Monday, October 26, 2009

Let it Snow!

But keep it to the mountains, please!

I’m starting to get into the mood for making Christmas cards.  This card isn’t quite Christmas, but at least I’m getting closer to the right season!  I made it with the Coluzzle Shadow Shapes Mitten template (sadly, they no longer make them).  I Used dark purple card stock for the “shadow” and then cut the mitten from pink non-skid shelf liner.  I finished them off with stripes from white shelf liner.

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The lettering is from the Sizzlets Bounce alphabet set and the snowflakes were made with Uchida’s small snowflake punch.  The card blank is from DCWV.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tea bag folding

This afternoon when I sat down to do some tea bag folding, I decided to print the tiles and background on photo paper.   I had never done that before because photo paper is a bit heavy for tea bag folding.  However, I bought some lower end photo paper recently that is lighter weight than most, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Well, the colors look great, but the tiles were a pain to fold.  I don’t think I’ll do that again!


I made the background and tiles using the Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 (KK3) Frame Frenzy add on and clipart from Dover’s Treasury of Greeting Card Designs.  Since I wanted to print it all on one sheet of photo paper, I chose to print the tiles and frame using my new Tile Page Generator software instead of printing straight from KK3. 

I am looking for testers for the Tile Page Generator software, so if you’re interested, send an e-mail to and I’ll send you a link where you can download it.

I need some software testers

I’ve been learning Visual Basic for the past couple of months and I’ve written an application that prints tile pages for tea bag folding.  Here’s a screen shot of the selection page:


If you’re interested in testing it, let me know and I’ll send you a link so you can download it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

More Kaleidoscope Cards

OK.  I’m hooked!  Kaleidoscope Kreater is so much fun!  I finally got around to buying some low-end photo paper (HP Everyday Photo) so the colors are much brighter.

Here are the cards I made today.  The first one I made from an image from a Dutch tile book.


The second one was made from some free clip art from Dover.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Red Flowers

I splurged on myself this week and bought some craft supplies from CreativExpress.  One of the things I bought was the Sylized Flowers embossing folder.  I had some yellow paper left over from the Card I made Thursday that was just the right size for a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card, so I embossed that. Next I broke out my Coluzzle templates and cut some red flowers and green leaves and stems.


It’s a very quick and simple card, but I like the bright colors.  They make me happy.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pinwheel Star Card

I recently purchased and downloaded a project guide from Kaleidoscope Kreator to get some ideas for more things to make with their software.  The first project that caught my eye was card with a layered star and I wanted to learn how to make it.

I used a picture of a Dianthus from my garden to create the star.  After that, I just followed the instructions, which were very easy, and the card went together surprisingly fast. 

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The really neat thing about Kaleidoscope Kreator is that you can print the same design in multiple sizes on a single page.  This makes it ideal for printing tiles for tea bag folding.  You can also use it to print on fabric to make pieces for a quilt.  it is really quite versatile.  To see some of the other things you can do with Kaleidoscope Kreator, check out their idea gallery at