Thursday, 15 November 2012

Folded Frames Keepsakes

These folded frames are really adaptable. They can be used individually to hold a photo or joined together to make a card, a minibook keepsake or a wall hanging. The first sample I made used four frames joined together and I made it with the lovely Home for Christmas range from Papermania.

I also made a smaller Valentine card version using the Me-to-You love range and Bexley black Capsule papers.

To make one of the frames you need to start off with a square sheet of paper in your chosen size.Your finished project will be half the size of the paper that you start with.

For this sample I have used an 8x8 square of Papermania Capsule paper in Bexley Black.
Fold the paper in half and then in half again in each direction, so that you end up with 16 small equal squares.
Turn the sheet over and fold each corner in to the centre point.

 Open out the sheet and turn over again. Now fold in each corner as far as the first crease line.

Keep the paper this way up and bring in the sides keeping the four centre squares as the base. Ensure that the corner flaps remain tucked in. The direction of the previous folds will help to make the frame shape fall into place.

 Burnish all of the folds to help maintain the shape, then cut a piece of card to slot in to the 'photo corners'. It needs to be a fraction smaller than the frame size. In the case of this sample it was just under 4". Once inserted, this will stabilise and hold the frame.

Each side of the frame has an open triangular slot. This can be used to insert a joining piece to act as a hinge if you want a number of frame sections to join together and fold.

The hinge piece will need to be a fraction smaller than the size of the frame aperture.

Insert the hinge piece into one of the slots on the side of the frame and glue in place. This is now ready to add on the next frame section. Score down the hinge piece diagonally to enable it to fold neatly.
Once you have made one of these frames the next one will be much easier and I'm sure you'll soon be making them for all sorts of occasions. 
Leave me a comment if you make one yourself as I'd love to know if you have been inspired to try one of these frames in a project.



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Folded Christmas Trees

I can't believe how long it's taken me to get around to doing this tutorial. Apologies to everyone who has been waiting since....  July... oh my gosh, it's even longer than I thought!

Anyway, here goes:  This tree is based on a simple teabag fold. If you take the time to burnish each fold it will make it easier for you.
Start off with three squares of patterned paper in descending sizes. I have used the three largest x-cut scallop nesting dies to cut mine. If you do not have a scallop die, the technique will also work with straight cut edges.

Take one of the squares and fold it in half diagonally. Open it out and fold in half diagonally in the opposite direction. Open it out and fold in half horizontally. Open it out for the final time and fold it in half horizontally in the opposite direction.

Holding the folded square firmly by the bottom edges, press gently on the top edge to invert the fold.

Repeat with the other side, then fold down one of the front triangles until the folded edge is in line with the centre of the triangle. Repeat for the other side.

If any of your folds do not line up accurately, you can disguise the white edges by brushing with an ink pad.
Take the smallest tree section and attach it your card with double sided tape across the flat back of the folded triangle. You will see a 'pocket' for the middle tree section to slot into.
Assemble all the tree layers by slotting them in. Now you can add a topper for your tree, a star, bow or angel for example. A message tag or peel off may be used to emulate the tree trunk or just add a small strip of card.
Have fun making your trees. Try using patterned papers which you might not normally favour. They look completely different folded and you can achieve some good effects :)



Monday, 17 September 2012

Teenage Birthday Girl

I can't believe how quickly the last few weeks have gone by. The new Docrafts promotion was released at the end of August which kept me busy making samples for demos. Apart from that, it was the end of the very long summer holidays for my two sons and time for them to go back to university. Of course this meant several shopping trips, mountains of laundry sorting and packing. My eldest son was also lucky enough to be given the chance of a three week trip to America as a research trip for his final year project. I am absolutely delighted for him and not just because he has asked for a craft shopping list from me :)

It was my great-niece's 13th birthday a couple of weeks ago and I thought you might like to see the cards that I made for her. One from me and one from her Mom. Although she is now a very grown up young lady, she still loves Tatty Teddy so I chose to make this card for her from me.
I used a Papermania stepper card and covered it with papers from the Me-to-You Ultimate die-cut pack. The sentiments, topper and tag are also from the same pack. I added her name using cardstock alpha stickers and embellished the card with an assortment of blitters, paper flowers, satin rosebuds and mini gems from the midnight enchanted fairies range. I inked the edges of the mats and tag with pink ink to give a little more definition.

Leah's Mom chose a Gorjuss Girl character for her card and I used an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl card for the base to add a bit of extra sheen.
The main image is decoupaged and I added lots of little tags which came with the kit. I love the Gorjuss Girls papers and used half a sheet, edged with Prussian Blue Colourbox ink pad.
The dotty ribbon was part of a pack of assorted black and white organza ribbons that I had from QVC a while ago. Sorry I can't remember the make. They were huge rolls and colour beautifully.

Well Leah has just become a teenager and my youngest son has just turned twenty, so it's one in and one out. Don't they grow up fast? :)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Pink Vintage Rose

This is another craftwork card design that I thought you might like to see.
For this one I started with a 6" square cream easel card from craftwork cards, turned onto its side and folded back on itself to give a different shape.
I covered the card front and the inside with papers from the Shabby Vintage collection in dusky rose.
The square parenthesis shape topper is made from a Kanban white stackables die-cut shape, stamped with a partial image from a Kanban clear stamp. It came in a multi set from QVC a while ago.
I used the same stamp along the inside edge of the card and also around the message tag. The message tag itself was a die-cut from craftwork cards sentiments.
I used just two colours of Ranger distress ink to colour the images, old paper & spun sugar, and also used the old paper ink pad to distress all the card edges and for the soft stamping effect inside the card.

The overall effect is very subtle and muted and I think the card would be suitable for so many different occasions.

Hope you like it :)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Butterfly Blues

I was checking through my photos and came across this easel card which I made a few months ago.
I had treated myself to a few Craftwork Cards goodies and wanted to have a play with them.
The card base is a CWC pre-scored easel card. I love the scallop shape on this one.
From the 'Pocket Full of Patterned Paper' CD I printed two identical sheets of this script paper with a flower border so that I could decoupage the flowers. It was a bit of a labour of love cutting out the tiny leaves but I think it was worth it. I affixed them with silicone glue to enable me to angle them, then added a few different sized clear gems to the flower centres.
The butterfly is cut from the same paper, using a Spellbinders Flights of Fancy die.
The white circle is plain card die cut with an x-cut circle die.
For the sculpted flowers I used a mixture of retro flower die cuts, which I scored to shape the petals, and some more of the printed script paper, die cut with Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies, rolled up to make the flower centres.
The picture below shows the flowers in a little more detail.
Finally I added a message from the CWC Vintage Kit and used two card candi dots as faux brads.

I love the fresh feel to this card, hope you have enjoyed sharing it with me :)

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tatty Ted Ties the Knot

This is a wedding card that I was asked to make, for a young couple, featuring Tatty Ted. The card itself is a 10" x 7" so a nice big size for a special occasion.
I used the Especially for You CD for the image and for the sentiments, which I printed out onto card and then die cut with an xcut scallop heart and a grand nesties scallop square which I cut twice to reduce the width.  The edges are inked with a wild honey Rangers distress ink pad. The papers are by an American designer from an old QVC scrapbooking kit. I chose the peachy shades to co-ordinate with Tatty's waistcoat.
The image is highlighted with Anitas 3D gloss and a few loose pearl beads from an extra flower embellishment. The heart shaped raindrops are Fiskars.

The wedding was last Friday, so the happy couple will be away on their honeymoon now. Hope they're having better weather than us.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Bit of Glamour

I was asked to make this card for a friend's mom. She loves monochrome cards and wanted a glamourous art deco style lady.

The card itself is A5 in size and is made from 300gsm white card.
The background cardstock and the invertage image are from a Kanban kit which I bought from QVC a while ago. This particular image is called 'Ruby' and I think she is the epitome of glamour.
After cutting the patterned base mat, I outlined the edges with a silver Zig marker to give it a bit more definition.
The sentiment die-cut is also Kanban and was part of a bumper pack from QVC. The feather and the gem strips were from QVC too. There seems to be a bit of a theme going on here ;)
I stuck the feather down first using some strong ds tape, then stuck the sentiment on top with silicone glue so that it would seep through the feather.
The topper has been stuck on with 3D foam to maintain even levels for the invertage layers. I added a few tiny gems as an earring and as an accent on the sentiment.
The strip of gems down the side of the card is a little extravagant but justified for a special person :)

Do you know anyone special enough to use so many gems? lol x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Patriotic Birthday

It was my eldest niece's birthday this week and as she adores her mini car with the union flag roof, I chose to make a card using the flag and got a little carried away. I have collected so many flag related goodies over the last few months that I found it really hard to choose ;)

I made the easel card base using two sheets of Kanban British flag card which I die cut using an xcut rectangle parenthesis die.
The mini car image is from a  Penny Black wooden stamp and was stamped onto a Kanban die cut mat  using black versafine ink and heat embossed with Papermania clear powder. The image has been coloured with Promarker pens.
The button, ribbon and bow are all Papermania embellishments from the Portobello Road Collection which was first released in March this year.
For the sentiment, I used a message topper which was actually free with a craft magazine, but I felt it went really well with the rest of the card.

Hope you like it :)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Daddy Bear

I'd like to share with you the cards that my boys sent to their Dad on his birthday. They did of course choose the toppers and decoupage that they liked and I just had the little job of actually making the cards. Both cards are 6" square so no favouritism ;)

Wellington fishing is a decoupage image from the ultimate die-cut pack. The paper and sentiment tags are too. I inked around the papers and toppers with brown archival dye ink and then distressed around the scallop card edges using a bundled sage Tim Holtz distress ink pad to soften the white card. I also wrapped some olive green organza ribbon around the paper mat, tieing it with a simple knot.

The Forever Friends card is made using a folded sheet of 12x12 Kraft paper. The paper mat, topper and sentiments were all from the FF Retro collection. I backed everything onto navy card to offset the layers on this one. The tape measure across the centre of the card is cut from a 6x6 K&Co paper pack 'Lifes Journey Rulers'. I rolled the edges of both ends to make a small coil. Finally I added two small blue gems from the Papermania midnight fairy pack.

I love how both boys chose a cute image for their Dad's cards. Years ago they would have gone for something 'techy' and 'grown up'. Perhaps a sign that they have grown up too :)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Going Fishing?

I made this 8"x8" card for my husbands birthday using the fab Forever Friends retro collection.
He used to go fly fishing many moons ago and recently mentioned that he'd like to take it up again so I thought this image would be appropriate for him. Personally I think he would be more of an armchair fisherman these days ;)
I really did mix and match from all the packs in the collection for this one. The main image is a decoupage topper from a die-cut decoupage pack. I also cut out all of the extra flowers from the sheet to use as extra embellishments. The small sentiments and the stripey paper are from the Ultimate die cut pack. The checked paper is from the A5 paper pack. I thought that the check size on that particular sheet framed my decoupage topper perfectly. The scroll message is from the sentiments pack. I inked around all of the different layers using an orange Papermania mini dye pad just to define the edges a little more.

Now. Who wants to go fishing?

I have entered this card into the following challenge:
Desmet Design Challenge for June Men & Boys

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Guest Blogging at Docrafts

I have made my first contribution as a guest blogger over at
Once a month I will be contributing an article featuring one of my own projects so will need to start planning early to make sure that I meet the deadline. I'm feeling nervous already ;)
This month's piece is a little bit about me and how I got into crafting. I'd be really interested to learn how you all started too. There's usually a little trigger point somewhere that starts people off.
If you'd like to see the article please follow the link below and I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment on how you started crafting too.

Click her:  Docraftsblog

Friday, 15 June 2012

June Anniversaries

June must be the most popular month for weddings as I know so many people who have anniversaries this month, including me :)

There were two very special ones this month, my dear friend's Silver 25th (mine is next year, ooh!) and my sister's Ruby 40th.
Before you all start wondering about the big difference between those, there is a significant age difference between my sister and myself,  haha.

Both of these cards are roughly 8" square and I have used the same stamp set on both. It is the Hunkydory wedding set and I absolutely love the wine glass stamp. There is also a beautiful shoes stamp on there.
For the 25th anniversary card I used a white scallop card blank and stamped hearts all over with a watermark stamp then embossed in silver. I cut two mats from silver mirri and plain white card for stamping using Spellbinders Grand Nesties square scallop dies. I also die-cut a small heart, using an xcut nesting die, as an embellishment with number 25 peel offs stuck onto it.
For the main image I stamped the champagne glass twice and added two of the message stamps, all in watermark ink and embossed in silver.
To finish, I wrapped some white organza ribbon around the card spine and threaded a diamante heart buckle onto the ribbon to form the bow centre.

I made my own card base for the Ruby anniversary card, from a 12x12 sheet of black Papermania textured card stock, matted and  layered with red and white card stock. I stamped the main image in  black this time and embossed in clear. I also added some extra bubbles to the top of the glasses.
The hearts on the background layer on this card are stamped in red ink, with smaller hearts stamped in black inbetween. They are highlighted with Ranger red stickles.
The Ruby 40 embellishment is a peel off, coloured black and stuck onto red card. I cut around the outline and then filled the heart with red stickles before attaching it to the card with 3D foam.
The red ribbon tied across the inner white mat on the card is Papermania velvet glitter ribbon.
Finally I added two sets of three self-adhesive red gems to each white mat to embellish.

I'm sure it won't be too long before these stamps get another airing as I love them so much. Hope you do too :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Criss Cross Lucy Cromwell

I made this card using the beautiful Lucy Cromwell double sided Designstax papers and two Papermania square recycled card blanks. I took step-by-step photos as I went along so that you can have a go at making your own version.
The tag inside lifts out to reveal the message. It's a perfect style of card for invitations, gift vouchers and special messages.
The first step is to take  2 identical square card blanks and cut across one side diagonally as shown.
Add double-sided tape to one of the full squares to join the cards together.
When you lay one card on top of the other you will have this basic card shape.
Choose your paper to mat inside the card. This does not need to cover the whole inside as it will only be partially seen.
Add a strip of narrow double-sided tape along the bottom of the card centre.
Fold the right hand side of the card in and secure to the tape. Add a decorative paper mat.
Attach double-sided tape to the left hand side of the card, only in the area which will overlap onto the right side. Fold it in and secure. Add a decorative paper mat.
This will be your base card ready for decoration.
Choose some embellishments and mat them onto kraft card to match the base.
I chose to use toppers and sentiments from the Lucy Cromwell Ultimate paper pack, Anitas Forever Friends ribbon and some satin ribbon roses as an accent.

Hope you have fun making and decorating your own criss cross card :)