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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birthday Popper "Card" on: May 03, 2011 06:55:57 AM

I got the idea from Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day

Once the popper is popped, it is possible to take it apart and re-fill it.  Don't believe that part on the label that says "not refillable."  HEHEHE

Peel that label right off and replace it with your choice of paper.

At first I thought I was going to have to move to plan B because I could NOT get the darn popper apart.  But I did, finally.  It was a matter of pushing down on the turny part at the bottom with my thumbs, kind of like popping off a bottle cap.

I took a video of my husband opening it (in the KITCHEN so we could sweep it up LOL).

22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Angry Birds Pop Up Card (template links added) on: April 15, 2011 12:14:29 PM

The mouth is an easy double V pop up mechanism.

I've seen a chicken
and a frog
but never an Angry Bird!

Download the templates here:
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bitty Books on: March 23, 2011 04:54:47 PM
A project for crafty librarians Smiley

The larger ones were made from origami paper and the really tiny ones from sticky notes.   

Folding instructions here:
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pop Up Leprechaun House (tutorial link) on: March 12, 2011 08:39:48 PM

I cannot believe how labor intensive this card turned out to be.  I've been working on it non-stop for the last two days.

The house folds down the center front.  I cut the door free so it would swing away when the house folds--no fold down the middle of the door.

The leprechaun is bumped forward from the front of the house with a little pop up box that folds to the side when the card is shut.

The rainbow swings on a "pin" made from an unbent paper clip.  The wire pokes through the center of the ridge of the roof and is taped inside the roof fold and between the layers of the rainbow.  

I am working on a tutorial, which I'll post on my blog when I finish it.  First lesson learned--print out a leprechaun and a rainbow and save the entire day spent cutting all those tiny pieces and gluing them together.   Cheesy

Update: Tutorial is here.
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Strip Woven Icosahedron on: January 04, 2011 04:32:14 AM

This one took me two tries!

The design is from the Orihouse site, here:

You need 6 strips of paper, 12 times as long as wide.  (I used 1" x 12").  They are precreased in a zigzag pattern.

You start with 5 strips, brought together at their mid points. This forms the top of the ball.  You sort of braid the strips twice, and then add in the 6th strip horizontally around the "equator" of the ball.  Each strip crosses its neighbor at a right angle, with the diagonal creases lining up.  Braid twice more to narrow back down to the bottom of the ball. 

The directions suggest holding everything together with clothes pins as you work.  The second time I made this I glued the strips where they crossed instead of clipping them together.  It worked much better!

At the very end of the weaving you're supposed to be able to tuck the last strip in.  Mine was too short, so I just glued it down where it ended.

If this is too hard, try the plaited cube or flat-face icosahedron here:

Here is a cube that I made:
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / NOEL! on: December 31, 2010 04:49:15 PM

The broad theme of this card is "Home is wherever you find yourself."    

The envelopes

 Each one is personalized to show a bird's eye view of the recipient's neighborhood. (YOUR home.)

(The envelope concept was inspired by Rahul Mahtani & Yofred Moik's Google maps envelope, http://googleenvelope.com/, but the idea doesn't work so well when you live on the east coast. Not to mention that it's only a concept, not a real app. There is a real app, http://mapenvelope.com/,  that will print an envelope from a Google map for you, but I didn't want the text box and the pin in the map.)

Card front

Our older daughter is missing from this picture.

First the card opens from right to left.

She's away at college. (HER home.)  To understand the joke you need to know that her initials are E.L.

Around the perimeter are the town names of everyone on our card list.  
(EVERYONE'S homes.) The background map depicts the area between her college and where we live.

Next the card unfolds from bottom to top.

The "NOEL NOEL" part flips to the back so you can stand it up with the tree part on the front.  (That's why the letters are wonky, so it reads the same this way, and upside down when the flap is flipped to the back.)

Our Christmas letter is on the inside of the folded up tree.  I drew out the trees in CorelDraw and cut them with my Craft Robo.  No way could I hand cut 100 trees with all those little scallops!

College daughter drew the portraits.  The samplers on the wall reiterate the theme.

The back of the card (not shown) has our contact information and a link to our year-end slideshow.

27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Incire Christmas Tree on: December 13, 2010 06:09:18 PM
Easy!  Cut along black lines and fold down the V shaped cuts.  I used double sided (dark and light green) paper and then backed it with red card.


Download free PDF, SVG, DXF from:
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Heart in Hand Snowflake on: November 16, 2010 05:07:38 AM

Heart is hand is a traditional Shaker motif.

I machine cut mine with my Craft Robo.  Here is the template if anyone wants to give a try at hand cutting it.

(You will want to start with your paper folded into a 12-fold snowflake "blank", like the one shown on this site:
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Woven Paper Cone on: October 12, 2010 04:37:52 AM

I saw something like this in a catalog (Papercuttings by Allison).  Had to figure out how to make it myself, as a web search came up empty!

The designs I saw were for Christmas, but I thought it would be fun to try one with a bat for Halloween. 

The black part is cut flat.  The orange part is two triangles glued into a cone.  You weave the cone down through the slats of the black part, under-over, under-over.   

Squeezing from the sides opens the cone.

Full tutorial with downloadable templates in SVG, DXF, PDF.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Magazine Cover Bracelet, Gum Wrapper Chain-ish on: September 29, 2010 05:47:39 AM

A gum wrapper-ish bracelet with a twist pattern!

I saw this design on a site called Inna's Creations
but when I tried to follow the directions they seemed sort of backwards.  Like you had to UN-weave the last piece to put the next piece in.

So I made one and took it apart, and figured out a way to weave it the other directions so the "next" piece just goes on top of the "last" piece.

Also different from Inna's directions, I folded my strips in to the center twice, like a gum wrapper chain, to hide the raw edges.

I used magazine covers. You want to use coated covers, but not the really really thick ones.  (Martha Stewart Living is too thick).  

I cut my strips 4.5" by 2".  I used 22 strips, but my hands are quite small.  

Full tutorial is here:
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