One Layer Dutch Fold Card

I saw this single layer dutch fold card idea from FaithfuleCreations who got the idea from Splitcoast Stampers and I thought it would be fun to reproduce it in my fun fold card series.
You will start with a piece of cardstock that is 8″ wide and 7 1/8″ tall and score on the 8″ length at 2″ and 6″ and then on the 7 1/8″ length, score at 2 3/8″.  You will find that you will have two longer rectangles that are scored on the 8″ length so you will want to cut those rectangles out.  Make sure you cut the rectangles so that you can’t see any score marks left behind.  Once you’ve cut out the rectangles, you have what looks like a “T” left.  You will fold the bottom section of the T in half so the length of the long paper is half of what it was when you began.    The top pieces will fold toward the center and the bottom piece will fold up toward the two pieces that are folded inward.
I used sentiments from My Creative Times This and That and used Onyx Black ink from Verafine then used clear Ranger embossing powder and then heat set the sentiments.  One of them is on a piece of the paper that my friend Kay had given me with Distress Oxide inks layered on it.  I used a die from AliExpress to cut it out and layered it on a pink layer of card stock that I used the next size die to cut it out.
I used green cardstock to back my pieces for on my card and
the smaller pieces in green are 2″ tall x 1 11/16″ wide, and the pink colored  layer is 1 3/4″ x 1 7/16″..  The bottom larger layer is 3 3/4 x 2 1/8″ green layer and the pink decorated layer is 3 1/2 x 1 7/8″.

After laying the bottom piece down with tear tape,  I decided to put brads in the smaller pieces at the top, so put one larger pink brad on the left side and two smaller brads on the right side.
I layered my sentiment on the outside on a ribbon that I wrapped around the layers that I had already adhered to the card and just lifted them up and shoved the ribbon under with a little wet glue on the ends of the ribbon to hold it in place.  I should have done this step before gluing the layers to the bottom section, but didn’t think about how I wanted to layer my ribbon until it was too late.  I took another length of ribbon and wrapped it around my brads at the top to hold the flaps closed.

6/24/2017

Today, we’re spending the day with friends and going to a sea glass festival near Lake Erie.  I’ve never been to one, so I’m hoping it involves fun things to buy and lots of carnival type foods.  I love the smell of a carnival, and hope that we find this event similar to one.

I got up early and went online and bought the rest of the things I need for my tape runner comparison video, as well as for a video on embossing techniques.  I’ve been collecting tape runners for a few months now, and got input from several crafters and now I have a bunch.  It’s not over-the-top-crazy like my wet glue video, but I think I should have enough comparisons to  encompass just about every need.  I’m so glad that the video will finally be done, as I made a promise to a viewer many months ago, to help her find the perfect small tape runner, and I hate to break a promise.  I think the research took the longest, as I put a message out on Splitcoast Stampers asking for input as to the best tape runners, and it took a few weeks to really get the amount of responses I was looking for.  Then tracking down some of the tape runners took some time, as they weren’t particularly accessible within the US.

With promises in mind, tomorrow I’ll be making a video using the layered rose stamp set from AliExpress, as a viewer asked to see the stamps in action.  I love it when people request videos, as it helps me with ideas and gives me something to focus on before making the video.  Rich is behind in uploading videos, so this will really add to his pile.  All in all, it’s going to be a great week for video making, as the ideas are already in the bag.

 

6/23/2017

The weather was not fit for garage sales today.  It rained like crazy and of course, my girlfriend and I still ventured out.  Big mistake.  We were both drenched, but continued on.  In the end we got nothing but wet.

I did, on the other hand, finish cleaning my summer clothes, so now I should be left with only clothes that fit me.  Poor Mother Hubbard, her cupboards were bare.  I don’t really feel that way, although I don’t have many clothes left in there.  I’m relieved more than anything.  I just wanted to stop trying on clothes that no longer fit since the big weight gain of 2016.  I think we should look at weight gain like a particularly bad hurricane season.   In my case, since  the medications were the primary cause, it was a lot like a hurricane–it came out of nowhere, and left devastation in its path.  I’m not overwhelming devastated by the weight gain, but it really did bother me when I couldn’t find clothes that fit in my closet.  Now that I’ve basically eliminated that problem, things should be much simpler (at least when I get dressed.)

One of my favorite things about cleaning out my closet, is finding someone that will appreciate all of the clothes I’m giving them.  I know this sounds crazy, but I have three large garbage bags full of clothes.  But it also covers two sizes and a long time span.  My girlfriend suggested someone, I called them and they are really happy to get my goodies.  It’s so much more fun to give clothes to someone I know will appreciate them, and they re-gift the ones that don’t fit or don’t like, to others.

So although I didn’t really do much today, I accomplished a lot.  I wish I could say that I did something crafty, but instead, Rich and I watched movies and had a nice “date night.”

6/22/2017

I’ve been working on the home page for my YouTube channel.  I didn’t realize until today that I can add all kinds of things to the page and feel kind of foolish that I haven’t figured it out until now.   I wanted to add an introduction video, so we tried making one last night.  I look like I’m about ready to pass out from heat stroke which really isn’t a good look for me.  It was warm when we were taping, and the whole process made me super anxious, so get ready for a hot flash.  I didn’t sound bad, but looked crazy and rambled too long.  I thought it would be fine to sit outside on our patio, but didn’t think about how a brick wall with a window behind my head might not be the best backdrop.  Sometimes it would be great to have a professional videographer handle my videos so that I look like someone else. Plus the special effects they’d have, would be amazing.  This is the kind of fantasy world I live in.

So needless to say, the video is on hold until I come up with a new backdrop and someone else who will impersonate me so I don’t come off looking like a crazy, sweaty middle aged woman.  No, I’m sure I can handle the impersonating part all by myself, as long as I can put myself somewhere in a dimly lit area with a fan blowing my hair so I look like a model.  Wait, if all I need to become a model is a heavy duty fan and dim lighting, I’m in.  I just need to make a quick trip to Home Depot.

I think it’s safe to say the introduction video might not be making an appearance any time soon.  On the other hand, I did make a lot of changes to the home page and hope you’ll let me know what you think of it.

AliExpress Haul and Graduation Card using Dies from AliExpress

I wanted to show some of my AliExpress dies in a project and have more purchases I wanted to share.  I had bought a cd case at a garage sale and it works perfectly to hold most of the AliExpress dies I’ve gotten.

I made a graduation card that could also easily be converted to a birthday card with the balloon die.  I used the balloon die from AliExpress and a Congratulations die that I had already purchased (and don’t know who made it.) I attached the Congratulations sentiment on with a “Quickie Glue Pen” that I had purchased from pegstamps.com.  I had a graduation themed stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Dream Big and used it for all of my stamped items.
The card base is a gold glimmer paper and is 5 1/2″ tall by 4 1/4″ wide.  The high schools’ colors are navy blue and gold. I put a navy blue balloon in the top left corner and put the string on using the Quickie Glue Pen.  I added Class of 2017 from the Dream Big stamp set with Versamark ink in the MISTI and used gold embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.  I glued the Congratulations die cut toward the bottom of the card and started in the center of the word and glued it down first, then glued the rest of the word in place to ensure that the word actually fit in the space.  It also made it more centered than if I would have started at the beginning of the word and randomly chose where to place it.
I had little graduation caps in a row and put them below Congratulations with Versamark, then added blue embossing powder and heat set them.  Added a sentiment inside with Versamark ink and then used the same blue embossing powder then heat set that.
For the envelope, I took a single graduation cap and stamped it on the flap of the envelope in Versamark then used gold embossing powder and heat set it.

6/21/2017

I have been wanting to get rid of some of the note cards I’ve bought in big sets from Michaels.  I’m not sure why I thought they would be a great purchase, but have a lot of them and need to find some uses for them.  I used a stamp set that worked well and then took my distress inks and smooshed them onto acetate, added water, and used a water brush to color the images.  I found the cards fast and easy to make and are a good use of the note cards.  Now I just need to start giving sets to friends.

I also thought it would be fun to decorate my envelopes with peg stamps and took some floral stamps and used them around where I would write a name and address on the envelope.  I did them very quickly, but going forward would definitely put more time into stamping them and creating a better design.  I needed to make them look more cohesive than I did and was unhappy that I didn’t take more time with them to make them look more attractive.  Note to self, take more time to ensure your end results are more professional looking.  I might consider remaking that portion of the video as I’m not really thrilled with the way the envelopes came out.

6/20/2017

I spent part of the day doing more embossing research, then went online and bought some things I’ll need for the video.  I swear this video will be at least an hour by the time I cover everything that is important.

Then I decided to clean out my summer clothes and got rid of a ton of ones that no longer fit.  I still have more to go through, but at least I’ve made a little dent in the project.  I love organizing but sometimes just don’t have the energy to do it.

But here’s the big accomplishment of the day.  There is an introduction video that most YouTube channels have on their home page that explains their channel, and I’ve never made one.  I’m not sure why I never made one, but recently I’ve had a few people ask me about my hands and I don’t know why, but thought if I went over everything in my first video, that I’d never have to talk about my arthritis again.  I’m pretty naïve that way, so decided I should make the video.  It’s not horrible, but Rich thought he might want to try editing the background around me and make some kind of interesting backdrop.  If he can make something fun out of the outside brick wall of our house, more power to him.  It was such a nice day, I thought it would be nice to sit on our covered patio and record the video. Naturally, the entire neighborhood thought it was the perfect time to mow their grass, so we had to wait until most of them had finished, otherwise, you’d have really only heard lawn mowers and not me talking.
I’ve seen some pretty impressive videos, but mine is just like everything else I do.  I explain the channel and talk about the mistakes I make and the fun I have in fixing them.  If that doesn’t make people want to jump on my channel, nothing will, haha..