Thursday 8 September 2016

The eye of the retirement

Hi guys,

Today I have a paper pieced creation to share with you. Paper piecing is the technique where you stamp the image (or in this case print the image) several times onto different papers and then cut the papers out to make the coloured picture once stuck down.

 I used a pale yellow card blank and masked off a triangle. I then used a cotton wool ball and various coloured inks to make a spotty background. I used greens and blues for the outside and yellows, oranges and reds for the inside of the triangle. The image I used was one I found on google when looking for free book themed clip-art. I coloured the hair and skin with Promarkers (Tawny Owl, Sandstone, Buttercup, Cocoa, Primrose, Pale Pink and Satin). I then used various patterned papers for their clothes and books. I used some free peacock papers as well as the Papermania collections Henbury Lane and Capsule collection Sunshine. I die-cut a matt for the image from yellow paper, and printed the sentiment in yellow on purple paper.
I then printed the sentiment for the inside of the card in purple on yellow paper. The sentiments were die cut with a free tag nesting die.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
open-minded crafting #8 school/reading
Crafty Calender - Back to school
melonheadzfriends - school rules
the card concept #57 Rainbow Connection
MMM #29 back to school
CCM #172 Layer it up (3 layers - plus paper piecing)
allsorts #379 New Beginnings
addictedtostamps and more #210 photo inspiration

I also have some more woolly critters :) - getting bored of these yet???

I actually have a knitting technique challenge over on facebook this month - feel free to come along and join in!

I have another audio book review for you today:

The eye of the leopard by Henning Mankell
Hans Olofson’s father is a seaman who has been stranded on land after his wife disappeared on him, which causes him much distress. This leads Hans’ early life to be unsettled, which is made worse when tragedies occur, first to his best friend and then later on, to his lover. This causes him to take a trip out to Africa, which changes his life for nearly twenty years. During this time Hans struggles to understand Africa and its people, but a near mental breakdown causes him to reassess his situation.
This is an enjoyable book, although there are times when Hans seems to do the opposite of what he actually wants to do, for no apparent reason, which is annoying. It is a good fictional account of the relationship between the whites and the blacks in Africa in the 1970’s and 80’s and is taken from the perspective of an outsider. I did not think this book was as good as ‘The troubled man’, but it was still well written and interesting to listen to.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz


  1. cute paper pieced image and love the cotton wool ball splots and all the woolly critters
    carol x

  2. Love the paper pieced books, cute card! Thanks for playing along with the Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge.

  3. Sweet card.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

  4. Such a fun little card. Love those fun splatters. So glad you could join us at The Card Concept.

  5. Cotton Wool balls is certainly an original way to apply colour to a background. It works very well with your image. Love the addition of the papers too. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept Challenge.

  6. Great card! Love the paper piecing! Thanks for joining us at MMM.


  7. Very cute card. Love the paper piecing and the cute background. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday Challenges. Nandini, DT

  8. Lovely design and great paper-piecing! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

  9. Such a cute card and a fun idea! Thanks for playing along at The Card Concept!

  10. Lovely card! Thank you for joining our „Layer it up!“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

  11. What a clever idea for a retirement card. Thanks for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.
    Hugs, Sandy DT

  12. Very interesting card. love your design. Thank you for joining us at Crafty CardMakers this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  13. Very cute retirement card. Like the images and your background. Thank You for linking up with us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More!

  14. Very pretty card....but I am SO taken with your gorgeous woolly critters - THEY ARE SO CUTE! Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept. :)

  15. Super cute creation. Love the paper piecing.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Open Minded Crafting Fun.
    Lynn, OMCF DT


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