was, but I assumed it was too small a detail for the cameras to pick up.  It wasn't until I went to one of my favourite Design Team Member's web site that I realized my reading error!  It wasn't paper piercing that was required for this challenge, it was paper piecing!  Quite a difference! 

I was thankful that I hadn't had time to create and post an entry, because I would have been really embarrassed!

Now, looking at the samples, everything made sense.  The Design Team used Designer Series Paper to fill in open stamps!  I'd never tried that technique before, but it looked like fun.  I don't have many open stamps because I don't particularly enjoy colouring them in, but I dug down and found an old favourite, Fabulous Florets, which would suit this challenge to a T!  Here's what I did:


You can see how I used DSP from the Fan Fair collection to fill in those florets.  I stamped the flowers three times each, once on Very Vanilla card stock, and once each on the two different pink DSPs.  I fussy cut each petal separately and alternated the 2 patterns on each card. 

The background was made to satisfy the requirements for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #141:  a sketch by Margaret Moody.  I cut 1" x 4" pieces from 2 Fan Fair patterns and 1 from Comfort Cafe series DSP (Design Series Paper), as well as one from the Natural Composition Specialty card stock.
The card base is Early Espresso card stock and the next panel is Crumb Cake.  The background leaf image is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.

The embellishment is one of the bronze buttons that I love so much, found in the Holiday Mini.

Here's the two challenges:
I considered adding some paper piercing, too, just to be on the safe side, but time was short today and I didn't want to take away from the paper piecing.

Here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Fabulous Florets (w123025; c123027); Teeny Tiny Wishes (w115370; c127802)
Paper: Fan Fair DSP (126918); Comfort Cafe DSP (126898); Natural Composition Specialty paper (126917); Early Espresso ( 119686), Crumb Cake (120953) and Very Vanilla (101650) card stock
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pad in Early Espresso (126974)
Accessories: Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons (127833)


  1. hahaha, remember when I had to write that paper for biology about a french fry travelling through the digestive system and I misread it and wrote about a french fly? I thought it was a really random assignment. I mean, why did the nationality of the fly matter? I just made sure it said "honh honh honh, mais oui," once in awhile.

    1. Hahaha! Yes, I DO remember that, Kris! So funny when you found out the real assignment!

  2. Oh my gosh...I spewed pop on my computer screen! I don't usually read other comments, but this time something caused me to do must have been fate! I caught the word "biology" and being a former biology teacher, my curiosity was piqued. What a hoot! I would have given Kris points for creativity with having the fly say "honh honh honh, mais oui," once in awhile. Whew! On to the card...What a fabulous job paper piecing! The colors work so well together...and I love the use of the Natural Composition music note paper! Just an all-around beautiful card! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

    1. Kris is my daughter and the family clown! She always has the same pop-spewing effect on me, Ann. Thanks for your comments!

  3. What a difference that single letter makes, right? Lol! You weren't the only one that had a wee (or is that OUI?) bit of confusion over the piercing vs. piecing detail. I am seriously cracking up about your friend's "french fly" comment above. That is TOO funny! Your card is beautiful and I love the added textures from the dsp and that note paper. Very pretty! Thank you very much for playing along with my challenge this week at the Paper Players! :)

  4. Thanks for your comments, Anne Marie, and for stretching me with that challenge. I actually really love this technique now. My daughter, Kris, was the witty essay writer, and she always cracks me up with her remarks!


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