Festive Folding

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If you're looking for something different this Christmas, get your hands on Making Cards Christmas Edition while it's still on sale. It comes with gorgeous papers featuring floral patterns but also cute Santas and more traditional Christmas colours.

Here is the first card I made with the papers and a basic iris folding template. These are busy patterns so you don't want to add anything else to the card but a sentiment and a gemstone for a bit of bling.

















The iris folding is done on a 10.5cm square with a die-cut aperture using the largest of the Die-namics Stitched Squares. This leaves you with a 0.5cm border to attach the paper strips to. Some skill is required! I also added another frame on top of it and then attached the four die-cut borders. The sentiment is heat embossed. I fell in love with the elegant Christmas sentiment stamp set from Mama Elephant the moment I saw it!

Make sure to visit my blog again soon for some more free gift makes.

Happy Halloween and enjoy the celebrations!

Eye-Catching

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This week, I bought what turned out very expensive wrapping paper. I hadn't checked the price until the cashier told me and my jaw almost dropped! Well, I desperately needed it so I paid and left the shop. Guess what I spotted today? The same wrapping paper at half price.

Although it's Christmas wrapping paper, I used it for a baby gift and made an iris folding card with the same paper to go with it. I still had some bits left from cutting off too much. This design seemed like a pretty good idea when I made it this morning at 1am although it was hard to tell what the colours would look like in daylight.


















Definitely something different, don't you think?

The Party Balloons dies from Lawn Cuts are my new favourite. I decided to leave some empty space on this card to draw the attention to the few die-cut elements and papers.

I also made some Christmas designs using free gifts from magazines which I'll share with you next time.

Die-Cutting Continued...

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Have you seen this month's free gift from Cardmaking & Papercraft (November issue)? It's Hunkydory toppers and papers and I love the images and colours. I had some mirri card left which goes perfectly with the kit.

When it comes to Christmas, I don't fancy traditional colours. Instead, I prefer to work with soft colours like these. The pink paper for the first card was just enough to create eight frames and four squares with a stitched frame.



This time, I chose a sentiment, but it looked lost on the card until I added poinsettias using the inlaid die-cutting technique. The outlines are cut from rose gold deco foil to add contrast.

Happy Christmas crafting everyone!

Die-Cutting Magic

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Yes, I know the title sounds very promising but wait...

I recently ordered this cute deer from Marianne Design for Christmas and baby cards. My idea was to make an inlaid die-cutting scene but then I decided not to fuss around with so many details on the deer. If you're not familiar with inlaid die-cutting, here is an example of what it looks like.

Instead, I made what turned out to be a Christmas card for my little girl. Her first Christmas card! The border die was a free gift from Die-Cutting Essentials and you can order it here.


I rarely go for pink cardstock so this was a brilliant way to use it up! No sentiment this time as I didn't know where to place it!

Papercraft Essentials: Paper Weaving Masterclass

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Some time ago, Becky from Papercraft Essentials asked me to write a Masterclass on paper weaving, or paper patchwork to be more precise. I first discovered this technique in Papercraft Inspirations and Quick Cards also covered it recently.

You can start with basic die-cutting shapes and straight lines (see first card) if you want to give this a try. Patchwork also makes a great background that you can use behind a die-cut aperture (see second card). The Masterclass feature can be found in Papercraft Essentials issue 137 and there's a step-by-step guide with pictures, too. If you didn't get a copy, you can order your back issue here.

These are my favourites from the set of cards I made:



















I worked on my first set of Christmas cards this weekend. Up next is a very special Christmas card and some makes using free gifts from magazines. I hope you all enjoyed a crafty weekend!

Papercraft Inspirations - Issue 157

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Time to share my designs from last month's Papercraft Inspirations. The themes were "Lace & Anniversary" and "Flowers & Birthday". I'm not the flower and butterfly kind of crafter so this is what I call a challenge.

A great inspiration for the second lace card is Karen and you can check out her blog here. Her cards are absolutely stunning and her blog is beautifully written. I often get myself lost in it.





Papercraft Inspirations 128 is now on sale including some new Occasion Card designs from me.

Enjoy your crafty weekend!

Put a ring on it

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One craft item I couldn't do without is double-sided tape. I've been using it generously since my early days of cardmaking. It can be difficult to find the right glue so I'm mostly sticking to tape. There are no bad surprises with double-sided tape. It doesn't make your paper wavy and (if you buy the right type) it sticks like hell.

No wonder then that I go through these rolls in no time. When my last roll of tape was finished, I kept the white plastic ring thinking I should do something with it. I don't keep and upcycle things but I wanted to make something different than a card. Our girl's nursery needs a few more loving touches so I made this...

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This is a cute little project and I will continue with it using other cutting dies, then link two or three circles with bakers twine to hang them up. You could also attach them to a wreath or make a garland with a few decorated circles.

Hope you found some inspiration on my blog!


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