A new technique (for me!)

Hi there bloggies!

I had such fun doing this card for the latest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. I have been meaning to attempt a “paper pieced” card for months and months … and it just never seems to occur to me when I sit down to stamp. So … I knew that the latest challenge was another reminder … and I needed to play again this time! 😀 Make sure you click on the challenge pic to see some other great ideas for paper piecing!

I know I have used a retired SU! stamp set for this card. But … when I went to find an “outline” image set … I was amazed to discover that I have very few of them. I was going to use my “Morning Cup” set … but then I pulled out this “Merci” set and decided I couldn’t go past the butterfly stamp! I think it is a great choice for paper piecing … and I even managed to piece the body of the butterfly on each of them!

I have also just popped by the Simply Stampin’ Challenge blog to find that they have a butterfly theme for their challenge this week. How FAB that I can enter this card for their challenge, too! I am pretty excited to have won some fabulous blog candy (random draw) over at SSC last week!!! I can’t wait to see what it is! 😉 Don’t forget to pop over and see the lovely DT samples for this butterfly challenge! So much gorgussness! 😀

Sorry the photos are a little dark. I hope you can see how pretty this card is.The DSP is the brand new “hostess only” DSP from SU! It is such a pretty pack … and I am keen to do some more with it! See you all again soon! Hugs xxaxx



  1. Lynda says:

    I love this technique (use it alot on my TGF stamps) as it saves a lot of watercolouring…hee hee hee. Once again, you have not gone wrong with b’flies and I am SUPER impressed (or shd that be impierced???) that you did the bodies too!! Fantastic card sweetie. Love it. ooxx
    Andrea adds: We must be online at the same time. I just posted this … and a few minutes later … here is your comment! Hi blog buddy! Nice to see you!!! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  2. Amy Fleming says:

    I love this card! And you have really used this technique beautifully!
    Love also the colours that you used.
    Amy xxx
    Andrea adds: Hi Amy! So nice to see you again! Thanks for your sweet comment! Hugs xxaxx


  3. Lisa says:

    Hello challenge buddy! Thanks for your love on my blog 🙂 Love this card…what fun butterflies and a pretty embossed background!
    Andrea adds: Hi Lisa! Back again! Thanks for being here! It is so lovely to make some new blog friends! Hugs xxaxx


  4. Denise M. says:

    Loooooooovely colors and texture! Guaranteed to give the recipient a huge ole’ smile!
    Andrea adds: I hope it did give her a smile! 😀 I sure enjoyed making it! Hugs xxaxx


  5. Gabbi says:

    Such a pretty card – I’m admiring all your hard work in cutting out those butterflies – it was worth it! This is stunning. The ribbon & embossing at the top make it really formal – I’m appreciating all your hard work, with such lovely colours!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Andrea adds: Hi Gabbi! It is so nice to have someone appreciate the detail … and effort! (Big hug to you!) I enjoyed creating this one … but it did take a little while to do all the “fussy cutting”! Hugs xxaxx


  6. That is really lovely, you have sooo much more patience than me doing all that ‘fussy cutting’. Fab result though!
    Fi xox
    Andrea adds: It was kinda therapeutic, Fiona! 😉 So nice to see you! Hugs xxaxx


  7. Maureen says:

    I absolutely love this card, the paper piecing and perfect bow 🙂 Thanks for leaving me so much love on my blog, you always brighten my day!!!
    Andrea adds: Hi Maureen! Your’s is a ‘go to’ for inspiration. You have such a great way of making simple look stunning! Hugs xxaxx


  8. What a beauty! I loved the butterfly in the Merci set …. and realized when you said that you were short on outline sets, I am too. Hmmmm. Maybe should have hung onto them a little longer.
    Andrea adds: Yes … I have got rid of a few, too, Celia! Sigh … perhaps I will need to BUY some MORE??? GIGGLE!!! Hugs xxaxx


  9. Hi Andrea,
    I love this card, paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques to use, it is a great way to use up scraps of your favorite DSP, that you just can’t throw away.
    i love to see other examples of it.

    I am so glad to hear all is quiet on the home front, with all now on the mend.

    Hugs Sharna
    Andrea adds: All is reasonably quiet! I still have lots of appts with mum … today is an X-ray and Blood Tests … Tues is Infectious Disease appt & TACT team appt … Wed is orthopaedic surgeon appt & TACT team appt … Thurs is Heart Specialist appt & TACT team appt! So … it is still busy … but at least mum is feeling better … she is getting around a little better … and emotionally she is coping a little better. I am keen to get her back driving … and it will be good to have the picc line removed (hopefully next Thurs) so she can be more mobile and not so house bound (waiting for the TACT team each day!) She has had a little hiccup in the last couple of days … with a low platelette count … but we are slowly but surely getting there! (Aren’t you glad you asked!!!) 😉 🙄 😀 Thanks for popping by! Hugs xxaxx


  10. You’ve done a wonderful job on this paper-pieced project – love the sweet butterfly images and the beautiful color scheme!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Karolyn! It was definitely a technique I had been meaning to try for ages!!! So glad your challenge prompted me to do it! Hugs xxaxx


  11. Melissa says:

    loving those butterflies, they look terrific, beautiful card.
    Andrea adds: Thanks Melissa! I enjoyed doing this one! Hugs xxaxx


  12. Sonia G says:

    This is a gorgeous card! I love using old stamps because you don’t get to see them around very often!
    That tiny line of embossing is great too!
    Andrea adds: This is a pretty one … isn’t it! I love that new DSP! I used it for your INK4U! project … will upload that to the forum today! Hugs xxaxx


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