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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop

Its already the 25th and time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  This months challenge was to use a technique that you learned from a fellow stamper.  The blog hop rules are located here

I had to think long and hard about this challenge.  I have learned a lot from fellow papercrafters through out the 5 years or so I have been scrapbooking, stamping, and papercrafting, but I couldn't think of a specific technique for this challenge.  Then, I thought of the wreath I just made for a gift and realized that I included a technique that I have been using a lot:  paper piecing from punches and/or dies.  Two of the PTI DT have used this technique recently.  Betsy Velman used it with for her monster here, and Dawn McVey used it for her flower here, which I was dying to turn into a sunflower.  The wreath was totally inspired by Dawn's here.

I used a branch wreath from Michaels and had to hot glue the leaves and flowers on.  I used some of those little beads on wire to give it a more rustic look.

Her is a close up of the paper pieced sunflowers that I made from the smallest leaf from the Leaf Prints Die Collection.  I used some Dark Chocolate Felt for the circles.  I thought that they turned out nice.  Thanks, Dawn, for the great idea!

I love paper piecing.  Here are some cute little Frankensteins that we made at a stamp club I belong to with Terri Knaapen:

Aren't they cute?  They were made with a paper punch from another company, but can totally be replicated with Label 1 from Spellbinders.  I tried to make a PTI version of this little guy. 

LOL!  He's made with Mat Stack 4 and the small Rickrack Border dies.  I'll use him for something fun for my kids, I just haven't decided what yet!

Well, thanks so much for stopping by.  Can't wait to see all the projects out there today.  Have fun hopping!



Great job on your PTI wreath...aren't dies just too much fun!?


Such a pretty fall wreath.That's a LOT of die cutting!!

Traveling Mama

These are such great projects! What a way to celebrate the fall!

Sue Ann

Great projects and that wreath is something special for sure!!!


The frankensteins were just TOO cute, but that wreath is awesome- so much work went into that one!


Oh my gosh your wreath is AMAZING! Totally worth all the die cutting :D


Nice job on all of them. Love what you did with the dies.

Kirsty Vittetoe

Very lovely wreath for the season, I started mine a month ago and still sitting there unfinished, I hope I don't wait till winter, LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello! : )

Heather Jensen

Very sweet! Love your wreath. I bet it took more than 10 minutes. Love your blog name. :)


Gorgeous wreath and fun monsters!! I really love paper piecing, too!

Karen C

What a lovely fall wreath! The frankensteins are adorable! What a clever idea!

Pam W.

Great projects! The wreath turned out great and your little frankenstein is such a cute guy. Actually, I guess that "cute" isn't exactly the right word to describe a monster......oh well, he is cute.


very creative, getting 'extra' uses out a product is always terrific to learn about.


What a beautiful wreath! Your little frankensteins are so cute!


Your wreath is beautiful,and those little Frankensteins are ADORABLE!!


Oh my this is amazing! I love the coverage you achieved with the leaves - this is so full - looking! The flowers are a gorgeous addition! Your little Frankensteins are too jolly cute for words - soooooo creative!

Kelly S.

Gorgeous wreath, and I LOVE that Frankenlabel, hee!

Huguenot Girl

Love the wreath - it's gorgeous!


Great wreath & Frankie!!!

Jen Carter

Great projects! Lots of fun!


GREAT projects!! Those frankensteins crack me up- what a fun surprise in a lunch box they would be!!! :D

Sue Lelli

That paper pieced wreath is FAB! LOVE it! Also LOVE the Frankensteins.


What a neat wreath! That must have taken some time!


Dies are so much fun. I love using them too! Your projects are lovely.


Great projects! Love those little Frankensteins!


What a beautiful wreath and your Frankensteins are so cute! Vanessa x

Pam W.

I'm back. haha. I saw one of your comments about staying away from stamps that need coloring. I'm here to encourage you to buy one and give it a try. It isn't hard, just takes some practice and I think you would love it.

Now I am leaving. hehe


Great job on the wreath -- love the sunflowers. And adorable Frankenstein, too.


Adorable little monsters! Thanks for visiting my blog! ;)

Babies- Beth

Oh gosh, the leaf wreath is pretty, but golly, those little monsters are just the cutest!!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*)

That wreath is *stunning*, and I love your cute little Frankensteins too!


What a pretty fall wreath and those little Frankenstein monsters are adorable.
Congrats on starting your own blog. You're doing a great job. Pop by mine sometime. I found your through Allison (Stampin When I can).

Diane Jaquay

I LOVE your wreath, what an awesome idea!!!

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