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! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mo's Challenge #226

"K" is for......

 ....Kansas, of course! Mo's Challenge theme this week is for you to use something in your card or project that represents the letter "K", and I chose to use this sweet image from Mo's Digital Pencil.
It's Mo's version of Dorothy from The Wizzard of Oz by Frank Baum. The rest of the main characters are also available.

The yellow gingham DP is reminiscent of the yellow brick road that led her to the Emerald City. 
Of course, it wouldn't be Kansas without sunflowers, would it?!

Inside: "There's No Place Like Home!"

Images: "Kansas" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Stamped sentiment from Hero Arts

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, MS Leaf punch, SU! three flower punch, Circle punches

Papers: SU! Turquoise, Teal, Garden Green, Bazzil yellow, Neenah white

Embellishments: Brads

We're waiting to see what "K" you'll choose on your design along with a wonderful image from Mo's Digital Pencil Too! Please join us for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate from Mo's shop. 

Love it when you stop by!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mo's Challenge #225

Lots of Embellishments!

Our hostess for Mo's Challenge this week is Amanda, who has asked that we use lots of embellishments on our cards and projects. This is one that's difficult for me...I am embellishment challenged for sure! I envy those who can pile on all sorts of do-dads and still have it look phenomenal! When I attempt it, the result looks as if my stash caught a stomach bug and tossed its cookies all over my work! 

This card has a lot of least by my standards! A paint chip, rhinestones, pearls, 
beads, glass leaves, die-cuts, punched elements, and a satin bow....and you can still see that sweet image!

Tools:  Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Memory Box vine die, Heart punches, 

Papers: SU! Garden Green and Wild Wasabi, Neenah white, Gingham DP

Embellishments: Paint chip, Rhinestones, Pearl cabochons, Beads, Glass leaves, Satin ribbon

Empty out your stash on a card or project using at least one of Mo's fabulous images, and join us in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too! 

It's always fun to hear from you!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mo's Challenge #224

Anything Goes

Mo's Challenge this week is one of my favorite types..."Anything Goes!"
I love being able to do whatever I want!
This card was made for the birthday of one of my SIL in California.
Isn't this image different and wonderful?!

Inside: "I see a celebration in your future. Happy Birthday!"

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Marianne die (I used two to frame the image.)
MS Leaf punch, Nellie Snellen leaf embossing tool

Papers: SU! shades of purples, Neenah white, Gold metallic, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Gold metallic ribbon, Ruffled lace, Flowers from WOC

Looking forward to seeing your creations! Just make a card or project using at least one of Mo's images, and enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mo's Challenge #223

Favorite Color Combination

That's Mo's Challenge this week at the request of our talented team member and hostess, Nela. 
It will be fun to see everyone's favorite colors!

Turquoise and yellow is only one of my favored combos. I'd be hard-pressed to come up with just one, with so many beautiful colors to chose from!

I had so much fun making this card! This little girl was a joy to color, as are all of  Mo's wonderful images! I also enjoy doing the dot technique to highlight images, and love the fresh look of white daisies! These are so easy to create, too.

Images: "Big Girl Pants" from Mo's Digital Pencil Too, Digital ticket

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Memory Box vine die, Nellie Snellen Rose Leaf, embossing punch set, Tacky Tape

papers: SU! Turquoise, Celery, and Daffodil, Neenah white, Scrap of digital paper

Embellishments: Tiny pearl cabochons, Grosgrain ribbon, Brads

What's your favorite combination? Make something wonderful using at least one of Mo's great images and enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too!

Love it when you stop by!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mo's Challenge #222

Add a Ribbon

So easy to do! Mo's Challenge this week is to add a ribbon, as requested by our talented hostess, Franz .
Most cards that I make have ribbon, so it's not really a challenge for me, and I'd bet it won't be for you, either!

This adorable image was used on a Valentine's Day card, but could certainly be used for other occasions. I love using strawberries on Valentines because they remind me of hearts. 

Inside: " My love for you grows every day!"

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with circle die, MS Grass, Fence, and Heart Border punches, Memory Box hanging heart die, Mounting tape, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Red, and Wasabi, Digital DP

Embellishments: Ribbons, Doily, Pearl cabochons

What beautiful ribbons do you have in your stash? Make a card  or project using at least one of Mo's fantastic images and be sure to add some ribbon! Enter it in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too!

See you there!