Tuesday, 20 February 2018

TUESDAY TUTORIAL - Butterflies & Stickles For Your Card Makes

Hi, welcome to my 'happy place'....

Cascading butterflies and stickles are used for today's short tutorial

The completed card, insert and envelope 

The completed card, insert and envelope

Until tomorrow....

June x

Monday, 19 February 2018


Hi and welcome to my 'happy place'....

 Starting with a white base card 12.5cm x 18cm (5"x7")  cut a smaller panel in black card then a slightly smaller panel in yellow card

On the yellow panel stamp the two flower stamps from the 'Indigo Blu' stamp set and stamp around the panel with an onyx black ink pad then cover it with a clear embossing powder and heat set it.  (the sheen is not as promanent here as it is on the card itself)

Now adhere to the black card and place the strip of black card onto it with easy lift off tape

Cut a piece of yellow card, for the back of the waterfall, measuring 5cm x 20.5cm and score it at: 5cm, 7cm, 9cm and 10.8cm 

Cut 4 pieces of  black card at 5cm each and 4 in white card at 4.5cm.  Stamp the flowers onto the white card using a Memento ink pad and glue them onto the 4 black card squares adding a strip of adhesive to the back of the cards at the top of each black panel

Starting at the bottom score line, adhere each square to each score line on the yellow strip of card

Slot the long piece of yellow card behind the strip of black card and when you're happy with the position punch a hole at each end as well as your background card and secure with brads

Now place a strip of adhesive onto the black strip and secure the bottom panel onto it

 Punch a hole into the bottom of the exposed yellow card, cut a small piece of ribbon, fold it over and punch another hole in that at the top.  Add a brad through the ribbon and into the yellow card and secure it

When you gently pull the ribbon and exposed the strip of yellow card you can, if you wish, stamp a sentiment on it at the top 

 Create a border around the card using a Micron pen in black (optional)

The sentiment stamped at the top of the yellow strip of card

 Stamp a verse and an image (optional) in the corner of the insert

Should you wish stamp the same image in the corner of the envelope as shown above
Indigo Blu Stamp Set

  • white card base ~ CraftUK
  • black, white and yellow card stock ~ PCC
  • 'Live Laugh Love' Stamp Set ~ Indigo Blu
  • Clear Embossing Powder ~ WOW
  • brads ~ Hobby House

Sunday, 18 February 2018


Hi, welcome to my 'happy place'....

 A colourful 'guy' card make today

I started with an A5 white card base and cut a smaller panel of red card.  I scored several horizontal lines to the bottom right of the card

Then I added a piece of coordinating paper to the left side of the card and wrapped twine around it, securing at the back of the red panel.  I adhered this to the card base

I cut 3 images from a set of 'male' papers and layered them onto white cardstock, mounting foam was added to the back then adhered to the card

I used a circle punch for a white border for the smaller image

The sentiment was stamped with 'onyx black' and heat embossed

I embossed a vertical pattern down one side of the envelope and stamped my 'Happy Mail' onto it

I typed a verse and used a punch to edge the insert 

  • white card ~ Crafter's Companion
  • red cardstock ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • coordinating papers ~ Poppyfield Card Crafts (PCC)
  • twine ~ CE
  • images ~ PCC
  • circle punch ~ PCC
  • embossing folder ~ Spellbinders
So now onto the winner of the Chloe stamp, as usual the names were entered into Random.org Name Picker and....

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:

Wendy L


please email:


to claim your stamp

Until tomorrow....

June x

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Hi, and welcome to my happy place....

 A very bright and colourful card for you today!

With the exception of the two tiny pearl brads all the elements are from the 12"x12" 
'Hey Baby' Designer Paper Pad

No die cutting involved, the circle pieces were cut using a punch and the banner fussy cut, mounting foam was applied to the back of the banner

I added a layer of the same paper then a layer of plain white paper and adhered two of the printed flags to complete the card

  • 6" white card base ~ CraftUK
  • Hey Baby Designer Paper Pad ~ sparky & Marie
  • circular punch ~ my stash
  • pearl brads ~ Hobby House
Names were entered into Random.org Name Picker and
The winner of Wednesday's card is....

Sue MacFall

Please email:
with your postal details and claim your card

Until tomorrow....

June x

Friday, 16 February 2018


Hi and welcome to my happy place....

 I adore white on white cards!  This is a 6" square card base with a smaller panel of white card with a slightly smaller top panel

I pierced around the edge of the top panel then stamped and embossed the sentiment

I die cut several sizes of poinsettias, shaped them and added pearls to each of the centres

Strands of pearls were adhered to complete the card front

 I stamped and embossed the verse and stars onto white cardstock, added a slightly larger panel of silver mirri and diagonally adhered it to the card base 

I have a 6 box for this card and will decorate it at a later date

This is this week's freebie stamp 

Leave a comment on this blog post to enter for the stamp 

You have until 6pm Saturday to comment and the winner will be announced on Sunday's post

  • 6" card base ~ CraftUK
  • silver mirri ~ PCC
  • sentiment & verse stamps ~ Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine
  • metallic silver embossing powder ~ WOW
  • poinsettia dies ~ CE & Tonic
  • pearls ~ CE
  • pearl strands ~ PCC
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 15 February 2018


Hi, welcome to my happy place....

 I thought a splash of colour would be appropriate with this miserable weather we're having!

I spritzed water onto a piece of watercolour card and tapped 2 Pixie Powders over the area I wanted colour.  I then blotted the excess water with a paper towel and heat dried the panel

If your card 'buckles' due to the wetness place it between a piece of copy paper and run it through your die cutting machine.  I use a Platinum machine and used the die cutting plates, once done your card should now be level

I layered the card onto a slightly larger panel of pearlised yellow card stock and then onto the base 5"x7" card

On a piece of the same yellow card I stamped the sentiment using a Distress Oxide ink, and, as it's a pigment ink, I heat embossed it with a clear embossing powder 

Mounting foam was added to the back and adhered to the card

I used the first 4 dies (starting from the centre as number 1) to die cut the oval design onto the spare watercolour card, added glue and adhered it to the panel

 I adhered 2 metal butterflies to the card front to complete the design

I stamped the short verse onto plain copy paper using the same Distress Ink then covered the left handside of the paper and spritzed a little water to two opposite corners, as shown above, and added the same two colours of Pixie Powders.  I followed the same procedure to dry the powders as above

To complete I used a scalloped punch on both edges of the insert and a pretty heart to the centre of the die cut piece of the card front

  • card base ~ CraftUK
  • watercolour card ~ The Range
  • pearlised yellow card ~ Poppyfield Card Crafts (PCC)
  • Pixie Powders/Aqua Lagoon & Sun Yellow ~ CE
  • Distress Oxide Ink/fadded jeans ~ Ranger
  • Frames & Tags Die Set/'Grace' ~ CE
  • butterflies ~ PCC
  • sentiment & verse stamp/'Sweet Wishes' ~ CE
  • clear embossing powder ~ WOW
  • scalloped punch ~ Martha Stewart
  • heart embellishment ~ PCC
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Hi and welcome to my happy place....

 You may remember I made a batch of this type of card a little while ago, but without flowers

I inked a piece of card with 2 Distress Oxide Inks then added a white dots to it (I'm still searching for a make of pen that will show a definite white image, if you have/use one please let me know!)

 I then die cut a butterfly from a smaller white panel, adhered the inked card to the die cut apeture prior to gluing this to the card base

From the same coloured background I die cut 'Happy Birthday' and adhered it to the bottom of the panel

Four panels of cardstock were layered onto both sides to the inside of the card, and a verse added as well as two swirls to the opposite side

You have until 6pm Friday to leave a comment on this post.  The winner will be announced on Saturday.  As you know it doesn't matter if you have won previously or where you live as we do ship internationally

  • white card ~ CraftUK
  • Distress Oxide Inks/ broken china & crackd pistachio ~ Ranger
  • butterfly die ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • Happy Birthday die ~ CE
  • aqua card ~ CE
  • sentiment stamp ~ Crafter's Companion
  • swirl stamps ~ magazine
  • flowers ~ my stash
Until tomorrow....

June x