Saturday, June 28, 2008

Neat fold first picture tutorial!!!

I received a card like this in a recent SCS swap I was in, not sure the name of it, but it is like a slider card, so I recreated it. IF anyone knows the real name of the tutorial and who I can give credit to, please let me know!!!! I will try to give directions as best I can. It was hard to take a picture of it too, as it wouldn't stay closed properly. So, here is what it looks like from the front: Ok, so here goes! The first piece of cardstock is your base (mine is Always Artichoke). It is 11 x 5 1/2, score at 3 1/2 and 7". This picture shows how to fold the first piece. Panel 1 is in the front foreground.

The second piece, is also Always Artichoke and it is 6 1/4 x 5 1/2, score at 2". This second piece gets glued to the front panel with the 2" piece sticking out towards the middle panel of piece 1. (Are you with me so far?) I left it open a little so you could see where it is glued together. That front piece with 2 layers is now the FRONT of your card. The little 2" piece will be the little slider that moves when you open the card.

This is the card opened up flat, with the front on the far right side. I used my 1 1/4" punch and punched through the 2 layers on the front panel. (sorry it's blurry!) Then in the middle panel, I traced the hole so it would match up and punched another 1 1/4" hole. Here it is standing up, looking at the inside view of the card. Gosh, I hope this is making sense!!!
Here is a top view of how the card should be put together so it slides properly...the 2" piece will go between panel 2 & 3, so when you open the card, the 2" piece will slide in front of the middle panel hole.
Now for the stamping part! Decorate the front cover however you wish. I used my scallop punch and 1 1/4" punch to make the border around the front hole. I didn't decorate the middle hole but you could!
<-- I stamped the Hoppy Birthday on white then glued it ON the 2" piece. Then I cut a 2 1/4 square piece of paper and glued it on the BACK INSIDE of the card (panel 3) - you can kind of see the white CS in the top view photo above. I closed the card, stamped the frog THROUGH the hole so it was lined up properly, coloured him, and I was done! So, when the card is closed, you see the frog through the front hole. When you open the card, the 2" slider piece moves forward into the view of the 2nd hole you punched in the middle panel, covering up the frog.
IF anyone tries this, please let me know how the directions are, if I forgot anything, or if something is confusing! I didn't have a tutorial to follow, just the sample, which made it easier! Post a comment with a link to your card if you make one!! It is a really cool card, I love how it slides!!!
I hope you enjoyed my first photo tutorial & I hope it made sense!!!! Have fun with this card - it is perfect for those "little" stamps!!! You could always adapt the size of hole too, or make it a square, oval, etc.
cardstock: Always Artichoke, white, chocolate chip
ink: Always Artichoke, koh-i-noor pencils & gamsol
stamps: Simon Says Stamp (Frogs jumping for joy); Clear Dollar Stamps (pond accessories-sentiment); Linen background (SU)
accessories/tools: 1 1/4" punch (SU); ribbon (Michael's); scallop punch (SU); scor-pal;

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

GOOD NEWS!! and some new design team cards!

We've decided to keep the trailer and do some adaptations to it!! We are keeping the potty and the sink at the back, but we are going to pull out the furnace, fridge and stove and extend the bed out another foot or so, so we can get a regular mattress in there! We don't need those 3 things because we like to cook outside anyways, and we have an Xtreme cooler that keeps ice cold for 7 days! I'll keep ya updated on the progress of our little advanture!! Should be interesting since neither Tim or I have done anything like this!! LOL

Tomorrow is my last day with the kids - yipppeee! I will miss some of them, but I SO need a break! If I hear "Mrs. Sather" (in a whiny needy voice) one more time I might explode!!! LOL I'm kidding, I do love them all!

Ok, here are some more design team cards for Simon Says Stamp! This set is called Knock, Knock, Whoo's there? LOVE these owls! They were so fun to colour!! I used my new Koh-i-Noor woodless pencil crayons and gamsol, and it was butter! I bought these at Gina K's store for $15.95....pretty good for 24 crayons....that won't keep breaking in the sharpener!!! Wheee!!!
This owl is the cutest I think! I wanted to make him soft so I blended the grey and black pencils. After, I thought I should have added some Fun flock to one I will do that!!!It is made with black cardstock and bits of DP from my scrap bin! For this fuzzy guy, I used Sage Shadow, Purely Pomegranate, and Cutie Pie DP.

This one has Chocolate Chip base, then a brocade blue layer. I don't really like this card (although I love how the owl is so patchworky!).. I think it is missing something, but I don't know what! Any suggestions?? It opens at the top, so ribbon looked too busy, flowers looked dumb..... sort of at a loss on this one!!!! On the inside, it says "Whoo's there?"
I used some scrap DP for this one too, on a Chocolate Chip base. The ribbon is from Wal Mart and the blue brads are from Michael's.

Fabulous blog candy for some FAB stamps!

Starving Artistamps is giving away an AMAZING blog candy this week! They are giving away 3 SETS of their stamps - The Doodlefactory "Tropics" collection! They are SO cute! I just got the Tropics set, now I NEED the 2 sets of sentiments that go with it!! LOL

Here is the direct link to see the sets they have to give away! Check em out...sooo cute!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Camping fun!

Hey everyone! I was SO tired yesterday that I didn't get a chance to get my photos off my camera until now!! So, here are a few pics of our trip and of our trailer. Sad news though, we are going to sell the trailer because it is too heavy for my vehicle to pull. We thought it would be ok, but it was working extra hard and I don't want to replace the transmission on a fairly new vehicle. We will use the $ we make off the trailer for a good down payment on an ultra lite trailer that will be easy for my Santa Fe to pull!!

We went to a place called Red Lodge Provincial Park, and it is right along the Bow River - which had flooded two weeks ago. Some of the sites were still full of water which is probably why the mosquitoes were the size of dinousaurs! And man, were they hungry! Poor Brick had such a lumpy nose with bites - we really need to find some pet friendly repellant!! The river was high and dirty, but we did manage to find a spot for Brick to swim, even though I was up to my ankles in mud! YUCK! It was OK, but I still prefer going to the mountains - we always go to Kananaskis country (google it if you want to see GORGEOUS scenery!) but thought we'd try somewhere closer to home with the trailer for the first time! We had two YAPPY cocker spaniels beside us, that would not shut up, and 2 chirping chihuahua's across from us!!! ARGHHH!!!!! People didn't even know we had a dog because Brick is so quiet, he never barks!! I did get most of my book read and some colouring of images for some swaps I needed to finish! And yes, this is Brick's very own lawn chair!!! If we didn't take him one, he'd steal ours!!!

Here he is laying on MY lounger...little thief!!! Hard to kick him out when he looks so darn cute!!! Anyways, it was fun, despite having to clean out the trailer and get it ready to sell!! SAD!!! But maybe we can find one with a bed that we both fit on comfortably!! LOL

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