Flowers think it is spring

Hi folks,

This has nothing to do with cards today. I took this photo a few days ago but the flowers seem to think it is spring and we are still getting -5’s etc and they are budding and blooming! It is still officially winter here and minuses are still quite likely for some weeks. Anyway, just thought I’d show you the hardiness of our plant life. Cheers.

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Black and White blog hop

Hi everyone,

Today is unusual for me, I am actually taking part in the Michael Strong Black and White Blog Hop.   With the “Black and White” theme and at least one of Michael’s stamps on the card, what better stamps to use than – Penguins.  I and some other members were fortunate to be gifted these stamps by Michael and what better way to show them off.

Hopefully you will have arrived here from Herma Fitche’s blog and would have seen all her beautiful work.

Penguins are a perfect subject for a black and white theme!  I have some placemats which have the “Antarctica” theme, with ice peaks and penguins of course, so I decided one would make a great backdrop for Michael’s wonderful new Penguin stamps.  Of course, I could only use one and because there was a “party” of penguins on one of the placemats that is the one I chose to print and re-size to fit the card.  I then stamped the penguins onto white cardstock, cut them out and using foam mounts added them to the card.  So, I hope you like my card.

Please leave comments on all the blogs you visit and if you would like the chance to win some blog candy, also leave comments on Michael’s blog, which you can access through this link where you can also see Michael’s beautiful stamps.

So, here are my “Penguins” which I affectionately call Pingu – I picked that up from the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch NZ:

Now it is time to  visit Dorly Weitzen’s blog and see all her beautiful work.

Just a quick note that if you have “lost your way” through the blog hop you can start again at Hetty’s blog.

Have fun visiting all the blogs and don’t forget to leave comments on all you visit.  Thank you for visiting!  Enjoy.

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More flip cards for you…

Hello,

Today’s post started out as just a short post to give you my friend Laura’s take on the Flip Card I shared with you on Thursday – technique day.  Laura is a friend from the Michael Strong Yahoo Group, and together with her friend Lynette, they made their own versions.  You will have to go onto Laura’s blog https://holmadelaura.blogspot.com.au to check out their versions and more information.  I was delighted to see someone else give it a go, I love both their cards and I particularly love the hibiscus stamp on Lynette’s.

I would also like to thank Laura for referring back to my blog and the information I provided for Technique Thursday.

Laura and Lynette live in America, but in 2014 Laura and husband, Don came to Australia and I was pleasantly surprised when they made the effort to come and visit us.  We live off the beaten tourist track unless you go skiing in the winter or possible bushwalking in the summer.  Most people visit the capital cities and don’t even make it to the National Capital – Canberra – about 110kms from us.  But Laura and Don came down and spent the day with us, and we really packed a lot into that day.  We met them in the morning, had coffee and then took a day trip to Thredbo, did some walking around, and after lunch made our way back to finish the day at one of the popular hotel bistros for dinner.  It was a fun day and I only wish we’d had more time together.  This is just by way of background as to our ‘connection’ and how friendships can start online and develop into genuine friendship.

Anyway, go to Laura’s blog and see all the lovely work she has been doing and also give Laura and Lynette feedback on their lovely cards.  Thank you for visiting and I’ll be back with more later.

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First three cards of the week.

Hello there,

I promised that I would show you the first three cards of my week as Card Captain last week so here they are.  These were made while on holidays in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.  The order is Wednesday – Just a little NOTE; Tuesday – Be YOU; Monday – blue and white snowflakes.  They are my own designs and not part of any swaps or challenges.  So,  enjoy and thank you for visiting.

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Day 5 Penguin framed!

Hello everyone,
I didn’t realise how many cards I had made on holiday and since coming home.   It was encouraging to see just how many I had made.  Some I cannot show as Card Captain because they do not have Michael Strong stamps on them but will show them here on my blog over the coming weeks.
Well, here we are at the end of another week of cards.  The instructions for Day 5 card are shown below.   I was going to use this as Thursday’s technique but thought it was not really very technical.
As of today I am starting study again so I may not be so productive with cards but I’ll be back later in the year to share another week of cards.
Here are the instructions:
The frame is made with a 6″x 6″ piece of patterned paper.  I used a sheet from a 6×6″ pad.  You need to have paper that is sturdy but foldable.
I stamped the smaller of Michael’s penguins onto white cardstock to give a “picture” effect and then used some Ranger Distress ink “Stormy Sky” to “distress” the frame, the “picture” and the patterned background as well as the card blank before assembling the card.  Only double sided tape was used for assembly, but for the frame I used just a couple of  pieces of mounting foam, because it was made as a sample which could be taken apart to see how the fold works.
Now:  With the paper face up square in front of you, fold bottom up to meet the top edge, bone score to make the crease sharp, then open up and fold from left to right and crease.
Next fold each side into the centre starting from left into the centre, open and repeat on right, turn paper so you can repeat.  You should have folds showing small squares.  When you fold the sides to the centre it should look like a little  cupboard.  Your paper when opened up should look like a sheet of little boxes.
Then open and turn paper face down and fold from bottom left corner to the top right corner – giving a triangle and crease, and repeat the other way.
To save having to read my chaotic explanation which would also take twice as long, I have attached the PDF copy of the original article AccordionBookInABox .  There is also a video on YouTube here.
What I have done is simply use one of the six frames in the article, so it is totally up to you whether you make the actual little accordion album and the box it goes into, or simply make one.  Another way you can use, is perhaps make 4 and use on a card if you use smaller squares or use the 6″ x 6″ squares and include on your scrapbook page, you can make two or three perhaps for a scrapbook page depending on your photos.
So there you have it, the Framed Penguin card.  You also have all the instructions to make your own.  Let me know if you make one,  or show on my Crafty Things page on Facebook.
Have fun and thank you for visiting.   Cheerio until next time.
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Day 4 of Card Captain week

Hello again,

Today you not only get a card but a video as well.

Being Thursday, that means technique day.  I have a slightly more complex card for you.  It takes a bit more work, measuring, cutting, stamping, colouring and of course putting it all together.  And I’m not ashamed to say I had to watch it several times and even as I was making the card in order to get it right.

But I loved the card when I saw Dawn Griffith’s video, so downloaded the instructions and made it while on holiday, as you do.

The instructions are provided in the video as you watch, so pause it write down the instructions and go again.  The written instructions include the paper colours, measurements but not the actual cutting you need to do to get the “flip”.  The “ingredients” Dawn used are Stampin’ Up products but I didn’t have any Stampin’ Up papers or stamps so I used Michael Strong Stamps whatever papers and other stamps I had to hand.  I have included the cutting measurements here:

You will need 2 pieces of different coloured card stock and 1 sheet of white. You will of course need your adhesives whether double-sided tape or tape runner or glue whichever is your preference.

Card blank – 5 1/2″ x 8 ½”

Cutting:

White cardstock:

  • cut 2 at 2 1/2″ x 2 ½” and
  • cut 1 at 3 3/4” x 5”

The second colour card stock:

  • cut 2 at 2 3/4” x 2 3/4” and
  • cut 1 at 4” x 5 1/4”

At this point it is best to watch the video – I watched it so many times, I lost count.

When you watch the video have paper and pencil to write down the blank card cutting measurements.

I have attempted to give you the cutting instructions here but it will help you understand better by watching the video.

  1. Using your scoring board or cutter with scorer place the 8 1/2″ side across the top and score at 4 1/4″;
  2. Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 2 1/2″ and cut down to 4 7/8″;
  3. Turn so the 5 1/2″ side is across the top.
  4. Take the edge and line up at 3″ using the cutting arm and cutting blade, line blade up at 3″ and cut up to the 5/8″ .

Once all the cutting is done fold the blank in half (remember you scored at 4 1/4″).  Then take the top right corner (on the opening side) of the square you have just cut and fold down toward the centre, making sure that the fold of the square is even.  Using a bone scorer helps to make sure the crease stays in place.  Watch the video again if you need to.

Now that all the cutting and folding is done, time to do your stamping and colouring which are up to personal choice.  I used the Michael Strong mini flower and large and small tulips.  Other stamps I had to hand for leaves etc.

Well, having given you the technique, it is time to show you my card, I have taken 3 photos of it to show all angles of the finished card.

I hope you enjoy the card and video as much as I have making the card.  I’m not sure which is more difficult getting the card done or writing all this up! lol.  Have fun, I will show you the first three cards for this week later, but as you get 3 photos this time plus a video I think it is enough to keep you going for a while.  Enjoy!  Till next time.

Day 4 Front of card

Day 4 Centre of card

Day 4 Inside back of card front

 

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Some promised cards

Hi folks,

Well, I didn’t get here last week but I did make some cards, but before I show those I will show  a couple I had promised to show you when the recipients had received them.  So, here is the first one, which I made for the 15th Anniversary of my teabag folding club.  It was cut from one piece of cardstock with other pieces added on where appropriate.  This was made using some leftover papers from the Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day event I held in May.  The daisies are actually the “negatives” of daisies I used elsewhere.  The medallion at the bottom is made from “tiles” cut from CM patterned papers from a different batch with little flowers.

 

The next one was made for another recipient and it was for a “Mid-Month Fold” which means that midway through the month we are presented with a fold which participants have to follow to make a medallion and then send to the nominated person.  Everyone who signs up for the swap receives and sends a card.

This one was made using an embossing folder, I simply sponged some colour over the embossing and attached a medallion with the appropriate fold.  I don’t always add sentiments or words for cards made for swaps because that way the person receiving it can use it for birthday or other occasion they wish.

My next post will show my first Card for the Week as it’s my turn again to be Card Captain for the Michael Strong Stamps group.  You’ve seen my previous ones so I hope you come back to see what I have this week.  Until then (later today).  Cheers and thanks for looking.

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