Friday, 14 December 2018


Here is another example of the z fold card (the "right" way up this time).

Tania has covered each panel with decorative paper, leaving a small border around each, and added detail with die-cuts, stickers and pearls.  I won't go through each bit as you can see for yourself what she has done, although it is worth noting the Christmas baubles on the middle panel.

A triangle with scalloped edged backing has been added to the front and this draws attention to the greeting, as well as the fold of the card. The use of non-traditional colours is also worth noting.  Christmas cards don't HAVE to be green, red, white and gold!


Hello, I've just finished putting out the new range of Kaiser 12 x 12 weave papers - 66 colours!  Some are similar to their previous range but others (including some nice darker colour) are quite different.  Pop in and have a look, if you get the chance, but you'll have to be here by the end of next week as Regal is taking their annual break from closing (5pm) Friday 21st December until Monday 7th January when the shop will re open.

Friday, 7 December 2018


A very late post but just because I was waiting for the good news that Kaiser's December release has finally arrived - yay!  It should be in the shop tomorrow!!!


Regal sells these Z-fold cards in red, white and ivory as well as forest green.  Not every one wants a super-quick card, and although these could be a speedy project, there are lots of panels to decorate if you prefer to take your time.

Marilyn has had a really good idea, and literally turned the card upside down.  By adding the thick-cut gold tree (available from Regal) to the smallest panel, the card is well-balanced and won't fall over easily when it's sat up for display.

Marilyn has used pieces from a Sparklelight 3D for embellishment (you could make your own presents with dies or just rectangles of card or decorative paper and bows), as well as stickers and tartan ribbon.

The thing I like most about this card (apart from the fact that I always appreciate alternatives to the "right way") is how nicely it sits with the presents displayed both in front, and behind the tree for a great 3d effect.

Monday, 3 December 2018


Hi, tis I, Marilyn reporting for duty again.
This will be the last time for a while as I go in to have a knee fixer upper on Wednesday so will be out of action for a bit. While I was away last week Janet has put out the card of the month on display. I am always amazed how 4 or five people can see the same card and come up with 4 or 5 totally different ideas. There are some gorgeous ones to check out.
Don't forget we still have heaps of el cheep a reno dies to pour through as well as the fabulous Paper Rose selection. This would make a  great Christmas Gift I know I would be happy to receive.

Friday, 30 November 2018


How's this for a quick Christmas card idea.  Regal make a wide variety of three panel cut out cars.  This one is XNO14 - church window, but there are Christmas trees, bells, holly, and lots of other novelty shapes in addition to more usual shapes such as rectangles, ovals and hearts.  Have a look on their website for the full range.

Although you can use these cards in a variey of  ways for iris folding, stitching, photos and more, this card illustrates a simple example that you can make quite quickly using decorative paper inside the aperture, a cut out shape on top (the gold bell is available pre-cut from Regal but you could diecut something yourself) and a sticker or, as in this case, a "lef-over" from a 3D picture.  As an alternative to the latter you might want to consider an alternative die-cut, flowers,a bow or some pre-made embellishments.

Monday, 26 November 2018


As you may have noticed this is Monday and not Friday I didn't forget I was just away. This is Marilyn reporting to duty. Heather is once again away on holidays so I'm stepping into the breach.
The card above is either done by Sharon or Tania not sure which and neither are here. This card is made from ruly truly corks and give a quirky look for your cards. There are 2 other examples in the shop to see.  Somebody brought some into the shop so there are heaps here for free.
There are lots of fabulous new dies from Paper Rose in the shop and I have had to give in and buy one. I got the kookaburra on a branch and I intend to put a red hat on it for Christmas.
There are lots of lovely ones to choose from.
Not  sure if you are aware but Heather is retiring come Christmas so maybe you would like to pop in and wish her goodbye.

Friday, 23 November 2018


These cards look quite complicated but fortunately aren't as difficult as they look because almost all the components are available aready cut.

The red stepper cards are from Regal Craft Cards (STE5).  (They are also available in white).  The silver tree is also from there, as are the clear Christmas Greetings, which in the first example, has been stuck onto acetate, and in the second onto silver card, so they "pop" off the card.  The photos really don't do justice to the three dimensional nature of these cards.

I was away when these cards were made, but I know that Marilyn made the example with the tree so I'm guessing the first example, featuring the deer and tree die (Paper Rose) is her work too?
(I'll let you know if I'm wront.)


Friday, 16 November 2018

Quick update to today's update.....PS3 (white textured photoslot cards in 50s) are back in stock at Regal too!  Yay!!!!


When time is of the essence, stickers are a really handy addition to your cards.  You can, of course, just put them on the front of a single fold card and use them "as is", but if you have a little extra time you can give your cards a special individualised look.

Marilyn has made these two Christmas cards which illustrate how, with the addition of a few papers, stickers and ribbon, you can make cards that have a little more craftwork in them but no so much that you wouldn't still have time to make several before Christmas arrives!

A good range of Sparklelight stickers and lots of different coloured base cards are all available from Regal Craft Cards.


Good news for everyone who has been waiting for Regal to restock their popular textured white singlefold cards - as of this morning they are back!  The other varieties that ran out whilst we were waiting for a delayed shipment of cardstock  will soon be on the shelves, as soon as they can be manufactured.  In the meantime smooth white is not a problem, and there are lots of other colour choices.  If you haven't already, check out the Regal website.

It's a good job I'm taking another couple of weeks off (yes, again!) because Paper Roses are still bringing out some brilliant new dies, and I am always tempted.  This week I've bought a set of stitched rectangle nesting dies - 11 in all which (and this, for me, is the real selling point) have been sized for Australian A5 cards!  They may not be as complicated as a lot of the recent offerings but I am extremely excited about these as I know already that I will use them regularly. (Note that this is a different set to the one available in the Regal catalogue).   I was also tempted (OK so that's code for I bought this too) by a card creator die that cuts nine windows so that you can treat each area separately as far as decoration goes or use the whole thing as a "window" to tuck some scenery (or maybe Santa peering in) behind.

On the "I'm still thinking about it" list are some new cockatoo, kookaburra and humming bird dies, a deer head, Merry Christmas with a shadow, a really nice large Christmas wreath.  We have topped up our stock of one die that I do have, which is the ever so cute Santa Claus being pulled on his sleigh by kangaroos, and with a cockatoo sitting on his back.  For those of you who are a bit fed up with snowflakes and northern hemisphere themes it's ideal!   Well enough of that.......time to get on with a bit of actual work........before I clock off again.....Marilyn will be doing the updates whilst I'm away.

Friday, 9 November 2018


If you haven't already made your Christmas cards, here are a couple of pretty examples (made by Tania) for inspiration.

The limited edition Jupiter Red base cards are available from Regal Craft Cards.  The embossing folder and papers are by Kaiser, but you could substitute them for any other papers that  co ordinated with red shimmer card.

Use the dies that are already in your stash for further embellishment, or treat yourself and come into Regal for some new craft supplies!


I was putting off doing this week's update in the hope that the new Paper Roses dies would arrive, and guess what......they have!!!!  If you like sheep and cows that look like real animals and not cartoons, if you want a choice of horse dies, if you like dies with an Australian theme made by an Australian family business, then these are for you!!  They are just gorgeous and in stock now at Regal Craft Cards.  We can always order extras in (as long as our supplier has stock) but if you want to be in on the first release I'd make a visit soon as they will sell quickly!

Friday, 2 November 2018


Sometimes you don't want to give a formal gift, but would like to give more than just a card.

For those occasions why not whip up a calendar and card in one.  All the ingredients for this example are available from Regal Craft Cards.

You'll need:
CAP 1 a small calendar padX
STE1 a pack of side stepper cards
HA109  Gumleaves stacker sheet
A small piece of decorative paper, foam dots and some adhesive (I use doublesided tape).

You can call into Regal's shop on Wellington Street, Launceston or find them on-line.

Friday, 26 October 2018




This is a very simple variation of Regal's three panel card, which is easier to show in pictures than to try and explain in brief......but as we have the pictures I'll give it my best shot!

Fold each of the side panels in turn over the middle panel, adding an additional fold, half way so that the edge of the panel lines up with the original fold (i.e. the edge of the card). The card edges (see the small picture at t he top) will look like they have a Z shaped fold, and the overall card will appear as a gatefold card.  Add any background papers at this stage.

Next, using a set of nesting dies (any will do, but I've used stitched circleds cut a shape that does not overhang the sides of the card (I've done this out of gloss red).  Using removable tape, centre a smaller die in the middle of the shape and run it through your die cutter so that there is a hole in the middle. Stick this shape half over the edge of the left hand folded panel of your card

Using the same die (or a smaller one) cut another shape.  I've used black gloss this time.  You could use the circle you've just cut out if you want although I think a contrast looks nice.  With your card folded shut, centre the smaller shape so that it sits inside the first shape, and stick it down.  It will be approximately half on and half off the folded edge of the right hand side.

Add whatever decorations take your fancy at this stage.

This card looks fine folded flat (see small picture above), and is easy to post like this, but it sits really nicely with a great three-dimensional effect (see large picture).  It could easily be adapted for any occasion.

Friday, 19 October 2018


A simple sympathy card idea - ink around the edges of nesting dies in various shades of grey (or whatever colour you chose), blending as you go.  Add a die-cut circle, birds and greeting, cut the panel to 10cm x 15cm, and slip it into a photoslot card.

If you prefer to use brighter colours, you could also condsider replacing the birds with butterflies.

Friday, 12 October 2018


........and here are two more examples of the Stitches cards from Regal Craft Cards!  (See last week's post)

Friday, 5 October 2018


I probably don't need to write too much about how to make these cards because a close look at the photos will tell you how they have been made.

Janet (top card) has collected  a variety of themed items to make a baby card, whilst Maz has fussy cut and shaped some patterned paper for her thankyou card.

Both have used Regal's "Desert Haze Stitches card" (XTH2) as a base.  I think I've probably mentioned before how versatile these cards are.  You can achieve a very effective result  in quite a short time as well as using up a lot of those little bits and pieces kept "just in case."

This is also a great card to make with young crafters or beginners as a great result is almost guaranteed.

Chose a theme and have fun!

Friday, 28 September 2018


It's probably obvious that this card makes use of scalloped circle nesting dies.  (You can  experiment with different shapes and scallops).

I've taped the end of  some thin metallic thread to the back of the circle and threaded it between the scallops to another gap, a few spaces away, and then just continued to thread all around the circle until each has been filled.  The closer the first distance the bigger the hole in the middle will be.  This technique is known as Spirelli.

I've  used Kaiser paper for the back (unthreaded) circle, border and greeting, and inked some white gloss cards with a variety of pinks for the light and dark circles.  The smalled one has a heard die-cut from the middle and is mounted on foam tape to add depth. 

You have almost certainly guessed that the base card is from Regal Craft Cards.  If you want to make a more "masculine" version, why not go for cogs instead of scalloped circles and change the colours.

Friday, 21 September 2018


Regal Craft Cards make these nifty "stitched" cards already printed so that you can get straight to the fun part and decorate them.

Tania has selected black and gold as the dominant colour theme, which matches very well with the flax base card. and has put her nesting dies to good use to add the decoration.

These cards are a great way to use up all those little pieces of paper that you just can't bear to throw away, and can be modified to suit the interests of the receiptient of the card.  Someone who enjoyed sewing for instance could have a card with pins, needles, fabric scraps, buttons etc.  Someone who enjoyed woodwork might enjoy nails, washers, die-cut tools etc.

Why not buy a pack and have some fun!

Friday, 14 September 2018


This will take you a little bit longer than five minutes - but not much.  It's more the technique than the card (which I found in Regal's Bargain Corner) I wanted to show this week.

 Just pick a singlefold card, cover the inside right-hand panel with paper (I used plain lime green but you could use patterned paper). 

Die-cut a hole or two in whatever shape takes your fancy .  (At risk of stating the obvious, I chose two sizes of circle).

Now choose dies, that just fit over the edges of the cut apertures, so that there is enough to glue to the front of the card, but so that most of the die is over the hole,  Cut them out, fix in space. 

The finished card has a lovely 3D effect when it is opened or displayed in this way.  I used butterflies but you could equally well use tools (hammer, saw etc) or flowers, or words or anything really, as long as they fit with the holes that you cut.  As a result, you could make a card like this for any occasion!

Friday, 7 September 2018


I've used a Uniquely Creative die as the feature of this card, but any die with open spaces will do.
Cut out your feature from black cardstock (its often easier to do this after mounting it onto double-sided Jac paper or similar) and stick it onto a smooth plain singlefold card - Regal Craft Cards have a great variety of colours, but I've stuck with traditional and chosen  "white smooth" (PL2).
Grab a pen with a fine tip - I used a Zig Millenium pen (also from Regal) in .03 black, but you could use any colour or even mix it up a bit and use more than one.
After that just doodle a different pattern in each of the sections and your done. 
I wouldn't claim this as "Zentangle" but how about relaxing doodling for all ages?  Its quite fun to do, why not give it a go.

Friday, 31 August 2018


Following along from last week's Father's Day card is another example from Sharon.  She has used the same little die cut tools (Two different sets of dies are available in the Regal Craft Cards catalogue) mounted on strips of acetate to make this fun box card which would do equally well for Father's Day or a birthday. 

There are lots of templates on-line for box cards and you can change the size to fit whatever you would like to have popping out of them, and that is limited only by your imagination!

Sharon has covered the box with sticky-backed silver checkerplate paper, leaving gaps and adding split pins to give the impression of drawers.

The greeting sticker at the back is also available from Regal.

Friday, 24 August 2018


With Father's Day just around the corner, why not make a card for the occasion, or help your children/grandchildren make one for a special man in their life.  Sharon's card would fit the bill.

She covered a plain Regal singlefold card with decorateive papers.  The piece with the torn edge could be replaced with sandpaper or cork if you want to add more texture.

The die-cut tools are attached with little split pins.  Paper Roses tool dies and the split pins can both be ordered from Regal Craft Cards.  Just add some sticker letters to spell "DAD" and your done!

Friday, 17 August 2018


This is Sharon's take on the "piano card" format - Kaiser pattened paper, with a fussy cut top to the Regal single fold card and an arrangement of various elements on the top, along with a greeting. 

You could modify this by adding acetate to the front so that the card could sit up for display, or by putting all the decoration on the front panel, if you wanted to.  If you fancied turning this into a more "masculine" card E.g. for Father's Day, just substitute the flowers for leaves,musical notes, cogs or omit all together (Or... if your man loves flowers leave it as is!)

If you can't find piano keyboard paper its a reasonably simple exercise to cut a couple of strips and make the keys.  Ink the edges with black ink for extra definition.