Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Fancy Fold Cards

Welcome to my new follower, Barb Finnical.  I'm sure Barb would love you to visit her blog HERE and see all her beautiful creations.

I have a couple of Fancy Fold cards to share today.

I own a die which die cuts a slightly bigger version of this style of card, but I decided to follow the instructions HERE for making the base card by hand.
I didn't have a plain circle die big enough, so I drew round a plate to make the base card, cutting the circle out by hand.  The small circle is a Memory Box 'Stitched Scallop Circle' die cut.  The flowers and leaves are from the Sue Wilson 'Passion Flower' set and I added tiny pearls to the centre of the flowers.  All the patterned paper was snippets from a paper pad from The Range.  The papers are 12 x 12, so plenty of snippets are left over every time a use a new sheet. 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:
My second card is a Double Z Fold nautical card.
I used a Joanna Sheen ' Lighthouse' die and the patterned paper is from a Trimcraft 'Sail Away' paper pad.  The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one, 'Anchors Aweigh'

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Saturday, 6 August 2022


The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the easy theme, 'Anything Goes'.  Our generous sponsor this month is Paper Nest Dolls.

Our sponsor kindly gave the DT images to work with and I chose to use Birdhouse.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, then stencilled the background using a Lavinia 'Flower Petals' stencil. The frame is a die from Lisa Horton's 'Slimline Inverted Scallop Frame' set.  I added a sentiment and hand cut the banner. 

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on 28th August.  Pop over to the challenge blog to see the beautiful cards the DT have made to inspired you.

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Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Twist and Fold Card

Two fancy fold cards to share today which are fun to make.  I've written the instructions showing how I made them.  At the end of the post is a little video to show how they open and close.

The butterflies are attached just by the body and antennae.  This is the card closed.....

..... and this shows what it is like when opened.

There are a lot of templates online for starting with a 8" x 8" piece of card, but I couldn't find any for 10" x 10", so I've made one below.  The finished card when folded will be 5" x 5".   The larger version is less fiddly to fold.

Start with a 10" x 10" piece of card, it's best to use fairly thin card as it will be easier the fold the card flat. 

The blue and red lines are the score lines.  I found it easiest to score the four rectangles in the corners first, then score the four diagonal lines.
Red lines = Mountain folds 
Blue lines = Valley folds

Decorate the sections with mats ¼" smaller than each section.

When folded, the four corners are the parts that will show on the front of the card, so embellishments can be added on the corners. 

I've left the middle of the card blank for the message, but you could decorate this area and write the message on the back.  To close the card, make sure all your mountains and valley folds are well burnished, to enable you to easily twist and fold the card.

For my second card, I added a white mat and changed the shape I used of some the mats.  The flowers are attached just at the middle and the petals bent up to add some dimension.

This little video shows how the card opens and closes.  You may need to click on it twice to view.

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Monday, 1 August 2022

NBUS Spanner Panel Card

 I was delighted to be invited to be a Guest Designer for the August NBUS Challenge .  I have a huge medium size collection of NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff), things I buy with the good intention of using them straight away, but somehow don't get round to using them.  For this card I've used a die that I bought recently and was determined to use it before I packed it away.  I bought it in an independent craft store I visit regularly when we are staying in our caravan.  I bought a few essentials in the store and when I paid I was given a £5 loyalty voucher.  Rather than risk losing the voucher before my next visit I decided to look for something to spend it on and settled on this die, which I've had my eye on for a while.  I have a few friends and relatives who enjoy sewing, so I think it will get lots of use.  Using the voucher, it only cost me 99p - a bargain!  Enough of my waffling..... onto my card.

The die is Sweet Dixie 'Vintage Hand Sewing Machine'.  I used a Crafter's Companion 'Sew Lovely - Sashiko' embossing folder for the background.  A few button finished off my card.

So why don't you try and reduce your collection of NBUS by making a card and joining in the NBUS Challenge.  I'm looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.

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