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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.

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Dolphin Delight

 It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Hampshire, UK and I have another one of my Zigzag cards. I am getting quite addicted to these and also to the beautiful Floral waves papers. 

This one is made for the Facebook group Creative Minds Kind Hearts, so welcome if you have found me via this group. They have a weekly challenge starting Wednesdays and the challenge this week is one of the zigzag cards. I have updated the template with Mountain and Valley folds too. 

The mats were made in strips 1 1/4" wide 
2 of 1 1/4 x 6 3/4                
2 of  1 1/4 x 5 3/4
2 of 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
1 of 3 3/4 x 5 3/4

and the design Paper 1" wide as follows
2 of 1 x 6 1/2
2 of 1 x 5 1/2
2 of 1 x 1
1 x 3 1/2 x 5 1/2

If you are a metric maid I would make it 27 x 18cm with 3.5 cm indents for the edges. This leaves you with 3cm for mats and 2.5cm for design papers.

Have fun crafting and I hope to see makes on Creative minds kind hearts fb page.

Materials used

I sheet 300gsm card for base

Floral waves insert papers  and solid colour card by Paper Boutique

Thursday 6 May 2021

Bathtime bubbles Theatre - Tunnel card

Today I'm posting my fun theatre-tunnel card with the Enjoy the bubbles pop-out scene dies and stamps. I adapted a Theatre card tutorial by Sam Calcott using the front of the stage and pull out wings adding lace drapes for a more intimate boudoir atmosphere. I completely changed the back of the card adding a tunnel effect.

The back of the card actually has 3 layers - to give the idea of peeking through the curtains and into the room. I stamped and die cut this 3 times and snipped away to leave what I needed. Each layer was made 1/2" wider than the card. It was scored and folded at 1/4" on each side and the tab stuck to the sides with red-liner tape which made a 1/4" gap between the layers. As you stick the inside layers, gently make sure that the card will fold flat. 

(1) The outside layer has the bubbles only that are cut into the white card and layered with blue. The bubbles were then stamped, coloured with tri-blends, and die cut before layering with foam pads formore dimension.

(2) the middle layer has the bubbles and the bath with the lady snipped away. The bath has been die-cut from centura metallic card to give a coppery look and more bubbles and the duck added

(3) the last layer was everything including the lady 

(4)Finally,  the sentiment was edged with Parakeet ink and adhered to the inside back of the card.


Materials I used:

Gemini Enjoy the bubbles Pop-out scene stamp and die set 
Crafters Companion 300gsm stamping card
Crafters Companion Textured Cardstock blue
Crafters  Companion Everyday Celebrations papers
Centura pearl Metallic card
Tri-blend markers - ice blue blends
Finesse black ink
Collall all purpose glue
Red liner tape
Foam pads
Lace from stash


Wednesday 5 May 2021

First birthday card

Good afternoon again,

Today I am posting a Design Team make for Crafter's Companion that showcases the Cut in Dies and Sentiments. I deliberately chose a number that wasn't a typical milestone and the final size was dictated by the embossing folder that sprang to mind; albeit a very old one by CC, but definitely one of my favourites.


The Happy Birthday embossing folder is 5" x 7". I decided that the top layer would look good 3 1/4 x 6 1/2" but cut card a little larger. I die cut the number one in the centre before embossing a piece of luxury blue cardstock and trimmed to desired size.  This gave me the dimensions for the card base. Using my diagram, score the card base in 3 and the outside sections in half again, then the outside panels diagonally. My base was 11 1/4" x 7" and each large section was 3 3/4" wide. The narrow sections were half of 3 3/4 = 1 7/8" wide.

To cut the mats, I decreased the overall size by 1/4" in each direction for each layer. 
I wrapped ribbon around the embossed card before adhering it to the card base, which accented the "waist" of the card and added extra interest. 

The centre back panel is the ideal place to add your own greeting and  sentiment.

Materials I used:

Gemini Cut in Numbers Dies
Crafters Companion 300gsm stamping card
Crafters Companion Luxury cardstock - blues
Crafters Companion Happy Birthday Embossing Folder (retired)
Collall all purpose glue

Ribbon from own stash

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