Friday, July 30, 2010

Christmas in July Sale 40% off all my designs, iris paper folding, and freebie.

Don't spending the upcoming holiday season running around frantically making last minute gifts!  Start now and you'll be finished ready to be festive instead of frazzled this Christmas.  As an added bonus if you start now you will recieve 40% off all my designs.  Click here to go shopping.  But before you go I have a few projects to get your creative juices flowing!

I went to a crop and wanted to make some quick gifts for the hostesses.  My notepad with cover file was perfect!  I needed 3 and I was able to fix exactly 3 on a 12 x 12 piece of paper.  Yeah! 

I used a Transparent Touches kit (May Kit #1) .  I absolutely love pink, brown and orange together!  I haven't purchased many rub ons but I just love the ones that came in the kit..they were soo easy to apply!  I never thought I would use brown glitter glue but I love the look of it on the scrolls.  If you click on the should be able to see the sparkle better. The hostesses just loved these!  I think they would make great Christmas gifts for teacher, hair dressers, post office workers etc.  They would be great to add to stockings too!

Looky!  I did it...I really did it!  I have been wanting to try Iris Paper Folding forever.    So when I saw the hot air balloon card by Blue Moon Creations..I just had to try it.  I love the way this card turned out...looks like I spent hours upon hours but it wasn't that bad at all!  What a great way to use scraps!  I  used my card base 3 file (coming soon to the store).  The strips on the side are perfect for using scraps!  I was delighted to find this awesome free sentiment at an incredible website called Create with TLC.   In case you can't read it "Wishing you all of the ups and none of the downs."  Let's see the cloud background was made with Copics airbrush system using Tori Hemingway's tut here.   I love the look and it doesn't take much effort at all!  The hot air ballon basket is from Bird's Cards wonderful blog.  There are soo many great balloons on this're sure to find one you like.  I colored the basket with my copics too.  I love my Copics!

I will get to the freebie soon but wanted to give you a sneak peak at what is coming to my store soon.
These sentiments were a request by one of my creative team members.  What a great request it was!  These sentiments are perfect to add to Shirley's RAK cards as well as solider cards or anyone who needs some encouragement.

Esther Woo Benjamin for Eddita's Christmas card swap last year sent us all an amazing Iris paper folding card.
Isn't that the cutest thing you have ever seen!  Want to make your own?  Well be just may get your wish!

CDT member Kelly Stone gave this little guy a try too..her results are below.  She is definitely the Queen of that look Kelly! I also love how she used glitter glue in the "eye"...great idea if you don't have any metallic paper!   Here is what Kelly had to say about her card "I added some Sparkly Fluff to the hat trim and embossed/sanded the background paper. Stickles in the iris center and a googly eye finished it off."

So I had to try out this little penguin too!  It was soo easy to do!  I made this at the crop.  A friend of mine...Lisa...had just the right enhancements to make my penguin adorable!  Don't you just love the little puffy heart, eye and fur trim she donated!  Thanks so much Lisa! 

As you can see I didn't stray too far from Esther's example!  Why mess with perfection!  LOL!  I loved using the scraps for this cute little guy.  I had my doubts the scraps I chose would look okay but it seems even if you mix many patterns with this technique it still turns out great!

A little info:  Esther got the original pattern for this penguin at Circle of Crafters.  She sized it to fit on her card and made the cutlines for it.  So I talked with Esther and she is graciously giving you the cutlines for this card as a freebie.  Yipeee!    But first let me give you a little more info.  These can be found in your freebie file too but just in case you want to see what Iris Paper Folding is all about before you download.

Step by step Iris Paper folding tut can be found here.    If you look at the colum to the right you will see many more patterns on the circle of crafters website.

In case you'd rather watch a video you can see an excellent one here

Click HERE to download your freebie penguin card.  It comes complete with the Iris paper folding pattern, card base and penguin cutouts.  Thanks a million Esther!  If you make this little guy up yourself...please e-mail me the results at and I would love to see your project!  Remember this would also be super cute on a layout too! 

Merry Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Lisa Avolio said...

I haven't tired this, but I love all your samples. Thanks!

Anna said...

Oh my star how awesome is this?? VERY :D Thanks so much Shelly and Esther. You ladies ROCK :D

Caroline said...

love Iris Folding but have never actually done it! LOL This cute penguin will be the project to start off with I think! Thanks Esther and Shelly :)