Die-Cutting Continued...


Have you seen this month's free gift from Cardmaking & Papercraft (November issue)? It's Hunkydory toppers and papers and I love the images and colours. I had some mirri card left which goes perfectly with the kit.

When it comes to Christmas, I don't fancy traditional colours. Instead, I prefer to work with soft colours like these. The pink paper for the first card was just enough to create eight frames and four squares with a stitched frame.

This time, I chose a sentiment, but it looked lost on the card until I added poinsettias using the inlaid die-cutting technique. The outlines are cut from rose gold deco foil to add contrast.

Happy Christmas crafting everyone!

Die-Cutting Magic


Yes, I know the title sounds very promising but wait...

I recently ordered this cute deer from Marianne Design for Christmas and baby cards. My idea was to make an inlaid die-cutting scene but then I decided not to fuss around with so many details on the deer. If you're not familiar with inlaid die-cutting, here is an example of what it looks like.

Instead, I made what turned out to be a Christmas card for my little girl. Her first Christmas card! The border die was a free gift from Die-Cutting Essentials and you can order it here.

I rarely go for pink cardstock so this was a brilliant way to use it up! No sentiment this time as I didn't know where to place it!

Papercraft Essentials: Paper Weaving Masterclass


Some time ago, Becky from Papercraft Essentials asked me to write a Masterclass on paper weaving, or paper patchwork to be more precise. I first discovered this technique in Papercraft Inspirations and Quick Cards also covered it recently.

You can start with basic die-cutting shapes and straight lines (see first card) if you want to give this a try. Patchwork also makes a great background that you can use behind a die-cut aperture (see second card). The Masterclass feature can be found in Papercraft Essentials issue 137 and there's a step-by-step guide with pictures, too. If you didn't get a copy, you can order your back issue here.

These are my favourites from the set of cards I made:

I worked on my first set of Christmas cards this weekend. Up next is a very special Christmas card and some makes using free gifts from magazines. I hope you all enjoyed a crafty weekend!

Papercraft Inspirations - Issue 157


Time to share my designs from last month's Papercraft Inspirations. The themes were "Lace & Anniversary" and "Flowers & Birthday". I'm not the flower and butterfly kind of crafter so this is what I call a challenge.

A great inspiration for the second lace card is Karen and you can check out her blog here. Her cards are absolutely stunning and her blog is beautifully written. I often get myself lost in it.

Papercraft Inspirations 128 is now on sale including some new Occasion Card designs from me.

Enjoy your crafty weekend!

Put a ring on it


One craft item I couldn't do without is double-sided tape. I've been using it generously since my early days of cardmaking. It can be difficult to find the right glue so I'm mostly sticking to tape. There are no bad surprises with double-sided tape. It doesn't make your paper wavy and (if you buy the right type) it sticks like hell.

No wonder then that I go through these rolls in no time. When my last roll of tape was finished, I kept the white plastic ring thinking I should do something with it. I don't keep and upcycle things but I wanted to make something different than a card. Our girl's nursery needs a few more loving touches so I made this...



This is a cute little project and I will continue with it using other cutting dies, then link two or three circles with bakers twine to hang them up. You could also attach them to a wreath or make a garland with a few decorated circles.

Hope you found some inspiration on my blog!

Thinking of You


Last week, I received sad news from Germany. A family member is losing his battle against cancer. He has been in treatment for two years but now doctors are giving up on him. Still dealing with the sudden loss of my mum, I know people want say something comforting but words don't always have a meaning. I'm really lost for words now but when they come, I'll put them down and send this card to my family to give them courage and strength for what lies ahead.

I used LOTV's Mr & Mrs papers which was one of my favourites from the CMOTY prize package. There are still many papers left in the pack and I'm thinking they might even work for a fancy Christmas card! I'm not a fan of the traditional red and green and I always like something different, so let's see where my imagination takes me.

I recently bought Sugar Pea Design's Feeling Sentimental sentiment stamp set which comes in handy for many occasions and you can also have a play with words. You can find it on sevenhillscrafts.

Try this one


Iris folding remains my favourite technique in cardmaking ever since I made my first card four years ago (the result can be seen here). It's a shame that it's rarely featured in papercraft magazines, but I'm hoping to tempt you into it!

I'm always searching the web for new iris folding templates but there are a number of problems: Most of the templates are shapes that I'd never put on my cards. While Pinterest is a great source for templates, it's overwhelming and you need to be careful about the source and copyright. Most iris folding cards that I find online have too much going on with peel-offs and what I call "floating elements".

If you are a fan of iris folding, I'd like to share this brilliant blog with you. You will find many different categories for any occasion, including iris folding frames for pictures and photo iris folding. I also stumbled across handcraftedgreetings and thought I should do something with the Pineapple Blossom template. When I downloaded it, I resized it to fit the largest square of my MFT Stitched Square STAX dies. Next, I colour-coded the template in three different colours (one for each patterned paper used) before cutting the paper strips and folding them. The challenge with this one is that you need to measure and score precisely the four strips woven in the centre.

Here's my first attempt, it's a birthday card for my dad who will turn 57 soon.

What I like about iris folding is that you can use up your paper scraps and also use Christmas papers like these ones when it's not the season yet! Did you notice the snowflake print on them?

The woven cross in the centre made me think this would make a great card for any religious occasion or sending condolences. As the papers make the design very chunky, both white frames are mounted on foam pads.

I've got one more design ready while I'm working on more, so visit my blog again to check it out.

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