Thursday, October 25, 2007

Origami Bell Ornaments

These are some origami bell ornaments that I am making for a craft fair I'm participating in next month. Once you get the folding down they are really easy and super fast to make.

There are a lot of pictures to this tutorial, as I am a visual person myself, and find them very helpful. I hope you do too.

You can use any type of paper or cardstock, just make sure it is square.

Stampin' Up! Dashing double sided paper (I used 5" x 5" for these)
Wild Wasabi and River Rock cardstock
Bone Folder
Red Grosgrain Ribbon and Gold Cord
Snowburst stamp set
Real Red Craft Ink
Scallop Punch
1 3/8" Circle Punch
Anywhere hole punch
Heat and Stick Powder
Quick Dry Glue or Sticky Strip
Heat Gun

Fold square in half, turn page 90 degrees and fold in half again. Make sure to crease the edges really well with the bone folder.

Next fold the paper from corner to corner, rotate 90 degrees and fold to corners again. Remember to use the bone folder on all your creases.

These are the crease lines after these folds are complete.

This next fold is a little tricky to explain, so I hope the pictures will help. Fold each side up to the center crease, lining up the edge of the paper with the crease. Do this on each side at each corner. You will complete a total of eight folds for this part. Again, use the bone folder on every crease. Was that clear as mud? :) You will be able to see what I mean when you are actually folding.

This is what the crease lines will look like when all your folding is complete. You will have an octagon in the middle of your square.

Pinch corners together.

If adding a hanging embellishment, punch a hole in the middle of the square. Put ribbon through hole and tie a knot, or tape in place. Stamp River Rock cardstock with Real Red craft ink. Sprinkle with Heat and Stick Powder; heat and then sprinkle with glitter. Heat again. Punch with circle punch. Punch two scallops from Wild Wasabi cardstock. Adhere circles to scallop punches. Adhere ribbon to back of one scallop; adhere other scallop over ribbon.

Push sides in toward the middle of the square.

As you brings the corners together, you may need to push the bottom center out with your finger.

Glue opposite sides together. Glue or tape ribbon to the center of one side. Then glue the remaining sides together.

Completed ornament.

There are endless possibilities for decorating these: beads, glitter, fibers, etc. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, just shoot me an e-mail. Have fun!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Holiday Organizer

This Holiday Organizer was so much fun to make, and will keep all those little bits of holiday papers, like gift lists and receipts in order. The organizer was made from a manila file folder and Stampin' Up!'s Wintergreen double sided patterned paper.
The Gift Guide is a great place to keep track of everyone's sizes and favorites. (fabulous idea from JanTink) There is even a small notepad for shopping lists, or those little reminders to yourself.

On the back you can track your online and catalog orders by website and/or company name, date ordered and received, person receiving gift and cost.
I will be offering this as a class on October 27th. For full details, look here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Coaster Desk Set

This is my first coaster box. I really liked how it turned out, so I decided to make a desk set out of it. I used Doodle This, Delight In Life, and Happy Harmony stamp sets; Blue Bayou and Soft Sky cardstock, and Double sided Soft Sky Designer Series paper.

I have had my Bind-it-All since my birthday in May, and have only used it twice. Figured I better get some use out of it. :) It worked great for punching the holes in the coasters. I also used the white gel pen to highlight the flowers and dots on the Doodle this flourish.
This set would make a nice gift for teachers and co-workers. The box could be filled with their favorite treat, and then used as a pencil/pen holder.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Boxes, Bags & Tags

Here are a couple of samples for my upcoming Boxes, Bags and Tags class, October 20th. Look here for full details.

These are really fun and easy projects to use for those little Thank You's to co-workers or friends, or for your child's classroom party treats.

Very quick and easy to do!

Monday, September 24, 2007

October 6, 2007

World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to:

  • Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family.

  • Kick off, and get a head start on, the holiday card-making season.
Learn more about World Card Making Day here. Then sign up to join me for a fun filled day of card making on October 6th. Visit my website for more details.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Index Sheets

This is an Index Sheet for the Stamp set Vases in Vogue. It was done for another swap that I participated in. Everyone picked a different stamp set; each image in the set was stamped and then mounted on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock.

Texture Swap

These were for a Texture ATC swap I participated in. The ocean floor background was done using the heated pearls technique. I made the coral by using "liquid" snow by DecoArt. I painted it with a combination of Making Memories acrylic paint and SU Cameo Coral reinker.

I used micro beads, crafters sand and tiny sea shells to embellish and add more texture. The fish was cut using a Quickutz die.