Wednesday, September 8, 2010


It's time for another Phindy's Place Challenge. Our task this week is to create a card and use paper piecing. I sew and make children's clothes, so I'm thinking this is going to be a lot like making a children's outfit. WRONG! It's much more tedious, let me just tell you. You have to be an expert with scissors(no big sewing shears for this project) and cutting very small things with them. Next off, you have the challenge of finding just the right paper to "make" your clothes out of. You can't just use some huge patterned paper on some tiny baby's outfit. Some definite thought and planning has to go into your project.

For this card, I chose the image, Reading to Sissy. I love this image of Big Brother reading to his Little Sister. It reminds me of what a great big brother I have. Not only is he a great Big Brother, but he was also a wonderful son. He was the primary caregiver for my Mother in the last few years of her life. I'm thankful that I got to share in the time with both her and him in the last year of her life. Now that's not to say that he and I didn't get into our fair share of trouble in our youth or for that matter with Mama in her last months.

I have tons of Phindy Place images, and lots of them that I haven't used in a card, yet. However, that doesn't stop me from adding to my file of Phindys Place images(I just like to look at them from time to time and plan). Just go check out all the wonderful images she has at her Store, and you'll understand my addiction.

Well, my two cuties have on their pjs, so now I'm on a paper chase for just the right papers. Sissy needed some flowers and Big Brother definitely needed pjs that looked masculine. Thankfully there are digital papers out there that allow you to resize, so if you can find a pattern that's not too big to begin with, you can make it small enough to look proportional on your children. Thank you Katie for putting me onto the Shabby Princess Blog site. Check out the blog for some incredible free downloads on paper. The other papers used on the card itself are from The Paper Studio. Don't you love bright greens and yellows on children. It just cheers you up.

Lastly the sentiment was one I thought up for myself, and since I'm going to be sending this on to my Big Brother, I just wanted him to know how I feel about him. Hope he doesn't think I've lost my mind, but I'm betting the note I'll write inside, will bring back some great memories and let him know just how special he is. Thanks for stopping by and here are the details for my card.

Image: Phindy's Place - Reading to Sissy
Paper: Shabby Princess Blog - Two Soon Kit and Harvest Spice Kit
The Paper Studio Back to Basics
Sentiment: My Own typed in Word and put on Spellbinders Die Cut
Embellishments: Ribbon - Walmart
Pearls - from my stash of goodies


  1. FABULOUS Shirley! I love the green and yellow combo and the dots and gingham. You chose great papers for the paper piecing and those pjs look very real. Thanks for sharing it with us at Phindy's Place.

  2. This is a completely charming card, Shirley. I just love how adorable that baby looks in her pieced pj's and I really love your bright, cheery colors. Great job!
    Thanks so much for playing with us at Phindy's Place!

  3. Oh Shirley this is so beautiful!

  4. oh my this is just soooooo precious! love your colors and the dp - just perfect!! your brother will love it (-:
    thanks for so faithfully joining us at Phindy's - you have a real talent with her images...

  5. So beautiful & sweet Shirley. Your colors & paper piecing are great! ~jeni :)

  6. Just precious, Shirley, and love that you have such a wonderful relationship with your brother. He will so appreciate this card though he'll have no concept of how fussy the cutting is---more like paper dolls than sewing! Glad you joined us for this week's challenge. I've been MIA this week-hope to pop in for chats next week!

  7. This is so precious Shirley!!! I really love the DP that you used for this one!

    Thank you for joining us this week at Phindy's Place and hope to see you next time!!