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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.

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Neverending Tree DT make for Craft Consortium

I made this to fit into 5 x 7 envelope but once you have tried it, it is easy to adjust for any size card.

It is important not to use too thick card stock for the base - mine is about 250gsm



Here is how I made the base

It is a single layer card 5 x 7, the magic comes with the cuts and folds

On 5" side score 1 1/4 each side - so top and bottom

On 7" side score 1 3/4 each side 

Holding the card portrait fashion, mark the centre =2 1/2" along the bottom fold

If you need to draw this first, draw lines from the centre point to top corners of the centre panel forming a V shape. Then cut along these lines using a sharp knife or trimmer. Then cut from the point of the V to the bottom corners of the centre panel only

DO NOT FOLD or burnish all the score lines

Fold gently as follows:

with the V pointing downwards, fold up the bottom section all across and burnish outside frames, fold backwards and forwards 

fold the outside edges in turn but only crease the top and bottom of the frame - not the centre panel

fold the top frame down but do not crease across the centre - only the outside edges of the frame


How to work the card.

start with V downwards, fold one side backwards, then the other

the top section backwards towards the bottom

then fold bottom section backwards and upwards

Make sure everything works easily and then decorate, taking care to get the papers up the correct way


Cutting DSP

I cut rectangles of paper to fit largest dimension of each section, then pencil marked and trimmed to fit once I was sure which way up the paper should go. Take time to work this out! I fussy cut animals, foliage and words and  layered them on thin foam pads. You do not need too much dimension or it will not fold. 



Craft Consortium Products used

Through the Trees 6 x6 Premium Paper pad

one sheet of 12 x 12 Ink Drops Organics paper - this worked well as non-directional


CC products are available from their website at https://www.Craftconsortium.com


I believe the original designer of this fold was Els Ham whom I would like to credit for her idea.


Shaker bridge fold card - with "Through the Trees" from Craft Consortium

 I always like to add a little something to my cards for DT projects. With this Bridge fold cardI added a centre shaker element, because I love them! 



The base measure 10 1/4 x 5 3/4, scored at 1 1/2 and 3" on the long side fom each end. The front bar in 7 1/4 x 1 1/4".

I chose to make the layers 1/4" smaller for contrasting layer and the only 1/8" smaller for the design paper in each direction.

To make the shaker element, I used a nesting die fron crafters Companion from my stash, measuring 4 1/2 x 3 outside and cut an acetate layer almost the same size so it does not show. popped these up on foam strip and added sequins .

I hope you like my twist on a favourite style of card.

Craft Consortium Products used

Through the Trees 6 x6  and 12 x 12 Premium Paper pads

I added rhinestones but co-ordinating enamel dots are now available and would work better as an embellishment.


CC products are available from their website at https://www.Craftconsortium.com


Come back soon,


Lesley xx



Push up hexagon card


I have made this style of card previously only a much smaller one. I wanted to upsize my previous make to show off the beautifully designed papers. Here are my measurements – and NO dies needed. 





Base: Part 1

·        A4 sheet -trim  to 7" along short side.

·        Turn and score 1/2", 2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 down the whole length

·        Turn and cut 2 x 5 3/4 pieces which form main part of base.

·        with pencil measure in 1 ¼” along from outside edges on the first and bottom fold lines. Draw line to next fold outside edge and cut off all four corners on each base piece. (see photo)

·        fold these pieces all mountain fold

 


Base part 2:

·        cut across A4 width 2 pieces 2 ¼ wide.

·        Score 2 3/8, 5 5/8, 8 

·        slightly mitre the edges of the end tab section

·        fold and burnish well. These will eventually join to make one long strip.




 

To make supports for pop up animals I had 3 layers in the top. I cut slit across front and back of top base main part as follows:

·        Lay base main pieces side by side and mark one front and other back as shown.

·        Mark 1” cut centrally across front bottom section and back top section, then cut out thin sliver with knife.

·        cut ½” strips to go across top 4 1/4, 4 ¼ and 5

·        cut 1” supports for strips – 2 @ 3” and 1@2 ½” score longer ones at ½ inch one end

·        Feed 3” support strip through slit in front from bottom so it sticks up ½”. Fold up the bottom of strip along score line and apply wet glue. Keeping strip straight, fold up the base and close over strip so it sticks to the ½” tab. Hold while it dries. Repeat with back section.

·        Take 1” centre support strip and glue to centre front section so it sticks up ½”. add more glue all across centre and sandwich strip between front and back sections matching all edges. You should now have 3 bits sticking up about ½” long.

 

To complete base

·        Add wet glue to bottom tab at front of hexagon base. Line up one of the strips so the folds match the corners and the tab fold matches the join of the strip.

·        turn base and repeat with the bottom of the back section BUT take care that on the strip the very narrow side tabs are opposite and not on same side.

·        add glue to top tabs and stick on the long wrapping strip – it should sit ¼” down from the edge of the strip.

·        push down the base and line up the wrapping strip – there should be one side tab each side. apply glue and check all the edges meet nicely.

 

you should still have 3 x½ strips. apply glue to the 1” bits that are sticking up when the card is popped up and stick the strips across them so they rest across the top of the card with the long one across the centre

 


To decorate

·        Mat and layer panels with a very narrow border

·        fussy cut animals and toadstools to make a scene. I placed  bigger ones at the back so they were visible. adhere to the horizontal ½” strips

 

To make a scenery backdrop

Select section of the tree paper  7 7/8 x 4 ¾ and fussy cut around trees as desired. place bead of glue along bottom edge and stick INSIDE the card wrap resting along the top of the base.

 

 

It sounds complicated but easier than it might seem!

 

 

NB   I would like to give credit to Kathys random act of stampin for her method of making this style of card but I have used all my own sizes and added my own twist to make it my own.

 

 

Craft Consortium products used:

 

Through the Trees 12 x 12 Premium Paper pad

they have some superb mirri card now too that would make wonderful mat layers. All available from the company at https://www.craftcomsortium.com

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Lesley x

 

 

 

 

 

 



Monday 12 February 2024

Triple Easel card

Here is another DT make for Cradt Consortium for the launch of their Through the Trees collecrion. This is another line designed by Melissa Lowry who lives in Canada. She also designed the Through the Hedge collection and you might recognise the appearance of the fox again. If you have any of the previous stamps, I think they would also work with these papers.

This is a Triple Easel card approximately 5 x 7 but as I made the Tree overhang slightly, I would use a C5 envelope to post this. 



The largest easel card measures on a 5 x 7 base to allow room for the other easels. I made the actual easel card separate with an extra 1" tab on the base and adhered this to a 5 x 7 base card as A4 card is too short to cut it all from one piece. in US this would work for your letter card size too. 

The middle card is 4 x 4 on a 5" base and the top card 3 x 3 easel. 


I made 3 individual easel cards with black layer to make the gorgeous papers pop and fussy cut animals from the papers. I used animals and flowers from the 12 x 12 pad for the front and middle layers and animals from the 6 x 6 pad for the back card to give perspective and the illusion of greater distance. I raised the images with dimensional foam pads.

For matting, I cut the largest easel with 1/4" smaller layer black (so 4 3/4 x 4 3/4") and then the design paper 1/8" smaller at 4 5/8 x 4 5/8". I did the same on the other size easels.

I really like how all the cards finish together at the front; I think it gives it a more elegant look and a really sturdy level base. 


Craft Consortium Products used

Through the Trees 6 x6 Premium Paper pad 


CC products are available from their website at https://www.Craftconsortium.com


Thanks for stopping by.


Lesley x


Sunday 11 February 2024

Benchfold card with Trusty Tools SAB from Stampin'Up!

Good afternoon everyone!

I think I am hooked on these great Trusty Toolbox Designer Series Papers that come free with a £45 order in the SU Sale-a-bration offer. I was reminded of the bench fold card by a crafty friend, Elaine, also a great SU fan.



I don’t have the coordinating stamp and dies available as a bundle so I fussy-cut all the elements from the toolbox papers. I'm so glad I had a stock of pre-cut elements before my injury to fall back on. The hardest part was trying to decide where to place the tools! I really love how this card folds to fit in a DL envelope or a Business envelope in the US.

 


Here are the measurements: Please follow on YouTube for instructions. 

 

UK

metric

US

Base -copper clay

  cardstock

4 1/8 x A4 length,

Scored 2, 3 7/8 on each side

10,5 x A4 length

Scored 5, 9,7 on each side

4 ¼ x 11

Scored 1 ¾, 3 ½ on each side

Band-copper clay

Or crumb cake

1 5/8 x 8

4,2 x 20

1 5/8 x 7 1/2

Copper clay strut to hold up bench

1 x 6 scored 1, 4 7/8

2,5 x 15

Scored 2,5 /12,3

1 x 6 scored 1, 4 7/8

Red card for bench

3 7/8 x  2 ½ scored at 1 7/8

9,8 x 6 scored 4,8

3 7/8 x  2 ½ scored at 1 7/8

Pegboard DSP

3 ¾ x 3 7/8

9,5 x 9,8

3 ¾ x 3 7/8

Red striped DSP

2 of 1 7/8 x 1 ½

1 of 3 7/8 x 1 1/2

2 of 4,8 x 3,8

1 of 9,8 x 3,8

2 of 1 7/8 x 1 ½

1 of 3 7/8 x 1 1/2

Tape measure strip of DSP

 3/8 X 3 7/8

1 x 9,8

3/8 x 3 7/8

Grey DSP for bench top

1 5/8 x 3 5/8

4 x 9,2

1 5/8 x 3 5/8

Crossed hammers DSP for wings

2 of 1 7/8 x 2 3/8

2 of 4,8 x 6

2 of 1 3/8 x 2 1/2

Basic white for the back to write on

3 5/8 x 3 7/8

9,2 x 9,8

4 x 3 7/8

 

If you have a long wish list of SU products you may want to try being a demo and join up to get wonderful offers – you do not have to make videos or sell; you can just be your own best customer and take the discount. Interested? Message or email me for details of a great offer if you join during Sale-a-bration!!! 

If you do not have a current demo and live in the UK, I will be happy to help you place an order or join my team at https:www.stampinup.uk?demoid=5060154

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As always, I hope you give this fold a try and please message me on my Facebook page or tag me on IG posts so I can see your makes. 

You can contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate you all so much. 

Lesley x

 

 

SU Products used in this project:

Trusty Tools SAB papers -free with £45 order  #162978

(coordinates with Trusty tools stamp and die bundle #162723)

Copper Clay A4 cardstock #161730

real red cardstock #106578

Basic white  cardstock #159228

Something fancy stamps #160416

Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad #132708

Multi-purpose liquid glue #154974

Trimmer #152392

Take your pick tool #144107

Paper snips scissors #103579

Black dimensionals #150893

Foam adhesive strip#141825

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Really easy toolbox card with Trusty tools SAB

Hi everyone!

Today I have a straightforward card using the Trusty Toolbox 12" x 12" Designer Series Papers that come free with a £45 order in the SU Sale-a-bration offer and minimal stamping. Please excuse the croaky voice and the poorly finger - hence the minimal stamping - as I cracked my nail right across the nail bed and can't really apply any pressure with the finger. 



I don’t have the coordinating stamp and dies available as a bundle so I fussy-cut all the elements from the toolbox papers. In the SAB catalogue, I could see a lovely toolbox which I recreated using the Countryside Corners Dies – jump to the video and see how I snipped this frame to make the box.



Here are the measurements:

 

UK

metric

US

Base -copper clay

  cardstock

5 ¾ x 8 ¼

Scored 4 1/8

14,5 x21

Scored 10,5

5 ½ x 8 ½

Scored 4 1/4

Mat -copper clay

Or crumb cake

5 ½ x 3 7/8

14 x 10

5 ¼ x 4

Pegboard DSP

2 x 3 5/8

5 x 9,3

2 x 3 3/4

Lost lagoon card

to die-cut for box

3 ½ x 5

9 x 12,5

3 ½ x 5

Tape measure strip of DSP

½ x 2

1,2 x 5

½ x 2

Basic white insert

5 ½ x 3 7/8

14 x 10

5 ¼ x 4

 

If you have a long wish list of SU products you may want to try being a demo and join up to get wonderful offers – you do not have to make videos or sell; you can just be your own best customer and take the discount. Interested? Message me or email me for details of a great offer if you join during Sale-a-bration!!! 

If you do not have a current demo and live in the UK, I will be happy to help you place an order or join my team at: https:www.stampinup.uk?demoid=5060154

Please use this Hostcode when ordering until the endof March 2024 to receive an extra freebie gift from me as a thank you!

                                    WRXKH662 

Follow me on  FB   /   Instagram   /  Pinterest

As always, I hope you give this fold a try and please message me on my Facebook page or tag me on IG posts so I can see your makes. 

You can contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate you all so much. 

Lesley x

 

 

SU Products used in this project:

Trusty Tools SAB papers -free with £45 order  #162978

(co-ordinates with Trusty tools stamp and die bundle #162723)

Copper Clay A4 cardstock #161730

Crumb cake cardstock #121685

Lost lagoon cardstock #133686

Countryside corners dies #161471

Something fancy stamps #160416

Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad #132708

Multi-purpose liquid glue #154974

Trimmer #152392

Black dimensionals #150893

Foam adhesive strip#141825

Adhesive backed solid gems #161300

Stampin’ cut & emboss machine #149653

The 3d Embossing folder I used appears to be retired but you could substitute with Metal plate 3d Embossing folder #160766 for another great workshop look

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