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








Can I meet the deadline?

Can I meet the deadline?

I have put this together in about an hour- when I saw the sketch at the crafting when we can sketch challenge I just had to go for it! I grabbed some left over digital papers I had printed together with a matching freebie I had out from a previous card.Of course grabbing things on my desk this month has to involve pink!

The rose papers were made digitally and the damask paper was a freebie. My mat was pearlescent card with blended pink distress ink and then stamped with a damask stamp and flocked.
The image is a Lili of the valley die cut but I recoloured the dots on the dress, shoes, bag, flower and background with pro and flexmarkers to match the card colours.

The ribbon was from stash and was coloured with Promarker to match the image- pink ribbon for the stamping boutique challenge.  I added 3 pearls to the top corner, coloured with the same Promarker, and 3 flowers from Wild Orchid Craft to the bottom corner for a little embellishment.

I made the inside to match.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Wild Orchid Challenge– anything goes

The Stamping Boutique – pink ribbons

Crafting when we can sketch

Thanks so much to Crafting when we can- I won!!

Cute as a button picture

Cute as a button picture

This is the picture I made to accompany the card for a new arrival! Once again I blurred the picture for privacy. I used a box frame from Hobbycraft.
I used some of the elements I had designed for the card. They are colour matched to the blanket on the baby. I used some bright DP from my First Edition Hideaway stash and used sage distress ink on the card edges. I wanted to use dots on the paper and pearls to match the button theme.

I used ribbons from stash and coloured them to match using soft green Promarker. The buttons were from stash.

I coloured all the pearls with Promarker to match and pull my elements together.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Simply Create – Anything goes for digital papercrafting
Papertake Weekly -Anything Goes and optional celebrate
Cute Card Thursday Lots of ribbon
Pink, pink, pink and orange!

Pink, pink, pink and orange!

As you can see I’m getting back into my blogging every day! Another birthday card for Think Pink using Sweet Sketch (a really fun sketch to work with) hopefully I can raise some cash for cancer research with them. I’m finding the murky lighting difficult for photos at the minute- might have to build a mini studio when I have time!

I used the photo of the Stampin’ royalty colours to colour match my digital papers I made on Craft Artist. I used a pink frame with circles. as the basis of my patterns. I then used a pink Sakura glaze pen and orange Sakura souffle pen to add some detailing and to make it pop. I tore some pink fibrous paper and stamped orange circles on it using a wine cork.

I made circle embellishments by printing from Craft Artist and then adding pearls I had coloured orange. I mounted them and my image using foam pads. I then attached my sentiment using pearl brads I had coloured orange and fixed it with a curve on it to add dimension.

I also used a pink sakura glaze pen to highlight the middle of the sentiment.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and flexmarkers.

I designed a matching inside but put all the elements on 1 layer to print.

A good few hours of fun! I would like to enter the following challenges

Sassy Studio Designs –  Think pink
Stampin’ Royalty – colors. Thanks picking me as a ‘top pick’ for this challenge.

Sweet Sketch – Sketch


Summer Ladybugs

Summer Ladybugs

I’ve been so bust crafting I haven’t had time to blog. Was determined to post one of my latest creations today so apologies that it is short and sweet!!
This is a 60th birthday card for someone who loves the coast, sailing and used to go ballooning so the Ladybugs digi from Wee stamps was perfect. As usual I coloured with Promarkers, flexmarkers and also pearlescent ink.
The edge of the card was blended with distress ink. The papers were created using Craft Artist.

I added pearls coloured to match with Promarkers.

The inside of the card…

I would like to enter the following challenges

The Crazy Challenge – Summer/Beach
SquiggleflyPink and Blue
Anything Goes Challenge – Things With Wings
Creative Belli – animals
Penny’s Paper-Crafty – happy birthday 
Simon Says Stamp – birthday
Pink and girlie because Spring is springing!

Pink and girlie because Spring is springing!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. I had a few projects on the go that I couldn’t put on here! I’ve got a ton of cards to make now so I need to get back in the groove.
This is a girlie card- Just one DP as it is so pretty I can’t bear to cover it up! I used pink distress ink on the edges of my card. I highlighted some of the flowers and the wings using pearlescent ink.

 I added a butterfly gem landing on her hand and then punched a butterfly from black paper and added pearls. I made the flowers by punching pink scraps, colouring with inks, layering and then I used glossy accents and seed beads to make the centre.

I also decorated the inside.

 I used a Martha Stewart punch and stamp kit for the flowers in the central panel. I used distress ink on the card for the sentiment and punched the edges with a MS flower punch.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Sweet Stamps – #57 Think Spring
Little Darlings Challenges – #19 colors of Spring
Crafty Purple Frog – Pink & girly
Paper Take Weekly – For The Girls Or Mum
Top Tip Tuesday – #72 make a really girlie creation!!
Flutterby Wednesdays – must include butterfly, fairy or angel – #194 card for a child
Crafty Sentiments – Things With Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge – #21 Butterflies 


Another card to wish someone better.
A cuddly swirly pearly card!! I made the background paper using Craft Artist and added a NitWits bear.

 I used pearlescent inks to paint the butterflies and add highlights to the banner. I used glossy accents on the flower and nose of the bear. I added pearls to the swirls.

I used some scraps to make the inside.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges
Party time tuesdays- get well soon
Crafty creations challenges- warm and cuddly teddy bears
My mums craft shop challenges- swirls and pearls
Paper crafting journey- cute
My time made easy- pretty pallette, see photo

Turning envelopes to gift bags

Turning envelopes to gift bags

Although I’ve finished my stash ban I’m trying to stay on a stash diet!! I seem to have tons of envelopes left over from our wedding and they can be made into cheap gift bags that are perfect for small light items such as jewellry. I also tend to add so much to my cards I end up having to make a box with them so I end up with spare envelopes such as this pretty pearlescent one which became the bag on the right.

I used a paisley stamp to make a random pattern. I used a MS flower punch to make the top and then added some ribbon from stash for handles.  Just to prove it is the envelope I’ve shown the back as well!

My second envelope started life as a white envelope. I used lavender and pink distress inks to give a light background colour. Iused a butterfly border stamp in pink all the way across the paper and then added a lilac circular butterfly stamp. I used a MS butterfly punch to edge the top and tied a pretty pink ribbbon (from the inside of a jumper….you know the annoying ribbons they use to hang things up in shops!). I used a MS punch to make the butterfly on a bit of spare pearlescent paper, curled the wings and added adhesive pearls.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Stamp scrap and doodle challenge- die cut or punches
Delightful sketches- punches and dies
Pixie dust studio pixie challenge- Girlie girl
The hybrid chick- all tied up (use ribbon, twine etc)
CES challenges- Give me wings!

Learning to dance in the rain

Learning to dance in the rain

There were so  many inspirations for this picture including the person it is for and these wonderful challenge photos (challenge detail at end of post). The pictures inspired my colours, flowers and swirls!

This is my creation with some words of wisdom.

I made the backing paper using Craft Artist and printed it out. I added some stickles to the clouds, butterflys and swirls.

I added glossy accents to my rain drops I’d designed and also to the beads hanging from my banner.

I used pearl and pink pearlescent ink to paint the edges of the petals on my flowers (which are from Wild Orchid Crafts). I added some pearl accents to my swirls.

I used a MS butterfly punch and curled the wings. I placed a couple of pearls in the middle.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Gingersnap creations-words of wisdom
Inky impressions challenges- pearls and/or bling
Aud sentiments challenge- anything but a card with a sentiment
The crafty pad- fresh Spring colours
Divas by design challenge- anything goes
Cutie pie challenge- anything but a card
Little claires designs- anything but a card
Cupcake inspirations- see photo at top of post
so artful challenges- Georgia O’Keeffe see photo at top of post

Mosaic- tutorial

Mosaic- tutorial

I had a decent amount of crafting time for the first time in ages today. I wanted to make a thank you card for a friend.Time to try a new technique to use up scraps! I’m really pleased how this worked out as it is perfect for using small scraps.
I started by deciding I’d use pink and brown and sorted out some scraps in those colours and some cardboard packaging.

I took a piece of cereal packet. I tore up pieces of brown scrap papers and stuck them down with Mod Podge I used similar colours in a circular pattern. I then coloured the torn edges with brown distress ink.

I then used various scraps with two pink patterns on them to make my union jack patterned mosaic.  I coloured the torn edges with pink distress ink.

I covered the mosaic patterned paper with two layers of Mod Podge.

I used a die cut from Lili of the Valley. I cut it out and highlighted the flower, mirror and pearls using glossy accents. I added some pearl embellies to the bag. I mounted them using foam pads to get some lift.

I would like to enter the following challenges
kaboodle doodles- thank you
papertake weekly- happy highlights
card makin mamas- something old
crafts 4 eternity- clean and simple
crafters cafe blog challenge- CAS