Basic shapes card

masculine card made easy

Inspired by yana smakula on spellbinders new release…

using patterned papers cut with two sets of stitched edge rectangle dies

she used bright solids: I chose papers from the Docrafts mister mister pack

at this rate of using my patterned papers I have enough to last until 2021


10 cards to reduce the stockpile- a bit

I must i must decrease the stockpile and here are 10 cards to make a start

i have already used the craftwork cards antiqued set and accessories quite a bit but these are very generous kits

Three cards on craft card blanks . 

two use tags from the kit and one layered die cuts . I die cut the sentiment twice to make a drop shadow

Scan n cut put to use here here with the octagon layout and a free svg of some doodles for contrast

tip for next time, octagons don’t tessellate or mosaic togetherlike hexagons would, but here studding with the Candi worked out fine

And using up my die cut flowers …

ten simple cards done in one afternoon but there are still 21 untouched pages of paper in the kit. So much paper left to play with.

Decorated pegs

Makes a useful,  basic and inexpensive tool just a little prettier…

Plain, wooden clothes pegs are useful in the craft room for box making, clamping glued items and stacking papers as well as storing cords and fabrics

Glued on a shelf in the utility room they are great for holding odd socks until their ‘sole mates’ re-appear or holding dog leads out of the way

And in the kitchen they keep packets and bags closed to stop spills

Functional is good but prettified and still functional is even better, so a stamping session took place this week.

Prettified, these pegs will also add a final, rustic touch to attach a tag and close a gift bag.

Maker’s tip: I used a floral stamp and placed it on an acrylic pad, took the ink pad to the stamp and then rested the peg on the stamp to get the right position. It is easier than trying to balance the peg on a work surface then tap your much bigger stamp on top of it.

Use the right ink to avoid smudges and stains- I used stazon – or découpage pretty papers with something like modpodge to keep them durable…

quick cut cards

Precisely cut cards using my stash of lovely papers

The ‘hello’ card was made with 7 equal squares and one double size from assorted papers with little motifs from the scan n cut library to embellish them. The card base was dry embossed at half inch intervals and then the panels mounted on fun foam and then adhered in place.

I found it easiest to position the small corner pieces first , then the large piece and then centring the remaining pieces afterwards. The embossing helped with alignment

For the baby card I used the Docrafts papermania pastels craft collection paper. I covered the card base with the small hearts paper, stuck a strip of the large icons paper centrally over it and then cut words in different fonts from brown card for the greeting.

Inside I stuck two hearts and a footer strip from complementary papers from the pad – keeping towards the blue tones. To finish I brushed the greeting with Wink of Stella glitter.

Distress watercolour thank you

First steps in watercolour folloing a Crafts Beautiful outline determined to expand my techniques so used the freebies and copied a layout from the march issue …

I stamped the wreath and greeting with stazon on watercolour paper then cut an A2 panel of the same watercolour paper. I dug out three colour of distress inks and tapped each on an acrylic block to use as a palette) . I misted the paper and the block with water then brushed bands of ink across the paper using the largest brush I had in the craft room. I then cut the panel with one of my stitched rectangle dies, tied some jute coloured thread around, mounted it in fun foam and stuck that to an A2 card base.

I fussy cut the wreath, water coloured the design using the same three distress inks ( I don’t have a water brush so used an ancient wink of Stella to pick up the ink remnants from the acrylic block) . I stuck that on the panel and added a few sequins in the same colour range for finish

inside the card is blank

Stitched and embossed cards


Back in love with individual card making…

I cut feather shapes on my scan n cut, mixing scraps from various paper collections focussing on green, brown and blue.

I dry embossed my panel of card at half inch intervals on a score board then stitched on the feathers in columns.

I used a neutral cotton and an old needle which is kept for paper stitching but didn’t need a special foot or stitch settings.


The panel was stuck on a base made from matching pearlised card and a few sequins adhered

Inside a lone feather was glued in place on a plain paper insert and outside a few dots of gold Stickles finished it off.