Thinking of You


Last week, I received sad news from Germany. A family member is losing his battle against cancer. He has been in treatment for two years but now doctors are giving up on him. Still dealing with the sudden loss of my mum, I know people want say something comforting but words don't always have a meaning. I'm really lost for words now but when they come, I'll put them down and send this card to my family to give them courage and strength for what lies ahead.

I used LOTV's Mr & Mrs papers which was one of my favourites from the CMOTY prize package. There are still many papers left in the pack and I'm thinking they might even work for a fancy Christmas card! I'm not a fan of the traditional red and green and I always like something different, so let's see where my imagination takes me.

I recently bought Sugar Pea Design's Feeling Sentimental sentiment stamp set which comes in handy for many occasions and you can also have a play with words. You can find it on sevenhillscrafts.

Try this one


Iris folding remains my favourite technique in cardmaking ever since I made my first card four years ago (the result can be seen here). It's a shame that it's rarely featured in papercraft magazines, but I'm hoping to tempt you into it!

I'm always searching the web for new iris folding templates but there are a number of problems: Most of the templates are shapes that I'd never put on my cards. While Pinterest is a great source for templates, it's overwhelming and you need to be careful about the source and copyright. Most iris folding cards that I find online have too much going on with peel-offs and what I call "floating elements".

If you are a fan of iris folding, I'd like to share this brilliant blog with you. You will find many different categories for any occasion, including iris folding frames for pictures and photo iris folding. I also stumbled across handcraftedgreetings and thought I should do something with the Pineapple Blossom template. When I downloaded it, I resized it to fit the largest square of my MFT Stitched Square STAX dies. Next, I colour-coded the template in three different colours (one for each patterned paper used) before cutting the paper strips and folding them. The challenge with this one is that you need to measure and score precisely the four strips woven in the centre.

Here's my first attempt, it's a birthday card for my dad who will turn 57 soon.

What I like about iris folding is that you can use up your paper scraps and also use Christmas papers like these ones when it's not the season yet! Did you notice the snowflake print on them?

The woven cross in the centre made me think this would make a great card for any religious occasion or sending condolences. As the papers make the design very chunky, both white frames are mounted on foam pads.

I've got one more design ready while I'm working on more, so visit my blog again to check it out.

Add a little Sparkle


Earlier this year, I went to Ally Pally. It was my first papercraft show and I could not believe my eyes when I saw a lot of crafters turning up with pieces of luggage. Turned out I didn't need any as everything I bought fitted nicely into my handbag. One of the things I bought were pink gemstones. They went right to the bottom of my craft box until I discovered this little treasure again last week.

As always, this card looked different in my mind. I wanted to use sequins, but working with glue turned out to be messy. Sticking them onto thin strips of double-sided tape was do-able but the sequins were transparent and so the tape underneath was visible. Then I remembered Papercraft Inspirations' handy hint to use a glue pen which I didn't have. So I dug out my gemstones and made this card:

I'm not the butterfly and flower kind of crafter, but decided to invest in a cute butterfly die in case I needed it for commissions. I really love the Smooches Butterfly Duet now! You can easily re-create this design without investing in dies: Use a butterfly punch and cut your own squares with a paper trimmer. All materials are listed on top of this blog entry under "Labels".

Another One


Autumn seems to be at our doorstep. We had a massive temperature drop from Friday to Saturday that our central heating came on by itself! I much more prefer the colder season and I've always loved autumn in particular. The trees sparkle in warm, golden colours and the world feels so much quieter. My favourite celebration of the year is Halloween. We lived in Ireland for many years and with Halloween being an Irish tradition, people make a lot of fuss about it. In our neighbourhood, almost every window was decorated, pumpkins were lit up and even the supermarkets received a Halloween makeover! I really miss the atmosphere.

Time to share my last iris folding design with you. I made this one using the bonus papers from Quick Cards Made Easy. This card worked out differently than what I first had in mind as I wanted to use colourful papers instead. In my stash was a pack of Kraft card which made me scratch my head and think why I'd bought it. It's a great contrast to the soft colours of the papers and I think they work well together.

Hope that some of you will give iris folding a try! Why not have a look at my "Iris Folding" designs under the "Design" link on top of my blog? Templates can be downloaded here.

Made with Love


Back with the same design but different papers this time. I've been collecting free papers from magazines which I always keep for iris folding. There are a few paper pads that you can buy with papers that are easy to fold into strips without making the card too chunky. Kaisercraft and Wild Rose Studio are my favourites. Lili of the Valley used to sell (thin) paper pads, too, but they seem to have taken them out of their product range.

These papers are from Making Cards magazine. I like how they rebranded their free papers which now come in a handy format and are easier to store. I still had pearlised cardstock left and plenty of coloured card including black. I wasn't so sure how the design would work out with the choice of card. The first card ended up in the bin as I left only a narrow black border which didn't look right. Here's my second attempt and the black really makes it stand out.

After this card, I made one more with free papers which gave me the idea to raid my stash and use up bits & pieces. Make sure to check out my blog in the next few days!



Almost four years ago, Kurt and I decided to buy a property and we started looking around the villages. We loved Princes Risborough and still do, but fell in love with a 3 bedroom house in Stoke Mandeville. We moved at the end of November and only a few days later I started talking to Steve across the road who was putting up the Christmas lights. He still climbs up the ladder every year to put up the lights and the reindeer and it's such a pretty sight. We're also close to our neighbours next door, Julie & Stephen, a young couple who got married around the same time as we did. I really couldn't imagine a life without them anymore.

It was Julie's birthday yesterday and I still hadn't made a birthday card. I sat down in the morning thinking of something special to make that wouldn't take all day. So I'm back to iris folding with basic die-cut shapes.

It's simple and pretty and you could use this design for many occasions. Once you master the technique, this card takes less than 30 mins to make. Still a special card and one you can't buy in the shops.

I made two more cards with different papers which I'll share with you soon. If you'd like to give iris folding a try, you can download the triangle folding pattern here.

As the layers of paper strips make the white square very chunky, mount it onto foam pads before attaching it to the card front.

Hope you like it!



Last year, we decided to give Ellie's nursery a woodland theme based on the cardmaking trend with foxes. I still like foxes on my cards and Marianne Design's cute critter is one of my favourite dies. It's featured on two of my four designs that were published in Papercraft Inspirations issue 156.

Here are the two speech bubble designs I want to share with you today. I also made two Halloween invites which you can find in Papercraft Inspirations, but I'd like to put the spotlight on Debbie Simpon's creepy Halloween cards. There was a mix-up between us two designers in the magazine and Debbie deserves the credit for the really cool cards she made!

I'm also delighted that one of my favourite designers, Vicky Bailey, is designing for the magazine. I've been following her blog for long and her sweet designs are not to be missed.

So onto my speech bubble cards...

The first card features a simple die-cut scene. If you feel that something is missing in your design, wrap some baker's twine around together with buttons to add detail.

For my second card, I decided to go for a stamped design, using the Altenew "Beautiful Day" stamp set that I'd bought at Ally Pally. If you don't like colouring, try this technique and you'll soon be hooked! In the same issue of Papercraft Inspirations, you'll find a Masterclass from Kay Carley on how to use the Altenew layered stamps.

If you'd like to re-create my designs, you'll find the list of products in "Labels" on top of this post.

LOTV Sketch


It's time to share my first designs for Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine published last month. If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I'm not a stamper so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I'm much more of a paper wizard!

I love anything My Favourite Things and so the dies and papers used for these cards are from them. When the papers arrived, I first wasn't so sure if I liked the colours but I think they go perfectly with the teenage stamps.

Watch out for more of my designs in this month's Papercraft Inspirations - on sale 8 September!

Flying High


Crafty New Year's resolutions... Does anyone stick to them? I didn't have any, but my plan was to always make birthday cards well in advance. All our family and friends' birthdays are written in a calendar and everyday I have a quick glance at it to realise that yet another birthday is coming up soon and I've had no time to make anything. Time to think about belated birthday wishes!

I'm a big fan of American brands right now and Reverse Confetti's "Here We Go" is another cute stamp set that makes a great addition to your stash, especially for men's cards... If you're also tired of seeing football and moustaches.

Here is a simple design in red and blue with a couple of my favourite dies:

Sometimes, it's difficult to find the right sentiment. I printed this one myself and the font is called Chalkduster. Everything else used for this card can be found on top of this post in "Labels".

Happy crafting!

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