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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

Quick Christmas Cards Using Magazine Freebies


Hello, I hope  you are all having a good evening and I wish everybody a very happy Guy Fawkes night for tomorrow, firstly I would like to apologise for my lack of posts this week, its been one of those weeks where I really don’t know where the time has gone!

Secondly please check out my new artwork gallery on here, there is not massive amounts on there yet as I am finding that watermarking images is taking up a lot of time but I will be adding a lot more to it over the next few days, I hope you like it and if anybody has any interest in my designs please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thirdly I have begun collecting some candy for when I reach 50 followers (which I am a long way off still) I have some items sitting in a bag in the corner waiting for the day though and will be adding to it between now and then.

One last thing before I get to the cards, don’t forget you only have until tomorrow morning to get your cards in to the Distress theme challenge at the PanPastel blog.

This card was made using freebie papers from Quick Cards Magazine and a home-made christmas pudding topper with a few pearls, a peel off greeting and some ribbon and jingle bells, I wont bore you with the how to’s as it’s a  really simple design.

This card was made using  freebie papers and chipboard shapes from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine I also used an edger punch from Woodware, a corner punch from EK Success, snowflake dies from Mariannes Creatables, a peel off sentiment and some red gems from Dovecraft.

To make this card I began with a 5″ x 5″ card black, I then cut out a square of silver holographic glitter card also 5″ x 5″ and  then used my EK Success corner punch on each of the corners. I then measured the square that the corner punch had  created and cut a piece of the red paper to fit inside it and stuck it in place. Next I took the green paper with the trees and cut it to the same height as the red paper but a little shorter than the red paper in width and then used my Woodware  edger punch along the left hand side and stuck  it in to place.

Once this was done I cut out another smaller square of the silver holographic glitter card (8cm x 8cm) and used the EK Success corner punch  again on all four corners and stuck it in to place, then cut out the paper with the robin to fit within the square created by the punch and stuck it in to place.

I then took one of the chipboard shapes  and stuck my peel off greeting on to it then stuck it on to the card at an angle and then finally I cut out two snowflakes from white card using Mariannes Creatables dies, I stuck the smaller snowflake on top of the larger one and then added red self adhesive gems to the smaller snowflake.

The card is now complete.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope to be back with another new post tomorrow and of course Sunday morning there will be a new post for PanPastels  new challenge theme. I love to hear your comments so please do leave a comment and I will then come and visit your blog too.

Lindsay xx

PanPastel UK Challenge Blog – Challenge 6 – Distress It card making tutorial / walk through guide


Hello all, its time for this weeks new challenge over at the PanPastel challenge blog this week the theme is “Distress it”  so please come along and join in the fun and you could win yourself a £5 online voucher for Your Creativity store.

This card making tutorial / walk through guide will take you through how to make your own homemade cards with distress effects I give you step by step instructions and tell you how to make your own papers.

To begin making this card I began with a sheet of  A4 white card, I used my wood mounted harlequin background stamp from All Night Media several times with perfect medium overlapping and changing the angle I stamped at until the page was more or less covered. I then began to add PanPastel beginning with white to erase a few patches of the pattern and then blended  in shades of brown and some black. Next I used a small texture stamp from the mini set of Tim Holtz Visual Artistry stamps with perfect medium and stamped randomly several times across the page, using black PanPastel  to colour them. I then scored the card in the center to make it an A5 card blank and burnt the edges (obviously  I don’t recommend this to anyone young or clumsy).


Next I took another piece of white card stamping out my car images  using perfect medium and colouring them with black PanPastel (one of the car stamps is from the mini Tim Holtz Visual Artistry set  and the other car stamp is from Indigo Blu). When I was happy with the cars I stamped out my clock faces with perfect medium and coloured them with brown PanPastel (one clock face is from Creative Expressions the other is from Indigo Blu). Next I stamped out the Eccentric stamp with Perfect Medium and coloured with brown PanPastel, I then burnt the edges of my stamped images and words and put them to one  side.

Next I  took a small odd piece of green mirror board from my scraps box and screwed it up as much as I could, I then flattened it out and sanded over the creases (on the shiny side) and tore the edges, I then coloured the exposed areas with brown PanPastel.

I then took the piece with my cars and clocks and stuck that to the base card at an angle, then stuck a small piece chicken wire over the top  (scavenged from the garden shed) and layered the green mirror board and the words so that they slightly overlapped one corner of the image.

At this point I must warn you it gets a little destructive as I didn’t have anything to use as embellishments that I felt were right for the card, so I broke an old unused game cube controller and stole its insides! The chip, the wire’s and the spring  are thanks to that brave little controllers sacrifice.

To start making this card I began with a piece of white A4 card I used dark brown PanPastel (that I mixed from brown and black) and used a sofft sponge to apply it in a streaky fashion, then I used a pair of scissors to roughen up the edges of the card. Next I dropped black ink on to the paper and used a straw to spread it randomly on the page, left it to dry and then scored down the center to make it into an A5 card blank. Setting that aside I took some Coredinations cardstock from Potion no. 9 and ran it through my Cuttlebug with a Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folder then sanded the black side to reveal the colour underneath, cut roughly in to 3 pieces then ripped and rolled one piece sticking them all to the card and then sticking the rolled piece in to place. Next I stamped out my 5 pound note (stamp from Indigo Blu) and coloured it using green PanPastel, then cut it out very  roughly with  scissors and stuck it in place.

Finally I added a feather (courtesy of a birdie who lives in my garden)  and melted some wax from a candle and dripped it on.

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

Thank you for reading this post, please do stop by the challenge blog and join in, it’s a lot of fun and I love to see all  of your wonderful cards plus you get to see all of the lovely cards that the other members of the design team have made and you could win yourself a £5 online voucher for Your Creativity Store. I love to hear any comments you have and hope to see your cards in the challenge.

Lindsay xx

Mystical and Magical card made using my own hand drawn character design


Hello, here is the card that I have made for the Polka Doodles challenge blog  challenge 43  –  Mystical and Magical,  I have decided to use my own hand drawn character design to make this card as mystical images is  something I enjoy drawing.

To make this card I drew my image and coloured  it with Promarkers and then cut it out using Spellbinders dies  and layered it on to black card cut out using  the same die set. I set aside my topper and took an A3 piece of white  card, scoring it down the center to make an A4 card  base. Next I took a piece of 12″ x 12″ DCWV cardstock from the Once Apon A Time stack, I trimmed the top and edges off to fit within the A4 card base and then before sticking it down I cut along the edges of the bottles jars and books etc at the bottom of the page not cutting underneath only around the side and the top and then stuck it to the card base making sure  that there was no glue on the backs of the bottles etc. Next I  took the main image that I had layered on to black earlier put glue on the back and slid it in to place so that  most of the backing page was behind it but the bottles and books etc went in front of it , and then stuck  a little dab of glue on  the back of the  bottles etc to keep them all in place.

Finally I  embellished with  a bow tied in organza ribbon, a leaf I stamped out, coloured with PanPastel , a flourish cut out using a Tim Holtz die, some little purple ribbon  flowers, a butterfly made from 3 peel offs and a couple of corner peel offs. I also used  white gel pen to draw in the pages of the books.

Thank you for reading this post, I love to hear any comments that you have.

Lindsay xx

Critters Christmas Party card making tutorial / walk through guide


Hello, I hope you have all had a nice day and a great evening. I recently received a sample pack of some new card and loved it so much a wanted to tell you all about it, it feels gorgeously  soft and smooth and using Promarkers on it gives you brilliant results and  on top of that its a good  weighty card and it scores and folds wonderfully so its fab for paper engineering. This card is now on sale at Your Creativity  Store  it’s called Elegance Satin Super Smooth  Card and there are different weights and quantities to choose from on the website  along with Promarkers, Copic Markers,  PanPastels and lots of other crafty goodies. Anyway I wont ramble on anymore here is the card I have made to show you how good it is.

This card making tutorial / walk through guide will take you through each step of how to make your own homemade version of this card, the tutorial also includes all the measurements you need.


To make this card I began with 3 pieces of  the A4 300gsm Elegance Satin super smooth card , with the  first 2 pieces  I measured and scored lines at 148.5mm  (the center) and  74mm in  from the left hand side (with the card  in a landscape position). I then took the 3rd piece and measured and cut it in half (so that I have 2 A5  pieces) and then put the smaller  pieces of card to one side. I took  both pieces that I scored and stuck the two widest sections of the card together so that there is folded section on either side of the wider piece that you stuck. Next I took my A5 pieces of card and stuck  them to the edge panels that measure 74mm wide  (you  are basically making two easel cards  and sticking them together so that the easel mechanisms face each other). I used spray adhesive to stick my card together and then used wooden clothes pegs to hold it in place whilst the glue dried (you can buy little clamps instead of using  pegs  but they are more expensive and usually have ridged edges that will leave an imprint in  your card so I use pegs). When your card is constructed it should look something like the picture below.

Next I cut out 3 A5 panels of silver paper to cover  the three main sections of the card and then I took two  sheets of white  printer paper a snowflake and flourish stamp from Inkadinkado and I stamped repeatedly with perfect medium until both sheets were completely covered by the stamped image. Next I mixed up some blue PanPastel with some mica powder and used a Sofft tool to add the colour to the paper creating my backing paper. When I had finished adding  the colour  and used a fixitive I cut  out three panels of this slightly smaller than A5 and stuck them in place on  the card.

I then took another  sheet of  the Elegance Satin super smooth card and stamped out  my images, for this I used 1 Penny Black Margaret Sherry collection wood mounted stamp, 1 Penny Black wood mounted stamp, 1 clear acrylic Penny Black stamp from the T  for transparent wonderful set and a christmas tree stamp that does not have a name on it. For the first image (working from left to write of the card) I used the acrylic stamp  first putting him in  to place where I wanted him and then stamped the same image on scrap paper cut it out and  placed it over the original stamped image to act as a mask. Next I took the wood  mounted stamp with the bear and stamped that on to scrap paper cutting  out only the bear and used this as a mask in a slightly  different way, I  inked up my stamp and then using a repostionable glue stuck the bear mask to the part of the stamp where the bear was  positioned and then stamped the image on to my card so that it over lapped the hedgehog I had masked earlier. I then  also stamped my tree (away from the first images leaving plenty of space around them for cutting them out. Then I took the wood mounted stamp with the hedgehogs and stamped them on to the card  (again keeping away from the other images and leaving plenty  of space for cutting) and then stamped these on to scrap paper and cut them out placing them over the first image to act as a mask and used the wood mounted stamp with the bear stamping over the top of the mask (with the mask  removed from the bear this time as I wanted him in this image). Finally I stamped out my greeting (which is a Stampendous wood mounted stamp) and then I removed all of my scrap paper masks and coloured in my images with Promarkers and cut them  out using Spellbinders Nestabilities (except for  the tree which I cut out with scissors). I then  cut out layers of the silver paper to mount the images on to and stuck them in to place on my card.

Once this was done I drew a few little parcels on  bits of left over  card, coloured them in, glittered them and cut  them out sticking them on to the card around the tree and the second image using 3d glue  gel. I then cut out some snowflakes from holographic paper using some Marianne Design dies and stuck them in to place and finally tied two  bows in blue silk ribbon  and stuck them beneath the two main images.

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

Thank you for reading this post,  please do check out  Your Creativity Store to   get hold  of this wonderful card, I love to hear any comments that you have.

Lindsay xx