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If you are crafting for others, there is always a challenge in it because you want to be sure that they are happy with your makes. Talking about challenges... how about a flexible wedding theme card?

A while ago, I had bought Wedding Bells papers from Wild Rose Studio, knowing that one day I might be working on some wedding cards. They are pretty but also neutral and I just love a bit of colour. I kept them well hidden in my stash.

Recently, I was asked to make wedding cards that could also be turned into greetings for any occasion. Flicking through my magazines, I discovered an iris folding design in Cardmaking & Papercraft. I have always wanted to have a go at it because the result looks simply stunning, so here are my first attempts.

These were real quick makes which is great if you had to make... let's say... 100 wedding invitations! I copied the heart template from the magazine, cut it out and placed it on the back of the white cardstock. I secured it with tape, drew the heart and then cut it out with my craft knife. The strips for iris folding were cut 2.5 cm wide. I came up with the idea of "hanging hearts" and corners when I thought about filling up the empty space on my card.

The first and third card were made with free papers from magazines and the second with Wedding Bells papers:

Aren't they just pretty... and so easy to make! Just make sure that you use sturdy cards (200 grams/m²).

Pick your favourite!

I'll be enjoying some time off again the coming weeks, so check again what's up on this blog next month.

New weaving design


Here is a new idea for paper weaving which was inspired by a floral wreath I had seen in Cardmaking & Papercraft.

You will need scalloped circle dies (I used Spellbinders), a snowflake punch, buttons and pretty papers. I cut out the four smallest scalloped circles, slightly inked the edges and cut between each scallop towards the centre. This will allow you to bend and shape the flower afterwards. Add a snowflake and button to the centre and stick it on the woven background. I added leaves and flags as it looked a bit plain.

Et voilà...

Woven background made with papers from Papermania Portobello Road

Woven background made with papers from My Mind's Eye Indie Chic & Carta Bella Well traveled

Woven background made with papers from Indie Chic

As always, a little difficult to find the matching papers (although I used paper pads for the woven background) which is what I spend most of my time with!

Pick your favourite!

I'll be back later this week with elegant iris folding and a wedding theme that isn't... Curious? Hope to see you on this blog.

"Freestyle" Iris Folding

An action-packed week left me knackered and made me spend Saturday afternoon on the couch. I brought the ever growing pile of craft magazines downstairs and sorted them out. That's when two iris folding patterns slipped out of one magazine. I had tried iris folding before, more or less successfully:

I made this card without any pattern and had to even it out several times. No wonder it took me three hours to complete! It's still one of my favourites from the first stash of cards I made and my hubby & I used it for wedding greetings.

Sorting out my magazines meant that I had lots of bonus papers. You can use them for paper weaving, but they are flimsy and I don't recommend using them in combination with glue. They come in a set of four different designs, each one in A5 format and the good thing about them is that they are colour coordinated! So... what better use for them than iris folding?

The first card was made with Valentines papers. I positioned the card on top of the pattern and secured it with tape. It didn't work out first time and the iris didn't turn out perfectly even. That's when I came up with the idea of sticking a sentiment on top. So here is my first attempt of iris folding "freestyle" (not really sticking to the folding pattern):

For the second card, I cut 2.5 cm wide strips which I then folded in half. I recommend you go for strips wider than 2 cm. This card was made with pastel floral papers. No wonky iris this time, but I couldn't resist adding the sentiment:

That's it for today. Pick your favourite.

Happy blogging and crafting everyone!

Just paper


Summer has definitely moved on, judging by the number of times I have to carry my umbrella with me now, but that's just fine because it means more time indoors (= crafting).

The Woodware owls are back and I used my new Marianne Creatables Classic Mailbox for this design. I had bought this die with Christmas in mind, but the small envelope made a perfect finishing touch instead of adding embellishments which always make the card difficult to slip into the envelope.

The papers used for the weaving come from Echo Park For the Record 2 and for the pink owl card they are scrapbooking leftovers.

Oh... and don't forget the little flags which are so cute, I just had to add them. These were die cut with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants.

Pick your favourite!


Heart? Check. Bow? Check. Lovebirds? Check. Wedding sentiment? Check. Weaving? Check.

Here comes my first wedding card which turned out a little different than anticipated. I was asked to make a couple of wedding cards with Cottage Cutz Heart Doily. After my first attempts with the die a while ago which turned out a disaster, I removed the ejection foam. Now it takes forever to cut one heart and getting the delicate thing out of the die. It really is a shame because I quite like the heart doily!

I used a small format and the space on this one is 11.5 x 11.5 cm. Started with the weaving of some vintage papers that came with a magazine, then cut the doily. I didn't want it to be the center of the card, so I cut off a bit. The lovebirds were a freebie from Wee Stamps. There are two different versions of it. Since I bought Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants, every card has to have some flags. Glued a small bow to the heart and decorated the circle with half pearls.

I hope you like the result! Coming up: more weaving and an old "new" design.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Birthday beauty


I'm so excited to share this colourful card with you. My colleague's birthday was coming up and I had the idea of finding a digi which looks exactly like her. I knew it had to be out there, somewhere on the internet! After a quick search, I discovered Redonkadoodles which have all sorts of fun digis.

I coloured Birthday Beauty with my Promarkers and wove the background with papers from Echo Park For the Record 2. I had bought a set of alphabet stamps from Dovecraft. Didn't want to go for the usual birthday sentiment this time so I stamped my own quote "Stay Fresh & Funky" which I use at work a lot!

I couldn't decide on the embellishments and wanted to keep the design neat and tidy. I put some half pearls around the circle and die cut flags with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants which I then cut in half.

Enough said, check it out for yourself:

Just when I thought I had picked the right shade to colour her hair did my colleague turn up at work with a new black & red hairdo!

Hope you like my Birthday Beauty.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Same design, different stamp


I recently finished reading a book which started to fall apart. It was almost in the rubbish bin until I thought about saving some pages for my designs. Back to my ribbon design with a bit of an elegant twist.

As usual, I didn't know how these cards would work out until I had done the weaving and found the ribbon to go with it. When I started the weaving for the second card, I was pretty sure I had some pink ribbon left which, of course, wasn't the case. I'm surprised how well the colour combo worked out on that one! The papers are a mix of everything I could find. Black is one of my favourite colours to use in cardmaking and look how well it goes with the design.

Et voilà, here we go:

Aren't they just pretty?

Pick your favourite!

Easy-peasy ribbon design


I'm back with the beautiful birthday sentiment and more weaving. While I was travelling these last couple of weeks, I thought about new techniques I might want to learnt, but I couldn't make up my mind. Learning a new technique means spending money on new material, too, and I've got so much stuff already, I might as well use it.

So I got out my bag with ribbons this time. I had kept some ribbons from my scrapbooking days (which seems ages ago), one of them the green dotty one shown on the second design. I started weaving strips of paper which I had already cut and collected over the time, cut a 9.5 cm circle as usual and fixed the weaving in the back with double-sided tape. I played around with the ribbon and this is what I came up with:

I like this design because you can adapt it to any occasion. I thought the second card would make a pretty neutral male birthday card and you'd probably never notice that I used some vintage papers with bird print on it! The little pieces of ribbon were stitched together and put on a circle the same size as the sentiment with double-sided tape. Now that I think of it, you might as well staple the ribbon. Put a large 3D foam pad in the middle and stick your sentiment on it. Et voilà!

Pick your favourite!

Happy weekend everyone!

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