Pattern Paper – going from argh to … maybe …

When I first started crafting as a hobby I purchased a few 12 x 12 pattern paper sets from Stampin Up … and well, pretty much never used them. I was about to give them away (nothing sadder in a craft room than unused supplies) when online card classes advertised a class on using pattern papers, pattern play.

My first attempt at using pattern paper is paper piecing. I ended up using quite a subtle paper for the flowers and stems, and plain card stock for the stalks. I also added a strip to the inside of the card; a striped pattern with the same colors as the paper used on the front of the card.

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My first attempt at paper piecing.

I also decided to try a little paper weaving. I haven’t quite figured out how to finish this tag, but it was quite a lot of fun doing the weaving itself. Although it turns out getting the weaving to be completely straight was quite hard. I might use this tag in my journal tomorrow … so watch this space to see how it all evolves.

My first attempt at paper weaving.

My first attempt at paper weaving.

I am still not too convinced about using pattern paper. I do like the ideas from the class, particularly paper piecing and using the paper behind a negative die cut.

 

 

 

 

Living in the moment …

I love how if we re-frame something in our minds it can completely change how we feel or think about something. Life isn’t always easy. So, when I encountered this quote in one of Tim Holtz’s stamp sets it seemed to capture an important element of life and the importance of living in the moment even when it all seems a bit grim.

I thought I would enter another craft challenge this week, this time the One Layer Wednesday Challenge … and it is all about sentiments on cards … so I had to use my favorite quote to do that! 🙂

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