Iris Folding

Winter Wonderland Iris Fold Ornament-Nacho Average Challenge 165

Time for a fun sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average Site:

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Here's my contribution:

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I decided to turn the sketch on its side and create an iris fold ornament using Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Iris Folding is one of my favorite crafting techniques. 

Click here for more ideas, patterns and a video tutorial!

This  ornament is a simple circle with only 3 sections completed, allowing the "iris" in the center to be larger.  I started by punching a piece of Whisper White card stock using my 2 1/2" circle punch.  The black and white patterned designer series paper was adhered first at an angle creating a point at the top, bottom and 2 sides of the circle.  The gold and white scrolly paper was added next, then the black and white lined paper. All were lined up to meet at the same point creating a square in the middle for the gold pine cone paper.

No real pattern was used for this circle as it is a pretty simple iris fold. 

But be sure to check here for basic iris folding patterns including a circle.

As always, remember to work at the back of the piece.

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

 

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Iris Folded Stellar Jay

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I'm on a Iris Folding roll!  I found this great Cardinal pattern created by Aga Piechocińska on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a try.  Although the pattern was originally a Cardinal, we don't have Cardinals here in the mountains of SW Colorado.  We do have Stellar Blue Jays though.  The pattern works perfectly for both!

I used several different Designer Series Papers.  Some are retired, some are not. 

Be sure to visit my Iris Folding Page HERE for more ideas, instructions and patterns, plus a how to Iris Folding video tutorial.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, various Designer Series Papers

Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Word Window, Modern Label and Bird Builder punches, candy dots, Dimensionals

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Iris Folded Happy Birthday Present

It seems like a long time since I've done any Iris Folding.  Since it is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques, I thought I'd get out my Iris Folding patterns and pretty Designer Series Paper and see what I could come up with.

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Since it has been awhile, I thought I'd start off with an easy square Iris Folding pattern to create this sparkly wrapped gift box.  I used my Big Shot and one of my Squares Framelits to cut out the center of the Pistachio Pudding card front.  Easy, easy!

For more Iris Folding ideas, instructions, patterns and how to video, please visit my Iris Folding page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Calypso Coral

Paper: Gold Glimmer, Pistachio Pudding, Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Framelits, Stripes Embossing Folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Calypso Coral Seam Binding, Gold 1/8" ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue

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Iris Folded Chili Pepper

I just returned from a weekend trip to my home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  August and September are chili harvest months in New Mexico.  The aroma of roasting chilis fills the air as grocery stores, farmers markets and roadside stands set up their chili roasters.  There is nothing better than the smell and taste of a freshly roasted chili.  This is one of the things I miss most about not living in New Mexico.

I created these two iris folded cards to celebrate the New Mexico chili harvest.

I am also submitting this card to this week's CASology "Harvest" challenge.

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 Here is another one I created using red glimmer paper.  Change up the greeting and this would make a great Christmas card!

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Be sure to check my Iris Folding page for instructions, patterns and a video tutorial on Iris Folding.

Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set: Bitty Banners

Ink: Garden Green

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler Designer Series Paper (card 1) Red Glimmer (card 2), Garden Green

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Itty Bitt Banners Framelits, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots

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Simple Iris Folding-Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

A quick birthday card made using the simple Iris Folding Template found HERE.

Because of the size of the cupcake image, I needed the iris to be larger than the original pattern.  So, I enlarged it to 150% before printing it out.

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For more information and an instructional video on Iris Folding, please visit my Iris Folding page HERE.

Don't forget to add a liner to the envelope for a fun, coordinating set!

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight markers

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Envelope Liners Framelits, Iris Folding pattern, paper trimmer

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Simple Iris Folding

"Paper" is our cue word over at CASology this week.  Wow, that simple word could conjure up so many options for paper crafters, right?  I decided I wanted to create a simple Iris Folded card.  Iris Folding is one of my favorite paper crafting techniques.  What better way to celebrate paper!

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For more information and an instructional video on Iris Folding, please visit my Iris Folding page HERE.

I started with a very simple Iris Folding square pattern I found on Splitcoaststampers.  I have used this pattern many times because of its simplicity.  Only 2 segments, but it makes quite a statement. Because of the size of the elephant image, I needed the "iris" to be larger than the original pattern.  So, I enlarged it to 150% before printing it out.

I also wanted to share the new Envelope Liner Framelits from Stampin' Up!  These are so cool, and are now my most favorite accessory.  What a great way to coordinate the card and the envelope!

How to use: Cut the liner out of a coordinating scrap piece of paper using the Big Shot and Envelope Line Framelit.  Add a little adhesive to the back side of the liner and slip into the envelope.

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions

Ink: Basic Gray, Markers: Bermuda Bay, Lucky Limeade

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, scrap Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Iris Folding pattern, Big Shot, Magnetic Cutting Platform, Envelope Liner Framelit

 

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Iris Folded Christmas Ornament-Merry Monday Challenge #47

I am very honored to be the Guest Designer this week over at the Merry Monday challenge site!

Our sketch was a Tic Tac Toe challenge.  We could use any of the boxes, up, down or diagonally in our design.

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I chose to work with the upper row, "Blue, Dry Embossing and Snow", for this Iris Folded Christmas Ornament.

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For the "blue" in the challenge, I used some of my blue-patterned scraps of paper from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Pack.  The card base is Bashful Blue and the greeting is stamped in Island Indigo.

I embossed the background for the ornament using my Big Shot and Northern Flurry embossing folder for the "dry embossed" part of the challenge.  This embossing folder also took care of the "snow" part of the challenge.

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite techniques. For more Iris Folding instructions, along with a video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE.

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Four the Holidays

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo (for the iris),Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Circle Spellbinders Nestabilities (non SU!),flower and rhinestone brads, paper piercing tool and mat, rhinestone, Dimensional

The ornament was made using a basic Iris Folded circle pattern and can be found HERE

 Thanks for looking!

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More Amore-Iris Folded Heart

I am very excited to be a part of the new Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Design Team!

What is Splitcoaststampers? 

Splitcoaststampers is an online community of crafters who readily share their love of paper-crafting. 

Need an idea or inspiration?  Check Splitcoaststampers! 

Want to learn a new or revisit a stamping technique?  Check Splitcoaststampers! 

Need a crafting question answered?  Check Splitcoaststampers!

You get the idea, right?

Be sure to check out the great projects by the 2013 Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew HERE.  You don't need to be a member or log on to see the gallery.  My submissions can be found on pages 5&6 HERE.

One of our first challenges was to create a card using one of the Designer Series Papers found in the new Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up!

I chose More Amore Speciality Designer Paper and created this Iris Folded heart card just in time for Valentine's Day!


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For the heart pattern, iris folding instructions, along with a video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE


Supplies Used ( all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Set:  Seasonal Sayings
Ink: Primrose Petal
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Pool Party, Red Glimmer, More Amore Speciality DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Owl Builder Punch, Dimensionals, heart pattern for Iris Folding
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Iris Folded Christmas Tree-Nacho Average Color Challenge #24

We have a great winter-themed color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site.

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Here is my contribution, an Iris Folded Christmas tree!

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(For Iris Folding instructions, along with a video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE)

For this card, I used scraps of the Designer Series Paper Travel Journal.  This paper is retired, but is one of my favorites and is perfect for this color challenge. The striped paper I used at the bottom of the tree had thin stripes of orange in it which made it a little bit of a challenge to use for this color combination.  I had to cut the paper in between the orange stripes and hope I had long enough pieces to fill in the pattern.  Whew, it worked out perfectly!

I used Silver Glimmer paper for the "iris", the tree base and star. The tree base was cut free-form out of a scrap piece of Silver Glimmer.

The tree is a triangle which is a basic iris folding pattern. Here is a simple triangle pattern I found online at familycrafts.about.com

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Travel Journal Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Star, Jewelry and Itty Bitty Punch Pack punches, rhinestone, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Iris Folding triangle pattern

Thanks for looking!

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Iris Folded Pumpkin

This iris folded pumpkin card was inspired by a Hershey "Pumpkin Spice" Kisses candy that my friend Joyce Lovato recently gave me. Thank you Joyce!!

 I peeled off the foil wrapper and the "Pumpkin Spice" paper banner and thought that they would make great accents for a pumpkin iris folded card. Inspiration comes from all around and remember, never throw anything away!

For more Iris Folding instructions and video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page Here.

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I used Designer Series Paper from my stash. Iris folding is a great way to use up paper scraps.  I used a piece of the foil candy wrapper for the center iris.

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I used the pumpkin pattern found in my book Iris Folding 2 by Carol Donasky.  Since the images in her book are copywrited, I searched the internet for a free pumpkin pattern.  I found this circle pattern which will work to make a pumpkin on the website CardsbyJen.

Circle Iris Folded Pattern
Color Pattern:
Color 1: 1, 5, 9, 13
Color 2: 2, 6, 10, 14
Color 3: 3, 7, 11, 15
Color 4: 4, 8, 12, 16

For Iris Folding instructions and video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page Here.

Supplies Used: (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, various Designer Series Paper out of my stash

Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Blossom Petals Builder and Bird Builder punches (for the leaves and stem), Hershey "Pumpkin Spice" Kisses candy foil and banner

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Nacho Average Challenge #3-Iris Folded Chick

Iris Folding, one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques!  I created this cute Iris Folded "Hello Baby" card for this week's Nacho Average Challenge.

 

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For Iris Folding instructions, patterns and a how to video, please visit my Iris Folding page here.

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site.

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Here is the original sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Marina Mist

Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Chick Iris Folding pattern, Big Shot, Top Note die, Polka Dot and Square Lattice embossing folders, Modern Label and Word Window punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, rhinestone brad

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Mocha Morning Iris Folded Dress Form-Stamping 411 Sketch 252

I've started working on Mother's Day cards, so I thought I'd work this pretty Iris Folded dress form into this week's Stamping 411 Sketch.

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Here's the sketch:

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Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques. For instructions, a video tutorial, and a link to this dress form pattern, please visit here.

For this card, I used Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It is so pretty and makes everything look elegant.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Aviary

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Basic Black, Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Neutrals Designer Buttons, gold stretch cording (SU! but from several years ago), Mini Glue Dots, Iris Folding pattern

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Happy Valentine's Day!-Iris Folded Heart

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One of my favorite artists is my long time friend Teresa D' Anza.  Teresa is one of the original members of my Sunday Stamp Club, and I am always inspired by her creativity.  The swap theme for our January Club was "our favorite stamping technique."  Teresa chose to create a beautiful heart using her favorite stamping technique, Iris Folding.  This card is perfect for Valentine's Day!  Thank you Teresa.

For more information, including a video tutorial I created on Iris Folding dated October 8,2009, please click here.

Here is an iris folding heart pattern I found on Gem's Cottage website. You may save or print this pattern.  After printing, you may want to enlarge the pattern, then re-print for use.

 

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Iris Folding-Instructions and video tutorial

Iris Folding

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a spiraling design. The center of the design forms an iris -- similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.

Iris folding originated in Holland.  Designs initially were made using patterned paper cut from the inside of envelopes. Any light weight paper, such as scrapbook paper, origami paper, wrapping paper, the inside of envelopes, pages of magazines or even ribbon can be used. I would not recommend using card stock.  It becomes too bulky when folded in half.  The Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  is perfect for Iris Folding.

Iris Folding can be used as the front of a greeting card, as a scrapbook embellishment or on numerous other paper crafting projects.

Supplies for iris folding include a pattern, strips of colored paper, permanent adhesive, cutting tools and a temporary tape such as painters tape. The temporary tape is used to hold the pattern in place while the design is created.

Iris folding always begins with a pattern.  Iris folding patterns are available in books or can be downloaded from numerous web sites. My favorite patterns are found in the book Iris Folding Compendium, Iris Folding with Iris Folding Paper and Iris Folding with Greetings  by Maruscha Gaasenbeek and Tine Beauveser.  I purchased this several years ago through Amazon.com.

The main 3 patterns for Iris Folding are the square, the circle and the triangle.  Click on the link below to view.

Basic Iris Folding Patterns

1. Trace your design on card stock and then cut out with a pair of detail scissors.  You may also use a punch, Big Shot and dies, or the Circles Scissors Plus from Stampin’ Up!  For the Christmas ornament design below, I used this circle pattern  and cut a 3” circle using the Circles Scissors Plus.  Be sure to to do any embossing, stamping or other additions to the front of the card before starting the iris folding pattern.  The front will be too bulky to add these designs afterwards.

 2. Decide on your design and cut your paper into 3/4" wide strips. The number of strips needed will depend on the pattern and the length of the paper.   Fold the strips in half lengthwise.  I find the final project is less bulky if you glue the folded strips closed with Mono or SNAIL adhesive.  While most of the instructions I’ve seen for Iris Folding say to use scotch tape to secure the folded pieces, I find this creates added bulk and prefer to use Mono or SNAIL adhesive. Be sure to use a bone folder to get sharp, crisp crease.

Tip:  Once you have decided on and have cut the paper you’d like for your design, lay the strips in front of you in the order that you will be using them. Keep them in this order as you are working on the pattern.  Or write down a description of the design (circles, stripes, solids etc) and number them in the order of use in the margins of the pattern you are following.  It can get confusing once you begin working with the paper, especially if you are working with a more complicated pattern.  

5 designs of cut 3/4" x 12" paper:

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3. Lay the pattern down on your work surface face up.  Lay your cut or punched piece of card stock FACE DOWN on the pattern.  You always work with the back side of the project.  Adhere the card stock to the pattern on the right or left side only using painters or scotch tape, creating a hinge so you are able to lift up your card stock to check the progress on the front side as you go.

Back side of card secured to pattern creating a hinge:

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  Hinged card opened to the front:

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Strips of paper laid out in the order of use along the side of the pattern.  You are ready to get started!

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For this circle, pattern color 1 will be placed on sections 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31

color 2 will be placed on  sections 7, 12, 17, 22, 27, 32

color 3 will be placed on sections 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, 33

color 4 will be placed on sections 9, 14, 19, 24, 29, 34

color 5 will be placed on sections 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35

4. Begin with folded color 1, placing it over section 1 exactly against the line of the pattern with the fold facing towards the middle.  Apply Mono or SNAIL Adhesive to only the outside facing ends to adhere the strips to the back of the project.  If you apply it towards the center of the paper, the adhesive will show on the front of the project. 

5. Take color 2 and place it on the section 2 of the pattern.  Take color 3 and place it on the section 3 of the pattern.  Continue with color 4 placed on section 4 of the pattern and color 5 placed on section 5 of the pattern.  You will now have completed the first spiral of the pattern.

1st spiral of the  pattern has been completed.  View from the back side of project:

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6. Continue working the pattern with color 1 placed on section 6, color 2 on section 7, color 3 on section 8, color 4 on section 9 and color 5 on section 10. 

As you progress with the spiral sections, be sure to check your work by viewing the project from the front, lifting the card stock using the hinge created with the painter's tape.

2nd spiral of the pattern has been completed.  View of the back side of the project:

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 7. Continue working the pattern in sections until you have a hole in the center which is the "iris".

Back side of completed pattern with hole in the center left for the iris:

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8. When you have completed the pattern, it is time to add the iris to the center of the pattern.  Use a stamped and punched image or an attractive piece of paper to cover the hole in the middle, again adhering it from the back.

Front view of Iris with rhinestone brad in the center.

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9. Once complete, remove the painter's tape and remove the project from the pattern.  To finish, apply Sticky Strip to the 4 edges of the back side of Iris Folded design, then attach to the card base.  I find that Sticky Strip best helps adhere the card front to the card base, especially with the bulk of the folded paper.

 Iris Folded Ornament Card

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sweet Centers (the top of the ornament), Cute by the Inch (iris) and Four for the Holidays (greeting)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday  12 x 12 Designer Series Paper cut into 3/4" x 12" strips.  I used approx 1 1/2 strips for each part of the pattern.

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Circle Scssors Plus and Glass Cutting Mat, 1 1/4" square punch, rhinestone, paper piercing tool and mat, sticky strip

 

As promised, I have completed my iris folding video tutorial!  Still learning the ropes, especially when it comes to the lighting.  Check below for the video link.  Please leave a comment.  I'd love to hear what you think.

I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to align the gondola to the punched circle.  I have learned to really like the stamp-a-ma-jig!  A stamp-a-ma-jig tutorial will follow soon.

Stamp Set: Sweat Centers, Stem Sayings

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Ballet Blue, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac (for clouds)

Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Large Scallop Circle die, Big Shot

To download the circle pattern, click here

 

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