Tuxedo Card Tutorial

Hello again.

The tuxedo cards that I make always receive lovely compliments. Today I am going to show you in more detail, how I make them.

The example I am sharing today uses the stunning Tell the Bees papers and stamps from Craft Consortium.  However, carry on reading and you will see how you could win a tuxedo card made with the glorious Tropical Paradise – Essential Crafting Papers.



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Here are the dimensions for the main frame of the card,  using an A4 piece of card stock.

(The x denotes a cutting line. The f denotes a fold)

Because I have made a few of these cards, I duplicated  the  template above, and cut it up. I then strimmed the pieces by 1mm and use them to draw around and cut out the papers, which covered the main card.

I doubled up on the centre panels because I used two for inside and two for the outside of the card.

Once cut it is simply a matter of sticking the panels to the box. I would recommend using red tape to secure the tab of the card.

I then chose to add a lace trim.  Again, I used red tape to adhere the lace.

Next, I cut out 2 or 3 strips that measured 1 cm by 10cm. These are then scored and folded in at 1.5 cm and 8.5cm. I also cut a selection of 5mm strips of various lengths.

Use the z-fold strips as struts within the card

I die cut several flowers using matching papers. In this case they are the stunning Tell the Bees from Craft Consortium. The flower die is one of my favourites and I finished each flower with Craft Consortium sequins.


The Tell the Bees stamps are also perfect for this card. I stamped and cut out 3 Bees and added a bit of sparkle to the wings.


Once you have all your pieces prepared. Add the flowers to different strips of paper. Arrange them at varying  heights on the struts within the card. Lay and stick the bees onto the flowers.

The final touch is a sentiment of your choice.

Your card is now complete and the best bit is: the card can lie flat for posting.

I made the Tell the Bees tuxedo card as a commission for a special lady.

However if you would like your very own tuxedo card then leave a comment below and this Tropical Paradise card could be yours.

The Tropical Paradise and Grunge – Pastel Tones papers have been recently released as part of Craft Consortium Essential Crafting Papers collection



This giveaway is open to readers in the UK ONLY.  I will check back on your comments and choose a winner to send the Tropical Paradise Tuxedo card to on the 15th June 2019.

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x


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Magnolia Blossoms

Hello again.

The collections are coming out thick and fast this week.  Luckily for me, I had the chance of playing with the latest papers from The Hobby House.  Magnolia Blossoms is gorgeous.

The illustrations are beautiful but what really makes this paper collection stand out is the combination of pale pink with rich navy blue.

The Hobby House papers (really its card stock) is second to none.  They are perfect for constructing cards. die cutting and embossing.

Furthermore the toppers can be used in their own right.  The only additions to them are a few sentiments and of course the wonderful pearl strings and ribbons.

Until next time

Much love x Elisabeth x

Tropical Paradise

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As you already know I love creating cards.   Sometimes though, I see a page of designs and my mind just blows up with ideas!   This happened when, I received a package of papers from Craft Consortium called Essential Craft Papers.  There are four styles called: Grunge – Light Tones/ Grunge – Dark Tones/ Tropical Paradise/Metal Textures


4 pads I was drawn to one page in particular from the Tropical Paradise papers.  I dropped everything and started creating.  Literally one card after another.  How often does that happen to you ?

I started off by cutting out every element of the beautifully illustrations (from one page) and then laid them out against the Grunge – Light Tones papers.  Everything co-ordinates perfectly but these are the first cards that I made in my creative whirlwind.

These are all 5″ x 7″ cards (which is fast becoming my favourite card size).  The top three are based around the illustrated elements laid upon a strip of the Light Tone papers and the vibrant Tropical Paradise Papers.  The bottom card is slightly different.  I added the background paper to the inside of the card.  I then cut a section away from the front of the card and joined it together with a swathe of leaves before adding a Tonic sentiment strip cutting die.


The next two cards are portrait and 5″ x 7″.  The elements do all the hard work for you.  These photos don’t really show how sparkly these cards are but trust me: I had great fun with my diamond Sparkles. 🙂


My final card took a little more time but I was enjoying myself.  I played around with the different papers which are full of exotic birds and plant life and layered smaller panels onto lime green card stock.  I then made the birds centre stage.


These pads are not only stunning but great value for money because there are numerous elements and styles within them.  I am now working on more masculine cards and look forward to sharing them with you soon.

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

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This is the Tropical Paradise that captured my imagination.  It is now available directly from Craft Consortium



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Plus a friendly Facebook group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/989114164562461/

And they have a great website too which is full of lovely goodies and great inspiration







New Home Cards

Hello again

I have been busy creating cards this week because each of the companies I work with are bringing out new collections.  Craftwork Cards snuck this little cutting die set into their shows on Hochanda and they are really useful.


The cards I made were clean and simple.  The font of the sentiment is just a classic design so you can use it in many ways.  Sometimes simple is best.

Until next time

Much love x Elisabeth x


Hello again

Craftwork Cards launched a new paper and cutting die collection on the 14th May called Arabesque.  The papers have vivid colours and patterns that could remind you of hot sunny days in Morocco.  The range of symmetrical cutting dies and stencils are very useful too.

You can cut into the papers or paper fold with them.  The addition of black makes the colours pop.

The hexagon inspired large square cutting die is great for instant backgrounds.  Alternatively use one of the strip dies repeatedly to make your own. Furthermore they can be cut down to make petals around one of the sentiment toppers

The two geometric stencils included in the main Arabesque collection are the unsung heroes.  All I did, to create these two striking cards,  was simply lay the stencils on coloured card and ink through them with black ink.

Even left over strips of paper can be used to make stylish cards.

This is a completely new collection from Craftwork Cards.  I hope they will continue down this route as papers like these are very inspiring to work with.

Until next time

Much love x Elisabeth x