Saturday, June 25, 2011

My first post

Hello and Welcome!  This is my first post on my new blog.  See how nice and shiny my new blog is!  This is very exciting!  I remember having a homepage way back in the day.  "They" don't call 'em homepages anymore and no, I don't want to talk to the 90's about their vernacular!

I make 14 cards for every major holiday and some not so major except for Christmas.  I moved and some of my friends moved, so I make cards for them so they won' forget about me ;)  Haha!  But really I do make cards for them and enjoy doing it.  Sometimes the cards are all exactly alike, and sometimes they are all completely different, and sometimes there is something in between.

Right now I am working on Fourth of July cards.  I use white pre-made cards from Michaels (love these cards) and then I decorate them.  So I cut my base paper 4 inches by 5.5 inches (and just a little over that to ensure that I will cover the front of my premade card.)  Then with my Making Memories Slice, I made stars of various sizes on the paper. 

So from here I take strips of paper, fold them in half and tape them to the back.  This is a great project for scraps!

I keep adding strips that cover the star until the star is covered up.  The thicker the scrap paper-the thicker the star will be.  I put more tape on the back and try to smoosh it down some.  Once all of the scraps have been applied, I then take it and put it on the blank card using adhesive.  If you have wide red line tape, I find this to work best, but it isn't forgiving.  So I put the photo splits on the back to line it up and then I add the red line tape in an area where I will pull the base up. 

This is the completed card.  Very important! Place all of the folds in the same direction.  It makes the design look nice and neat.  Then I stamped a sentiment and placed it.  I didn't do anything on the inside.  I have lots of stamps but not many for the Fourth of July.  This one I think came from the $1 section of one of the big box craft stores by G studio.  These stamps are awesome.  I always look through them.  I can't tell you how many I have for Saint Patrick's Day and Halloween!!

Here are some variations as far as star sizes and placements go.  Also, I changed the backgrounds.  The patterned paper is nice because it has a pattern but not so much that it conflicts with the stars, or so I think.

If this seems quite familiar to Irish Folding, you are right.  The difference is that there isn't a pattern, you put one on after another, which I think is great.  I am going to try to do an Irish Folding pattern because I feel more comfortable.  Who knew it was this easy?

I knew about Irish Folding but I learned how to do this at the Scrapbook Expo held in Orlando.  A lady named Suzanne was teaching it.  Totally Awesome!  Thank you Suzanne! 

This is a new journey for me, and I'm glad y'all are along for the ride!  My goal is to put a new project on here once a week.  Check back by!

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