Challenge – 3 to the power of 3

No, that does not mean 27.  The challenge I am hosting on CardMaker Magazine CardSwap this week is to make a card with three different elements used 3 times.  Check out the challenge and play along.  I’d love to see what you come up with.

Here are my examples:

This one has 3 panels, 3 pieces of ribbon and 3 images.

This one has 3 flowers, 3 buttons and 3 pieces of ribbon for the stems.  It also has background paper and a leaf, so there are other pieces thrown in, too.

This one has 3 trees, 3 fish (that is supposed to be a river they are leaping out of 😉 ) and 3 rhinestones for their eyes.

The challenge is simple:  make a card with 3 elements used 3 times each.  Please take the time to join in and show me what you come up with.

Thanks for sharing a bit of time with me!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Blog Hop

Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine CardSwap Forum Somewhere Over the Rainbow blog hop.  I am the 3rd stop on the hop, so if you arrived here from Susan‘s wonderful blog you are in the right place.  If not, please start at the beginning so you get the full rainbow effect.

I was assigned the color pink.  I had to snort a bit as pink is SO not my favorite color.  However, it is my daughter’s favorite color, as well as my boss and so many other people, so I figured I’d give it my best shot.  If you visited my blog last week, you saw my first attempt with mainly pink where I asked for people’s opinions.  (Which no one gave.)

Here are the samples I came up with:

The first one I embossed with light pink embossing powder on a medium pink paper.  I really like the look of this one, but there is a tiny bit of white in the background paper, so it isn’t truly a totally pink card.  Those baubles are a dark pink.

My second attempt I decided to do some dry embossing and use some ribbons and buttons to tie it together.  Along the raised ridges of the flowers, I used a dark pink ink for shading and to make the ridges stand out.  I stamped “Smile” with a light pink ink, but it didn’t really show, so I went over it with a pink Souffle pen.  I used teeny tiny glue dots I had made (see previous blog entry for instructions) to get the ribbon to stay where I wanted it.  This one was all pink, but not as cute as I had hoped.

Which led to my third attempt.  This one was a lot of fun to make.  I used a very dark pink background paper (burgundy) and used the same light pink embossing powder for the dress form and sentiment.  Then I used a pink ink to stamp the dress form onto some patterned pink paper (I stamped on the back), then cut it out for the skirt.  It seemed a bit plain, so I added a couple of pink bows to the corners.  And a pink rhinestone for a little bling.

Well, I do feel a bit more comfortable working with pink after all that.  And hey, I got some of my pink loving people’s birthday cards done in the process.

There won’t be any prizes for participating in the blog hop, but you should get some great ideas as you hop along and we have a gallery  for you to post your hop inspired creations at the end.  Now, put a pillow under your chin for when your jaw drops as you hop on over to Jane‘s blog and see her amazing creation!  Don’t forget to leave a note at each stop to let us know what you think.

In case you lose your way, here is the list of blogs along the hop:

Lora

Susan

Golda <– You are here

Jane  (Your next stop)

Ana

Meredith

Laura

Angelina

Ashley  (Who will lead you to the pot of gold. . .treasures galore. . .challenges. . .games. . .and fun at the CROP!)

Stick Pins

You are going to see me a couple of times this week.  I wanted to show you what I worked on this weekend.  On Wednesday, I am participating in a blog hop, which should be a lot of fun.  I’ve never done that before.

There is a swap going on at CardMaker Magazine CardSwap for stick pins and a holder.  I went pretty basic with both, but thought I would share them with you as they were pretty easy to make and should be fun to use.

My holder is 2 1/2″ high by 3″ wide.  I did a matchbook style holder with some foam at the bottom to hold the pins and a Velcro closure.  My self adhesive Velcro tabs weren’t holding to the paper, so I put some eyelets through to hold them on.

For the stick pins themselves, I used beads that I had from making jewelry and broken jewelry and just put colors together.  After watching a few YouTube videos on making them, I used some Glossy Accents on a corsage pin, then slid a bead on, a bit more Glossy Accents and another bead, etc.  We were only supposed to make 4 pins for the swap, but no one in my family liked the center one, except me, so I threw it in as a spare.

I like the way they turned out.  Now, the question is, will I use them.  I better learn to as I’m going to be getting 4 pins from 4 other people!

Most of the people in the swap have posted how much fun they are to make and how they can’t seem to stop making them.  I didn’t get that involved (but then I wasn’t feeling well this weekend), but they were pretty easy and would be simple to change-up for whatever the need called for.  My husband thought the pink one was too “girly” and he wasn’t real thrilled with the blue one, but my daughter and son loved them all except the center one.

Thanks for sharing some time with me today!  I hope you stop back on Wednesday for the blog hop.

Monochrome Cards

This time I definitely want some feedback.

When someone says a “Monochrome Card”, what does that mean to you?  Generally, I take that to mean different shades of that color, and absolutely no other color.  However, I have heard people say, shades of that color with some black and/or white, or just a little bit of other colors.

Do you think this card is “monochrome”?  It is different shades of pink, with a little white, black (from the stamped image) and green (I used colored pencils lightly to shade the leaves and stems).  The areas that look purple are actually a dark pink, but with the black from the stamp under it, it looks purple.  The ribbon is a very light pink with some darker pink areas, though it doesn’t look like it.

So, what do you think?  Monochrome, or not?

To make this card, I chose my pinks, then used some Spellbinders Nestibilities to cut the shapes, including the black stamped on white image and sentiment.  When I cut those, I left them in the Nestibilities dies and sponged two shades of pink onto them, which left the white edge.  I also used a dark pink Sakura Glaze pen to go over the sentiment and on top of the colored berries.  This was fairly easy to do, and I really like the look of it (of course it looks better in person than in the picture).  However, dark pink over black looks a lot like purple.

Thanks for sharing some time and your opinion with me!

Grace and Mercy

Proverbs 11:16-17  “A gracious woman attains honor, . . .The merciful man does himself good, . . .”

Rather than card making exploits, today I just wanted to offer a bit of encouragement.

I’m certainly not very merciful as most of the time I just don’t get how people can make such stupid decisions and not expect repercussions.  When I make stupid decisions, I may not like the consequences, but I do figure I deserve them.  Being gracious is not a strong suit for me as you can tell from my explanation of mercy.  I do try and ask God for help frequently.  I’m not after honor for myself, but I definitely want to bring glory to God.  It is a constant struggle.

We each have our own struggles, temptations and strengths.  I’m hoping I am able to share a bit of God’s love for you through my meanderings.  God does absolutely love you.

Thanks for sharing a moment of time with me today!

Star in a Star Fold

I promised to share a new tea bag design and how to do it every so often, so here is the Star in a Star fold.

Here are what the different folds look like: 

First, with the back side up, fold in half side to side, then unfold and fold in half top to bottom and unfold.

Next, still with the back side up, fold the top two corners down to the center point.

Then fold the side edges into the vertical center line.

Fold the bottom edge up to the horizontal center line.

Take the right point of that bottom edge you just folded up and fold it down along the vertical center line.  Now unfold it a bit and grasp to pull it out into a point.  You will have to push down on the center to fold it into place.

The first image in this picture is the same as the last image.  Next, flip your piece over.

Now, take the point that is sticking out and fold it up along the side.  Then unfold it a bit and smash it down so it’s center point is along the side.  It should look like a diamond.

Next you will want to put a little adhesive in the area just to the right of that little diamond you just made and lay another piece on top of the glue with the edges of the diamonds lined up.  It will take 8 pieces to make the complete star.

 

The back of the piece is pretty impressive, too.

It took a while to determine which side I wanted to use for my card.

You can also use pieces folded in this manner to make a frame by lining up the little diamonds top point to bottom point.  How large your frame is will be determined by how much overlap you have in the pieces.  You may need up to 12 pieces for the frame.

Here is a card made using my piece.

The pictures in this post are a little larger, but I wanted you to be able to see all the different folds.  This may seem difficult, but after you get one done, the rest are easy.  It really is beautiful and worth the effort to make it.  The squares I started with were 1-7/8″ along each side.  You could use either slightly larger or smaller squares to change the size of your finished Star in a Star.

Thanks for spending some time with me in going over this pretty folded piece.

Using Scraps and Stuff

It’s always nice to use up little bits of this and that, whether it be paper, or stuff from a junk drawer.  A couple of years ago I was given a bag of miscellaneous bulletin papers that had never been used.  I finally went through that bag this weekend and found some interesting looking papers that I was able to use bits and pieces of, as well as some that I think will work well on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards.  In addition to that, I found a piece of cording.  So, I made two different cards using items from the bag.

The first card I made used the cording that I found as well as a piece of decorative postcard from the bag.

  The stuff I used.  I did use some card stock that coordinated with the colors on the postcard, some ink that also coordinated and some Gina K stamps.  And wound up with an interesting thank you card that looks like a picture.  I used some Sakura Glaze ink to make the flowers, the pot and the words shiny.  I also popped the piece up using some 3D tape.

For the next card, I used three different pieces of patterned paper I thought went together pretty well, stamped a Penny Black image and colored the image with colored pencils.  I also stamped a sentiment to include.

   And wound up with this. . .

It is a little busy looking with all the different patterned papers, but it was interesting to put so many found items together.

Don’t forget that you can use little pieces and wind up with something wonderful.  Whether you put lots of little pieces onto a plain sheet to make a random background, or cut pieces out of that random collection.  Or, you can use the little pieces to make pieces on your card like different petals of a flower, or clothes, pockets, etc.

Have fun!  Thanks for spending some time with me.

Accordion Fold or Rosette and Fork Bow

The sketch challenge this week at CardSwap was really cute.  I tried a couple of new things: an accordion fold medallion or paper rosette and a bow tied using a fork.  Here is the finished project:

To make the Accordion Fold Medallion or Paper Rosette (I’ve see it listed as both), I took a 3/4″ x 11″ strip of paper and scored every 1/4″. 

I saw lots of different instructions for doing these and tried a couple of different ways.  You can have a scalloped edge along one (long) side of your strip, or use an edger, then score at the same point on each “scallop”.  You do want to know that however far apart your scores are, your medallion will be slightly higher than that.  My 1/4″ makes it too high to send through the mail without paying extra.  I also tried a 5″ long strip of paper, but that made the medallion very stretched out looking.

The next step is to do a fan fold along your strip.  A fan fold is to fold up on one score line and down on the next all the way to the end.

You will also need a small piece of paper to mount it on.  I cut out a 3/4″ circle, but it doesn’t need to be a circle, just small enough not to be seen.  The diameter of your medallion will be slightly larger than twice the width of your strip.

The top medallion in the image on the right was made using a 3/4″ wide strip.  The bottom medallion was made using a 1″ wide strip.

Now you want to put some glue in the center of your bottom mounting piece and one end of your fan folded strip.  There needs to be enough glue on the mounting piece that it will catch a good section of your medallion.  I tried using liquid glue, regular adhesive and glue dots.  The regular adhesive didn’t hold it together.  The liquid glue worked well, but I had to hold it for about a minute for it to set up and wound up getting it on my skin, too.  The large glue dots worked best.  Same for the end of my fan folded strip, too, only I used tiny glue dots for that.

Next step is to attach the ends of the strip together.  You want to wind up with the up down pattern going around the circle continuous, so you may need to trim off one piece, depending upon how you scored it.  Then you will want to stand the circle up with the edge you want on the outside down.  On mine it didn’t make a difference, but if you have a scalloped edge, you want the scalloped edge on your table and the flat edge up.

Now you want to grab a little ways apart at the top and kind of squish it together in the center, while pushing the center slightly down.  If you let go, it will spring back up.  When you get it pressed down in the center, use both hands and squish it together a bit so the hole in the center is fairly small, then lift the whole thing up, put it over the mounting base and squish it down into the glue.  The only thing you have left to do is attach something to the top over the hole.  You can put some glue around the center hole, then press a decorated circle, a button, a small flower, or whatever you want down on it.

I thought this was adorable, so I grabbed some paper and ribbon that went with the colors and put together a card.

The bow made using a fork was way too tiny, but I used it anyway.  I made mine using a dinner fork.  I’m going to have to find a serving fork to make a larger bow.  There were so many different ways of doing the bow using a fork, I’m just going to suggest Googling “Making a Bow with a Fork” and find a few instructions that make sense to you.

The sketch challenge is open until midnight on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, so take the time to check it out and participate!  I’d love to see what you come up with for the sketch.

Tea Bag Folding on a Card

I wanted to share a bit of teabag folding with you.  The colors on my card are for this week’s color challenge at StampTV.  Not the perfect colors for the theme of my card, but they’ll do.  Here is the completed card, then I’ll go through the steps of making the Nested Star in the center.

To begin to make my Nested Star, I chose paper in the color I needed for my card.  In this case, Mango.  The paper I used was about 80 lb paper, so quite thick for this use, but it works to show you how I did it.  Usually you would use quite thin paper, like origami, or plain copy paper which is available in colors.  Using plain or colored copy paper and stamping on it to begin with would work wonderfully. 

Next, I cut 2″ strips.  You can use either 2″ or 1-7/8″ for this, but 2″ was easier to line up on my cutter.

Then I cut the strips in the other direction to make 2″ squares. 

I cut my whole 12 x 12 sheet of paper into 2″ squares, though I only needed 8 for this project.

To begin folding, flip the squares over so the back side is showing. 

The next step is to turn the square so it looks like a diamond and fold the bottom point up to meet the top point.

Your fold should be on the bottom.  Then fold the left point over to meet the right point.  Unfold this last fold.

Your fold should still be on the bottom with the points at the top, but you will have a crease going from the top point to the center of the bottom.

Now you want to separate the points and fold just the top layer down so the top point meets the crease on the bottom.

Next step is to fold the bottom layer so the top point meets the horizontal fold you just made.

After that, fold that bottom layer down over the top layer at the same horizontal fold.

Your piece should look like the bottom left image.

The image at the top right of this picture is the same as the bottom image above.  Now, flip your piece over.

Then you want to take the point on the left side (while the image is facing down) and fold it up along the center crease line.

Flip your piece back over.

Do the same steps for all 8 of your squares.

Now you want to glue each of these pieces together.  You want to put a bit of glue on the white point, then slide the next piece up along that white (bottom of the paper) edge until the point touches the fold.  It will be under the top folded piece.  I found that my glue pen wouldn’t hold, so I used some tiny glue dots I made a couple of weeks ago.  Continue around until all 8 of your pieces are attached together.  On the last piece, you will have to pull the point of your first piece out and tuck it above as with the other pieces.

Your finished octagon should look like this. 

You may need to shift the pieces a bit to get all eight together.  You can see from the white areas that I had to do a bit of shifting.  Make sure you work quickly so your glue is still soft enough to wiggle a bit.  If you use glue dots, just don’t firmly press down until all pieces are fitted together.

Don’t worry, you are almost done and after you have done one, it really goes together quite quickly.  Now, flip this piece over.

If you like this look, you can use it like this.  However, if you like the look of mine, you have just a few more steps.

You want to take the outside point of each piece and fold it over so it touches the inside point.  This is the same as the second fold you did.  Once again, unfold this fold.  Now you want to separate the outside edges a bit and flatten it so the fold is on top, right down the center.  This is probably the hardest part besides gluing all the pieces together.  Don’t worry, you can do it.

Do this for each of the points.  For a different look, you could do every other point, too.

Your image should look like this: 

Now you can flip it over and put some adhesive on, then put it where you want it.  You just created a beautiful piece to use on a card, in a scrapbook, for a decoration, or whatever you want.

Tea bag folding is the process of using origami folds on small decorative pieces of paper, adhering them together in different ways to make beautiful pieces.  The squares of paper used can be anywhere from 3/8″ to 2″, if you want a piece small enough to fit on a card.  If you want something larger, use larger squares.

I will try to share a different design with you every so often as this is quite fun and makes beautiful pieces.

Hopefully my instructions were clear with the pictures.  If there is anything you don’t understand, please let me know and I will try to clarify.

Thanks for taking the time to share this fun art form with me!