Hi, There, Stampers!
I love it when I find something hidden in Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs! And with the newest catalog, I’ve found a few. What I mean by that is that there’s something in the catalog that’s not actually called out as a featured part in any of the designs, but it’s still there. Do you ever see the tiny notes that appears on many of the pages of photos? What they’ll sometimes tell you is, “Hey, I’ve used another product but it’s on another page somewhere.”
Or maybe you’re looking through all of the photos of dies or embossing folders or punches and you see something that, somehow, you missed in going through the catalog.
That’s the case with the Patchwork Pieces Dies. I was looking through the pictures of dies and thought, “What is this and how did I miss it?” The good news is that the description said that I could look on page 55 of the catalog to see how it was used.
If You’re a Quilter, You May Love These Dies!
I’m not a serious quilter. In fact at this moment in time, I do not own a sewing machine. There’s a reason for that and it’s called, “Fabric Hoarding Disease.” If I have a sewing machine in my house, I’ll buy fabric. And when the heck do I think I’ll have time to use it all. Nope.
BUT I now have the Patchwork Pieces Dies, and I can use all that fun Stampin’ Up! paper that I have on hand. Today I’m sharing three projects that I’ve already made with the dies, and I can hardly wait to make more so I can show them to you, too.
The First Die
Usually I’d start at the right or the left of a series of photos. But this time I’m starting right in the middle. This is about the simplest design that you could make with the die with sunburst-style pieces. I took one sheet of paper from the Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper. When you cut a piece of paper you end up with a piece that’s 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to need as a piece on which to mount the pieces. So I cut a piece 3-3/4″ x 5″ of Lost Lagoon Cardstock. I started with the top two corners and started gluing the pieces leaving a bit of space between each. Once I got the top layer of pieces done, I moved down row by row. To make the borders even all around, I trimmed the Lost Lagoon cardstock a bit.
The second card I made with this die is a bit different, and not just that it’s portrait orientaton rather than landscape. I alternated colors – which, of course, gives it more of a quilted look! To save paper, I decided to make two cards since I was going to be cutting two full pieces of paper with the same dies. Given the angles I was dealing with, that didn’t quite work. So I just made the two middle pieces on each side the same color. THAT worked!
And the Swirly Shape
I was still in the mood for using more than one paper design for this card. So I chose one of the Crushed Curry prints and alternated it with one of the prints that included Crushed Curry among its color. This was as much fun as the first two cards. But having a central image in the middle for a sentiment didn’t work for me. So I pulled out yet another new stamp set, Vertical Blooms, for the sentiment. Until then I wasn’t sure how I was going to start using that stamp set. But once I started, I’ve been using it a lot.
How To Buy Stampin’ Up! Products
The easiest way to buy the products that I’ve shared here is to click on one of the pictures or the bold-faced text, which will take you to my personal Stampin’ Up! store. Once you’re there to learn more about – and buy – the product you clicked, you can shop for the other products as well.