Thursday, October 23, 2014

tricks and pinwheels...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)
Love me them new releases!

 And if you are looking for a jumpstart on holiday/winter stuff, these might just be perfect!


If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

Trick or Treat, smell my feet…

So, I looked at all these amazing new releases, and I couldn't wait to get started… then, Halloween came early at my house and played a rather nasty little trick on me, leaving me dizzy, nauseous, and super tired.

NOT NICE.

I only got this one card done with this week's new stamps. SUPER SAD!

This, however, doesn't mean I haven't been busy since I last talked to you guys… I've actually been quite busy with an oldie but goodie kit… Happy Pinwheels (and the swirl from the 7/14 KOM Beautiful Inside and Out)

This was just what I was looking for… a fun, playful, yet simple stamp to make birthday cards….
 The pinwheels are HUGE (5.75 inches tall!) and there is also a bunch of little banners all stacked up.. I just cut out the one that said "celebrate" and used that as my sentiment.

(did I mention I needed 60?)

Yup! Next year's primary kids' birthday cards are DONE!  Each hand stamped, doodled, inked, cut, layered, and folded…. 120 folded pinwheels to be exact. Call me crazy… but I kinda, really enjoyed making them. It makes me happy to be able to do this for the kiddos. :)

So, since I totally don't have anything else to do a tutorial on in my current state of mind, I thought I would show you how to create the pinwheels. 

Obviously, you could just stamp and color the pinwheels. Totally works, but I wanted more dimension. I also didn't want to hand cut and glue on 960 tiny triangles… so I did a little figuring, and came up with this simple solution…

Folded Pinwheels for Unity's Happy Pinwheels stamp:

Step 1: Cut out a 1.75 inch square from DOUBLE SIDED paper/card stock

Step 2: Fold corner to corner, open and fold the other corners together (so you will have a creased 'X' where I have drawn in the dotted lines)

Step 3: Carefully cut along your creased lines a little past half way to the center point (Shown with my solid lines)

Step 4: Fold the bottom left corner up to the center as shown. 

Step 5: Turn your square a quarter turn and repeat until you have done this to all sides. A little dot of glue in the center will keep then all in place.

Step 6: Punch a hole in the center of your pinwheel, as well as the center of the stamped pinwheel.

Step 7: Attach your pinwheel to your stamped image using a brad.

They fit just PERFECTLY over the stamped image… and they move! Happiness!

OK…

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Enjoy!


41 comments:

jennifer mitten said...

Hope you get to feeling better! Love the snowman and those pinwheels are among my favorite stamps ever!

Linda T said...

I just adore that snowman card. Love the background and colors you used. Sweet stamp.

Creative M said...

Fabulous & fun cards!!! Great job!
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Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
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Doreen said...

Wow all those pinwheels,love them.xxx

cghundley said...

Cute Halloween card
and the pinwheel
cards look to be a
lot of fun!
Carla from Utah

Crystal said...

Your snowman card is adorable and I just love those pinwheel cards! Fantastic colors and doodling. I can't believe you made 60 of them, that is awesome!!!

Immi said...

Wow! All those pinwheels! I love your snowman card, too!

D- said...

Feel better soon. LOVE your cards. The pinwheel ones are so cute. I bet they will LOVE them. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Karen (karey2005) said...

Love making pinwheels. Haven't done it in a while....thanks for the inspiration! Love that snowman too!

Heather King said...

Adorable snowman card and I LOVE your pinwheel cards! I think I'll have to try that.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Love the snowman card ... since I just adore all snowmen! lol

Pat K said...

Your snowman card is awesome! Thanks for sharing your pinwheel instructions!

Linda said...

I love your cards.

Julie Odil said...

These are awesome, Kassi! Hope the migraine is long gone!

Tanya/Nonna said...

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather - NO fun! I love your adorable little snowman card, he is super cute! And, those pinwheels are so much fun - love the great colors!

2suns said...

Thanks for the pinwheel tips. Your snowman is cute.

Lisa Petrella said...

Your snowman card is so cute!!! And I LOVE all of those colorful and super fun pinwheel cards you made! I bet the kiddos are going to LOVE them!!!! You are so sweet to do that!!! Hope you're feeling better!

Kris B said...

Hope you are feeling better! Your snowman card turned out wonderfully! Love the little joy tag and the die cut panel, fun little Christmas card! 60 cards!! That is amazing!! Thanks for another great tutorial!

Lisa Rodriguez said...

What great cards and the pinwheel is so fun!

ionabunny said...

Love the snowman and all those pinwheels. Wow, you have been busy. Hope you are feeling better now. Hugz

Lisa Holiman said...

Love all your work ,such inspiration.

jules said...

Great creations! Love this style!

Susan said...

Cute snowman card! The pinwheels are so fun!

Rebecca Wong said...

Kassi, you did a good job! I love your tutorial today,thanks for sharing.

Colleen said...

It's never nice to be sick. Hope you feel better soon. You still managed to make an awesome card or two! Love the pinwheel tutorial.

Debs Cards and More said...

Thank you for the Pin wheel tutorial.

Ruby said...

Amazing cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

Dawn LL said...

I am with you and being out of commission, I am so thrilled you got to make the adorable snowman card. I am in love with your pinwheel cards, I have to add that set to my list. Thanks for the inspiration, hope your feeling better soon!

Scrapper Myra said...

Very cool projects as usual my dear.

Gaylynn said...

Feel better soon Kassi. Thank for the tutorial. I haven't used that stamp yet but have it. This is a fun interactive way of using it.

Farley said...

OMGosh! Your pinwheels are amazing and the cards are adorable. What lucky kids!

Cynthia said...

Fun set of cards, Kassi.

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Wow... Very fun cards. I am really loving the background of your snowman card. Well done.

Houses Built of Cards said...

So cute! LOVE that little snowman, and your pinwheels are darling!!!

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Katie S. said...

Super cute snowman!! Thanks for showing the pinwheel tutorial. Love it!

mlady012 said...

Love the snowman! I'm a fan of tutorials! Hope you feel better!

Denise Bryant said...

Love that cute snowman stamp! And your pinwheels are so fun!
Feel better!

Lagene said...

Sweet snowman & great pinwheel card!

Robin B. said...

Wow, your cards are stunning! I love the pinwheels and the snowman.

michelegeorgern said...

Thanks for the pinwheel tutorial. I could see myself making one or two or maybe even three, but 120? WoW! You are awesome!

Monika Reeck said...

woooww your pinwheels totally cooooolll and you made it 120 pieces oh my Godness..it looks amazing in a bundle...and you personalized too each card oh my god I cant do it...I ever made 50 Christmas card with wreath and I must put each leafs on the circle I draw..but It was easier than your card..this is amazing I love your project..and the JOY card is so cuuteee..with that snowman (tall one LOL)