Friday, 30 September 2016


Here are three more of Sharon's fun button cards.  Who wouldn't smile if they received one of these?

All you need are some spare buttons, patterned and plain papers, a circle punch and a little bit of ribbon and off you go.  Notice that the top cards has been made with paper buttons.  If, in the unlikely event you don't have a big jar of neglected buttons at home, you can always make some using light card and a die or a couple of circle punches.

The base cards come from Regal Craft Cards.

Friday, 23 September 2016


"Log Cabin" Quilt Card
I'm all for using up scraps of paper and this is a nice easy way to do it.

Start with one of Regal's aperture cards (XSQ3).  This one has a nice little space at the bottom just right for a greeting so I'v put a black strip across, which leaves a square to fill.  So, working with folded strips I've just worked my way around the outside edge, taping the ends to the back of the card, and gradually working my way to the middle.  I've finished off with a little heart sticker.

I've sort of broken the rules with the design - usually the middle of this style of Iris folding is either shiny or red and hearts are usually the latter but I've chosen black and white to match my greeting.  The last row of the left of the heart "should" be green but I've made it red to frame the heart.  In short - when you make a card - do what pleases you!

Friday, 16 September 2016


Fun Birthday Cards with Buttons
Here are two cute cards that Sharon made at her recent "Buttons" demo for Regal Craft Cards.  No dies required - she has cut all the pieces by "eye".

Die-cutting machines are great but back in the day we all used scissors so don't forget that is still a very viable option!

Basically, the ingredients for these cards are singlefold cards from Regal, patterned and plain papers and some alphabet and peel off stickers.  Find the way you like best to stick them all together and you're good to go!

Friday, 9 September 2016


Not one, not two but four cards today!  Three of them, of course are more of Sandra Bell's beautiful stitched designs - with a geometric theme this time.  Sandra's use of colour is, as usual, quite striking, and she has used square cards from Regal Craft Cards as a base.  These designs could clearly be adapted for most occasions,

The "other" card this week is also from Regal (XSTE1 - Centre Stepper), as is the little calendar (which as you can see, is for next year).  The card has been decorated with patterned paper and little grey Couture Creations pearls, a topper from Darkroom Direct and some handmade paper flowers with die-cut flourishes to finish.  This would be great for an anniversary, or just to sit on your own desk at home!


Friday, 2 September 2016


This is another of the cards I made for the "Quilt Cards" demo a few months back.  It is so much easier to make than it looks.

I punched nine two inch circles from paper that was green on one side and white on the other, and simply folded the edges in so that the circle became a square.  When you put them next to each other you end up with the penal design!

After sticking them down onto white card, I trimmed it down to leave a white border.  Instead of just mounting this on a green backing, I cut strips of green and mitred the corners to look a bit more quilt-like, and added double "stitching" using a Kaiser die.

The base card is a black square single fold (SPL6) from Regal Craft Cards.  Because of the colours, this would do just as well for men and women, and as its a simple design, for all occasions too!  If you feel especially keen you can stick different coloured squares in the middle of the circles before you fold the edges!