Saturday, 24 February 2018

InspireINK - Fancy folds

Hello and welcome to my bit of the latest InspireINK Blog Hop!

This month's theme was set by the lovely Helzie Lou, and this time it is (fanfare)
Oh, how I LOVE fancy folds and pop-ups!  The difficult part was deciding which one I was going to do for my contribution.

In the end, I went with this Twist/Turn card.

I think the little knight from the Myth & Magic suite is so cute so I had to put him on the front of the card.  With St David's Day not far away, a red dragon had to get in on the act as well!  Red is my favourite colour but it's so strong I usually keep it for accents.  It looks FAB with the Basic Grey/Smokey Slate DSP though!

There will be a tutorial on my YouTube channel soon, but for now, please go and see what Tina's got to share with you on the 

See you again soon,

Keep Crafting,


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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Foiled Again!

Hello, and welcome!

Have you seen the NEW second release Sale-A-Bration items?  Stampin'Up! have added more goodies to the lovely supplies that you can earn for FREE (everyone's favourite price!) when your order is £45 or more and OMG, they are stunning!  (There's link at the bottom of the page if you haven't yet seen the brochure.)

I've used the Springtime Foil DSP from the second release today.  I loved the Cheers to the Year DSP in the Autumn/Winter catalogue, and these have the same sort of foil patterns on a white background.  They are am-a-zing!  The photo really doesn't do justice to  how beautiful they really are.  In fact, the project was difficult to film because of the flare from the foils.  Take a look - 

It was good to get the Eastern Medallions from the Annual Catalogue out to play again, and I was pleased with the way they embossed.  I hope you could see the finished effect.  In real life the card is very pretty and the embossing is much clearer - you can hardly see it in the photo.  

If you want to get hold of some of this lush DSP, I'm told it's really popular so don't wait, get your order in!  

I'm just off to stroke the remaining sheets (my PRECIOUS....)

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Over the rainbow

Hello and welcome! 

Don't you think rainbows are just lovely?  Last week a super-bright one appeared outside our office window.   It just seemed to cheer everyone up - it was like magic!   

It inspired to me make a rainbow pop-up card.  I like this kind of pop-up, it's very easy to do.  I made a "thinking of you" card.  Here's the front - 

When you open the card...
The rainbow appears.  

Here's how I made it -

What else could you put in a card like this?

Anybody else got the theme from the children's TV programme going round their head now?  Altogether, then - "Paint-the-whole-world-with-a-RAINBOW!"

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

You're one of a kind...

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Today’s card is for that special, one-of-a-kind person in your life, so of course it features a unicorn – and a flying one at that!

I wanted my unicorn to soar above the surface of my card, so I mounted it on a “boinger” – which is paper (or in this case, acetate) folded to make a spring.

You fold two strips of paper over each other at right angles until your spring is long enough.  However, I probably should have made my spring another fold longer, so my unicorn is higher off the card at the front side.  See how that happened in the tutorial-

I rather like it, so I’ve decided to live with it.  There are ready-made springs or “wobblers” available (you may have to hunt for them!) , and if you can get hold of some you might prefer to use them.  

Love the Myths & Magic suite - don't you?  The little characters are rather retro - and I adore the dragon.  I'm sure I'll be making more items with them (in fact, I know I will because I've got a couple of projects lined don't forget to check back from time to time to see what I'm up to!)

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

In a flap!

Hello and welcome!

Today I've made a little card that has a surprise for you.  It's a belated birthday card.

Pull the flap and

see the rest of the message!

This kind of card is surprisingly easy to make.

Here's how -

I thought that the Bird Banter stamps went very well with this kind of card.  The pull-flap mechanism would work well in a scrapbook, too - you could hide journalling or a picture behind a flap.  (It's been a long time since I did "proper" scrapbooking - these days I mostly do digital scrapbooks.  Perhaps I should give it another go, what do you think?)

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tiny Tuck and Close Valentine Gift Box

Hello and welcome!

Today I'm sharing this cute little box with you.  It's only 1 3/4" square and 3/4" deep, so you can get four of them (yes, FOUR) out of one sheet of A4 card.  
I was inspired by a project shared by Sabine Waack in a Facebook group that I'm a member of - but this kind of box has been around for some time.  It uses no adhesive - the box holds itself together by clever engineering. 

I've embellished this one as a Valentine's Day gift and tucked a heart-shaped chocolate inside.  Isn't the Painted With Love paper gorgeous? (By the way, did you spot the "Love You" sentiment in the Party Pandas stamps? Such a useful set - check it out in the Sale-A-Bration brochure!)  
Here in the UK we tend to give Valentines only to the special person in our life but this little box would make a great container for a party favour if you used a different colour/pattern of card and paper.

Here's the video tutorial-

And here's the cutting/folding diagram.  I've included measurements for two sizes so if you want to make a slightly bigger version you don't have to do the maths yourself.  
What would you put in yours - or what would you like to find?

Keep crafting!


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