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Thursday, April 5, 2012


Hello, everyone!  After weeks of absence, I'm probably surprising you being here today with my monthly DT project for Sheila's blog.  Well, if you know me at all, you'd know I'd meet an obligation I commit to  -- I wouldn't let you or anyone else depending on me down unless it was totally and absolutely unavoidable.
I'd like to thank all of you who have checked up on me; I appreciate you all so very much -- and thanks for sticking this out with me.  Things nor my position has not changed but I'm well and doing the best I can.  And, although it has been awhile since I've posted and/or commented to you, please trust this is a difficult time for me and very little time is being afforded me.  I don't want to take up a lot of time now explaining because this tutorial is a bit picture heavy but I did want you all to know I love you, miss you and as I've always done, as soon as I can, I'll be around to catch up commenting on your wonderful projects.  I do apologize in advance for any inadvertent mistakes on this tutorial because I'm pretty much rushing through this so if I should miss anything and you have any questions afterward, please do not hesitate to contact/email me at audreyfrel@sbcglobal.net (haven't had much time to check blog comments lately).  I promise I'll get back to you as soon as I possibly can; although it may not be immediately, I'm on a time-permitting schedule right now... LOL!
Oh my!!!  I guess I should have been creating an Easter project but I only realized yesterday that this Sunday is Easter Sunday...  I really have lost time!!!  LOL!   Although not Easter related, my project today is a fun-- it's a cute little fan card.  I've seen similar to these on the internet and thought how adorable they were, so I was inspired to try to do a version of these fan cards... it was also a project I could work on while away from home.  I hope you like mine.  I wanted to do a little envie for it but didn't have time, so I'll have to do that later but here are pictures of my fan card opened, closed, and a close-up of the message which is on the ribbon and reads "You Are So Cool!":

To begin constructing my card, I hand-drew a base and base topper to form the fan, then cut them out:

I glued the topper to the base, then traced it twice on a sheet of 8.50" x 11"cardstock; by folding the paper in half, this will enable me to cut all four fan parts for one complete fan:

I also drew a face topper for the fan by cutting another base topper slightly smaller (about 1/8" smaller) than the original and traced it onto a sheet of cardstock four (4) times.  With the paper folded in half once cut this will give me enough fan faces for 2 fans (8 faces).  

Once I cut out all the traced fan parts, I used Luster Rub-Ons to age/antique the fans:

Next I placed the fans together making certain they were even and punched a hole about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the base edge; (although I didn't picture this, I also ran each fan through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder to give them texture):


Now for the fan faces!  I added dots of Liquid Pearls around the edges of each fan face.  Once the paint was dry, I cut out rub-ons and applied them to the center of each face, then glued the a fan face on each fan topper:

Now it was time to put all the parts of my little fan together!  It's not pictured because at the last minute I decided to outline the outer edge of each fan with Stickles to give them depth.  Once the Stickles was dry, I stacked the 4 fans evenly together and added a brad in the hole to keep them together.  Next I spread the fans out as wide as I wanted them to go then carefully turned my fan over to the opposite side.  To keep the fan from spreading open any further than I wanted it to open, I marked each fan with an "X" where I would glue a lenth of ribbon to secure each fan part in place:


Next I glued the length of ribbon to each "X" marked, making certain to apply the ribbon to the glued marked areas only!!!  (NOTE:  I did not glue ribon across the entire back of the fan as this would have prevented my fan from closing!!!)  It should look like this:

Now when I close my fan the ribbon will fold behind each fan part and will not be visable from the top of the fan.  Here are pictures of what the side and top angles should look like:

To complete my fan I typed and printed  my message onto the ribbon, attached it to the fan, along with some beads and a paper flower, by gluing them slightly above the brad.  To make certain my fan opened and closed, I avoided getting any glue in and/or around the brad.

This is a long tutorial but making this fan card is fast and easy -- really!!!  I hope you decide to make one.  You can make it in any size or shape you desire, add any message you'd like to the ribbon or even the fan face, and embellish!  If I'd had more time I really would have put more into mine!

If you're interested in my hand-drawn template, email me at the address I've given above and I'll be glad to forward them to you.  When I have a bit more time, I will try to remember to post these templates to my blog along with a proportionately sized envie.

Well, I've got to run again... sorry!  But I'll be back as soon as I can; I really miss you all and hope to be back sooner than later!

I'll be seeing you, hugs, and thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S.  When I come back, I have some pictures I took at my aunt's 90th birthday celebration to share as so many of you were so kind as to ask me to congratulate her.  I'd hoped to already have shared them with you but I just couldn't get away to sneak them in sooner.


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is GORGEOUS!!! love the detail of ezch section of the fan and the embossing is awesome. So good to hear from you and yes I knew you would be here. I was going to call and check on you Saturday but now that I know your situation is the same I will just pray! Thank you for sharing with us today at She's A Sassy Lady, as always with a special project!

Ana Márquez said...

Oh, thanks for the tutorial of this great, beautiful fan, Audrey! This is so cute! As always, my English isn't good enough to understand all you say in your post :-(( but I hope that you be very well, ok? Take much care of you. I send you a very big hug from Spain :-)

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Dawn's Craft Place said...

i am so glad you are well...I know how hard it is taking care of others.
So glad you had a little time to share a project-This is another stunning project. The details are amazing my friend.
Take care of yourself and a
Happy and Blessed Easter sweetie

Judy said...

Oh my ... all of your projects are always soooo wonderful! Hang in there, Friend :-)

~BridgetL~ said...

Im so happy to see you post. I have been thinking about you a lot lately and I miss you. I do hope things will slow down for you, or that you can get someone to help you out. As always your project is amazing.
Wanted to wish you, Leonard and the family a very Happy and Blessed Easter. <3 and miss you. Hugs my friend.

Rhonda Emery said...

really beautiful have missed you . hugs

Scrappin Sista said...

Beautiful project Ms. Audrey!! Glad to see you back, I have missed you!
Have a creative day my friend,
Alice B.

Jean said...

Love this.

girlia said...

So pretty

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

These are great! Nice details! Stay well!

Pam said...

This is so so elegant and what a great idea. Love it so much that I am so going to scraplift. TFS

Cricut Couple said...

Hey Sweetie! Boy have we missed you! Your project is gorgeous! Looking forward to the pics. Happy Easter to you and your family. Look forward to the next visit!

Gail said...

Nice job. Just stopping by to say hi.Happy Easter

Susan said...

Awww Audrey..{{hugs}}. I'm so sorry to hear how bogged down you are. I'm very glad to hear you are okay though, I was worried about you. Just know you are in my thoughts and when you have more time we can catch up! I love your fan project, it's really very pretty. I would like to make one to hang on the wall in my craftroom, when I get a chance, as I've been so busy too! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! Take care!


Lori Apgar said...

I just popped over to wish you a very Happy Easter and I saw the most beautiful project!!! Your fan is so pretty and I am constantly amazed at what you create!!!

Have a very happy day with your family!!!

Hugs & Love,

Monique Barr said...

You just ROCK. Lady A you are just awesome. I love it

DIANA L. said...

Beautiful project. great tutorial a lot of work went into it.


lovemypaper said...

Wow very cute!

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

How beautiful! I am so impressed that it is a real fan that closes! That is so clever. The embellishment and all is so beautiful!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Audrey my prayers are with you my friend. i know how hard all this is on you, so wish i could do something to help you, AND of course your project is amazing..
i am blessed to have such an amazing friend. love and hugs from ukiah

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Audrey my prayers are with you my friend. i know how hard all this is on you, so wish i could do something to help you, AND of course your project is amazing..
i am blessed to have such an amazing friend. love and hugs from ukiah

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Audrey my prayers are with you my friend. i know how hard all this is on you, so wish i could do something to help you, AND of course your project is amazing..
i am blessed to have such an amazing friend. love and hugs from ukiah

The Archiving Angel said...

Incredibly beautiful!!!!
You always bring us such creative & clever creations.
Love it!

Dr Sonia S V said...

This is another amazing project.WOW I love it when crafters create such unique stuff...so glad I found time to browse your blog in detail today!!Pinning this one

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