Crazy Patchwork Card

Hello and welcome to my blog and today’s project. Have you ever had crafting ideas percolating around in your head for ages, and then one day the planets align – the perfect opportunity to use that idea presents itself and you instantly know that that idea is exactly what you had envisioned for your current project? It happens to me a lot! And today’s project springs from an idea I had when I first played with the lace image from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set. That was way back in February last year when I made this embellished notebook! The idea was to make a card that looked exactly like a paper version of a popular quilting technique called “crazy patchwork”. In crazy patchwork, literally anything goes and it’s usually a mix of patterns, stitches, appliquéd flowers, beads, buttons – anything! Here’s an example:

So … a friend recently asked me to make a card for a work colleague who was leaving. I like to personalise cards to the recipient, so I asked my friend what this lady was like. She said “Well, she’s Scottish … oh, and she’s into quilting.” As soon as the words left her mouth, the idea that had been in the back of my mind for all those months literally hit me like a bolt of lightning. I couldn’t believe my luck and I was so excited. To be honest, this card was a real labour of love; it took me hours to create but I just adore it! And it was so satisfying to get that design out of my head and into my hands. 🙂

Well, after that exhaustive introduction, here’s my card:


Although the Warmth and Cheer paper I used is now retired it was perfect for a Scottish lady! And besides all the heat embossing, the paper piecing was what took the longest. Accuracy is key here! I started in one corner and worked across, adding pieces to a backing piece of photocopy paper until I was happy with the look. I then trimmed it down to suit my 6″ x 6″ card size. I used images from the Lovely Stitching Stamp Set and the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Delicate Details, which you can earn for free with a $90 purchase. Here’s a close-up of the embossing detail:


For the sentiment I used a circle cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. The “Best Wishes” comes from the Blooms & Wishes Stamp Set, and the “from all of us” comes from the Crazy About You Stamp Set.


Finally, I added the “You’ll be missed” sentiment on an extra piece of photocopy paper which acted as additional “pages” since there would be many people writing in the card. This sentiment is from the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set.


I also added some tartan paper to the envelope flap to finish off the project (see main image). Although this card took a relatively long time to make, I was so happy with the finished result. What do you think? Was it worth it?

Update 17 Feb 2017: I have added this card to this week’s Crazy Crafters Highlights. If you’d like to vote for my card, voting begins at 6:00pm AEST (7:00pm Daylight Saving Time).

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Punch Art Retirement Card for GDP007

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Well this week’s Global Design Project challenge really challenged me.  I must admit I was well out of my comfort zone with this one!  But I’m very happy with the end result.

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The challenge this week was to create a project related to the theme “Farm”. Here’s the banner for this week’s challenge: GDP007 All sorts of farm animals immediately popped into my head, but I decided not to use animal stamps, instead stretching myself to make a punch art card (not my usual style at all).  My little chicken quickly took shape and ta da! – I think she’s quite a cutie!  She was made from So Saffron card stock using the Owl Builder punch and her wings come from the Bird Builder punch.  I sponged her with some Cajun Craze ink and popped her up on dimensionals along with the sentiment.

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Of course she’s the star of my card, so I wanted to keep the rest of the card fairly simple in composition and colour.  I gave her a rickety Woodgrain embossed fence to sit on, sponged with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, and some soft Cotton Paper grass (in case she falls off the fence with excitement!). The sentiment comes from the Wild About Flowers stamp set, embossed in white on Basic Black card stock.  I thought the DSP from the Pretty Petals DSP stack looked like chicken wire and fit perfectly with the colour scheme AND the theme.  Oh, happy day!

 

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The inside of the card was finished off with more of the cute chicken wire DSP and the centre cut out using the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits. I hope you like my little chicken as much as I do.  What do you think? Thank you to the design team for organising this week’s challenge, and thank you for stopping by.

Update:  I’m so excited to share my news that this card was selected as a winner in the Global Design Project challenge.  Woot! Woot!  Thank you GDP!

XOXO Gail

 

 

 

 

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