Thursday, 14 January 2021

ICE CREAM CORNER meets PATTERN PLAY DSP - Emma crafts with Mummy

This card was fun to make with my 7 year old daughter during my Back 2 Crafting Week last week.  We have, like the rest of the country, been thrown into homeschooling again and it is tough!

I have a teaching background and I know what to do, but it is not the same as teaching as planned in an educational setting at all.  I wonder, is it because you are more emotionally invested in your own children?  I feel a need to prove I can teach, with a Pygmalion-like success rate, and send my children back as fully rounded little Einsteins on their eventual return.  Lastly, our home is not the classroom; it is not designed to focus their minds and give them a sense of occasion for learning, their peers and teaching staff are not all around them for the social interaction which so importantly feeds into the learning.

Add to that a printer on overdrive, a domestic internet connection that doesn't know what has hit it, a house that is getting messier, quicker due to the constant occupation of its inhabitants and a workload that hasn't gone away but hours of the day that have, and we have a recipe for two pencils up the nose and...well you know the rest!

But this card took me away from all that for a little while.  We stopped the lessons and Emma joined me for my scheduled LIVE and we made this card together.  She really enjoyed it - she LOVES crafting and I have to watch sometimes that she hasn't helped herself to bits from my craft room without my realising!

The ICE-CREAM CORNER SUITE is perfect for crafting with or for children and it's summery subject is perfect for combatting the January gloom.

Check out my LIVE replay and join Emma and I as we take your through it.

Here are the measurements and products used should you wish to make one yourself:


Card base                        Easel Fold - 10.5cm x Length of A4 card, scored at 14.85cm

DSP Layer                      13.9 x 9.5cm OR largest stitched rectangle die as used here

Whisper White Layer      9cm x 5.5cm OR again use the rectangle dies for this

Insert                               13.9cm x 9.5cm

Scraps of DSP and Whisper White for the sentiment and to stamp the ice-cream

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Friday, 8 January 2021

Using the SUIT & TIE DIES to make a Tuxedo Card

Look how dapper these suit cards are!

Masculine cards can be tricky to come up with, but these are fabulous for anyone with a love of the tailored look.

I had great fun discovering what each of the dies in this set does and and then putting it together.  Do you like the open jacket with the shirt as the insert?  Or perhaps keep it simple and have the whole design on the front in layers.  The possibilities are endless.

Here is the replay of my tutorial on how they were made, followed by the measurements and supplies used.


Card Base                        14.85cm x 21cm, scored at 10.5cm

Matt Layer or insert        14.4cm x 10cm

Top Layer                        (optional) 13.9cm x 9.5cm

DSP                                 square roughly 5cmx5cm

You will probably have some scraps from the above to cut out the die details from but have some spare to hand in case not.

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Well Suited Suite Collection (English)
Handsomely Suited Cling Stamp Set
Well Suited 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Take Your Pick
Night Of Navy A4 Card Stock
Very Vanilla A4 Card Stock
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Clear Block C

Thursday, 7 January 2021



This card started life as a one sheet wonder.  What's that you ask?

Get a full sheet of A4 and stamp to your hearts content all over it.  then cut it up into quarters to fit on the front of a card - in fact, you can make a set of four cards now!  

Add a smart sentiment on a tag - here I reached for my favourite, TAILORED TAG PUNCH for the job and finish with a wrap of twine in the Basic Gray to coordinate.  Simple!


Card Base                    14.85cm x 21cm - scored at 10.5cm

DSP Layer                   14.4cm x 10cm

Stamped layer              13.9cm x 9.5cm

Twine                            approx 45cm

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