Faux Quilting/Stitching

Stencil Cut Flower Patch Cards

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I recently made up a bunch of thank you cards using the Big Shot and Flower Fair framelits.  I cut out the flower and stem on Whisper White card stock using the framelits and then slipped different patterned designer paper underneath.  I layered the stencil pieces to coordinating card bases and stamped a simple "thanks".  I added a coordinating Candy Dot to the center of the flower to complete. 

Simple, simple and a great way to use up paper scraps!

Here's another take on the design.  I added faux stitching around the edges of the card front.  I used my paper piercing tool, template and mat to pierce the holes, then ran a marker along them to connect.

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Stamp Set: Another Thank You

Ink: various to match the colors in the designer paper, Melon Mambo marker for faux stitching.

Paper: various card stock and designer paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals, paper piercing tool, template and mat

Happy Stampin'!

Folded Star-Nacho Average Color Challenge #128

We have a soft color palette for this week's Nacho Average color challenge:

Blushing Bridge, Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card I used the  Folded Star Technique using Smoky Slate card stock and Designer Series Paper and Pink Pirouette Designer Series Paper built on a piece of 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" white card stock base.  I cut a circle out of a 4"x 4" Pink Pirouette card front using my Big Shot and Circles Framelits.  I then embossed it with the Big Shot and Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  I secured the folded star behind the cut circle using SNAIL adhesive and added a Blushing Bride ring to the front to finish it off.  I added a Blushing Bride Candy Dot to the center of the star, then mounted it on a Smoky Slate card base using Dimensionals.  The colors reminded me of a baby card, so I added a sweet sentiment using Teeny Tiny Wishes and cut it out using the Big Shot and Bitty Banners Framelits. 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Smoky Slate

Paper: Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles and Bitty Banners Framelits, Stylish Stripes Embossing folder, Candy Dot, Dimensionals

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Paper-Pieced Sleeping Cat-Nacho Average Color Challenge #114

We have a soft and subtle color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site:

Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, and Very Vanilla

Here's my contribution:

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I've been in an Iris Folding frame of mind lately. I came across this fun sleeping cat pattern by Maureen Sparrow on Pinterest .  Although Maureen created it as a quilting pattern, I immediately thought I could work it into an Iris Folded project.  I printed the pattern out on copy paper, reduced it to 65%, then printed it out again to use for my project.  After a couple of tries, I decided that I liked the plain Pool Party background rather than having the separate sections for the background as shown on the pattern.  

After I finished paper-piecing the sleeping cat, I embossed it using my Big Shot and an embossing folder to give it some texture and to make it look more like a quilt.

The greeting came from the My Digital Studio download Cute Cats.

Baked Brown Sugar was one of the colors in the challenge, but once I started on the project I realized that I didn't have ANY Baked Brown Sugar card stock on hand.  So, I switched gears a little bit and used Soft Suede.  I think it will be ok :)

So, it ended up not being an Iris Fold project.  It is more of a paper-pieced faux quilt project! It was a little time consuming, but fun to do.  I hope it will make you smile!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Cute Cats (My Digital Studio download)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Paper: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Park Lane Designer Series Paper

Accessories: My Digital Studio, printer, sleeping cat pattern, Big Shot, embossing folder (sorry, I can't remember what this one is called.  It is retired and isn't labeled with a name), sponge, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Basic Black marker

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Happy Stampin'!

Leaf Block Faux Quilting-CASology Leaf Challenge

Just in time for autumn, this week's CASology challenge is "Leaf".  CAS stands for "clean and simple" and is my kind of stamping!

I'd also like to submit this card to Patrice's 52 Card Pickup request over at The Old Back Porch.

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One of my all-time favorite techniques is faux quilting.  I immediately thought of the leaf quilt block pattern found on equiltblocks.com.  Although this site is geared towards fabric quilters, I have used many of the patterns for my faux quilt projects using paper. This is a great technique for using up paper scraps.

My pattern consist of 1" square pieces of paper, so my quilt block measures 3"x3".

Once assembled, I ran the piece through my Big Shot using the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  Any number of paper designs and colors would work for the leaf.  I liked the simplicity of this Early Espresso dotted paper.

Here is the quilt block pattern, courtesy of equiltblocks.com

Leaf quilt block

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #7-Faux Quilt Heart Card

A new sketch has been added to the Nacho Average Challenges site!

Here's my contribution:

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Faux Quilting is one of my favorite techniques and I instantly knew that it would be perfect for this week's sketch.  I cut 9 hearts out of a scrap piece of World Bazaar Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and the smallest heart in the Hearts Collection Framelits.  I glued the hearts to an Early Espresso mat, matted that piece to a piece of Crumb Cake, then Pacific Point and then ran the whole thing through the Big Shot using the new Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  This was the first time I used this embossing folder and I must say, I think it is my new favorite!

Here is the inspiration sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, World Bazaar Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing folder, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Faux Quilting-Less is More Sewing Challenge

This week's challenge over at Less is More is "Sewing."  I have said it many times that I love working with fabric, but don't enjoy sewing.  I have a sewing machine, but it rarely gets used.  (see below for my mouse in my sewing machine story that I kid you not, happened today as I was working on this challenge!)  Anyway, I have discovered the faux quilting technique using paper instead of fabric.  I have also found a great quilting pattern website called equiltblocks.com.  The patterns here are meant for regular quilting with fabric, but are easy to reduce to work on a smaller scale with paper.

Here is my contribution:

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This quilting pattern is called The Crayon Box.

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It was simple to reduce to a smaller size.  For a 3 x 3 quilting square, you need

              4 pieces measuring 1 1/2 x 1/2

              6 pieces measuirng 1 x 1/2

              2 pieces measuring 2 x 1 /2

              and 1- 1 x 1 square

After piecing the quilt block together, run it through a die cut machine with an embossing folder to create the faux stitching.  Click here to view more faux quilting projects.

Now for my mouse in my sewing machine story.  In my crafting room, I have a small cat bed on the floor that one of our cats, Sweet Pea, sleeps in during the day.  She likes to be in the craft room with me even though she is curled up asleep most of the day.  My portable sewing machine sits in its case on the floor near her bed. Today, as I was cutting paper for this project, she was pawing at and moving her bed around and out of the way.  Then, she stared and pawed around the sewing machine case.  I instantly knew something was up.  I picked up the sewing machine, but didn't see anything scurry or move away from it.  I carefully lifted off the lid as she watched intently, but there was nothing out of the ordinary there.  She continued to be fixated on the machine so I thought I better take it outside and have a closer look.  Sure enough, when I lifted the sewing machine up to see the bottom, there was a fuzzy body in between the storage drawer that slides out and the bottom of the machine!   So, I called my husband!  He took the machine further out into the yard and slide the drawer open.  Out ran a mouse!  Whew!  Don't know how he got into the house and into the craft room, but I bet it won't return with Sweet Pea and 2 other cats in the house.  One of the many small critter adventures we have had since living in our small house located in a big forest!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, World Bazaar and Floral District Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty punch, paper piercing tool and mat, brad

Happy Stampin'!

Sun Over the Mountain Quilt Card

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I changed the quilt pattern "Moon Over the Mountain" to "Sun Over the Mountain!" (see posting dated 04/11 for the Moon Over the Mountain quilt pattern.)

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper, Bold Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, 2 1/2" Circl punch

 

Happy Stampin'!

Moon Over the Mountain Quilt Card

One of my favorite techniques is faux quilting. I found a great website called  equiltblocks.com that has  a wide array of quilting patterns.  Of course, they are meant for fabric quilting, but I have found that many are easy to transfer over for paper quilting. 

One of the patterns that really intrigued me was called "Moon Over the Mountain."  It reminded me of my company name, Blue Moon Creations, and my banner on this blog site. 

This was my first attempt.  I wanted it to have the colors and the look of my banner.

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 Here is a little different take:

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 The night sky background is Noveau Chic, retired Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper from a few years back.   For the moon, I punched out 2- 2 1/2" circles.  The first was punched out of the Island Indigo hearts patterned paper found in Sweet Shop DSP pack.  The second was punched out of a piece of retired Taste of Textiles Not Quite Navy polka dot vellum paper. One circle is simply layered on top of the other.  I really like how the vellum paper softens the paper behind it, making it look like a swirly, cloudy moonlit night.

Here's a closeup of the moon.  You can see the heart patterned paper behind the velum.  It really looks cool in person.

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Here's the pattern I used.  It is found on equiltblocks.com

  Moon Over the Mountain

Supplies Used:

Blue Moon

Paper: Concord Crush, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, 2 1/2" circle, Word Window and Modern Label punches, computer for text, quilt pattern

Velum Polka Dot Moon

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Island Indigo, Concord Crush, Whisper White, Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper, retired Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder

Happy Stampin'!

Faux Quilting-Variable Star

Our January Saturday Stamp Club card swap theme was "Happy Birthday."  The challenge was also to use paper scraps to create the cards.  This is my  kind of challenge as I love using up the little pieces of paper scraps in my stash.  For this challenge, I thought creating quilt blocks using the faux quilting technique would be a great way to use some of those scraps.  Since I have a huge supply of retired Stampin'  Up! Designer Series Paper, I decided that I would use different paper for each of the 9 cards I needed to create.  It was fun going through my stash looking for colors and patterns that would coordinate together.

Faux Quilting:

First you have to start with a pattern. I found the quilt block pattern I wanted to use on equiltblocks.com.  This great website has pages and pages of quilting patterns.  Of course, they are meant for fabric quilting, but most can easily be adapted to paper.

I used the pattern called Variable Star

 

 If you look closely at the pattern, it consists of squares, some whole, some cut in half on the diagonal. Normally for fabric quilting, the individual squares would be larger by quite a bit.  But for paper, they need to be scaled down so the block would fit on a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base.  So, my squares measured 3/4" x 3/4".  I used my Stampin' Up! grid paper as a guide and attached the star pattern right on the grid.   Once complete, I then cut the grid paper down to match the completed block.

Once the quilt block was assembled, I did the faux quilting technique by running the piece through my Big Shot using the Finial Press Embossing Folder.  This is a WOW Technique!  Any embossing folder will work. Experiment for different patterns.

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Then it was time for a little embellishment.  I wanted the design to be clean and simple with the focus on the colors in the quilt block, so all have white card bases with color coordinating quilt matting and centers.  

 

Here are a few of the cards:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Various

Paper: Whisper White, various colors of card stock and retired Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, various circle punches, paper piercing tool and mat, various brads, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thinking of You Lattice Quilt Cards

While I had my lattice die and Big Shot out for the Sunburst project (see posting dated Feb 6), I thought I'd make a couple of quick and easy faux quilt cards using the lattice die and Finial Press embossing folder. I used the beautiful Poppy Parade paper found in the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper combined with Very Vanilla.  I think Poppy Parade is my new favorite color!

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For this card, I switched up the colors.  Which is your favorite?

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Poppy Parade, Soft Suede

Paper: Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice die, Finial Press embossing folder,1/2" and 3/4" circle punches, Everyday Enchantment brads, paper piercing tool and mat, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!