Father’s Day card

Docrafts adhesive cork and patterned paper, scan n cut letters plus petrol blue matting card finished with tool style brads and an inevitable dash of wink of Stella .

Happy Father’s Day on the inside but now (years into card making) I realize that just for you on the outside means a personalized message on the insert can be added at the mast minute.  Off to make some manly stash cards!

Ribbon scrap tidy and dispenser


a simple way to organize the sack of ribbon scraps…

materials: 1 A4 sheet cardstock (I used craft card), scissors, strong tape or glue, hole punch Washi tape to close and decorate

method

score and fold card into toblerone shape – I scored at 6.5, 13 and 19cm then turned the card and scored at 4 cm from either side

i then cut up the 4cm score lines, trimmed and wedged the flaps created to make triangles as shown

I then hole punched 14 holes (enough to squeeze in different scraps of ribbons, if it will wrap round an A6 card, I keep it). I only have an office ring binder punch so was limited to punch near a score line but the holes can be wherever you want). Then form the toblerone shape and stick the overlapping triangles together. I used red liner tape.

Poke ends of ribbon through the holes from inside to out, a crochet hook works well, and when your holder is full secure it closed with washi tape so you can top it up some time in the future without destroying the box

just a few more to make before I get the ribbon stash under control!

if decorated this would make a nice little gift for a crafty friend…

Addicted to making paper handbags

At 45 minutes per bag I won’t be making many of these but I do LOVE the e d result and am using stash stuff so maybe just a few more

follow maymaymadeit sophisticated satchel you tube video to turn the following into a lovely handbag:

3 A4 sheets lightweight base card (cream for me)

1 A4 sheet matting paper and half for contrast matting

2 12″ x 1 3/4 ” strips card for the handles

brads or candi plus embellishments

Drawing with scan n cut (save money on stamps)

I want my handmade cards to be personalized and usually light-hearted so stamping a message isn’t the answer for those special cards. The scan n cut draw function with the universal pen holder means my gold gel pen can deliver a professional greeting, even direct on to this kanban linen look note card.

To add dimension I used the cat die from the crafts beautiful free gift this month and foam mounted it .

confession, although the card looked fab, clean and classy without, I had to add scan n cut ric rac border of gold top and bottom to hide a glue splodge

I also used the draw function to write ‘thanks’ inside.  By keeping all the elements to gold this card looks understated and grown up. Love it

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PS a dog version might be contemplated if I can work out the greeting !

Serious cards

Beautiful papers from Craftwork Cards Antiqued and Chinoiserie pads were used to make some serious cards for ‘thinking of you’ messages

I used the scan n cut to create a decoupage effect with the water lilies (very impressed with the direct cut feature now I have tried it) and the trellis strip (a border from the pattern library) Continue reading

DIY envelopes

 A simple way to make envelopes, particularly useful for large items or flat presents

measure the item you want to insert diagonally from one corner to another, say six inches.  Then cut a square (always a square even if the insert is rectangular) of paper one inch bigger ie 7 inches square.

place the insert on the paper and fold each corner of the paper loosely over the insert towards the centre,  crease the folds and then put the insert to one side

where the four creases intersect at the edges, cut out the triangle overlaps as shown

stick double sided tape along both sides of one corner (in this case the westerly corner with my mug on it) and stick the adjacent flaps to it to form an open envelope

round the shoulders and tip of the remaining corner for neatness and seal as you choose (stickers can be usefully used up here)