Cover Girl

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It's grey skies and rain here in beautiful Buckinghamshire which can only mean one thing: Crafting! As I don't have a studio, the dining table is covered with my craft stash for most of the week before I pack in everything again to take it upstairs. Thankfully, my mother-in-law urged us all those years ago to buy an extendable table which comes in really handy now!

The Cardmaker's Collection - Floral Special is now on sale. I made five cards with the free craft kit. It comes with an embossing folder, stamps, dies and colourful papers. My floral heart made it on the cover!



You can get your copy in selected stores or order from moremags


Fox Shaker

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I can't resist the cute little fox from Marianne Design. I had used it for our baby announcement cards before and now he's back to say "Thank You" for the baby gifts!




















I hope that little one will enjoy crafting as much as I do. My own mother always encouraged me to be creative. Crochet, cross stitching, macramé, drawing, painting, crafting, silk painting, knitting, making brooches with modelling clay... Sadly, I forgot most techniques and wouldn't even know where to start if I wanted to knit something for my daughter. Not that there is much time left when you spend every free minute on cardmaking!

Happy crafting!

Stained Glass Window Cards

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I'm back with two cards I made using this month's free gift from Cardmaking and Papercraft. What do you make with Stained Glass stamps? Window cards, of course!

The first one turned out to be a mini shaker with inked frame and hearts...






















... and I have to admit that I almost gave up. Stamping on acetate requires a lot of patience!

I had already die-cut several frames from different coloured card and used a black one for this card:





















See you next time with a new shaker design!

Flamingo Sunshine Shaker

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There was a time when I used the magazines' free gifts to make cards. Mostly that's stamps and I'm not much of a stamper, but sometimes you do get something that you really fancy.

This month's Papercraft Essentials comes with a flamingo die which I think is one of the best free gifts so far. Designer Jo Kill made some really stunning cards with it. You can also download free papers on Papercraft Magazines to match the tropical theme.

When I started this shaker, I'd wanted to use the complete die cutting set called "Sunshine Layers" from WPlus9 Design Studio, including the rainbow. It's my favourite set at the moment because of the scalloped frame which I used in so many designs. It quickly turned into this bright shaker when I looked at the flamingo die and thought how perfectly it would fit into the corner. What do you think?


I spent the day at Crafting at Ally Pally yesterday. When I came home, a copy of the latest Cardmaking & Papercraft was waiting for me. I sat down in the evening to think what I could make with the free stamps and worked on it all night. Only finished two cards as it was a lot of trial and error, but you'll soon see why.

Curious?

More Iris Folding

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Here are two more iris folding cards made with Lili of the Valley's Mr & Mrs papers. They are Thank You cards for the baby gifts we received.





















I'm also working on new shakers now which will be posted here soon.

Have a crafty weekend!

Papercraft Essentials 132 - Flower Power

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When I was asked two years ago to design for Papercraft Essentials, I was thrilled, but I also knew that some commissions would be a real challenge for me... Anything to do with flowers and butterflies, for example. Which is why my flower feature in the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials was a lot of trial and error... Until I finally found what was my style, featuring flowers in each design.

You can already spot some of them on the cover! I thought long about what to make and decided to show different techniques. I used acetate in each of my four card designs and you will also find two other ideas with flowers.

This month, I love designer Jo Kill's makes with the free gift, a flamingo die. You will be stunned what she made with it! I've already had a play with it, too. It's one of the best freebies I've had in a while. Amy Gray shows three simple and beautiful designs using the Lollipop Tree die from Die-Cutting Essentials. Her box frame turned out really beautiful and it's a great gift idea for someone who is moving home. Last but not least, Maria Jones shows you how to stamp on acetate with some stunning results.

Lots of fresh ideas for your spring makes in this issue!



Back to Basics

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Iris folding remains one of my favourite cardmaking techniques. It produces such lovely results and you can use up your paper bits, I'm surprised it isn't featured more often in magazines. Anyhow, if you would like to give it a try, start here by downloading the templates.

Once in a while, I spot some really beautiful bonus papers in craft magazines like these floral and lacey papers from Cardmaking & Papercraft which I keep to make into paper strips.

Here is my first card for a 85th birthday. Somehow, I struggle with older birthdays and the only thing that comes to mind is flowers... which really isn't my cup of tea. So it's flower printed papers for me.


I still have to make a couple of Thank You cards for the presents we received for little Ellie. It will keep me busy for a while as family and friends have been very generous, there are so many people to thank!






















Hope you feel inspired to give it a try yourself!


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