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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.

Sunday 31 March 2024

Easter egg shakers – Home décor project with Craft Consortium “Let Spring Begin”

Good morning everyone. I hope you remembered to reset your clocks last night as summer time began today in the UK.

When I think of Home décor for Easter, I see the painted eggs, hanging on branches of Forsythia that are frequently displayed in German homes. I knew egg-exactly (sorry, had to be done!) what I wanted to do and that was to make egg-shaped shakers using the great collection from Craft Consortium -Let Spring Begin- designed by Helz Cuppleditch.

I went through all my egg-stensive collection of dies but the oval ones were not quite the right shape. I found a Sizzix set in my local Hobbycraft and also a set of matching acrylic domes. Result!

Sadly, the Forsythia has been ruined by all the heavy rain we have had lately, but there are plenty of flowering bushes in the hedgerows (complete with lethal thorns too!!)



                                 SKU: CCPPAD041B                                               SKU: CCPPAD041C


They were very easy to make but I encountered a big problem and if you take a look at the YouTube tutorial, there is a little missing section – my phone camera kept changing speed and stopped recording. I managed to edit the speed and tried to re-record but the technology just failed me! I am keeping my fingers crossed that the phone problem isn't terminal. 

Here are the step-by-step instructions - please read these and fill in the gaps when you watch the YouTube.

1. use the sheet of 4 toppers approx. 3 x 3 and cut out the egg die from your chosen design, positioning it as close to the bottom of the square as possible.

2. fussy cut off the sky above clouds. Draw in pencil around the largest egg shape in the frame onto the plain blue paper and cut it out with scissors.

3. stick the first egg die-cut topper onto the centre of the blue egg to create a scene with more sky showing.

*****Here is the missing part!  ***

4. place a few sequins onto the egg shape. Dust inside one of the acrylic domes with an anti-static bag and remove the backing from the double-sided tape that is pre-affixed and ready to use on the dome. I added a bead of wet glue over the tape to give me a little wiggle time and then pressed down firmly over the centre of both egg shapes, sealing in the sequins. Firm down with the edge of the bone folder to ensure good adhesion and no leaks.

5. using the frame die, cut a coloured frame from one of the coordinating premium papers and adhere it over the edge of the dome. Make sure the edges are neat. Trim if needed.

6. add ribbon to hang the shaker – I cut approximately 4” (10 cm) and used red liner tape to secure it to the back of the shaker.

7. on the PC, I made a sheet of “Happy Easter” greetings. You could stamp a greeting onto white card or just leave it blank. I cut these out with the smaller egg shape and adhered to the back of the shaker with wet glue to neaten and give more stability.


Obviously, if you don’t have egg-shaped dies you could easily recreate this product using the same topper sheet – either in the 6x6 pad or the 12 x 12 pad and use nested circle dies and acetate to make the shakers with foam tape. I love how easy they are to make (just not to record) and look so cheerful. Let your visitors pick their own one from the tree for a lovely keepsake.


Let Spring Begin is available from many good craft shops and from the company’s website at https://www.craftconsortium.com/shop?Collection=Let%2520Spring%2520Begin

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Lesley xx

Saturday 30 March 2024

Triple Layer stand up card with Craft Consortium Let Spring Begin

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter and enjoying the sunshine as we are in the South of England. It is long overdue after so much rain recently.

As a Craft Consortium Design Team member, I recently posted a panel card on the Craft Consortium Network page using the "Let Spring Begin" Collection" as it is just right for Easter. So many people messaged me privately asking for a tutorial that I have now obliged. It took me a while as my poor over-loaded iPhone struggled with the weight of all my photos and videos of projects. But I have my fingers and toes crossed that I have now solved the problem. 




Card base:  white 250 -300gsm

Mat: Let Spring Begin A4 Premium Quality Papers

Top: Let Spring Begin 12 x 12 Papers / Decoupage sheet or topper

Back: white thick paper/thin card  





Front pop-up

3 ½ x 3 ½ 

decoupage base

9 x9 


3 11/16 x 3 11/16


9.4 x 9.4


3 7/8 x 7 7/8

Base card

9.8 x19.7

Middle pop-up

4 ½ x 4 ½ 


11.3 x 11.3


4 11/16 x 4 11/16


11.7 x 11.7


4 7/8 x 8 7/8

Base Card

12 x21.9


5 ½ x 5 ½ 


13.7 x 13.7


5 11/16 x 5 11/16

Mats x 2

14.1 x 14.1


5 7/8 x 9 7/8


14.5 x 24.4


5 ½ x 5 ½ 

To write on

13.7 x 13.7


Other materials:

Foam pads



Please follow the YouTube tutorial for the instructions  

Let Spring Begin is available from many good craft shops and from the company’s website at https://www.craftconsortium.com/shop?Collection=Let%2520Spring%2520Begin

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Sunday 24 March 2024

Another Accordion fold pocket card with Painted Lavender from SU

I love this card style and have made it several times with different papers. Yesterday I had an enjoyable day with my fellow Stampin'Up demo team and this is the card I demoed. I did step up my previous card on the blog by adding a mat layer and used my favourite Tailor-made tags in the pocket. I have also used the pocket to hold a gift card which works well for many occasions. Painted Lavender is one of my favourite Suites at the moment but I have seen some new ones in the new Catalogue that you can order in  May and these might just give it a fight for top place!! 

You can pop back to my previous post for the simpler version and also see the Tutorial below. 

Recipe for the Painted Lavender Card version


1.       Base: Highland Heather: 5 3/4” x 11” scored @ 4 ¼”, 5 ½” and 6 ¾” (use off-cut for due cutting tag)

2.       Crumb cake: 4 x 5 ½  cut diagonally in 2

3.       Basic White: 3 ¾ x 5 ¼ cut diagonally in 2

4.       Pretty Peacock 4 x 5 ½


5.       3 7/8 x 5 3/8

6.       3 ¾ x 5 ¼ - if you use paper with non-directional design on reverse no wastage. If not, you will need 2 pieces this size.

Optional -2 strips 1” x 5 1/2 to cover the accordion fold inside. I chose not to add DSP here as there was additional thickness with the extra mat layers

This beautiful collection is retiring in its present bundled format; the sentiments are only available while stock lasts so if you like this and want to get the 10% bundled savings, get it NOW! The Tailor-made tags are also on the retiring list.

You can order SU products through me at https:www.stampinup.uk?demoid=5060154

or go to www.stampinup.com, click on your country code (top left) and search for me by name in the top green bar - Lesley Kilby - and my photo should pop up!  

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I would love to know which DP you have in mind to use with this fold. Let me know if you try it by tagging me on social media so I can see the post! 

Bye for now!

Lesley x


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SU Products used in this project

Painted Lavender Suite Collection  #162613

Highland Heather cardstock #147010

Pretty peacock cardstock  #150886

Basic white card #159228

Crumb cake  A4 cardstock #121685    

Gorgeous grape ink pad #132708

Lost Lagoon ink pad #161678

Pretty Peacock ink pad #150083

Multi-purpose liquid glue #154974

Trimmer #152392

Dimensionals #104430

Mini glue dots # 103683

Silver and white sheer Ribbon #162149

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