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Monday, 11 November 2013

CCM 104 Paper Piecing

Our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is Paper Piecing. We are sponsored by both Saturated Canary with two of their gorgeous digi images and also by Woodware Craft Collection with a £12 voucher to be spent at one of their retailers, either online or in store.

I had a lot of fun with this one. Some friends and I have been having a bit of a hard time and so we decided to make something sparkly for each other to cheer ourselves up. I do hope that the person mine has gone to has achieved that, because it certainly cheered me up making it.

I forgot to take photos all the way through, but the door hanger started off plain wood and I painted one side in a pale pink so that it would tone in with the paper I chose for the front side.

CCM 104 Paper Piecing

The paper is from the Craftwork Cards Vintage Boho Pad. After I had stuck it in place I started to get really cross with myself because I had forgotten how difficult pink is to match, there are red pinks, and orange pinks and blue pinks, and no other pink seemed to match or rather tone in, and I didn’t want to paper piece my prima doll with the same pad as I didn’t think it would stand out enough. In the end I went for some WRMK paper from their Tiffany Pad, which I had left over in my scraps box, I knew there was a reason I didn’t throw it away! I had to stamp it in white though so that the dress folds would show up against the black paper.

CCM 104 Paper Piecing Image

I coloured her body parts first with copics, and then trimmed her out and restamped her again onto the tiffany paper. The shoes, bolero and hairband, and also the hem of her dress were also stamped onto some green paper scraps from the same pad and trimmed out.

I have these teeny tiny flowers and I had the idea to put them onto her hairband, and then I just got carried away and decided to make her a bolero with gems stitched onto it, although in this case of course, they are stuck on, they also ended up as buckles for her shoes. The crystal swirls came from Poundland, in their make up section as body art, and I coloured them to tone in with the greens in the doll clothes and the green in the background paper and the frame around the door hanger circle.

The gems around the top are some coloured gem flowers with small crystals in the centre in pink, and the green ones, were plain flat back pearlised flowers which I coloured with the same green as the crystals and stuck tiny crystals into the centre so they would sort of match the pink flower gems.

I tied some various ribbon scraps around the hole and made up a prima flower with my own metallic floral centre.

The circle in the middle drove me nuts. I cut it from double sided paper and first off I laid it down with a darker side showing, but as I started decorating the hanger I realised it was jarring and so recut it and this time stuck it down the other side facing up, which I think tones in much better.

I also made a little box for it, lined with pink tissue paper.


And some Hunky Dory paper covering the lid


I have a few of these doll stamps, and I really enjoyed working with this one. Hopefully I will find time to dress a few of the others, and I have masses of small scraps that are ideal for this sort of thing! This reminded me of when I was a small child and my Mum and I would sit with the sofa pulled up closer to the fire in the Winter to get cosy and she would help me cut out pictures from old catalogues and we would then cut out the various fashions and dress the dolls! Later, of course, she bought me some proper paper dolls to dress, but nothing quite matched the joy of those early images cut from the catalogue. We used to cut out beds and living room furniture and make whole houses for the paper dolls….. happy days. These days of course, if it doesn’t have bells and whistles and ring, with a camera attached kids don’t want to know. I doubt they will have the same fabulous memories when they are my age that I have!

I am entering this into the following:-

4 Crafty Chicks – #167 Anything But a Card

Brown Sugar – #67 Anything Goes

Bunny Zoe – November Shabby Chic/Vintage

Craft My Life – All Crafts Challenge October/November

Crafts4Eternity – #149 Anything But a Card

Di’s Digi Designs – Girly Creations

Eclectic Ellapu – Anything But a Card

Hiding in My Craft Room – #123 Super Scraps Saturday

Hobby Cutz – #24 Glitter and Sparkle

Inky Impressions – #133 Dies and Punches

Lacy Sunshine – #21 It’s A Bling Thing

Pan Pastel – #45 Altered Media

The Paper Girls Challenge – #43 Cut It Out



  1. Beautiful and fabulous card. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Brown Sugar. Good luck.

  2. This is a beautiful project! Your image is darling, and I love all of the embellishments you added! Fabulous job!!! Thanks so much for joining us over at HIMCR this week!!!

    Emily - Mollie's Motif

  3. This is fabulous Lin! The paper piecing looks great & the paper you used is just beautiful.....looks great stamped on in white too! And all those little, her jacket looks lovely! I remember many a happy hour sat at the kitchen table with an old catalogue and a pair of scissors....mixing & matching heads with bodies then dressing them all in fabulous clothes lol, Hope you're well!
    hugs Jo x

  4. beautiuf creation. great that paper on the image!
    thank you for joining at lacy sunshine challenge

  5. Hi Lin - What a gorgeous creation, and I'm sure it'll bring a smile to the recipient's face too! Love your tip about stamping in white ink to make the stamp show on darker colours. I remember cutting outfits from old catalogues as well ... luckily one of my girls has a crafty side to her, so I hope she'll have memories of us crafting together.
    Have a great day! Helen x

  6. Wow fab project, thats one of my favourite stamps and you've 'dressed' her beautifully with those gorgeous papers. Perfect shading too. Thanks for joining us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel UK this week
    Claire xx

  7. Wow, fabulous paper piecing Lin, a gorgeous hanger, the recipient will be delighted! Xx

  8. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks! Wonderful job!

    Leanne DT @4CC!

  9. What a fabulous door hanger! I love the beautiful colours and how you have dressed her. Just stunning. I am sure your friend will love it. Loved to hear your memories also, I am with you on that! Thanks for joining us at c4e. keeley

  10. Such a beautiful creation thank you for sharing with us at Lacy Sunshine, Hugs Kerry DT xx

  11. Oh this is fabulous! I love those WR Memory Keepers Papers I spy in her dress!

    Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

    Happy Crafting!


    Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

  12. This is just fabulous - I'm sure it wll cheer up the recipient.
    Love your paper piecing and stamping in white is genius. (I would never have thought of that)
    Caroline xxx

  13. What an AMAZING way to use your scraps!!! I love everything about this door hanger . . .from the color combination to the flower beads added to her bolero. The beads added that extra special touch. Thanks for joining us this week at Hiding In My Craft Room for Super Scraps Saturday! Hope to see you next week .....and Good Luck!!!

    Kathy HIMCR DT

  14. This is a stunning project, I love the image and your choice of DP's is just perfect. thank you so much for sharing this with us at hobbycutz and we hope to see you again for our next challenge.
    Hugz, Lorraine xx

  15. so pretty thanks so much for joining us at Bunnyzoes this month
    hugs sara x x

  16. This is so up my street! I think this door hanger is absolutely gorgeous. Being a pink girl myself I love the colours you have chosen. You were right to use the white ink pad as it shows up perfectly. Thank you for joining us over at Craft My Life. hugs Mrs A. (DT.)

  17. Awesome LIn, just wonderful paper piecing and I love the image. I loved reading your post and it brought back many memories of my younger years when my sister and I would cut out images from the catalogue and then different clothes to dress them in. Oh what fun,the clothes never really fit although we tried hard to get the dresses at least facing the same direction as the image:) Spent many an hour at it, kids don't know what they missed lol!


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