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Hello Everyone,


Beautiful sunny Saturday here, just the start of Summer and still lovely almost Autumnlike weather.  I like is very much, but I suppose January and February will bring me back to reality 🙂


A friend of mine showed me a photo of a card a while back and asked me to make the directions on how to make it.  Like she thought I could do anything, so I would hate to disappoint, so I did it for her with a couple of wrong starts and eventually got there.



It is very pretty and something very different.


shape card 1

a piece of paper 12 inches x 4 inches folded in half lengthways, and opened up and folded in half the other way, then the pieces cut away from the fold (left in photo above to the fold at the bottom.

shape card 2

then cutting away the bits we don’t want

shape card 3

Take a piece of cardstock/paper 6 inches x 6 inches and cut from 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom on the left to 1 1/2 inches down from the top on the right.

shape card 4

now turn the pieces around so that the long diagonal cut is on the bottom the tallest part of the triangle at the right.

Now measure 6 inches from right to left across the bottom and vertically up, as in the pic below. Do the same to the other piece.

shape card 5

so now you have 3 pieces like this, your folded base, and 2 panels

shape card 6

So now you need to cover the 2 panels with paper and assemble.

Then decorate as you wish, stamp, stick things on, do whatever pleases you!!

shape card 7

Really so easy for something so different, have fun with it.




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Hello Everyone,


As you know I love love love making flowers from paper and ink.  It is just such a rewarding passtime and I really do like it.

So I have made a video on making a quick simple flower and this technique can be done with any  flower with petals.   You can find it here : Flower Tutorial




Hope this helps you along with your flower making 🙂




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Hello Everyone, I have a little tootie for you today, but first you must suffer through a couple of pics of my crafting companion, no not Ted, but the Toby Cat!!!

He sits on a little chair next to me when I am at the computer and in the craft room he sits between me and the door so he does not miss me leaving and he can come with me. He follows me around the house like a little puppy dog and cries and calls me if he loses me.





This is how close he has his chair next to me, so close, he can just reach his paw out to let me know when he needs attention.  I think Keith must have taught him these tricks because as you know I would never has spoilt and animal like this… Right?





And this is the paw that he reaches out with.  Clever cat this one.


Ok so now on with the tootie you are here to see.

This is another daisy, this time made with a die from My Favorite Things called Plentiful Petals and is just a gorgeous die.  But this style of shaping works just as well with any daisy shaped flower as you will see from some other examples later on.




Ok so as you know I have a bigshot and these are the three petal dies on my All Purpose Mat and one cutting pag below.  Now just a little trick I learned a while back that you may not be familiar with, but you will love if any of your dies want to keep the diecut and not give it up easily.




See that roll that roll of paper, right?? That is wax paper, you know the lunchwrap stuff, is waxed on one side. So tear yourself off a pice of it, I use a steel ruler.



Lay it over your dies, wax side down.



Lay your cardstock for cutting over the wax paper.  I use 160gsm  cardstock a nice medium weight white for most of my flowers, easy to work with and easy to cut.



Then put your cutting mat over the top.  Mine is fairly ratty and when it bends a little more it will be out quick smart.  But I use mine for a long long time and let them almost get non see through before I toss them.  I find sometimes I need to shim a little more when they get chopped up like this, but they still work, yes the back of your diecut will get marks on it, but it is the back and no one sees it, so save yourself money and let your mats last as long as possible.

Another thing about bent and marked mats, is that with Sizzix original and Bigz, they can be as marked and twisted as can be and still cut perfectly.  I use old mats for those all the time and for cutting things like foil and tin cans.

Ok enough on that now, get onto the flowers please.



See how they just popped away from the dies with the wax paper on them??? Now this works with bare dies as well as the dies with ejection foam on them, (they get the foam squished down and you need to replace it – not so with wax paper!!))



What you will find is the wax paper is ‘stuck’ to your die cut!!



But just flick it between your fingers and it will separate easily.  This beats the poking and banging to get diecuts out of dies, especially thos intricate ones that we all love the look of, but hate the separation issues that come with the cutting.



So how cool is this???  I love my die cutter and my dies and I really am thankful for wax paper!!



Ok so now I have cut all these flowers so I will show you how to put them all together to make such pretty flowers.  Did I tell you my favourite flower is the daisy?



Now take an inkpad or sponge and ink the edge of the petals.



Keep inking right around the flower, each petal needs the tips done.



This is how your petal should look, or something like this, you may like more colour or less colour than I do, there is no right or wrong amount, just colour as you like.  You could also do this with chalks or any other colouring medium you have



Now do the same to the 3 different sized petals you need to make the flower.



Now take the flower in your hand and fold up the petals toward the centre.



Go right around the flower doing each petal.  I tend to do the petals in twos!!



This is how they should look now.  Don’t they look good?



Now for the curling, I do this with a bone scorer, or you can use anything you have handy, don’t buy something special, many things in your craft stash are multipurpose!!



To curl the petal down, place the bone scorer behing the petal almost at the base and draw up the petal, just like curling ribbon, but be a little gentle.



See it is just my mini bone scorer.



OOPS… yes this can happen, I pulled a petal off, and you thought I never made mistakes!! Hee Hee, not likely!!

I can use him on another flower, maybe one with more layers.



So you end up with 3 different sized petals, coloured and curled.



Just so you know how much work I have to do, all of these need to be done…. any volunteers?



So now just get some white glue (PVA) and start with the biggest petal.



A drop of glue on the non stick mat.




A tiny amount of glue on the centre of the flower, add the middle size flower, then glue in the centre and add the smallest flower.




Add a big dollop of glue in the centre and add a rhinestone.  My rhinestone is about 1.8 cm across.




Well that is the purple ones done, now for the lime ones.  The look so pretty, don’t they?  These are great for flower scatters on party tables.







Here are an assorted set of different colours with different centres.  They are so pretty.






And here are some done the same shaped way, with different type punches.  The 6-petal flower punch, with 2 layers of each of the 2 sizes at the back.  And the front ones are just 2 layers with a big daisy punch.
You really can make flowers in any way you want to, no rules.  You could turn the curling upwards to get a different effect too.

Hope you enjoyed this tootie, thanks for calling in.



Lauren 🙂


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Ok  everyone while I have your attention getting out supplies and making things and trying things new, I thought I would show you how I do the ruffled ribbon, because you know I am far to cheap to buy the gathered stuff!!!  So here we go.

I don’t know what happened but as I dropped in this first pic, the post went live and I was not ready!!! Oh My now some may be reading and wondering what is going on, and I can assure you that I have no real idea about that.

This post is photo heavy and if you need closer detail of any pic, just click on it to open it in a new page. Hope this helps you.


So this first pic is of a card I made ages ago that has gathered sheer ribbon across the top of it. This technique works so well for sheer ribbons of any width above 3/8″, it give so much more volume and depth to the ribbon.

So the supplies you need is your card!! A pael for the front of the card, I use a panel within a panel, but you will see at the end, OK?  You will also need your ribbn, mine is a sheer ribbon with stripes that is about 1″ wide.  And you also need Redline tape, or Ranger Red Tape, or super super strong adhesive tape.  Also it is best to work on a non stick craft mat or baking paper to stop the panel sticking when you have adhesive side down.  You will need your ribbon to be about 3 1/2 times the length you wish to cover.

Prepare your panels for your card, by cutting to size and perhaps rounding the corners etc or whatever you do for your card.

Run the tape the full length of the card panel that you want covered with gathered ribbon plus about 1/2 ” turnover for the back.

Start by adhering your ribbon to the back of your card panel.  This is the front view.

And this is the back view of your panel witht he ribbon stuck to it.  Turn your panel over and it is probably best to work on your non stick mat, so the adhesive comes away easy for you without damaging your panel.

Ok so with the front of your panel facing up, pull the ribbon to the left and use a finger to stick it to the tape.

Now making sure you only have a small length attached to the tape, check that you are happy with what you have done so far.

When you are happy with what you have stuck so far, pull the ribbon to the right and stick down.

Back to the left, pull and stick.

Pull to the right, stick down.

Keep it going you are doing great!!

Yes left, stick, right, stick, left, stick, right, stick, you are just marching along really well!!

Oh my your are nearly there, it looks great!!

Just a couple more, it looks so good.

Yes and at the bottom now, the last one, it does not matter whether it is a left or a right.

Turn over and stick the ribbon down, cut if off.

There it is, finished. Now you can put adhesive (your regular one) onto the panel and stick it either on a matting piece or your card.

I love this effect, it is so pretty.  Thanks for being with me on this, hope to see your creations soon.

Lauren 🙂

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Well girls (and boys) I am early with this post, about six hours early, how good is that, but it seems that so many people are excited that I am finally doing this tutorial as they love the little dragonflies and would like to make them too.

I learned to make these about nine years ago and I make and give away loads of them.  They are cute for either papercraft or for jewellery making.

This post will be picture heavy and if you need a closer view of any step, just click on the photo to open it in a new window in an enlarged form.
So this is what we will be making:




Pretty isn’t he????  Well here we go!!!  You need to start with something like this:

Some jewellery wire 26 gauge works well – soft enough to bend and twist, but holds the shape.
Tools …. mine are l to r Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters and Quilling tools with a split point (yes you will break them eventually, but they work for me).
Seed Beads…. I use 8/0 they are a medium sized seed bead, but you can use up to 4mm beads.
A felt pad to put things on…. this stops the beads rolling around and makes them easier to thread onto the wire.


Now we get to work!!


Start with a piece of wire around 20 inches long.

Bring the ends together and thread about 10 or 12 beads onto BOTH pieces as shown.

Here is a closer view of that.

Take note that the other end of the wire still has a big loop in it, keep that there, do not flatten it out yet.

Now slide the beads towards the loop end of the wire and stop when you have them close enough to make a loop that holds your beads in place.


Separate the wired at the top of the beads and bend them out in opposite directions, keeping them in line with the way the loop is facing.




Now you have two wire that you need to put a little curve on in the direction you need to make the wings.

Hold the body (beads) of your dragonfly in your left hand (if you are righthanded) and the right wire in your right hand between your thumbnail and your index finger, your thumbnail is under the wire between the wire and the body, take a closer look if you need to.

Another pic of this curling the wire to make it easier to make loop for wing.

Make a loop in the wire in a clockwise cirle from the top of the body and back again.

Now holding the body between your left thumb and index finger, and the loop between your right thumb and index finger, close to the crossover, twist/turn the wing under and towards you to create a twist to secure the wing.  Take a closer look at the above and below photo.

See how the twist holds the wing where it is supposed to be?

Now turn the dragonfly over so that the completed wing is on the left side.  I do this so that I am working right handed all the time, I find it easier and also end up with a better finished item.  See I am fussy!!

Then it is just a repeat of the steps above to create another wing. Curl the wire, make a loop.

Twist the wing and we are done!!! Two perfect wings, you dragonfly is almostdone!!!



To make it easier to create the next set of wings, just push them down a little so they are out of the way.

So you can curl the wirk, make a loop and turn the loop over to make the third wing.

You are on a roll!!! Change the dragonfly over so you are working with the right hand.  Curl the wire, make a loop, turn it over to make the twist to hold it.

Push or manipulate your wings back into the correct position, it is not as fragile as you think, just take a little care though.  And thread a bead on the two wired above the wings for the head.

Separate and push down the wired above this bead.

Bring the wires back together at the ends, making sure to keep the separation to hold the head on.  Cut off the wired to equal length about 3 inches works well.


This is where the quilling tool comes in.  You can use round nose pliers if you like, but the quilling tool works for me.  Place the end of one wire into the split of the quilling tool.

Now make a curl. Very gently continue to curl.


Keep going, with gentle pressure to curl, making an expanding spiral.  Don’t worry if it is a bit wonky.  You can fix that later.

A little more until you are about 2/3 of the way down the wire and you are done with that one.

When you are done making the spiral, take the flat pliers and crimp the sprial together to make it flat!!! You thought I made them perfect, didn’t you??? It is not how good you are that counts, it is how good you are at fixing your mistakes!!!

Now turn it over and make the other antennae the same as the first.

Quilling tool in place.

Curl and curl and curl.

Flatten out if need be.

There it is the finished wire and bead dragonfly.  Good luck with yours, I know you can make them.

So there you have it, with the minimum of tools and things needed.

Hope you enjoyed this, hope to see your creations soon.

Lauren 🙂

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