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Ice Cream Cone Party Decor

This week’s Paper Craft Planet 3D challenge, 3D122 is something you can use for decorating for a summer birthday party.  It’s ice cream cones :D

I’ve seen a few different takes on this, including this one for a baby shower from Martha Stewart’s craft crew.

No high tech gadgets here, just paper & balloons.  You’ll need to make a cone shape, so may I suggest a homemade compass:

Draw a rounded shape with your ribbon/pencil compass.


Score the CS with a ruler & bone folder, or a Score Board, like the Martha Stewart one or the Score-Pal.

Make a criss cross design.  This is the most time consuming of the project, IMO.

Use Super Sticky Tape.

Match the top & secure the side:

Take a quick break to use up scraps & help make “King Hawk Boy & puppet subjects” …

Okay, back at it & make 4 more cones …

Pop over to the store & pick up some helium balloons.  If you want them to last longer, as the store to put “filler” in them & they will last up to a week, rather than 6-8 hours.  I think it was an extra 50 cents per balloon for my store to do them.  Remember … if it’s stinkin’ hot out, like a humid Ottawa summer day, put the AC on in the car & THEN bring the balloons in.  (Yes, I burst one, finding that out).

Poke the ribbon through the cone.  I used a chop stick.

Pull the ribbon through & tie.

Wanna know why I learned?  Stampin’ Up Card stock is awesome & HEAVY!  I noticed the ice cream cones would float enough to stand up on a table; however, not to float up to the ceiling … hmmm.  I wanted them to float up … what to do?

Salvage!  I cut down the cones a bit, rather than redo them with lighter stock paper.

Cone, half as high, but now they will float.

Not bad, but I think next time I will use a lighter CS & have a bigger cone.

Now, go surprise the birthday girl at camp!  Happy 12th, Emma-Sian!

pop UP

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #74, this week is UP!  I believe this was the first 3D movie we took all 3 of the kids.  Liam is pretty young, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to react with the bad glasses & things coming at ya, but he did well & loved “Doug” & the idea that you could get a house to fly if you attached enough Helium balloons.

We have some boy birthday parties coming up so I think this will go to Edward or Nathan probably.  Fairly plain on the outside:

I haven’t messed around with Pop Up cards in years, but thought this would be a good excuse to go at them again, since it reminded me of Liam’s first experience with 3D.

It’s a pretty simple Pop Up.  If you goole Pop Up you’ll find amazing and intricate examples from people like Robert Sabuda, PubliQue Living and Kirigami … love that stuff.  I think I want to try Robert’s Birthday Cake Pop Up next.  Here’s my simple Pop Up:

This little Stampin Up Stamp Set, All God’s Children, reminded me of Russell & Doug.

The b/ground sky blue is a felt/velour paper that I bought at Heathers Stamping Haven.  The little balloons is from a Small Marvy Uchida Punch I’ve had for years.  I have a thing for punches, since I am challenged with scissors.  A little white gel pen & upholstery thread for depth & bob’s yur uncle:

Pop Up cards can be very simple to make, just cutting straight lines, fun fractal example here, & scoring so that the folds are straight.  Then just stick on some details.

Of course, if you get side tracked by some incredible origami folks & their work like this dinosaur Pterodactyl. (Pattern) You might, like me try to make Kevin & then realize that it’s not working & abandon it, but if anyone wants to give it a go, I’d love to see it.  Here was my abandoned attempt.  I couldn’t get him to fold down, without a hugely bulky card.  I think it was Kevin’s googley eyes.

Fabric of Life

Time for a Fabric Challenge From Embellish Magazine.

Here’s my fabric card.  I have since switched the positioning of the buttons at the bottom, because my youngest said “THE PATTERN DOESN’T MATCH, MUM”  Honestly, I guess in JK class they were learning about patterns, & he is really stuck on the order of things lately.  It’s not worth arguing over, I’ll switch it.

The fabric is just some inexpensive cream muslin that I had kicking around.  I used my old Sizzix Balloon Die cut & brayered it with SU! Wild Wasabi Ink, Pacific Blue Ink, & Ridinghood Red Ink.  The Sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms “The Rummage Bin, Sew Special” Stamp Set.  CS: SU Kraft, Ink:  Versamark & Red Marker, Clear Embossing Powder.

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