Digital diet

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It must be my lucky day since the laptop is working! I have been on a digital diet ever since it went on strike last week. Still, I'm hopeful and I switch it on everyday to see what happens... and nothing does.

Usually, I would spend every minute of this bank holiday weekend inside, sitting at our dining table full of cardmaking stuff, but I decided to take a little break. Instead, I'll be going through my pile of magazines, making a wish list of things I must have and looking for new ideas. Lately, I have been making iris folding designs using up bonus papers from different magazines.

Designer Julie Kirk's feature on Paper Patchwork in this month's Papercraft Inspirations (issue 138) caught my attention. I still had to make a card for a friend's 30th birthday and decided to try the paper patchwork technique to make this simple design. Honestly, I don't think he'd be thrilled to find a reminder of his age on his birthday card, a beer mug or a sports theme...

So here is my design, which I think has a bit of feminine touch but let's hope he won't see it the same way.

Here is the clever idea behind it: The paper strips are not woven. I cut six strips of 21 x 3 cm (three different papers) and glued them onto A4 card, then cut horizontal strips and placed them diagonally across a square piece of card. I had a small piece left which I attached on the left hand side with a sentiment on top.

The best thing about this card... it was made with freebies!

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend!

Sweet little something

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I collected some bonus papers from Cardmaking & Papercraft, hoping I'd be able to use them for iris folding designs. I wasn't too keen on the flower & bird designs on these papers, but loved the colours. Anyway, once folded into strips, you can barely make out the pattern.

This frame was a leftover from my first attempts to work with a punch around the edges and I attached it to a tent fold card. A mini shaker with sequins & sweet sentiment and hanging hearts were added to finish off this design.

How are you doing with your crafty New Year's resolutions? I'm not doing too bad with my birthday cards this year! This card will be for someone's 40th birthday. It took me a while to decide on the papers and design as she didn't seem to be a flower & butterfly kind of girl. Glad I found these bright and beautiful papers!

If you want try iris folding, here are lots of different templates for free that you can download.

We'll have family over from Belgium this weekend which means many restaurant visits to sample British cuisine. Sounds like a very lazy and heavy weekend to me!

Border punch

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I'd been looking forward to a creative weekend and what better start to it than visiting your local craft shop? I stocked up on a few essentials although I'm always tempted to buy more... but having less means you find new ways of using what's in your stash.

I don't spend much on dies as they are expensive. If you have a craft knife, ruler, border punch and a good paper trimmer that doesn't cut wonky lines, you can easily copy the design which I'm sharing here today. Honestly, I'd be lost without my craft knife. It was one my first buys when I started with scrapbooking. Before I got my first Cutterpede, I used to trim papers for my layouts with a craft knife and ruler. Once you get the hang of it, you might find it easier to use for cutting out shapes than fine tip scissors.

This card is for my niece's 6th birthday in May. I started by using a border punch on two square pieces of white cardstock. Next, I cut a window with my paper trimmer/kraft knife into the smaller square and filled it with sequins to make a shaker. If you use sequins, 2mm thick foam tape will do. For micro/seed beads, use thicker foam tape. Mount both lace squares onto foam pads, add punched balloons and some cute buttons.

No doubt she will give it a good shake!

After my iris folding feature in Papercraft Essentials, I'm now back to iris folding and will next post a simple and very cute design.

Hope you like my shaker idea!

Papercraft Essentials Issue 118 - Iris Folding

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The April issue of Papercraft Essentials is out today, incl. simply beautiful Quick Makes from designer Liz McGuire using new Penny Black stamps (love her designs!), an elegant box frame made by Papercrafter of the Year Fiona Wilkes, some pretty amazing readers' cards (the Readers' Letters pages are my favourite) and my Kaisercraft Quick Makes!

Here are my designs from the previous issue. I was happy when editor Lee asked me to show readers the iris folding technique. It's one of my favourite techniques and it comes in handy when a lack of inspiration hits you, as all you need are some strips of coloured paper and you achieve the most amazing results. No need to add embellishments as the main focus is on the paper folding.

I gave iris folding a modern spin by combining it with other techniques:

... Paper piecing
... Making a star embellishment with dies
 ... Using a digi stamp and craft punch
 ... Framing the iris folding in an embossed easel
 ... And just an easy-peasy iris folding card

Give it a try, it's much easier than it looks like! You can also check out a few designs that I posted here.

Panorama Card

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I picked up this month's Quick Cards as I spotted the Panorama Card on the front cover. If you have tried this technique before, you'll probably know that the hardest bit is getting the measuring and scoring right for the concertia sides. Good news: You can now buy Tattered Lace - Large Concertia Sides and combine them with square dies. Something to put on my wish list, but I decided to stick to my Woodware paper trimmer this time to do both jobs.

I made this birthday card using a cute image from a Making Cards freebie. The papers are from Wild Rose Studio. I was a little worried how this card would arrive when posted, especially since the image isn't printed on heavier paper. It took me a while to work this out: the kitty is glued onto a piece of cardstock which sits on a wobble spring on foam pads to ensure that the image will stay in place.

Just added a swirl, heart bunting and a sentiment:

Hope you made the most of your Easter holiday!

Papercraft Essentials - Sneak Peek

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Here is a teaser for Papercraft Essentials Issue 119 on sale 9th April. I made a set of cards with Kaisercraft's Blue Bay collection. The kit comes with beautiful papers, sweet sentiments and Collectables which you can use to decorate the card as shown on this one with the flower.

Have a peek inside the card...

It's a pop up card with hearts!

I owe a big thanks to Lee Campbell and the team of Papercraft Essentials for giving me a chance to showcase my work in their magazine!

(I still get a kick out of seeing my cards published).

Hope you'll find some inspiration in their April issue!

Lost luggage

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Yep, this post is about luggage! I discovered Carolyne Knott's shaped gift boxes in Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 141 and thought they'd be fun to make. I made one for my hubby who was just returning from a month of travelling and put a voucher inside. The other suitcase was for my friend Diane who always comes around with little handmade gifts. I had picked small shells on the beach in Oman for her cardmaking. I was glad that the smell was gone by the time I wrapped them up, you don't want to know what they smelled like coming right out of the sea!

Then there was the story with our lost luggage the minute we arrived in Muscat. We spent 1.5 days with what little we had stuffed into our checked luggage. I don't mind if I get it with the next flight, but that did not happen... a lot of waiting and calls to the airport until I'd had enough and we took the cab to the airport, only to find out that our luggage had been waiting for hours instead of being sent to the hotel.

So here are my two suitcases. What a fab idea and all you really need is paper and a scoring board. I decided to hand stitch the thin strips that go around the luggage.

Are these cute or what...?


Happy Easter Holiday everyone!

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