“O” for Origami

We are on day 2 of the L O V E crop at We Craft Cards.com.  If you aren’t a member, come join us!  As the title says, Day 2 is “O”, which is for origami.

The challenge for today is to do some tea bag folding and make a fun Hearts & Flowers fold.  You need 4 small squares of thin paper (easier to fold if it’s thin).  It doesn’t matter what size, as long as they aren’t too big.  You want the finished piece to fit on either a card, or page.

2-7-19 Origami 1

Now, work with 1 square at a time.  So, take your square and flip it over so the back side is up.  Now, fold it in half.  Unfold that fold and fold that same section down to the half fold line.  Leave that folded in place and fold it in half the other direction.

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Unfold that sideways fold and flip the whole piece over.  (That top 1/4 fold down is still folded down and is at the top of your piece.)

Now, fold the top 2 corners down along the center line.

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Fold that top point down backwards a little more than the halfway point.  (I folded it to the bottom.)

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The above photo shows the fold from both sides.

Your piece should look like the one on the right.  Now, take those small squares that are the front of the paper and push them down to make points.  See the picture below on the left.

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Now, fold the small white corners down and in.  Picture above on the right.  Then, fold the very top points down and towards you (just a tiny bit).  You also need to fold those side pieces in to the center fold.

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Top left shows the front without the points folded down.  Top rights shows the top of the points folded down.

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Here are all 4 pieces done.  Now, you can put glue on the bottom right, white corner, then slide the next piece, lower left white corner onto that and work your way around.

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The finished piece.

Depending upon how big those starting squares were, determines how large your finished piece is.

I made 2 of these and here’s what I did with them:

2-7-19 O Example 2

Made one more and did something a little more classy, if that’s more your style.

2-7-19 O Example

Come join us at the crop.  If you join the forum, let me know what name and email you used and I’ll have the administrator get you approved.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Challenge Dec 3-9 2012: Christmas Thank You

As one of the weekly challenges that I love participating in no longer exists, I thought it would be fun to pass the challenge along from random blogs.  There’s not really a way to comment on the submissions, except to come back here.  However, that should be fine, for now.  What I’ve done is create an album on PhotoBucket with this weeks challenge as the first album in the library.  When you upload your creation, please use your CardSwap “name” as the title (white box below picture when it is finished uploading).

To participate, please create either a Thank you card for Christmas, or in Christmas colors.  Those colors can be just about any, just tell why they are your Christmas colors.  You’ll have to do the commenting here this week, but post your projects on the Dec 3-9 2012 album.  Go to PhotoBucket, then CardSwap-Challenges.  The password is Friends as so many of us want to continue the friendships we have begun.  On December 10, 2012, a winner will be chosen randomly using random.org, then I will send a small prize to the winner.

This won’t be perfect, but it should work for a while, until Judy gets her new site up and running and/or CardMaker lets us know what is going on.

Here is my example:

Christmas Thanks

I used mainly blue and white as those are the colors I like to decorate with for Christmas.  Why?  I don’t know, I just like them.  I also had this fun snowman left that looks like he’s melting, so I figured it would work perfectly.  I did add some red as that is my mother-in-laws Christmas color.  No other color will do, for her.  This may not be the best thank you, but the whole thing took about 5 minutes to do.

Thanks for checking this out.  I really hope you play along and post your creations on the album.  Then come back here and comment on what you see.  Thanks for playing along!

CAS (Clean and Simple)

I am the host of the weekly challenge at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap.  My challenge this week is to do a CAS (Clean and Simple) card using only 1 ink and 1 image with 1 sentiment.  This is a simple way to do a bunch of cards at once.  Since it is a CAS challenge, I only want people to have 1 layer.  However, a bit of ribbon, or a few rhinestones, etc. may be added.  Take a look at these examples and come up with your own.  If you post it in the challenge thread at CardSwap by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, October 21, 2012, you will be entered into the drawing for a prize.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.






These are done in twos as per the image and sentiment, but you can see some are inked around the edges, some have rounded corners here and there, some have ribbon or twine, one has rhinestones, etc.  Had I stuck with 1 image and 1 ink for all of them, they would have been even faster than these were.  However, these are a wedding gift for a friend, so I wanted a variety.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with and post on CardSwap.  The drawing for winner is random, so no matter if you don’t like your card, or you do, you have an equal chance and you will get lots of encouragement!

Twisted Easel Card

This week I am hosting the Funky Fold Challenge on CardSwap.  What everyone is challenged to do is create a Twisted Easel Card.  This looks difficult, but I was amazed at how easy it was to do.

You will need an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock to begin.  Now, you want to cut your card stock so it is 8-1/2″ x 9-3/4″.  Now cut it in half lengthwise, so you have two 9-3/4″ by 4-1/4″ pieces.  (You have a spare for another card, or in case something goes wrong.)

You can put the small piece in your scrap pile, or toss it as you won’t need it.  Set aside one of the other pieces for another time, too.  Now, take the last 9-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece and score it at 5-1/2 ”  (long ways as it isn’t that big the other way).  You will have a 5-1/2″ side and a 4-1/4″ side.  Now take the 4-1/4″ side and score it in half diagonally from the top right next to the fold down to the bottom edge corner.

So, you should have the 5-1/2″ piece, the score line, then the 4-1/4″ piece scored diagonally from top left to bottom right.  Now, bend the two score lines back and forth a bit, to loosen them up.  Flip it upside down and fold the 5-1/2″ piece behind the scored 4-1/4″ piece.  It should look like the image below.  Make sure the diagonal fold is now going from the bottom left to the top right.

You will want to put adhesive around the triangle to the right.  (Not the one that has the fold as one side!)

The next step is to create a card front from a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece.

Line your front piece up with the fold on the left and along either the top or bottom and press it down around the lower triangle, so it adheres.  To open it, you will lift the top up and fold it along the diagonal fold.  Inside, you will need something for it to rest against to hold it open.  Here are pictures from different angles so what I’m saying makes more sense.

It is much easier than it sounds.  Here’s another card you’ve seen before done with the other half:

Now, for the CardSwap Funky Fold challenge, I am giving everyone an extra chance to win by going back through my blog and finding one of the Kaleidoscope Origami/Teabag Folds and using that on their card.  Take a chance and try something new!  Make sure you post a picture of your card on the CardSwap Funky Fold challenge thread under Member Challenges (if you’re not a member, it is free to join and tons of fun).

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.