Monday, June 17, 2019

Z Fold Window Pass Thru Card + Video

Birthdays are always fun!  They're are even more fun when everyone can get together.  My daughter's birthday and my mom's birthday are one day apart, so we tend to celebrate them at the same time.

I made this card for Lauren.  I sent it to her in Wichita, because we didn't get together until a week after her birthday.   So I thought a paper hug would be fun!

I'm calling this card design a Z Fold Window Pass Thru card.  The Z fold part of the card is pulled through the opening of the base card.  I like making cards that are a little different from the standard fold.

I think this mouse kind of looks like he's opening his arms for a hug.  The mice are simply colored with copics and a couple of Staedtler Fine Liners for the little details like eyes, noses and glasses.

I've got a video below on making a Z Fold Window Pass Thru Card.  It's not hard at all!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Unicorn and Rainbow Pop Up Card + Video

Unicorns, rainbows AND a pop up!  How cool is that?

I have to tell on myself.  When I was designing this card, I could not figure out the pop up part.  I glued the tabs to the rainbow and glued it to the card and 


I took it off and put it on about four million times.  Pulling my hair out ensued.  While that may be a slight exaggeration, it was still frustrating.

Then an accident happened.  I got the angle right and it popped up!  Who knew an angle could be so important.  If you're thinking that I should have known, I bet you're a math genius or an engineer.  Or at least it makes me feel better to think so!

As long as it took me to figure out, this was still a fun card.  And now I know how important that angle really is.

The background on this card is made with Copic inks.  I used my refills and a small paintbrush.  I really like the subtle color.  

Here's the video on the unicorn rainbow pop-up card (including that all important angle):

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Straight Line Frames + Video

So, I have a cute story about why the matching game I made for Louisa is called "Silly Goose Ball."   She's always been a funny little girl and I would often call her "Silly Goose."  Then one day, I said "Goof Ball" instead.  Louisa started saying "Silly Goose Ball"  any time she thought she was being funny.  So now we use "Silly Goose Ball" for any of us being funny.  No telling what people think when they're not in on the joke!

When I saw the silly goose part of this stamp set, I knew I had to make something for Louisa.  Plus she loves animals and the puns are fun.

The idea for the Straight Line Frames started with this card.  This image is a strong image, especially in bold colors.  I couldn't decide what it needed.  I let it lay around awhile and then suddenly I thought maybe a couple of stars would be the finishing touch.  Well, the stars were close, but the card still didn't look finished to me.  It hung around some more and then AHA!  a Straight Line Frame.  

When I finished stamping the animals on Louisa's cards, I didn't think they looked finished either.  Especially the smaller animals that didn't fill up as much of the white card.  So, I thought what was good for the critter card would be good for the Silly Goose Ball matching game.

Each animal has a slightly different Straight Line Frame and instead of stamped stars, I used tiny die cut hearts.

I made these mini note cards too.  This is an old stamp set that I totally forgot about.  Woodware isn't even in business anymore.   I wanted to see what they would look like with words incorporated into the Straight Line Frames.  I really think they turned out super sweet!

Check out the video for tips and to see how easy it is to draw straight line frames.  
Well, darn this video has some issues.  Why isn't this easier?  GRRR!  Looks fine in my software!  It's not quite so irritating if you watch it small.  GRRR, again!

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