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Sunday, 2 October 2011

The Jolly Elf & A Mini Tutorial

Hello peeps,
No you aren't seeing things I am back with a second post today, very rare I know but I started this little card on Monday & added the finishing touches after watching Ireland win their game of rugby this morning. It's been a good weekend for me rugby wise England and Ireland both won, woo hoo, I'm a bit worried about our Johnny though he's not his usual amazing self, fingers crossed he's back on form next weekend.

Ian and Jodie have just gone off on his motorbike to the beach to top up their tans as it is so bizzarely hot and sunny for October, I am so jealous I could just do with some nice fish and chips at the seaside but it looks like spag bol at home for me sob sob, lol.
Ingredients -
Medium - Copics
Papers - Raspberry Road
Flowers - Kort & Godt, Prima & Wild Orchid
Lace - stash & Wild Orchid (I think!)
Pearls - Hero Arts
Charm - Darice

Copics - Skin, E000, E00, EO1, E11, R20, Hair - E25, E31, E50, Dress & Hat - E50, E51, E53, Tights & Dress patches - E00, E0000

I've added lots of crystal glamour dust for that lovely sparkle, and my pin is homemade. All of the little snowflakes scattered about are from the Aspen PATP

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
TOMIC - sketch & inspirational piccy, Winter Wonderland - how charming, Crafty Emma's - totally gorjuss/pretty girls, Top Tip Tuesday - 2 or more lace 

Mini tutorial of the boxes I make to send my cards in -

The most frequently asked question I get is "what size envelopes do you make or buy to send cards in using the punch around the page border (PATP)"
The answer is I don't use envelopes I always make boxes as these also stop the flowers getting squashed so I've done a quick tutorial showing the boxes I make. Apologies the piccys aren't the best I did try taking them outside but I couldn't find any shade to take them.

2 x 8.4" (21cm square) thick cardstock - 250 or 300gsm
Crafters Companion Top score multiboard
Bone folder
Mini pegs
Strong glue

The card I use is generally A4 which is perfect as it's already the correct width I just have to cut it lengthways to make it square

 When you look at the multiboard at the side with lots of lines you will see in the bottom right corner it will either say Box Base or Box Lid.

To make the box base I've taken my white card and scored all the way around on the first line where it says BOX BASE, if you don't have this board the score is at 1.7cm
Flip the board around to make the lid and on the next piece of card (I've used coloured card for the lid) score all the way around on the first line where it says BOX LID, again if you don't have this board the score lines are at 1.5cm this time. The 2mm difference ensures the lid will sit over the base properly, if you forget to flip your board around which I have done in the past you will end up with either 2 lids or 2 bases which won't work together.
 I then snip all of the corners as shown, crease the score lines, add a small amount of glue to the corner flaps and hold with a mini peg to allow the glue to dry

 That's all done, you should now have a perfect size box for the larger cards with the PATP borders.
I hope I've explained properly and this helps, if not feel free to ask anything you aren't sure of.

Don't forget our anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp, please come and join us and link up anything you have made since our challenge started on Wednesday we are trying to reach our 1000 entries again

That's me done peep's I'm off to attempt a little tidy up of my craft room and catch up with some more blogging as I can't manage a walk along the beach at the moment, sob sob lol.
Thanks for stopping by


  1. Gorgeous card Mandy - love the PATP too. Hugs, Claire x

  2. Georgeus card! I love the colors, so unusual to that kind of card, but still stunning. The square doily is so pretty, and so is the pin! Everything else is also stunning of courde, the lacy heart in perticular. :)

  3. Your card is really beautiful, so elegant looking Mandy.

  4. This project looks so gentle! Love the snowflake's punch a lot - this looks so beautiful!

  5. wow totally gorgeous and love the softness to the whole creation which as always is truly inspirational
    Hugs Kate xx

  6. Oh wow Mandy, 2 stunning cards. Sue x

  7. Hi Mandy
    A gorgeous and beautiful card love all the detail
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  8. Gorgeous! It is so elegant and beautiful! Love the details and thanks for the tutorial.


  9. what a cute card
    hugs Linda

  10. The wow-factor on this card is amazing! Love the lace a lot!!

    Thanks for the tut, too!

    luv, Mags x

  11. What a lovely card!


  12. GASP......THIS IS BREATHTAKINGLY GORGEOUS.....A WORK OF ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW....the details are amazing and Tilda is beyond beautiful.

  13. Amazing card and thanks for the tutorial Mandy.
    Sorry you missed out on your fish and chips!!
    Take care,Kelly

  14. Hi Mandy,
    This is truly a beautiful card, so soft and lovely. TFS


  15. Oooo Mandy I would prefer Spag Bol any day, lol, I am absolutely in love with this incredibly beautiful card, the pure whiteness of the design, embellishments and of course Tilda, wow, amazing.
    Lorraine x

  16. such a wonderful card mandy
    xoxo BA

  17. Wow, wow, wow Mandy, this card is amazing! I absolutely love the deicate colours and gorgeous details. Thank you for the fab tutorial too xxx

  18. hiya sweetie
    your card is stunning
    it's absolutly gorgeous sweetie
    hugs angelique

  19. A gorgeous card. I love the colours.
    Nikki x

  20. Love all the texture on this card, it's gorgeous!


  21. Your card is beautiful and a lovely tutorial too!:) Sandra H

  22. This is so adorable Mandy she is so cute and I just love her! Thanks for the fab tut too hugs Rebekah xx

  23. I saw this card in my Google reader and then saw that you'd entered TTT's challenge. I LOVE YOUR CARD !! it is so pretty with all the white, and yet has so much detail. Great box tutorial too.

    Thanks for joining our challenge at Top Tip Tuesday this week.

    ps - I have ribbon candy on my personal blog if you're interested in entering - only 3 days left to enter.


  24. Mandy this is sooooooo pretty! Beautiful card.
    Thanks so much for linking up your Box Tutorial for your Top Tip entry this week - fab!

    Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday this week for our '2 or more Ribbons' Challenge :)

    Carol x

  25. Oooooh STUNNING!! Really love this, it's so pretty! Lovely work....thanks for playing at CES this week! xx Jenny xx

  26. Card is absolutely amazing!
    Love it!
    And thanks for the tips for box.
    Must try it myself.

  27. Wow Mandy! :) This is utterly breathtaking! :)

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!



  28. This card looks so wonderful with the frame you have chosen. I also love all the fantastic details.
    Thank you for the tutorial.

  29. oops Bridget forgot to say thank you for sharing with us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  30. What a stunning card, so gorgeous :o)
    Jackie xx

  31. Very beautiful card,so elegant.

  32. Wow, what a beautiful card. It's stunning!!! :) X X

  33. Wow Mandy that is such a beautiful card and the result is stunning. Brilliant tutorial to. hugs Shirleyx

  34. Holy Moly WHAT A BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!! Love how you create your white on white --so much texture :) I am falling in love with that Bianca snowflake--gonna put on my christmas list :)
    THANKS FOR THE TUTE~~Given it a go :)
    Hugz and Smiles

  35. Oh, so pretty Mindy. Love the white papers and embellishments. Fabulous textures and sweet image! :o)

  36. A gorgeous and very elegant card Mandy! Beautiful details. I love the pin you made. Thanks for the tutorial on the box making.
    hugs, Marlies

  37. OMG hun, this is totally adorable!! I love it,every detail and colour is fantastic, fab tutorial too, and yes you do owe me a e-mail a very big one ta very much!!!! lol xx

  38. This is such a gorgeous card Mandy. It is so pretty with those soft colours and lace and punched edges. Thanks for sharing this wonderful card!

  39. Beautiful card and box tutorial. Lovely!! Is that a square doily there!!! ??Fantasic! Please tell me where to buy!! :o) an that heart is Beautiful!! So is the flower arrangement!!
    Great Card! And good job with the tutorial!! :o)

  40. Such a beautiful card. I adore the colours and the embellishments and the design and everything.

  41. Beautiful card, love the lace that you have used.

  42. Gorgeous card - soooo pretty! Thankyou for the fab tutorial :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  43. Your card is so so pretty Mandy.
    I love this image.
    What a gorgeous card!
    Mel. xx

  44. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing with us at TOMIC!
    See you again soon, love, Kianel.

  45. Hi, I have just followed your fab tutorial to make my 1st ever box! It was soo easy, I'm really pleased with myself! - lol Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. Vicki


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