Monday, June 27, 2011

A winner and a Patriotic card

Good morning, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. The boys got out of school last Tuesday, so I'm really enjoying the freedom in our schedule! It's so much fun having them home with me, even if it does mean a little more time wearing my referee jersey.

Since next Monday is the 4th of July, I thought I'd post a card I created a little while back. It was done with Est. 1776 . I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Here's a closer look:

I used some paper weaving on the left side, using strips of Enchanted Evening and Pure Poppy cardstock. The focal piece is the Mat Stack 3 die, with the sentiment holder from the coordinating stamp set.  The eagle was stamped in Enchanted Evening ink and then covered with Glossy Accents.

And as promised, I have a book to giveaway today, thanks to the kind people at Annie's Attic! The random number generator chose number 6, so that is TRICIA! Congrats, Tricia! If you could please email me (you can use the link on the right margin) I'll get your details and send this fun technique book right out to you. Thank you so much to all of you!

Have a fantastic day! Be well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons

So I have to let you in on a little secret...I'm not good at folding. Even as a kid, I just couldn't get my origami projects to look anything like they should have. It's literally been a life-long affliction, and as a paper crafter, it's always been my Achille's Heel...or I should say UNTIL NOW. ;)

The great people at Annie's Attic Paper Crafts asked me if I would review their new book Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons by Sharon M. Reinhart. You can imagine the anxiety I had reading the email! How could I possibly review a book that would undoubtedly challenge me? Well, it just took a second for that little voice in my head to go "Duh, Jenn. That's the point of the book - to teach people a new skill!". Thanks to that little voice, I happily accepted the challenge, even telling them that I was a little, hmm, 'excited', to try this technique.

Once the book arrived, I sat down and was really drawn in! What a completely underrated technique! And now with all the great scoring products on the market, it's even easier to create a crisp, beautiful fold. Sharon's instructions are well-written and easy to follow along with - she has even created a folder out of me! There are projects that are photographed clearly, diagrams to show the steps clearly (great for a visual learner like me) and just enough variations to keep it from being overwhelming. The card above is my very first try at tea bag folding (which, by the way, isn't necessarily done with tea bags...Sharon explains it all in the introduction of the book). Here's a closer look at the folds I created for this:

I used papers (Everyday Blessings) and dies (Limitless Layers in both sizes and Doily Details)  from Papertrey Ink. I'd tell you how I did it, but Sharon does it SO much better! ;)
If you are looking to learn a new technique, or revisiting an old one to you, you should consider picking up this book! You can create the most beautiful, unique medallions - the recipients of your cards will be amazed!

The kind folks at Annie's Attic sent me a copy to share, so I thought it would be fun to hear about your childhood attempts at origami! Leave me a comment telling me that you were the kid who had a thousand swans around the house, or join me in commiserating over how fold-challenged you were! I will draw a random poster next Monday (June 27th) to receive this beautiful book.

Be well! ~ Jenn