Welcome to the Paper Piecing Technique Blog Hop

Our talented technique blog hop team team is at it again creating projects just for you using a variety of Close to My Heart products. 102932174_10157506350477934_6111016736239477906_oThis month, we are showing you some lovely Paper Piecing techniques. If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Sweet Summer Bunch layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


Normally, I have some how-to photos or a short video to view for these technique hops, but right now my craft space looks like a paper factory blew up as I balance crafting with a huge renovation project in the front yard, so, today we are going to keep it simple as I show you a few of the techniques I used on my Sweet Summer Bunch layout and give you a few tips for Paper Piecing stamped images. 

I chose to make this layout as bright and as colorful and as lively as the children in the photos – my little summer bunch.  In the year 2000, our children were 1, 3, 5, and 6 which made each day quite the adventure. 

To match the vivid, childish, “bunch” theme, I chose to use the little girl image from the July stamp of the month.   She is so sweet and full of color and perfect for paper piecing. 

After stamping the entire image onto White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the dress portion onto some pink plaid Blue Skies paper and the flowers onto some vellum which was heat-embossed.  I shaded the flowers using matching Tri-Blend markers then got to work on paper piecing. 

When you are cutting images out for paper piecing, you will want cut outside the stamped line (most of the time).  By cutting outside the line, your stamped image appears continuous.  Now, I did say “most of the time” because, on this image, I also cut inside the black line around the stems of the flowers. This allowed the stamped portion of the stems to pop through and look three-dimensional. 

When you look at the image up-close, you can see where I cut the pattern paper and the vellum. Layering those papers onto this stamped image gives it such a unique look.  I like how to vellum softens the darker tones of the flowers to match the soft tones of the Mix-In papers I used in the background. 

The remaining portions of my layout were created using a variety of products I had on hand.  My goal this year is to “use what I have” as I create my scrapbook pages.  You will probably see one or two little retired items, but almost everything on this layout is current – just not all from the same paper suite. 

The title was created using some stickers that I had leftover from a Story By Stacy mini-album, a Cricut cut from the Summer Vibes collection, and letters stamped using the Chronicle Type stamp set.  I embellished the title with a vellum flower cut from Stitched Together which I dry embossed with polka-dots. 

All three flowers have polka-dots and wooden buttons in the center.  I love the whimsical look they create. 

The photo was embellished with leftover tags, another Story By Stacy item, and some Summer Vibes paper and stickers.  Mixing and matching various paper suites is easy to do when you stick to the same color scheme and add a few basics to balance the clusters. 


I hope you enjoyed today’s Paper Piecing project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Paper Piecing on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the July Stamp of the Month is only available through July 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and find out how you can get it for only $5.00. 

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A Simple Sunflower Tag Card

For the Heart2Heart Challenge

Hello, my friends! I hope that you are doing well and ready for another Heart2Heart challenge. This week, our Design Team was asked to use Tags – one of my favorites to make – so I am pulling out the June stamp of the month again to create something to inspire you.  Before I show you my Simple Sunflower Tag card, I want to remind you how to join our monthly challenges. 

When you join our monthly challenges, we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product AND that you are sharing original work when you link your photo to the blog post.  You can read the complete set of rules HERE


When I first saw our Garden Tags stamp set, the gardener in me leapt with joy.  I just adore those rustic, vintage-like images that have been placed perfectly to align with our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts.  Last week, I used this stamp set to create two old-world tags and, this week, I am using two of the images to create a Simple Sunflower card. 

Don’t you just love this? I was able to design a delightful little tag as a focal point atop other images from the same stamp set.  The background is a stark contrast to the bright sunflowers and all I had to do to create it was mask off the top & bottom of one of the stamps.

Once the background was stamped, I cut it out using our Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I had debated hand stitching the background onto the card, but I think I like the simple look of the embossed stitching on this project. 

The Sunflowers themselves were shaded using our TriBlend Markers.  In quite a few gardens here, we have a sunflower with a slight coral tint that darkens as it fades. I tried the emulate this by blending the Light Yellow with Coral shades.

One of my favorite things about creating tags is getting to chose the ribbon, thread, and twine to match it.  I have quite the collection in my craft space.  For this card, I chose to stick with yellow & black.  If you have been collecting Close to My Heart goodies for as long as I have, you probably recognize the ribbon and the waxy flax. 

Once all the layers were complete, they were assembled using Foam Tape.  I am loving the simplicity of this card.  There are so many possible designs you could create using the Garden Tags stamp set


I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you would consider joining us for the Heart2Heart Tags challenge.  If you do, make sure that you link your project to the blog before June 30th. 

By the way, if you are enjoying the Garden Tags stamp set as much as I am, you will want to grab it before the end of June. This is one of our exclusive $5.00 Stamp of the Month sets the you will want to get your hands on before it’s gone. 

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Welcome to the Garden Tags SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using the June Stamp of the Month – Garden Tags.94149292_10157392415067686_5509103444763344896_n  If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished viewing my Distressed Garden Tags, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


I truly enjoy creating tags It gives me a break from the everyday creations I make and allows me to play with layers and layers of products.  Today, I dug out the texture paste, shimmer brushes, vellum, ribbon, and thread to create some delightfully distressed Garden Tags. How sweet are these??!!

If you have not had a chance to purchase the new June Stamp of the month, you will to make sure that you also grab yourself a set of Tags & Tabs Thin CutsThese metal dies fit this stamp set perfectly and prevent you from having to hand-cut these beautifully designed tags. 

The base layers of my tags were created in Cricut Design Space using images from our ArtPhilosphy collection.  These two layers were cut from French Vanilla Cardstock & Kraft paper. 

I created a distressed look onto the Kraft layer using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set, some splatters of Lagoon & Toffee Shimmer, and texture paste. 

After the background layers were complete, I started to create the top layer tags using the Garden Tags stamp set.  Both tags were heat embossed to give some texture – one in Peacock, the other in Espresso – then splattered with shimmer brushes

To add a little dimension, I created some additional layers for the tags. The dragonfly wings were stamped onto vellum and added to the tag.  I stamped the flower image from the Garden Tags stamp set in Espresso and shaded it with TriBlend Markers, then attached it with a foam dot. Both added little more texture and interest to each of the tags.

The sentiments on each were created using the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set, which were stamped using Intense Black ink, cut out by hand, and adhered to the tags with foam tape. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to dig out some of your tag-making supplies and start creating. Now ‘Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Garden stamp set is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.