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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Sunday 4 October 2020

World card-making Day

 Yesterday saw my premiere on YouTube. A tutorial showing how to make a Jacob's ladder card. Pop over and let me know if you like the video and show me your creations too.

Monday 10 August 2020

Snowy Pine Cabin

Hello everyone,

Today I'm sharing another card I made with the gorgeous stamp and matching die of that quaint little cabin from the Snowy Pine Collection by Heartfelt Creations.

It is a tent fold base 6 3/8" x 6 3/8" (16 x 16 cm) with a kraft card mat. I applied gesso to the edges to give it an extra snowy feel and also to the holly leaves. 

I cut the Courtyard Elegance die in white and layered the cabin stamp on top with dimensional pads. The poinsettias were cut from a die by JohnNextDoor and sit on holly leaves dabbed with gesso. I gave the centres a lift with punched and glittered snowflakes and a little pearl. 

The Merry Christmas stamp is from an older collection by HFC. 

The cabin roof and pine trees have a touch of glitter to accentuate the snowy feel. Altogether a hygge inspired card with a hint of shabby-chic. 

Monday 3 August 2020

Red Cardinals

Today I'm sharing a card I made with the new Heartfelt Collection Snowy Pines. 

I was taken with this collection because of those cute little Red Cardinal birds  and, of course, the quality. Here I've used  a 6x6 panel for the base, trimmed  to size and added the cardinals that I fussy cut from another panel to balance the card. I inked around the edges using Versa mark scarlet ink and cut the gold from the Ornate Oval dies. I stamped the sentiment using the same ink and raised it with sticky pads for dimension.

Thanks for popping by. You will also find many more of my makes on Instagram and Facebook too.


Friday 10 July 2020

When a card is not enough..

Hello everyone,

There are times when you want to give a neighbour or friend a little something without going over the top. Something that’s handmade means so much more and if teamed with chocolate, it’s a winner!
I had some messages that some of you would like to see how I made this little gift after I posted pics on Instagram. 

This little gift box, that’s sized to fit a bar of chocolate, can be as simple or ornate as you make it. I made this one from scraps of design paper and flowers, left-over after making other projects.It's definitely the kind of project that is worth keeping with your stash in case of emergency.

Here’s how

You will need:
1 sheet A4 card 300gsm (110 lbs)
scraps or 2 A4 sheets designer paper
16 inches or 40cm ribbon
embellishments:  3 foam or paper flowers, leaves, butterfly
2 decorative fan-shaped dies and their mats
Tag die for writing sentiment/greeting  inside

Place the A4 card longwise across score board and score at 3 ¼”, 4, 7 ¼, 8, mark at 10” and trim here, keep off-cut.  (8cm,10,18, 20  mark and trim at 25)
From the waste strip (approx. 1 ¾ wide (4cm) ) cut 2 pieces 2” (5cm)  long. Place narrow side across score board and score 2 lines centrally 3/4” apart (2cm) to make 2 side gussets.
Fold and burnish score lines
Check the pieces fit but don’t glue yet!
Cut designer paper to fit all sides, leaving narrow edge visible. Stick gusset along back of box at top and bottom edges, leaving front open so it is easy to add paper to inside.  
Ink edges of paper with vintage photo brown, black or pretty contrasting colour. This will then hide the fact that they are scraps. Adhere inside paper to box. Fold over gusset and glue to top. Hold in place for minute or 2 until it sticks.  Adhere  ribbon to centre of top and bottom outside of box before covering with papers. Add paper to all other sides and tag inside cover to write on.
To decorate adhere dies, leaves, flowers and butterfly on front. A hot glue gun makes this job easier.
Products I used:
HFC Sweet peony papers, large/ medium flower dies
HFC 3D leafy accents stamps, dies, stamens
HFC Decorative fan medallion and mat
Lisa Horton Butterfly stamped on white vellum, decoupaged and glittered

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Please leave me a like or comment to let me know if you are planning to try this project and indeed how it went if you tried it.

Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday 7 July 2020


Hello and welcome to my blog.

Elegant Edges has been a long time in the making; I was crafting for as long as I can remember and learned to knit and crochet before I started school. About 30 years ago I rediscovered paper crafting and my love of crochet developed into using intricate die-cut paper lace in my projects.

I am passionate about celebrating moments and preserving beautiful memories using a variety of techniques. I have taken inspiration from everywhere I can like a crafty magpie and do not claim that all of these projects are my own original ideas but I do try to add my own spin to what I have seen. I also love to teach and aim to inspire others. Thank you for reading my blog. Please join me on my paper odyssey; hold tight and let’s see where the wind takes us!


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