Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Happy Tails Z-Fold Card

Hello everyone, and welcome!

It's a short and sweet project today.  I was away from home (because of my day job) yesterday and I lost track of what day it was as a result so I almost didn't post this at all!  

I made this upright Z-fold card a couple of weeks ago, before I damaged myself while attempting to cook (I cannot emphasise enough how dangerous cookery is.  It should be left to the professionals!).  The burn is healing nicely, BTW.  It doesn't look very attractive, though, so I'm keeping it covered with a wristband.

I admit to being a crazy cat lady, but today I'm letting the dogs out - well, the dog, anyway!  When I was a small child one of my favourite TV programmes featured the biggest spotty dog you ever did see" and that was one of the things in my mind when I chose to use the spotty pattern on my dog (that and a Dalmatian that took a fancy to my sister and followed her home a few times!)

This kind of fancy fold is easy to do, but surprising in the way it opens.  I hope you give it a try and have fun with it!

Keep Crafting,


Saturday, 9 March 2019

Care for a cupcake?

Hello, and welcome.

Have you seen the dies that co-ordinate with some of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets yet?  They went on sale on 1 March and will be around until the end of the month, or while stocks last (which for some of them won’t be very long!)

I was thrilled to find the dies that go with the Hello Cupcake stamps.  I’ve used these stamps more than any of the other Sale-A-Bration items (and I am going to be so sorry to say goodbye to them).  I used the dies and the stamps to make this floating slider card.

Pull the tab and the sentiments are revealed!

It’s a variation of the double-slider card (sometimes called a Pushmi-Pullyu card).  I made a card like this a few weeks ago, and because the mechanism relies on a clear plastic strip to make it work I thought it would be perfect for the clear dome over the cupcake.

Here’s how I made it.

I had fun with this card, I hope you enjoyed it too!

Keep crafting

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Box basics

Hello everyone, and welcome!

Today's project has been waiting to be published for almost a month!  I am still playing catch-up, so I hope you'll forgive me. I made this box to fit a notebook I wanted to send to my upline as a thank-you gift - I bound the notebook myself, using some retired DSP for the cover, so I needed a custom-sized box 

As I was doing the calculations for the  box, I had a lightbulb moment.  Up until now, I have done my working-out old-school - using paper & pencil and good old arithmetic. It suddenly struck me that I use Excel to make calculations in my day job, so why wasn't I using it to help me calculate my box dimensions?  

I am honestly ashamed that it has taken me until now to think of it.  

You can download the box calculator spreadsheet here.  

Keep crafting!

Keren (Disaster Magnet)

My latest adventure is to burn myself while cooking, so in future videos you may notice that I have a dressing on my wrist...I'm not having the best time of it right now...

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Vintage card with Home to Roost

Hello and welcome!

Here we are, March already, and that means that there are only a few weeks of Sale-A-Bration left.  It’s been a super busy season this time around, with some products selling out much sooner than expected.  It’s a good thing that Stampin’ Up! ®  were on the ball with a second release – and have just added some more items to the list of what you can get for free with a qualifying purchase! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, hop over to my online shop & take a look!)

Why am I banging on about it?  Well, today’s project was made using one of the free (yes, FREE) stamp sets form Sale-A-Bration. 

A few years ago we visited a wonderful museum at Blist’s Hill, near Telford, and saw this rather wonderful advertisement. (My husband found it funny for some reason!)

 It was in my mind when I made the card.  The original was an enamel sign – but I wanted it to look as if it were painted on weathered wood.  Do you think it worked?

Here’s how I made it.

This was one of those times when I got halfway through making the card and decided I didn’t like it – but I just kept going!  In the end I was quite pleased with the result.  My crafty roots are in altered art/distressed/vintage and it was fun to get back to the grungy/distressed sort of crafting.  Hope you enjoyed the project.

Meanwhile, on to the next!

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday, 27 February 2019


Hello, and welcome!

Well, I’ve been away from blogging/YouTube for longer than I expected.  Without wishing to bore you with the dreadful details, I’m still recovering from the worst bout of flu I’ve ever had.  (Recovery was not helped when my husband went down with the same thing three days after I did!)

I’ve been back to my day job for over a week, but I’ve been left with no energy and no crafty mojo.  I began to think that energy and mojo were never, ever coming back…

Eventually, though, I started to feel a bit more like my old self again.
Before the dreaded lurgy struck, I’d been working on a couple of projects – filmed but needed editing and uploading.  Over the next few posts I’ll be mixing those in with some filmed later.

So this is the first of them.

I love pop-up box cards.  They are easy to make, look impressive and don’t take up much room in their folded state.  Here’s my latest version, sized to fit in a C6 envelope.

Hope you enjoyed it!

I'll be back to my normal schedule from now on, so do come back and see me again soon!

Till then, keep crafting!


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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Crafting with UFOs!

Hello and welcome!

It's fair to say that things have not gone according to plan recently.  And it is probably going to be a while before things get back to normal, because I have been suffering from the flu.  Not a bad cold, you understand, but the full-on flu.  And it's left me with no energy. None. At. All. Not for crafting, blogging, or filming and editing.  
So, for the next few entries, I am relying on some projects I finished before the dreaded lurgy struck.  Today I'm sharing the card I made with some of my UFOs (that's UnFinished Objects).

This is what I started with - 
And this is what I made- 

I think it turned out quite well - what do you think?

And that is really all I have for you right now. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible (I hope!)

Keep crafting,


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Pour me a cuppa!

Hello and welcome!

I’ve always been fascinated by pop-up and kinetic mechanisms in paper craft.  (If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you might just have noticed that!)  As a child I spend hours trying to figure out what made the magic happen in my pop-up books – and then when my own children were small I did the same with their books.

So I’m always thrilled when I get a new (to me) mechanism to work the way I want it to.  Here's what happens when you open up the card - 

I found the instructions for this in a book BY Duncan Birmingham Pop-Up! A Manual of paper mechanisms.  (The book is out of print, and second-hand copies sell for ridiculous prices, so if you spot one at a reasonable price I’d snap it up if I were you.  You can also visit Duncan’s YouTube channel – The Pop-Up Channel).

Of course the Tea Together stamps and framelits were perfect for this kind of movement.  I wanted it to look as if the teapot was getting ready to pour tea into the cup.This is how I made it - 

There was some trial and error associated with this card – I think I made five or 6 prototypes before I was happy.  In the end I was really pleased with how it came out..

The direction and the amount of rotation is controlled by the position and angle of the fold in the cross-piece and where the "L" shaped piece is placed.

This arrangement will move anticlockwise -

A wide angle will give a lot of rotation

A narrow angle will give you a smaller amount of rotation

If you like this mechanism you might want to try changing the relative positions of the working parts.  And you should DEFINITELY give visit Duncan Birmingham's channel.

Keep crafting


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