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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Drunkards Path Quilt Influenced Trinket Box

Still trying to come up with another card for Eric I thought I'd make him a little box to take to work, ya know for paperclips etc...

I had been aching to make another quilt influenced card top but this time I wanted to try one of my favorites, the Drunkards Path.  Quilters know that this isn't the easiest of blocks because of all the curves. It proves to be a little easier for card making but without any patterns or templates I had to kind of figure out how big of a circular bite to take out of the square block to achieve the look. Drunkards Path blocks have only 2 pieces. Basically a positive and negative...the square and the roundish bite taken out of it. So many things influence the look you'll get with these two pieces. Usually the use of light and dark fabrics plays a major role but then there is also coordinating the placement of the roundish bites to create a chainlike effect. 

I love the Drunkards Path because it is limitless. The Drunkards Path blocks on this card were made with 1" squares and using a 1" round punch to take the circular bite.  This is the first of many you will see on my blog. I plan to try as many different prints as I can to show the versatility of this great pattern.

I'll apologize now for the slightly off-round center. This being the first I'm still experimenting setting the squares. I loved the card but wish I had taken more care with the center pieces so the circle were more perfect in shape. Oh well... next time!

Hope you enjoy the Drunkards Path and will be inspired to take one on yourself. If you do, I'd love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Stamping!

Birthday Card with Attached Bookmark made with Paisley Petals

In all the years I've been crafting, which has been since I was like 2 or something, I have never faced total creative block like I have these past few weeks.  I don't know if my creative block was from a combination of stress, health issues, dental issues and a broken laptop but between all of these things I've been sort of useless.
Eric's birthday is April 2nd and our daughter Ellie's birthday is April 3rd. Every year the pressure is on to make cards for the beginning of April but this year I had no ideas.... I'm still struggling to finish a card for my daughter. I know, I'm horrible.   She had a great birthday. She said it was one of her best but I know she's still waiting for that card.

Before my block totally set in I had started a card for Eric that is made with Paisley Petals. It's basically a board card except for the left side which actually folds over with a perforated edge. When torn at the perforation, Eric has a bookmark he can use when school starts again. I had hoped it wasn't "too" girly but I liked the way it turned out. This actually gave me a chance to use the perforating blade on my new tabletop paper cutter. I totally love that it uses rotary blades and that I can change them out for different styles of cutting to include the perforations, scoring etc...

Anyhow here is the card and bookmark made for Eric.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you'll come back! Happy Stamping!!