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1  A deck of cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Blomman on: December 13, 2005 12:22:55 PM
I am giving this to my brother for Christmas. He's been bitten by the pokerbug so I thought he would enjoy a deck of cards with family and friends as King, Queen and Knights.

the deck of cards

an example of the dressed cards. I used our cat Tiger as the Joker because "Joker is wild"

a little box to keep the deck of cards in

The whole gift complete with deck of cards coaster and deck of cards box to keep it all in.

I did the lay out for the cards on my computor. Got my parents involved to get access to photoes of the victims to put into the dressed cards positions. When it was done I printed it out with the numbers on one side and the blue background on the other side. It went well without any mistakes which I am happy for since I only had two extra papers. The paper is a thick paper or thin card, used in Swedish schools to draw on. Then I put selfadhesive plastic on both sides of the paper before I cut the cards out. Now I am contemplating whether to round the corners or not.

I made a dealer button using the same blue as the back of the cards, one side says dealer and the other says Mattias as the cards. The coasters and box I made after looking at the featured projects thinking that would make the gift more complete. My other brother is giving him a pokertable so now he will be all set for a game of poker with his friends. (He already bought the chips himself.)

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2  Re: yule help in Winter Holidays by Blomman on: December 04, 2005 03:46:04 PM
A girl on a Swedish board made these candles with decoupage:

It's a candle but I thought you might not have tried this technique before. You look for a nice picture on a papernapkin. Cut out the picture - just the top layer is needed - and then you heat a spoon and rub the image onto the candle. The heat will melt the wax so the paper will merge with the candle. Easy and cheap but it looks good.

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3  Gingerbreadhouse-villages Many pictures in Winter Holidays by Blomman on: December 04, 2005 02:48:01 PM
This is this years gingerbreadhouses. I've put some comments under each picture so you'll know what is happening. It is difficult to capture the little details though. The houses are about 4cm wide 5cm long and 4cm high. The little santas are between 0.5cm and about 1cm.

This picture shows all seven little "villages". There are two houses and an outhouse on a piece of bread.

Dancing around the tree

Overcrowded daycare center. Children are climbing on the walls and the staff is overworked. Note the hearts on the roofs. It is so the parents will think "Oh, what a lovely place to put my children while I'm at work."

In this scene we have a stroller with a baby, a man skiing and a "peeping Tom" looking at a kissing couple. Can you find them?

Santa is delivering all the presents. The children are looking up with interest. You may notice that they have hidden Santas reindeers. Is that naughty or nice?

A smoking santa by the corner of the house. Another santa is working hard carrying firewood.

Snowlanterns and at the top you can see part of a group out caroling.

Fun in the snow. The little snowman is so cute, too bad it was difficult to take detailed photos

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4  Re: Gingerbread house pattern in Winter Holidays by Blomman on: November 14, 2005 06:30:49 AM
I wanted to share some photos from last years gingerbread houses and this seems to be a good thread to do it in. I made mini villages and monted them on a round cake of hard bread. It is small enough to fit in round tin that cookies sometimes come in. That is good because we sold them at a christmas bazaar to make money for my cousins schooltrip. We had much fun doing all the little details. This village has a little santa fetching wood for the fire and a whole bunch dancing around the christmas tree. Another village had a santa who had had too much mulled vine and a third had two small santas smoking behind a corner.

I used roasted almonds, candy sprinklers, licqorice sprinklers, powdered sugar and frosting to decorate. The santas are made in marsipan.

The wood shed in this village was a outdoor facility in the other ones, complete with a needy santa using it and a line outside.  Wink
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5  Re: Forever Folding Card (more pictures and attempt to a tutorial) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Blomman on: November 13, 2005 04:42:40 AM
I have taken photos of the process and here they are

Take a piece of paper and cut it 10 cm wide and 20 cm long.

Put marks five cm from the short edge of the card.

Draw a five cm long line in the middle - this will be the short cut.

Mark the center of the short lines and draw a ten cm long line in between - this will be the long cut.

Put markings 7,5 cm from the short edges.

Place the ruler along the marks and make a valleyfold.

When you have done both sides it will look like this.

Now it is time to cut the lines open. I have misplaced my exactoknife so I had to use a pair of scissors but I do not recommend that. At least I could begin the cut by using the cutter on the ruler Wink

Now we can make the valley folds on the sides without folding the middle part. Line up the ruler at the end of the short cuts and fold the card.

Do the same on the other side.

Here I have folded the card at the first fold and placed the ruler along the short cut, then I fold the card.

When you look at it you have a mountain fold that is directed to the middle of the card.

Do the same on the other side.

Now we have folded the card. This is one side and if you flip the card over....

...you will see how it looks on the other side. This is actually page two in the card if you turn it around 90 degrees.

Page one, you have the short cuts at the top and the bottom of the card.

Take the edge in the middle and lift it up and around so you can see page two.

Page two.

Take the squares in the middle and lift them up and turn them to the back to see page three.

As you can see the top and bottom part of page three is in common with page two. Important for design reasons only.

Lift the edges in the middle and turn it over to the back.

Page four emerges. If yoy take the edges in the middle and turn them around the bak you'll find yourself back at page one.

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6  Cards with snowmen made of buttons in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Blomman on: November 09, 2005 12:33:10 PM
I made these tonight for a Red Cross Christmas bazaar. We got a basket full of buttons and when I saw the glass buttons in different sizes I immedietaly thought of snowmen.

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7  Re: Forever Folding Card (four pictures) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Blomman on: October 29, 2005 02:19:05 PM
I have a few in progress scans of another card I made that might shed some light over the process. It is the story about sleeping beauty and the text is still in Swedish.

Here is a template for the card:

The card measures 10*20 cm. You cut the card along the bold lines (the short are 5 cm and the long is 10)  and fold it along the dotted. The dotted lines that is continuing from the short bold lines are folded so the fold is on top, like a mountain (I don't have my origami vocabulary as fresh as I should Tongue), the other lines are folded like a valley with the fold down.

This is one side of the card before I folded it together and glued it so it is easier to handle:

These are the outer sides of the card when it is finished.

And here is the other side:

The white spots are where I put some glue when I finish off the card.

When I make them I first cut and fold the card and draw the pictures in the order they will show and then I assemble it with a bit of glue. Maybe it easier to understand if ypu try it yourself. Wink

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8  Forever Folding Card (finally a tutorial with pictures) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Blomman on: October 24, 2005 10:09:22 AM

I wanted to introduce myself by sharing this folding card with you. I come from Sweden so the text on the card is in Swedish, I usually know how to spell Wink

Since this is a folding card it will not show so well in pictures. Just imagine that you keep opening the card from the middle to see the next picture.

I have been able to make a small video to show how it works:

This card lends it self to continous stories. This example is about the four seasons and the twelve months. As the year continues the card continues. It can be done with a beginning and an end as well. Good for children who wants to hear the same story again and again and again....

Blomman (Which means Flower in Swedish)
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