This Post Is Dedicated to My Dear Friend, Karle.

One of the latest crazes in paper crafting is Action Wobbles(c). This is small plastic spring attached to adhesive paper on both ends. The idea is to put a little spring in your creations. See this post of a card I made when Wobbles first introuced to the craft world.

Yes, they are fantastic! So fantastic that the company that makes Wobbles cannot keep up with demand. When they first came out I also thought they were fantastic! But I am thrifty and I am also quite careful about what I take out of and put back in to the earth. I do not care for waste or products that do not decompose.

My friend Karle made a card with a Penguin on it. I suggested that she add a Wobble. She has one Wobble to her name. I asked her if she knew how to make a paper spring. She did not and I cannot just hop in my car. Chicago is close to Minneapolis, but not that close. I need to be here when my kids get home from school.

In the first grade I learned how to make my own paper spring. You simply fold a strip of paper back and forth to give it the spring effect. In fact, I learned two methods. I put together a still photo tutorial. I hope you can catch what I am doing. Maybe I'll have to video it live. Let me know. You know I love this because it is kid friendly. Remember, I learned this in the first grade (37 years ago).

First, the easier version. You want a strip of paper that is wide enough to support your object, but narrow enough to hide behind it. This version can be flimsy--depending on what you are attaching it to.

Start With a Narrow Strip of Paper/Cardstock


Fold Strip Back-n-Forth (like making a paper fan)


Adhere to Object and Base (card, scrap page, etc.)

Now the version that is a bit trickier. However, it is much more sturdy and may be a tad more springy! Start with two strips of paper. Again, you want strips of paper that will make a finished spring that is wide enough to support your object, but narrow enough to hide behind it. (Scroll to the bottom so you know what you want to end up with.)

Begin with 2 Strips of Paper


Adhere the End of One Strip to the Other Forming a Square Corner


Fold Strip on Right Across to the Left, Crease


Fold Strip on Bottom Across to the Top, Crease


Fold Strip on Left Back Across to the Right, Crease


Fold Strip on Top Back Across to the Bottom, Crease


At this point, you will have a column. When you let go, it will pop open a bit.

Spring Stretched Out


Adhere Spring to Object and Base

HAPPY SPRINGING!

Getting ready for fall before the frost falls on the pumpkin patch. I made these cards as gifts. However, the last two are available in my shop.

I am linking these lovely cards to The Cutting Cafe's weekly CASE challenge. The challenge is to Copy And Selectively Edit the sketch or Copy And Share Everything.
Here is the sketch:

Cutting Cafe Sketch Challenge

Here are my cards. I created the layered pumpkin with my Pazzles. Then I randomly hand-stamped this sweet, swirly-dotty pattern. (Sorry i do not have the brand.) Here's a little tip. Often I feel that the foam dots/squares are to thick. So I cut an scrap of cardstock to give the right height of layering (sometimes two). Dressed the card up a bit more with flowers, brads or blings. And, if you know me, I finished the card with fibers and/or ribbon. I think the cards are relaxing. Thank you for taking a look.



Welcome to the Paper Cafe. How fitting that we are featuring scallops this week. Paper Scallops, that is.
Each day this week I will demonstrate the versatility of the popular round scallop. I will show you can use a scallop to make many beautiful paper creations. Some are simple, some take a little dedication. I think you will like them all. This week's scallops come in a variety of sizes and are diverse in the number of scallops (bumps).

I have a number of cards for you today. You have probably used scallops in or in your cards. Here are a few ideas. (Some of these are available in my online shop.)

The first is a pop-up card. It uses the scallop shape as the base for the the pop-up portion of the card.

Cut the steps in to the scallop as you see fit.

a side view to show the steps and layers


Finished Card



This card is simply made using scallops and circles. I folded the bottom two layers and embellished.



These two scallop cards are also simple, but maybe a new idea for you.


Now this really cute! I used the scallop to make the flowers. Fold the scallop so that there are 4 bumps at the top. Invert one of scallops to add a little flavor.


This blog entry has a three-fold purpose. I'm going to list them out to give you a preview.
1. Creative Kuts Challenge--Teapot
2. Scrappin' Chicks Challenge Blog--Kitchen Theme
3. Personal Challenge--Easel Card

Creative Kuts has a challenge on their Facebook fan page. They have shared a free file of a lovely Teapot. The challenge is to use that teapot to create something . . . . So I made this sweet arrangement of "Tea for Two."

My good friend Tanya invited me to enter my card in the Scrappin' Chicks Challenge Blog. This month's theme is Kitchen. The design team has some pretty WOW creations to inspire you. Be sure you stop at Tanya's personal blog as well. She is a pro!!

This is also a personal challenge as it is my very first Easel Card. Easel cards are easy! I am going to make more of them for sure! I found a great source to describe (and show) how to make easel cards, here. I am really happy with the way it turned out.

You can play too! Both challenges are still open and we love to see more ideas! Click the links above to get to the challenges. Have fun!!

front view


side view


top view

Come hop with us as we feature over 40 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us gals will feature a new project for each of the three days!
I have made a different item for each of the three days of the hop. See my Easter Egg Boxes from Day 1 and my Popsicle Magnets from Day 2.

Easter Blessings to you and yours. You should have arrived here from Faithfule Creations. Faith is the first stop and our hostess this weekend. Be sure you follow her directions for a chance at winning extra blog candy. My candy is listed at the very end of this post.

Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Sprucing Up the Place
Today's decoration is a picture using the technique called Iris Folding. Iris Folding originated in Holland, where early craft persons made their designs using patterned paper cut from the inside of envelopes. Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves placing coordinated strips of folded paper over a pattern, creating a spiralling design that resembles the iris of a camera. When I first learned this craft, I was taught to tape the strips of paper in to place. I find that if I glue them I am happier with the finished product. Also, when I first Iris Folded I cut out my finished "frame" by hand with an xacto knife. Thanks to my Pazzles personal paper cutter, I now have a clean cut out surrounding my iris fold!

Growing a Tree
I chose to make a tree with three colors surrounding the iris.

A Couple Tips & Tricks
1. Remember, when it come to glue, "A dot does a lot!"
2. Use almost any kind of paper: scrap book, wrapping, junk mail, origami,
3. Thrift stores are a great resource for picture frames

More Designs
Here are a couple other pieces that I framed. My Pear picture won second place in the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. If you click each picture and then click it again, you will get a larger picture to examine and see the iris.

Quick Video Tutorial

Iris Folding is a fun way to make spectacular greeting cards and framed art! You can also use it in scrapbooking.

Blog Candy
The blog candy I am offering is somewhat related to home decor. I have this lovely 8 X 8 Cookbook Recipe Journal Kit. The theme is Bar-B-Que. It is fun and cute. It comes with a very nice hard cover, papers, stickers and recipe cards. I sure hope that some one who likes BBQ wins!! For your chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment. I would like to know if you have tried iris folding? Not required, I do invite you to check my fan page on facebook. I often posts project there that I do not post on my blog.


Next Stop
Do enjoy the creations presented on the hop today. Maybe you will be inspired to make one of them. We hope you enjoyed to past three days. Great thanks to Faith for hosting The Home Decor Blog hop. Have a good week and Happy Easter.
Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Come hop with us as we feature over 40 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us gals will feature a new project for each of the three days! I have indeed made a different item for each of the three days of the hop. So do come back tomorrow!

You should have arrived here from Faithfule Creations. Faith is the first stop and our hostess this weekend. Be sure you follow her directions for a chance at winning extra blog candy. My candy is listed at the very end of this post.

Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Happy Easter
Today I am sharing a decoration for your home for Easter weekend. I present to you these fabulous Easter Egg Mini Boxes! Originally I was going to share these on Sunday, being that Easter Day. But I am addicted to making these and think that you will love them as well. You will want to make time in your weekend to create at least a couple! They are easy and allow your imagination to run free! They can be beautiful or cheery. The cutting file comes from SVG Shop. Eleanor is a genius!!

As I said, they are easy to make. Using Eleanor's cut file, I made two sizes--and Four Collections!! (I told you I was having fun with these!) The file comes with clear directions. Eleanor tests everything--she knows her stuff! As you see I used several designs of patterned card stock. I do recommend card stock over paper. These are boxes that open up for hiding treats. With that in mind, you want to think carefully about the papers that you use for the sides, insides and bottom of the box. You will see in the Fabergé Collection that I used black paper for sides and back. You can embellish them as you choose or leave them plain. Yes, they are boxes, but you could just use the top in any other manner you can dream up. You can even get the kids involved in making these darling boxes! My first grader just informed me that he does not want the box. He simply wants the chocolates inside!! Well, do enjoy.

I Need YOUR Tips
I am still very new to using a Xyron. I do not like how it leaves "orphaned" adhesive between intricate cuts. It is hard to wipe away. Suggestions?
Can you suggest a foil or metallic paper? The stuff I have flakes and tears easily.

Krista's Paper Cafe Egg Gallery
The Embossed and Fabergé Collections displays eggs that are 3 1/2 inches tall. The Fabergé eggs are all on shiny and shimmery paper--but it is hard to see that. They are supposed to look expensive! The Christian and Cheery Collections displays eggs that are just under 5 inches tall. Let's begin our tour of the Gallery.

Embossed Collection

Christian Collection

Cheery Collection

Fabergé Collection

Inside and Edge Views

Your Turn
Are you inspired? "Hop" over to SVG Shop.
Remember, your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Blog Candy
The blog candy I am offering is somewhat related to home decor. I have this lovely 8 X 8 Cookbook Recipe Journal Kit. The theme is Bar-B-Que. It is fun and cute. It comes with a very nice hard cover, papers, stickers and recipe cards. I sure hope that some one who likes BBQ wins!! For your chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment. Be sure I can contact you. As well, I invite you to check my fan page on facebook. I often posts project there that I do not post on my blog.


I so love to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus!

My god son is receiving his first communion soon. He is in 5th grade. Here is a first communion card that I made. It is for a boy--that's double hard to create.

I used a "plastic" card with scripture and scene. Put it on cardstock and embellished it. I did adhere the card, but you could use removable tape so that the little card can be used as a bookmark in a Bible.

Another idea for inspiring others is to use "Pass It On" message cards. They are the size of a business card. The idea is to actually pass the card from one person to a next. In the fashion of using on a card you can make slits in the card so that it can be removed and tucked in a pocket or purse!

I am proud to present to you the creations of Scrappy Scavenger Swaps. We are a small group of women who paper craft. However, we want to stretch ourselves and try aour hand at other forms of art. We dabble in a bit of everything. We try to tie the creation to our paper crafts--finding use ways to "liven" them up!

Today we present a clever way to embellish your crafts! Charms.

Similar to jewelry charms one would use to embellish their person, charms are making an appearance in the paper craft world! These kind of charms are most often used in scrapbooks and on cards.

We each made two charms based on a list of themes. Then we exchanged with two others in the group. I think for most of us--this was a new endeavor. The charm in and of itself is not a paper craft. However, I can imagine the possibilities, now that I have put my brain to the challenge. Your own imagination can take you anywhere!

We hope to inspire and challenge you. And, we would like to see what you come up with. Blog about what you make and how it will be used. Then Link that blog post below! Have fun . . . be patient.

Here are the categories that we chose to work around:
1. Love is a 4-letter word (craft a positive or negative experience!)
2. All Things Grow with Love
3. Faith, Hope, ... and Love
4. Hugs and Kisses, Stars and Wishes
5. Love and Other Obsessions

Here are the charms from our team members . . . Please link to their blogs and leave constructive comments.


Tanya at Scrappy Scavenger

Hugs and Kisses, Stars and Wishes

Love & Other Obsessions



Zelia at An Image by Design


Tanya


Jennifer at Scrappin Little Turtle



Jennifer at In My Little Corner


Christy at Ladyugz Creations


Here are my charms . . . Krista's Paper Cafe

All Things Grow With Love

Faith, Hope . . . Love


The charm with the leaves reflects the theme "All Things Grow with Love." It is pretty simple. I included metal hearts, white pearl beads, and glass leaves. I started with a totally different idea and it "grew" in to what you see. I do not really have any suggestions on how to use it. Maybe in a wedding album?
The second charm I actually made first. It is rather long, incorporating the theme "Faith, Hope . . . and Love." I think it can be used in a family scrapbook album/page, simply tying it to family, or for heritage, memories or a family reunion. It even tinkles like a wind chime. I did that on purpose (wink, wink) to add to the effect of memories!


Tips and Your Turn

1. Lay out all possible pieces before you on the table.
2. It helps (of course) to have a theme to work around.
3. Go to the thrift store. Used pieces from existing jewelery or "chains" and alter.
4. Tweezers and pliers are a must.
5. Patience is your friend.

So have fun and share your creations. Link right to the project (or blog entry) with your charm (not your home page). And do check the other entrants' creations that are linked. No deadline.