Timeless Tuesday #240: Paper Piecing

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

We have something extra special for this Timeless Tuesday ChallengeIf you play along, not only will you get a chance to win our weekly prize drawing, you might get a chance to be one of our Flourishes' Guest Designers for December! HOORAY! And, there will not be just ONE winner. We will actually be choosing FOUR Guest Designers for December!!! Hip hip hooray!!!

The Friends of Flourishes and the Senior Design Team will be voting on their TOP THREE favorite projects once all the entries are in on Monday evening. The designers of those top three projects will be offered three of the four guest designer slots. Then, starting Tuesday October 8th, YOU will get a chance to vote for our PEOPLE'S CHOICE award by voting for your favorite creation! Stay tuned because next Tuesday, we'll share all the details of how you can cast your vote to help with our Guest Designer line up for December.  

Our 4 final Guest Designers will each receive...
  • a stamp set of their choice from the Flourishes Store;
  • a special 2013 Guest Designer badge for their blog;
  • featured status on the Flourishes Blog the week of their challenge;
  • and they get to lead and create the challenge that you and all of our fabulous designers use to create with for their assigned week!


  1. You must follow all of the regular FTTC Challenge Rules as listed below.
  2. Only a MAXIMUM of ONE entry per person for the challenge this week, so make it is your best work! Please use at least your first name when titling your link so we know who you are.
  3. Your project may not be combined with any other challenges for this week. It must be solely designed for our contest.
  4. Your project must contain some kind of stamping! We'd love to see your Flourishes stamps used but everything is welcome.
  5. No back linking to previous projects. This must be a completely new creation.
  6. You must have a personal blog to be considered for a Guest position.
  7. This contest is open to all countries.
Awesome right??

So... let's find out what the lovely Broni has in store for our contest and challenge today...

FTTC240 Paper Piecing          

As soon as I saw the new That's A Wrap stamp set, I knew I would be paper piecing it. It's the perfect image for paper piecing, with all the layers of loops, tails, and strips of ribbon, and absolutely any dp would work!
I wanted to use a striped dp for my image, so I had to stamp the bow several times to make sure the stripes all went along the length of the ribbon of each loop and tail. I probably could have gotten away with stamping it three times (once for each diagonal set of loops, once for the tails, and once for the center of the bow). But, I didn't want the stripes to cut straight across and end up looking like a giant "X". So, instead, I stamped it seven times, just inking up the parts I needed, and being careful to stamp so that the stripes were always lengthwise on the ribbon--once for each individual loop and tail, and for the center. And, of course I stamped the strips of ribbon, then fussy cut everything. I colored the inside of the loops with a YG63 Copic marker from Flourishes' Olive Green Copic Sketch Collection, and added a little shading to the parts of the ribbon that "curved" around the edges of the card, and also on the inner and outer edges of the loops. You can't tell in the photo, but before I assembled the bow, I turned each piece over and embossed them with a stylus to give the bow a little poof. :) The holly leaves and berries are also colored with Copics, and I did a little stylus embossing on them, first from the back, then again from the front, where I ran the stylus down the center of each leaf. I added Glossy Accents to the berries to give them a little more dimension and shine. To maintain the dimension on all the pieces, I used CollAll 3D glue. For more sparkle, I added a few berry colored rhinestones to the bg and tag.

I used "Patch" cardstock from Flourishes Color Made Easy Pistachio Paper Collection for my bg. I embossed it with an embossing folder, then sanded over it with a sanding block. I wish you could feel this card. It has a very tactile quality, with the embossed images and velvety texture of the sanded cs. :)
I used the same dp for a scalloped frame around my sentiment panel, stamped the sentiment (from the Country Time Christmas stamp set) twice with two shades of green ink to give it a shadow, and embossed and sanded another piece of Patch cs for a bg.

This was so much fun to create, and while it took a little longer to make sure all the pieces were aligned just right on the dp, it was totally worth it.

I hope you'll join us this week in the Timeless Tuesday Paper Piecing Challenge. Don't forget, not only could you win a beautiful Flourishes stamp set, you could also win the chance to create and lead your very own challenge on the Flourishes blog! :~D

Be sure to take a moment to leave a comment on our talented Friends of Flourishes Team member blogs and our guest designer for the month. Their creations are amazing!
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Say It With Stamps!


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Karen W said...

Wow such detail, this is beautiful!

Connie MacFarlane said...

This is awesome Cheryl! Great job getting those stripes all lined up so beautifully.

Angel said...

Wow, what a beautiful "present"!!! Love the rich colors, definitely the perfect image to paper piece!

Deborah Anton said...

We certainly have the same tastes and must always be channeling one another! :) Your card is gorgeous and you did a fantastic job getting those stripes just perfect!

Theresa's Studio said...

Beautiful Card!! Your attention to the details in your bow and background made this oustanding creation!!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Wow, Cheryl..i'd buy this stamp in an instant based on your card..it's so awesome!

Diane said...

Wow, that is a lot of paper piecing and stamping, but so well worth it...it is gorgeous!!

Broni said...

This set is particularly perfect for paper piecing and I LOVE that you pieced each segment of the bow, so that it looks real! Beautifully so!!

Allison Cope said...

Wow Cheryl! Your card is beautiful! I can't believe the work it took to get that striped ribbon to look so real! WTG! Fabulous project this week!

Conniecrafter said...

Wonderful homey Christmas feel to your card!!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Oh my!! I love this bow all dressed up in stripes! It's stunning!! Gorgeous card!!

Leslie Miller said...

I just love how this stamp set with its big bow looks with the paper piecing! Great Christmas colors, and I noticed right off the bat how you carefully managed the stripes so it would look more natural. Nice job! The embossed background looks very rich. Gorgeous card, Cheryl!

Michelle said...

Cheryl, this is really pretty! It's traditional Christmas elegance. Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

Peanut said...

WOW! Beautiful card, Cheryl. Love the trad colours and the attention to detail. Thanks for sharing.
xxx Asha Sunny Summer Crafts

Sue Lelli said...

It LOOKS like velvet, Cheryl! LOVE the bow tons, too!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous coloring! Stunning effect with highlights! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!