Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Basket Baby and Iris Folding!

Good morning, and welcome to Monday musings here!  I have news!   
  We have all been a-buzz about IRIS FOLDING over at BettyBee's Buzz, and our HoneyBee, Wanda, was going to do a great tutorial on it today, however, she's a bit under the weather at the moment, so your's truly is doing the honors!
I want to show you what was in our Easter Basket!!

Meet our newest granddaughter, Erin Amanda, who was born on Thursday!  Just add bunny ears, and the Just Hatched outfit that I made with the Freezer Paper technique that we showcased a couple of weeks ago!  How cute is this???
And, is there anything more precious than this???  Her little bloomers were exactly the same colors as some of the eggs...  Thanks, Easter Bunny (And Mommy Brianne and Daddy Doug!)!!! 
Now, on with our regularly scheduled programming!

This is IRIS FOLDING!  It is a very old technique, that originated in Holland, and is called this, because the opening in the center represents the IRIS of a camera, or the eye.  There are a few basic folding shapes, and myriads of cut aperture (opening) shapes to lay over the top.  It is a very easy craft to follow, and the results are quite fun.

This is a budget friendly class, as this is one of many FREE patterns available on the internet!!
This is also a great project for scraps!


Here are my beautiful folded paper strips, all laid out in color specific order just waiting to become a gorgeous flower!

For my project, I decided to do a five petal flower.  I chose one from George, a Cricut Cartridge, You can cut your design opening with any die cutting machine, embossing machine, or by hand. 
 Isn't that neat!  And look at the IRIS in the center!  This is the PENTAGON pattern, and the five sided shape is very evident!  Now it's time to finish the center.

I opted to repeat the yellow paper that I had used on the outside of the card, and then added a gorgeous pink gem to reflect the pinks in the papers. 
Here is my finished card.  It is a special "thank you" for a friend who gave me a great big pad of scrapbook paper... and these came out of it!   Adhering the card front to the card base with dimensionals is helpful in compensating for the bulk of the paper and tape.  It doesn't look thick or awkward at all.
I do hope you will make a bee--line over to BettyBee's Buzz and follow the tutorial, and give it a try!  Come back on Wednesday and see what the HoneyBees have created, and that is where you will find the link to post your IRIS FOLDING projects! I will try to get a ribbon project done for you by then.... want to see one??? 

Happy creating ~



Melissa said...

Hope Wanda if feeling better soon!

Oh my...I just got the baby twinge again looking at those pics. So sweet.

This card is GORGEOUS! It looks like a lot of hard work went into that one.


Susan, PaperCrafter's Corner said...

Hi Betty! Thanks for including the PaperCrafter's Corner blinkie on your sidebar! Yay! Helping us spread the word!

Deb.x said...

Hi Betty - I'm just popping by all the Whoopsi Daisy DT members to say a quick hello & looking forwards to working with you. This pic is simply adorable, it really made me laugh remembering some of the extreemly cruel things I used to do to take pictures of my daughter when she was a baby! haha. Nice to meet you, Deb.x

Ladybug said...

Betty, that's a beautiful iris folding card. TFS!

p.s. I have a Blog Award waiting for you on my website.