Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pile It On for December: Bling with Designed2Delight

The current Pile It On Challenge is going to last all December, so you have plenty of time to play along! The sponsor is Designed2Delight and our theme is Bling.

One of the Pile It On DT members is sitting out this session (life happens!) so I rushed in to pinch-craft. Designed2Delight very generously let us choose our images from their great store, and let me tell you I'm gonna have to buy this one! Aren't these Whimsical Cardinals so expressive‽ If you click on the image, you can view it larger to see all the details.
I knew I wanted to paper-piece the image, but I ended up using fabric from a pack of Heidi Grace swatches. I printed the background pieces, cardinals, and their scarves onto the fabric, which I ran through my inkjet printer by taping it securely onto a piece of cardstock. Making sure the top is well-secured is key. This method works well for printing on tissue paper, too.

I was especially pleased to find that the images were offered together as well as separately; that's not usually the case with stamps (even digital ones), and it makes this a super deal! Having the images separately as well made it easier to print & piece. Fussy-cutting the fabric wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done, but I'm happy with the result.

I added some fringe to pre-beaded stick pins that Mom sent me recently. Man, those are some serious pins! My childhood best friend had a beautiful collection of vintage hat pins, and I remember thinking they were more formidable than a collection of pocket knives! They were really fun to use.

I stamped & heat-embossed the sentiment in red onto a ready-made tag. It says "happy holidays from our house to yours," but since the photo above actually includes my neighbor's house, here's one facing our actual house:

Jingle Belles: Holiday Card Link-up Party
Scrappin' Chics December Challenge: December Holidays / Anything Goes
Forever Friends December Challenge: Christmas + use an Animal

Stamps: Whimsical Cardinals digi stamp by Designed2Delight, sentiment from Studio G (I think)
Tools: Fiskars papercutter, needle, awl, Marvy heat tool, acrylic block, HP printer & ink, Adobe InsDesign, Tim Holtz scissors, ZipDry glue, Crop-O-Dile II
Supplies: Heidi Grace fabric swatches, Recollections embossing powder & adhesive gemstones, metallic cord from stash (well, pulled off of ready-made Christmas tags), Versamark ink, tulle, Sakura & Elmer's gel pens, decorative pins from stash (thanks Mom!), Tattered Angels glimmer mist


  1. nice card
    thanks for joinning the monthly foreverfriends challenge

  2. Absolutely fantastic! Love the stick pins and the images are so sweet.

  3. oh WOW! those (fabric)paper-pieced birds are just sooooooooo very beautiful and amazing!!! ♥


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