Monday, March 4, 2013

Iris Folding Technique

Hey there!
So I was cruising around on Pinterest and discovered a technique that I have overlooked! Have you ever tried Iris Folding? I just tried it out and find that I love it! It is a super cute look that is pretty easy to achieve!
There are essentially two ways to go about Iris Folding (also called Quilting).
1. You  take a small rectangle and fold the top two corners into the center to form a triangle
Following a pattern that is laying face up on the table, you tape the triangles to the mask. See photo...

2. You take a long strip of paper and fold it once lengthwise. Following a pattern is optional. I have seen many more that seem to take a masked cutout and taped the strips to the mask.

Some patterns look like this.
The next chance I get I'm going to try a couple more free form patterns. How about you? Have you ever tried Iris Folding? I found this Iris Folding Technique video that shows a nice pumpkin shape being used.
Have fun working on this technique!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Special Order Cards- I'm So Thankful

I love getting special order for cards from friends and acquaintances; or anyone for that matter. I love even more when someone gives me general guidelines like "Make it cute", or "Put a scripture verse on it".
I once got a special order to make five cards for the writers of a great womens bible study on the Psalms. All I had to go on was make it cute, pretty and maybe have a scripture on it.
Okay, sounds easy enough, right? Well, first I have to come up with a design; so I go through my card sketches to get some ideas.

I find a layout I like then dive into my paper stash. What do have? Do I have enough to make 5 cards?
Check out my embellishments. What will work with this design? Again, do I have enough?

Usually I do a sample card to figure out exact measurements for cutting and so forth.

Then I do all the cutting, distressing and stamping.

Finally assemble, put on finishing touches and get the envelopes! Voila, it's done!

I go through the same process with each special order I get to make sure your card creation is unique and special.
I just finished a set of cards for a customer last night.
This is what I came up with. Leave a comment if you like it!

I have a ton of cards I have done for store on Pinterest if you want to check out my "Cards for Stores" board.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Get A Free QR Code For Your Website

I am feeling so trendy! I got a QR code (quick response code)  for my business website. I found a free website that conjures up a QR code for you ad all you need to give is your website. It's pretty slick.
What do you think?

I plan to put this little square of goodness on my business cards, labels and anything else I can think of.

Even though I don't have a smart phone, I wanted to add a QR code to my cards since most people have easy access to a smart phone.
QR codes are popping up everywhere.  I liked the idea of having direct access to my website with a quick scan.

Stay posted to see some of the designs for business cards and labels I come up with!

Keep scrapping!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christmas Gift Card Holders (or just cash!)

So I was playing around with some different papers and two different styles of card holders. What I came up with is pretty simple. The first card  is patterned after the mens shirt card and displays the gift card on the front, incorporating the card into the design element. The second card is a pretty landscape with a shallow pocket inside to put a gift card or cash too. (cash works for me)
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I am loving the landscape card! How do you make your cards to hold store gift cards?