Creative Bliss

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How About An Iris Folded Card?

Hello there!

Boy, yesterday sure was a busy day for us. Not only did we have swim class, we also ate lunch at the school, went to the Summer Reading Library Program and then we got invited to a friend's house for a playdate! Whew! It sure was a fun day and it just zipped by.

I have got to remember to bring my camera to the library program because they have had some neat performances. This week's was a gentleman who sang silly songs. He started off with a banjo, which was very cool. But then, he started showing us instruments he'd made from "junk." Like a horn made with a garden hose and a funnel and it worked! Or the instrument he made with pot lids that had a really unique sound. He even had a "panjo" made from a frying pan, the neck of a broken quitar and some paneling! Very, very cool! Amy couldn't help herself and she got up to dance to the upbeat music he played. I regret not having any pictures of the event. Sigh...

I'm typing this in Blogger, because now my Live Writer program won't even stay open. I finally got someone to respond (because I cannot change/resize or do anything with fonts) and he told me to install IE 8, so I did (apparently I had IE6 installed-which was too old for them to try to de-bug). But it hasn't helped my font problem. And now I am wondering if it's buggered up Live Writer all together. I just don't know. I have to write again and let them know this latest glitch I guess. How I rue the day I decided to upgrade to the newer version of this program! Ah well, in the grand scheme of life this is barely a blip on the radar, so I'll just plug merrily along...

I got to try a new technique today. Joann's is having their Firefly Frenzy sale, which means 50% off coupons. I went the other night and found a book called Iris Folding by Michelle Powell that I liked (the project on the cover definitely drew me in), so I bought it. It shows how to do this type of project step by step and it even includes the templates needed and the papers!

This is the first card featured in the book...
I was impressed at how simple it truly is to do. But it's also a little time consuming. Not so much for the design part, but I had to trace and then cut out the "ribbon." I used a craft knife so I could get all the small spaces and that took a bit of time. I'm not too smooth or fluid with the craft knife, so I attempted to file down the rough edges. It looked okay, but kind of flat to me, so I decided to add some sparkle with a paper glaze with glitter. The same stuff I used on that vellum a few projects ago. Only, the cardstock didn't curl like the vellum did (thank goodness). I think the rest is pretty self explanatory

Supplies:
stamp: Happy Birthday (CTMH)
ink: Cocoa, Parchment (CTMH)
paper: from the book, Blush, Parchment, Cocoa cardstock (CTMH)
accessories: tracing paper, repositionable adhesive, craft knife, pearl rhinestone stickers (Michaels), small flower punch (EK Success), brad (stash)

Not much else to talk about at the moment. The weather appears to have mellowed out and a few more of the rooms in the house are looking better (yay!). I'm trying to decide what the next yarn project will be (I'm pretty sure I know, but am still percolating on it). The girls are behaving, which is great! Just a low-key kind of day, which is very nice! Hope you are having a good one, too! thanks for stopping by!
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7 comments:

Kathi Carlson said...

Beautiful card! I've always loved the folded paper look. As for a craft knife, I don't think I'd risk it for the time I'm having this week. I need all my fingers. LOL. Glad my silly escapades gave you a little giggle. For as much fun as it sounds like you had yesterday, I'm happy to hear you had a quiet day today. Enjoy Friday!!

Alanna said...

So pretty Jeanne. I love that look and it looks like you did a great job with the craft knife. I am not skilled whatsoever with a craft knife. My hand and wrist just don't want to work together.

Sounds like a busy yet fun day for you and the girls. And yeah for there being no crazy weather for the past couple of days.

Kim Burmeister said...

Great job, Jeanne! Another beauty! I haven't tried this. I don't think I have the patience for it. You rock!

I find that I should keep a camera in my purse. You have been busy!

Sarah said...

This is beautiful Jeanne! I have wanted to try this but thought it looked too hard. Sounds like you and the girls ahd a good day!
Sorry Live Writer is giving you fits...I swear the more you try to fix computer programs or upgrade them the worse things seem to get sometimes! But you are right...it's a small blip! :-))

Barb said...

WOW! What a beauty! I love the finished project. You are such a great crafter.

Fun times you're having with the girls. That is so so nice...

Jean said...

Nice card! I love simple designs, but I think cutting out that ribbon would make me nuts!

stampmonkey said...

Another beauty! I love the relative simplicity of this card (look-wise...meaning it's clean and uncluttered, though I know it took a long time to do all that tracing and cutting). I'm not all that handy with the craft knife, so big kudos to you -- you did a great job with it! Such soft and pretty colors on this one too. ;)