Friday, 22 July 2022

Easy Peasy Arrow Fold Card


Wow, what a hot week its been this week.  Here in the UK temperatures have soared to 40 degrees centigrade, i have never known it be so hot ever!!! Oh how very British of me talking about the weather :)

My friends dog is pregnant, and is due to have her puppies on Monday, so i thought i would make her a card to celebrate the new arrivals.

What I Used:
Kraft card stock
Designer paper  - Its a Dogs Life
Debbi Moore - Words of Inspiration Stamps

Check out my full tutorial below to see how i made it

Thank you for joining me here today, Have a great weekend

Dawn xx

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Friday, 15 July 2022

Triple Point Easel Card Tutorial

Hi All,  I hope you are having a good week.

My daughter is going for her first sleepover at her friends house tonight.  They have got a bell tent and there is about 10-15 girls sleeping over.  Oh how fun.  So she asked me to make her a card for the Birthday Girl, she loves cats.

I decided to make her this Triple Point Easel card, 1 because its SOOO easy to do, and 2 because I had the perfect stamp in mind.

How adorable are the little baking kittens

and it folds down flat to fit into a 6" x 6" envelope
What I Used:
White card stock
Designer paper  - from my stash
Pink Card stock
Your so Sweet Stamp Set 
DecoTime Alcohol Markers

Check out my full tutorial below to see how i made it

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Friday, 8 July 2022

Easy Slide and Reveal Steampunk Card Tutorial


Wow, can't believe that its Friday already, this week has flown by so quickly, i guess this has something to do with my friend and i going, numerous times, to a huge craft sale in our local art and craft shop. We got some amazing goodies, they were selling dies for £3 and stamps for 20p, we bagged ourselves huge bargains.

Anyway, on to the card.

Today i am sharing with you my Steampunk themed slide and reveal card.



It looks so effective and fancy, however it is so simple to make.

You will need:

Kraft cardstock         5 3/4" x 5 3/4" 
                                  5" x 5"
                                  4" x 4 1/2"

Cream cardstock       5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
                                  3 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Copy paper                A4 strip of 1/2"

Ladies and Gentleman Stampset - Craft Individuals
Man of the Moment Stampset - From stash
Corner Punch
Hold Punch
1 inch circle punch
Double sided tape/glue
paper trimmer
Craft knife

As there are a number of  easy steps so  i have made a youtube video.

Thank you for joining me for today's tutorial, I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Shadow Box Beach Themed Card Tutorial

Hi, Hope you are all doing well today.

I am delighted to say that i have been chosen as a guest designer for the Paper Funday Challenge.  This month the challenge was "A day at the beach". 

You know when you have that sudden flash of inspiration, well this card was mine, as soon as i thought beach i thought of my beautiful fairy mermaid stamp.  This stamp i found at a car boot sale quite a while ago, i'm sorry I don't know who it is by, but isn't she just adorable.

You will need:
Navy card stock measuring 9 6/8" by 5 6/8"
Mat layers measuring 4" by 5 1/2" (4 of these) and  7/8" by 5 1/2" (2 of these)
Designer papers measuring 3 6/8 by 5 1/4" (4 of these) and 6/8" by 5 1/4" (2 of these) 4" by 5 1/4" (1 of these)
White card stock measuring 7" by 4" (2 of these) and 7 by 5 1/4" (2 of these)
Coordinating ribbon 7 1/2" (2 pieces)

1) Make the cover using the Navy card stock and score at 4 3/8" and 5 3/8", this leaves a 1" spine. Fold to make book shape

2) Adhere the ribbon at the opening, adhere the mats and layer onto the card both inside and out.

3) Score the white card at 1/2" intervals and fold to make accordion strips (ie Mountain, Valley, Mountain fold), do this with all 4 pieces.

4) Interlock the pieces so that they make a box. I found it easier to adhere some double sided tape on the first piece to stop it sliding out.

5) Adhere to back inside back panel of the card

6) Die cut a shape out of the middle of remaining piece of designer paper then adhere it to the accordion box. I cut a simple square.  You need to make sure that there is at least 1/2" border at the edges to cover the accordion folds.

On the front cover i decoupaged the fairy mermaid.  I stamped and coloured the image three times, and chose various parts to raise on 3d foam pads.  

The Fairy Mermaid was then attched to some gold glittery netting, i have no idea where i got this from, it was most likely salvaged from a present......yes, i am a complete glittery/shiny stuff hoarder.

There are so many possible ways to use this card.  You can use it to store tickets, and holiday momentos, You can build up a 3d scene if you wish on the inside, all you need to do is adhere it on to the accordion folds, as you can see here with the Gorjuss Girls,  however i am going to add a picture of the grandchildren at the beach and give it to my granddaughter.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, I would love to see your ideas on how you would decorate and use the card, so don't forget to tag me, also pop over to the Paper Funday Challenge and see what other cards the amazing designers are making.

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Monday, 27 June 2022

Showers of Love

Good Morning All, 

If your in the UK this morning, you will be able appreciate this card this morning.  For those who aren't let me tell you, it is torrential rain, and its so dark that it looks like evening time. So, showers of love seemed so apt for today's card.

What you will need:-
6" x 6" card blank
5 3/4" x 5 3/4" yellow card stock
5 1/2" x 51/2" yellow and white striped designer paper (from stash)
Santoro - Stamp "Puddle of Love"
Decotime - Aqua Markers
White Card stock Cut to size.

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Friday, 10 June 2022

Origami Shadow Box Fold Card Tutorial

Hi, I hope you are all well. I was looking for an unusual card to do for my turn at card class.  I came across this card.  Its another very simple and easy to make card, but i think it looks very effective.

1        Cut the paper to the following sizes:

Plain Lilac Paper – 5 ½” x 5 ½”         

Single Side Spotty Paper – 5 ¼” x 5 ¼ “

Single sided Flower Pattern – 5” x 5”

Double sided Flower Paper – 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”

2         Mat and layer the papers, 1st Plain, 2nd Spotty and 3rd Floral single sided.

3         Using the double-sided piece – (floral side up), mark the centre of the paper.

4         Fold the corner points to touch the centre point, so there should only be the spotty paper seen. 

5         Once all the corners have been folded in, fold back each point to the edge of the outer fold.

6         Adhere the sentiment.

7         Adhere the frame onto the card

8         Colour and decoupage the flower and adhere on to the frame.


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Saturday, 4 June 2022

Feathered With Sympathy Card

I very rarely get to make sympathy cards, but when I saw this feather stamp, which came free with the latest edition of simply card and papercraft, I knew I had to make one.

It's one of those cards that are very simple to make, but very effective.

I used:

Black card
Gold card
Fabulous Feathers Stamps (simply papercraft and card making freebie)
Double sided sticky tape
3d foam tape
Gold heat embossing power
Embossing ink pad
Heat gun

First I cut a 5x7" card base from the black card, then cut a piece of gold cardstock that measured 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" and adhered itfor a mat.

I cut a piece of black card 4 x 6# and stamped the feather design, I made sure that the feather went in different directions and some over hung the page, it gives a fluttering effect, heat seat the embossing powder. Adhere that to the gold card.

I then stamped a piece of black card with the sentiment With Sympathy and heat embossed it, mounted onto a piece of gold card and attached to the card.

Voila, simple easy and very striking 

Thank you for stopping by xx

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Thursday, 2 June 2022

Cardmaking Templates

Cardmaking Templates

Creating a particular cardmaking template can help you to make some really stunning cards plus it will serve as a reminder for you when you need to make it again.

Not only do templates help you to see the required measurements but it allows you to build up your confidence as you make them.

They don't need to be fancy and you don't need to be able to draw either (phew, because I am really really bad at drawing).  So give it a try, I promise you it will be worth it.


Use some of your old scraps or card, if your like me, there will be loads knocking around

Make all your lines and instructions clear and bold, so that you will see what you need to follow

Store them safely in a folder to be re-used again and again whenever you need them.  I find this particularly useful if it has been some time since I did a project, and need a little refresher on what to do.


This beautiful Japanese Dream Bridge Card has been created using a template I made some time ago, and the result is very pretty.  Its so simple to make too…

The Side Panel fold card was a little more difficult, when it can to matting, but I am happy with the outcome.

You can buy templates in many shapes and sizes, and from many different sources and some of them are really spectacular...and complicated...and EXPENSIVE!

Label the ones you create and store them safely in a ring binder or poly pocket and keep them close to hand for whenever you need a new card and you're stuck for ideas.


To get you started I have linked a couple of Templates that I have designed below. Download them for free or use them to adapt to suit your project.

 Side Panel Fold Card Template

   Flip Card Template

Triptych Template

Have a go at making your own template, it is worth giving it a go before you spend money on something you can quite easily make yourself.


Friday, 20 May 2022

Japanese Dreams – Bridge Card - Tutorial

 This has got to be my favourite card i have made so far in my card making journey.

It was so simple to make, but yet so effective

What i used:

White Card stock

Red Card Stock

Chinoiserie Chic Paper Collection

Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol Maker (DR1,FS6)

Spectrum Noir Triblend Alcohol Markers (TB2, TB3, TB4)

Double sided tape

3d Foam Pads

1         Trim white cardstock to 25 x 15cm, then score long side at 4cm, 8cm, 17cm and 21cm. Mountain fold outer score lines, valley fold inner ones.

2         Trim red card stock to cover the panels.  Should be 6 pieces.

4 pieces of 3 ½ x 14 ½ cm (side panels)

1 piece of 8 ½ x 14 ½ cm (back panel)

1 piece of 3 x 17 cm (bridge panel)


3         Trim the Umbrella paper.  Should be 4 pieces.  This is for the side panels.

                        4 pieces of 3 x 14cm

4         Trim the Heron paper to cover back panel.

                        1 piece of 8 x 14cm

5         Trim cherry blossom paper. This is for the bridge piece.

                        1 piece of 2 ½ x 16 ½cm

6         Adhere red cardstock and patterned papers to the panels and the sentiment to Navy card stock


7         Adhere the two long lanterns to back panel, adhere the red lantern with 3d foam


8          Adhere bridge panel to left front and right front panel


9          Adhere the lady to the back of the bridge panel using 3d foam, and sentiment to front of the panel with fans either side of the sentiment.

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Simply Ellibelle

Pammies inky pinkies challenges #2221

Global Design Project #GDP344

Sunday Stamps #SSC283

Paper craft crew #472


Hope you like the card



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Friday, 13 May 2022

Side Panel Fold Card - With Template

I wanted to make a fun fold card and made this super amazing side panel fold card.

This one may look complicated but really it isn’t, all I would say is that precision is key for making this card.



The card fold is really different and very eye-catching with all the different sides and levels.

The whole card folds flat and fits into a 5″ x 7″ envelope.


To make these cards I used:

White stock cardstock.

Gold cardstock

Spectrum Noir Midas - Metallic Pigment Inkpad - Gold

White cardstock (stamped in gold harlequin pattern)

Indigo Blu – Jubilee Special Stamps

Side Panel Fold Card Template


I have entered this card into:-

 Addicted to stamps

Simon says stamp

The holly and ivy christmas challenge

Alphabet Challenge


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Thursday, 17 March 2022

Super Easy Kit Kat Easter Cake

Oh my goodness how cute is this cake.  Not only cute but super duper easy to make too..


your favourite cake
your favourite icing
Kit Kat bars (I bought 3 packs of 8 of the snack size)
Sweetened coconut flakes (I used about 1/3 to 1/2 of a 14 oz. bag)
Green food colouring
Cadbury Mini Eggs


1. Bake your favourite cake recipe for a two-layer, 8" or 9" cake. (For this cake, I used Duncan Hines yellow cake mix.) Make sure to even out your layers so there's some room left at the top for your coconut.

2. Frost with your favourite icing. (For this cake, I used Duncan Hines chocolate icing.)

3. Press the Kit Kat bars around the cake gently.

4. Place the coconut in a zippered plastic bag. Add drops of green colouring (I used 4) and close the bag. Shake until the colour blends evenly. Add more colouring if necessary.

5. Sprinkle the coconut over the top of the cake. Add the mini eggs.

6. Tie a ribbon around the Kit Kat bars.

inspired by Made in Melissa's Kitchen


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Tuesday, 8 March 2022

A Gorjuss Little Birdie

Hi all, hope you are well.

Here is another Gorjuss Girl card.  I know, i know i am so addicted to them.  I think she is super cute.  So yes, expect to see many many more of them over the next year or so.

So i made this one using just scraps and stamps i had.  I know a £0 card... you cant get better than that.

I got my inspiration from The Card concept challenge #170 titled Wearing O' The Green.  I loved using this green i really think it brought out the colours.  I have to say - it looks a little ski-wiff from the photo..i didnt notice that whilst i was making it :(

That aside - i love her.. and very very simple to make...

I stamped the stamp on white stock card, coloured it in with my DecoTime Aqua Markers, i choose a cute little green themed outfit, well it is nearly St Patricks Day. This was set to one side to dry

For the main body of the card, i cut the green stock card to the bottom of the scallops, i used a cute little white with matching green stars designer paper .

Printed out "A little bird told me it's your birthday", because there was a bird on the card, which i backed with the green stock card, 

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Thursday, 3 March 2022

Shirt and Tie Birthday card

Wow, this has been a long week.. I honestly cant wait until the weekend. I think it been boring this week, because my sciatic has kicked off again, and its too painful to do my usual weekly chores, so apart from the basics - i.e cleaning the kitchen and tidying round the living room. so i have been watching trashy murder dramas. and waiting for the kiddos and hubby to come home from work.

I did make it to my card making class this week though :)

We made this card this week at class.  This is the first male card i have made. 

Its a very simple card to make.  I hope you enjoyed my sharing.

Things I used:
6" x 6" inch card
Bronze Stockcard
Brown dogtooth stockcard
Ivory pearlised stock card
Black scrap from my stash
silver scrap from my stash
Dotty embossing folder

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