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Dec 15, 2017

Seven Truths and Five Lies



Ah, truth.  There's been so little of it.



The envelope.



The front of the card

The alternate title of this card is "Cross My Heart."
(Notice the cross stitch hearts and x's on the front of the card.)

This card has twelve statements written on twelve rectangles.  Flip the front down to read six.  Flip the front up to read the other six.  Seven are true, and five are lies. The letter inside tells the true story.

Now that's it's done, I have a bad feeling that's it's "too long, didn't read."  Whelp, it's too late, can't change it.





The movable part of the card is cut from a single sheet of paper.  It's cut and rolled to create a Jacob's ladder mechanism.  A very tricky mechanical card!

Here is the video showing the card in action.



Here is the video showing the card construction.  Notice that after the card is rolled and adhered there are three empty text rectangles.  Because they actually come from the BACK of the printed page, I decided it would be easier to print them separately and glue them on after folding.





I made 81 of these!

My other card this year was the sliceform tree with angled slices.



See all of my family cards going back to 1989.


Nov 10, 2017

Sliceform Christmas Tree with Angled Slices

Why is this sliceform papercraft tree special?  The slices fan out from the center axis at increasing angles rather than being perpendicular to the center slice.

Sliceform pop up card Christmas tree



Compare to this conventional Christmas tree sliceform pop up card with perpendicular slices.



Assembly is like any sliceform.  Because this cut file is designed to be a pop up card, I have configured the slots to lock the pieces so they won't fall apart even if you turn the card upside down and shake it!




Make it!

Aug 4, 2017

Woven Paper Basket Birthday Card

This little paper basket is woven together in the style of the valentine baskets you probably made as a child.



I put Dove chocolates inside and gave it as a birthday card.




The pattern is from Papermatrix, a site I highly recommend.  

I traced their pattern and cut the pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used the Cameo to draw the "Happy Birthday" sentiment using the pen holder.


After I finished, I realized I was supposed to layer the grass behind the flowers.  Whoopsie.  A little trimming took care of that so the flowers could peek out.

Layering with the flowers on the bottom does make the inside very pretty, however.




And then I couldn't get the point to come together properly so I had to cut apart the last strip at the point.  That little bit of grass and the flower is a disguise.

Jun 12, 2017

Paper Succulents

The succulent craze has hit my household big time.  I made this 3D papercraft bouquet of succulent "flowers" as a Happy Birthday card for my daughter.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.


Construction isn't difficult, but somewhat time consuming.

All of the paper succulents start the same way: cut the pieces, sponge on some ink, and curl the edges of the petals a little bit.

Be generous with color.  Layer on greens and browns and highlight with red or white.White adds tremendous depth.

The circular flower-like succulents are made by stacking the layers.
--Cut two sets of petal rounds for each "bloom".  Stack them to your liking.  You won't need every piece, and after gluing the stack use spare petals to fill in bare spots.
--Roll the smallest layer into a loose cone for the center.
--Using dimensional glue dots (foam) to adhere the bigger layers bulks up the succulent.


Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.





The purple trailing plant, which starts as a long strip with leaves on both side, is wrapped around thick floral wire or a skewer or toothpick or whatever you have.  Fill in bare spots with extra leaves.


The blue and the beige sprigs are a pain.  I glued them painstakingly, leaf by leaf, on a toothpick (beige) and small tube of paper (blue).  I'm sure there's a better way to make these.



Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.




I glued the succulents to a 3" diameter styrofoam ball covered with strips of wood grain paper to look like a basket.  The foot of the planter is a snap-together curtain grommet (left over from another crafty project) wrapped with the same paper strips.  After the large pieces were secure, I went back around and filled in empty spots with spare leaves.

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May 12, 2017

Busy Card Making in May

May is crunch time at my house for card making--a couple birthdays, graduations, Mother's Day, Thank You cards for work.

Mother's Day, in particular, always sneaks up on me!

Today's post is a show-and-tell.  More information about these cards to follow.

Starting with not-my-favorite.  I made this card in 2 hours because it HAD to get into the mail on Wednesday afternoon.  I like the papers and the birds, but I don't love the fabric flowers.  I can't quite put my finger on why.  The colors are right, but something is off about them.  Probably should have used felt flowers.

This is a double Z fold pop up card for Mother's Day.  Finished size is 6" x 5.5".
Splitcoast stampers has a good tutorial, and check out Pinterest for more ideas.

The birds are from Jolee's Boutique, they're called "stitched colorful birds."




Now this card IS my favorite.  My daughter and I purchased the vector flowers from GraphikCliparts to create her grad cap.   Since it's a vector design it scales to any size, thus, this graduation cap spring fold card.

I cut the footprints with my Silhouette Cameo.  They are MINUSCULE!




That's all for now!