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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

3d Christmas Tree with Tutorial

This is a super fun 3d tree. I got the idea from an old issue of Pack-O-Fun Magazine.

Step 1: Using a circle cutter or trace a plate and use scissors, cut out a 6 inch circle of patterned paper.

Step 2: Fold the circle in half and then in half again.

Step 3: Fold the quarter circle into thirds, radiating from the point.

Step 4: Open up paper so it is a half circle again. Now, fan-fold along previously folded lines.

Step 5: The top picture shows the fold that you do NOT cut on. You want the 2 folds and 2 ends side. Using sharp scissors, cut 3 v's like the bottom picture.

Step 6: Here's a picture of the back. Place some adhesive in the folds.

Step 7: Flip your tree over and adhere it to card front.

Paper: Provo Craft, Stickles.

Optional idea: Make 2 trees and adhere together. Thread string through the top and use as an ornament or on top of a gift.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Same Stamp. Same Ink. Two Looks.

Pink and Green Shepherd

I LOVE this Elzybells Art Stamps Shepherd.  This is the one I ordered from the UK site. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Patterned Paper: K & Company, Ink: TAC-Native Land, Sparkly brads: Making Memories.

Green Shepherd

  Here he is again. I colored his belt and headband with my Olive Green Marvy Brush Marker. Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View (card base), Prism (lighter green), Twill ribbon: Ribbon Bowtique, Satin ribbon: from my stash, Inked edges: Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Other: faux evergreen twig attached with glue dots.

Tomorrow I'll have a 3d Christmas tree card with a tutorial. It's even easier than the origami tree. :)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Elzybells Red and White Christmas Hello


When I saw Marie Kirkwood's ribbon tree on the Stamp Shack, I knew I would have to give it a try. Heaven knows I have ribbon scraps. I put a sparkly heart at the top of the tree from the Target dollar spot. The image and sentiment are Elzybells. The skater girl was an image RAK from my Shack friend, Sherri. The "hello" was a suprise from Elizabeth (Elzybell) in my package from the UK site. I am super happy with my order. I'll post a card with my amazingly adorable shepherd stamp very soon.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Quick, Inexpensive Christmas Card and Invitation Idea

Here's a way to easily transform cheap store-bought Christmas cards into pretty Christmas cards or invitations.

Easy Christmas Cards

You'll need: A box of plain, store-bought Christmas cards (I paid $1.74 for 18 cards), Glittery glue, ribbon and a Cropadile.

Step 1: Open up all the cards and stack them face up.

Step 2: Punch two holes on the top of each card.

Step 3: Apply Glittery Glue to the item you want to highlight (I did the star).

Step 4: Cut ribbons to desired length, thread through holes and tie bow.

Invitations

To make an elegant and easy invitation, follow steps above except after step 1, cut the back flap off the cards (so it's like a postcard). And, after step 2, measure your card. Using your word processor program design text for back of card. Print. Then, continue with steps 3 and 4. I made 150 of these babies for our church Christmas party. They were a lot easier than the 2 layer invites with a punched border that I made last year.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Origami Christmas Tree Tutorial

If you are like me and you need very specific instructions, this tutorial is for you.To make the origami tree you'll need patterned paper cut to the following sizes: 3" x 3", 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", 2" x 2" and 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". You will follow the steps below with all 4 pieces of paper.

Step 1: fold paper in half. Step 2: Open. Step 3: fold diagonally then open.

Step 4: Fold diagonally the other way. Step 5: Open Step 6: Fold in half along the step 1 fold.

Here's where it gets a little tricky. Step 7: Press the right side of the top fold down. Do the same to the left side.

You have formed a triangle, as seen in number 8. Step 9: Take the top layer's triangle tip from the bottom right and fold it towards the center and down. Step 10: Do the same to the right triangle tip. Now, do the 10 steps with the other 3 squares and stack them, adding a little adhesive to each top triangle tip. You can add a star, trunk, ornaments, a tree skirt, gifts, whatever. Have fun!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

3 More Cards

These are three more samples for the easy card class I'm teaching tonight. Enjoy!

Vintage Christmas Card

Patterned paper and sentiment stickers: DaisyD's, Velvet ribbon: Ribbon Bowtique and red sparkly cardstock.

Origami Christmas Tree Card

I saw several versions of this card on Splitcoast Stampers and several had instructions but written instructions totally go over my head so I'll post a tutorial with pictures this week. I used a bunch of papers that have been in my stash for a while including Provo Craft and Making Memories. The star on top is a Creative Memories sticker.

Fun Cut Out Cupcake Card

I don't know if anyone at the class will like it but I think it's fun. The wrapper is crimped for texture and the sparkly heart was a sticker from Target Dollar Spot. The Stampin Up! Celebrate stamp looks like a signature on artwork to me. I freehand cut out the cupcake and wrapper. Kinda funky. We'll see.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wow! 3 Cards Posted In One Day?

I'm teaching an easy card class at church this Tuesday. I'll be making several samples and put together kits for those cards but I will also let the ladies play with my scraps and stuff.  Here's the first 3 samples:

Christmas Tree Card

Cardstock: Prism, Dot papers in squares: Making Memories, in strip: Gooseberry Patch, Ink: StaZon, Stamp: Hero Arts, Sparkly tree sticker: Jolee's. I used a scallop circle punch then punched the regular circle out to make a wreath.

Baby Girl Card

Paper leaves: Prima, brad: ProvoCraft, Cardstock: Prism, Fille (girl in French) paper: purchased in Paris, Pink flower paper: DaisyD's. I used the Fold-It Large 6-petal Flower punch to make the flower.

Basic Grey Mellow Card

Paper: BG Mellow Cultured, Ebb, and Settle Down, Ribbon: Target Dollar Spot. I might still do more like add a sentiment to the corner but I was really trying to make this one super easy.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar (Done!)


I'm still going to tinker with it before my class next Saturday. I lucked out and found black cookie sheets at the 99 cent store. I used my cropadile to poke holes in the top for the ribbon. The patterned paper is Imaginescense. I'm going to be making a few of these to give away as Christmas gifts this year. I am participating in a cookie sheet advent calendar number swap on 2peas and I am going to do a vintage red/white/black for my background.


If you want to make a cookie sheet advent calendar, I can email you the calendar grid. You'll need Microsoft Word and you just print it onto 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

Friday, November 2, 2007

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