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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.

Monday 20 February 2023

Three panel Card

Today is a much requested version of a three panel fancy fold card I posted on Instagram and sent out to some of my friends for Christmas. It is not difficult to make and with these dimensions you can get the whole base from one sheet of A4 (or letter size card US). This card stands really well and the staggered panels allow a peep of each layer. 


Here are two I made with Favored Flowers free DSP in  sale a bration - this only runs until 28th February so not long to get your crafty fingers on freebies. I ran out of the Fresh Freesia coloured DSP so I had to add some of another SAB Dandy Designs paper - no problem as SU colours work across the board. This is one reason why I was attracted to the company in the first place. 


Dimensions: please see video before cutting

1.    Base: 8 1/8 x 5 3/4   score long side at 1", 2, 3, 4

2.    Turn through 90 degrees so scoring is at the bottom. Place in trimmer and CUT at 3/4" from bottom edge to 3rd score line. Cut diagonally with snips from the end of cut to outside edge of 4th fold

3.    Replace base in trimmer as before, move across another 3/4" and CUT fom bottom edge 1" to first score line. Remove from trimmer and snip diagonally to top of previous cut at 2nd score line. 

4.    fold base gently in both directions and then burnish well with bone folder.

5.    front  panel: 4 1/4 x 2 5/8         mat   4 x 2 3/8

6.    middle panel: 5 x 3 3/8             mat   4 3/4 x 3 1/8

7.     back  panel layers: contrast card 5 1/2 x 3 7/8        white 5 1/4 x 3 5/8


US cut all panels at 5/12 and reduce all layers  by 1/4"

Metric: Base 20.7 x 14.5     score 2.5,5,7.5,10     cut 2cm to folds as per video

front: 6.5 x 10.5     mat   6 x 10

middle 8.5 x 12.5    mat  8 x 12

back panel layers  14 x 10 and white 13.5 x 9.5


Add fussy cut flowers or other focal image to front with sentiment of choice. 

Decorate white layer with partial flowers, strip of DSP along edge or stamped design

                                                                                                                                                                                                                


I was inspired by Heidi Smith's version of this card, but  simplified the method and refined some of the dimensions. 

As always, I hope you try out this design. Please leave me a thumbs up on my  YouTube channel,  a like here or a few kind words wherever you find me. I would love to see your makes on my facebook page too so please add  them here at Elegant edges. You will also find me on Instagram. If you would like to browse SU products and don't already have a demonstrator, you can see them all at my SU Shop If you place an order £30 or more there, add the Host Code MYHMJPYD to get a little extra freebie from me.

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SU Products I used today:  My all time favourite trimmer #152392, Fresh Freesia cardstock #155614,    Favored Flowers DSP #160833 Free in SAB event, Sentiment from Cottage Rose Stamps #159040,  Dandy designs DSP #160836 Free in SAB, Mossy Meadow cardstock#133683, Calypso coral cardstock 124392 and super sharp paper snips #103579

Lesley x

Thursday 16 February 2023

Hidden greeting showstopper card

 I had to make another fancy card with the beautiful papers from Craft Consortium's Let Spring Begin collection. Here is a really different one as it combines a fancy fold with an extra layer - a smaller card on the large panel. 


I cut the climbing flowers panel and the wreath topper from the 12 x 12 pad, the wordy papers and teal flowers from the 6 x 6 pad and the main words from a decoupage sheet. I stamped and coloured the rabbit with alcohol markers. all the mats were from the preium co-ordinating paper pad. These papers are all wonderful as you know they are going to work so well. Inside the topper card I stamped and coloured again with alcohol markers, taking the colours from the papers. To male sure this extra card layer remains closed and hides my greeting, I fussy cut a toadstool and added this to the base with a tiny brad. you could also just stick on a focal image and add a matted layer of white to the back of the card to write. 

1. Base: 250-300gsm 5 1/2 x 12"   score 2,4,6, 8 but don't fold or crease yet.  Turn through 90 degrees, measure down 1 1/4"  and cut with trimmer between 2" and 6" score lines. Turn card over and repeat along other side at bottom of card. Now fold and crease the score lines to match photo. 

2. Extra card - 3 1/8 x 8, score and fold at 4. This will stay closed better if you use thinner card than base!

3. Mats    4@ 1/34 x 1                                    DSP   4@1 5/8 x 7/8      

                2@1 3/4 x 5 1/4                                        2@ 1 5/8 x 5 1/8

                2@ 1/3/4 x 2 3/4                                       2@1 5/8 x 2 5/8

                1@ 3 3/4 x 5 1/4                                        1 @ 3 3/8 x 5 1/8

                1@ 2 7/8 x 3 7/8                                        1@2 3/4 x 3 3/4  (from card panel sheet)

If you onlyhave A4 cardstock, I would suggest you reduce the width of panels 2, 3  by 1/8" and  trim the last panel to match. 

I would like to credit Linda Bauwin for inspring me with one of her cards but as always I have tweaked bits to match the beautiful papers. 


As always, I would appreciate if you left me a lovely comment below and subscribed.   If you make a card like this, please feel free to add it to my facebook page:  Elegant_edges_crafts

You will also find me posting on You Tube Lesley Kilby

and for  Craft Consortium CC Offical Network Page


Keep crafting!


Lesley x

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Accordion tent fold card with SU Favored Flowers DSP

 Hello everyone,

Thanks for stopping by. I wanted to make more cards with the lovley Favored Flowers Designer Series Papers from SU as the Sale-a-bration  offer to get them free ends at the end of February. I have cut into my pack and fussy cut so many flowers to make focal images and because the papers are double sided, I find I use up all my scraps as I go, wasting very little. I have made so many cards already and still have lots of paper left.

I love making tent fold cards and they sit nicely on a shelf and people don't pry at the messages inside. This style is like another take on an accordion fold and so very simple to make. I don't know who came up with the original take on this card but I will gladly attribute if they contact me.

Here is how I make my cards:

White base card 4 1/8"  x 11"  (US 4 1/4 x 11 as your card is wider) , scored at 5 1/2

Fresh Freesia card 3 7/8 x 10 1/4 (US 4 x 10 1/4) scored at 2 1/2, 5

DSP 1 -3 5/8 x 5 (US 3 3/4 x 5)

DSP contrast for front panel 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 (US 3 3/4 x 2 1/4

Fussy cut flowers or add focal image to front and any sentiment - et voila!


This is very straightforward and quick to put together. I would love to see your cards if you try this fold - please add them to the post on my facebook page Elegant_edges_crafts. there is a link below if you don't follow me already. It would also help me if you would like and follow me there too. 

Many thanks for stopping by

Lesley x

Monday 13 February 2023

Let Spring Begin

Hi everyone,
Don't know about you but I'm really in need of some warm Spring weather. Finally over Covid that ruined my Christmas.

There's  a new collection from Craft Consortium, designed by Helz Cuppleditch. I love her whimsical characters and this new collection does not disappoint. There are very appealing gnome-like characters in adorable spring settings with rabbits and eggs and lots of spring flowers. Great for young and the young-at-heart, too.

The papers come as usual in 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 sizes, a co-ordinating pad of plain papers for matting, decoupage pad, 2 sets of stamps, a 3d embossing folder, chipboard ephemera, wooden bees, enamel flowers and a new item - an A6 premium marker pad. This collection just keeps giving.


Here's my first sample for Craft consortium. I do love a fancy fold and lately I've been definitely making smaller cards in response to postage costs and economy of paper/card. This is not a fold Ive designed but I have made up my own sizes to suit the papers in the 6x6 pad. If you know who the original designer of the style is, please let me now so I can credit them.


1.The base is made with 8 x 5 1/2 " card so you can get 2 from one sheet of A4. (250gsm max)

2.I scored the card on the 8" side at 2" from left and right. Turned base 90 degrees, then using my trimmer I cut at 1 1/4" between the score lines on both sides.

3. Turn 90 degrees again so it is right way up. score down the middle at 4" from top to cut and from lower cut to bottom.

4. Score 1" inside the 2" score line and again from right hand score line to create pop out panel in the centre - see diagram.

5. This centre panel will now accommodate the panels from the 6" paper pad.

6. I matted all panels 1/8" smaller each time and trimmed the focus panel very slightly to fit.

7. Add white layer to back for  own message.

You can easily upscale it to fit whole sheet of A4 using panel from 12 x 12 pad.

Do let me know if you try this fold. You can let me know in the comments below or on my facebook page Elegant_Edges_Crafts - link at the bottom of the post. Let Spring Begin everyone!

Lesley x

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