Diamond fold Christmas card

This is the design I used for all my Christmas cards last year but unfortunately I forgot to take photos so I could blog them! I thought I’d make another one while I still remembered how I did them!

I made the card base using 12 by 12 inch pearlescent card. I cut this at 4 and 8 inches so I could make three cards. I used this tutorial at splitcoaststampers on making diamond fold cards and scored it using my Big Score Scoring Board. This is the folded, front  and rear views.

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I used an old image, papers, card and a stamp which were all from magazines and unfortunately I have no idea which magazines or the designers. I also used old ribbon and punches. I added new adhesive pearls and coloured them with a metallic red Promarker.

diamond fold christmas2I used corner punches on my layers under the image. I used a holly punch and added more adhesive pearls coloured with a metallic red Promarker as berries.

diamond fold christmas6I stamped and embossed the sentiment image onto card which I cut with a scallop edge circle punch.

I made a box envelope with card from this lushFirst Edition Scrapbook Paper Pad- Love Letters.

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If you’re interested in trying out different card types and folds you might want to check out my Pinterest board with them.

I’d like to enter this card to the following challenges

Creatilicious Challenges- more than one fold

Whimsy stamps inspiration challenge- Christmas in summer

Crafting when we can- ribbon, twine, washi taps or a combination of the three

Paper creators crafts- dies and/or punches

SLS lines challenges- Christmas or creepmas in summer








May the force be with you

May the force be with you

I’ve been very busy making lots of good luck cards. This is the first batch! I decided to go for simple monochrome. I used a Krista Smith digi in blue and made the papers with Craft artist. I used punches to make the card asymetric and for added decoration.
Here is one blue card in detail. Stereotypically the blue is for the boys!!

 This is the inside

These are the rest of the blue batch!

An example of a pink girly one!

The inside

And the rest of the pink batch

I’ve put this on the back!

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Flourishes –  pink-a-licious
Divas by Design – for boys
Paper Take Weekly – Cute Cute Cute
Crafts and Me – punches and diecuts
Stampin’ Royalty – punches
Scrapbook Sisters  off-center
Special Spring Bedhead birthday

Special Spring Bedhead birthday

Another 21st card today and I also made some matching gifts which I’ll blog over the next few days.
Inspired by Spring Colours and flowers I used my new Krista Smith Bedhead digi as my other theme was books as the recipient is a real bookie!
I made the papers and frames using Craft Artist. I coloured the edges of the card with distress ink and punched the paper corners with a MS punch.

I coloured the digi with Pro and flexmarkers and highlighted with pearlescent inks. I’ve shown a couple of angels to show the pearlescent effect. Looks a bit OTT but it really just shimmers a bit as it catches the light.

I also made some paper for the inside of the card and punched the corners. I’ve smudged the message for privacy.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – Use something new from your stash (new digi)
Flourishes –  Birthday Card
Little Miss Muffet Challenges – Spring colours/pastels
Raise The Bar – Cutesy Easter / Spring
That Craft Place – Spring
Little Claire’s  – Spring
Wags ‘n Whiskers – Flowers

Party Time Tuesdays – Flowers

Spring Birthday box

Spring Birthday box

This is the first of a set I’ve done for a 21st birthday. This is a box for the birthday card- I was in a rush and forgot to do a side view! The box top has a scalloped edge and the bottom of the box is a light pink textured cardstock.

The papers are First Edition- Love Letters. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch. The ribbon was snipped from the inside of a top (and it still stays on the hanger!!)

I would like to enter the following challenges

Pixie Dust StudioNumbers
Crafty Purple FrogAnything goes
Lovely Lili for mum!

Lovely Lili for mum!

I was really happy to get the free Lili of the Valley pictures in a magazine. I thougnt this image was perfect for Spring colours and I used some ideas from their great ideas to inspire.

As ever I coloured with Promarkers and I used glossy accents on the balloons and nose.
The punches I used were all Martha Stewart.

The ribbon was another magazine freebie. The LOTV sentiment was decorated round the edges with a flexmarker to look like petals. The embossing was done freehand.

I made up the card design made up from a couple I had seen and using acette for the window.
The flower gems were also freebies and all the flowers were Wild Orchid Crafts.

I decorated the back with another LOTV image from the magazine coloured with Pro and flexmarkers. I added a panel with my message.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Lili’s Little Fairies – Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers – Flowers
Lily Pad – Flower Challenge
Fairy Fun Fridays – Spring
Moving Along With The Times – Cute and Cuddly
Rainbow Lady’s – Butterflies
ColourQ – Color Challenge
Black, white and a splash of pink.

Black, white and a splash of pink.

I love challenge inspiration photos- these have beautiful pink flowers and I decided to use pink flowers for a splash of colour in my cards.

Sweet n sassy challenge- see link at end of post
Just inspiration challenge- see link at end of post

So this is my card- unfortunately the colouring doesn’t show so well in my photos as I used pearlescent paper- there is much more depth to the monochrome colouring 😉 The celebrate sentiment was embossed on pink glittery paper and the corners punched with a Martha Stewart punch..
I used the Wee Suzi digi stamp and used Craft artist to design and colour the papers. I distressed the paper edges. I inked the card edges with black pearlescent ink.

I coloured the image with Promarkers.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Sweet n’ Sassy Digi Challenge – photo inspiration at top of post
Just Inspirational Challenges – Inspired by picture  at top of post
Robyn`s Fetish -Pretty In Pink
Our Creative Corner –  Black and White with a splash of Colour
Craft Us Crazy – Favourite colour (pink)
Card Makin’ Mamas -Happy Birthday
It’s classic!

It’s classic!

I made this card for a classics teacher. I wanted a masculine vintage look to match my classics theme. I used distress ink on the card edges and paper edges. The latin text, map and Roman coins paper were coloured using a photo editing package to give a sepia tone.

The map was a line drawing of Scotland in Roman times. Having recoloured it digitally I mounted it on Tim Holtz paper and added crackle glaze.

I used Martha Stewart punches on Tim Holtz paper to make the medallion and the backing for the coins paper. I used the Wishing You Happiness sentiment from LOTV stamped in brown ink on cream card that I had distressed with ink. I used a coin charm covered in versamark emboss and silver embossing powder to make it look like an ancient coin! I used garden twine instead of ribbon to make it more masculine.

I used distress inks on the inside of the card with the Tim Holtz paper with the corners punched. I added my message on the computer. I took a photo of the colliseum and used a photo editor to make a mosaic effect.

A close up of the mosaic effect photo.

I also made a box to put it in.
I would like to enter the following challenges
The Crafty Pad- something for the boys
Craft spot- lets hear it for the boys
Cards for men- boys and their toys (in this case the Roman artifacts are toys to the man in question!)
Digistamps 4 joy- One for the boys
Crazy challenge- vintage
Creative stamp friends- old fashioned or antique
Crafty bloggers network- distressing
Shellys images blog- text challenge

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Another quick post so hubby doesn’t spot any pictures!! I made this box to put his card in. I wanted it to match to a certain extent but to be something he could use all the time.
This is the card in the box base. I used lots of glitter spray on the base to match on the card (although it doesn’t show well in the photo).

The card folded down in the base.

This is the top of the box. Hubby loves watches so I added my favourite embellishment- the brass clock and added a vintage clock face to the heart paper I made and had used on the card. I thought seize the moment fitted the time theme well but is general enough for the box to be useable.

A close up of the top. You can see that I used punches on the corners of my card and a MS scroll punch on the corners of the paper.

From the side you can see that I used scalloped blue paper for the box lid. I used corrugated paper from some packaging cut with scalloped scissors at the bottom around the side.

I would like to enter the following challenges.
Mark’s finest papers challenge- use your favourite embellie
Simon Says Stamp and Show- elements of time
Paperplay challenge- tags and wrapping
Christmas blog challenge- Christmas/ Winter birthday
2 sisters challenge- punches and or dies
Anything goes challenge- decorative or altered corners
Craft your passion- anything goes plus glitter
Cupcake craft challenges- DIY papers
Colour combo challenge

Clour Q challenge- I wasn’t sure if using most of the colours was ok as I couldn’t get green in! If not please delete my entry