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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.

Saturday 27 March 2021

Zigzag card

Hi everyone,

I'm back with a new card fold that is really easy but effective. I've called it my zigzag card. Here it is decorated with the gorgeous new Sara's Signature Vintage Diary papers from Crafters Companion and it's another of my Design Team samples that I made for the launch of this Collection. 

I've added the ink pot die, cut in black card with added gilding wax.  The quill pen has been lightly inked and the edges of the papers have been blended to match the amount of distressing on the two different sized papers chosen.  The frame has been cut from 12 x 12 papers with the central design from the smaller paper pad.

On the centre panel is also a wooden corner embellishment from the collection and I've stamped one of the sentiments using the Adorning Sentiments.

Materials I used:

Crafters Companion 300gsm stamping card
Crafters Companion Black card
Crafters Companion textured card
Sara's Signature Vintage Diary 6 x 6 papers
Sara's Signature Vintage Diary 12 x 12 papers
SSVD Adorning Sentiments Photopolymer stamps
SSVD Feathered Quill dies
SSVD Wooden Frame and Corners
Spectrum Noir Harmony Water Reactive Ink - pink tulip
Collall all purpose glue

I was inspired to make this card and template after seeing an image by Ewa S. whom I have been unable to contact. 

Front step fold card


Today I have a sweet front-step fold card to share with you that I made as Design Team Member for Crafter’s Companion for the launch of the Sara’s Signature Vintage Diary Collection.

This fold is popular as it folds flat to post and has real shelf-appeal. I got the entire card out of one sheet of A4 card 8.25 x 11.75 inches approx. See template below

score and fold on dotted lines, cut on red lines


For US letter size - your card is 1/4 " wider (add 1/8" to each neasurement) and little shorter. As long as you measure up from bottom your card will still work.



1.     cut card into 3 pieces as shown and set aside scrap piece

2.     score and burnish well all folds (mountain folds)

3.     decorate all pieces before assembling

4.     apply red liner tape to flaps. Stick together larger piece of card first

5.     smaller piece of card is adhered upside down as in finished picture – again using red liner tape. Fix other end of this panel where it sits comfortably.


Materials I used:

Sara’s Signature vintage Diary 6 x 6 paper pad
Sara’s Signature Vintage Diary Adorning sentiments Photopolymer stamps
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm stamping card for base
Crafters Companion pink textured card
Collall all-purpose glue
Crafter's Companion red liner tape
SN Finesse black ink pad


I was inspired to make this by my friend Lisa Shaw of Nifty Noodles. I was unable to discern the original designer of this fold but will gladly credit them if they make me aware of their design.


Sunday 21 March 2021

Desk Tidy

I know we Crafters say that we get inspiration from everything, but over breakfast this morning I had a lightbulb moment; it wasn't the food or the company but the box! How can you get excited over a box that you've seen many times before? 

I was asked onto the design team of Crafters Companion last October and so have been really busy making samples for them ever since.  Just lately it has been quite manic and my desk has been covered with various parts of new collections that I have needed to keep in order. My lightbulb moment should really help.

Here is what I  made today while "playing".

 It started life as my cereal box and now stands proudly on my desk ready to hold die cuts, scrap design paper and precut card pieces.

It was very straightforward and I took a few pictures as I went along (excuse the mess - this is why I need the tidy!

The finished size is 4" deep, 7" tall at back and 7 1/2" wide (10cm x 17.5cm x19cm).

I started by drawing a line halfway along one side of the box and then across the width at 45 degrees. To do this i measured the width, marked down the length by the same amount and drew a diagonal line. I started cutting with a scalpel but finished with my favourite scissors.

After having glued the opening end shut, I adhered the 2 pieces of the box together as shown. I bound the edges withconstruction  tape ( but washi tape would also look pretty).

I covered the repurposed box in  Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Medley papers. It took just over 2 sheets. I finished the inside with co-ordinating scraps from another sheet and papered the bottom with all remaining scraps like a patchwork quilt.

If you like this project, please leave a comment below. 

Thanks for visiting,


Monday 15 March 2021

Time for Tea


I am continuing my  mission to use scraps of my favourite paper collections in small projects. As it's nearly Easter, I thought this cute cup would make a lovely gift filled with sachets of instant drinks or tea-bags. I had just enough of this pretty page from Butterfly Medley paper to decorate it too. I love Butterflies!

It looks beautiful displayed here with Starry Night Decorative die; I cut it twice back to back to form a circular doily. The flowers are made with the flower shaping paper and oakberry Lane stamps and dies. I love these flowers and the smaller sizes here are so useful to add to any card or  project. I try to always make more than I need of any flowers and then I have some to hand whenever needed. I must remember to add the name of the products used to make them so I can make more the same if needed.

Wouldn't this make a lovely Christmas gift too, with hot chocolate sachets and candy canes? Hmm, there's another idea! Hope you like this little project and give it a try. As usual, if you would like instructions, leave me a positive comment below and I will gladly send you a copy. 

Products used:

Starry Night Decorative DieHCD1-7252

Rounded Window Frame DieHCD1-7271

Oakberry Lane Blossoms Cling Stamp SetHCPC-3842

Oakberry Lane Blossoms DieHCD1-7200

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper Pack of 25 - WhiteHCPP1-468

Butterfly Medley Papers (retired)

Thursday 4 March 2021

You are Amazing

I am on a stash-busting mission at the moment. Whilst tidying, I rediscovered a HearfeltCreations paperpad that I was given ages ago but have never used. The first project with it was the tiny basket in the previous post and this is the second - a simple stepper card. I might have to make more of these with the same message as I know some amazing young women who have all coped so well through these difficult times of Covid lockdowns over the past year. 

I chose moss green for the base of the card to pick out the green from this paper from Butterfly Medley. The yellow paper looks so cheerful and hints at Spring which will soon be with us. I gently blended the edges with Milled Lavender distress ink and fussy cut butterflies from the paper, lifting the wings to simulate flight.

I love this sentiment by Lisa Horton Crafts as it sums up everything I wanted to convey with this card. Now to make more for the other young women.....

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Easter baskets

 I am soprecious about keeping all my scraps of Heartfelt Creations papers but time has come for me to start using them up. Here are two little baskets, ideal for giving easter eggs or small presents.

The small one i made with a 6x6 panel from the Butterfly Medley papers and the larger one with scraps left over from 2 beautiful memory albums that I made for Ruby Wedding gifts to celebrate 40th anniversaries with Blazing Poppies.

They went together really quickly, especially as I always make extra flowers every time and keep a large stash ready for any little emergency projects. Even the delicate die cuts were on hand - I find that when my mojo leaves, it soon returns if i have a session cutting and playing with HFC dies and white card. 

I made them with one paper collection each, but wouldn't they look lovely with rainbow coloured strips too? 

If you would like detailed instructions, please leave me some love here on my blog


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