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February 12, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays CFC39: Clean and Simple Paper Piecing

This is yet another new thing for me!  I can't believe how much I haven't done in ten years of making cards!  This entry is for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 39: CAS Paper Piecing.  I first checked the website last Friday to see what the challenge was and made a note that it was paper piercing.  Well, I thought I knew what paper piercing was, but I Googled it, just to be sure.  I was taken to a SCS tutorial which confirmed that it is most often used as a border of holes punched around a card.  Just like I thought.

Then I went back to CAS-ual Fridays and took a look at the entries.  Hmmm.  I wasn't seeing a whole lot of punched holes in these cards.  I went away for a while.  I came back and looked at more entries.  No holes that I could see.  Finally, I sent off an email to Karolyn, seeing as how she said, "This week’s challenge is one that always makes me happy – paper piecing makes my creative world a breeze!!" 

You probably know where this is going.  Karolyn very kindly explained that I was putting an R where no R should be.  My stars.  (For some reason, typing a blog makes me want to sound like my grandmother.)  In all fairness to me, my frameless eyeglasses broke completely in half at the bridge Saturday morning.  I mean the bridge, or nose, of the glasses; not that I was out standing on some bridge.  Luckily, I found a very old pair of glasses to wear, but, unluckily, they do make my vision blurry.  Oh, wait.  That doesn't explain why I thought it said "piercing" instead of "piecing" on Friday, so I guess we're back to the Old Age Excuse again!

In any case, I pulled my shoulders back up, shook off my embarrassment, and made my first paper-pieced card.  And, I agree, it is fun to do!

I origInally posted the following pictures, but on rereading this before heading to bed last night, I noticed there was something wrong with the way gravity was impacting this card. I've had this cute stamp for years and always used it upright, like a hand, but that can't be right if you look closely at the button. Ribbon / thread tails don't fly up!   How have I never noticed that before? You see, Karolyn, I really AM a goober!  Is there a Stamping Group for Dummies on the Web somewhere? If not, I may start one! Lotsa head shaking going on 'round here! 

Thanks so much to the "Girl Fridays" for the challenge and their hard work and beautiful cards of inspiration.  If you haven't joined in, hop over there and check it out!  As always, TFL and for any comments!

Also, welcome and thank you to Beryl for becoming a follower and commenting!


Paper:  Papertrey Ink Cream. Bazzill Dots
(the glove is stamped on old faux quilted paper, unknown)
Stamps:  Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Papertrey Ink Black
Accessories:  Pop-Up Dimensionals


Michele Gross said...

I love your card and I love your story!! :) Gotta say, it gives me an idea for a future challenge so start honing those hole poking skills :) Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

Beryl K said...

This is a fabulous card. I've not ventured into paper piecing yet. Many thanks for becoming a follower
Beryl x

Virginia L. said...

LOVE your paper-piecing, Darnell! I can't believe this is your first paper-pieced card! It is simply LOVELY in ever way! Now I'd agree with Michelle, we may have to have a hole-piecing challenge some day! Sounds like a ton of fun! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays! PS: Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me some love! Happy Valentine's Day!

kingstonmama said...

I loved reading your story. :) Your paper-pieced card is fabulous. Love that garden glove. Ann Y.