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Iris Folded Snow Globe

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It's been awhile since I've done any iris folding. Not sure why since it is one of my all-time paper crafting techniques!

I did a quick search on Pinterest, and found a really fun snow globe pattern from

The pattern can be found here.

It is basically a circle pattern so it is super simple.

(For more Iris Folding ideas and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page.)

I first embossed my Mint Macaron card front using my Big Shot and Gently Falling Embossing Folder.  I then punched out the circle using my 2 1/2" circle punch. 

I laid the card front over the pattern I printed out from (remember,  place the front side down-you'll be working from the back), and started laying out my designer paper (Blooms and Bliss cut into 1/2" strips).

The "iris" is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Island Indigo ink sponged on to make a custom color to match the colors in the designer paper and the snow globe. 

(Creating your custom color glimmer paper is easy-see instruction here).

The trees are pieces found in the November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit.  In the kit, they are white so I simply stamped the coordinating image from the stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  They are popped up using Dimensionals.

The ring around the snow globe was cut out of Island Indigo card stock using my Big Shot and 2 layers of circle framelits.

I didn't care for the base of the snow globe in the pattern, so I cut a triangle free hand out of Island Indigo card stock.

Since I'm pretty much done with Christmas cards, I wanted this to be a winter wishes, Happy New Year or even a thank you card.

I searched through my stamps and found this small "hello" and scribble that I knew would work with my 7/8" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches.  Layering the 2 punches would fit perfectly on the front of the snow globe.  

To complete the card, I added a few rhinestones for bling and mounted it to a Whisper White card base.

This Iris Folded Snow Globe was a great way to revisit one of my favorite paper crafting techniques!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade and Kindness Matters (both retired), Wonderful Winterland

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Circles Framelits, 2 1/2" circle, 7/8" scallop circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit, sponge, Dimensionals, rhinestones


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Jar of Love Jar of Fishes with Video Tutorial

The new stamp set Jar of Love and coordinating Everyday Jars framelits dies just makes me smile!  The possibilities are endless to make fun, cute cards.

Here's one I created recently featuring watercoloring, heat embossing and embossing folder swish techniques.


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To view my video tutorial for making this card, please visit here.

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Jar of Love

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, watercolor, Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot,Everyday Jars Framelits Dies,Woodgrain Embossing Folder, heat tool, clear embossing powder, Aqua Painter, Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, pearls, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Glue Dot


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Ray of Sunshine and Painted Blooms-Nacho Average Sketch #131

It's sketch time this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site!

Here's my contribution:

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I must admit I wasn't too keen on this week's sketch, but after I put it all together, I really like how it turned out.  I let the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper do most of the work with the pretty tulips on the bottom and sky background on the top.  I added some clouds to the Soft Sky DSP by sponging on some Marina Mist ink around a punched scallop template. 

Click HERE to view a video tutorial on how to make a cloudy background.

The greeting is from Ray of Sunshine stamped on Whisper White and then punched out using  a 1 1/4" circle punch.  It is layered onto a starburst piece of yellow DSP cut from Painted Blooms using the Big Shot and Starburst Framelits.  That is layered on a Rose Red circle punched out using a 2" circle punch.

Here's the original sketch:


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. 


Stamp Set: Ray of Sunshine

Ink: Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist

Paper: Soft Sky, Rose Red, Whisper White, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, 1 1 /4" and 2" circle punches, Dimensionals, sponge, cloud template made from scallop circle punch



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Embossed Metal Picture Frame

One of my all-time favorite things to do with my Big Shot is to cut aluminum cans.  (for more information and an instructional video, please visit here)

I saw this idea in the recent edition of the Stampin' Success (one of the many great reasons to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator-great ideas delivered right to your mail box every month). 

I knew this project was right up my alley.  I created this frame as a thank you for my hostess at a recent SU! workshop.

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I purchased an unfinished wooden frame at my local hobby store and painted it using black acrylic paint.

I cut open and straightened out a coke can and then ran it through my Big Shot in the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  Since the embossed piece was a little smaller than the 4x6 opening in the frame, I matted it to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

I stamped and cut out flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  I added a rhinestone to the centers of the flowers and popped them up on the frame using Dimensionals.

To create the "friend" tag, I punched out a scallop oval from the left over can.  I stamped the greeting using Rich Razzleberry ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder so it would set and not smear.  It is also popped up using Dimensionals.

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I think it turned out really cool!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Coca Cola can, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, wooden photo frame, black acrylic paint, scallop oval punch, clear embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones, Dimensionals

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Scrunchy Flowers-Altered Calendar page

I love crafting with old books, catalogs and dictionaries.  For these cards, I used pages from my Diane Madaras 2009 calendar.  She is one of my favorite artists and I purchase her calendar each year.  I made these cards for the Saturday Stamp Club swap.  The theme was "botanicals."  I carefully planned and cut each calendar page so flowers would be included in each background piece.  Then I created a scrunchy flower out of my old black and white seed catalog.  I like that this makes each card is unique.

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For a tutorial on how to create a scrunchy flower, please view my video here

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bella Blooms

Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun

Paper: Pawsitively Print, Basic Black

Accessories: 2009 calendar, old seed catalog, paper trimmer, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, paper piercing tool and mat, corduroy buttons

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Embossing Aluminum Cans With the Big Shot

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  Here's one more way to recycle and re-use aluminum soda cans!  Run them through the Big Shot and a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. These are so elegant but easy to do. Check the video tutorial below:




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Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo

Accessories: alum can, Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Textured Embossing Folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches,  Crop-A-Dile, eyelets, Dimensionals  


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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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Paper Lace Tutorial-You Hold the Key to my Heart

Recently I was cleaning out our "catch-all" drawer in our kitchen, and I found all these keys.  What do they open?? Who knows!  Of course, you can't throw something like these away.  So, I bagged them up with every intention of using them in my crafting.  I thought the key incorporated into a sentiment would be a perfect addition to a Valentine's Day card.

I also thought the addition of the key lent itself to a vintage look. For the sentiment,I cut out words from a newspaper, distressed them by tearing and adding some gold metallic speckles.  I punched out a heart on the card front using my Heart punch and added another heart punched out of Sending Love Designer Series paper for the inside.

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I then added a paper lace border made out of pages from my old dictionary.  This is just the latest of the projects I've created using this treasured resource!

Please see the video tutorial below for directions on how to create paper lace.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Backgrounds #114996

Ink: Encore Gold Metallic #101017

Paper: Basic Black #102851, Sending Love Designer Series Paper #117153

Accessories: Dictionary pages, old key, newspaper, bone folder #102300 or crimper #101618, eyelet border punch #113692,  heart punch #113693,Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon #109034

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Altered Dictionary Page-"Scrunchy" flower video tutorial

Here's another project I created using pages from my old dictionary. 

Check below for a video tutorial on how to create the "scrunchy" flower using the Extra Large Fancy Flower punch  found the Occasions Mini Catalog.

I also used an old seed catalog I've had in my stash for part of this card.  The pages of the catalog are black and white with great illustrations (why I've kept it over the years), but it's cover is in full color! I thought the oranges and yellows of the marigold was a great match for the orange in the corduroy button and Designer Series paper.

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Please watch my video tutorial below:



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Supplies used:

Stamp set: Bella's Bloom #111600

Ink: Basic Black #101179

Paper: Basic Black #102192, Pumpkin Pie #105117, retired DSP I had on hand (?), dictionary page

Accessories: Extra Large Fancy Flower punch #118073, Pumpkin Pie corduroy button #114342, paper piercing tool #116631 and mat #105826, brad #109109, Dimensionals ##104430


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Aluminum Snowflakes made using recycled soda cans and the Big Shot

I've been having so much fun making aluminum snowflakes from recycled soda cans and my Big Shot.  Be sure to view my posting dated 12/10 for more details and watch the how to video at the end of this post.


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Here's one made using a Sprite can.


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And here's one made using a Mountain Dew can.




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Here is the finished card using the Mountain Dew snowflake.  This is my favorite.  




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I spritzed on a mixture of rubbing alcohol, Frost White Shimmer paint and a drop of Real Red reinker on the background Whisper White card stock.  I like this close up because you can actually see how the card shimmers.  It is really hard to photograph the shimmer paint!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Four Holidays

Ink: Real Red and Real Red reinker

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: recycled Mountain Dew can, Big Shot, Snowflakes #2 die, spritzer bottle, rubbing alcohol, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Paper Piercer tool and mat, rhinestone brad, SU crafting scissors


 Again, thanks to Barb Millikin for her inspiration!



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Cutting a Recycled Soda Can using the Big Shot, creating an Aluminum Snowflake

I am so excited to share this posting with you!  The Big Shot is the coolest tool, and I was thrilled to learn that it will cut through aluminum soda cans!  And this is a great way to recycle and reuse in your crafting projects. For full details, please watch my video tutorial below.

Update 12/10: I've had several inquiries asking if the aluminum is sharp.  Yes!  The can is very sharp as you are cutting the top and bottoms off.  Be careful, as it can draw blood.  But once you run it through the Big Shot, the edges are smoothed out and it is no longer sharp.  Amazing how that works!  Also, I use my rubber and crafting scissors from Stampin' Up! to cut the can.  They cut through the aluminum like butter.

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I allow myself one Coca Cola a day. I normally recycle the cans in our City's recycle program.  On Monday, I drank my one Coke and got busy cutting the can and running it through my Big Shot with the Snowflake #2 die.  Well, I was hooked and wanted to make many, many more.  The problem was that it was our garbage day and the coke cans from the previous week were already out on the curb waiting for the recycle truck!  Out I ran to the street with a small plastic bag  in hand with the intent of just quickly opening up the recycle bag and collecting the coke cans.  Well, the recycle truck was coming up the street!  So, I just carried the whole bag back up to the garage and fished out the coke cans.  Sorry Mr. Garbage Man, you'll have to wait until next week to get our recyclables!  And the bag will be a lot less full because I'm keeping the used Coke cans from now on!  Not only can you make snowflakes, but how about butterflies, flowers, letters,stars... How about embossing the can in an embossing folder?   And there are so many types of aluminum cans you can use.  The ideas are limitless so be sure to check back for more samples. 

I better get busy.  I've finally decided what our family Christmas card this year will be!



For the background paper, I spritzed on some shimmery color using a mixture of Frost White Shimmer Paint, rubbing alcohol and a drop of Real Red reinker. I also added a rhinestone brad in the center for a little added bling and attached the snowflake to the card using a Dimensional.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Four the Holidays

Ink: Real Red, Real Red reinker

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: used soda pop can, Craft Scissors from Stampin' Up!, Big Shot, Snowflake #2 die,

Crop-a-dile, rhinestone brad, Frost White Shimmer paint, rubbing alcohol, spritzer bottle, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensional

Thank you to Barb Mullikin for your inspiration!

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My Digital Studio 2010 Calendar

I'm having so much fun using My Digital Studio!  I created this  2010 calendar for my Mom using MDS.  It was simple to create, and I know she will really like it.  It was fun going through the photos of our travels together.  Take a look, and let me know what you think.


For those of you who will be creating hard bound albums using My Digital Studio, one word of advice: Watch your margins.

This came from Stampin' Up!:

Stampin' Up! sent this notice out on the 20th:

When creating personalized hardcover albums, you will need to leave a 5/8" margin/bleed area on all sides of the front and back covers (your first and last pages) to ensure that your designs aren't cut off at the edges when your book is printed. For all other pages, leave 1/4" on the top and bottom of the pages and 1/2" on the sides. An update to all guides will be included in a software patch, expected in the coming weeks.

All personalized hardcover albums will have a barcode printed directly on the back of the book. While the actual barcode is only 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25"), there is a 2-7/8" x 1-1/8" (2.875" x 1.125") window where the barcode could be placed. The edge of the window is 7/8" (.875") from the spine and 3/8" (.375") from the bottom of the book. Please see visual above.

If there is a designed image/background anywhere in this window it could be covered by a permanent barcode with a white background box that is 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25").



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Video Tutorial: Creating a sky background using Baby Wipes

Learn how to create this pretty sky background using baby wipes and reinkers.  The video is below.

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Stamp Set: Scenic Season

Ink: Night Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink and Going Grey reinkers, Basic Black

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, glossy white

Accessories: Baby Wipes, Top Note die, Big Shot, Stamp-a- ma-jig, Circle  Ice Rhinestone


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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

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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Video: How to make a cloudy background


I've made my first video tutorial (see below)! I invite you to watch and learn how to make the cloudy background on this iris folded hot air balloon card.  It's super easy.  All you need is the large scallop circle die, Big Shot and the scallop circle punch, all from Stampin' Up!  Be sure to leave a comment.  I'd love to hear what you think. A video tutorial on how to create the folded iris balloon will be posted soon!


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