Don’t be afraid to doodle! Photo Postcard Craft

Ah ’tis St. Paddy’s own day around the corner. I’ve the Wicked Tinkers playing bagpipes in the background and I’m doodling on pictures that will become simple, silly post cards I’ll mail across the miles.

You only need a few items:

4×6 inch photos and post card stamp (34 cents as of March 2015)

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Painters Paint Pens and Bic Mark It Markers — they were in reach in the pen jar on my desk :)

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“The only thing worse in life than being talked about and that is not being talked about.” Oscar Wilde

Just doodle and have fun!

Hmm… looking at it on screen I may add a necklace to my gypsy…. and a bracelet bangle, but I am sure as I will wear green on March 17 that you get the idea.

This angel would work with a birthday sentiment too!

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Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine: Here’s how to craft a Valentine

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Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine

Here’s how to craft a Valentine

Card for the one that you adore

To tell him forever, “I love you”

and a whole lot more!

Card materials and supplies:

Scrapbook paper: white and 2 complementary papers with patterns

Embellishments such as colored paste-on rhinestones, punch out paper curlie Qs, heart buttons in different sizes, red or pink stamp pad, red sting or thin ribbon, and Valentine-themed tickets

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Scissors, craft glue sick and glue dots, corner rounder, and a hole punch.

Card instructions:

Watch how easy it is to make this card with a Xyron or you can do it this way:

1. Cut white paper, fold in half, distress edges with ink.

2. Crop your picture.

3. Cut one of the patterned papers smaller than the card and 2 pieces of the other patterned paper small enough to fit a bit bigger than your photo.

4. Glue papers, photo and embellishments as shown in the photo above.

Click here for recipes to cook your love breakfast to go with the card.

Watch this segment of Sonoran Living.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Paper Fortune Cookies

supersimple-chinesenewyear-terrioFortune Cookies are the treat at the end of a meal in a Chinese restaurant in America, although according to an article in the Smithsonian, the cookies originated in Japan. Here’s a link to my blog for both paper and edible ones.

How long has it been since you ate in a Chinese restaurant, opened your fortune cookie, and read a fortune that forecast the future? Ages, right?

Why not make your own?

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Making fortune cookies out of paper is super simple compared to making the edible cookies so I will share those instructions here.

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You will need:

Scissors and a lid to trace that is about 4.25 inches diameter or a circle cutter

Pen or pencil

Patterned scrapbook paper

Glue dots or double-sided tape

 

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  1. Cut your circle.
  2. Fold your paper in half.
  3. Make a crease perpendicular to the half with your forefinger as shown.
  4. As you are doing this, use your thumb and middle finger to pull the open ends closed while allowing one of the rounded paper edges you are holding in your other hand to slide under the other rounded edge. (Doing it is much simpler than describing how to do it!)
  5. Open it up to add your fortune and close it again.
  6. Add 2 glue dots to secure.fortune-paper-4

 

Not so super simple, but really a treat, are edible fortune cookies in a treat box. These little treasures sell for 35 cents each with your choice of one personalized saying  and this price  is in quantities of 500.

Make your own bonus: You can adjust the fortunes to the gift or party!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folding Paper Photo Books

paper folding picture bookGo crazy making Folding Paper Photo Books for everyone you love.

Materials and Tools:

5 – 12×12 inch double sided design scrapbook paper

coordinating embellishments

scissors

bone folder

adhesive – glue or tape runner

cardboard (like from a gift box, not corrugated)

wire ribbon

Instructions:

For the pages….

1) Fold paper into triangle.

2) Open back up and fold paper in half.

3) Open again and fold paper in half the other way.

4) Bring the edges in making it a 6×6 inch square.

5) Repeat Steps 1 through 4 with two more sheets of paper.

For the covers….

6) Cut 2 6×6 inch pieces of cardboard.

7) Cut 2 approximately 7×7 inch pieces of scrapbook paper.

8) Center the cardboard on the paper and adhere.

9) Fold over the outer edges but don’t adhere yet.

Trick: If you miter (cut the corners off at an angle, your project will lay flatter.

Another cover option:

Use fabric and craft foam instead. Cut the fabric to go over the craft foam. If you miter the fabric, you may need to paint on a bit of fray check.

10) Fold the paper edges over the cardboard and adhere.

11) Cut a strip of ribbon and adhere to cardboard showing side of  one of the covers.

Put it together…

12) Adhere the covers each to one of the unfolded sides of the 6×6 inch squares.

13) Adhere the unfolded corners of the squares as shown in the photo.

Now you are ready to add pictures and tie the bow!

 

 

 

 

Time Capsule Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

time capsule ornamentSupplies

·    Holiday paper or fabric
·    Brush
·    Decoupage medium
·    Holiday stickers
·    Ornament that opens up (I found some from High School Musical in the kids section of a craft store. They had candy inside them.)
·    Pen or marker
·    Holiday memories
Instructions
1.      Take your ornament apart. That way you won’t decoupage it together!
2.      Cut your fabric or tear your paper into small strips. Be sure to leave some clean edges for the edge of your ornament.
3.      Cut strips of holiday paper and write your favorite memory of the year or the holiday. It’s your choice. Curl up the paper and put it inside the ornament.
4.      Decorate the outside with stickers or glitter. Whatever you like. Be sure to write the year on the outside.
5.  Open up your time capsule next year with your family and remember the great times. Create one every year for years of memories.

You can make this Christmas Cone in about 10 minutes!

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Christmas cones are super simple to make. All you need is:

double sided paper, ribbon, lace, glue and a couple of staples.

1.  Make your cone shape out of a square of paper. Trim excess.

2. Glue it. I used Aileen’s Craft Glue and simply held it for a couple of minutes until it dried enough to hold the shape on its own.

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3. Cut a length of ribbon and staple it inside as shown below.

4. Cut a length of lace and glue to upper rim of cone.

5. Add a bow.

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Now all that remains to do is add sweet treats and deliver your gift!

Make a Wire, Paper, and Glitter Butterfly

Terri O butterflyHi there, Terri’s assistant Carol here.  At night, to justify my TV watching, I am trying to keep my hands busy making something.

wire-butterflytraceI had the remainder of a spool of green wire that was pliable enough to wrap with my fingers so I wrapped up a butterfly. (I have seen wire critters in craft and $ stores).

Then I decided it needed paper and glitter. This glitter from Crafty Chica is mostly silver but it also has some different colored flecks. The paper is double sided, so my butterfly will look pretty on the flip side.

Thank goodness for non-stick craft mats.

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Buttons became the body.

I do not think I will use it as a Christmas Tree ornament, but maybe a package topper.

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nonstickAs I pulled an increasing amount of stuff from my craft room/office to the living room table I put it all on a tray that can go back and forth for easy clean-up.

Do you craft in front of the TV?

 

Make a quick Halloween card with stamps by “Pink and Main”

stamp-1Pink and Main sent me some really cute Halloween stamps so I made a simple card last night for a friend coming in unexpectedly.

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You will need: Halloweenish scrapbook paper, stamps, inks (green, orange, black), misc. size stamp blocks, white paper, a ruler, and an envelope.

supplies1. Cut scrapbook paper to fit envelope – in this case it was  4 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches – and fold in half.

2. Cut white paper kind of ragged around the edges and distress the sides with one of your ink pads.

3. Put the stamp on your stamp block. stamp-1Stamp on your chosen images and words inside and out.

4. Cut the name of your friend out or the remaining paper – don’t worry about being perfect. This is just for fun.

4. Glue.

I think the spiderweb corners are absolutely adorable!

 

 

 

Wishing you a just-spooky- enough Halloween.

Terri O

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Oh! Here’s the inside of the card:

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Pink and Main has this darling snow globe stamp in time for Christmas.

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Ribbons can make your gift cards pop with color and dimension

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Ribbons and lace are a super addition to cards! I recently nabbed a bag of ribbon scraps for a $2 at a yard sale with long and short pieces and I pulled out a few with colors that matched my manila folders and Graphic 45 card making session.

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You can tie ribbons around the fold of your card (and if you tie them a little loose you can move them where you want) or add a bow somewhere on the outside that makes sense to you.

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Lace makes a nice embellishment too!lace-1

Need an extra finger to tie that bow and now on around?

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The nice thing about ribbons and lace is that if you make a card and decide it still needs something, or maybe you have too much space, etc, add a bow and viola! Perfect.

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Here’s a tip about cutting frames:

The G45 papers used frames around some of the images. I wanted to mix and match (paper packs make mixing and matching easy because they are color coordinated) so I fussy cut the women in the had and put her in a different frame. I kept the words that were inside the frame for another card and in order to do that without getting out my craft knife and mat, I  simply cut a straight line. Fast. Simple and not really noticeable when I glued the card together.

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Inside the card just in case you were curious:

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Remember, when you are card making or scrapbooking: THERE ARE NO SCRAPBOOK POLICE! Have fun! Experiment! Simply do it your way!

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Distress a greeting or gift card to give it dimension

distress-etcThese cards are part of the stack I made with StazOn Ink,

 

g45-packGraphic 45 Typography paper pack, old manila folders and

bradsG45 brads.

My goal was to keep the card making super simple.

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The black paper came from my stash. I think it was once a presentation folder because it had pre-cut slits like where a business car could go.  I used them to slip my paper inside. Here’s what it looked like pre-distressing. Kinda boing :(

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So I fixed it!

To distress the edge of the paper you simply swipe the pad on the edges with a light touch. I like these StazOn minis as they are just the right size to grip.

(And now that I see the distressing on the lines from where the folder folded I realize I want to do that same thing to top card!)

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Here’s how the front turned out.

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A couple more examples:

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More to come!