Wednesday, September 30

Tutorial - Exploding Card

All the excitement of an exploding card is in the folded insert.  When the card is opened, the insert unfolds to a larger size than the card revealing the message or image inside.  They are great for large events where lots of people want to sign the card.
1.  Start with a large, square piece of heavy paper.  To determine the size, decide on how big you want your finished card to be and then double it.  For example, I wanted a 51/2" x 51/2" card, so my paper measures 11" x 11".  If you want a 4" x 4" card then you will need an 8" x 8" piece of paper, if you want a 6" x 6" card then you will need a 12" x 12" piece of paper, and so on.

2.  Stamp your sentiment and any decorative elements you want.  I need plenty of room for people to write messages in my card so I only printed a Happy Birthday greeting in the centre.

3.  Time to start folding!  Begin by bringing the bottom right hand corner up to the top left hand corner, creating a diagonal fold.

4.  Open it out again then bring the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner creating another diagonal fold.  Press firmly with your bone folder.

5.  You'll now have two diagonal valley folds on your insert.

6.  Turn your insert over so the words are face down on your desk.  Fold it horizontally by bringing the bottom edge up to meet the top edge as shown below.  Open it out once again.

7.  Now take the two side edges and press them toward each other.  Your insert will fold along the lines you created to form a triangle shape.

8.  Fold the points of the triangle to the centre of the insert, as shown in the photos below.  Use the previous folds as measuring guides.

9.  Fold the other point in the same manner, then flip the insert over and do it again on the other side.

10.  Open your insert to reveal all the fold lines you created.

11.  Pinch each corner and fold toward the centre creating a mountain fold.

12.  Now fold the insert.  The paper should bend along all the creases you made.

13.  Now we're ready to adhere it inside the card blank.  Apply some double sided tape to both sides of the insert as shown in the photos below.

14.  Measure and mark the centre point on the inside of your card.

15.  Adhere the insert into your card, lining the point up with the centre mark and keeping the edges of the insert flush with the edges of the card.

16.  Adhere the other side by removing the tape and closing the card.

17.  Decorate the front of your card, double checking that the orientation of the insert is correct... you don't want it to be upside down!

Monday, September 28

Scrap Card #33

Buttons, liquid pearls, coloured pencils, twine, stamps, ink... you wouldn't believe the mess I made creating this rather simple looking card today.  It looks like a monkey trampled it's way through my studio!
Stamps by Stampin' Up

Friday, September 25

Scrap Card #32

I felt like doing a little bit of colouring today, so out came the copic markers and a gorgeous digital image I purchased recently.  In hindsight, I should have coloured all three flowers purple, which I think would have worked better with the background.  Ah well, live and learn.
Stamps: Power Poppy (digital), Flourishes

Tuesday, September 22

New Release: Stanley Pumpkin

If you're looking for something easy to colour and easy to cut out, then Stanley's your guy!  I design the Stanley series to be simple and fun to use, particularly for projects where you want to paper piece or fussy cut.
Stanley Pumpkin

My wonderful designers have just completed their six month tenure with me, and these are their very last cards.  I wish to say a hearty and sincere thank you to each and every one of them for all the fabulous cards and projects they've produced during their time on the team, they have certainly been an inspiration!  Please stop by their blogs to see all their latest work and, if you haven't already, consider signing up as a follower.
Thank you ladies!

Judy's Card
Petra's Card
Shirley's Card
Two cards from Anesha
Astrid's Card
Two cards from Christine

Tuesday, September 15

New Release: Witching Hour

Silhouette images are always handy when you have the urge to create interesting and colourful backgrounds.  You can fussy cut around them and then stick them to your project, or print them directly onto your background for a single layer card.
Witching Hour

Christine's Card

Judy's Card

Petra's Card

Shirley's Card

Two cards and one hanger from Anesha

Sunday, September 13

Scrap Card #31

I raided the paint swatches at my local hardware store to create the flowers for today's card.  I did some white embossing on the darkest colour just to break it up a little bit, then layered the different sized flowers together to create a floral border.

I've counted up my remaining scrap backgrounds... only ten to go!  Woohoo!

My New Year's Resolution

Tuesday, September 8

New Release: Harriet

What could be better on a balmy Halloween evening than collecting a big bucket of candy from the neighbours and knowing it was all just for you?!  Oh, to be a kid again!

Anesha's Card

Astrid's Card

Christine's Card

Judy's Card

Petra's Card

Shirley's Card