This is one of my favorite movement cards… I learned this a long time ago and maybe you did too… we used to have a scrapbook store near here and they had an ellison die that you could cut them on their large die cutting machine… and I am telling you this just because you might have access to a scrapbook store that would have the die also.  However, this pattern has been updated so that you can use your paper trimmer..

SCS swing z fold

SCS swing z fold


This is basically what the THINLITS dies were based on.. different shapes but basically the same idea.  Then I saw that SCS also has a SWING Z FOLD its not quite the same since the image doesn’t swivel back and forth but I thought you might like it also… so here is the link to it and their video on how to .  That said I have a TIP:  Instead of tracing and cutting your image out by hand you can use your cuttlebug or big shot and cut an image out with it.  You just need to make sure that you lay the top layer only 1/2 way on the die… so you don’t cut thru all the way… use a scrap and fold and give it a try… 

I would also suggest that due to the fact that the card is folded on the front I don’t see the necessity of adhering designer paper on the front and on the inside of the front fold.  But ya’ll know I am a lazy stamper and I would only add the designer /decorator paper on the folded left inside of the card…here is my sample

z fold flip flop kha

z fold flip flop kha

Ok this is it with music paper glued to the inside and then I use the die to cut only the half of die by laying the top platform only on half of the die… for me using the cuttlebug it would be the bottom half but if you ran it the other way it would be the top half… now the down side to this is that you are left with a hold in your card and if your cardstock is pretty light then it will make the card even more flimsy… and in order to make the image look right you need to choose the same or complimentary die slighly smaller and cut out a complete image to glue onto the card…then you need to decorate it also… like this…

z fold flip flop kh 1

I have a lot of canceled postage and love using them on cards… so the inside under the design says… THEY’RE PLAYIN YOUR SONG…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY… I also used the reverse corner punch and punched out all four corners..


Here are a few other flip flop patterns that I have used over the years…these are along the same line or style as the THINLITS..that I posted a few weeks ago but you can print the pattern and then you will have to cut them yourself… I would also suggest that using at piece of manila file folder you cut a template that you can then lay on your card,lightly trace around the cut out part and score the score part..much easier … I AM NOT SURE WHERE I GOT THESE I know I got the square from BONNIE NOEHR and I cut a pattern off her card…the circle ??? and the long swivel/flip flop I am pretty sure came from a class with NICHOL RAUCH ….kudos to Bonnie and Nichol.

swivel pattern kh

swivel pattern long kh

So you now have plenty to play with .

One final note the Z FLIP FLOP I must say that  I prefer to cut the complete die out and layer it on top of the z fold… I think its a little more finished looking and it preserves the integrity of the card itself no whole or flimsiness to the card.

I do like this card and it is very versatile and hope you will find some interesting ideas of ways to use it.

NOW here is a great website I found on PINTEREST ….ELVIE STUDIO…she had these amazing little birds that she created with watercolors…well I always want to be able to paint with watercolors and even more amazing than her blog was the fact that I was able to create these little guys… and am I having fun with them… she also has piggies and mousies but I haven’t tried them yet… check it out and down  at the bottom of this post there is a place to follow… put your e-mail in there and you will get an e mail when she posts… I did sign up and love it… so give it a try you can always cancel later if you don’t enjoy it… w/c birds kh

Ok my BFF Marn Majeski is great a painting so I right away sent her a postcard with these birds on it and now I have her hooked also… this was the return envelope she sent me…

w/c birds   marn majeski

So then I had to try them on an envy and I did two and made a them hold a string with a piece of notebook paper between them and then wrote the address on the notebook paper… It is so cute I think…

NATURE EYE CANDY This is a video of baby turtles hatching and if you have never seen this then you should take a minute to enjoy nature and check it out… I love these guys and hope to volunteer for Turtle duty this coming year.

Ok that’s it for this week and I am off to a play weekend and next week I’ll have HALLOWEEN CARDS AND LETTERS…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

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