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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Playing With Paper Patchwork

Hey everyone in blogland, I hope life is treating you well and your finding time to get your craft on? Life seems to be getting back to normal for me, my head is back in the craft zone and I've made a couple of life changes that have made my life a lot better on the mental level. So much so that I've been finding that I'm thinking more clearly and its easy to craft again :)

Which is a good thing as I have so many goodies to play with and I confess that I may just becoming a little addicted to making patchwork style cards, so much quicker to put together than fabric patchwork quilts, and yes I've tried lol!

The die I've used for the Halloween card in this post is one of my China die bargains and is a a clone of the My Favorite Things 'Die-namics Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up' die. It cuts beautifully, is made from carbon steel and is very sturdy, I got it from Ebay and for £3.99 including postage and not the £25 that I'd have to pay for the MFT die, it is indeed a bargain.

The pumpkin, lime green and purple 'Halloween Crackle' papers are a free printables from Free Digital Crafting,the site has other halloween papers and papers suitable for other occasions, all free to download. The patterned papers are from another free to download collection called 'Retro Halloween', be aware though that the downloading of this file takes ages if you don't 'pay' to download it quickly. I used a Crafts Too (Presscut) Stepper Card die to cut the card blank, I use this die often to make cards that are a little different. The pumpkin was a purchase from Lidl a couple of years ago, it came as a pair with two little autumn bedecked hedgehogs, but loitered in one of my drawers. Sentiment and banner come from my Tim Holtz Sizzix 'Cobweb Blueprints' stamp and die set.

I'd just got done cutting lots of bits for my clone 'Die-namics Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up' die when the clone 'Die-namics Quilt Square Cover-Up' die arrived, I knew when I first saw it that it would be fabulous for making cards for the festive season and I wasn't wrong. It's very therapeutic sticking all the little pieces in to the frame, the die puts little 'stitched' lines around all the pieces which adds a lovely touch I think.

I used a pad of papers that I got for £1 a while back, I picked up about 4 pads of this design and 6 of another, so I have lots to use and they are perfect for working on designs like this. The 'Postage Stamp' frame dies are also China die bargains, although I'm not sure if they are clone dies or not as I don't recognise the die, but it cuts wonderfully every time and leaves a stitched edge as well as the stamp 'perforations' edge. I was so please to discover that the quilt dies fir inside the large postage stamp die perfectly leaving just a little edge, so you can see the stitched edge :)


As you can see I spent a morning cutting lots of pieces from lots of different patterned papers, enough to make 12 'Festive Quilt' dies, the blue coloured papers come from a Bloc Deco Winter Games pad of papers by Toga that I picked up in the sales in France last year. The pads are 15cm x 20cm and come in some beautiful colours and designs. I also made lots of the faux mother of pearl paper I posted about recently and started to turn the pieces in to embossed panels for cards. Ohhh and I used some white pigment ink to do some woodgrain effect letter press panels for more festive card ideas I have in my head. So many ideas and things to play with, plus I'm currently waiting for more clone dies to arrive, these are mainly Lawn Fawn with some My Favorite Things and Mama Elephant clones thrown in for good measure.

4 comments:

  1. Gorgeous set of cards, very effective way to use up patterned papers which seem to breed in the dark. Glad your crafty mojo is returning. Hugs Emmax

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  2. Hi Debs your cards are gorgeous and such a good way to use papers. I am pleased that you are in a better place. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  3. Brilliant cards Debs. I do think your Halloween cards are all fabulous - your love for Halloween shows in your creations. The patchwork die looks very effective. Shabneez x

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  4. Gorgeous cards, fab colour combos.

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Thanks for your comments on my cards and posts, they are very much appreciated, I'll get back to you as soon as I can if a reply is required. Hugs - Debs x