Thursday, 15 April 2021

TrY It Thursday #1 Why the buzz about slimline cards?

 Today’s card inspiration is the first episode in our new Thursday series. Every Thursday, I will post a tip on something to try if you haven’t yet tried a technique, card size, type of embellishment, etc.

Have you wondered why the overseas fuss and buzz about slimline cards?

1. They allow more space on which to be creative than an A6 card. Often, I feel very “cramped” when trying to do something on an A6 size.

2. The length just spells “elegant”.

3. They give you the opportunity to use or combine many of your slightly larger dies or stamps.

3. Standard postage applies - they go into the envelopes in which we used to receive our electricity bills and bank accounts. You find them at stationery stores such as Forum, or you can buy bulk from Merrypak.

Why not try this today? 

I cut out a Tutti Designs trellis background from form smooth white cardstock. Then I cut out a frame using the second and third largest dies from the stitched rectangular slimline dies and adhered it to the trellis background.

I trimmed the trellis background and adhered  it to a piece of purple cardstock slighlyvlarger than the trimmed and framed background. This was then adhered to the slimline card base. A slimline card base cos made by placing an A4+piece of cardstock on your scoreboard in landscape orientation. Score at 10,5cm and trim off the excess.

Embellish the card with fragrant hyacinths made using Heartfelt Creations fragrant hyacinth stamp, die and mould set. Or use any other flowers or embellishments.

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Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith


Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Dimensional flowers stamped


In this short video, I demonstrate how to make pretty but easy paper flowers, using Fabscraps Flower field stamp set.

I hope you enjoy making flowers.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Marie Smith

Monday, 15 March 2021

Pansy edger dies - two techniques

 Hello, fellow crafters

Today’s card-making inspiration features two techniques, using the pansy edger die by Creative Expressions.

The backgrounds were blended using Distress oxide kitsch flamingo and Distress  seedless preserves. I used the Altenew small blender brushes, which I find the best for smooth blending.

On the second card, the die was used on purple and green cardstock as well, and the little bits were inlaid into the flowers and leaves.

 Find our edger dies by clicking on this link.

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Marie Smith

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Sunny daisy window

 Hello, fellow crafters

Today’s inspiration features cheerful daisies on several cards.

On the first card, the daisies are arranged in front of a sunny window on an autumn day.

I created the daisies using Altenew craft—a-flower daisy die set and two shades of yellow cardstock.

The window was cut from bronze metallic cardstock, using the Heartfelt Creations rounded sunlight window die.

The per behind the window frame is from Heartfelt Creations’ country cottage paper pack.

The daisies are created in four easy steps. Select two shades of yellow cardstock, rust and brown cardstock to cut out all the parts of the two sizes of daisies. Then simply follow the layering guide on the die package. The photos below show the steps I followed.

Here are three more cards I made from the same stash of daisies I made in one session.

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Happy crafting, until next time.
Marie Smith

Friday, 19 February 2021

Take a moment scrapbooking layouts

 Today I am sharing snippets of two double-page and a single-page scrapbook layout,  created using the Fabscraps C127 Take a moment paper collection.





Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Exploding memory box - Take a moment to remember

Hello, fellow crafters.

Today I am sharing an explosion memory box, featuring the fabulous C127 Take a moment paper collection by Fabscraps


This explosion memory box is perfect for preserving memories of special persons or moments. It takes up to 18 photos plus additional photos that can be inserted into the pockets on the two flaps in the smallest box. Square photos sized 9x9, 8,5x8,5 and 7,5x7,5 cm.

It is a lovely idea for a gift. For example, a Valentine’s day gift in which you can include photos, journaling about favourite songs, favourite moments, funniest moments, etc.

Consists of two smaller explosion boxes inside the largest box. Photos and/or journaling blocks can be added to both sides (inside and outside) of each of the four flaps of the boxes. However, Marie created two pockets on the inside of the smallest box, into which tags can be inserted. These tags may be used for journaling or you may adhere photos to them.

I have uploaded a video, showing bow the box opens and unfolds, to YouTube. Click here to watch the video.

You may e-mail me for instructions for this project. To qualify for the free tutorial, mention in your e-mail that you saw this on my blog. 

Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith



Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Cherry blossoms and delicate lace

Whenever I need dainty flowers for a card or other papercraft project, I reach for my Heartfelt Creations tweet cherry blossoms stamp-and-die-set. one can create truly beautiful tiny blossoms with this set - suitable for lots of projects.

On this card, they are the perfect companions for the delicate lace border die by Spellbinders/Becca Feeken.

To create the special flowers on this card, I used the die set (no the stamps). They were die-cut from watercolour paper and spread out on my teflon craft sheet (glass cutting board will also work). Then I lightly spritzed them with water and used a waterbrush pen to drop some pin watercolour in the centre of each flower, allowing then paint to spread out into the water. after this, I placed them in the cherry blossom mould and rolled them through my Big Shot die-cutting machine. this shaped the flowers and all I had to do to complete them, was to let them dry and add mini flower pearls in the centres of the flowers.

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Marie Smith


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