Iris Folding with Bonus Papers


This month's Cardmaking & Papercraft comes with beautiful Christmas bonus papers. I love the cool colours and patterns. It's perfect for an iris folding card and I like how this one turned out.

I didn't have much choice of coloured cardstock and almost went for black but the dark grey works much better with silver mirri card. If you would like to try iris folding, you can follow my Beginner's Guide in Papercraft Essentials 140.

Meeting Faye


If you are a reader of Making Cards magazine, you'll have noticed Faye Wynn-Jones' beautifully coloured designs. She's one of my favourite designers and a wizard with Copics. I was giddy with excitement to finally meet her three weeks ago! Faye is a Copic Instructor and a good one, too, because I finally overcame my fear of colouring. Believe it or not!

Stamping and colouring has been a no-go area for me so far. I much more prefer working with papers and folding techniques. It's fair to say that colouring is way out of my comfort zone. At Faye's home, I spent the whole day colouring and getting the basics right. She's really sweet and patient. Time flew and before I knew, I was on my train back home. Time to put the theory into practise! Here's a card I made using this month's Cardmaking & Papercraft's free gift. The stamp comes with embossing folders but I'm not a fan of embossing so I kept it simple.

Here's a great tip if you want to use a coloured image but don't have the matching papers. Use some washed out (grey) papers instead. I had coloured the image to practise but decided it would be a shame not to use it so I teamed it with Wild Rose Studio papers.

Border Punch Art - Papercraft Essentials 139


Border punches... Not something I'd usually use in cardmaking. Then Becky from Papercraft Essentials came along asking for a Beginner's Guide to Border Punch Art and I thought why not? The first challenge was to find some affordable punches. Martha Stewart has got some lovely punches but it wasn't worth putting my money into it since I didn't know if I'd be using them again. I settled on some inexpensive punches from XCut which I used for my designs. While they're small and compact, they don't punch out so easily unless you throw your whole body weight onto them.

Once I sat down and had a little play with them, I realised there's lots you can do with border punches. Let's start with the first card I made. Can you spot where I used it?

The smaller butterfly was made with a punched border on white card. This is a really easy card to make, whether you fancy a border punch in your design or not. Here is one of the two flower cards I made...

There are also two easel cards. Often, what looks simple in the magazine takes hours to make.

If you are intrigued then check out Fiskarettes UK facebook page and the stunning creations made by their design team.

Get out your bonus papers!


I was recently flicking through my magazines and some cute snowman toppers caught my attention. You can find them in Papercraft Inspirations 158 and they come with turquoise-red bonus papers which make some pretty cool Christmas designs.

My advice is to stay away from liquid glue when working with these thin papers. A glue stick should do the job but I found a better solution: Adhesive sheets! Cover a piece of card with an adhesive sheet, stick the image from the bonus papers on top and cut out. This will give you an even surface and there's no messing around with glue.

The bonus papers were used for iris folding on this card and I found some matching papers in my stash to fill the space around the frame.

All materials are listed in "Labels" on top of this post. If you are looking for snowman papers in the same colours, I found this one for you.

Traditional Christmas


I usually don't go for traditional Christmas colours but wanted to use the pretty poinsettias from Cardmaking & Papercraft's free Hunkydory gift. This year's Christmas cards are cheap and cheerful as I'm combining free gifts with my existing stash. You'd think I'm getting tired of die-cutting the same border over and over again, but there are so many ways to fill the frame.

The hanging stars are from a die-cutting set which you can get with Designer Cardmaking's Ultimate Crafts Christmas edition. It's a small die that comes in handy when you need to fill the space on your card. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping by and visit my blog again soon for more ideas with free gifts!

Small Print


We spent a cosy weekend with friends in the Cotswolds. Bourton-on-the-Water is so picturesque and we all fell in love with it. There are so many gift shops to browse and tea houses to visit. Sadly, our time together was cut short yesterday when it was raining cats and dogs and we had a very tired baby and toddler in the back of the car.

Here is a card using the free background stamps from Cardmaking & Papercraft. I used the inlaid die-cutting technique to make the poinsettias and if you look carefully, you'll notice the same pattern as on my Baby Christmas cards. There's also some small print on the stitched square which was stamped and heat embossed with the sentiment background stamp from the same set.

Another quick make if you're looking for Christmas cards to make in batches.

Baby's first Christmas


They call me The Grinch at work. I earned myself the reputation two years ago when every desk on our floor was decorated with tinsel, tiny Christmas trees and fairy lights except mine. I don't do Christmas jumpers or Secret Santas. I skip Christmas lunches and parties. Last year, when I was heavily pregnant, I asked the organiser of the fancy dress Christmas party (out of curiosity) what she'd think I should wear. She suggested to dress up as a Christmas pudding. Needless to say, I didn't go.

This year, some of our friends celebrate their first Christmas with their little ones. I wanted to use the cute little deer from Marianne Design which I think is perfect for this occasion. I cut it from wrapping paper and then looked for a matching background. Only, I didn't find any in my papers! Instead, I stamped and heat embossed a stitched square with the free Festive Flourishes stamps from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. It's very subtle as these are Baby's 1st Christmas cards, but you can change the colour of cardstock and embossing powder to add more contrast.

The stitched square backgrounds are mounted onto white and silver mirri card and the sentiment is heat embossed. These are lightweight cards that can easily be made in batches, so why not try it yourself?

Happy Christmas crafting!

Papercraft Inspirations Designs


Buttons and sports... Not the usual themes you would spot on this blog. However, when the commission from Papercraft Inspirations came along, I had fun designing four Occasion cards of which I'm sharing two with you today. They were published in issue 158.

First up is a very simple design which should be fun, too, if you craft with kids.

Up next a cute pinguin from a golf-themed stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs. You can remove the golf club and ball by putting tape on it when stamping or fussy cutting the image without. This sentiment was printed on the computer.

How is everyone doing with their Christmas cards? I should be halfway through, but every year my hubby comes with some last-minute requests and the list of people to send them to is getting longer and longer...

Ready for takeoff


This adorable Santa came with Making Cards' free Christmas papers. His red outfit perfectly matched some cardstock leftovers that I had so build a small snowy scene in the frame. Something was still missing and I tried different dies to fill in the space until I decided on the star-shaped balloon. Why not?

The bit of green sticking out is a die that's part of a craft kit from the latest Designer Cardmaking. It was supposed to go on sale 27th October but I was informed by the editor that there were delays so it will hit the shelves this Friday. It's a great kit with everything you need for your Christmas makes: Beautiful papers, embossing folder, stamps and detailed cutting dies.

More free gift makes coming up so make sure to visit my blog for inspiration!

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