Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sisterhood of Crafters - Paper Piecing

Hello dear friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over

 Our hostess today is Diane and the theme she has chosen is:


Here's what I have to share ...
 I decided to do something a little different for my paper piecing today.
I die cut this fun Paper Rose 'Bunch of Balloons' from white
Paper Rose - Dies - Bunch Of Balloons
card stock ... colored in the ribbons and swirlies ... THEN die cut
just the individual balloons (snipping off any unnecessary pieces)
from various scraps of designer paper and glued them
over top the white card stock balloon panels.

I die cut my die a couple more times from white card stock and glued them all together to give added dimension to my Bunch of Balloons.  I also popped them up using 3M dimension tape, inside my frame.
I decided to create my own background panel using the colors that would match in with my balloons, using Tim Holtz distress oxide inks on watercolor paper.
 To 'frame' my balloons I turned to one of my new favorite rectangle die sets ... Memory Box Open Studio - Wrapped Stitched Frames. I've die cut two frames and glued them together.  Love the touch of dimension that adds.
 Memory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Wrapped Stitch Frames
Lastly, I needed a sentiment.  I thought immediately of using Happy Birthday but then didn't like the spacing situation so went with a one word sentiment ... Tutti Designs 'Celebrate'.
TUTTI-243  Word Set - Celebrate
 To coordinate with my background panel, I spotted this scrap of designer paper and decided this would be perfect!  I die cut 2 other white die cut panels which were glued all together for added dimension.

This was fun and I'm really happy with the outcome!  Thanks Diane (Nellie's Nest) for the great theme idea!  I haven't done any paper piecing in a very long time!  

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!

**  UPDATE ** 
After writing up my post, I was cleaning up and spotted a few bits & bobs that I had cut from one of the white panels I used to add dimension to my bunch of balloons.  WELL ... can't let those go to waste so decided to add them to my card (I just can't leave well enough alone!  LOL)  
What do you think?

 See you at the Sisterhood!!

Challenges to share in:
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #356 - Anything Goes
ScrapyLand Challenge #120 - Anything Goes using product they carry
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - All About Occasions (Birthday in this case)
Paperminutes Challenge #603 - Happy / Colorful

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


  1. Love your background and card is stunning

  2. I would LOVE to receive a beautiful bouquet of balloons like this..who wouldn't...a fabulous and pretty job of paper piecing!

  3. Fabulous!! Love the background, the paper- pieced balloons and the tiny leftovers!! Well done!

  4. Wow, I do love this card! What a beautiful balloons die! Love your background. Balloons are so perfect for paper piecing. Those tiny additions are a fun touch, too!

  5. Super card, Darlene. I love the paper pieced balloons and those little white swirly bits are a perfect finishing touch. xx

  6. Wow! Those are the prettiest balloons. Fun card design.

  7. I really love how you paper pieced this wonderful card, Darlene! The best part is that you surely have scraps to make more! Love the additional bits and bobs - perfect finishing touch! Have a great week!

  8. Gorgeous background for your fun patterned balloons, love the added swirls with them!

  9. Cute card. I love the paper piecing. Beautiful dies. [Bunny]````

  10. Beautiful card
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenges blog and good luck
    Maryvonne DT Member

  11. what a beautiful colorful background!!
    Thanks for showing it for paperminutes this week.

  12. This card makes me happy to look at. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges!

  13. Gorgeous card! Love the way you have created the balloons. And the sentiment is great. I think the little details you have added make the card really special. Great to see you in the ATSM gallery. Hope you will join us again soon!

    Paint Paper Scissors

  14. What a gorgeous celebration card and I love the beautiful background.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM.


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