Hey there everyone! Today's a great day for a blog hop! I am so happy to be joining nine other fabulous ladies as we celebrate Paper Crafts newest special issue Cool Tools for Paper Crafters.
I loved designing for this issue and looking at my tools in different and new ways. Lots of experimentation, lots of botched ideas, but from that you find fresh and creative ways to STRETCH your tools. I think this was one of my favorite calls ever because even though at first, I was like, "uh....what can I do that hasn't been done?" the ideas eventually started flowing and I tried them out!
In fact, I had my issue of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters in my car and was driving around with some friends. One of my friends whose pretty new to paper-crafting saw it, started looking through it and was super excited to see all that she could do with tools she didn't even know how to use!
So, I took a look at my shape punches and thought about banners, or creating a background, maybe adding embellies or something simple like layering them, and here's what I came up with-pathchwork stars. Danielle Flanders offers another fun way to make these as well, so check out her ideas here! They're fabulous!
I wanted to create patchwork stars using my star punch
then add a cute little scalloped border using my starburst circle punch
So, here's the technique for a patchwork star
1. Punch your stars
2. Trim stars into smaller sections
3. Take pieces and adhere together.
Super easy peasy! Just the way I like.
Leave a comment before Sunday, January 15th at midnight telling me what your favorite tool is and why you love it, and I will pick a winner to take home their own copy of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters. Make sure to also visit the other wonderful designers while your hopping and leave a comment on their blogs for extra chances to win a copy of this AMAZING issue!
Emily Branch <--that's me!
And, don't forget to stop by Paper Crafts Connection and leave a comment there! They're giving away an amazing prize package of tools that you can play with!