A Little Christmas Magic… Wednesday, Nov 16 2016 

I thought I would share some more of my Christmas cards using my snow card tutorial

christmas cards 2

christmas cards 1

All papers, image sheet and dies are from Marianne Designs. For the above cards I substituted Petra’s Large Oval die to frame the image as they were a little larger than the others

Have a wonderful and Crafty day xo Julie P

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Book Box Tutorial…. Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

I had a number of requests for a Book Box Tutorial after creating my Halloween Book Box so here is the basis of my book box, You can adjust the papers and embellishments to fit whatever theme you would like. This time I’ve chosen some sweet Magnolia stamps and papers for a Wedding themed box.

Start by making your book cover, For this you will need stiff card, I used the backing from some of my paper pads, this tends to be a little thicker than your card weight and gives a nice result. Cut your card 10 1/4” x 6 1/4’ . Score lightly with a blade at 4 5/8” and 5 5/8 “ to create the spine (you just need to mark the surface of the card so it will bend neatly)

book box firm card base

Cut your paper panels for the inside 2 of 6 1/4” x 4 5/8” and 1 of 6 1/4” x 1“and outside 2 of 6 1/4” x 4 5/8” and 1 of 6 1/4” x 1“ You can cut these all from one paper pattern or 2 matching papers whatever your preference.

Punch a border strip to decorate the front cover, I’ve chosen Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace for this, Attach this to the edge of the front cover and attach all of your paper panels with double sided tape ( I also distressed all the paper edges with a dry brush and white acrylic paint to enhance the worn look of the papers)

book box paper outside

Add a pocket to the inside left panel, I used a paper piece 4 5/8” x 2 1/2” for this and added a punched border to match the front cover ( on the Halloween box I tore and inked the edge of the pocket in keeping with my theme)

book box inside pocket

Now for the book pages, this looks best in a good weight watercolour paper, I’ve used 300gsm Monte Mart (not overly expensive but has a nice weight and texture) You will need 2 pieces of 9” x 4 1//8” and 2 pieces of 9” x 5 1/4” Score with scor-pal  every 3/4” along the longer sides. I’ve then used the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border to punch along one edge of each scored piece ( I didn’t do this on the Halloween Box as it had a different feel and I chose to leave the edges plain)


Ink the folded edges with a sponge dauber and SU Sahara Sand inkpad, I squeezed each panel together one at a time and inked all the pages at once

inked edges

To create the book section, insert one long side into one short side at the corners, making sure that the long sides are always on top, so that all the corners are the same at the end, use glue or glue dots to secure the top and bottom layers

book pages 1

From the front:

book pages 2

From the back:

book pages 4

Add the sides one at a time and then the bottom:

book pages 3

From the front they look like this, all long edges are on the top:

pages front view

From the back they look like this, all short edges are on the top:

pages back view

Attach the book pages to the inside of the book with strong double sided tape

inside view with pages

Decorate as desired

front cover 2

The finished book box can be found here if you would like to see how I decorated the inside, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will have a try at a book box for yourself. There are so many options for themes, colours and decorations, you are limited only by your imagination. I would love to see what you come up with

Happy Crafting xo Julie P

Doohickey Basket Tutorial: Sunday, Oct 12 2014 

I’ve had a few people ask how to create the basket from the Doohickey Vol 2 kit so here you go:

Firstly die cut and emboss all the pieces and fold along the score lines, ink the edges with SU Sahara Sand for a more vintage look: 

doohickey basket

The thin pieces fold up to form the sides,  attach the sides at the tabs with glue (you could also add tiny brads if you like)

doohickey basket 1

Do this on all 4 to create the basket shape

doohickey basket 2

Attach the handle by matching up the 2 holes in each side of the basket with the holes on the handle, you can do this with glue or tiny brads

doohickey basket 3

Add one or more of the tiny tags, I’ve used the tag shape and attached it with twine but you could use a tiny brad if you like

doohickey basket 4

Decorate as desired, I added some flowers and a butterfly

decorated basket

And added it to my Christmas gift bag:


The original post is here if you would like to take a look. Happy Crafting Hugs Julie P

Peace and Joy Card Tutorial… Saturday, Oct 4 2014 

A number of you have asked how I created the slider for my Peace and Joy Christmas card so here goes:

Start with your base card measuring 6 5/8” x 11 3/4” fold and randomly stamp across the edges with the script and Sahara Sand ink:

base card stampedDie cut, emboss and ink your die pieces. I have a tutorial on this step here, you will need 2 x Anja Vintage Decoration, 2 x Anja Circle, 1 small Anja Circle and 1 Anja Border, Diana at the Magnolia-licious™ store has a great sale on dies at the moment 25% 0ff all die brands so pop in and take a look, if you don’t see the ones you are after drop Diana an email and I’m sure she will be happy to get them for you

die cuts

Create the first layer by adding your Anja Vintage Decoration pieces either side of a piece of decorative paper 5 3/4” X 5”

base layer

Attach to the card base with double sided tape:

base card layer

The slider mat layer is created using a piece of grey card 6 1/4” x 5 1/2”, a piece of white card 6” X 5 1/4”  and patterned paper 5 3/4” x  5” Attach together with double sided tape and glue (use the glue across the centre area so it doesn’t gape when the aperture is cut) Die cut a 2 1/4” circle through all three pieces from the centre of the mat layer, die cut the same circle from the centre of one of your decorative circle die cuts and glue around the aperture

slider mat

Stamp your sentiment, punch out and attach to the small decorative circle die cut, Add this to the centre of your base card checking the placement with your prepared mat:

sentiment layer 1

It should now look like this:

sentiment layer

Add your slider mat to the base card using 3D tape, You will need to put this down both sides and across the bottom, leaving the top side open for the insert, place over the sentiment layer making sure it is positioned correctly

sentiment framed

To create the insert cut a piece of grey card 5 3/4”” x 5” decorate with a paper layer 5 1/2 “ x 4 3/4”  adding the Anja border die cut in behind at the top to create the pull out. (I then added another piece of grey card over the border at the back for neatness) Die cut your image with the 2 1/4” Circle die and attach to the decorative circle, then attach to the centre of the insert (you will want to check the placement of the image before doing so, pop your insert into the slider and mark the aperture with a pencil to ensure you have it placed correctly)

insert layer 1

It should now look like this:

card pre embellishment

Finish with some flowers, a sentiment and a bow:

Snowy Robin card

The slider pulls out from the top like this:

insert raised

Stamps: SU Good Greetings, Stempelglede Postcard from Paris,
LOTV Christmas Circular Sentiments
Paper: MB0146, Magnolia Winter Wonderland Joyful,
Marianne Designs Mattie’s Winter 1
Cardstock: SU Naturals White and Smokey Slate
Ink: SU Sahara Sand , Soft Suede and Basic Grey
Accessories: Marianne Designs Dies: LR0237 Anja’s Circle, LR0269 Anja’s Vintage Decoration, LR0300 Anja’s Border, Silver Satin Ribbon,  Pearl Brad, , 1 3/4” and 1” Circle Punch, Prima Pom Pom Flowers, WOC Roses, Kordt & Godt Roses, White Babies Breath, 3D Tape

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and will have a try yourself, This design could easily be adapted using a coloured image for your insert in place of the topper, or by changing the paper and colour choice, you can create a very different feel to the card. I have another winter card tutorial using the same dies here if you would like to try that as well

Happy Creating Hugs Julie P

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