Posts Tagged ‘paper piecing’

I love paper piecing.  It’s cute and saves money on buying embellishments so you can spend your money on pretty papers and ribbons!  It is also a great way to use up bits of paper scraps too. When picking out a stamp to paper piece, look for one that is more “cartoony” and is big enough to cut the different pieces.  The Imaginisce Snag ‘Em stamps in the shop, here, are great for paper piecing.  Using the paper piecing technique is also my monthly challenge on the SnS forum if you would like to join in.


coordinating patterned papers and cardstocks

paper trimmer

adhesives (one needs to be a heavy duty type to hold the seed beads if you are using them, Zip Dry Glue in the shop is a great one to use)



stamp (if using clear stamps, you’ll need your stamping block)

1 inch and 1.5 inch circle punches

coordinating ribbons

pop dots/3D foam

abc seed beads (you could also use abc sticker strips or very small stamped letters)

Other optional supplies: rhinestones, tweezers, Xacto/craft knife, corner punch, staples, other misc. decorating items

Step One:  Cutting the base of your card

I chose a black, white, and hot pink color combination for my card.  Cut the background cardstock for your card base (mine is black) 8.5 inches long and 5 inches wide.  Fold in half long-wise and flatten, perhaps using a bone folder.

Cut the patterned paper background (mine is the pink flowers) to 4.75 inches wide and 3.75 inches long.

Cut the background base for your paper piecing to lay on (mine is black corragulated) to 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches to make a square.

Optional: Corner punch the edges of your papers.  I like this look a lot.

Center and glue the patterned paper to your card base.

Step Two: Stamping your image

If there are any areas you do not want to use on your stamp, block them off.  I did not want the bird on the hippo’s head to show, so I placed a double sided mounting square over it on the stamp so it would not get inked.  Make sure you take off the mounting square before stamping or you will get a smudged ink square stamped on your paper.

Stamp the hippo stamp twice on the darker pink cardstock, once on the light pink cardstock, and once on the white cardstock.

I’m putting a little party hat on my hippo, so stamp the hat twice on the darker pink cardstock.  (These hat stamps are by Studio G.)

Step Three:  Cutting out your stamped images

Cut out around the outline of the first hippo on the darker pink cardstock.  This will be the base to glue down your paper piecing on to.  Cut out one of the party hat stamped images around the outline in the same fashion.

All of these pieces you will cut on the outline. Cut out the hippo on the light pink cardstock.  From the darker pink cardstock, cut out the circles of the ears, tail, and back hind legs from the second hippo you stamped earlier.  From the white cardstock, cut out the two teeth.  Cut out the second party hat image from the darker pink cardstock. You may want to use cutterbee scissors if you have them to make this step easier. Just a suggestion, but I keep my cut-out pieces on a strip of dark cardstock so I won’t lose them on my messy desk.

Optional step: Adding some visual interest to your hippo paper piecing

Lightly coat a dotted stamp (mine is from the Target dollar spot, so I don’t mind gunking it up too much) with white Stickles and stamp on top of the light pink hippo. You could also dot in the party hat and hippo’s eyes with black Stickles.

You could do this with Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents as well.  Other options are using a light colored designed patterned paper, but make sure your stamped image will still show.  You could also use a  dotted, textured cardstock or run it through your Cuttlebug with a texture plate.  All of these options add a subtle detail so your paper piecing won’t be flat and boring. Keep in mind though, you don’t want this optional step to compete with the actual design of the stamped image.

Step Four: Assembling your paper piecing

Glue the darker pink party hat image (the one with the extra space around the outline) to the darker pink cardstock hippo base in the appropriate location. Glue the light pink hippo on top of the dark pink hippo base, matching up the outlines.  Glue the dark pink ears, hind leg, and tail on top of the light pink hippo’s matching areas.    Glue the white teeth on top of the light pink hippo teeth. This is where your tweezers may help you out a lot.

Step Five: Decorating your card

Punch out one 1.5 inch circle from a different patterned paper that coordinates.  Punch out one 1 inch circle from the darker pink cardstock.  Punch out one 1 inch circle from the light pink cardstock.  Ink the edges of the circles.

Tie a ribbon around the bottom of the black base square.  I used the light pink satin edge organza, found here in the SnS shop.

Adhere the 1 inch light pink circle in the upper left-hand corner of your card with a pop-dot/3D foam.  Place pop-dots/3D foam on the bottom two corners and upper right-hand corner of your black base square.  Apply just glue on the upper left-hand corner of the black base square where it will touch the light pink circle.  Place down your black base square now to the card base.

Apply glue lightly and slightly slip the 1.5 inch patterned paper circle under the ribbon tie (near the knot) on the lower right-hand side of the black square base.

Apply glue on half of the 1 inch darker pink circle and a pop-dot/3D on the other half.  Slip half of the darker pink circle slightly under the larger 1.5 inch patterned paper.  Let the other half of the darker pink circle lay on the actual card part with the pop-dot/3D foam.

Apply a pop-dot/3D foam on the upper left-hand side of the paper pieced hippo.  Apply glue to the back of the rest of the hippo.  Slightly overlap the hippo over the ribbon and larger circle and place the area with the pop-dot/3D foam to hang over the edge of the black base square.

Step Six: Adding a Sentiment to the card

Glue down (or however you prefer to adhere ribbon) 3 strips of white twill ribbon as shown above.  I used the white twill ribbon you can find in the shop, here.

Using a stronger holding adhesive, glue down your seed beads spelling out your card’s sentiment.  The good thing about twill is that if you can stamp on it if you don’t have these type ABC seed beads.

TADAH! You’re done and have a lovely card now!

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I was pretty happy to get the Henry’s Brilliance August Ribbon Kit.  I love blue!  This coordinates with the new Nikki Sivils papers.

Bazzill, American Crafts, Scrapworks Papers  .  American Crafts Thickers, Colorbok tags, Doodlebug alphas, Bazzill Blossoms, Prima Sprites

This is a faux embroided wall hanging.  I traced around an S chipboard letter to look like stitches and added the threaded needle to make it seem more realistic.  Making Memories Paper

This is the pull out from my son’s Highlights magazine.  I added a cover and ring to make it more durable for my son to look through. Colorbok cardstock, Bazzill Sizzix Flowers, Making Memories Paper, Basic Grey alpha stickers.

Just a cute little journaling tag.  Tons of paper piecing, stickles, and diamond glaze on this one!  DCWV, Love Elsie, American Crafts Papers.  Autumn Leaves, Kolette Hall, & JRL Designs Stamps with Stazon.

Christmas Journaling Tag.  American Crafts & Paper Studio Papers. 7 Gypsies Tag.  Hobby Lobby Stamp inked with Stazon and glittered up in Stickles.

Trying out doing a non-traditional colored Halloween card here in blues.  Stapled the polka dot ribbon in X’s to give it a more punk look to go with the skull.  American Crafts & Love Elsie Papers. Marcella by K sticker.  Making Memories star brads.  More Stickles, Stazon ink, & Pink Paislee stamp.

Thanks for looking 🙂

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Okay, so I am a tomboy scrapper.  The great part about this ribbon kit is that it can be super girly, masculine, or neutral.

I never really been into sheer ribbons until I actually started to play and create with them.  They make nice, subtle background strips and “leaf” accents as I did on my gnome card above.

I do love tags, but find them outdated at times.  At the same time, a tag just doesn’t feel right without a ribbon topper.  Sheer ribbon works again, by accenting my color choices here, yet still blending in transforming this tag into a more trendier journaling spot.

Pink polka dot ribbon and the dark green velvet ribbon is pure girlyness here on my sparkly lemonade card.

I used the green pom-pom trim ribbon strand to add a little hip and whimsical feel to my thank you card.  As you can see, it is wide enough to place a larger sized brad through the trim.

The Fairy Garden kit just screams out shabby-chic to me.  The pink velvet ribbon is feminine and I love the added texture it brings to projects.

I fell in love with this sleepy fox print I found on IndieFixx, but wasn’t exactly sure how or where I would display it in my home.  I decided to alter a random wooden frame I found in my closet with a nature theme to mimic this print.  I trimmed out the inner frame edge in the dark green velvet.  The neat part about the dark green velvet is that the opposite side of it is a smooth light green.  I love when I tie a bow with the green velvet that it shows both sides and mixes textures.  For a dainty look, I overlayed the green lace trim over the velvet.  If you attempt to do this, I would recommend Zip Dry clear liquid adhesive or something similar with some heavy books placed on top.

I made this mini-book as part of DT Member Ann’s Go Green Challenge.  It is made from 4 toilet paper rolls.

The toilet paper roll is flattened with the end open to create a little slot where you can slip in little tags and extra pictures for this family mini-book.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

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This week’s Spotlight Special at Savvy n Sassy features the Pink Paislee papers and Pink Paislee stamps. These items will be on special in the store from July 11th -17th.

I absolutely adore Pink Paislee.  I used the Sweet Cakes blue swirled heart patterned paper on my layout below, Young Love.  I feel Pink Paislee adds a happy, carefree touch to anything you create.

Pink Paislee Stamps are perfect if you like to paper piece your images as I did below with the Vintage Pop rocket stamp.



Young Love Layout:

Patterned Papers/Cardstock- Pink Paislee Sweet Cakes, Bo Bunny, Paper Press, American Crafts

Punches- Fiskars circle punch, Fiskars threading water punch, Marvy corner punch

Brads- Making Memories

Tag- Cosmo Cricket

Flowers- Making Memories

Letters- Pink Paislee Fashion Script alpha stickers and KI Memories chipboard letter

Heart Clip- Making Memories

Ribbon-Aqua Grosgrain, Stampin Up Yellow, Stampin Up Pale Green

Unknown- coffee coaster scallop, thread

Rocket Cards:

Patterned Papers/Cardstocks- Basic Grey, Paper Press, American Crafts, Bazzill

Stamp- Pink Paislee, Gel-a-tins

Brads- Making Memories

Ink- StazOn Black

Punch- Marvy corner punch

Unknown- red ribbon, rhinestone

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