PPA104 Clean and Simple Paper Piercing

Stampin up lean on me rubber stamps paper piercing
6a00e54f95df928834014e894bfd50970d-120wi It's not the first time I have made this same mistake.  I started my project for this week's Pals Paper Arts Clean and Simple Challenge (PPA104) determined to use the "Paper Piecing" technique  However, a closer look revealed that the challenge actually was to "Paper Pierce."  Honestly, I hadn't planned on paper piercing the butterfly trail but it was a quick recovery! 

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  • Stampin up lean on me rubber stamps punch paper piercing Stampin' Up! Lean On Me rubber stamps are sweet and simple.  Ideal for a Clean and Simple look.  See all stamp images below.
  • The little dress was stamped on Calypso Coral card stock, cropped with my Paper Snips and pieced over the full image. Do you like the quick pop of color?
  • I used a needle to pierce the little swirly butterfly trail. A Paper Piercing Tool would work, too.  However, I thought the scale was a bit too large for this tiny butterfly. Practice your swirls a bit on a piece of scratch paper until you like the look.  
  • Get a faux embossed look:  Doesn't Very Vanilla look beautiful layered over Very Vanilla?

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Stampin up lean on me rubber stamps paper piecing Stamp Set:  Lean On Me (W122283, C122285)
Paper:  2011-2013 In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (122384), Calypso Coral (122925), Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools:  Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Paper Snips (103579), Needle
The Perfect Touch:  Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim (118481), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Lean on me rubber stamps stampin up


  1. Adorable, Mary! I love the retro color scheme! The paper piercing was the perfect touch!

  2. I love the little paper piercing trail that the butterfly has left. Great idea!

  3. kathyc/northcarolina

    Paper piecing is addictive! And you chose the perfect image for it.

  4. This card is perfect … great piercing and piecing! You can pull off white on white beautifully!

  5. very pretty card mary-love the piercing as well as the piecing-the sentiment on this card is awesome

  6. Such a pretty card! I especially love the monochromatic matting. I never think to mat in the same color!

  7. I love this card… the simplicity and the color combo make it a WOW.

  8. Fun card, Mary. The butterfly trail is simple yet effective, and the sentiment goes so well with the image!

  9. So simple and lovely, Mary. This set was on my list and now I know why! Paper piecing! 😉


  10. Piercing/piecing – they get along very well together! This is adorable – so clean and perfect!

  11. So Adorable!!! I love your cards!

  12. Mary, This is such a cute card. I love the paper piercing on the tail of the butterfly. How sweet. Your card is so simple but very elegant. You are such a talented lady. I love waking up to you and your ideas. Thanks Mary,

  13. Super cute!!! I love it 🙂

  14. I love the “paper piecing” and the “paper piercing”, Mary! So very cute! Great CAS card! Now you’ve made me want this set!

  15. Great save! Love it!

  16. Carla Bazhenow

    I love the paper piecing and paper piercing!!! The white on white is gorgeous. Beautiful, fun card! Hugs,

  17. Fabulous card Mary ~ love what you’ve done with this stamp set and now you’ve got me thinking…hmmm, maybe I do NEED this as well. TFS and have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Lovely card! Someone recently told me that in card making it is all about being able to fix your boo-boo’s. While you didn’t really have a boo-boo, your addition of piercing the tail of the butterfly makes the card extra special. I knew I should have ordered this stamp set!

  19. Mary, your layouts are always stellar! Love this one a lot and I’ll case you to create a load of cards to distribute to my Hispanic market with invitations for an all-Spanish stamping event.

  20. Just the sweetest card ever! Piecing and piercing both stole the show on this card….really cute!

  21. So clean and smart! Love it!

  22. LOL, that’s an honest mistake—piecing & piercing! But you managed to combine both beautifully!

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