through the square window…

Welcome to my crafty blog. No 1 son moved into his new flat earlier this week, so I’ve been making a few cards for family members to send him – this one is for his grandparents to send. It’s OK, there’s no risk of a spoiler as he doesn’t read my blog! I love this little window scene, which is paper pieced using the ‘room with a view’ aperture die from January’s Claritystamp Craft Club. The colours were inspired by this week’s challenge over at Fab Friday

I started by cutting the die into a small square of black card, and then again into a slightly larger square of mint green card (and I remembered to put Stick It on the back of both pieces before cutting them 👍). If you haven’t come across Stick It before, it’s a sheet of very thin double sided adhesive which goes on the back of your card so your die cut is sticky and you don’t need to be trying to apply glue. You can get it from lots of craft stores.

As you can see, I tried to keep the offcuts from the mint green piece in the die, so it was easier to piece them into the picture. I started by layering the black die cut onto the green one, which gave it a border, and then attached them to the front of a 5×5 card blank. The next step was to piece in the green card to fill in the wall and windowsill – the little bits between the plant leaves were pretty fiddly!

I then found some small scraps of card in the dark green, coral and purple to pick up the other colours in the challenge, and die cut the plants and the two pots. Again, it’s invaluable to use the Stick It to make them easy to piece in. I had to do a bit of trimming with small scissors to finish cutting the plants out, as they’re attached to the window frame in the die. I then layered the leaves on top of the black ones and pieced the pots into the gaps in the die cut.

I finished by adding the sentiment, which is from one of last year’s Clarity stamp club sets. Now, if you’re wondering where the title of this blog comes from then you’re probably a lot younger than me! There used to be a children’s TV programme in the UK called ‘Play School’ – for a story each week they would look through one of their various shaped windows to see it. So Brits of a certain age will be familiar with asking ‘which window will it be today…. it’s the square one’!

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