It’s time for another Dirty Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge was to use paper piecing.  Another part of the challenge was to use Fall or Christmas colors.  I didn’t remember that part and made the birthday card first.  Oops.smileyblushingani.gif  So I made the Christmas card, too, to qualify for the challenge.  Since I wanted the cards to be a set, I used Unity’s cute little floral image from their “Gratitude=Joy” Kit across the bottom of both cards.  For the Christmas card, I added the little red “berries” with a marker.


I love to paper piece, but sometimes I get a little crazy with lots of teeny tiny pieces of paper to glue.  But you can have just as much fun and make it a whole lot easier by using a simple shape to piece such as this square gift.  The paper pattern is repeated elsewhere on the card, too, which helps to emphasize the paper piecing on the gift.

The gifts are actually popped up on the inside of the cards.  They show through windows that have been punched on the front of the cards.  This is such a quick and easy way to add an element of fun!



Plus when the card is open, you still get to see the main event!!


Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Unity “Gratitude=Joy” (floral) & “Birthday Chic” (birthday sentiment); Victorine Originals (gift); Flourishes “Holiday Greetings (Christmas sentiment)

Papers: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Ballet Blue (birthday butterfly), Old Olive (Christmas pines); Provo Craft DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Yellow, Blue, Red, Green and Black Markers

Accessories: Nestabilities; Brads; Yellow and Green Dotted Ribbons; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; McGill Pine Punch

21 Responses to “Wanna (Paper) Piece of Me?”

  1. These two cards are so cheerful in nature and I love the simple look of each one! I love paper piecing too, but seldom do it and I can’t explain why!? LOL

  2. Well, such a cute pair! I love that I got to see both of them together! Love the peek a boo!

  3. Oh lovely cards and I so love that your cards show up so BIG…all the better to see all the details. Are you doing that HTML “thingie” to make them bigger?

  4. How sweet! Love the whimsical look of both cards… Fabulous.

  5. Really great post, Susan! Love how you showed two completely different versions of the same gorgeous card! Excellent job!

  6. This looks terrific – love this idea. TFS

  7. Susan, both cards are fantastic. The birthday card works for me too. I think it qualifies for the challenge.

  8. Oh I love those cards!! What a brilliant idea!
    Beautifully done.

  9. cute cards, Susan! I love the blue & yellow birthday one too!

  10. Rainy,

    I love your cards and they are so bright and cheerful!

  11. I love it! Way to make your ‘mistake’ rock! 🙂

  12. These cards are so cute! I love how you attached tiny gift boxes!

  13. Ooh!! I love the spring colored one too!! Both are just great and very CASE worthy!!

  14. Oh my goodness, Susan! These are so ingenious and totally inspired! Love that you used the same images for two totally separate event cards!! Love that the package is on the inside…keeps the happy feeling going. Awesome!

  15. I LOVE them both!! hugs kiddo!

  16. Oh, how fun! I love these whimsical designs — just so cute!

  17. What a beautiful and versatile card design! Love the faux stitching lines. You always put in so many wonderful details.

  18. Love them both! You were so clever to *holly* up that flower stamp to make it Christmas-y! I love the little supporting details of the butterfly/pine boughs. So very pretty!

  19. Great piecing on both, Susan…and I love the layout!! Pretty cards!!

  20. These are cute, sweet, and cheerful! Love them, Susan!

  21. Hey Miss Susan…what absolutely fabulous cards!!! How cool to use the same image and layout but different colors to make a Christmas card and a birthday card….you are sooo creative!!!!!

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