Baby Elephant - Iris Folding


Here are two sweet baby cards which I made by cutting out the shape of Woodware's Baby Patch Elephant and iris folding with colourful papers:

Off to Brussels this weekend to see my friends. I can't wait for my city break!

Happy summer crafting!

It's been a while...

I'm very much looking forward to my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary this summer which my hubby & I are hosting here in England. We very much enjoyed organising our own wedding in Portugal two years ago, so this small event (closest family only) should be easy-peasy to put together... one would hope.

As my mother-in-law designed the invitation, I made these cards which will contain the program for the celebrations. I used the same iris folding design as shown here and mixed free papers with decopatch papers.

Pretty simple and the cards were made in no time. I haven't done any iris folding in a while so it was nice to do something familiar without wrecking my brain.

Hugs with Henry

I had a fun day out in London today, playing tourist which I usually don't get to do unless we have visitors. The V&A museum really blew me away. I could spend hours looking at all the pretty things on display, especially their jewellery collection. London can be such a hectic place, so it was good to see it in a more relaxed way than on the daily commute.

Here is a card I made using Papercraft Inspirations Hugs with Henry decoupage kit of which I still had a few cute images left. I mixed it with free vintage papers and quilled flowers. I don't like to overembellish so I added my hand stitched border, ribbon and a button et voilĂ ...

I made this with somebody special in mind and hope it will make the person smile.

Happy crafting!

More shaker cards


Shaking things up a little on my blog... Here are two more shaker cards which I had fun making. I enjoy crafting so much more when I have plenty of time to think of designs for my loved ones.

The first one is a baby card for a former colleauge. I was looking for a baby theme in my stash and couldn't find the right papers, so I decided to mix and match some free papers with The London Line which was a gift from my crafty friend Diane. I cut out the teddy and glued it to the cloud background. Added a sentiment from Lili of the Valley and tried to keep it gender-neutral (although you can probably guess it's for a boy).

The next card I made for a friend in mind. She is such a sweetheart and I found this cute image in Papercraft Inspirations' "Hugs with Henry" decoupage set. The Lily Rose papers are another fab freebie from their June issue:

I'm hooked up on this new technique. It's fussy work but so much fun!

Shake shake shake


We've had so much sun lately that I'm more outdoors than indoors crafting. I spend hours reading outside, watching our cat play in the garden and eating lots of ice cream. Does one need more to be happy?

As I recently donated a big bag of crafty goods to charity and I dropped another bag in front of my friend's door, I have little left. Mind you, it's still taking up plenty of space in our wardrobe. I haven't bought new material in a long time, so I make cards with free gifts from magazines while using up bits and pieces from my old stash.
Papercraft Inspirations came with colourful Ice Cream Sundae patterned papers and micro beads last month. I wanted to have a go at a shaker card and here is what I made of it:

It's fussy work with the micro beads and I didn't know that the acetate and beads were static and in combination with double-sided tape it can be a nightmare. After my first project, I made another two shaker cards and this time used a deep oven dish when putting the beads into the circle. I don't trust double-sided tape so I used a little glue before sticking the acetate circle onto the topper.

Using the same papers, I made this card for my niece's birthday in October. I added beads to the cherry topper by covering a small area with glue. I wanted this to be a simple and fun design so I chose a die cut heart and decorated it with gems.

I'll show more shaker cards next time. Hope you like the designs!

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