Paper Pleating


We all know how time-consuming (and addictive) cardmaking can be. My crafting had been limited to weekends until I went on maternity leave last year. Suddenly, I had more free time than ever before. Last month, I decided to give up my insurance job to to stay home with our little girl and make more time for family, friends and hobbies. I'll also be working a few hours each week in a shop. It's a big change but you know what, I've enjoyed every single minute of motherhood so far. It fills me with happiness and there are so many precious moments I wouldn't want to miss.

There are many exciting things waiting to happen this year. Soon, I will move my craft space into what used to be the guest bedroom. We freed up the space last year and now it's a big empty room apart from Kurt's small office. I've been using the dining table for years!

I've been taking a 3-weeks break from crafting. Yes, three weeks! Could you do that long without? I've been doing lots of reading and catching up on my favourite show on youtube. I'm also looking for new inspiration, new products to use but as always there's little time to do everything I'd love to try.

A while ago, I was asked by Papercraft Essentials to write about Paper Pleating. There's not much inspiration on the internet so in the end I combined the technique with some basic dies.

You will find my second Paper Pleating feature in the current issue of Papercraft Essentials 142.

A Birthday Story


It was my husband's birthday birthday last week. I always make his card last minute. After all, birthday cards for men are easy and this was supposed to be a quick make. In the evening, I sat at my craft table pretending to be busy with something else, but Kurt was constantly hovering around. Eventually, he went to bed and that's when I finally started. Until the card was finished, three hours had passed.

The next morning, I made us pancakes for breakfast. When he saw the card, he was really happy. Phew! We went for lunch to our favourite cafĂ© in Tring, The Espresso Lounge, which was a nice break away from the work I had to complete for a magazine. In the evening, we ordered Indian takeaway for a cosy dinner at home. Shortly after Kurt left to pick up the food, he called to say that they hadn't received our order. He returned not long after that, telling me that he had stopped at the wrong restaurant on the way to the one we had ordered from. He'd made a big scene there about the food not being ready and... here comes the best part.. received a £10 voucher!

Here is my birthday card for him and as you can tell, he turned 38.

Did I not say that men's cards are easy-peasy?

Miss Piggy


Quick one today as I've got a new book lying beside me which I'm dying to read! It's our niece's birthday in May and she's turning eight. I made this card for her combining the cute stamp with my favourite dies and free number die from Papercraft Essentials. I knew the balloons would come in handy when I bought them. It's a great set from Lawn Fawn, a little dear but so useful for many occasions.

Time to put up my feet and immerse myself into the dark world of DI Helen Grace.

Piggy good times


There are two things which can be highly addictive for crafters: Papercraft magazines and Pinterest. I love them both and can't get enough of it. I rarely use my Pinterest boards for inspiration but it's a great way to discover new products. Same goes for the magazines. 

The stamp set which I'm introducing today first caught my attention in Making Cards' September issue. I knew immediately that I had to have it! Designer and Copics Instructor Faye Wynn-Jones used the same stamps in the October issue for a different set of cards.

I wish I had more time for colouring but my "me-time" is limited to the evenings and so I craft until the wee hours to get birthday cards and commissions out in time. I'm already behind with all the birthdays this month. Oh dear.

There'll be a small batch of cards up next featuring these cute pigs from My Favourite Things. I sticked to Faye's colouring guide as she lists all the Copics used in the magazine. Here is my first card. I combined the image with Papercraft Essentials' number die which is this month's free gift.

Jo Kill shares some really cool ideas in the magazine on how to use the die. I like how you can personalise the card with the age by using the negative die-cut.

Another thing... If you're thinking of getting a subscription but don't want to fork out too much, there's a January sale going on at

Old & New


Does anyone still make New Year's Resolutions? I don't have any and yet I do. In fact, I've been working on it for the last months and it's an ongoing project: De-cluttering and minimizing my belongings. Yes, even my craft stash! There are two simple reasons for it:

1. If you work with less materials, you need to be more creative with what you've got.
2. I like to keep my list of materials short so that others can copy my designs without having to buy lots of different things to make it.

However, I sometimes do buy new dies and stamps for commissions. Most of them are sold on eBay after a short while. We also donate a lot of clothes, toys and baby things to charity.

One of our drawers was brimming with sentimental items including two scrapbooking albums. I remember how much I enjoyed scrapping each page and then proudly showing it to my mum. But they were forgotten for many years and there was no space to put them on display. In the end, I decided to remove the photos from the pages and chuck everything into the bin. A few embellishments were saved and put into clear bags, then donated to charity. I haven't decided yet what I'll do with the photos now, probably scan them or keep them in a box which doesn't take up that much space.

Talking about new and old things, here's a new die which I used for a commission. I decided to keep for now. It's a cute frog but so tiny it gets lost on the card on its own. I have a friend who is waiting for Prince Charming to come along one day and whisk her away so I made this birthday card for her:

Sometimes, I'd like to add some embellishments but then I look at my stash and realise I've got none... So this time it was a single gemstone on the crown which made it complete.

Hope you like it!

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