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Thursday 28 January 2010

Week 35 - Paper piecing

This week we say goodbye and goodluck to Jude.
Jude has been with us since the start of the Challenge blog - can you believe it has been 9 months?
How time flies, anyway good luck in all that you do Jude and
thankyou for all your projects over the past nine months.

This weeks challenge is paper piecing we have a wonderful tutorial from Julie and some great cards as always from the DT

Junior DT

This weeks challenge is sponsore by Hope Jacare at Shophandmade and the winner can
 choose any 3 images

We love to see any forms of craft and look forward to visiting your paper piecing projects this week!
Please have your project with Mr Linky by 8p.m. GMT on Wednesday 3rd Feb.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Thanks Julie for this great Tutorial!

Hi everyone, I'm going to go through paper-piecing with you in pics. Hopefully it'll help those of you who haven't tried this before. There are different ways of doing this technique, but I'm just going to show the way I do it.

Firstly, choose the papers you are going to use and the image. Make sure that the image is easy to cut out. I'm using BasicGrey Origins and a stamp by Mabel Lucie Attwell. I use the same paper for paper piecing that I'm going to use in the background, as I think it makes the paper piecing 'pop' more.

Stamp your main image first, then ink up your stamp again and stamp on the other papers. You don't need to restamp the whole image, only the bits you're going to be using. (I only need the umbrella and shoes on the darker paper so I haven't worried about the top of the image).

Next, cut out the pieces, try not to undercut them or they won't cover your image.

Colour the parts of the image that aren't going to be paper pieced like the skin.

To get dimension, turn the piece over and use an embossing tool round the edges on a mat to make the image curl in a little.

Add the first layer to the image. I've flattened the sleeves but given the coat some 'lift' with silicone glue. (it's better to use a wet glue as you can move it around to get it in exactly the right place).

Then add the other pieces. I've made the shoes flat, but the umbrella is curled round as an umbrella would be.

I've added black diamond Stickles to the umbrella and socks to make them stand out a bit more. Put aside to dry while you put your card together. Once dry, add to card. See finished card below.

That's all there is to it!

Week 34 Winner

Wow - great response for the red challenge!
So many fantastic projects to visit - thanks for sharing them all with us.

Random.org has chosen


Such a beautiful card !

Please e-mail us and we will pass your details onto Donnas Den of crafts
 so she can pop your goodies in the post!

Thursday 21 January 2010

Week 34 - Colour Challenge - Red

A colour challenge to tempt you this week!
Hopefully one alot of you will be using around this romantic time of year
This week we are pleased to have Donnas Den of Crafts

back as sponsors - with these romantic goodies

And what have the DT come up with!

Junior Dt

So as long as the main colour of your project is Red
you are in with a chance for those crafting goodies from
Please have your new project with Mr Linky by 8p.m. GMT
Wednesday 27th January.

We will let you know who will be chosen as GDT member for February but as this is an ongoing thing please keep trying if you aren't chosen this time!

Winner Week 33

Thanks for all the great entries to Eileen's Sketch Challenge it
was great to see so many different projects using that fab sketch.
Random.org has chosen as the winner of the 6 promarkers


Please have a look at the colours available - you can choose any 6!
E-mail us with your colour choice and we'll have them
posted onto you!

Thanks to Craft Obsessions

Thursday 14 January 2010

Week 33 - Sketch & Guest Designers Wanted

This week we are all playing with this fabulous sketch from Ei.
Hopefully this will be a little less challenging ( but as rewarding) as the resist
Challenge from last week!

We welcome back Craft Obsessions as sponsors this week

They have very kindly offered 6 promarkers as a prize -
and you even get to choose your colours -
 fantastic or what!
Its also worth paying their fabulous Sale a visit - lots of goodies on offer!

From the Dt this week we have


Junior DT
Come on give it a go and you could win those fab promarkers from Craft Obsessions

  If you are interested we will be having Guest Designers starting in February , if you put GDT by your name with Mr Linky we will have a look and somebody will be invited to join the Design Team next month
(a different member of the DT will choose someone each month).

- it's fun.....go on have a try!