Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This is it.. My last Christmas tree for 2010..

Iris folding christmas tree

This is my card for a Challenge called FOR FUN CHALLENGE and the theme for this week is ‘ANYTHING”. So if you would like to join us please up load your card at the challenge blog. The challenge started today and ends Wednesday Dec 29th.

This is what is called Iris Folding. This time I did it with ribbon. Most of the time when I do it I use paper lightweight such as origami papers, scrapbook papers or wrapping papers give very satisfying results when used with the technique. I know you can find all kinds of patterns on the internet. The first thing you need to do is find a pattern, there are so many out there, I’m sure you will have no problem. Once you have a pattern.

1. Need to prepare your card stock opening. By that I mean you need to trace the pattern on to you card stock on the wrong side if you have a wrong side. Then you need to cut just the frame of the pattern out. See how I just cut out the frame of the tree?

What I did was take a piece of card board about 5” by 7” and wrapped a piece of  wax paper around it. Just to have a work surface. It depends on the size of your project. You need to use removable tape.

2. Using removable tape, tape card stock face down to your pattern along one side (you will be working on the wrong side). You’ll want to be able to flip the card stock up to check your work.

3. Now when you use ribbon you do not need to do the folding. Now at this point you are using regular tape and taping down each strip of paper (making sure you can not see the tape on the other side)  as you apply it to the pattern. But with the papers you need to make sure that the folded edges of each strip is toward the center, tape the paper strips in the opening beginning at an outer edge. Depending on the look you’re after or the number of scraps you have, you may choose to ignore the dotted lines in the pattern resulting in wider strips.

4. Continue layering your strips until the desired opening is left.

5. Cover the remaining open space with a final paper piece or photo.

6. When you are absolutely sure you’re finished, you may choose to cover the entire back of your piece with lightweight packing tape to reduce the bulk somewhat. That is what I do and it all stays together very well. After that you will be unable to change your project.

7. Now you can apply you design to a card front or a scrapbook page. pr even frame it.

What is so nice about Iris folding is the number of different papers you can use and the order in which you place them is up to you, but be forewarned-experimenting with different designs and their placement is totally addictive- and a lot of fun!

This is a blog that had some FREE patterns you could try some Iris folding. This place also. Here is another. All you have to do is put in Iris folding and there is a lot.

I do have more information I would like to share with you but I do not want to get way over your heads and loose you on this.

Thanks for stopping. Happy Crafting.

Hugs, Patricia ♥ ♥ ♥

Here comes the Christmas Train…


christmas train

I’m almost done with posting my Christmas cards for this year. I just love this image it is one from Glitterbabe’s designs, I know she is closed right now but she will be open right after the holidays. She also has Glitterbabe’s Challenge Blog and she has New Challenges every Wednesday. Challenges blog is closed right now also, to bad because I enter my train. If you stop by Glitterbabe’s blog she also has all kinds of FREE images.

train copic

These are the copic I used when I colored my train. I embossed the card stock it is with a Stampin up embossing folder called Poinsettia and I used some metallic rub on, sorry I forget the color but it matched the card stock. The corners I punched out with Memoires makers punch. I cut the train out with a Spellbinder and I used another spellbinder to cut out the two decorative ends I have on the right and left side. Used two Stampin up punches the oval and the scallop oval for the sentiment. I used rime stones give my train some class so I embellish around with different color stones.

I do hope you enjoy my card. Thanks for stopping. I’m working on some hair barrettes for Emma for Christmas to put in her hair. I would like to make her some in all different colors. I’m using ribbon so I do hope they turn out she has really thin hair.

Have a Merry Christmas and A wonderful New Year.

I love all my followers and thank you so much for being my friend.

Hugs, Patricia ♥ ♥ ♥

Come and meet Miss Molly the the Snow Lady

merry christmas

Molly the some lady

Introducing Miss Molly the Snow Lady. I finally got her done for Emma my grand daughter. I have been so busy but you know we all keep saying that and I know it is true but I’m tired of saying it. If you would like her pattern it is FREE just like the ones of the snowman I did several day ago and once you get to this web site you are going to be amazed at what is there and it is all FREE. If you like Whimsical you will spend some time there. The blog is called Phee Mcaddell, I see she has added some more things since the last time I was there so I will have stop by again. I love here puppets they are outstandingly beautiful…

All I had to do was have some brads, I used medium size pink ones and small black and small white ones. I used one eyelet so we can hang her. I added several different kinds of snow. I did color Molly with my copic markers.

I do hope you enjoy Miss Molly. Thank you for stopping by have a wonderful week.


Allsorts-Challenge #83 anything goes Dec 31

By the cute and girly - children Dec 31

CES Challenge #17- anything goes Jan 7

Crafts and Me- Challenge #20 anything goes Jan 4

Die Cut Dreams- Challenge #79 Girlie Jan 3

OSAAT- Challenge #43 anything goes Jan 9

Simon Says Stamp- anything goes Jan 3

The ABC Challenge- K for Keep it simple Jan 5

Paper Works- Sparkle spots and snowflakes Dec 28

Hugs, Patricia ♥ ♥ ♥