Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hello There, Herringbone!

Pin It Now! Well, I am not a particularly technique-y papercrafter.  I love my Big Shot, layers, and bling.  So when I read the HSS challenge for this week - Herringbone - I thought, "Yes, you mean Chevron". So out came the big shot, chevron embossing folder, and a card was born :)  What I didn't realize til I was going to post the card to the HSS blog is that Herringbone is a PAPER PIECING TECHNIQUE!  Hahaa.  So I'm up at 5:00 am this morning to show you the difference between Chevron and Herringbone.  If you're interested.  Where's my coffee?
So, the diagonal strips are herringbone. This is an adorable technique that I quickly picked up by checking out this tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers.  At first glance, I didn't much care for the wild patterns in the gallery going here and there.  But I picked a smaller block to work with, and as I was placing the strips, I was so delighted with the result! I loved it!
Here's a closer look.  Don't look too close, it's far from perfect.  But it was FUN to do. You have to try it.  

The little rain boot is from a new hostess set, Happy You.  It has a wide assortment of stinkin' cute images, including a wreath for Christmas, baby, birthday cake, and a pinwheel.  The doily it's sitting on is the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit #126999, and has a set of 3 doilies - super border patterns, zero space in your craft room.  

Here's my original card - Chevron!  Yes...  Not herringbone!
We actually made this particular card at my workshop last week, and it was a CASE of this Christmas card by Maureen Merritt.  I really liked this card, but once I was done with the herringbone technique, I am really pleased with the cheerful splash of color.

Won't you play along with HSS this week?  Click here to see all of the inspiration the DT has to offer!
I'm also playing along with The Paper Players, for their paper piecing challenge this week.  Cute ideas over there, too! Check them out...

Have a blessed and creative day! Erika


  1. Very Cute!!! Love the bright cheerful color combo- so pretty!!! Love just the layered piece- worked perfect!!! Great layers and love the accents!!!

  2. Seriously pretty card! I love the Chevron with the Herringbone technique- SO SMART!

  3. I was not ready to jujp into the herringbone technique-but I loved your chevron-y take o it!

  4. I know, this technique seems daunting, but it really is cute, especially with the bright colors you've chosen here and the adorable image! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

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  6. Erika, I completely thought "herringbone" was "chevron", as well. Lol! But I do have to say, the technique is awesome and you really created a gorgeous card. LOVE the color combo and the fun mix of patterns. Thank you very much for playing along with my challenge this week at the Paper Players! :)

  7. Other than drooling over your projects, I love coming to your blog week after week because of your writing style. :) That hostess set keeps popping up on my radar. Love the color combo, something I would have never put together, thanks for the inspiration! Bobbie

  8. LOL, chevon...herringbone...kind of the same thing really:-) Both are zig-zagy, right? But these cards are both seriously cute!!!!