August 8, 2009

birthday wishes

Happy Saturday! I'm so happy it's the weekend, aren't you? Today I thought I'd make a fun little birthday card using a technique called paper-piecing. I'm using Taylor's Cupcake Challenge for this week, TECC77, and the sets Beary Special and Beary Special Accessories.

I love the look of a paper-pieced image - the patterns and textures can't be replicated with markers or watercolor. It's such a fun little technique. I stamped the bear in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on a piece of Tall Tales Designer Series Paper and cut it out. I stamped it again on a piece of Banbury DSP and cut out the insides of the ears and feet (I also used the little patch stamp on this paper). Now how many times have you cut out something to paper-piece and it's been way too small or irregular to easily add adhesive? Taping these little pieces has become so much easier with a handy little gadget called the Xyron Create-a-sticker. This little piece of happiness will add adhesive to the back of all those little pieces of paper will drive me absolutely bonkers. It's perfect for all those small letter die cuts, or really odd shaped images that are too skinny to add tape to. Seriously, it's one of the tools I use most - love it! To add a little something extra to the card I used some linen thread around the balloons.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

recipe -
stamps: beary special, beary special accessories (taylored expressions)
ink: memento rich cocoa
paper: ruby red, so saffron, whisper white card stock, banbury dsp, tall tales dsp, the write stuff specialty paper, maine blueberries dsp
accessories: rectangle/scallop, circle & blossom nestabilities (spellbinders), scallop edge punch, so saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, stampin dimensionals, create-a-sticker (xyron)


  1. I think this card is so adorable. I love your take on the sketch, especially with the balloons in the corner. Very cute.

  2. Ahhh, girl this is cute cute cute!! Love the balloons and colors you chose! Hugs,

  3. What a fun and happy card. It's really cute!

  4. Totally cute birthday card - Karen!!! I should use this paper piecing technique more...I like how it looks!!!

    Have a great weekend!!! Hugs ~S~

  5. This is truly adorable!! love all the paper-piecing & that yellow bow is perfect!!

  6. This is adorable Karen! LOVE all the paper piecing and the strings tied around Teddy's wrist!

  7. this is my most FAVORITE card using this teddy bear! I love the colors you used on him & the card and the balloons tied on his paw! WOW

  8. Very cute Karen! Love your color choices and the floating balloons:)