Sunday, July 17, 2011

Life's a Picnic

Yes, life is good, yes indeed, it is a picnic.  If you have enough time to be sitting at a computer looking at this blog then it's likely that your life is pretty good too. 
This week the challenge theme at Pile it On is "Life's a Picnic" and our sponsor is Simon Says.  You can find all your papercrafting needs at Simon Says so play along for a chance to win.  You can find all the challenge details, more inspiration from the rest of the design team and the linky thingy for your project, all of that good stuff is here.
For my card I chose to use one of my all time favorite stamps "Let's Picnic" by My Favorite Things.  It comes with lots of little stamps, 
don't forget the inside

including the grapes, picnic basket, wine cheese and ants.  I used two of my favorite techniques -paper piecing and distressing.  You may not be able to tell from the photos but I've used three different inks to distress the card, even in person you may not be able to tell but all those different inks add a subtle yet appreciable difference.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Let's Picnic"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa"; Ranger "Walnut Stain", "Frayed Burlap", and "Scattered Straw"
paper - MFT scalloped kraft card base; Stampin' Up "Soft Suede" cs; Memory Box "Butterfield" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up punch; mini brads; baker's twine; charm; sun button; charm; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On PIO 29 - Life is a Picnic
My Favorite Things MFTWSC28 - sketch
Crazy Challenge CCH#75 - Summertime
Dream Valley #11 - Summer Theme
Kaboodle Doodle #75 - Use Those Scissors
City Crafter CCB#65 - Let the Sunshine In
Craft Your Passion - Just for You, general card for anyone
Paper Playtime #50 - Summer
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Some Stitching Faux or Otherwise
Papertake Weekly - Hot, Hot, Hot
Partytime Tuesday PTT#24 - Blue Skies and Sunny Days
Crafts and Me - Summertime
Fab 'N Funky #81 - Baker's Dozen - Feature Food
Tuesday Throwdown #57 - Fun in the Sun
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up DYSU#28 - Sew - real or faux
Moving Along With the Times #107 - Favorite Things (I love paper piecing)
Fussy N Fancy #41 - Summer
Paper Cutz #100 - the Skies the Limit
Polka Doodle week 28 - Long Hot Summer
Fairy Fun #57 - On Holiday

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  In the meantime I hope your life is a picnic and that you create a card or project for the Pile It On challenge PIO29.


  1. omg... love the piecing on her dress... you see that's a picnic dress!

    -- dalis

  2. What a great card. I love all the paper piecing. Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime.
    Tana @ A Caffeinated Crafter

  3. Beautifully done! your stamped image is lovely and all that paper piecing really looks great ... thanks so much for playing along at CCCB

  4. Love the techniques used: piecing and distressing. Wonderful details too! Thanks for joining us in Kaboodle Doodles!

    "Let's Get Scrappy!"

  5. What a fun summery card. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

  6. Great card with superb paper-piecing and a fun summer scene.

    Thank you so much for joining us at the MAWTT challenge this week. Sylvia x

  7. Fabulous card. Thank you for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  8. That is fun and lovely, thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

  9. I love your arty creative card Chris, fab distressing

    Thanks for sharing it with us and you favourites at MAWTT this week and good luck with the challenge

    Hugs Laurie x

  10. Fabulous card Chris, love your techniques. Thanks so much for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck! Pami x

  11. A perfect picnic indeed! love all the layers and design. Thanks so much for being on holidays with us at FFF this fortnight! Don't forget that Prairie Fairy Designs has a HA----YOOG Super Summer Fun Sale of 35 images & 10 sentiments for one great price! Come check it out.

  12. Fab summer card love the sun embellishment thanks for joining us at papertake weekly
    Angie x

  13. How adorable! Love the sun on the outside and the little ants inside. Can't have a picnic without them, huh?
    Thanks so much for joining Tuesday Throwdown this week.

  14. What a great card -- so much fun! Thanks for joining the Party this week and I hope to see more cards from you soon!


  15. Love the distressing & the image is terrific! Love the little ants on the bottom! Love the sun button too!

  16. Gorgeous Card!
    Love your great colours :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Dream Valley this week xx

  17. Chris, your life's a picnic image looks spectacular on this fabulous card. Your choice of paper, patterns and colors is perfect. Love this card - inside and out!!! So glad to see your entry at Crafts and Me's summertime challenge. ~ Rose

  18. What a beautiful fun card. I lovely paper piecing and fun sun. Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.

  19. I just love MFT stamps.. this is adorable. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

  20. Such a FAB card! Thanks for joining us at CCCB!

  21. Love it! The paper piecing is awesome and I love that sunshine! Thanks for joining us at FFF!

  22. What a beautiful creation.
    Thanks for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky this week.
    Hugs Sharon x

  23. Wonderful card the paper piecing is brilliant and just right for a picnic!!! Great stitching ♥ Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!
    BiG HuGs Kim :)

  24. Oh super gorgeous card! Love the way you layed out everything and on the inside too!

    Thanks for playing along with us at "Fairy Fun Fridays" and good luck! :D

    xx Tracey xx FFF/DT

  25. Beautiful Chris, great design!!
    Thank you for playing along @ Paper Playtime!

  26. Wonderful summer look

    kitten DYSU team

  27. LOVE the colors on this gorgeous card! You really rock the headless girls, Chris! Hugs
    I'm impressed by the number of challenges you have entered! WOW

  28. Beautiful card! Happy to be your newest follower.
    Hugs, Jenni

  29. Wonderful and funny card. I like the colours. Thank you for joining our 'on holiday' challenge at FFF.
    hugs Dorte


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