Category Archives: card making

A Christmas Challenge Card


Evening all, here is one of the challenge cards that I have posted on blogger, to see full details  of how to make it please go to

Thanks  for viewing this post as always I love to hear any comments you may have

Lindsay xx


PanPastel Challenge Blog – Challenge 8 – Fireworks / Exploding Colours


Hello and welcome to this weeks challenge over at the PanPastel challenge blog this weeks them is Fireworks / Exploding colours and the design team have put together some stunning projects for inspiration. Please do come along and join in this challenge and you could be in with a chance at winning yourself a £5 online voucher for Your Creativity Store.

 For those of you who don’t know Your Creativity Store is a fab online craft store that sells PanPastels Elegance Satin Super smooth card and many more fab crafting products like Promarkers.

Ok so on to my card for this challenge.

I have not included the full tutorial for how to make a quad easel as this can be found in an earlier tutorial, if you wish to know how to make a quad easel card please click on the link below,

To decorate this I used a silver gel pen to write in my greeting and to make the toppers I  cut out 4 squares of black card and used a quickie glue pen to draw in my fireworks in a series of small lines and dots, I then used my PanPastels and a sofft tool to dab on the different pure colours to each of the fireworks I had drawn in with my quickie glue pen. I then mounted my toppers on to different colours of mirror board and attached them to the card.

Thank you for reading this post, I do hope you will come and join in with the PanPastel Challenge blog as we love to see all of your beautiful projects, don’t forget you can use any medium to enter so everyone can join in and there is also a new DT call so please come and join in.  As always I love to hear any comments that you may have.

Lindsay xx

LOTV challenge card and card making tutorial / walk through guide to making a pop out aperture card


Hi everyone hope you are all having a lovely evening tonight’s post is sort of a two for one as I had been meaning to do a pop out aperture card tutorial / walk through guide post on here for a while and hadn’t gotten round to it so I decided to make one for the Lili of  the valley challenge and combine the challenge entry with a tutorial.

I would like to enter  this card in to the Lili of the valley blog challenge 119 – Bright and sparkly

To begin making this card I took a sheet of 12″ x 12″ red card and scored it down the center (6″) and folded it over, next I measured 6″ in the other direction and cut along the line so that I had two 6″ x 6″ card base’s. I put one to one side and scored the other one at 3″ in from the left (when open) and 3″ in from the right (score lines going in the same direction as the center score line / vertically).


When you have scored your lines fold  the card back on itself as shown in the picture above.  Next draw your half picture along the center score line ( I have drawn a Christmas tree but you can choose any shape that suits your card, if you are not confident drawing your own shape you can choose a shape from an embossing board and emboss the design in) when your picture is drawn cut it out using either scissors or a craft knife making sure to cut both sides of the score line at once to create your aperture  (also make sure you leave enough room around the design at the top and bottom of your card so that it doesn’t lose stability).


Now the main pieces of your  card base are ready to put together, to do this you need  to apply glue  to the two 3″ panels and then stick them to the other base card that we didn’t  score as shown in the picture above. As you can see I have turned  to my trusty clothes pegs again to hold it in place whilst the glue sets.

I then set my card base aside for the glue to set and began work on the decorations for my card, I took a sheet of  Elegance Satin Super Smooth card and stamped out my Lili Of The Valley bear stamp 3 times and a greeting stamp from a freebie set that came with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. I then coloured in all 3 images exactly the same with my promarkers. I then cut around two  of my images along the out line and cut my third image and my greeting out using  circle dies from xcut. Next I cut out two slightly larger scalloped circles in gold card using xcut dies and then layered my topper and my greeting on to the scalloped circles, I also used a quickie glue pen to decorate them with glitter.


I then took my other two images and mounted them on to both sides of a piece of red card, sticking a piece of raffia so that each edge is underneath one of the images to make a little hanging decoration.

Next I cut out one panel of gold card 5.5″ x 5.5″ and two pieces 2.5″ x 5.5″ and one piece of green paper from Papermania’s Deck  the halls paper pack (which I won from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine in their friday facebook challenge) in 5″ x 5″  and two pieces 2″ x 5″ and finally I cut out strips of paper from the My Minds Eye paper pack that came free with Cardmaking and Papercraft one 1.5″ x 5″ and two 1.5″ x 2″. I rounded the corners on all of my panels except for the strips from the My Minds Eye and then stuck them in to place on my card.

Finally I stuck my mounted image and greeting to the front of my card and  my hanging decoration so that it hung in the aperture of the base card (I only used normal tape to stick it on the inside of the pop out section so that the person who receive’s the card can easily detach it from the card and use it as a decoration).


This completes my card making tutorial / walk through guide, I hope you have enjoyed it, please feel free to let me know how you get on if you try it yourself and as always I love to hear your comments. Thank you for reading this post.

Lindsay xx

PanPastel Challenge blog – Challenge 7 – Dark and Mysterious gate fold easel card making tutorial / walk through guide


Hi here’s my card for this weeks PanPastel Challenge blog Inspiration, this week the theme is dark and mysterious, remember you can use any medium to enter the PanPastel  challenges so anybody can enter and I hope you stop by the challenge blog and join in as I love to  see all of your wonderful creations.

In this card making tutorial / walk through guide I will take you through how I made this Gate fold easel with step by step instructions and measurements so that you can try your hand at making your own homemade version of this card.

So here’s my card for Dark and Mysterious, this card took me ages to make, mostly because of the gates! To make my card I began by making a gate fold card (using A4 card the measurements to score are with the card in landscape position 7.4cm in from both the left hand side and the right hand side). I also at this point made my easel base (measurements to score for A4 are 74mm in from the left hand edge and 148.5mm in from the left  hand edge when in landscape position), I put  the easel to one side and went to work on the gate fold base.

With the gate fold base in the closed position I drew my gates and the brick arches above them, I then cut (with the card opened flat) them out using a craft knife (this was what took all the time, if you are going to attempt this be prepared for blisters lol). Next I coloured them with black PanPastel inside and out and then glazed them with clear nail varnish with red glittery bits in it.

Next I used PanPastels to colour the inside of the gate fold, beginning with white and yellow for the moon and then blending in greys and purples for the sky and  the clouds and using greens and browns for the ground.

I then took a piece of black card and used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the house and then cut around the image and highlighted it with grey PanPastel, I then cut out and embossed the grave stones and trees using Spellbinders Shapeabilities and highlighted them with grey PanPastel and then stuck all of  my shapes in to place and added patches of green and black Flowersoft to the ground for texture.

Next I  coloured the arches with a mixture of red and brown PanPastel for the brick colour and then stuck them in to place, I then took the easel base and drew on the bricks colouring it with the same mixture of red and brown.

I then drew, coloured and cut out my pumpkins to use  as stoppers. I then stuck the gate fold to the easel base and  stuck my pumpkins in to place.

I hope you have enjoyed this card making tutorial / walk through guide please feel free to let me know how you get on with making your own homemade cards.

I hope  you like my attempt at Dark and Mysterious, don’t forget to stop by the PanPastel Challenge blog to join in and also see the beautiful creations from  the other members of the design team (they really are stunning this week) and as if that’s not enough reason to stop  by the PanPastel Challenge blog there is also more exciting news as there  is a new DT call so please come and check it out.

Thanks for  reading this  post as always I love  to hear your comments.

Lindsay xx

Triple Easel Forever Friends Card Making Tutorial / Walk Through Guide


Hi again, here is yet another card that I  made using magazine freebies (I love a good mag freebie in case you hadn’t already guessed lol)

This card has been made to enter in to 3 challenges Diva’s by design challenge 14 – Use metal, Polka Doodles challenge 44 – Shaped card and Sarah Hurley challenge 53 – Use more than two images.

In this card making tutorial / walk  through guide I will give you detailed step by step instructions and measurements on how to make your own homemade version of this card.


To begin making this card I began with a sheet of A3 white super smooth card, I scored it in the center and folded it over to make an A4 card base, however I felt that a full  A4 card base would be too deep for what I had in mind so I trimmed it down to make the card base 15cm x 30cm making the full sheet 30cm x 30cm  (or 12″ x 12″). Then on the top side of the card base I measured in 98mm from both the left hand side and right hand side and cut along these lines as far back as the fold (do not cut past the fold). This left me with  3 sections on the top of the card, I then measured and scored each of the top sections at 75mm from the front (half way  along the section). To finish off the appearance of the card base I used a corner punch on the two corners on the bottom part of the card base  (at the front) and the six corners on the front of  the top sections of the card base.

Next I cut out all the sections of my 3 pyramage toppers (freebies from Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine) and layered them up using foam pads I then cut out a shape using my Spellbinders Nestabilities 3 times in the gold card and 3 times (slightly larger) in the red card, layered them up and stuck my toppers to them. Next I used a zig glue pen to draw a line of glue around the edge of each topper and covered the line with red glitter to frame the toppers. I then poked a hole just beneath the two toppers that matched (the square ones) using my paper piercing tool and inserted a metal snowflake charm on a brad in  to each hole fastening at the back. I then stuck all of my toppers in place on the card base and moved on to making my stopper.

For the stopper I cut out a piece of red card 5cm x 30cm and a piece of gold card 3.5cm x 30cm, I then trimmed a small sliver off the end of each so that the stopper would fit within  my punched corner areas. Before sticking them together I cut  a piece of white ribbon approximately 33cm long and stuck it to the gold piece of card, using tape at the back to  secure it in place and then stuck the gold card to the red card and stuck it in to place on my base card.

Next I cut out a tag from the Simply Cards and Papercraft mag freebies, wrote Noel on it in gold gel pen and stuck it to the center of the stopper. Finally I took six strips of white ribbon approximately  35cm long and made them in  to  ribbon roses (I will post a separate tutorial on how to make these on here soon) I then stuck my roses along the length of the stopper.

I hope you have enjoyed my triple easel card making tutorial / walk through guide please feel free to let me how you get on with making your own homemade cards.

Thank you for reading this post, as always I love to hear your thoughts on the things I make so please do leave a comment.

Lindsay xx

Forever Friends Christmas Cards


Hiya, Here are a couple of cards I made today using  more magazine freebies.


Both these cards were really quick and simple to make and both were made using freebie papers from Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine, I wont go  in to the how to’s with these as they are fairly simple. I hope you like them.

Thank you for reading this post, as always I love to hear from you so please feel free to leave comments.

Lindsay xx