Zig Zag Aperture

My husband was reading a book last weekend, that I asked to see.  Not because the book interested me, it was the look of the cover.  So, I designed a card to look similar to the cover.  However, I added a fun fold to it for a bit more fun.

To start, I cut a piece of lighter card stock (apx. 85lb) to 11″ x 5-1/2″.  With the 11″ horizontal, I scored at 1-1/4″, 3-3/8″, 7-5/8″ and 9-3/4″.  (This makes an A2 sized card – 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.)  As I was trying to recreate the book cover and I love the colors together, this base piece was a turquoise color.  I also took an 8-1/2 x 11″ piece of black card stock and sprayed both sides with Perfect Pearl mist.  (I only used about 1/4 of the sheet.)  I cut off a 5-3/8″ strip and cut the following pieces with that as the height: two 1-1/8″ strips and two 2″ strips.

The base piece was folded as follows: the first and last score lines were mountain folded, with the two inner score lines valley folded.  I then adhered the black pieces to the top of the sides that would be showing when the card is folded.

7-18-16 Fold Challenge 1

I then took 3 sequential nested diamond dies.  You can use whatever shape you want.  Using the largest and smallest dies, I cut out a diamond frame from silver shimmer/shiny paper.  Line them up on the paper and use some removable tape to keep them in place while running through your pressure machine (I used a Cuttlebug).  I also used the largest die to cut a triangle out of the leftover strip of turquoise card.  The middle sized diamond, I used to cut an aperture (hole) out of the front of the card.  First, I folded the card closed, then lined up my die and used some removable tape to hold it in place on one side.  Now, I tried cutting through the folded section, but that was incredibly difficult with 4 pieces of heavy paper/card and I had to finish it with scissors.  On the other side, I stretched out the paper to cut and that worked great.

7-18-16 Fold Challenge 2

7-18-16 Fold Challenge 3

To resemble the book cover, I wanted gears on the bottom of my aperture, so I ran my turquoise diamond through my Cuttlebug in a gear embossing folder.  I then lightly rubbed a black ink pad over the top of it.  That piece I lined up on the right side at the bottom of the opening.  It is adhered on the inside behind the diamond cutout.  The aperture rim, or the silver diamond, I adhered on the top section on the left.  You’ll notice that either by not lining my die up quite right, or running it through repeatedly with too thick of a stack, or finishing it off with scissors, I wound up cutting through the edge on the left side.  As I put the silver frame on top of that, it held it together and you can’t tell.  I did put a dot of glue on the back to hold the 2 points down and let that dry before folding.

7-18-16 Fold Challenge 4

To center my stamp, I closed the whole card up and put the stamp where I wanted it, before inking it.  As the gears were embossed and inked, it was easy to see where I needed to stamp, and was able to lay out that piece flat before stamping.  On the book cover, there was a small symbol in white, but with the sparkle of the Perfect Pearls on the black, I wanted a bit of sparkle, so stamped it in gray ink, then traced over the top with a Sakura Stardust pen in clear.  You can’t read it well, so stamping in white probably would have worked better, but when you turn the card a bit, the words catch the light and sparkle, which is fun.

7-18-16 Fold Challenge 5

I realize these aren’t the greatest pictures, but you can at least get the idea.  The sentiment is centered in the aperture when the card is closed completely.

I hope you try this and with my mistakes pointed out, can make it much easier than I did.  It really was quite simple and fun.  My husband thought it looked amazingly like the book cover.  I didn’t read the book, but my husband enjoyed it.

Book Cover

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New Realms of Possibility

Well, I tried to do most of the challenges I’ve been skipping the past few weeks, this week and wound up trying some new things.

This first one was quite the challenge as one of the amazing artists on ScrapZee is trying to teach us about colors and challenged us to use one of three or four different types of color combinations. I went with the Triadic Color Scheme and used dark pink, dark yellow/brown (as well as a lighter one), and teal. This is also being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week to use flowers.

6-27-13 SZ SP Color Sent

This next one was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge which had to do with doors. I was inspired by a white door with frosted glass, so wanted to use some vellum. I stamped the tree on the back side, dried it with my heat tool, then used some ink to get background color. As there was a squared off door that was housing the frosted glass, I used white pieces to surround the vellum. Really like how this one turned out.

6-28-13 SP Inspired

The last card I did is for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge to do faux tile. Now, I very carefully followed the instructions and got only the very edges of the image to show up, so I tried it again and wound up with ink in my “grout”, as well as a blurred image. This was the third try. I did have to push down pretty hard to get the image to show (maybe my acrylic block is slightly warped?), which once again put ink in the “grout”, but I have had some Elmer’s fine tip paint pens sitting on my desk for months as I had intended to use them on a challenge my friend Jane posted, but was never able to get done, so I grabbed the white one and very carefully used it on my grout lines. It wasn’t perfect, but it still looks a lot like tile. I figure they sell actual grout paint pens, so this qualifies. (I’ve seen them at Lowe’s.)

6-27-13 SP Tile

I had actually intended to send this one to my summer secret pal, but forgot and stamped my name on the back. Oops! Oh well, I made a different card for my pal.

Stamping on vellum is something I’ve only done once or twice and made a mess of, so this was new territory, as well as the faux tile technique. I make the attempt to try new things at least once, then decide if I like it. Hey, you never know unless you try. I wouldn’t use any stamped images had I not tried that several times.

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The Same, But Different

Last year, most of my Christmas cards looked like the card on the right.  I only had 12 left, and needed 15 cards for the shut ins at church this year.  Unfortunately, the beautiful green/turquoise snowflake paper I used is unavailable this year.  So, after looking through my Christmas papers, I found this red paper that has snowflakes on it and was able to make the extra three in red.  The same, but different.


Deal with what you have to make what you need.  This is being entered in the Friends of Speedy TV challenge for this week.

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Fun Paper

Sometimes, paper just makes me happy.  Okay, playing with paper almost always makes me happy.  This patterned paper came out of a magazine and I just LOVE it.  The colors are so deep and vibrant, that I just had to use it.  I’m using this card for the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge.  I used ribbon for one of the rectangles in the challenge, but didn’t want to cover up any more of the pretty paper, so it’s going to have to do.



  • Winter Crocus stamp set (Mark’s Finest Paper)
  • Sheer yellow ribbon (Celebrate It 360)
  • Assorted papers
  • Flowers and Brad (Hot Off the Press)

The card may not be fabulous, but I’m hoping the paper makes you as happy as it does me.  Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Painting with Chalk

This is being entered in various challenges this week.  It follows the sketch challenge for My Favorite Things, I did the technique challenge on MFPSpeedyTV, the Vintage/Shabby Chic challenge on StampTV, as well as the red challenge on CardSwap.


This is about as vintage/shabby chic as I can get.  Hey, it includes both lace and trim with a flower.  The technique was to use a blender pen and chalk to “paint” an image.  My bird was done with bright red chalk, yellow and orange.  I’m glad I tried this technique, but it’s not one I plan to use again as my bird looks very washed out and not too red.


  • Die-namics Contempo Cage (My Favorite Things)
  • Winter Crocus (Mark’s Finest Papers Heinrich Collection)
  • Rhubarb Stalk ink (Memento)
  • Floral Burst Cut-Fold-Tuck (Spellbinders)
  • Assorted chalk, papers, lace and trim

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Shaped Card

The challenge on CardMakerMagazine’s CardSwap site this week is to make a shaped card.  The challenge on StampTV this week is to make a card with a monogram.  There is a challenge on SpeedyTV this week to try a distressed and colored technique.  This should meet them all.

My father-in-law just bought a semi-automatic .22, so this is his Father’s Day card.  His name is Dale, which is what the D is for.  The coffee cup made me think of “smokin'”, so I thought it would go well with the card.  It is actually almost A2 size.  I found a picture of the gun I liked online, then sized it to fit an A2 card and printed it out.  I did the distressing on my card base, then held the picture up and cut around the shape.  It was NOT easy doing the trigger area.  With the shape of the card, I figured I needed to decorate both sides, so they look the same, except I got my D upside down on the other side.  Oops!  I don’t think he’ll care.  After I stamped the coffee cup with Memento Tuxedo Black, I used Bic Mark-It markers to color it in.

I’m thinking my father-in-law will like it.  Even if he doesn’t, I tried some new things and I like how it turned out.

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Open 8 Point Star

This is a fun fold that can be used alone, or with an image or sentiment in the center.

To begin, you will need 8 squares of paper.  I used 1-7/8″ squares.

Start with the white or back side up.  Fold the square in half diagonally, then unfold.  You will take one side and fold the lower edge up along the center fold.  Do the same with the other lower edge.

Now you need to flip the piece over to the other side.  Keep the part that does not have two layers of paper at the top.  Fold the bottom point (where all your folds are) up to the top point and crease well.

Use a bone folder (your finger will work, but is a bit large) to slide under one of the edges of paper and pull that edge down, so the section fold up along one side.  Then do the same with the other side.  (It sounds more difficult than it is.)

You now have two options.  You can either fold the top point, just the top layer, straight down, or over to the left side (you could go to the right if you want) along the side point.  Do this with all eight squares.  All should be folded straight down, or all should be folded to the side.

If you folded straight down, you will put one side point on top of the side point of the next piece and put the edges of the center top section together.  Put a bit of adhesive on top of the bottom side point to hold the pieces together.

If you folded to the side, put the adhesive in the same place, but line the bottom pieces up.  With this one, when you have the final piece in place, you will have a small octagon opening in the center on the top.  You can place a small sentiment or image in the center.  You can also use the back of the star, if you want.

Open 8 Point Star Instructions

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Glue and Glitter

I was inspired to try stamping with glue and adding glitter last weekend.  Here was an attempt:

On this one, I started by cutting out my pieces.  I made my card base, then cut a dark blue piece 1/8″ smaller (on both sides), then a white piece 1/8″ smaller than that (on both sides).  Then I used some of the dark blue and white and stamped my sentiment in a dark blue on the white and used a Spellbinder’s scalloped oval to cut it out, as well as a blue piece using the same die.  I just wanted a small blue edge, so I chose to use the same die for both pieces and trim the white piece right along the embossed edge.

No, my cutting wasn’t perfect, but you can’t really tell.

After that, I stamped a fireworks stamp on the background using glue.  To do this, I took an empty stamp pad and rubbed glue all over it.  I’m not too thrilled with the Martha Steward glue I used, but it works fairly well.  Then I dumped glitter on it before it dried.  I started with blue, then stamped some more and used a yellow gold glitter, then went to red.  When I put the glitter on the stamped images, I sprinkled the glitter on the piece over a stretched out coffee filter.  Then poured the extra glitter from the coffee filter back into the glitter container.  Easy enough, and I saved most of my extra glitter.

When I was finished adding all the glitter to this piece, I sprayed it with hairspray to keep the glitter attached.  I’m not sure if the glue wasn’t good enough, or maybe it was my inexpensive hairspray, but it didn’t hold the glitter as well as I had hoped.  I’m sure there are plenty of products out there that would do an excellent job of permanent adhesion, but I don’t do enough of this to invest in anything else.  After giving the hairspray a few minutes to dry, I used some adhesive to put everything together, adding a couple of rhinestone stars to my sentiment.  I did use Scotch 3D mounting tape to add my sentiment to give it a bit of lift/dimension.

This was a fun technique to try and I will definitely do it again.  It would be nice to know if you have found anything that will work better than hairspray to keep the glitter adhered.  My husband wasn’t too thrilled I used glitter as it tends to go everywhere and stick around for a while, but the card turned out nice and sparkly.

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Shining Star

It’s always nice to create something cute.  Here is a cute star that is simple enough to make.  All you need are 8 squares of paper (1-7/8″ is normal sized, but it works larger and smaller, too), a bit of adhesive and a bone folder helps, but isn’t required.

Start with one of your squares right side up and fold in half horizontally.  Have it so the fold is on the right and the open edges on the left (you can switch it later, but my instructions are going this way).





Fold the top left corner back so the top edge lays along the fold.  Then fold that little flap in half, so its edge is along it’s fold.

(My picture on the right is flipped upside down, but the point closest to the open edges is the point and the bottom edge folds up along the fold line.)


Next you want to unfold that and flip it the other direction, so it folds under.

Now, flip your piece from left to right, so the open edges are on the right and the fold on the left with your folded corner still at the top of the piece, but on the table.

Do the same fold you just did on the other side with the top left corner on the bottom right corner.






Now you do the same thing with your other 7 pieces.



To attach the pieces together, you will have them all so the open edges are on the left with the folded corner at the top (flip them back over).

You will slide the unfolded layer up under the folded layer of the piece on the left and continue around.  The trickiest part of this is making sure the bottom corners (on the back) are sliding together, too.





Put a bit of adhesive under the unfolded section you are sliding under the fold to hold it together.

The star on the left is with the 1-7/8″ squares and the one on the right used 1″ squares.

Shining Star Instructions

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Tri Fold Foil Card

Sorry I haven’t been around too much, lately.  There has been a LOT to do since the car accident.  Anyway, I am back with a fun one.

Here is a card that uses a fun fold, embossed foil, and a Dreamweaver stencil for Spring.

It looks complicated, but really wasn’t too bad.

To start, you want a piece of heavy paper or card stock 5 1/2 x 12″.  Lay it with the 12″ side going horizontally and score at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″.  They put it with the 5 1/2″ horizontally and cut at 1 1/2″ from 2″ to 10″ (that is your first and last score lines) and again at 4″ from 2″ to 10″.  Now, you want to crease all those score lines with mountain, valley, mountain, valley folds.  On the center section, flip the second crease to a mountain and the third to a valley (opposite of the top and bottom).  Now, make pieces to decorate.

I cut white card stock 1/8″ smaller than the sections for the two tall sections on front and back and the center sections.  I also cut heavy duty foil (kitchen type) 1/8″ smaller than that (both horizontally and vertically).  Then I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder from the Oriental set to emboss the foil.  To attach the foil to the white pieces, I put adhesive on the white pieces just in a bit and then laid the foil on top and lightly rubbed.  The embossing actually cut through the foil in a lot of places, but it still stayed mostly together when attaching and you couldn’t tell.  However, on one piece, it didn’t go on straight, so I had to lift it up off the adhesive and re-attach it.  The foil wasn’t quite as pretty afterward, so I used some ribbon over the top and you can’t really tell.

Then I attached all of those pieces to the card.  For the “middle” area, I just used a white piece to be able to write a message.  The back of the card can be used if more writing area is necessary.  After that, I used two of the scalloped ovals from Spellbinders and cut those out.  The “pink” piece is another piece of the background paper (a heavy-duty Bubblegum paper from Lasting Impressions), then I used the next smaller scalloped oval and cut another white piece.  Using a cute Dreamweaver heart stencil, I embossed the dangling heart onto the white oval and used a pink Sakura Glaze pen to trace over the top.  When that dried, I attached the two ovals together with 3D tape and used more 3D tape to attach to the card.  (Make sure the adhesive only attaches to front pieces and does not touch the middle section of the top or bottom as the card will not open otherwise.)

The card is not nearly as difficult as it appears.  Take the time to try it.  You can use lots of different patterned papers, if you don’t want to use the foil, but the foil turned out pretty nicely.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Take a few minutes to check out the three different challenges I am using this for.  You will definitely be inspired by all the gorgeous work by so many different people.

Enjoy your weekend!