Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Slanted panel card


Today I have been playing with a tri-fold card and thought I'd share the results with you, I hope you like it. I'll show you how to make it, its quite easy as long as you are careful when you make the cuts.  Have a go, I'd love to see pictures of the cards that you create.  Good luck xx


1 piece of whisper white cardstock 12" x 6" for the card base
2 sheets of 6" x 6" designer series paper 
Scraps of balmy blue, daffodil delight, grapefruit grove, highland heather and lemon lime twist cardstock for the flowers and the sentiment
Ink pads to match
Tuxedo black memento ink
Pop of Petals stamp set
Four petal punch
Scrap of botanical butterflies dsp (free with Sale-a-bration)
Multipurpose glue


Score the 12" x 6" whisper white card at 4" and 8" on the long side.
On the short side, make a small mark on the short edge at 3".
On the trimmer, line up the 3" mark with the 2nd score line on the long side and cut off this triangular piece which goes across the first two panels (see two pictures below)

Fold and burnish the score lines, the centre one back and the front one forwards.

Cut the designer series paper to fit the three sections making sure that any directional patterns falls in the right direction and making sure that the diagonal cuts are done in the same way as above. As you can see from the picture below, the diagonals need to go in both directions depending on the piece.

Piece 1 - front - 2 7/8" on short side x 3 7/8" wide and 4 3/8" on long side
Piece 2 - middle section - 5 7/8" on long side x 3 7/8" wide and 4 3/8" on short side
Piece 3 - back section - 5 7/8" x 3 7/8"

Glue the designer series paper sections to the card base as shown below noting that one of the sections goes on the reverse side leaving the middle internal section blank to stamp your sentiment.

Stamp the sentiment for the front (I've used Butterfly Gala) on a piece of lemon lime twist cardstock and cut out using the stitched rectangle dies (or on the trimmer if you don't have a die cutting machine).

Stamp and punch out five flowers, one in each colour, I've used Pop of Petals on this card but I've also used Flower Shop (retired) to show you an alternative version (picture at the end of this tutorial).

Attach the flowers along the edge of the diagonals with dimensionals.
Attach your sentiment to the front panel using dimensionals.
Punch out some of the tiny butterflies in the botanical butterflies designer series paper and attach to the card with a dab of glue, bending their wings up to give them some dimension.

There you go, simple wasn't it?

Here is a picture of the other version that I made

Good luck, I hope that you will give it a try and don't forget to post the pictures of your cards, I'd love to see them.

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Karen xx

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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Window Box Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a sweet little window box card for you full of little spring flowers. I hope that you will give it a try, its not hard, just a little fiddly because of all the pieces, but well worth it.


2 pieces of coloured cardstock 4" x 6" for your box, scored on the long side at 2", 5 1/2" and on the short side at 2"
2 pieces of matching cardstock 1" x 4 1/2" for the crossbars, score each piece 1/2" from both ends
6 pieces of coordinating dsp 1 3/4" square
3 pieces of coordinating dsp 1 3/4 x 3 1/4"
1 piece of coordinating dsp 3 1/42 x 3 1/2" for the back
1 piece of whisper white cardstock for the reverse of the back (to write your message)
Scraps of cardstock and/or dsp in contrasting colours to make your flower heads
Scraps of green cardstock for the stems
Scraps of whisper white cardstock for the sentiments and butterflies (optional)
Pearl embellishments to decorate the butterflies (optional)
Corner rounder punch
Bitty Blooms Punch Set
Varied Vases Punch
Butterfly Gala Punch
Sprig Punch


Cut and score the coloured cardstock for the box and the crossbars. Cut a tab on the thin side tab and cut up to the centre score line on the 2" scoreline on both pieces. Fold and burnish the centre scorelines on the smaller side panels and one of the larger panels, leave one without burnishing as this one is the back of the box. 

Round all of the corners on the top sections of the two pieces and also on 4 of the small dsp panels, 2 of the larger panels as well as the back panel and the whisper white panel for the reverse of the card.

Add glue to one of the side tabs and fix this to the edge of the other panel to join the two pieces together, these will then fold around to make the box shape, adhere the other tab to the other side to complete it.

Adhere the dsp panels to the box, the straight pieces are for the bottom sections and the rounded ones fit to both sides of the upper sections. Glue the large back section and the whisper white reverse sections in place.

Take the crossbar pieces and fold and burnish on the score lines, add glue to each end and carefully insert these on the inside of the box, one towards the rear and one towards the front.  This will give you two bars across the centre of the box to adhere your flowers to.

Take care with this as it can be a little tricky.  Now you are ready to decorate.

I used six sets of flowers in total but you can use more if you want to.

Punch out 12 sets of the sprigs in green, I glued two together for each plant to give them a bit more strength.

I put 4 flowers on each plant but you can do as many as you like, just punch out the flowers using either the bitty blooms or the varied vases (or any other tiny punch you may have). Where I have used dsp for the flowers, I haven't put a centre on the flower as I didn't think it needed one. However, those I've used cardstock for, I've punched out a flower centre in a coordinating colour and attached it.

I used a cocktail stick to add the glue as the pieces are so small, it made it much easier, just put a dab of glue on a saucer or silicon mat and use the cocktail stick to pick up the glue.

Arrange the plants in the window box by putting a dab of glue on the front of the bottom of the sprig and attaching to the back of the crossbar.

Add sentiments, embellishments (I used butterflies from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and sentiments from Varied Vases), the only limit is your imagination, you can add as much or as little as you like and use whatever sentiments suit the occasion.

I made a whole series of them in different colours, I hope you like them.  Give them a try, have fun.

Karen XX

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Gingham Gala Post it Pad

Hi everyone,

Today I am taking part in the Team Scrimpy Blog Hop and the tutorial below is my entry. 

It's a cute little post it pad using my current favourite Gingham Gala DSP, I just love it. It's so versatile, it goes with lots of stamp sets as well as the Butterfly Gala which is part of the same suite.  This time I have teamed it with Daisy Delight and punched out the flower to stick to the front.


1.  1 piece of coloured cardstock (I used Granny Apple Green) 7 3/8" x 3 1/8", scored on long side          at 3 1/8", 3 1/2" and 3 7/8". Scrap of whisper white for the daisy.
2.   1 piece of Designer Series Paper (I used Gingham Gala) 2 7/8" x 2 7/8".
3.   Daisy Delight stamp set
4.   Daisy Punch
5.   Multi purpose adhesive
6.   Ink to match DSP and Memento Black for the sentiment.
7.   Dimensional (optional)
8.   Post it pad to fit (I used one from the Range 4 for £1)
9.   Sentiment
10.  Small pen to fit (the one I used is from Wilkinsons and comes in packs of 5 for £1.50)


Cut cardstock to size and make the three scorelines, then fold and burnish.

Fold on the first scoreline and make two small cuts from the fold to the scoreline to make the tab for the pen to slide into.

Make the first fold lie flat against the back piece of card to make a book shape and glue either side of the pen tab. Make the pen tab fold outwards in the opposite direction.

Glue the back of the post it pad to the inside of the card.

Glue the chosen DSP to the front of the card.

Stamp out a daisy in the matching ink and punch it out. Stamp your sentiment directly onto the DSP at the bottom in the centre ( I used one from the Soft Sayings Card Kit) and then stick the daisy above it with a dimensional (or glue it flat, whichever you prefer).  Insert the pen and its done. A cute little pad to keep in your bag, on your desk or by the phone. 

Here are four others that I made in different colours.

Give it a try, its easy.

Happy stamping

Karen XX

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