Fab 'n' Funky ~ Paper Piecing

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm here today to share a DT post for Fab 'n' Funky, which is actually the birthday card I made for one of my darling pals who I got to know when Zac was at Playcentre here in Auckland. She's having a high tea party at the weekend and we've all to dress up in our finest, so I had the fab idea of combining my DT post with the creation of her birthday card. Our lovely Chris is hosting this week and we're being sponsored by one of my favourite online craft stores - Live & Love Crafts. If you've not discovered them before, go check out this fabulous craft store!

I was inspired to paper piece this fabulous 'Audrey' image by Stamping Bella, creating rather a lovely party frock. Watcha reckon? I LOVE it! So the theme for our current challenge, which yep, you guessed it, 'Paper Piecing', lent itself perfectly to the creation of my lovely pals birthday card. 

I used the fabulous MFT Die-namics Blueprints 14 set to create the base elements of this card. I cut them from two gorgeous pages from the Raspberry Road papers by Lili of the Valley. I just love these, they're so pretty and were perfect for the vision I had to create a pretty floral tea dress. Don't you just LOVE this fabulous Stamping Bella image? A wonderful hat tip to Audrey Hepburn. She's such a style icon and this is a fabulous image. I've coloured the base pieces with my Promarkers and added some accents here and there over the paper pieced areas. 

I didn't start out intending to create a red card base or to have so many red accents, but I love how that worked out. It really brings out the red blooms in the floral paper. I wanted to include a wee teapot and teacup in the make, to reference the high tea party we're having for my pals birthday, so this sweet Whimsy teapot and teacup were perfect. The little heart that was cut from the centre of the teapot, I added above the sentiment as it was too sweet to waste! I was inspired to try a 'tea themed' card after seeing this lovely make by one of my fav' blog buddies Kat. Go check out her stunning work, she's fab.

Initially I finished up the card as you see it above, but after a little more thought, I realised I'd forgotten to add her pearls! I also played around with the idea of adding a bloom to finish the card. So some extra elements were added here and there. The sentiment is from an older Whiff of Joy set by Katharina Frei called General Sayings, which was just the perfect sentiment for my lovely pals birthday card. A wee doily tucked in the back, some pretty red satin ribbon behind the diecut feature strip (which kinda looks like a tablecloth side on don't ya think?) I doodled some steam above the teacup too, as it just needed something else I thought. I edged most of the papers (apart from the stitched edge one) with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink in Old Road. It worked really well with the green papers. Hope you like!

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, if you haven't yet checked out my candy in the post above, please do! It's pretty awesome, It includes the goodies in the pic, plus a $20 Saturated Canary Voucher and a £10 Live & Love Crafts Voucher too. Plus a couple of small surprise prizes for two runners up. There's only a few weeks to go now! I so want to share some joy with one of my lovely blog buddies, so don't be shy, join in! Go have a nosey at what you could win (as part of my candy) over on our lovely sponsors site too. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Stamping Sensations: March ~ Flower Power
The Ribbon Girl: Anything Goes (or Spring/Easter)
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #246 ~ Pretty Projects
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Mum's Day/Special Female
Crafty Creations Challenges: #310 ~ Sentiment As A Focal Point
Allsorts Challenge: #353 ~ Celebrating International Women's Day
Pile It On Challenge: #103 ~ Green and Two Other Colours (Green, Red & White)
613 Avenue Create: #166 ~ Anything Goes with Optional Twist - All That Glitters
The Crafter's Cafe: #144 ~ Inspired By A Song - Oh Wouldn't It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady
As You Like It: Favourite Occasion ~ Birthdays. I love to make birthday cards. I make more of those than any other I think (including Christmas!) I just think it's really lovely to give and to receive a hand made birthday card. It's that one day of the year, which is all about 'you'. So I like to make the effort for my family and friends.

Update: My card made the Top 3 in the As You Like It 'Favourite Occasion' challenge. I'm so thrilled you liked the birthday card I made my lovely pal. Thank you so much!

My card also made Top 5 in the Allsorts 'Celebrating Women's Day' challenge. Thank you so much ladies! I'm delighted.

This card also made Top 3 on The Crafter's Cafe Challenge. So stoked that my card has been so well received. Thank you all so much. :)


This is gorgeous, very stylish card and I love the paper piecing
coldwaters2 said…
Oh my what a beautiful creation Wendy I love that image so much also all the little extra details like the teapot and cup a brilliant piece of paper piecing great choice of papers and fabulous embellishments, I love it
lorraine x
Sarah said…
This is fantastic Wendy and I love all the paper pieced details. Your friend will be thrilled to bits!! Always great to see you at AYLI xx
aussie aNNie said…
Stunning, classy and gorgeous paper piecing....love this stamp too.xx
Chris said…
Wow Wends, I love this! Your gorgeous image (just love these stamps!) looks so stylish in her beautiful paper pieced dress! The design is lovely too...the red contrasts so beautifully with the wood effect paper, the doily, teapot and cup bring to mind a tea party! Your friend is gonna love this!
Pat K said…
Awesome card Wends. This beauty is so in fashion right now with her flower patterned dress...LOVE IT. The doily and teapot are the perfect addition to your little scene. hugs, Pat K xx
Zw@@n said…
Stunning card! I love the paperpiecing, that paper is gorgeous. I also like the details and design. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma
So classy.....I want a dress (and a figure!) like that!

Great work xx

Sharon x
Alison said…
This is stunning, Wends - as is your elegant image in her gorgeous dress. I love the red accents too.
Alison x
Oh my Wends....What a gorgeous card....love the design and pretty image and papers....sweet little teapot....great paper piecing.....Joolsx
Mervi said…
Fabulous card!
Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts "Women's day".
Mervi DT
Wendy said…
Oh WOW! Love everything about your card Wends, it!s absolutely gorgeous, fabulous colours & design.
Wendy xx
Babs said…
I love this card image and papers it's very classy and gorgeous..
Hugs Babs x
Lucy Patrick said…
OMG Wendy, you really couldn't have chosen a better patterned paper to paper piece this image, it is totally amazing, perfection! I just adore everything about this card and it is going to suit the high tea party theme for your friend so beautifully, she will be so thrilled as we can tell time, effort and thoughtfulness have gone into it giving it such a personal touch. I hope you have a wonderful time at the high tea party, I'm yet to have one of those but would love to some time, enjoy. Big hugs, XOX Lucy
Kathleen said…
Fabulous creation, love the papers and your paper piecing and a fabulous design.
Thank you for joining our International Woman's Day challenge this week at Allsorts.

Elizabeth Hart said…
Perfect paper piecing - love this card!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On challenge, Elizabeth (DT)
brenda said…
A lovely floral creation and super paper piecing, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x
Beautiful use of that die set and papers, you have created a fabulous design. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this week.
Lorraine DT
Pat said…
Fabulous card Wends, love the paper pieced image, the gorgeous colours, the great card design and the beautiful embellishments.

Pat xx
Judith said…
this is gorgeous Wends - love the rd floral dress and matching hat - a perfect card fro your high tea birthday - have fun hugs judith x
Elise said…
Oh wow Wendy! Ths is absolutely STUNNING! I love the colors of this, and your paper piecing is GORGEOUS! Wow wow wow!

Big hugs,
Karen said…
Wends, you are such a lovely person! I have been wanting to visit you all week... I apologize for the delay. Your card is absolutely stunning! This truly is the most beautiful paper-piecing card I have ever seen. your papers are perfection. The floral pattern is breathtaking and works so brilliantly for her dress and the sweet tea pot! (Filled with love! Swoon!) The doily adds such delicacy and I love your gentle, stunning layering. This is one of my favorites from you and I have been a fan of your work for much longer than you know. :o) Thank you for ending my day on such a sweet note! Wishing you a sweet and sparkly weekend. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Catie Cuddles said…
Wow! Love all the elements and the coordinating hat you've given her. So pretty!
Catherine x
creationsnz said…
WOW such a fabulous card, so glad you are a top pick! Carol
Jan said…
Love this pretty card xx Jan
creationsnz said…
I forgot to say I LOVE her dress, and wish I was the figure type to wear it! It just looks like fabric. Carol at http://creationsnz.blogspot.co.nz/
Gale said…
This is so such a pretty card. Love your paper piecing. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month and we hope to see you again real soon. Hugs, Gale DT
mixamatoasties said…
Gorgeous card. I love all the red and her paper pieced dress is just fab-u-lous! I bet your pal loved it.

Susan xx
Ribbon Girl said…
very elegant! Thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl March Card Challenge, best of luck! Mary x www.ribbongirl.co.uk
Buffy said…
Amazing card Wends, that paper is beautiful. Love how you pulled it all together. Fabulous!

Buffy xx
flossbite said…
Beautiful card, very stylish. Thanks for playing along with us at The Crafter's Cafe.
Fiona DT x
pinky said…
Such a glamorous card, love the paper piecing. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
creationsnz said…
CONGRATs on all your wins with this card - you deserve it! CarolG

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