#Christmas cards origami style 2014

This year I studied a lot of burlap and earth tones so when I saw a tutorial on Christmas cards with a vintage look I thought I’d give it a try. I used Kraft paper, distressed inks, glitter and patterned paper. The best part was the origami paper folding.

Origami Christmas Tree Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13yFSs8mDvw&list=PL2R6L7NSm7KLJ0JT4Uk5gM2jmRC-MCtvp&index=21
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Paper Doll Carrying Book

I was brainstorming for a unique gift for my niece and decided on paper dolls. I found this great site with personal use only paper dolls. I was unable to reach the creator to obtain permission to print the images. I will link to site.

http://paperthinpersonas.com/category/printable-paper-dolls/marisole/marisole-doll/

The paper dolls were so adorable that I decided to make a chipboard book to carry them in.

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I also made my niece a cute pop cube card.

#kdrama Korean Drama Land crossword puzzle and Answers

Puzzle:
https://afancypaperexperience.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/kdrama-my-korean-drama-land-crossword-puzzle-is-here/

Hover over “Korean Drama Cards” tab at top or click on sidebar “puzzle answers” to see crossword answers. Let me know how many out of the 33 that you got correct.

#kdrama My Korean Drama Land Crossword Puzzle is here!

Corrected puzzle. Enjoy.

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I spend a lot of time thinking up kdrama related things I just can’t find. So I create them myself. Enjoy Kdrama fans!

Christmas Cards 2013

I fell in love with the “chalk art” or “chalkboard” look and wanted to use that theme for Christmas cards. After finding “The Chalkboard Stack” at Walmart by DCWV, I thought this paper would be perfect. I tried many markers, and crayons trying to get a bright, crisp, chalk look. *Though this paper is nice and thick it is not suitable for Versamark heat embossing because it gives off a strong chemical odor when heated. I settled on die cut stencils I made and white sharpie paint markers. (fine & medium tip).

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I also tried this poinsettia on transparency method and made a set of cards for a friend and my beautician.
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Sympathy Card 2013

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Recently a longtime acquaintance lost a family member. I made this card for her. It brought a smile to her face.

Graduation Card 2013

A relative’s son recently graduated so I decided to make a card. This is a modified graduation card that I saw on the internet. I added a handmade tassel. Soo cute. Congratulations graduate!!
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Korean Drama Valentine Card 2013

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I’ve worked long and hard on my new passion. The more you learn, the more you realize there is to learn. My paper quality was bothering me. After much research, I discovered there were more choices of paper weight than what I was finding at this particular craft store. The hunt began. Meanwhile I decide to make up some Korean Drama Valentine cards for my online shop. I was so excited and stayed up many late nights making these cards perfect. I took more than an hour to set up my shop parameters because I was being very careful and didn’t want to make mistakes.

My Card Making Journey

This card making journey has been two years in the making. At first I wanted a sturdy card base on which I could display my original cross stitch designs and maybe sell at craft shows. Well I think I spent a whole year just learning about the different card styles. The basics are bifold, quarter fold. Through internet research I discovered that there are many many more card styles. Wow. They have names like easel, twisted easel, scalloped, shutter, spinner, glider, push/pull, pop up. There are different weights of card stock too. There is plain, textured and glitter card stock. There is also designer paper which comes in 8.5″ X 11″ and 12″ x12″. Some of the 12″ X 12″ is even double sided. There are special glues and adhesives. There are special mounting tape, adhesive dots and strips and myriad of tape dispensers. I feel like Alice & I’ve fallen into Wonderland. There are scrap booking/ card making retreats. There are brand name companies which sell paper making products. There are even special inks! There are die punch machines, binders and punches. There are even software programs to go with the machines & free templates, and something called Svg. files. I’m hooked.

I decided to narrow down what style card I wanted, sizes and themes. I learned that custom sizes are not a problem because you can always make your own envelopes. After buying so many supplies that you have to create a special space then I decided I may as well make cards to sell. I also decided to save my paper scraps to reuse with a mold and deckle to make my OWN paper! Oh, did I mention I got a stamp making machine to form my own original stamps? I wanted everything of mine to be unique. Well it’s year two and I’m closer to opening an Etsy shop. I have about 30 different cards to make which includes at least five different themes. What have I done? I’m having a great time on this journey and I’ve been able to get help from online friends in critiquing my cards. Is this scary and new? Yep. Is it worth going forward to try something new? You bet! Have fun on your paper journey.

Let’s Play Ball! Shape book

A friend has a son who plays high school baseball. I made this for her. I call this a themed “shape book”. Each page represents the sport of baseball. Ball player, mascot cover, surprise, ball & mitt, cap, and baseball diamond page. I admit to doing research since I don’t know much about sports. Enjoy. 

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