Audrey Pettit: I am often drawn to cards that mix and match several patterns together, and one easy way to combine multiple prints is through paper piecing. On my card today, I used a variety of papers from the Mon Ami 6 x 6″ paper pad and a square paper punch to create a fun chevron-stripe paper pieced background that is both eye-catching and super simple to do.
The fun thing about paper piecing is that you can combine your pieces many different ways, using many different shapes and patterns, and create many unique looks. Play around and see how many patterns you can come up with, or go for a completely random mix, whichever you prefer. For my card, here is what I did:
Punch a handful of squares from a mixture of patterned papers, and using a paper trimmer, cut each square along the diagonal to create two separate triangles.
Draw a light pencil line across a panel of cardstock at a slight diagonal slope, and arrange the triangles with the long flat edge flush against the pencil line. Alternate the direction of each row of triangles to fit them together like puzzle pieces, even if they go off the edge. Trim off excess overhang, and then dress up the card with your favorite embellishments, like my paper flower and hand-stamped sentiment. Enjoy!
Kelly Rasmussen: Hi, it’s Kelly here and today I’ve created two cards pairing Kelly Purkey’s Mon Ami collection with some stamps from both Capture and Herbs & Honey.
On the first card I created a heart window from the gorgeous 12 x 12″ paper called Rue. I backed the heart with a piece of acetate and then adhered the alphabet stickers on top. Once the panel is “popped up” it gives lots of great dimension and the sentiment looks like it’s floating. I also used a stamp from the Capture clear stamp set, The Details, to create the fun triangle border on the sides.
For the next card, I chose to stick with the same color combo and highlight some of the Element Stickers from Mon Ami. I stamped a journaling card from The Details clear stamp set along with some of the banners and arrows from the Moments to Remember set. And then I sewed two stickers on the journaling card which is a great way to add some texture and interest to your cards. I also stamped the Herbs & Honey Star Background onto the yellow paper to create a subtle tone on tone background.
Thanks for joining me today!
Melissa Phillips: The Herbs & Honey collection is a little bit of everything that I love from weathered, wood plank paper to floral patterned paper that remind me of one of my grandma’s aprons.
I chose to mix the weathered with the floral to create a soft but rustic card set using the Herbs & Honey Snippets, Wood Die Cuts, Printed Chipboard Shapes, and Die Cuts and Transparencies.
One of my most favorite features in this collection are the small die cut nail heads…they take a simple card to the next level and I love the feel they bring.
Today we are so fortunate to have paper crafter extraordinaire Shellye McDaniel here to share a handful of beautiful cards and a DIY paper embellishment tutorial with us!
Shellye: Hello, my name is Shellye McDaniel and I’m very excited to be guesting this month with Basic Grey! I’m living the country life in a small Texas town with my husband of (almost) 23 years and two of our three kiddos. The oldest son is away at college; I would have never dreamed that seeing him come home on the weekends with a basketful of laundry to-do would make my day! The other two children are very active in sports, dance and church activities, so we stay pretty busy. I work PRN as a Labor & Delivery Scrub Nurse and the rest of my days are filled with all sorts of crafting, blogging, reading, flea-market hopping, camping and on occasion I do sit around and do nothing LOL I’m currently on several Design Teams and am the Social Media Coordinator for my local scrapbook store.
Instructions for making a folded paper embellishment:
1. Cut desired paper into 3 x 3″ square.
2. Score the square on the diagonal (will form a triangle when folded); open paper and score in the opposite direction.
3. Open the square so that it is flat.
4. Pinch in at the right and left sides of the folds until a triangle is formed; smooth the paper until it lays fairly flat.
5. With the triangle laying flat in front of you, fold in the flaps of the top layer until the edges meet at the center of the triangle.
Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, Shellye!