Father's Day Gift Set...

Supplies List

Digital paper pack – ‘Mustache and Necktie’ from Etsy.com
Cardstock:  Royal Blue
Number stickers
Alphabet rub-ons
Circle punches
‘Dad’ wooden sentiment topper.


Take a strip of card 4 cm wide and 30 cm long, stick a narrower strip of patterned paper in the centre, score at 0.5cm intervals along its length and concertina fold.  Join the two ends together with tape forming a ring, flatten in the centre and secure with a circle of card and strong glue.  Add ‘no1’ to a circle of card and stick to the centre of the rosette. 
Using your pc, print greetings onto white paper, cut into ribbons and stick to the back of the rosette together with ribbons cut from patterned paper and blue card.


To create the centre step card blank, see the tutorial on this post.
Fold all score lines and cover the centre panel and side panels with paper.  Make a rosette as before but this time slightly smaller using 3 cm wide strip of paper.  Add a button to the centre and stick to the card front and finish the card with a ‘Dad’ sentiment topper.

Triple Photo Frame

For each frame cut card to 14 x 10 cm cut out a 10 x 6 cm aperture from the centre and cover with paper.  Stick the frame to sturdy card with narrow double sided tape on 3 sides only.  Join the three frames together with a length of ribbon.
Make 3 small rosettes as before but with 2 cm wide strips of paper, finish with a button in the centre and stick one to each frame.

Happily Ever After...

Supplies List

Silver, black, ivory and green cardstock
White and Silver Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing ink pad
Greeting Stamp. Similar one here
Bunting Stamp.  Similar one here
MFT Die-namics Rolled Rose die.  This Sizzix one is similar and as cheap as chips!

  1. Cover the 12 x 15 cm card blank with silver glitter card and then mat and layer with black and ivory card leaving a narrow border between each layer.
  2. Cut a panel of thin black card about 5 cm wide.  Add the sentiment (see below) and place on the centre of the card front.
  3. Stamp and emboss four triangular pennants on vellum with silver embossing powder.  Place the pennants across the top of the card front.
  4. Make three rolled roses from ivory card and glue just above the pennants
  5. Tuck die cut/punched leaves under the flower petals and glue in place.

Tip:  To achieve the faux chalkboard, I cut a panel of black card, stamped the sentiment with clear embossing ink and heat embossed it with fine detail brilliant white embossing powder.  Then I coloured the remaining areas with a piece of white chalk gently smudging it with my finger.

Next week's project will be this Father's Day Gift Set

Snap Happy Camera Card...

Supplies List

Patterned papers - Like these from Echo Park
Nesting Circle dies/punches
White, black and silver card
Glue or double sided tape
Foam Pads
Alphabet Stamp Set

  1. Trim white card to measure 28 x 9 cm and fold in half to make your card blank.
  2. Cut a panel of yellow paper to measure 13.5 x 6.5 cm. and stick to bottom section of the card front.
  3. Cut a band of stripy paper to measure 6 x 2.5 cm and for the viewfinder cut a piece of silver card to 3 x 2.5 cm stick them both across the top section of the card front.
  4. For the lens, cut circles of orange paper and black and silver card, layer together, with foam pads and stick to the centre of the card front as shown.
  5. Stamp ‘smile’ onto orange patterned paper, cut out and glue to the reverse of the camera lens.
  6. To make the shutter release, cut a small rectangle of black card, top with a button and glue it to the opposite corner to the viewfinder. 

Next week's project will be this shabby chic wedding card

How to make a bear hugs treat card...

Supplies List

Cardstock:  Kraft Brown, Black and Ivory
Black Fine Liner Pen
Nesting Dies: Circle, Oval
Ribbon Bow
Greeting Stamp

  1. Cut a 9 x 14 cm rectangle and 2 ovals from brown card, make a small flap at one end of each oval and glue them to the back of the rectangle.  Adhere this to a 10 x 15 cm top fold card blank.
  2. Cut 3 circles from brown card, 1 large and 2 small, arrange and stick together to form the head, and ears and adhere to the card front.
  3. Add a smaller circle of black card for the nose,  Draw on eyes, and faux stitching for the mouth and around the ears.
  4. Finish with a stamped greeting a ribbon bow and a sweet treat .

Next week's project is this bright and funky camera card

How to make a Gift Box and paper bow...

Supplies List

Spotted paper like the Dovecraft Bright Spark Collection
White and blue cardstock
Border punch or punch system

  1. Cut a square of white card 20 x 20 cm.  Then score at 6cm on all four sides.
  2. Now at each corner square cut along one of the score lines to where the two folds cross, creating a flap.
  3. Apply glue or tape to the reverse of each corner flap.  Then fold up to form the box base.
  4. Now cut a second square of white card 20.2 cm x 20.2 cm and repeat the steps above to form the box lid. But before adding glue to the flaps cover all 5 panels with yellow spotted paper.
  5. Punch 2 border strips 20 cm long and glue across both sides of the box lid
  6. To make the gift bow

Punch 3 edger strips 20cm in length and 1 strip 10cm long.

Take each of the 20 cm strips, hold in the centre and twist the end creating a loop and secure with glue.

Twist the opposite end in to the centre and secure with glue

Now layer the 3 double loops, adding glue to each layer and finish with the 10 cm loop in the centre.

To create my border strips I used the Woodware Crafty Edger (no longer available), alternatively you could use the Fiskars Advantedge Punch System, a double edged border punch like the Martha Stewart Crafts Double Link Double Edge Punch or a decorative border strip die.

Next week's project is a bear hugs treat card

Geometric Birthday Card...

Supplies List

American Crafts Glitter paper pad 6 x 6"
Stick it die cut adhesive handy sheet
Paper Smooches Birthday Words Die - unavailable but this is a similar one
Square 2" craft punch
Corner Rounder Punch or Corner Chomper

  1. Cover a 15 cm square card blank with brown card
  2. Cut a panel of white card to 14 x 14 cm, round the corners with a punch and stick to the centre of the card front.
  3. Die cut the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from black card, cut around the remaining card and place on the card front.
  4. Make 6 different coloured triangles from glitter paper and stick them around the sentiment as shown.

To make the triangles stick the glitter paper to a double-sided sticky sheet before cutting out a 2" square using a craft punch, then cut the square in half making two triangles.

Next week's make will be this gift box and paper bow.

Easel Card Vintage Style...

Featured in Issue 99 of PaperCrafter
Supplies List

Bo Bunny Soiree 12" x 12” Paper Collection
Bo Bunny Soiree  Sticker Sheet
Ivory cardstock
A6 Ivory card blank
Corrugated Card
Ink pads:  Grey
Hampton Art Sentiment Stamps

  1. Take an A6 (10.5 x 14.8 cm) tent fold card blank and fold the front panel in half.  Now adhere the ‘antique chair’ paper panel to a 10.5 x 14.8cm piece of card and add a stamped greeting and a border sticker near the top edge.
  2. Make three rolled paper flowers and secure them to the card panel together with 2 leaves cut from corrugated card. 
  3. Stick the panel to the bottom section of the folded front of the card blank.  
  4. Cover the inner panel with paper and glue a button/brad in the centre to support the easel.

See my tutorial to make these rolled paper flowers on this page
For more card inspiration using this paper collection check out my home sweet home card here .

Next week we'll be having fun with glitter card with this bright and funky 'scrap buster' card.

Simply Stylish Tote Bag...

Freatured in Issue 96 of PaperCrafter

Continuing in the quick and easy crafting series, Here's a simply stylish gift bag that you can easily make with minimal supplies, what's not to like!

Supplies List

Patterned paper discontinued, but these are similar First Edition Floral Fusion
Card Topper
Cardstock: Pink

  1. Make the base from card, cut to 16 x 12 cm, score all sides at 2 cm and snip a fold at each corner to make flaps and add glue to form a shallow box. 
  2. Now cut two 14 x 21 cm pieces of paper and glue the bottom edge around the front and sides of the box, repeat on the back of the box and add glue to the overlapping side seams.
  3. Make two handles from pink card cut to 1.5 cm x 18cm and secure each end to the front and back of the bag with decorative brads.
  4. For the tag cut out a circle topper with a circle punch or die, back with white card and tie to the handle with twine.

Next week's card will be this vintage style, easel card

Happy Birthday 'Gap' Card...

Featured in PaperCrafter Issue 96

I'm starting a weekly series of quick and easy, greetings cards and gift bags to help kick start your crafting mojo  and get you organised for the year of Birthdays ahead.
The first make is this bright and funky, simple and effective Happy Birthday 'gap' card.

Supplies List

Patterned paper discontinued, but these are similar First Edition Storyteller
Card Topper
Stamps: Birthday Greetings Stamp
Cardstock: White, orange and pink
Flat backed gems

  1. Cut white card to measure 15 x 16 cm and score and fold the long side at 4 cm. 
  2. Cover the 4 x 15 cm panel with pink card and layer with a slightly smaller panel of patterned paper leaving a narrow border.
  3. Cut out a topper back it with white card cut to 7 x 4 cm then attach it to the right hand side of the paper covered panel.
  4. Now for the foot of the card front, cut a rectangular of card 4 cm x 15 cm cover with orange card and paper as before and glue it to the reverse of the topper taking care to line it up with the back of the card.  
  5. Finish by stamping a greeting in the 'gap' on the inside of the card.

Papers and toppers are readily available as free gifts in craft magazines or as free downloads from craft magazine websites, like these pretty floral papers from Papercraft Inspirations, or these Cottage Garden papers from PaperCrafter.

Next week's project will be this simply stylish gift bag!