A pop-out side stepper....OR IS IT??!!!

 I made this card for No2 son's friend's sister. On the surface it looks like a stepper card, but it isn't! It looks as though you've created a fancy fold card, but you haven't! It very easy to do. Just take a C5 card then add panels to make it look like a stepper.
You can see from this photo how it looks from the side.
I used papers from the DCWV Street Lace 8x8 stack, matting each of the panels onto hot pink card.
The back two lace effect panels go on first- its just a piece of pink cardstock cut to fit the front, then two narrow panels adhered at either end leaving a narrow border. Then the central panel goes on next (this is cut slightly taller than the card front so that it protrudes over the top fold) with foam pads. The final piece to go on is the narrow horizontal panel on the front, adhered with foam pads. Ta Da! Easy Peasy! A 'stepper card' with none of the work!
Then you just decorate it. Each of the side panels were decorated with a black, glittercard flourish embellished with teeny punched flowers. I cut a shaped panel for the front, then adhered a glittery '18' to it with foam pads. 'Hannah' was cut from glittercard then adhered along the front horizontal panel. A ribbon bow, layered bloom and a smattering of pearls completes the card.
Carts used:
Shaped panel- Elegant Edges
'18' & 'Hannah'- Winter Woodland
Flourishes- Home Decor
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Wishes do come true.....

I wanted to make a baby card for something other than a birth, and what better than an Adoption card?
I decided to go for an image for an older child and found this sweet highchair. I cut a circular card base, backing it with a coloured circle to go behind the cut-out sections. I cut a smaller circle from patterned paper and shadowed it with coloured cardstock. I added a punched, ribbon-trimmed border across the card, slightly lower than the centre. The highchair was cut from coloured cardstock with patterned backrest. It was adhered to the card front with foam pads. The lovely sentiment is a Pink Petticoat download. The sentiments were printed onto white textured cardstock, trimmed and matted with coloured cardstock, then adhered to the card with foam pads. A teeny punched flower on the sentiment completes the card.
Carts used:
Circular card bases- I can't remember which cart I used (I've wracked my brains to no avail!) but there is a similar one on Wild Card. If I remember I'll put it on this post
High chairs- Baby Steps
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx



Our nephew Skanda, who lives in Sydney, Australia was 18 last week and this is the card that I made for him. It wasn't the first effort- that went in the circular file- this one was MUCH better! It's a C5 card base. Silver holographic cardstock was matted onto brown cardstock and adhered to the front of the card. I printed a celebration image and some drinking glasses from a Madaboutcards 'One for the boys' download, onto glossy photo paper. The boy image was matted onto brown cardstock, and the other images were cut out leaving a smidgen of a white border. The image was adhered to the centre front of the card, and the glasses and bottle adhered around the image. Three punched stars were added to fill the gap. 'UR' & 'CELEBRATE' were cut from brown mirri card, the '18' from brown glitter card, then adhered to the card with foam pads.
Cart used:
UR, 18 & CELEBRATE- Opposites Attract
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Swarm Saturday......

Evening all! A good day was had by all at the Swarm today. Here is a selection of cards made today..
Above is a card made by Chris (below) last year for a wedding. She made another one today (see further down post) and this pretty little high chair card...

 Dawn made this cute little oriental card....
 Dawn no2 made a little coffee themed card.....
 Doreen made a Father's Day card and an elegant dancing lady card.....
 Chris made a Best Wishes card.....
 and Chris no2 made a card for a poorly friend......
 Wendy made birthday card for her Poker playing brother and a beautiful Christening/Confirmation card..
 and Lorraine made a HUGE card for her daughter Marissa's 18th.....
 ..Sue made a ginormous flower ......
 Natalie made a card with matching box....
 ..and last but not least Chris' wedding waterfall card!
Phew!!! There were some other ladies at the Swarm too but they didn't complete any cards- they cut the bits out to put together at home- they were Chrissie, Valerie, Karen and Carol. Carol's  naughty Cricut gave up the ghost half way through. Luckily the shop machine was available to use! I hope you can get it fixed Carol! Well done ladies, great cards and thanks for a great day!
Thanks for dropping by today!
Heather xxx
Edited to add:
I forgot to take a photo of Julie's card (you can see a smidgen of it next to Dawn's coffee card) and to add her to the list of attendees. Sorry Julie! Bring the card along next time (workshop or Swarm) and I'll put it on then!
Duh brain!!
Heather xxx


Home Sweet Home.......

 This card may look familiar to you..Barbie, one of my Wednesday ladies made one at a workshop and showcased it on a Workshop Wednesday (scroll down to find the post). I originally found one similar to mine on KittieKraft's blog and I changed it to a square Z-fold card. The papers are Dovecraft from a couple of seasons ago. The birdhouse was cut from cardstock first, then paper and the two adhered together for stability. It was then mounted onto a shaped panel with an embossed, ribbon-trimmed mat. The teeny flowers were made with a Papermania red punch. A trio of pearls completes the front of the card.
The inside of the card was decorated with a smaller shaped panel holding the 'Home Sweet Home' sentiment.
Carts used:
Birdhouse- Stretch Your Imagination
Shaped panels- Elegant Edges
Home Sweet Home (individual letters) - Calligraphy
Tomorrow I'm hosting a Swarm, so for the benefit of the ladies who'll be coming, if you've got the following carts it would be very helpful if you could bring them along:
Elegant Edges
Lacy Labels
Ornamental Iron 1 or 2 (or both!)
Paper Lace
All the usual carts will be available to use.
I look forward to catching up with you all tomorrow
Thanks for dropping by today!
Heather xxx



 I made this card back in February for our friends' son Rubin. He is, if I remember correctly, a Liverpool fan (I hope!) so I thought that this footy shirt was just the ticket. The shirt and word art were cut from red, black and white cardstock and the ball from black and white. The papers are from a Making Cards Men's Cards Special Edition from last year.
The inside back of the card holds a simple panel with a sentiment, 'Rubin' and a player border.
The little footballs on the front of the card were cut from football paper, to which I added small acrylic Page Pebbles to give them a glossy, dimensional feel.
Carts used:
Footy shirt, word art & player border- Sports Mania
Football- Life's a party
'Rubin'- Don Juan
Happy Birthday- Stamping Solutions
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Key to my heart......

 I've got a stack of photos on my camera, ready to upload, of more recent cards that I've made, so I'm having to trawl through my blog cards to find something to post. I'm afraid that  the cards that I'll be posting over the next few days will be oldies (for me at least!) although my ladies will probably recognise them! I made this card around Valentine's day, but to be quite honest it could be given at any time from one sweetheart to another. I haven't made a z-fold card for a while- I'm on a shaped card kick at the mo- so it was nice to see this one again. The card base is a z-fold square, and the papers are Tilda Flower Garden.
The scalloped heart was cut from white textured cardstock and topped with a plain polka dot patterned heart. A keyhole was cut from white textured cardstock to go with the silver key. The heart was finished with a floral arrangement, punched leaves and a satin bow.
The inside of the card was adorned with a smaller scalloped heart topped with an embossed plain heart and the 'key to my heart' sentiment cut from shimmer card. A trio of pearls completes the card.
Carts used:
Hearts, keyhole & key- Victorian Romance
Key to my heart- Sentimentals
Thanks for dropping by today!
Heather xxx


Precious baby rosettes........

I've got a couple of sweet baby cards for you today.  These babies are so cute that I couldn't resist using them. They were cut from textured cardstock, and patterned paper for the nappies and headwear.
They were then mounted onto rosettes made from two 12" x 1 3/4" strips (for each rosette) of paper scored at 1cm intervals, topped with scalloped circles. The rosettes, in turn, were adhered to a panel of embossed cardstock with a punched edge and ribbon trim. 'Precious' was cut from shimmer cardstock and adhered below the ribbon. The paper on the front of the cards is from K & CO's Itsy Bitsy Boy & Girl collection. A WOC bloom and punched leaves complete the cards.
Carts used:
Babies- Baby Steps
Precious- Phrases
Scalloped circle- Lacy Labels
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Fan-tastic birthday......

I've been a bad blogger again! It's a week since I last posted. I've been busy with new cards for a new set of workshops and just don't seem to have had time to put fingers to keys as it were!
Black and hot pink has to be one of my fave colour palettes to work with. I especially love the paper that I used on this card from the DCWV Street Lace 8x8 stack. There is also a fab lime green in the pack too. This card is a stepper card, made by adding a folded piece of card to a standard 6" square card- the extension piece is about 3" high. I covered the back of the card with black cardstock and added a piece of the hot pink paper cut slightly smaller to create a border all round. I punched one edge of a piece of black cardstock with an MS punch and adhered it to the front, shorter portion of the card with the punched edge protruding over the mountain fold. I added a piece of black patterned paper wrapped with hot pink satin ribbon. The fan was cut from pink mirri card and black lace-effect patterned paper. I added a piece of black lace, giving the fan a Spanish feel. I cut a flourish from black glitter card, adhered it across the fan, then adhered a large pink bloom and some smaller punched flowers with pearl centres. Another flourish corner was cut from black glittercard along with a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, and both were adhered flat to the back portion of the card. A smattering of pearls completes the card.
Carts used:
Fan- Pagoda
Flourish on fan- Home Decor
Corner flourish- Heritage
Happy Birthday- Wild Card
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx