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Blue Gate Fold Stepper Card

Posted on: Sunday, 8 June 2014
I have named this style of card a gate fold, stepper card
as it is something I have arranged out of using three pieces
 of grey card (odd bits) to make a finished card size to
fit a 6 x 6" envelope.
Cover the panels with Papermania capsule collection
papers once all edges have been inked.
Xcut sew lovely range of dies to cut oval
lace edging on the stamped sentiment, layered onto
the stepper. 
Holes punched into gate fold for ribbon to tie shut.

Xcut flower die used for front decoration.

Owl & fox

Posted on: Thursday, 5 June 2014
Birthday Card for a friend:
Molly Bloom stamp, watercolour, Lucy Cromwell
papers by Papermania, Pan Pastels, Xcut leaf nesting die,
ribbon, Xcut flower die, Xcut doily die and Marianne
foliage dies.
Using an A5 white card blank mat and layer birdhouse paper onto
blue card stock. cut out doily, flowers and foliage.
Stamp the image onto white card watercolour and cut
out using the leaf nesting die, mat and layer the image.
Using Pan Pastels colour some clouds in the background of
the image. 
Sentiment is from the same paper pack bent and stuck
on either end to form a curve.
The inside of the card was decorated in the same
birdhouse paper and another die cut piece of card
mat and layered with a stamped verse.

Countryside scene

Posted on: Wednesday, 4 June 2014
I have used many stamps to build up a country side scene.
Water colour the scene prior to mat and layering.
I have used Xcut cog dies on red card stock to add interest,
 along with green check ribbon.

Parissiene blue gift box

Posted on: Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Parisienne blue gift box:
Papermania papers, pinwheel, ribbon,
buttons, lace paper and a stamped sentiment.
White card 8 x 8" score your card into thirds
horizontal and vertical, then score from each
corner diagonal to the first square, so it looks like
the image below.
 Cut your papers to fit into the panels, ink
the papers edges this makes the whole
project blend well together.
Add your pinwheels, buttons, lace paper etc.,
to each panel.

Punch a hole in each corner, thread your
ribbon and tie into a bow this holds
your box together.

Flap cards

Posted on: Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Eau de nil flap cards:
Papermania eau de nil papers,
pinwheel, ribbon and xcut dies.  Bling,
Anita's topper, lace doily and a piece of
Velcro to hold the top flap when closed.
Adhere two 6 x 6" white card so both flap
are standing out the front.

Mat an layer two panels one on the right flap
one being the insert area.

Cover the left flap completely with your chosen paper.

Place your image, pinwheel main feature to show
through the flaps and cut out the holes with your dies
the top flap is a larger hole than the one below.

I then cut the top left hand flap to add
shape using scissors and round the point.

Place your Velcro below the rounded
point on the card to hold the flaps closed.


Posted on: Thursday, 22 May 2014
I get asked for a lot of different men's cards, 
here is a selection of trains using the same
stamp with different coloured papers and
All these cards are mat and layered onto
6 x 6 Kraft card and this makes a great base
not only the size, but also compliments the
man theme.
I have used an inverted corner punch on all
these cards, it just shows the background layer
up a bit more.
Used the Xcut gear dies with the screw head
LOTV sentiment and Spellbinder large cog die
to cut the image out on this one.

Card with bookmark

Posted on: Thursday, 22 May 2014
This card has been made to fit a 6 x 6 envelope
It has a detachable bookmark so this is a card
and gift in one. 
I have used Anita's Decoupage and did not attached
the first and second layer, so as you open the card
you have the main image framed.
I have embossed the backing papers using the new
A3 embossing folder by Xcut 'butterflies'

Scrapbook 1946

Posted on: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Scrapbook page using 12 x 12 Kraft card and
Madam Payraud papers.
Class of 1946 photo layered onto red cardstock.
Die cut leaves using Xcut dies, white pen for
stitch detail.
Calendar tab for September (start of school year).
Bare basics hessian star and a metal clock with
hand attached.  Vowels spelt out in wooden letters.

Washi tape ruffled along with a paperclip
with hessian ribbon.

Ploughing Scrapbook

Posted on: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Hubby again being scrap....booked!
Nothing men like more than playing about with
rusty old things in mud.
This was made using 12 x 12 Parisienne blue paper,
edges inked.
I used some of my old paper stock with
music and birds on, cut in half length ways, mat
 and layered each piece. Put a piece of washi
tape up between the two.
Parisenne blue lace paper, seed pockets, die cut
leaves in blue with white stitch detail.

Metal embellishment with saying.
Pen stitch detail to edge of 12 x 12 paper.

Scrapbook fruits

Posted on: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Scrapbook page - Reap the fruits of your labour.
Teal co-ordinations paper and Madam Payraud 12 x 12 paper.
Lace doily, seed pocket with metal embellishment.
Madam Payraud sticker backed onto cardstock.
with bloomer flowers cut in half and Madam Payraud
3d butterfly

Paper strip punched with an Xcut border punch
and sew lovely ribbon pieces.

Sewing Scrapbook Page

Posted on: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
This scrapbook page is all about sewing.
I have mainly used the Sew Lovely Range from Docrafts.
In each corner I have die cut the measure tape on to
red cardstock to make them stand out.

Wooden cotton reels from the bare basics range have got
bakers twine wrapped around and adhered to pleated
ribbon. Crochet and felt fabric flowers with button
centres and two jewelled pins. 
A Parissiene paper lace heart placed under the image
along with measuring tape ribbon.

Harvest Scrapbook & Card

Posted on: Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Something very different for me a scrapbook page.
This has been made using a sheet of 12 x 12 Spot paper
from the Spots and Strips range (Docrafts). The edges have
been inked to add depth.

Hexagons have been cut using the Xcut dies in two
different sizes to mat and layer.  Light blue textured
card and Madame Payraud papers. 

Green textured card has been cut into a long strip
and images which I mat and layered on to Kraft card
(but cannot be seen in these photos very well) 
evenly spaced. Brown twin wrapped around the card
Madame Payraud typed letter to spell out
'Harvest Time'  Xcut cogs cut and screw head brads to
hold in place.  Three sprigs of corn with a piece of
raffia wrapped and tied into a bow for effect.

This is my husband on the binder and stood by a
corn stook.

Dried Fruits & Herbs

Posted on: Wednesday, 16 April 2014
I just love making these wreaths with a variety of dried fruits and herbs.
Not terribly good photos, running out of room in the barn!!

In the picture is also one of my lavender bags.
Oranges, Lemons, Lime, Chili, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Star Anise, Apple

Rose Bud Bouquet

Posted on: Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Here are some more of my crafty makes, hope you like these.
Dried rose buds set into tin buckets.
Great decorations or bridesmaid flowers.

Tag Book

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
This is a demo project.
A tag book made from Kraft card.
Madame Payraud stamp 'Post Card' stamped onto
the same range of papers in sepia ink.
I have used pockets etc. within the book.
The front has had Sew Lovely ribbon used to hold the
book together.  Big bloomer flowers and typed letters
saying ' Travel Tags'

Masculine Cards

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
Two male cards made for a demo using
Anita's decoupage.
Both have been mat and layered using Madame
Payraud papers as these work well for male cards.
The first card has had the front of the card folded
back and I then used a craft knife to cut around the
frame of the image and in between so its like a
flip card/aperture.
The only addition added was a sentiment and ribbon.

Sew Lovely - Sewing/Buttons

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
Here is a selection of quick demo cards using the Sew Lovely
Range from Docrafts.
Button stamp images have been embossed and threaded with
bakers twin.  Heart canvas has been stamped in black ink for
the sentiment and metallic purple for rose.
This star card aperture has been hand cut and layered with fabric
after spritzing with red mist spray.
The sewing machine was cut out of sturdy card and
layered with Madam Payraud fabric and bakers threaded

Washi tape has been pleated on this card to add interest.

Measuring tape ribbon, various buttons from the range
and the free stamps from the magazine have all been used
on this card.

Two more fabric covered sewing machine templates.

All items used are from the sew lovely range.

The is a CAS card (Clean and Simple) just buttons
arrange into an arc and a simple stamped sentiment.

Baby Card

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
This is an A5 card which has been covered
in PARISIENNE Blue papers.
Anita's decoupage sheet for a new arrival
baby boy.

Parisienne Blue Cameo

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
This is an A5 card which has been covered in
Parisienne Blue paper
New Xcut A5 die set has been used to cut sparkly
black paper for the corners and the oval.
A piece of Madame Payraud velum has been
embossed in a quilt folder and
adhered to the oval.  A cameo cut in
white card and place on to blue to make it
stand out.  A piece of Parisienne blue ribbon
tied into bow added to finish.

Button Tree

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
This is another canvas which I have painted in metallic
copper and the sun in gold metallic.
I have then draw the tree and painted in acrylics.
Once it was dry I added white to highlight sun
rays on the tree and glossy accents for the bark.
I then adhered various sizes and colours
of buttons.

I have also stamped a small verse to add interest
but this cannot be seen well in these photos.

Cogs on Canvas

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
This is Cogs on Canvas
I have used silver paint on a white canvas then
spritz with metallic blue from the Artiste range.
Hand drawn a tree and painted with acrylic paints
browns and greens once dry went over some of
the main stem with clear accents to give some
depth and makes it look more like bark. 
Cogs have been die cut using Xcut dies.  Each
cog has then been painted with metallic paint
and put together with a brad.  The brad is only
holding the cogs and do not pierce through the
canvas.  They have been adhered using silicone
clear gel.

I have stamps a couple of verses to add interest.

Hope you like this and it gives you some inspiration!

Steam Rollers

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
Yet again I have not been posting my makes
in an organised fashion, here are some of my steam
engine cards made last summer!
These are made using a stamp by 'Stamps Away'
and are coloured with water colour pencils.
The gears are die cut with the Xcut die
range and the screw head brads are Papermania.
Bakers Twine is from the Gorjuss (Docraft range).

Most of the papers are from Minds Eye pads.
All cards are 6 x 6 Kraft Card.

Victorian Kissing Balls

Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2014
This is one of the prettiest things once made.
These are made using dried rose heads and individually
glued to achieve this result. 

As this is a natural product no two balls are ever the same.


Posted on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014
I have used a butterfly die to cut the aperture and
to also cut patterned paper for the finished butterfly.
Once the aperture was cut  I stamped my sentiment then
I embossed with a quilt embossing folder (Xcut) then
covered the back of the aperture with a similar colour
paper to the butterfly. I Cut two strips of completely
different patterned paper for each side of the embossed
this draws the eye into the butterflies.
I have also highlighted each cross on the quilted emboss
with a fine glitter but this is not shown up in the photo's.

More butterflies, by Miss Payraud (12 x 12 paper pack)
Xcut Die and Miss Payraud velum for the centre of the aperture.
Green ink to the edges to add to distressed look.

Miss Payraud - Nature

Posted on: Thursday, 20 February 2014
These two cards have been made in a demonstration for Docrafts.
Both use Miss Payraud paper range, and both are images cut from
the 12 x 12 paper pack. 
Washi tape and pockets are also in the Miss Payraud range.
This card has a leaf die cut (Xcut Die) with a stamped friend sentiment.

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