Tuesday, 16 August 2016


I only had one lady on my #imbringingbirthdaysback list for August. Having recently admired a card made by my US 'buddy' Justin Krieger, I tried to CASE his card.
Now, let me say, straight off, that I don't think my card is quite as nice as his, but I'm reasonably happy with the result and hope the recipient, Linda, likes it too.
The leaves are a sneak preview from our upcoming seasonal catalogue which goes live on 1st September. The dies are called Pretty Pines and are available on their own or, for extra saving, as a bundle with a coordinating stamp set. On this card I've used the dies to cut our gold foil card. I've roughed/distressed the edge of the card base and embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is heat embossed on vellum. The backing DSP is from one of my favourite products from the annual catalogue - the Serene Scenery DSP Stack, an absolute bargain at just £9 for 48 sheets, each measuring 6"x 6".
Wishing you a very happy birthday Linda!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Spinner & Shaker Card Class

Spinner & Shaker Card Class
Make 4 cards - 2 Spinners/ 2 Shakers
Where - Goldsworth Park, Woking
Cost - £20
When - Tuesday 30th August 9am - 12 noon
Saturday 3rd September 1pm - 4pm
Booking & Payment - to me, to be received by 16th August

I look forward to you joining me!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

New release, available during August only!!!
Yes, the new Thoughtful branches stamps and dies are available to purchase during August only**
I can see that these new bundle will be very popular and will serve all through the year. Here's a better picture which shows the dies more clearly...
Available as a bundle (bundle and save!) for £46.75 or individually, stamps £24 / Dies £28
Order this set from me and get a free tutorial! Remember, only available during this month!

** Stampin' Up! have released this set initially for a period of one month only, however, they have stated that should this set prove to be very popular there is a possibility that it may be available again at a later date, if it makes it's way into a catalogue. But, there's no guarantee so don't miss out, order yours now!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wallet Card Tutorial

I recently posted a picture of this wallet card and have been asked by a few people for instructions. 
I've 'cobbled' some together so please excuse the appearance to this tutorial.

Please note: whilst some of the products I used are now retired,you could easily substitute

Melon Mambo cardstock 6” x 6 3/4”
Whisper White cardstock
Pop of Pink washi tape
Glitter washi tape retired
Gold cord trim  retired
White satin ribbon
Thick thread
Punch retired
Stamp set(s) of your choice I used Best Decision Ever & Workshop Words (retired),both sets US/Can only)
Whisper White Envelope

On the Melon Mambo card measure and mark 3” along the 6” side
On the 6 3/4” side measure and mark 2 7/8” - see photo below

From the 3” mark, measure down and mark 1 5/8” as in the photo below

Join up the 3 pen marks, cut along the lines and remove the excess card, as shown top right in the picture below.
      Measure 1” up from the bottom right hand corner and 1” along the bottom edge towards  
      the left as shown by the pen marks in the picture.

Join the two marks and remove the corner piece.

Using a corner rounder punch, round the top left hand corners

Score along the lines shown here in white, to create your tabs

Now remove a strip ½” deep as shown in the picture below

Fold along the score lines, put glue on the tabs and fold over and stick to create your wallet.


Decorate your wallet as you’d like it – I used toning washi tape.
Cut a piece of whisper white card 2 ¾” x 5 ¼”, which will slide into the pocket. Stamp/decorate as wished. I added washi tape and thick twine.
I do hope that these instructions are easy for you to understand. I'd love to see what you make, please share with me!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wedding Season

Summer - and it's wedding season.
We received an invitation recently and when I spotted our new Jar of Love bundle I couldn't resist using it for the RSVP. When you look at the photo showing both the invitation and our reply you'll see why.

The image on the invitation of of a glass jar holding sprigs of pink flowers, on a black background.
Imitating the invitation, I stamped and heat embossed a white jar onto black card stock, filled with smoky slate sprigs which are topped with pink pirouette flowers
I'm pretty pleased with the result - what do you think???

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Pop Up Panel Birthday!

You know how it is - it's a birthday but that friend is also a cardmaker.  In reality you just want to nip down Clintons and get a perfectly made Hallmark card.......but you know that you can't. Nor can you pretend that you're sick, too sick to craft, or conjure up surprise visitors. Hmm, happens to me a LOT! Then, when you make the card there is always someone who will either act surprised at your creation (not always in a good way) or say something along the lines of "That's not her normal style".
So it was this week.
I recently saw this style of card on a demonstrator social media group. Called a Pop Up Panel card or Inside Fold card, I thought I'd give it a go - and I'm pleased I did! It closes so smoothly that I've decided I'm a kinetic genius of the papercrafting world! Okay, so maybe that is punching a little bit above my weight..
Hmm, yep - I can hear you now. Pretty simple

Here is the inside (above) as it opens
And finally, fully opened.
Below is a little video showing the opening movement of the card.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card, I think it's a little different and I really enjoyed making it!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Difficult Cards.

There are many cards that we can find difficult to make. Some find it's cards for men, I find it's frilly and feminine or baby cards. But we all come to times when we need to make a card for someone going through a tough time or a bereavement. I really struggled to make a bereavement card this week and eventually fell back on a previous design, something from the natural world but not too floral. Slightly 'fuzzifoto', I'm afraid!

The stamp is from Kinda Eclectic, so glad that this set carried over into our new catalogue. Masked then inked in So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz. Finally, stamped in Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment is from a retired set.
Simple, but it fits the bill.