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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.

Thursday 5 January 2023

New mini catalogue and Sale a bration

 The new mini catalogue for Spring 2023 starts today and also the Sale-a-bration event too! 

Click here to see the new SAB book


Click kere for the new Spring 2023 Mini catalogue


there are also really special joining offers too. If you are just a StampinUp enthusiast who would like a really special deal, this offer might  be for you. There is no conract to stay a demo for a special length of time so you can just take the offer and let your membership lapse, if that is what you want to do but you never know until you start.


Wednesday 4 January 2023

Adorable Owls Gatefold Explosion card

Can these little characters get any more adorable?!!!! 

Here they are again with a gatefold explosion card. I remember making this style in a square format many years ago with Craftwork Cards and I just love how we crafters just recycle old ideas and give them a little extra something to refresh and bring them up to date.

I've chosen really zingy Parakeet Party in-coloured card and 6 x 6 papers to really make an impact here. 

Here is how: 

8 1/4 x 5 3/4" Parakeet Party card.    Score 2 1/16 from each side to make a gatefold card and burnish well.

8 x 4" Basic white (thin) card    score at 2 / 4 / 6 - DO NOT FOLD  the 4" score line. Then score from top left card to centre bottom diagonally. Repeat from top centre to bottom left to make a cross over 2" score line. Repeat over 6" score line. Gently fold and score the diagonal folds (as valleys) and the 2" and 6" folds only (as mountains) 

Lay inside the gatefold base and check that it will fit and opens and closes. 

Add basic white layer lining inside 5 1/2 x 3 7/8. you can stamp straight onto this top and bottom but I decided to use the wordy stamps from the set,  stamp on scraps and layer with PP

Cut another Basic white card same size 5 1/2 x 3 7/8. stamp happy birthday and glue fussy cut owl. stick on back to write greeting.

Adhere fancy folded white card inside  as follows: adhere side diamond shapes with wet glue inside the base card, lining up the outside edges exactly. add dab glue in centre to keep it in place.

DSP   2 pieces 1 13/16 x 5 1/2 for front,  
I chose non directional DSP for simplicity to mat the folded insert -4 squares 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 and cut across diagonal,  2 1/2 x 2 1/2 square cut diagonally for sides, 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 square to mat centre behind owl.

As in my previous makes, I created a cloudy background, die cut with stylish shapes die and fussy cut the owls for inside and topper. 
Cut strip PP card 1" wide to create belly band and fold loosely around folded card. Adhere topper to centre.

I used:

Adorable owls Sale-a-bration stamps 160269

Go to Greetings for Happy Birthday stamp 158763

Cardstock -Parakeet party, basic white

In colour 6 x 6 DSP: 159253

stamp pad: Tahitian Tide 159210

Memento Tuxedo black ink pad 132708

Stampin blends - various

Multi purpose liquid glue 154974

stylish shapes die 159183

Paper trimmer152392

Simply shammy to clean stamps 147042

Paper snips scissors -to fussy cut owls 103579


Monday 2 January 2023

Easy squash-fold explosion card

 I have another project with the Adorable Owls available free in the SALE-a-bration event 5/1/23-28/2/23 with a qualifying £45 order. 

I didn't used to be the world's keenest colourist but I love these little guys so much that even I am hooked on stamping and colouring them. The shapes are so easy to fussy cut too - nothing tricky at all. I can't believe what Stampin'Up! has done to me! 😂 

This is a book fold card base with a simple squash fold inside. If you've never tried this fold before, have a go with some scrap paper, especially if you want to use directional paper with an obvious pattern. I just kept it simple! 

You will need:

A4 card (inches)

Base - 4 1/8 x 11 1/2  score and fold at 4 1/8 and 5 3/4
DSP Front - 4 x 4 , 4 x 1 1/2
Inside 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
3 squares basic white  2 3/4 x 2 3/4
length ribbon (optional)

or US Letter card (inches)

4 1/4 x 11    score 4 1/4 and 5 1/2
DSP 4 1/8 x 4 1/8  and 4 1/8 x 1 1 1/8
Squares - cut with largest square die from stylish shapes die set

  1. Fold the base in half and place preferred glue from centre crease almost as far as next fold to form the book fold. check that no excess glue has seeped out into card - wipe away quickly if so.
  2. Mat the front with DSP.
  3. Take the white squares and form cloud background pattern by lightly brushing over freehand cut cloud pattern on scrap card in diagonal orientation. Make sure one of these has pale centre to write on.
  4. stamp sentiment onto the palest square
  5. stamp and colour owls using memento ink and blends of choice to match DSP
  6. make squash fold..... take DSP and fold in half both ways so paper is quartered. Turn paper over then fold  across ONE  diagonal only. Burnish gently. Push the diagonal folds with fingers of both hands towards the centre and press shape to form a squashed diamond. Open and close a few times. Make sure that all folds are exact and edges tidy. 
  7. Place centre crease of squash in the inside of card against the centre fold. Make sure the squash is opening the right direction. Add glue to the back and stick to right hand side by closing card. check and adjust. glue top and close again to stick to inside front. 
  8. Adhere cloud mats and owl. No dimensionals inside or it might stop card closing.
  9. Add ribbon, owl  and bling to front.

Ta - da!!!!   Once you've made one, it is soo easy. 

All the products are available from my SU shop at LesleyKilby.StampinUp.net. 

I used:

Adorable owls Sale-a-bration stamps 160269

Cardstock -Blushing bride, basic white

In colour 6 x 6 DSP: 159253

Stamp pad: Orchid Oasis 159214

Memento Tuxedo black ink pad 132708

Stampin blends - various

Rhinestones 144220

Multi purpose liquid glue 154974

stylish shapes die 159183

Paper trimmer152392

Simply shammy to clean stamps 147042

Paper snips scissors -to fussy cut owls 103579

Note: This is not my original fold design. I would like to credit and thank Tammy Beard for the idea. 
I just love this style as it is quick to make and packs a real punch. 

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