Monday, February 25, 2008

Fresh Folded Eggs for Easter

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Hello world :) Today im introducing my fun Fresh Folded Eggs for easter. All These patterns are created by me. After making many iris folding patterns i felt they needed more depth and dimension rather than the boring same swirl of the regular Iris Folding, so i invented the corner folding technique.... hence my Blog name Fresh Folds . Once you give this a go you'll be hooked! Remembering these patterns are used with a basic knowledge of how to Iris fold. I'll be adding more sets as time goes by so check back often i have some nice designs up my sleve!
If you are interested in these patterns please email me.

I hope you find this new technique as fun and as fresh as i have. And Im here to give any help in making that happen for you....heres a pic my DH took when i was finishing these pattern sets.

Excuse the messy table some how i seem to work best when its like that!! heheh. And i finally got my new emboss folders that Dave odered for my birthday...ill have some fun now.... have a lovely Day..Valita
and a last thought

Find rest, Oh my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from Him.
Psalm 62:5

Monday, February 18, 2008

Make your own Prima flowers

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Hello from my house to yours. Weve had so much rain here everthing feels damp but I'm not complaining weve been needing this rain so bad and its a real blessing and answer to many prayers.
How many of you have a zillion and one er me...well dig them out and I'lll show you how to make these Faux Prima flowers. Ive never bought any Prima flowers the reason manly being that i have so many punches that i couldnt see any good excuse to buy more punched flowers. So i got to thinking and realised that i had a heap of handmade type cardstock which worked perfect.One thing i discovered was some punch shapes got that nice Prima look and others mmm were ok. Here the 10 petaled flowers worked best from (for the Aussie girls) but you may already have something much the same. Its also important you use a nice handmade cardstock for this project to get the look were after as it bends and moulds to shape very nicely. I found mine in one of the cheap shops... it always pays to get things when you see them cause you never know when you need it...this is the hauder comming out in me...heheh. So here are some pics of ones i quickly made... you experiment and and see what you can come up with.

Ok so heres how i made mine..........Punch out your flowers and make small cuts in between each second petal
next with a fine embossing tool score lines down the center of each double petal section and fold up to give it a good crease.

Lay your flower on a an embossing pad using the larger ball end of the embossing tool start making circle motions at the ends of each petal pressing the paper in. small tip I used a small pad saved from a packet of brads and its just the perfect size to take to card classes and not bulk up my bag.

Now when your happy with the indents youve made flip the flower over and give it a good firm press in the center of the flower which will make the flower pop up.

And your done easy was that! so next time you need all those primas flowers but have all the punches save some money and give it a go...Valita

and a last thought

The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face
toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:25-26

Friday, February 15, 2008

A mix of things

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Hi, Today has been a great day Im back on my bike!!! Ya!! after months of healing and rest from the tummy tuck im finally able to do something. Last week the plastic surgeon was really happy with the healing and gave the ok to live normal again....4 months later. Its been a long haul but the results are paying off. When i went for my ride i could see half the bike seat WOW i hadnt seen that before and to be able to move freely is soo just to trim up. Dave came home from work with a bunch of red roses for Valentines day ...Hes a darl from day dot hes always given me red roses and the ones that really smell like you could roll in them... hehehe

And last but not at all least I made this frame for my brother-in-law's 50th birthday. Its our daughter being Baptised by him and our local pastor a real honour for hin to be able to study with her and then help with the baptism. Faces have been covered as i havent asked them if they'd want to be on the thats been my day. Happy sabbath Valita

and a last thought

And if you hardhearted, sinful men know how to give
good gifts to your children, won't your Father in heaven
even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask Him for them?
Matthew 7:11

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Blog Award ...and 2 lots of goodies

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Hi everyone today i sat at the computer to check my emails etc and found i'd been awarded by Chrissy for an excellent blog. I was soooo suprised because i am still very green to this bloggin thing and ive had to pretty much feel my way around...Thank you Chrissy i so appreciate this and its so nice to see so many people posting great comments about my Blog thank you all.

Well here are the 2 lots of goodies .....i was at a Spotlight store yesterday and picked up 5 lots of ribbon/fiber for only $1 each, 5 meters in each one 35 meters in all!! a bargin...don't you just love commin home with a bargin!!!

Heres the other goodies... i cooked some bickies today for the kids to give there friends for Valentines day tomorrow. Just kept them simple and packaged them simple as well. They'll go down a treat Im sure. Until next time Have a Happy Valentines day. Hey some good news while Ive been tapping away here Dave my DH has come home from Weight Watchers with his first 5 kg weight loss Im so proud of him ...good on ya Dave love ya heaps XXXXX

and a last thought

It is more blessed to give rather than receive
Acts 20:35

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Special Moments

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Another card i made for the same baby shower. This one was inspired from Brenda a very talented lady from the COC forum. I started to IF(iris fold) the pattern but got so side tracked with the cut out.
I used my emboss folder to give her dress more dimension giving the illusion of the shape of the baby inside and it just happened that the pattern also matched the cuff of her sleve and neckline. One advantage with the cuttlebug emboss folders is you can see through the folders and place your paper where you want. I also inked around the edges etc.
The flowers and leaves are a cuttlebug die. The word verse took on a different twist ive not tried before. As always you dont have just the right verse or wording for your card so i hunted around my stamps and found one from Hero Arts that almost fit. then just inked up the top and bottom words leaving out the word Bouquet and stamped this first.Then using the word experience from See-D's stamp set (my set is called A Word or Two) i simply stamped this into the space that i'd left and I have a whole new verse stamp cool hey! i think it looked great in a different font also it puts more meaning into that word.

Sorry i cant share the the pattern for copyright but thanks Brenda im really pleased with how this card turned out and it was very well recived at the baby shower.

This is the verse i wrote in the card and
a last thought for you today

Gods ways are as mysterious as the pathwayof the wind,
The manner in which a human spirit is infused
into the little body of a baby while it is still
in its mothers womb.
Ecclesiastes 11:5

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Baby Shower Card

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Hello, its cooled off alot here today my toes are cold as i sit here .....nice to have a change though. Well I was asked to Make a baby shower card for a lady so everyone who was comming could sign it and this is what i came up with. I'm so loving using my cuttlebug machine and the dies. The baby here is a cuttlebug die and the circles are the nestibility dies. The stamps are the so very set from Stampin' up. I made this card as a gate fold but only attached the scalloped circle to half the top flap which opens a little different and gives plenty of room inside for people to write there well wishes. To close the card just tie the bow. Well i hope this can inspire you and ill add some more pics here of the same card....Valita

and a last thought

Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you,
put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud.
Long to grow up into the fullness of your salvation;
cry for this as a baby cries for his milk.
1 Peter 2:2,3

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Some simple Heart Decorations

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Hello ,Sorry i havent posted for a while....ive been cleaning my craft space which was well over due and you'd all understand how that can become a real mess.... Its been raining here for a while now but cant complain we need the rain so bad. Anyway ive made some quick little decorations for Valentines Day and thought id share them with you. Ive used a christmas tree hanger here to display them on but they look cute just hanging around the house. All very simple to make using cutting dies, embossing folders. The heart with the wings was made buy cutting a heart in half with scalloped scissors and using those for the each wing then adding some gliter. The 3D heart was made with 4 seperate hearts folded in half but adding the ribbon to the middle before gluing it all together. These were fun to make and would make a nice little gift to show someone you care.

I aslo found this cute heart on the net. Here are the original
. But i found if you glued it different it worked
better so ill show you what i did.

You'll Need:
6 stips of card
2, 27cm
2, 18cm
2, 13cm
40cm of some pretty ribbon
and strong crat glue

Cut these and emboss, ink the edges etc before you put
it together. Remember the ribbon gose up the center of the strips. Now start buy gluing the smallest strips together at one end with the ribbon in the center leaving a ribbon
tail at one end and a longer ribbon end for a bow.
Next add the middle size strip to either side then the longest. Once the glue has dired arch down the smallest strips and glue and do the same to the other strips gluing as
you go and keeping the ribbon going up the center. See easy

Tie a bow at the top and add an embossed heart to the bottom and your finished.

and a last thought
I have loved you, O my people,
with an everlasting love: with loving kindness I
have drawn you to me.
Jeremiah 31:3