Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards - Birthday, Cards Fancy Folds, Mini Tutorials, My Digital Studio, Two Cards One Sketch

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.

Cards Fancy Folds, Mini Tutorials, Technique

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.

Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Challenges, Mini Tutorials, Technique

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:

cqc173       TSOT #102 (1)

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

Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Punch Art

Birthday Girl Punch Art

I thought it was about time I did some more punch art, my punches were starting to feel very “uncreative” as they only got to punch out as themselves not reinventing themselves as part of a fabulous creation. So here is a wee tutorial for yesterdays punch art card…… Birthday Girl

P1010276 (364x640)And here is how to make her you will need the following


Now for a few tips on how to put her together. its a bit hard to see on the recipe sheet above but there is a line drawn on the hair piece to show you about where to cut. Then you can add the pony tails to the back of it before adhering it to the face, Add the shoes to each end of the leg piece and cut it in half. For the arms position it as shown and trim off excess even with dress edge. Add legs , flowers to pony tails then outline with black pen and add face etc.

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And finished she looks like this


Box Bag Tag, Cards - Birthday, From the Scrapheap, Mini Tutorials, Technique

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 : )


Cards - General, Christmas, Mini Tutorials, Scrapbooking, Technique

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!

Big Shot, Cards - General

Happy Easter


I have seen many of these gorgeous cross cards and have wanted to try one so here is my one. My wee girl has taken it to church today for her Sunday school teachers.

I have used a sheet of the new Attic Boutique paper to do my cross layer then added a white panel behind it before putting it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots folder. Final touches were some of the Beautiful Wings embosslit die butterflies and some of the SAB ribbon.

Enjoy your Easter Sunday

PS I HAVE DISCOVERED MY TUTORIALS PAGE HAS NOT BEEN WORKING AT ALL FOR UMMMM …. 3 YEARS (I’m so embarrassed!!!) But it is now up and USEFUL hopefully I will continue to add other tutorials I posted previously to it over the next day or so.

Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Cards - Get Well and Sympathy, Mini Tutorials, Simply Scored

Simply Scored Cards Plus Bonus

Better grab a coffee boys and girls cos this is gonna be a long one!!

 Right are you all set? Today is the first day of the new Autumn Mini Catalogue which is full of brand new goodies!! You can view a copy online by clicking the picture in the right hand column or Email me! to get a paper copy.

I am going to showcase my favourite new tool the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!

This card uses a brand new punch too, the Blossom Punch( 125603 $41.59 on page 21) It even has a matching stamp set. Look at the beautiful even score lines in that background!

This time I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to create Scored frames both on the card and on a frame I slipped partially behind darling Tess. I used one of three new Designer Series Paper packs – Attic Boutique ( 125407 $22.95 on page 17) – to make the flowers and background inside the frame of the card. We also got some fab new  Texture Impressions Embossing Folders called Adorning Accents  – 125601 on page 9 –  I used a scalloped one on another piece of the Attic Boutique paper and then hand cut around it although there is a coordinating  Adorning Accents Edgelits dies set that will cut it with a tiny scalloped edge on the scallops. Sorry, bad explanation so you will just have to look at the Mini to see what I mean!

This last card is a really fun one with lollipops on it. I have again used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make a grid pattern background also to make a border on the Whisper White cardstock matting the Baja Breeze embossed strip. Yes that is  another of the embossing folder borders in the set. Its a set of 3 for $20.50 so not bad value at all. The cute paper is from another of the new DSP packs – Sweet Shop 125408 on page 23 which is $29.95 It is  a specialty pack and features some embossed papers including the heart one Ive used here.

Did you notice the “bite” out of the lollipop?? Before I cut the sticks I scored in a line to give them a slightly raised look, which is a bit hard to see in the photos, and then cut the strips.

And now for the bonus just because Im an awesome person : ) and very modest too you know I have created a 4 page PDF of  info, tips and pics to help you get the most from your Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I havent gone into making boxes at all but have lots of ideas for how to make background papers, including diagonal ones and frames so click here to download your copy. I hope its helpful. Of course if you would like to order your own Simply Scored Scoring  Tool  feel free to give me a ring or Email me! to place your order.

PS if you would like to have an In Home workshop for you and some of your friends to try out some of the new product then now is a great time to book!!

Cards - Babies and Kids, Punch Art

Pudgy Puss Punch Art

Ok ladies and gents here it goes. Pudgy Puss!

To make Pudgy Puss you will need:

Full Heart Punch – Feet

Wide Oval – Arms and Head and Face also Tail

1 3/4″ Circle – Tummy

1/2″ circle – Paws

5 Petal flower – Inner Ears

Heart to Heart  using the Wide heart – Ears

Small circle from Itty Bitty Punch set – Eyes

1″ circle – Nose

2 1/2″ Circle DIE from the Circles #2 Originals die – Body

You can see  the hearts have been repunched to create the ovals for Puss’ Feet. The tail was created by reinserting the card back into the punch after i had already punched out an oval. Position the punch to create the shape above under the largest circle.

Now I did change the Ears so ignore the full hearts at the top of this pic as I used the widest heart from the Heart to Heart punch instead. Heres how the face and head look.

I used a black marker to dot and dash a border round each piece and to draw on features as well as the White gel pen to draw on the eye details. Each piece is sponged and I stamped tone on tone with the block image from Clearly for You on each piece too.

I think you can probably see how to make the other two characters from yesterday but if you have any questions or want to order any of the punches shown feel free to Email me! Hope you enjoyed seeing how to make a Pudgy Puss of your own.