Saturday, 22 June 2013

Tea Bag Folding

Years ago when I first got into card making, Tea Bag folding became very popular. Now however, it seems much less so. It's hard to find good tea bag papers, so I've turned to Japanese Origami papers which i've bought over ebay and they are lovely.

I've still got a couple of folders containing step by step instructions for easy folds, and I've got heaps of printable tea bag tiles, but the origami paper is really lovely to work with.

The first card I'm posting here today uses' printed tea bag tiles, these are circular and are a very easy fold, they also only require 4 pieces to make the medallion.
The second card uses the lovely double sided origami paper and this one needs 8 units to make the medallion.

Both card base's are 13.5 x 13.5cm square and are embossed. For card one, I embossed the whole card, for card two I only embossed the front.

Card one:
to finish this card I used small felt flowers with clear rhinestones in the centre, the sentiment banner is die cut with a spellbinders die from Ribbon Banners set.

Card two:
After embossing the front of my card base, I used a pnk cardstock which closely matched the pink in the origami paper and using Grand Nestabilities square dies, I cut a border which is trimmed with a narrow gold border sticker then mounted using Stampin up dimensionals. the Medallion is mounted with dimensionals in the centre. From my stash of old bits and pieces I found this lovely little button like flat bottomed bead, I think it's from Kaszazz and used a glue dot to fix to the centre of my medallion. I finished by using some diamond stickles around the outer edges, and inner joins of the medallion. The sentiment sticker also from my old stuff stash, but I believe I got it from Blue Edge Crafts.

These are two very simple little folds, I've been playing with some much more complicated ones, and to be honest, I'm never going to be one of those wonderful origami specialists, I'm not nimble fingered enough nor do I tolerate the frustration of not getting it right very well, I'm sitting here typing and giggling because it's true, I think I'll stick to the EASY ones. pretty, but easy, I'll leave the hard stuff to the experts.

The following link will take you to a good starting point for tea bag folding. Tea Bag Folding free patterns

Have fun crafting!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Unstampabelles June Challenge CASE Card

The Unstampabelles Theme this month is to CASE a Design Team card. I also wanted to use some new dies, and the card I made for this challenge is headed over to my friend in the UK.

This months challenge is Sponsored by
Our sponsor this month is Cardmaking Online which is an Australian online only business - by not having a retail store, they avoid significant costs such as rent and electricity which enables them to bring you quality products at the lowest possible prices.  They have a wonderful range of cardmaking kits, dies, peel-off stickers, parchment craft materials and much more. Cardmaking Online is sponsoring us with a $25.00 gift certificate as our prize for this months challenge.

My Inspiration 
Card by Merry

And here is my card inspired by Merry's use of  hexagons.

I used the following products in the making of this card:

  • Stampin Up's Crumb cake card cut to A5 size
  • Stampin Up's Hexagon embossing folder
  • Stampin Up's Whisper White card
  • Stampin Up's Dimensionals
  • Stampin Up's Baja Breeze Ink
  • Stampin Up's scraps of double sided Designer series papers
  • Scraps of Kaszazz double sided paper
  • Spellbinders 'Tags & Flags' Shapeabilities S5-095
  • Spellbinders Hexagons Nestabilities (smallest size) S4-368
  • Hearty Crafts Easy 3D designs Owl HC7275
  • PVA glue with fine nozzle
  • Double sided tape
The finished card size is 14.5 x 10.5cm
The Owl is layered and mounted using SU Dimensionals as are the DSP Hexagons, the 'Hello' sentiment is computer generated and also mounted with dimensionals.
Everything else is flat mounted using either double sided tape, or in the case of the narrow and wide ric rac, the PVA glue.

Since this card needs to be posted, I tried to minimise the dimension without eliminating it altogether.
These little owls come in a pack containing 10 images.

The components for each image is individually packaged inside the outer bag.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Happy Crafting