Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mo's Challenge # 228

Clean and Simple

The theme of Mo's Challenge this week, chosen by our hostess, the talented Franz, is "Clean and Simple," so step away from those embellishments! Well, most of them anyway.  I find both extremes of card design difficult...a lot of stuff or too little always makes me nervous! I think this card is as close as I get to CAS.

  Some time ago I decided to sit down at my machine and do a bunch of sewn backgrounds using assorted scraps of leftover DP. I had so much fun, but this is the very last of the lot. Time to do it all over again!

I made the bow following Jak Heath's Double Bow tutorial. It helped that the ribbon was wired!

 Images: One of the five cute babies from "Diaper Crew" from Mo's Digital Pencil, 
Stamped sentiment from SU!

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Mounting tape, Black ink pad, Sewing machine

Papers: SU! Olive, Caribbean, Pirouette, Assorted DP (most from Basic Grey)

Embellishments: Satin ribbon

Please join us in Mo's Challenge this week for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paper-piecing with Digital Paper

People have asked how to use digital paper for piecing, so I thought I'd post a short 
written tutorial on the technique. 

I love using digital paper for paper-piecing because it can be re-sized....small for the image and
 larger for the background. Also, if you use a black and white print, you can print it in any color of the rainbow!
It's really fairly easy. I won't go into the details of the program I use, but I'll tell you the general steps.

First, print out your image on card stock in the desired size. Next, print your DP on a light weight computer paper, shrinking it to the right scale for your image and making sure the printed piece will be big enough to cover the area that will be pieced. Place it back in the printer and print your image again on top of the printed paper. All that's left to do is to color the image, carefully cut out the parts of the DP you'll be using (scissors or a very sharp craft blade will do), then glue them in place!
I sometimes use my Copics to shade the DP so that it gives the folds more depth. Just choose a color a bit darker than the DP.
I love this technique, and I think you'll be hooked, too, when you give it a try! If you have any problems, just ask, and I'll try to help.

(PS: I used Jak Heath's Double Bow tutorial to make the bow)


Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nestibilities, and Marianne corner dies

Papers: SU! Poppy, Neenah and PTI white, Digital DP

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Tiny pearl cabochons, 'Love' charm, Bead

Have fun,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mo's Challenge #227


Our hostess, Pat, wants us to make something pretty and pink using at least one of Mo's wonderful images for Mo's Challenge this week. 

I needed a card for our sweet granddaughter's upcoming second birthday, 
so it was the perfect challenge for me! I've used Mo's adorable tribute to Shirley Temple. 

Inside: "Our sweet little girl is two years old!"

Image: "Goodness" from Mo's Digital Pencil Too (sentiment included)

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Nellie Snellen rose leaf embossing rose leaf punch

Papers: SU! Mauve, Raspberry, and Greens, Neenah white, Digital DP

Embellishments, Lollipop brads, Roses from WOC

This challenge will last for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to make something using one of Mo's images and entering Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too. 

Hope you're in the pink!