Friday, 27 April 2018


This is another really simple card that looks a lot harder to construct than it actually is.

I've started with a square base - a singlefold card from Regal Craft Cards.  By overlapping the fold just a little bit with a scallop edged circle die, and then running it through the Go Cut and Emboss machine, I've created a Scalloped Circle card.

Its then just a matter of decoration.  I've used a leftover motif die-cut from a Sparklelight sheet and various other nesting scallop circle shapes, and added a little assembly of a silk flower, twine and lace at the top.

I like that the card will still stand but will rock gently (it seems appropriate for a baby card) but if you prefer your cards to be well- grounded you can always remove a small section at the bottom to create a flat base.

Friday, 20 April 2018


Not all that long ago, we used to make this type of card using a metal template, taped to paper and cut with a craft knife.  For people like me who are, at best "OK on a good day" with a knife it was best avoided.

Nowadays however, its easy - just arrange your nesting dies one inside the other at approximately equal distances apart - (use a magnetic sheet or a bit of removable tape to keep them in order if you want), on top of your A and C plates (in most die-cutting machines)

Next, line up the top cutting plate (the B plate in a Cuttlebug or Go Cut and Emboss) with a point half way along the nested dies, and run it through your machine.  Only the part of the circles covered with the top plate will cut, then just fold over every second semi-circle cut and that's it!

Double sided paper with a different paper underneath works well.  You can stick the circles down, although I prefer to leave them unattached to add dimension.  Of coursse,you don'e need to use circles at all - any nesting dies will work.  Mount the whole design on a Regal base card and there you are!  What used to take hours can be happily finished in under 10 minutes - the most time-consuming part is chosing the paper.

Friday, 13 April 2018


Regal Craft cards sell stepper cards and cards with Tasmania cut-outs as well as a large range of postcards.

Marilyn has combined all three to produce these cards which are great for sending to the mainland or overseas, or even for those who just love Tassie!

Friday, 6 April 2018


There are \some lovely new Fabscraps papers that have recently arrived at Regal craft Cards. One set features the cutest little creatures ever (tiny rabbits with balloons, flying piglets, mice with drums etc) and are ideal for baby cards and albums for boys or girls (and for grown-ups who love cute things too!) 

The other set of paper is interesting - two of us both love one side and not the other - the only thing being that each likes a different side.  This is good if you're buyin the paper - a little something for everyone.  One side of the paper has a shabby chic theme with flowers, whitewashed furniture, peeling wallpaper etc. whilst the other is neutral geometrics featuring woven textures.  No prizes for guessing which one I like!

We're spoilt for choice at the moment, as Regal also has the two April releases of dies, stencils, papers, pads, collectibles, stamps etc from Kaiser.  You can look at them on line on the Kaiser site, or come into the shop.  One is a traditional vintage set in neutral grey/ivory colours, the other is "on trend" in both design and in it's green, peach and mustard/gold colourway.


Marilyn (top card) and I have used different approaches but similar products to make these two cards, which each feature Sprarklelight motorbike stickers (available from Regal,

Marilyn has mounted the stickers on blue card backing, the words come from one of the Kaiser pads, and black adhesive pearls, silver sequin waste and a greeting sticker (coloured blue to Match) complete the card.

The second card uses a piece of lapis lazuli shimmer card from which stars in various sizes have been cut.  The panel has been mounted over silver glitter card, using foam tape to add dimension, and the stars have been outlined with a silver paint pen.  A small orange ribbon has been added to the corner (the complimentary colour to blue)to pick up the colour in the bike rider's hat.

Both card bases are, of course, from Regal Craft Cards
Die cut background