Today I picked up an old copy of Making Cards from 2010 and noticed that the free papers were still inside. That had to be dealt with right away! And some of them would be perfect with my NBUS set from Clearly Besotted, Cute as a Bug, bought last summer and still uninked. I used them to make a large 20cm square card
I'm not great at paper piecing, and don't do it very often (maybe if I did it more often, I'd be better at it, or maybe I don't do it very often because I'm not good at it - whichever way round it is, it's never a technique that springs to mind when I'm making a card) but a couple of current challenges have prodded me towards it and these little bugs are perfect for it because the arms/legs/feelers/wings get stamped on the background and there isn't then the nightmare of trying to fussy-cut them. I used papers from the magazine for the paper piecing, except for the caterpillar because I thought the green spotty paper looked particularly caterpillar, and the dragonfly which has come out black in the photo but is really a lovely iridescent blue and green metallic.
The little charm-thing in the corner of the panel is a pierced plastic disc from an old Hot Off The Press kit. I masked off the word "bug" from the "love bug" sentiment then inked it with Stazon, removed the mask and stamped the plastic disc. Yes, I have loads of stand alone stamps that say "love" but I wanted to match the font of the main sentiment.
Right, now, this is the first time I've ever joined in the challenges at Pile it On, so I'm perhaps going to go a bit overboard on challenges, please bear with me - one, two or three is much more normal for me! Fingers crossed I get all the links in the right places.....
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Q is for Quilts/Paper Piecing (the snark lies purely in the language I was using while cutting and sticking those tiny pieces of paper!)
C.R.A.F.T. - Paper Piecing
Pile it On - Garden Creatures
A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - May
Creative Card Crew- Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes