Thursday, July 19, 2012

Paper Strips and CHA

I finished up a couple cards tonight, and unfortunately have had to photograph them in the dark. Reason being is that I will not be home tomorrow. I have successfully been able to convince hubby to work from home and watch the kids so I can go back to CHA! I've included a few CHA photos at the end of this post, and will share more tomorrow.

Back to the cards, they all use the same technique of lining up the new PTI sun ray triangle die cuts and slicing them into strips. Each card uses a variation of this theme.

The pattern of the first card is inspired directly from the Tuesday Trigger:

The technique is inspired by CAS-ual Friday's challenge to use strips of paper.

 I don't have any tone-on-tone striped paper, but I do have an ancient Stampin' Up stamp that is part of a set to make your own plaid. Turns out it makes a pretty decent stripe background.

Here's another card using this same technique.

   This one uses pre-made patterned paper, a space between each triangle, and an offset placement of the strips.

Here are the triangles lined up, leaving a small margin in between so you can see the yellow background paper.

Then slice into 3/8" strips and stagger so you have a rippled/chevron effect.

I decided to turn this section on its side, so the green arrow is pointing in between the words in the sentiment.

Finally, here's one more card.

This one uses white triangles adhered to red paper (no, that's a lie, it's really white paper colored with a red Copic marker). The panel is then sliced into strips of different widths, and separated on the background paper. To mix it up, some strips I turned upside down. Kinda reminds me of birch trees now that they are on the card. So out comes the bird die again! The bird made for a handy place to stamp the sentiment.

It was pretty fun to play around with the patterns. 

There are so many ways you can change up this technique (different patterns/colors/textures; spaces between the triangles/flush triangles; spaces between the strips/flush strips; uniform widths for the strips/varying widths for the strips). 

On top of all those variations, you can also start with something other than triangles. Use even strips, or random cuts. Lots of possibilities.

OK, now for some fun CHA moments 
(Helen, if you're reading this, you ROCK!)

My super crafty friends and Heidi Swapp!

Yep, you know this guy too. Tim Holtz!

Silhouette had so many C U T E things in their booth. A fabric elephant baby mobile, printables, T-shirts, you-name-it. 

LOVE the gray messenger bags we got to make at the Silhouette booth. I chose a yellow bicycle "Celebrate Today" heat transfer design for mine. So surprised how quick and easy it was to peel off the negative spaces with their hook tool. Fool proof.

Fabric tape! Love how simple their display is. And to the point.

 Silhouette again. OK, OK, I'm sold!

Self portrait. Me and my stuff going home.

If you're still here, thanks for sticking with me! I'll share more CHA goodness tomorrow.


  1. Fabulous take on the trigger and I loved all your CHA pics!!! Looks like so much fun!!

  2. Wow Kelly these are all incredible. Have fun at CHA!

  3. Love love love!!! Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  4. love love the technique you used to create your cards! they are amazing! fabulous work and thanks for sharing the photos at CHA! hope you are having lots of fun!

  5. Those are so cool, Kelly! I love the technique you used and how they look different on every card. It looks like you had fun at CHA!

  6. What a cool technique! I especially love those mod looking birch trees. Thanks for sharing these with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  7. your cards are great - LOVE the technique & thanks for sharing the tutorial - how exciting to be at CHA!

  8. That birch tree idea is genius! Fantastic cards, looks like you had a lot of fun and got a lot of inspiration

  9. More incredible cards and lovely CHA pics!!!! Thanks again! :)


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