Come fly with me


Over the last couple of days, I've been busy visiting other blogs and filling up my Pinterest board with new ideas.

I love cute characters and Lawn Fawn is one of my favourite brands at the moment. While I was looking for inspiration, I stumbled across this amazing blog run by a German crafter (she also posts in English). It's full of cute and colourful stamped designs, so why not have a look?

My friend Diane got me lots of lovely Lawn Fawn gifts this Christmas. I made this card for a little girl. The idea with the flying hippo comes from Pinterest. A few die-cut clouds were added. The images are very small and I wanted to see how they turn out on a 15 x 15 cm card format, so I made a window card.

A glazing pen was used for the balloons and the inside of the card is also covered with a die-cut square frame for a neat finish.

Hope you like it!

Rocking Panda


Today I want to share a rocker card with you which I made using Tattered Lace's Essentials Circle Stepper. It came in the big prize pack last month and now that my old Big Shot (conveniently) needed replacing, I can finally use die cutting die since I bought a bigger Sizzix.

The cutting die itself might be a little pricey but it's much handier than a circle cutter if you're using this to make rocker cards. It cuts and pre-scores so it only takes a few seconds to build the base card. As soon as you start adding layers of patterned paper, the rocker tilts to the right. Whatever you put on, make sure that the rocker is always balanced on both sides. It already helps if you place your main image slightly on the left-hand side and add embellishments to distribute the weight.

One of my crafty New Year's resolutions is to send more Thank You cards to family & friends. This one goes to a sweet friend who always shows how much she cares.

Next up on this blog will be a flying hippo!

Window Card


Did anyone else get the impression that Christmas did not feel so Christmassy this year? Today felt like a spring day and I was tempted to put the sun lounger outside and soak up some sun (wrapped in a warm blanket, of course). The first crocuses are already growing in our garden. It all screams "Spring!" to me which is why I'm back with a colourful spring card today.

Our neighbours gave me a wall calendar for Christmas which makes me wonder why I never bought one for myself. It's got cute cat pictures and we started filling in the birthdays of family and friends. I was surprised to see how many birthdays we have in January! Better get started on the birthday cards then...

For this card, I used Lili of the Valley's "Beautiful Blooms" Art Pad. Just fussy-cut the images and place them onto an acetate window. Acetate is one of my favourite materials in cardmaking, so expect to see more window cards and shakers soon!

I used the "Chic Floral Collection" from Creative Expressions to make the frame. If you don't want to buy an entire sentiment stamp set, check out stampingallday where you can find individual stamps for peanuts like this one.

Papercraft Essentials - The Hobby House "High Society" Collection


Who doesn't like cute characters?

Here are my designs for Papercraft Essentials (issue 127) using the "High Society" Collection from The Hobby House. I loved the toppers and the papers are also ideal for wedding makes.

Starting with a simple card with acetate window... I was tempted to turn it into (yet) another shaker!

Thought I'd show what else you can do only with papers, so I made this iris folding heart...

This is not my usual style, but I had to use the paper flowers and I'm not the flower and butterfly kind of crafter...

Here comes Shaker no. 1...

Shaker no. 2 which I filled with flower embellishments...

Another simple card...

... and then I had the idea of making polaroids and placing the toppers behind, but I didn't know how to fit it onto a card... 

You can buy polaroid cutting dies but these are so easy to make with a paper trimmer and square dies.

Hope you found some inspiration!

In other news...


We had a surprise visit this week by my mother-in-law and her friend who came from Belgium. They set up this cradle in our living room which has been in the family for 40 years. I'm so proud to have it!

One year ago, we lost Jess who was our little sunshine. She was 18 years old. We miss her a lot and this would have been a special time, with the baby on its way.

We're getting ready to host friends next week who will celebrate Christmas with us. My friend Diane will also come around. I'm looking forward to a few quiet days over Christmas and New Year when I can just put up my feet. Lots of birthdays coming up in January in March which will keep me busy during my first weeks of maternity leave while we're also finishing the nursery.

See you next time!

Papercraft Essentials 128 - Sneak Peek


Have you ever seen such small teabag folding?

Papercraft Essentials 128 is out now, featuring my colourful teabag folding designs. The winners of the Papercrafter of the Year competition are also revealed. Exciting!!!

This month, I love Vicky Welsby's cute "Under the Sea" die-cut designs for children and Keren Baker's stamped Winter cards.

Inlaid Die-Cuts


I like clean and simple designs and this one was featured in Simonne Clay's Masterclass - Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 151. Just fell in love with it and ordered everything I needed to make it straight away.

Unfortunately, I made a mistake when placing the order and only one sheet of purple Core'dinations card arrived. I had planned to make a larger batch, but still found matching distress inks to go with turquoise ColorCore cardstock.

Getting an even tone with the distress inks using a sponge was impossible, but I managed with a tissue!

Et voilĂ ...

That's Christmas done and dusted and I can now carry on with birthday cards and what other occasions there are to celebrate next year.

Enjoy your crafting!

Christmas Booklet


Today I want to share a special project that I had first made using Hobby House's High Society Collection. You can find the instructions on how to make it in Papercraft Essentials - Issue 127.

I adapted it for the festive season using Wild Rose Studio papers and LOTV Art Pads. It turned out a little colourful with green & pink on the outside and red & beige on the inside:

Open the booklet and you can add personal greetings on the blank page.

Love my LOTV Art Pads and Christmas sentiments!

My Hobby House designs will be posted here soon. Papercraft Essentials issue 128 will go on sale 18th December and I'm thrilled to be in it again, this time to share one of my favourite techniques with the readers.

More Christmas designs coming up...

LOTV Shakers


Back to Christmas with some Lili of the Valley goodies that came with the big prize. I adore their cute images! Got plenty of Art Pads, including 'Tis the Season which are the perfect size for shakers. I'm always short of sentiments stamps but also received a Christmas stamp set and used it for these two cards:

The papers are from Wild Rose Studio (Painted Poinsettias) and Trimcraft's Silent Night.

Last but not least, thanks for the lovely comments on the CMOTY blog entry! Hope you found some inspiration, too, while visiting my blog.

See you next time with a special Christmas project!

Christmas Shakers


Shakers are one of my favourites, so I made a couple of them for our family and friends this weekend. As always, I'm behind with my Christmas designs, but this year I've got so much new material to have a play with thanks to the CMOTY prize! Here are two cards to start with, using some of the prizes:

Acetate can be tricky to work with (you need a lot of patience, too!). It took me long to work out this technique, but it's foolproof so just follow these steps:
  1. Cut the piece of acetate required for the shaker window. Place it on a clean, white sheet.
  2. Carefully wipe both sides with a tumble dryer sheet. One sheet can be used over and over again so don't bin it after the first use. It will leave a slight film of grease on the acetate.
  3. Now wipe both sides with a clean tea towel, from left to right. The acetate should cling to the white sheet, but make sure not to bend it in the process.
  4. Hold the acetate against the light and check if it's clean.
I treated myself to an early Christmas present as my Sizzix Big Shot broke after four years of continuous use. I went a size larger as I had already thought about investing in a Big Shot Plus to use some bigger dies. Can't wait to get it next week although it's annoying that I'd just bought replacement parts for my old machine.

See you soon with some adorable LOTV shakers!

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