Quick and Cute Origami Heart Card

DH – look away now!

While I am surely blowing yet another card surprise, I realize there is little point to waiting to share it till AFTER the day.  Who will remember it for next year?  Although having said that I think it would also make a cute wedding card.  Anyway, here it is:

and open:

You can watch the super-easy instructions here and then watch my under-2-minute video and turn the folded heart into a card.

DH and I share a loathing for paperwork.  We always have a lot to do, and we do it, but like the vast majority of people we don’t really enjoy it.  I thought it might make him smile.  And if he is reading this, I hope he’s smiling now….

love ya sweetie.



Bi fold frame PDF and video

Here is the video:

and I’ve added the PDF in the sidebar! The file, which opens in a new page, is actually called Juliacropclass (the underlined one not the title – sorry, I need to sort out why it is not just automatically downloading like the earlier ones I did!)


Hope you have fun making one.  The ladies at the crop were SO funny – at the folding-around-the-frame point there was a lot of OMG!  It works!  It really works!  and as everyone used different paper and different embellishments they all looked totally different in the end, but all of them were lovely.  I think I have made the PDF as clear as I can so if you try it and have trouble, do let me know.



Slider card slide-show

Well, I made a lot of progress yesterday, but sacrificed my WOYWW visits to do it.  That is my single goal today (ok well I do still have two other things I want to accomplish, in addition to the usual UKS stuff,  and ignoring the state of my office/craft room, which is SHOCKING, but they aren’t critical) so I am off to go see as many desks as I can.

I did manage to finish the YouTube thingie for the slider card – I hope it is clear enough and it is slightly different to the PDF in that it focuses on a different card size.  My hope is that between them you can adapt the instructions to any card size.  Once you get how the basic slider works then it is totally adaptable.


On a completely unrelated note, I am so proud of my niece.  She is an amazing soccer (football) player, all-conference, all-state ranked, and my brother sent me a shot of a shout-out on the scoreboard for her.

You go girl!



Sunday-someplace-else (Lollyrot)

As I mentioned earlier Stampotique has some new DT members.  I checked out a few of the new blog links and found a great and useful project on Lollyrot‘s blog. She does lovely work so well worth a browse around, don’t just stop at seeing this one!

Home made blending tools!

She has a YouTube vid for this which you can watch:


Of course I didn’t have all the “stuff” and what you can find in the UK is sometimes different to what you may find elsewhere, so I went my own way with it. I have a little bin full of bits of Cut&dry foam that I use for applying my Distress ink but there are a couple of problems with this – firstly, I tend to get quite inky, as they have no holder and secondly, I sometimes mix up what chunk is for what ink (disastrously mixing PIGMENT ink on to one of my DI pads – oh the horror!)

So I got some little dolls house signs and my last bit of Cut&Dry foam, some sticky-backed Velcro, an old chess set with some pieces missing, my trusty glue gun…


I still need to label them, but for less than £10 I got 16 tools!  The C&D foam can be removed and a new piece stuck on when it gets too shabby – why is it I always seem to have a lot of the SOFT side of the Velco and use the GRIP-y side less?  I suspect it is the iPad covers, which grip to the felt.  Anyway, I find the pawn shape quite easy to hold and they fit in my storage drawers alongside the ink pads so I call that a RESULT!


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Nestabilities Slider card tutorial

OK, well I am not 100% pleased with the slide show, not because the card is that hard to make, but I am just not sure if the instructions communicate well in that format.  So I also made a PDF which you should see in the right sidebar, that you can download.  I would say watch any of the slider card You Tubes, although personally I think Kathryn’s is a good one (and hers is linked in my video’s info section) to familiarize yourself with the basics of how simple slider cards work, THEN give my shaped version a go.

Here is the other one I made for the video:

I hope you like my variation and would love to see a link if you make one.  Trust me, it really isn’t that hard – if you can make a normal slider you can make this one!

Have a happy Friday!

(hummm.  Either I’ve forgotten how I did it before or WordPress changed how you add PDFs or this theme handles them differently than the other one did, but when you click the text in the sidebar another page will pop up and if you click the name of the tut there it WILL download)


WOYWW – 19/01/2011

My work desk hasn’t been tidied from the calendar from yesterday because I was working on a little video of how I changed the original print&cut version. You can see that here:

Not terribly inspiring, I know, but some Ws are like that!

Have a great WOYWW – looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to!

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Nestabilities storage

I made progress on the mini from last week at the crop but not enough to share it yet. BUT I did find another use for those magnacards magnetic business card backs!

I didn’t see any point to creating some totally new storage item when the little folders the Nesties come in are perfectly reasonable, size-wise, and have the advantage of including the instructions! I just slapped on one of the cards to the folder and….

Some of them fit perfectly with one card, some required a little bit added to make sure they are secure:

The folders fit quite nicely inside an old laundry-pod tub.  Cheap and perfect. I imagine you could do the same with any thin magnetic sheets.

And now for something completely different!  This Photoshop tutorial rap had me in stitches – and surprisingly actually taught me a few things.  I would make sure your volume isn’t too high before you click PLAY:

Most of the language is censored but if you can get past the bits that aren’t you should get a good Monday giggle out of it.


Divider mini-album slideshow

Not had time to sort out a PDF yet, but this will get you going.  If you are accustomed to making minis it should be fairly straightforward.

I really struggled with iMovie – I seemed to get into a loop where it would NOT let me add a title overlay and text to a frame.  Usually, popping in to a different project then back to the one I am editing will sort it out but not this time.  I tried loads of times, going out of the project and back, but no joy.  Then I rebooted and still no joy.  I left it a couple of hours and came back and all of a sudden it let me shift the titles from a blank screen on to the photos.  Go figure.  Anyway, the point is that the last few frames, regarding covering the magnets, are a bit skimpy on info, but I think all you need is there.

I am looking forward to my crop tomorrow where I plan to finish this up.  I’ll share the completed version next week.

Now, off to tidy up my craft room. as it is a tip.  I have at least 3 GoGo kits that I haven’t even sorted thru to incorporate the goodies in to my stash.  And I need to take another look at the SDC challenge then is still running from before Christmas to see if I am inspired and can get something in before the deadline next week.  So that’s me busy for the day.



Mini in progress and a delivery!

I am working on a little mini, a sort of funny idea, which I will share more fully later.  am sort of photographing it for a YouTube thing, but I wanted to show a couple of the pages, using one of the Tim Holtz paper pads.

and a side-by-side set:

as you can see from the blocks that will be where the photos sit, it isn’t big, 1/2 an A4 sheet, and there is a reason for that, which I will get back to when it’s all done!

But while I was working, I got interrupted by a delivery!

After so long in the UK we have mostly found substitutes for things, or simply conditioned ourselves not to miss them.  But every so often nothing else will do!  I made cornbread last night with semolina and Country Grain bread mix (cause I was out of Masa Harina, and had used the last of the white flour for the stew) and it was fine, but it really gave me a hankering for corn muffins.  Progresso Bread Crumbs already have the italian herbs and garlic mixed in and has rye and corn flour as well as wheat – chicken parmigiano just isn’t the same without them.  And while I could make pumpkin pie filling from actual pumpkins, why would I when Libby’s is 100% pumpkin, cooked to perfection and mashed for me? Ah, bliss! Oh, and don’t tell DS but there just might be a 6-pack of pure indulgence in there too.


Another video – worth 2 minutes of your life?

This is a really short video an cutting Nestabiites off the fold, similar to how I did the punched mini-books last week. I am finding so many uses for this technique. If, like me, you are using Bazzill heavy weight cardstock, like the textured one I use in the video, do crank it thru then crank it back to make absolutely sure you have cut thru both layers. I have no idea what the “sandwich” is for the various machines, I assume oyu will know what is best for whatever machine you use. I use the fat plate from the Zip-E-mate, then the Nestie, then the folded cardstock then two shims that the friend who gave me her old machine (Thanks ever so much Lydia!) included, and the thin plate marked “embossing plate”.

I think the card turned out so cute, and def. want to do a mini using the same idea, possibly from the large rectangle.

SUCH a simple idea, but again, one that makes your supplies do more than originally thought.