Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Beautiful You - Paper Piecing Video
Hello, Crafters.

One of the ladies in my team, Teresa, posted a Beautiful You, paper pieced card to a Stampin' Up! Facebook Group for demos recently - see green and yellow card on the right.

It was exceptionally lovely because of the various elements Teresa had used. 

Needless to say, she received a lot of positive feedback from other demos and was asked a few times how she did the dress. 

As she doesn't make videos, I asked if she minded if I made one, which is what I've uploaded on to YouTube earlier this morning!  

One of the elements I particularly like is the sentiment stamped, tone on tone, on the card base.  

As I struggle keeping things straight, for the video I chose the easy option and used one of the splatter stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set instead.


This sketch-like image is more of a challenge for paper piecing than regular images that have a straight line because you have to decide what stays and what goes.

It took me four attempts before I was finally happy with the end result.

The hat was the biggest challenge because there isn't any definition between the face and the left side of the hat - see the balck and white image stamped inside the cards - see photogrphs 3, 4 and 6.

I used my Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil and coloured all the flesh area - hands, arm, chest neck and face - very gently. 

I had heard that this was the best colour to use but I have to admit I was rather apprehensive because I was convinced it was going to be too orangey. 
Once I went over my colouring with a Blender Pen, it really did lighten up a lot and looks a great flesh colour!

I chose to use our Shimmery White Cardstock (CS) as I knew I'd be using a Blender Pen and this cardstock copes with water  better than our regular Whisper White cardstock does.

With the Mint Macaroon card I made, I cut the Shimmery White CS too small so there wasn't enough room to die cut the oval - hence the rectangle!


The Designer Series Paper (DSP) I used for my three cards is all from Blooms & Bliss DSP.

I think that's about it for today. A big THANK YOU to CrafteresaUK for today's inspiration! Please check out Teresa's website at If you live in the Lythm St Annes area and are looking for cardmaking classes, please contact Teresa. ☺

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Thank You for CASEing my card Jan, I am thrilled that you and other card makers liked it so much. you did a fabulous job of it too I love love love the one in Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and the one that you made live on video. It never ceases to amaze me how changing colours or an element can totally change the look of the card, thanks for this video hun I am honoured!!!

    1. Hi, Crafteresa UK. I'm so pleased you like the way I have CASE'd your project! It's a beautiful card, and like by as we saw with the response you received on Facebook. Many thanks for letting me CASE your work! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. I love everything about these cards, but the design most of all! I plan to play with this very stamp today because of you. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Connie. I think this is one of the very best, if not the best, stamp set Stampin' Up! has brought out. Considering it's basically just three figures, plus the sentiments, crafters have used them is so many different ways - it's just amazing! Have fun with it! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Beautiful cards Jan. Thanks for the tips on doing the hat. Great idea to colour the hat and the face instead of cutting. I wanted this set when I first saw it and then changed onto the hot air balloon one instead - I went for a balloon flight several years ago when I was on holiday in Queensland...absolutely fantastic - but I've since gone back onto this set again...hahaha. Hugs Ali xx

  4. Hi, Ali. Both are beautiful sets - I've been pleased I bought them. I think Beautiful you is my favourite! I would have liked to have done a balloon ride but the landing can be a bit bumpy. I bet it's fantastic! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  5. Funny you should mention the landing being a bit bumpy...Our guy asked if we wanted a smooth or bumpy one...we went for the bumpy one!!! If you ever get the chance to go up in a balloon Jan...TAKE IT!!! Cheers Ali x

    1. Hi, Ali. It'd be just my luck to be in a balloon where everyone wants a bumpy landing except me! And if we had a smooth landing because of me, I'd feel guilty that I'd spoilt the fun for other people! LOL! I'll carry on giving it a miss, just in case! (I'd be in agony with my back if it was a bumpy landing!) Back to my craft room, no such worries in there! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.