Mintay Secret Place 3 and 4….

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_MG_0154 (Medium)_MG_0155 (Medium)As promised I am back with the other two Mintay Secret Place cards that I made.  A lot of fussy cutting on these two!. On the top card I added lace, a metal piece cut in half ( the other half is on the lower card and that is a good trick to extend your stash)and the resin frame is one I made . The second card has a little die cut flourish and a couple of layered banner tags cut from tiny scraps tucked under the metal. Seeing these cards again makes me itch to get this paper out again and start creating, but I am busy today putting some card kits together…Til next time..

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Mintay Secret place 1 and 2..

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_MG_0152 (Medium)_MG_0153 (Medium)Today’s cards are made with a gorgeous paper range by Mintay called Secret Place. I have only made a few cards with this range so far, ( will show two more next time) and they all sold at my recent craft fair. The top card is just layers of the paper, the window is fussy cut and opens up, and I just added a little lace, flowers and greenery. The lower card also has built up layers, and I added a bird I made in my mold, painted it with irridescent medium, the chipboard corners are by Scrapiniec and painted with Prima alchemy paints,and then just a couple of flowers and die cut greenery. We have hyad beautiful weather this week, although it is meant to be the middle of winter so i have spent hours out in the garden, and not many hours at the craft table, but plan to get lots done this week! Til next time….

More Mintay Birdsong…

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_MG_0135 (Medium)_MG_0136 (Medium)_MG_0137 (Medium)_MG_0138 (Medium)Four cards today, made with a couple of pieces of MIntay by Carola Birdsong paper. This is my favourite paper so far this year, and I did these cards for a lesson I taught at paper flourish. Lots of lovely fussy cutting, a little bit of rhinestone bling, and some layering and inking of edges with frayed Burlap distress ink pad. I have not had time to be bored in retirement yet! Last weekend was the three day craft fair, and I sold many cards, caught up with lots of friends and customers, and thoroughly enjoyed myself! the rest of this week has been busy packing away the craft fair things, and I have some new papers from graphic 45 ( Lost in paradise) which I have been fussy cutting..gorgeous papers!Til next time…..

Cards in Boxes..

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_MG_0037 (Medium)_MG_0038 (Medium)I have enjoyed making quite a few cards that fitted more comfortably into a box rather than an envelope. My photographer Nathan has chosen to photograph these ones in their box, so you may not see the full 3D’ness of them, but trust me they needed a box! the top card is made with Mintay Birdsong papers. I taught a class using this range of papers this week, it is gorgeous, and I am now tempted to again get my papers out and make some more cards with this range. I have used one of my handmade frames, and some lace, flowers and metal embellishment . The bottom card is Prima Georgia Blues, and there is a lot of gold foil on this range of papers which explains the flash on the photo..poor Nathan must have been blinded with that! You can see why this one needed a box – lots of lovely fabric and paper flowers, lace and emphemera. I hope you are all having a safe and happy Easter break, til  next time…..

Mintay Birdsong 1, 2, and 3…

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_MG_0027 (Medium)_MG_0028 (Medium)_MG_0029 (Medium)Todays three cards are made with Mintay Birdsong. Mintay is a polish paper company that i have recently been introduced to, we are using their collections a lot in classes, and I have not yet seen a collection that didn’t inspire me. The papers have lots of fussy cutting elements which is my favourite thing, but the top card has no fussy cutting , just layering of papers and a frame , flowers and flourish to decorate…(I did fussy cut the butterfly…couldn’t help myself). The second and third cards have more fussy cutting as well as some flowers and rose gold flourish die cutting. Tomorrow I am teaching some cards i designed using this paper collection and there is lots  and lots of fussy cutting involved in those cards…the ladies will love it! We will sit, relax, and snip away while we catch up with each others news..I am looking forward to it. Til tomorrow…..

Mintay 7th heaven..

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img_0957img_0959Have you all seen Mintay Paper collections? they are gorgeous and I am lucky enough to work in a craft store that stocks them…needless to say when they arrive (it’s like Christmas at work when boxes of stock arrive!) I am beside myself and always end up taking one of everything home! The collection I have used here is called 7th heaven, and we did an all day class at work with them last november, and this is one of the cards I made with my leftovers. A hint of lace, a metal piece cut in half and just peeking out from the oval die cut, and lots of lovely fussy cutting and flowers. Once made I realised this card was not going to fit in an envelope, so I sat down with my ruler and worked out measurements to make a box. I cut a window in the box and backed it with acetate so that I can still see the pretty card! I have made quite a few of these cards in boxes now, and really love the idea of giving them when I am  giving cash or a gift voucher for a birthday. I am so glad to say that mum and I brought dad home from hospital yesterday after 2 weeks of worry, a little more frail, but in good spirits and he will build himself back up now that he is home. Thank you all for your wishes and concern. Til tomorrow…..

Mintay Christmas Stories…3 and 4..

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IMG_8105 (Large)IMG_8106 (Large)Here are the other two Mintay Christmas Stories cards I made before I got distracted by other equally beautiful Christmas papers! I did a lot of fussy cutting here, and didn’t add too much more – just a little bling and sparkle! This week has been very busy at work, I haven’t had any home time to craft, and working tomorrow as well so not looking good for weekend crafting either..never mind I am sure I will make up for that next week! Til tomorrow…..

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