Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blog Tour Projects - Stayed Tune for Another Tour in July!

I hope you enjoyed the awesome blog tour that I was a part of for the past 48 hours! I had a wonderful time going from blog to blog; what an incredible group of artists! The links are gone for this tour, so I hope you bookmarked all your favorites. Our next tour will be July 27 and 28. It will coincide with the launch of our yearly catalog, so be sure to stop back here in July for updates!

The following were projects I did for the blog tour. I chose to show projects using the awesome Mat Pack and Paper Piercing technique. The paper piercing template in the Mat Pack is awesome to use not only as a guide for piercing paper, but for setting brads and eyelets. I try to incorporate some type of paper piercing in almost all of my projects. Other ideas for paper piercing would be: create borders, rain drops, scallops, creating motion - paper pierce the trial of a butterfly, bee or bird, or create stems for flowers. The possibilities are endless, and it's a great way to enhance your creative works of art!

The projects are posted below. I hope you like them!

The above card is one that I did for the LNS Challenge this week. I paper pierced around the edge on the Brocade Blue c/s and just at the corners on the Chocolate Chip c/s (sorry, it's a little hard to see). I lightly rubbed a sponge over the stamped image using Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Always Artichoke. The moon image was made by punching out a circle with a 1-1/4" circle punch on a post-it-note. I layered this on the card after I stamped the flowers on the bottom.

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes, Oval All
Inks: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Papers: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip DP & C/S
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Large Oval Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch Brocade Blue Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Hodgepodge Hardware, Sponges, Post-It Note, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

We actually did this card at my last stamp camp and it was a lot of fun to make. In the finished card, I also paper pierced just the border on the left-hand side of the card, and the scallops on the Baja Breeze scallop oval. I cut the flower image a part and layered each piece separate. The butterflies where layered together using Mini-Glue Dots and silver cording. Here's the details:

Stamp Set: Soft Summer, Oval All, Great Friend (butterfly image)
Inks: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Papers: Walk in the Park DP, Whisper White, So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Accessories: So Saffron Ribbon, Oval Scallop Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Water Color Brush, Scissors, Silver Cording, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

To create the swirl of the butterfly, I drew a pattern on a piece of vellum cardstock. I then paper pierced the swirl following the pattern.

It might be hard to see the pierced squares, but here is the finished product!

Stamp Sets: Soft Flowers (Saying)

Papers: Bella Rose DP, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DP & C/S

Inks: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Brads, White Brad, CAD, Large Dots Texturz Plate, Daisies #2 Dies, Big Shot, Ticket Corner Punch, Window Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

This is what the designer paper looked like after I was done "connecting the dots"!

To create the dots on the designer paper, I lined up the Mat Pack as shown and paper pierced a row at a time.

The final product! The rose was embossed with white ep and the watercolored in using Cameo Coral and Apricot Appeal reinkers and an Aqua Pen.

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Dear Friend (Saying)
Inks: Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal
Papers: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Vellum c/s
Accessories: Manhattan Folder, Large Dots Texturz Plate, Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Window Punch, White EP, Heat Gun, Water Color Brush, Aqua Painter, Whisper White Ribbon, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Scissors, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

I lined up the template from the Mat Pack and pierced a border along the edge.


Jeanne Nielsen said...

Gorgeous card! TFS!

Teri said...

Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing.

WebDeb said...

Wow -- you have opened my eyes to several new techniques using piercing tools. Fabulous projects, beautifully done!

TABray said...

Just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Lorita said...

Thanks for sharing this. I have these tools and never really use them much. You showed me that they really add something to your project.
Thanks again,

Latenightstamper said...

I love where you showed how to connect the dots, I have never thought of that! You are amazing. Love your ideas! What a great day for a tour! Sherrill Graff

Hetty said...

Thanks for the inspirational tour!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the paper piercing ideas! Love them and your projects turned out great!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Beautiful work, I love our blog tours... so much talent!

Anonymous said...

How nice of you to provide a tutorial to go along with your projects for the tour!
Great job, Nola

Liz said...

Wow!!! Awesome work!!!

sandi said...

WOW (that pretty much sums it up)

KJ said...

Stunning projects, honestly. Your talent amazes me.

Tammy Howell said...

Such awesome ways to use the paper piercer and mat pack! Can't wait to try them. Lovely cards!

Pam said...


RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Wow! Amazing piercing!

Barbara said...

What fabulous ideas you have shared! LOVE them all....and I will be using them!!

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Thanks for sharing the paper piercing tips and techniques. One of my favorite things to do and now you've shown me some ideas I'd never thought of. I especially liked the pierced butterfly flight path! Perfect for bees too!

Hugs and blessings - Jean

Tea said...

Love the ideas and your explanations are so good. Really a great blog - a great display - I'll be back.

Diane said...

Really amazing how much extra the piercing adds to the project! You've inspired me to use this technique more! Thank you!

Julie said...

WOW - Had never thought about different designs with the mat pack. Just perfect, the cards are beautiful!

Heather Wright-Porto said...

Love the butterly card and of course the watercolor rose.

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Diana said...

fabulous samples. TFS

MJ said...

Great cards every single one of them. Love the idea of piercing between the dots.

Leonie Schroder said...

oh wow Eileen I love all these cards - especially the butterfly one and the pocket silhouettes! I love the 'connect a dot' too - will have to try that one! That mat pack is so handy for so many neat tricks!

Latenightstamper said...

very very beautiful!!! I love it
sherrill Graff