Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Try It On Tuesday Guestie!

I am so excited to be a Guestie over at Try It On Tuesday!!!  And look at this badge!  Woo-hoo!

I won my little spot with THIS tag...

This fortnight's challenge is to use stitching--real or faux...

I did both!  Check out my little stitched desk decor for back to school:

The paper "string quilt" in raw form!

Sweet flowers made by folding strips at an angle then sewing them.

Behind the scenes: I looped the wire like a long U to pop it through the flower I chose to raise, then I twisted the wire back around itself and fluted out to the reverse using E-6000 and covered with masking tape.

This picture shows how neat the old paper took up the Color Bursts like a tiny mosaic.

I'm hoping you guys wanted to see another pic of the stitching! You did, right?!

  • Old index card divider base.  I chose K for "kids."
  • Paper "string quilt" sewn from various old papers, including a French dictionary and sheet music, both over a century old
  • Color Bursts used for coloring the sky and ground, each masked with a ripped piece of scrap paper
  • Schoolhouse "built" from old papers
  • Flowers created using some of the leftover strips from the quilting 
  • Text from my clippings tin-- I could not choose which ones I wanted to use, so I added them all with Distress Collage Medium in Vintage
  • The piece needed a frame, so I got out Andrea's/Snapping Monsters' wonky stitches stamp and inked it with Ranger Archival in Jet Black
  • These kids are Tim's paper dolls-- they do not look so happy for school... they look like my kids... anyway, I popped them up with some 3M foam tape.
Now, Try It On Tuesday has a fabulous Design Team and a hugely talented following... so look no further than their site for crafty inspiration!  See you over there.

I would also like to share this with the following Back-To-School-ish challenges:


  1. I love your piece Mary with all the stitches real and faux...
    It's a great take on our theme! So good to have you as a Guest Designer with us at TioT this time. Hugs!

  2. Hi Mary, A fabulous project, loved seeing your process pictures, loved the paper strip quilt.
    Thanks for joining us as our Guest Designer at TioT.
    Avril xx

  3. A wonderful project ! I love it!
    Great to see you as a guest designer at TIOT's!

  4. Its a fantastic project Mary, with all the detail and stitching you included. Thank you for joining us as out Guest designer at TioT's.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Congratulations on your guest spot! Boy did you ever show off with this piece! Love that sewn paper and the amazing collage! Super design. Hugs, Autumn

  6. Great details - love all the book paper,

  7. A really fabulous project and I love all the details and how you've used the book paper! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

  8. I'm in love with old books and your entry into the SSSmchallenge made me bob over here to your blog and learn more about your work. What you did is great and inspirational.

    diana @ playing

  9. Have you used a polish music note paper? Do you know MAZURKA is a polish name of a musical composition? :-) I love this tag and its stripped layers. Love the colors too!