Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mix It Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the Mix It Up Blog Hop brought to you by the Paper Piecings By Nikki Design Team.  Two weeks ago, part of our amazing and talented design team inspired you with ways to mix and match Nikki's awesome patterns.  This time, the rest of the team is going to toss it up a bit and show you how you can mix and match patterns - using different patterned and textured paper.  

Since I am your first stop on the hop, you are in the right place.  Sit back and enjoy - hop on through and let the design team inspire you.  Remember to leave each of the ladies a little bloggy love for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Paper Piecings By Nikki. 

This is going to be a challenge for some (all) of us!  Mixing and matching patterned paper isn't always easy - and I have to admit failing a time or two.  BUT, isn't that the fun of paper piecing and scrapping?  Testing our limits and trying new things?  So without further rambling, here is my project:

For my card I used Nikki's "Double Trouble" set.  I just love the look on these cats faces!  You just know they are up to no good.

One of my favorite techniques is to go to my scrap box of patterned paper and with my 1" square punch, punch out squares.  I ink around the edges of each square and then arrange them into a 'quilt'.  Then I glue them to a backing piece.  I use my marker and 'x' between each block and faux stitch around the edges.  Before attaching to my card base, I run it through the cuddlebug for an over-all quilted look.  You are not only mixing patterned pieces, but texturing the whole piece.  The cat was attached with pop dots to make it stand out.

Once again, I used  "All About Animals" stamp set from Kristal Andrews.  It's the perfect sentiment for this card.
 If you scroll down after this post, you will see the companion card I made with this same piecing file.  I'm sure you will chuckle.

Thanks so much for taking a look at my Mix It Up project.  Your next stop will be: Linda

If you get lost along the way, here is the lineup: 

Patti - www.pattilynncreations.blogspot.com

BLOG CANDY - After all what is a good hop without some blog candy? The amazing Nikki is giving a $10 gift certificate to one amazing follower who will be chosen at random and announced June 5th at the next hop. All you have to do to be eligible is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog - paperpiecingsbynikki.blogspot.com


Our winner from the May 1st blog hop, chosen by random (and verified by the amazing Mandy) is:  Sandra Delong.  Sandra, you have one week to claim your $10 gift certificate.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!  We can't wait to see what you choose and hope you will post a picture of your finished project on our facebook page!!!

Thanks so much for hopping with us today!


Liz said...

Cute card and love that you told how you made your "quilt" back ground. I don't have that punch, but I still could hand cut the squares. Great idea TFS!!!


**********************Barb said...

very cute card!

Pamela Horton said...

Your kitties are so cute. I love the patterns on your paper.

CharliRapp said...

Very cute Patti! love the idea of using scraps for a quilt looking background!!

MaryEllen said...

adorable! I think I will have to try your quilt idea!

Bonnie said...

Very cute! TFS

Linda Therrien said...

I love the quilted background. I must make more cards with that - this is my kind of sewing :) (not staples or tape LOL ). Soo cute.


KimberlyRae said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh Love the Kitty! Great job...I Sew Love your quilt, too! It's Sew Awesome!
Hugs and Blessings,

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rlovew said...

Adorable card- love the quilt!

Penny said...

This is so interesting as this is my first hop. I love your quilted look. Thank you for sharing.

Deanna Lynn said...

Love these cats! They are so adorable!

OmaGloria said...

Every time I see this guy he just cracks me up. The expression is priceless!!

Precious Hugs

Tara said...

I just love the background you created. A fabulous way to use up your scraps!

Lisa said...

So absolutely adorable, Patti!! I just love the sweet kitty and the quilted background!! Fabulous :)

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Ashley Nicole said...

Super cute! Love the quilt background.

Suzys Crafts said...

Very cute. thanks for sharing!

Sugarlips said...

This is super adorable!! I love it! :)

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