Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A tricky pop up card with hinge

At the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape this year one of the participants gave me a great folded ATC with the coolest pop up I've ever seen. I adapted it for my card making classes. The little mechanism for making it work is a bit tricky so here are some step by step pictures to help you make it yourself. The top photo shows the card in the open position. The bottom photo is the closed card. I simple added the ATC to the front of a card body. After scoring and folding the hinge you will see there are two triangular sections in the middle of the hinge (see picture with the hinge resting on a gluestick). Those two sections are where you add adhesive to stick it to the folded ATC Open and lay it flat. Attach the hinge right over the fold with half of the hinge on the bottom of the fold and half of the hinge on the top of the fold.of the ATC fold. Press firmly to adhere the hinge to the ATC. Open and close the ATC a few times to make sure the hinge is sticking. In my card there are four 1 1/2" squares taped together on the reverse side. I added one photo to the front of each square. To attach the 4 paneled piece to the hinge, lay the ATC open with the hinge flat.. Add  about a 1/2" piece of double sided tape to the bottom left side of the hinge and the upper right side of the hinge. Lay the four panel piece on top of the hinge and press flat. Now carefully close the ATC. The little squares will collapse one on top of the other to lay flat.
















Thursday, May 25, 2017

Playing with Geometry (again)

While I am waiting for my new set of Panda stamps to be manufactured, I've been playing with geometry again with my Cloisonne Cube design. I admit I'm obsessed by the possibilities of cutting and pasting these segments together in different ways to form interesting patterns. I think I will  have these made into a stamps also. here are a few cards I made using the two sizes of the cube.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Penguin Pals

Here's a card we made at the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape last week using my new Penguin Pals stamp set. As promised, here's the "Ice flow" background for you to print out and use to make a card like mine. Please note the tall penguin has red glitter high tops!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Words of Wisdom

I copied this from my friend Donna Kato's blog this morning. I like her thinking!

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When I began working with polymer clay, I remember that new ideas came flying out and fast. I couldn't finish one thing without a new thing coming forth. It was pretty amazing. There were always new techniques, new ways to looking at polymer clay and new ways of making it do new things.

Now, that went on for many years, our medium is so versatile, you can work for many, many years, maybe a life time before you come to what you might consider the end of innovation but, it does for most of us, slow down.

It's not that one day you're full and the next day, you're empty, no, it's a gradual thing. I happen to think it's a natural and normal thing. Thing is, you have to have faith that it's not a period at the end of a creative sentence but a very natural slowing down. You can't run at full speed forever and not burn out.

When it happens, that slow down, you have to believe that there is more in the well and that it will come. I believe that because it always has. Maybe one day the well will run dry, I suppose that could happen. I think about that sometimes but I brush off those thoughts because they can be paralyzing. Hey, why worry about something that isn't yet and may never be a reality?

Innovation is great and exciting but equally rewarding is simply creating something you love. It doesn't have to be new and ground breaking, not all the time. Making is its own reward and you know, making frequently stokes the fire, gets the juices flowing and then you get innovation.

So, don't worry, be happy. Make and enjoy and be kind to yourself, too.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Hew Year!

Here's a little digital surprise for you to print and color and make into cards. Happy year of the Rooster!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Card Classes in SoCal

Hi there, Here's where I'll be teaching card making classes in February & March.


February 2017 Classes
Saturday February 4
Card making classes at Scrampers – Torrance CA.
11:00-1:00 Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards
2:00-4:00 Colorful Hexagon Cards

Saturday February 18
Card making classes at Perfect Day Scrapbooking – Huntington Beach
10:30-12:30 Colorful Hexagon Cards
1:30-3:30 Pretty in Pink

Monday February 20
Card making classes at The Stamp Addict – San Diego
10:00-12:00 Colorful Hexagon Cards
2:00-4:00 Colorful Hexagon Cards

Wednesday February 22
Card making class at The Fallbrook Women’s Club - Fallbrook
11:00-1:00 Colorful Hexagon Cards

Saturday February 25
Card making classes at Hearts & Crafts etc. – Covina
10:30-12:30 Pretty in Pink cards
2:00-4:00 Reverse High Contrast Coloring for Cards


March 2017

Saturday March 4
Card making classes at Scrampers – Torrance
11:00-1:00 Timeless Black & White cards and matching tote
2:00-4:00 Pretty in Pink cards

Saturday March 18
Card making classes at Perfect Day Scrapbooking – Huntington Beach
10:30-12:30 Reverse High Contrast Coloring for card making.
1:30-3:30 How Does Your Garden Grow? Garden theme cards

Monday March 20
Card making classes at The Stamp Addict – San Diego
10:00-12:00 How Does Your Garden Grow?
2:00-4:00 How Does Your Garden Grow?

Wednesday March 22
Card making classes at Fallbrook Women’s Club - Fallbrook
11:00-1:00 How Does Your Garden Grow?



Saturday March 25
Card making classes at Hearts & Crafts Etc, - Covina
10:30-12:30 How Does Your Garden Grow?
2:00-4:00 All New White on White Cards