Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blending Old and New!

Good day Inky ones!

How was your weekend?  Mine was glorious!  I spent the weekend cleaning and getting the trailer ready for camping.  I know that does not sound like fun but when you think of what we had only a short while ago (snow) this is soooo much better.

But I am back at my crafts and while going through my stamp sets I came across The Nicest Things, that I had borrowed from a friend, with an eye to doing some paper piecing.  It's one of those things that you never get time for. 

I will be returning this set when I see her  and since it will be retiring shortly (the end of May) I thought what better time to do a photo tutorial.

Ohh Ohh Ohh I also got my new rubber today along with the new style stamp pads.  I must say they work really well.  I am hoping to show you just how well tomorrow (smirk). 

So here we go - The Nicest Things blended, old and new -

First I stamped the main image in Stazon on Whisper White card stock.

Then I cut out the focal image using the Framelits labels die.  I think it was number 3 die.  I didn't remove the label at first because I wanted to try sponging on a little color.  I sponged very lightly and used Marina Mist around the top of the image.  This should give me a little white border.

I did the same on the bottom of the image with Pear Pizazz.  Then I removed the framelit.

Next I stamped the same image in Black Stazon on two different colors of DSP. 

I then cut out the different parts of the image from the DSP.  I pieced them onto the stamped image.

Once I had all the pieces glued on to the main image I started to color in the other parts.  See the cute white border?  It worked!  Yay!

as you can see I used several markers to color in the image.  I also used blender pen to add highlights to the hair and basket.

Now I mentioned that I got some new product right?  Well Betsy's Blooms wheel was one of the new items from the catalog.  I used Daffodil Delight ink to run the wheel over the bottom of the card stock.

I decided to tie in the color a little more with some DSP cut with the Pinking hearts punch. (soon to be retired)  Glued that just over the top of the wheeled image.  I also needed to cover the join between the wheel and the DSP so I used my new stitched gros grain ribbon.  No pic but you will see it at the end.

Now for the sentiment.  I stamped it in Black and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch and backed it with more DSP.  It looked a little plain so I added a couple of flowers punched out with Itty Bitty Punches and a few strategically placed jewels.

This is what it looks like all put together.  I popped up the image with dimensionals and added the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the paper piecing.

And here is a close up of the sentiment!

And here is the updated pic.  I decided to add some pink DSP to the frill on the dress.  It looked unfinished after I had sized up this post. :O)  I'm such a control freak!

See it's better right? 

Well that's it for today.  It is way too nice to stay indoors today.  I just want to be in the sunshine.... (I think that why I  may have used Daffodil Delight today :O) 

Sunshine  is the "Nicest Thing"  hugs!


  1. Oh what a delight you have created for us today in the form of this cute and whimsical card. I must say that your paper piecing tutorial was not only educational but so much fun to follow. You did an amazing job on the actual piecing of the dsp to make it fit so effortlessly together. Nice job.

  2. What an absolutely adorable card!!! I love everything about it! We just got our trailer ready to take out too, in fact, going out for the first time this year over Memorial Day. Soooo excited!!! :)


  3. Thank you so much for you comments. I am pleased that you enjoyed the tutorial. Your comments mean a lot to me. Hugs