More #Papermaking Madness!

I’ve perfected my paper thickness consistency and determined that a silkscreen frame is perfect for papermaking.

1. Crushed leaves.  2. Pressed flower petals.  3. Crushed stems and pressed petals.  4. Dried lavender.  5. Plain paper.  6. Blue paper pulp then green poured on top and mixed for marbling effect.

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I was able to use the same batch of water but got these vibrant color changes just by adjusting how much colored cardstock scraps  added. Small seeds or dried items are best mixed in with the paper pulp. For thicker paper,  pressed flowers were added on top.

2015 Graduation Card #graduation #SpinnerCard

I have wanted to make a spinner card for a while now. A recent high school graduation gave me the opportunity. Of course I made it a large combination “spinner” easel card. Quite happy with the result. Congrats graduate!

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#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.

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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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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Introducing wordbook “Sebastian”

In early summer I decided to make a wordbook for a friend for her new baby. I researched the meaning of the name, the different spellings and she picked her color theme. Then all I had to do was pull it all together. Because I try to make each wordbook unique even though I keep some components, I’m always happily surprised at what I come up with. Sometimes I have to scrap an idea or let a page “marinate” for a while creatively. Enjoy!

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Thirty -Two “Exploding Boxes”

I got really excited when I discovered the “Exploding Box”. I thought right away that they would make great “thank you” gifts. An exploding box is a type of  folded, mini album which may have interior or exterior embellishments arranged on layers consisting of four “flaps”. When folded upwards, these flaps form a box shape which is then held in place by a square lid.

The finished boxes including the inspired John Deere box.

The first thing I did was to make a sketch.

Next I gathered together the supplies needed: Three different colors of 12″ x 12″ card stock, 8.5″ x 11″ card stock for top, decorative paper, printed images, die cut outs, scorer and board, double sided craft tape, glue, glue dots, and embellishments.

I trimmed down the three pieces of card stock to be stacked in layers at center of exploding box  from large to small. Sizes were: 12″ x 12″, 11.75″ x 11.75″, and 11.5″ x 11.5″

1) Score each piece of card stock at the 4″ mark, rotate & score three more times at that mark. You should have  nine squares bordered by score lines. 2) Cut out the four corner squares. 3) Use a corner cutter to round edges. 4) Tape medium sized  to larger, then tape smallest to medium sized creating three layers.

I embellished the bottom, large (blue) layer first, then the medium (gold), then the smallest (burgundy). The embellishments of these layers represent the various themes and charity projects of our organization.

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