Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Puzzle Project

What's on your refrigerator? We all love puzzles and this 12 x 12 refrigerator project was just to fun! It is perfect for school photos and some of the older black and white photos we all have. Change your wording and it would make a super Father's Day gift or pick any theme you like.

Right up with sliced bread in my book! Ha Ha! It's a kit from and includes (9)
4 x 4 " chipboard puzzle pieces (nice thickness), papers, chipboard words and designs, alphabet stickers, buttons and most important 2 magnet strips !

Turn your papers to the wrong side, be trace your puzzle piece, and then cut slightly inside the lines to avoid trying to trim down after it's adhered. The pieces need to fit well.
If you are using tape runners you will want to tape your paper not the puzzle piece as it will stick to the tape and peel off, or you can use glue. Decorate as you like, add your photos, then flip the entire puzzle over and add pieces of the magnet strip to secure for hanging.
If you don't cut well and are a stamper then feel free, I did the puzzle piece below for a swap and it was also fun. But you could certainly alternate some papered puzzle pieces and stamp others, and mix them together. I used Close to My Heart inks, chalks, and some water color pencils.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fun Fold Surprise Card

It's always fun to open a card that has surprises. This is a birthday card, says "Celebrate (not showing in photo), you can use a name or greeting.

Surprise! It has 4 stamped images, and a real balloon inside. Nice treat for someone on your mailing list. I have used this pattern for about 5 years, and still love it!

Start with your card base, stamp, paper, emboss & decorate it how ever you like. I made a hat from a square.
You can use any size a square-- fold 2 sides towards the back and trim off, make a band , add some bling and there you have it!

Next cut one contrasting piece 2 "x 11", four 2"x 3-1/2" for mats, and four 1-1/2" x 3" to stamp your images on. (you can use stickers or whatever)
I used a retired CTMH set with a birthday hat, cake, sundae, and confetti. I punched a hole in the confetti and inserted a balloon prior to adhering it to the mat. You can distress, glitter, color or highlight you images as you like.
Adhere the images to their mats, then adhere the mat to the 2" x 11" strip. Fold your strip to have 4 equal sections, and attach to the inside of your card.
You can make the same card for anniversaries, graduates, and many other things!