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81  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine Pop Up Card (3D Heart Card) on: February 06, 2008 05:13:41 PM
Inspired by this post

I made mine a little flatter (2 blocks high instead of 3) because it fit the glued on hearts around the edge better.  I glued a little heart on each of the pop up struts.  They're supposed to look like the conversation hearts, and they cover up the white paper.

I think it needs...something...as a background.   I wish I had printed a very pale background of conversation hearts on the entire card inside BEFORE I cut it.  So..I'm going to try printing it out separately and gluing it on somehow.  It's worth a try, right?

UPDATE:  It worked!  I printed out the background, cut out the middle and glued it all together.  Much better.

Side view to show the pop up mechanism.

Finally had a chance to pick out a paper to finish the outside of the card.  It's two sided paper that has the dark purple on one side and light on the other.  Here is the cover of the card.

Here is the inside with the light purple edging.  I thought the card needed to be trimmed a little smaller, too.  DONE!

82  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tooth Fairy Pillows on: February 03, 2008 08:05:22 AM
The first one is adapted from the same pattern that another Craftster used here,  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222627.0 for a completely different effect (caution, adult language). 

The ribbon pillow was pinned together and then fused to backing fabric with wonder under.

The fairies attach with velcro so they can be removed to play with.  Both were made to look like the child who received the pillow. 

83  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Photo Flip Card (Reverse Waterfall Card) Link to Tutorial on: January 26, 2008 03:02:49 PM
Here's my version of this card: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_paper_crafts_cards/article/0,,HGTV_3290_3857660,00.html

I fiddled with the mechanism to make a push tab instead of a pull tab.  That way the tab seems to stay the same size at every flip, instead of getting longer and longer at the bottom.

Other cards here:  http://extremecards.blogspot.com/

The cover.
The velum is glued only around the edges so the foil confetti shapes can shake around like seeds.

Pushing the tab to flip the cover open.

Pages flip up as you push the bottom tab. 
The fold line/flipping hinge of the card is just above the top of the tree (it's kind of hard to see with these scanned flat).

Kids grow and tree gets more decorated with each flip.

Cover open.

First flip.

Second flip.

Third flip.

Fourth flip.

Here is the back.  The picture is printed on the band that holds the pages in place.

84  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Collapsing Wallet/Interlocking Closure Card (Xtreme Xmas Card) on: January 16, 2008 05:41:02 AM
When I was little my grandmother brought me a wallet from Mexico that collapsed like this.  I ran a loop of embroidery floss through one corner so you could hang it when it was folded.

Later today I'm going to try remaking this as a pentagon instead of a square.  I kinda think it will leave a hole in the middle.  THEN, I'm going to make it into a box instead of a flat.  And THEN I'm going to try it with shaped pieces that interlock at the top like this: http://www.cardigami.com/Images/DCP_2387a-199x250.jpg
Those cardigamis take up a LOT of paper because they start as a big star shape.  Mine starts as a long rectangle.

UPDATE:  so, yes, increasing the number of sides leaves a hole in the middle.  The cube works fine.  Still haven't done the fancy closing one.  Anyone want instructions? 

Even with instructions, I don't think anyone refolded these  Smiley

85  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Flip Card (Xtreme Xmas Card) with template on: January 15, 2008 02:14:21 PM
"Global Greetings!"  Get it?  I'm soooooo funny.

The background text is "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" in different languages.

When you open and close the card, the picture in the center flips from front to back.

I  included a CD with this, so the snowglobe is exactly the size of a CD.  I cut tabs into the card to hold the CD in place and printed a CD label with the same picture as the card.  Card looks the same with or without the CD in place.

Here is the front picture.  My daughter created this snowglobe with Photoshop.

Here's the template (I wouldn't go so far as to call it a tute)

This would be cute for a valentine.  A snowflake cutout would be cool, too.
86  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Volvelle/Changing Picture hybrid (Xtreme Xmas Card) on: January 15, 2008 01:52:59 PM
I got the cutting pattern from a Joan Irvine book about pop up cards.  It's a volvelle that creates a changing picture.  

There's a tab on the left hand side that pulls down to turn the picture.

I have printed the pieces in different colors to make
the directions easier to understand.

{I have removed this tutorial as it was copied and used without my permission on another site.}
87  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Maxfield Parrish inspired bedroom on: January 15, 2008 01:07:52 PM
I wanted it to look like Maxfield Parrish's "Daybreak"--okay, without the nudes


 This is the right side before the columns went up:

88  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Un PC terms for botches on: January 15, 2008 05:56:04 AM
My mother calls those wads of fabric that were supposed to be garments but were cut with, say, two left sleeves....."sewing abortions". Shocked    Eeeew

89  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Enfield: Gemstar beads etc on: January 15, 2008 05:47:33 AM
I try to get to Gemstar in Enfield whenever I'm in the area.  INSIDE is crammed with beads and findings.  OUTSIDE are crystals, barrels of semi-precious gems, polished stones and a shed to poke around in.  Open Wed-Sun, I think.  Call for hours.

427 Shaker Blvd
Enfield, NH 03748
90  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tunnel Book (Xtreme Xmas Card) -- Tutorial added on: January 15, 2008 04:32:13 AM

This card is two tunnel books hinged, with a pop out back.

Accordion Book Tutorial

Here is an easy way to make a tunnel book.  In some versions the side accordions are made as a continuous fold, causing the middle layers to sit at an angle to the front of the card.  Making several accordions and glueing them together leaves a straight tab to glue to.

Side Accordions

I used  8.5" x 11" black card stock.  Cut paper in half to make two pieces 8.5" x 5.5".  Cut three accordions from each piece, 5.5" x 2.75.  There will be a little piece left over.  You need 4 of these accordions per card.

Fold each accordion in half lengthwise.  Flip over and fold the cut edges to meet the center fold.

Glue 2 accordions together.  I like to use a rubber-cement-like "no wrinkle" paper glue.  Clamp or press under a book and let dry completely.

Completed accordion showing middle tab.

Select your pictures and cut to size.  These are (three pieces) from an 8.5" x 11" piece of writing paper cut into quarters.  With the accordions we are using, the height needs to be 5.5".  The width is up to you.

Cut out the center of the pictures.    Be sure to leave enough picture on the sides to cover the accordion.  I like to slide the picture into the accordion and use it as a cutting guide. You can leave a bridge of paper across the top if it suits your design.

Lay two accordions on the table with the center, glued together, tab facing up.  Flatten accordions slightly so the outside flaps are flat on the table.  Spread glue on flaps and glue in the bottom picture, lining up the edges of the picture with the fold.  Set this picture in carefully as it will skew the card if it is crooked.  Clamp and allow to dry.

Spread glue on the center tabs.  Glue the middle picture, lining the edges up with the foldlines.  Clamp and let dry.

Glue top picture to the tops flaps of the accordion.  Clamp or press.

This is take from the bottom to show how the accordions look when it is glued together.  (Emphasized in red).

Need help making this with photos using layers in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements?  Let me know!

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