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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 November 2021

Pyramid Building blocks card

Here is another of my design team makes with the new In the Forest collection. It is on a 5 3/4 inch square base and would work both as a  tent fold or book opening style. 

It showcases many of the beautiful papers and cute animals. I've also lined the blocks too as the insides are on view from the side and I couldnt resist adding different papers. This would be a great card for using up small scraps.

I love how it folds to post too.

CC products are available on their website.  Here are the products I used:

In the Forest 6 x 6 paper pad  SKU: CCPPAD031B

In the Forest bear stamp SKU: CCSTMP072

In the Forest Friendship stamp SKU: CCSTMP074

In the Forest - In the Forest stamp set  SKU: CCSTMP073

Or if you can - get the whole collection!!!!  SKU: INTHEFOREST

Have fun and see you soon

Lesley xx

tutorial link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1pZBuj8HAw&t=84s

Thursday 25 November 2021

Shutter card

I really wanted to make this style of card when I saw all the adorable Forest animals and gorgeous papers. The pine paper on the front of the gatefold has a design depth of approximately 2”, so a 6 x 6” card was the obvious choice.

The honey-coloured pine on the front inspired my choice of foundation card and, inside, I added matts of rich dark green to bring out the traditional pine colour.

The opening camera lens shutter reminded me of the hollows and cavities where many owls nest, so it had to be the bark-effect paper for the trunk of the tree and shutter mechanism.


The belly band is decorated with the wider washi-tape in the collection that echoes the main design paper.  I die-cut the base layer of one of the decoupage images to form the topper, backed with a scalloped honey-coloured die cut layer.

As there is nowhere to add an insert, I matted plain white card on the back of the card and decorated this with two strips of the narrower washi-tape. Such a quick-fix to add a trim! I might have rediscovered my new favourite effect!

There are many video tutorials if you search YT so I didn’t see the need to reinvent the wheel here.

If you love this collection or I have inspired you to try to make this card style, please leave me a kind comment below.


Au revoir!   Auf Wiedersehen!   Tot ziens!

See you again soon,



Wednesday 24 November 2021

Floating pop-up box - any size

 Good morning,

Today I have a pop-up box thats a little different. I spotted this shape on Pinterest but those boxes all seemed to have been made with specialist dies and I wanted to make one NOW! I'm sure you know this feeling! After I had started making this, I did spot a tutorial using a similar method to mine by #IcedImages so I have linked that tutorial below. My way makes it possible to achieve any desired card size.

This is a hexagon-shaped pop-up box that folds flat to post and the design travels down the card and floats on acetate. It took 2 sheets of A4 card and a scrap of acetate.

I was going to use hexagon nesting dies but mine are stitched and I wanted plain! Grrh! so I had to draw out my own shapes - not that difficult if you have a school-type compass as a hexagon is basically 6 equilateral triangles put together. 

Start by drawing a line. I wanted a side length of 2 1/4" so set compass to that length and marked line, put point at each corner to draw traingel. From top point I could draw a crcle and continue with triangles until I had a hexagon shape by joining all base point - simples! I then extended one side to make a square of 2 1/4 " and cut it out of card to use as a template. I drew around this and added a square on each side of the square (now 3) and a 1/2" tab to one of those squares. (see shape on left).

I repeated this shape and added a second hex to the drawing for the other part on the right. one hex from each drawing was scored across the centre. The square were score downwards but not across the untousnscored hex as this is the stand-up section at the back. I joind the tabs on the squareto form a ring and eassed into desirted shape. the 2 scored hexagons were glued across half the shape to form a stand-up wall across the centre to hold the acetate. I chose that size so it was easy to add 2" matts to the sides! 

I roughly cut an oval shape by eye from acetate scrap and adhered all the decorations, lifting some on foam pads in front, some were placed on the back panel and some with foam on back to give layers of dimension. finally, added a last decorative element to the from of the box to create my little woodland idyll in a box.

All my decorations are stamped images from the beautiful atamp sets - there are three different ones and I really do need all three. The animals are so very cute and not difficult to colour or fussy cut. 

I bet you guessed, I am totally smitten with it! 

If you like this card, please leave me a few kind words below  and pop across to my other social media pages for more makes with this collection. 



See you soon

Lesley x

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsDf9opHXZA&t=14s

New Collection - In the Forest by Craft Consortium


Hi everyone.

I am really excited to share the beautiful new Collection by Craft Consortium – In the Forest – designed by Claire Therese. This is being launched today and I cant wait for you to see it!

It comes in 12 x 12 and 6x6 acid free paper pads. They contain a mixture of 200gsm uncoated papers and 150gsm pearlescent papers, a generous 40 double-sided sheets in each pad, and are just wonderful to work with. Even the inside covers are covered with topper elements from the pads that can be cut out and used like extra chipboard items. There are also 3 different stamp sets, washi tapes, metal charms, enamel dots and chipboard elements. Everything is the high quality that we have come to love and expect from Craft Consortium.

I was truly blown away when I opened my DT package and my creative juices started to work. I am quite a reluctant stamper but the first thing I did upon opening my package, was to stamp and colour all the images, cut them out and just play!

Some of my fellow Design Team members have produced short YT videos showing the collection in all its glory and I’ve listed the links to their SM below. Do hop over to their channels and to my Instagram - elegrant_edges_crafts,  where  I'll be sharing a new make each day. Please leave each of us some love as it makes our posts more visible.

Thanks for visiting

Lesley x









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