English Garden Double Z-fold Birthday Card

This card was the second design given to Nanna Papercraft for her birthday last week.

I must have had butterflies on my mind – because it features beautiful butterflies also.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-fold cards are super easy to make:

  • Cut a piece of A4 paper to 5-1/2″ x 11-1/4″
  • Score at 1-7/8″, 3-12″, 7-1/2″ & 9-5/10″
  • Fold the front panels back across the card to create a ‘z’ fold
  • Decorate the front & middle and secure with a belly band if desired.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Pink, green & white is one of my favourite colour combinations. Although, it’s hard to make a bad card with the English Garden DSP!!! Kelly x

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And then this happened …

So, last weekend we had the misfortune of being in the path of a tornado.  It was a crazy 60 seconds that left a trail of destruction.

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It was a close call for my craft supplies – they were on the other side of this window…

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We’re still cleaning up broken glass (I’m thinking of a new technique involving glass shards…) and sorting through the mess.

Despite the chaos I have many things to be thankful for.  No one was hurt.  Things are broken – but things can be fixed.  My craft wall survived the impact.

But, apart from the safety of my family, the thing I am most grateful for is the help I received to clean up.

So, after the dust had settled, it was time to make some thank you cards.  Here’s what I came up with for some very special people whose kindness & generosity was amazing.

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Thank you!  I really, truly don’t know what I would have done without your help.  Kelly & the windswept little misses x

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Tin of Cards – The “B” version

Yesterday’s Tin of Cards class was great fun!  The “tin” is the clear winner in this super cute set, but the contents are lovely also.  You get materials to make 9 dividers and 16 cards with a full set of instructions.  You can see the Stampin’ Up! video here for more information about how to put together your cards.

Call me crazy, but I wanted a bit more of a challenge from my tin, so I played around with the pieces to come up with some alternative designs to the ones available in the instructions.

With the exception of a few pearls (I couldn’t help myself – the butterflies needed the extra bling!), all cards are made using only the materials in the kit and the recommended extras.

Here they are:

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16 different cards made – using only the kit & recommended extra items.  {Did I mention you get envelopes too?}.  I even ended up with a few extra pieces which I can use when making other cards.

The popularity of this kit has far exceeded Stampin’ Up!’s expectations and you can see why – the cards you can create are gorgeous, it caters to everyone’s level of stamping and it’s lots of fun.

I plan to run this class again later in the year.  If you’re interested in joining me, please let me know.  Or, if you’d like to get started on your Tin of Cards kit now, hop over to my online store and order the kit & stamp set (links below).

It’s a fabulous item to add to your own collection or would make a very special gift for a very special friend.  I know lots of people who would love to receive a Tin of Cards.  Shame that I love mine so much I’m keeping it!!!  Kelly x

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A Class Full of Flowers

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a class for 4 lovely ladies who spend as much time spoiling my dog with attention as they do making cards!

The ladies had asked for combination of things they’d recently seen on the blog, but since I like my classes to be filled with surprises – we did variations of what they said they liked.

The first project was a decorated notepad using the colours/design features from my Just Add Ink / Demo Designs Sketch card.

Colours: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Bermuda Bay.

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To make this decorated notepad, the instructions are mostly the same as the English Garden one, but with a different closure:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-7/8″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the small rectangle from the end of the skinny strip you ended up with (this will be your closure band).
  4. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  5. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  6. Add the closure flap by securing the end 4-1/8″ piece to the back of the notepad cardstock and then wrap it around & secure it to the front of the notepad.  You should have a 3/4″ flap left that you can attach magnets to for securing it tight.
  7. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 2″).  Attach burlap ribbon & Flower Patch flower.  Add a gold embossed sentiment from Flower Patch.

The next project was a card to coordinate with the notepad.  I wanted to show the ladies how lovely the Garden in Bloom stamp set was, so we used this flower instead of the Flower Patch one.

Colours: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe.

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The leaves behind the flower are from Kinda Eclectic and I once again used burlap to tie it all together.   I love the extra texture that adding even a small piece of burlap ribbon adds.  The sentiment is from the hostess only set Happy Birthday, Everyone.


The final project was a birthday card inspired by a new challenge blog – Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  Stop by and have a look at the entries so far – lots of inspiration just in the cards that have been put forward!!!

This is the inspiration photo:

And this is the card the ladies made:

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The splatters in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set provided the perfect option for creating our own DSP-esque background.  The birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I realised after making this card that I’d actually used 2 “kit stamp sets” – they are great for more than just making up the kits.

The yellow & black flowers in the inspiration photo looked like cute little butterflies to me – so out came the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits.  I cannot make enough butterfly cards with this gorgeous bundle.

Colours: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (cardstock, ink), Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight & Basic Black.


Another class and another great success.  Next class my Christmas goodies will be here, so I’m looking forward to adding a Christmas card into the mix!

You can find the class schedule here.  Due to the small size of classes, they fill up quickly and payment is required within 3 days of booking to secure your place.

Come & join the fun.  Free doggie cuddles included!!!  Kelly x