Monday, April 25, 2011

Paper Piecing With Clear Art Stamps DT Challenge - 7 Reasons to Try It!

Today is our Design Team Challenge and the theme is Paper Piecing! I’ve only seen a few of the DT ladies projects, so like you - I’m excited to see what they have created!

Please click on each link to our DT ladies Blogs to see their creations. This will be the last month for our DT members Flo Teixeira and Mary Hamer and we will miss them! I want to thank them for their fabulous creations and I hope you will join in and wish them all the best.

Vicki Chrisman  Design Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Linda Duke

Michelle Kovack

Melissa Phillips

Julie Campbell

Flo Teixeira Leaving us

Mary Hamer Leaving us

Our Guest Designer this month, Sophie La Fontaine joined in the fun and created a card I’m posting here as she doesn’t have an active blog. She used our Little Boy Clear Art Stamp set to stamp clothes from various pattern papers. She colored the rest of the stamp with watercolors. You can see Sophie's gallery of samples HERE on Spiltcoaststampers!

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I decided to make a list of reasons to try paper piecing. I likely missed something, so if you think of any please leave a comment. Paper piecing with stamp designs is fun and it has enough advantages it’s easy to see why it’s popular.


7 Reasons to Try Paper Piecing!


1. You can keep it simple or complex. Depending on the stamped image you choose and how many pieces you want to stamp, cut and paper piece you can create simple to elaborate layered projects. 

DT member Pam Hooten simply stamped the little girls sweater on pattern paper to create the perfect little cardigan using our Little Girls Clear Art Stamp Set.  Scallop border and sentiment stamps also used.



2. It can really add character as it allows you to add patterns and designs that would be difficult to draw and/or color on a stamped image.

DT member Julie Campbell stamped the tie from our Favorite Fellas set on 7 scraps of paper and cut them to 'hang on her clothes line'.


3. You may be able to finish a project faster. Without having to color all or parts of the design now that you have stamped them on color paper.

Pam stamped the teapot and cup from our Tea with Alice set on floral paper to create this lovely and quick tea set and then she stamped the 'curls of steam' and sentiment.


4. It can add dimension. Use pop dots between layers to create a 3D effect.

DT leader Vicki Chrisman raised her flowers and petals up from our Art Blooms Set



5. It’s a great way to use up scraps of paper. You don’t need to cut up your new paper, you can use old scraps.

Look how past DT Member Lisa Zappa stamped ornaments form our Christmas Joy set.


6. It can help you tie in co-coordinating colors and designs. Look for matching colors but you can change the materials and textures for fun and interest.

See how DT Member Pam Hooten used the same check paper to stamp overalls for the boy from the Little Boys Clear Art Stamp Set.


7. A solution if you don’t have the right shade to color with, you can use colored paper instead.

This isn't a stamped project, I did come across this pretty Little Girls Chipboard Outfit that DT Leader Vicki Chrisman paper pieced with tiny squares she cut, glued and went over the edges with a sewing tracing wheel to add the faux quilted stitching.  We are out of stock of our cute mini hangers but working on finding a new supplier!


Lastly, here are links to two new beautiful Easter projects with designer Michele Kovack's egg card HERE and Heidi Blankenship's Angel Card HERE.
 
I will be back soon with more  ideas and inspiration
 
Wishing you joy & creativity
 
Sandy Redburn

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7 comments:

Vicki C said...

Such a beautiful group of samples! So enjoyed seeing more of Sophies work this month. So glad she was able to join us this month. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work Sophie!

Anonymous said...

I've not done paper piecing like this before, but ready to give it a try after seeing all these.
Several have mentioned the new paper cd, but I can't see it anywhere in the crafty secrets products. Where do you find it?

Jan said...

Beautiful and inspirational...love 'em all :)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a lovely post. The designs are all so unique. I peeped about all the DT's blogs and I loved the wonderful creations. So many different product displays. Thanks for the fun. I love your products too.

Micki said...

wow, wonderful projects from the DT. Love how seamless the paper piecing looks. Absolutely gorgeous.

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Just finished visiting the DT projects - if you haven't had the chance it's worth your time to see these wonderful projects : )

Bernard said...

Gorgeous! I love the design and all of those are cute. I'm glad to found you!