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Diagonal Flash Cards

I had an enquiry for instructions on how to create the Diagonal Flash Card from my Flash Birds post a few days ago so I did a wee photo tutorial which you can download below. Here are another couple of samples using this cut.


The one above uses the Made with Love Stamp set and the colours from the TGIF Challenge Pool Party, Basic Grey and Daffodil Delight. I used Markers to outline each of the small images which is a great way to add colour if you don’t like colouring in. I did have to add the tiny bit of white for the little banner but otherwise its all Flash Card pieces.


Here is another one but instead of neutral card for the top layer I used some DSP and used the same outlining method to do the background pattern. The white borders cover my little boo boo and I used the leftover strip for cutting the neutral pieces of the Flash cards. Here is the PDF for this technique. Flash Card Diagonal Cut – Flash Birdies Enjoy!

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Dungarees Card For Patricia

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Back in November I posted this card and recently a lady called Patricia asked if I had a template for it but I never made one at the time and have since given the card away so I had to start all over again. Unfortunately I am still very unfamiliar with my new laptop and my printer/scanner doesn’t seem to like it  so I couldn’t scan in my template. I have taken a photo of it and if you save it to your computer and print out on an A4 sheet it will be a pretty close copy.


The blue bit should be placed on an A4 cut in half  lengthwise and then folded in half. You can see the areas on the sheet where the fold will lie.  I used the Tag punch to get the nice shape at the sides of the dungarees and for the pocket. the Straps are a 2 cm strip rounded using the wide arc of the Small Oval Punch

Hope this helps Patricia, I would love to see your card if you have a go!

Edited: Thanks to some new software my scanner is back in business


P.S this is New Zealand size A4 so 21 X29.7 cm

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Spring Frog

How cute is this wee guy?! This is the last of my Boy Cards made using My Digital Studio for now but Im sure I will be using it more in the future.

So this is a Diamond Spring Fold card, I love how it stands out and how dimensional it is.

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I used a digi Kit called Hoppy Memories, It may look familiar to some of you as once upon a time there was a “paper” Scrapbook Kit available of this. I do love how MDS stuff never retires AND doesnt take up precious room in my Office : O

Hoppy Memories Digital Kit – Digital Download 118466
Price: $20.95
The Hoppy Memories digital kit for My Digital Studio gives you everything you need to preserve your happy memories for all time. With this kit, you get everything you need, including stamp images, Designer Series papers, and embellishments (including animals, borders, elements, labels, letters, numbers, and tags), to create the perfect project.

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Here is the card again stretched out a bit more so you can see the folds and decoration. The Wish Big sentiment is from the Word Play stamp brush set and the balloons from the Cake and Icecream Stamp Brush set. The photo below is the back of the diamond where I can write my message. I used MDS to add an image to the mat.

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As promised I have created a tutorial on how to create the Diamond Spring Fold Card and some tips on working with the MDS images I used to create this card.         Full Colour Tutorial PDF Here      Hope you enjoyed my Springy Frog Card Im halfway through a twin of this card which is more grown up which, if I get on with it, I will share with you tomorrow.

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On the Go with Leftovers

After making the last two cards and one I will share tomorrow I had some paper scraps and images leftover. So……what to do with them was the next question. Luckily I needed a card for a 4 yr old boy so I had a goal. Next I had a flick through some cards for ideas and came across this design which I thought had potential. here is the sketch I created

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 And here is what I did with it

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And still using up more of the leftovers I added a strip of paper along the bottom of the printed insert. I even managed to figure out how to put the little boy in the helicopter window and add words in the cloud. So amazed at my talent! LOLP1010439 (469x640)Tomorrow is a full colour picture fancy fold tutorial  so don’t miss that ALSO Tomorrow is my Monthly Papercrafters Day RSVP ASAP LOL


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Side Stepping On the Go

 Her is todays offering using the My Digital Studio (MDS) On the Go Digi Kit, its another fancy fold, this time its a Side Step CardP1010440 (640x436)

I always find the side step cards hard to measure and cut right BUT the answer was really simple once I knew it! Trim to an even measurement…..Well Duh! I have to admit I nabbed the template from here so many thanks to Jinky’s Crafts. So to create this card I used a piece of cardstock that was 8″ X 4″ and here is the cutting and scoring template from Jinky.

Side-Step-TemplatesHere is a closer look at the stepped bit, notice I cut out TWO helicopters so I could 3D it.  Tomorrow I will show you what I did with some of the left over bits of card and images.

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Pop Up Dress Card Template

My guess is it would be sooooooo much easier to just use the Card Base Pop N Cuts and then the Dress Form Pop N Cuts dies but my budget is tiny at the moment so needs must!

This Insert will fit inside a standard half width A 4 length (10.5 cm X 29.7 cm) score at 15 cm

1. Ok so here we go, cut an A4 length 10 cm wide.

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2. Measure in 2cm from one long edge and draw a line from 9 cm to 17.5 cm Cut along this line  Flip the card over and repeat so that the cut lines are the same distance for the end.

3. Score in the middle section framed by the two cuts at 9 cm 11.5 cm and 17.5 cm

4 Score VERY LIGHTLY at 15 cm on the two thin outer strips

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5. Gently fold the 9cm score to a valley the 11.5 to a mountain and the 17.5 to a valley also then the 15cm fold to a valley this should form the pop out section You may need to ease the folds into place to make it all sit flat depending on how exact your scoring was : ) Flatten in all your folds well with a bone scorer

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Now to shape the end

6 Using a Framelits dies slip the folded card over one edge and under the next so that the cut ends of the card are what will be cut

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I have shown two different dies here one is the large shape from Apothecary Accents and the other is from the Labels framelits

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7. Tape in place with re-positional tape or sticky notes so it wont move. Make sure you have positioned it equally and have the top edge of the die even with the end of the cardstock.

8. Die cut the two ends together with the Big Shot

Now to position it in the card you are going to stick in one side at a time

9. Add adhesive to only the frame part of one side of the insert NOT the pop out bit and position right AT the fold line of your base card These measurements should give you a wee frame of the base card around the edge but not overhang the base card.

10. Then while keeping your inner folded again put adhesive only on the frame part of the insert and fold the card base closed onto it.

P1010304 (640x579) Now when you open it it should look like this!

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Once you have got that the world is your oyster! Of course the fancy die does have a wee diagonal slit across each back bottom corner that the front corners slot into to keep the card closed but you can add that if you want to, I didn’t bother.

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Clock Works Elephant cQc173 TSOT102

I’ve had something like this elephant piece in my head since I saw the Clock Works set. I could see the watch bit  as an embroidery hoop and Ive finally tried it out! I even managed to do TWO challenges at the same time Colour Q and Try Stampin on Tuesday

Here was the inspiration:

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I flipped the sketch around and made it my own but it still has the circle, the banner and the rectangle elements.

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My colours were Tangerine Tango (sub for Dusty Durango) Crumb Cake (Kraft), Very Vanilla, Blush Blossom and Early Espresso for detail work.

What I Used:

Stripes embossing Folder

Festival of Prints Paper stack ( ONLY available until Jan 31st so dont miss out)

Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Blush Blossom Card (retired) stock

Tangerine Tango, and Crumb Cake Ink Pads

Early Espresso and Blush Blossom (This is still current and really helpful for “people”)Stampin Write Markers

Itty Bitty Bits, Clock Works and Exclusive Sale A Bration Stamp set Patterned Occasions ( spend $120 and earn it for free)

Paper Piercing tool, mat and Essentials Pack

Googly Eyes ( Holiday Catalogue ends Jan 31st)

Pearl Basic Jewels

Finishng Touches Edgelits

Crumb Cake Seam Binding

1 1/4″ Circle Punch

Blenders Pens

And of course Dimensionals

Gotta love that faux stitching! I even “Back Stitched” the banners to the top of the card, just to make sure they were secure you understand : ) And can see that the elephant is two toned I have done a wee pic tutorial to show you how.

How to stamp mulicoloured images

6 sleeps t go until the Seasonal Catalogue goes Live

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Scrapheap Saturday

Admit it you have one of those piles (we all do) full of  Card and paper off-cuts, elements that didn’t work for the card but were too cute to throw away, the last straggly bit of ribbon that you couldn’t part with, odd buttons and much more. And it all just sits there looking at you making you feel guilty for using the shiny new products and the full sheets of card. Well here is my challenge to you (and me : ) USE THAT SCRAPHEAP! Make some cards or scrapbook pages decorating with only scraps and see what you can create. I would love to see too so leave me a comment so I can come see your creations.

So this week I looked at ummmm…Paper Rolling I guess you would call it. Just a very quick wee tag but if you dont mind a bit of bulk on your scrapbook pages its a great technique to use for men pages especially.

 Here is a little how -to  for you.

You need : A skewer or knitting needle, some strips of paper about 1-1 1/2″ wide, Some string or twine and adhesive.

The important thing to remember is to NOT put adhesive along the long edge of the paper when you start to roll it because you wont get your skewer out!

 Put adhesive all over the paper from about where the twine is across to the other side and place the twine on the adhesive.

 No start rolling the long side where you didn’t put adhesive (you can see the twine out the top of the roll) and roll it tightly up making sure it seals well at the far edge.

 Then slowly work the skewer out of the roll. Taadaaa one rolled tube which is surprisingly strong! Candle, fence Post, log cabin logs, let your imagination run wild. Im going to try posting Scrapheap ideas each Saturday so look out for more scrapheap demolishing ideas : )


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Chevron Scrap Border

Happy Labour Day folks. Today is the day we give thanks for the 40 hr working week and a short week this week but dream of a 3 day weekend ever week! I love this paper folding technique as it is GORGEOUS and also uses up those scraps.Yesterday on the card I used 1 X 3 cm strips but on this 6 X 6′” scrapbook page I used 2 X 5 cm strips.

The trick is to fold the ends in opposite directions to the edge to form a triangle then for the next piece you need to fold the ends in the opposite direction to the last piece like this   Just keep adding pieces until your chevron is as long as you want it. Add more rows!

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Varicolour and BIG buttons Page

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A nice simple Scrapbook page I made using the DIY Varicolour ink pad I showed you yesterday and the In Stitches Stampin Around Wheel. I used Night of Navy, Melon Mambo and So Saffron reinkers on the wipes then inked up my roller on it and wheeled up the page. Then I just added Melon Mambo matted photos and punched strip of Night of Navy for the edge. Still have to do Title and journalling but Im on a roll so look out for more scrapbooking pages in the near future!

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Here are so close ups of the stamped detail and giant buttons.To make the giant buttons I used a retired scallop circle die. I backed the DSP onto a thickness of Cardstock to give it some body then die cut it. You could use punched layers and stick them together to get the desired thickness.

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The Next step was to make the holes. i lined the scallops up using my Mat Pack piercing sheet and then using the Paper Piercer I poked a line of holes around the centre two circles until I could pop the centres out. Ta daa Giant Buttons.

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You could make them glossy with a coat of  Crystal Effects. I added some “paper thread” to “sew” them on to the page. Sadly my Eyelet Lace Border punch was harmed in the creating of this page, It will be missed!