Envelope punch board – file folder cards tutorial

Time to play with the envelope punch board in the crafting cave.  These are really quick to make and I made a few base cards so I can just grab them out of the card blank box.

All you need to get creating is one piece of cardstock trimmed down to 4.25×11″ and then fold it in half.  Then get your punch board out and do the following:

With the fold of the card on the left, line this up with the punch button of the score board like so and punch.

Envelope punch board file folder card tutorial

Next, move your cardstock along to the 2.5″ mark and punch again

Envelope punch board file folder card

For the final punch, move your cardstock to the right hand end and punch again.

Envelope punch board file folder

Open up the card and you are going to trim off two of the tabs:

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You should then have this:

Envelope punch board file folder

When folded gives you your card which you can then decorate. (I have corner rounded the front of mine)

Envelope punch board file folder card

Here is the final card I have created.  I hope you like it 🙂

Envelope punch board file folder card Envelope punch board file folder card

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Card Challenge – All Creatures Great and Small – EA300 TMA06

I have my head stuck in the books!  The last essay then the EMA and I was considering whether to submit or not but well, seeing the difference between submitting or not means a different grade, I have gone for the submitting option.  I only need the pass mark of 40% rather than a flat 0%. My head is rolling!  I have read Junk, have you read this one.  Young Adult fiction I didn’t think I would well, enjoy/like, it.  It is graphical and it is for young adult readers, would I let Genny read it?  Well, considering what is on the TV and films these days, yes, I would.  The other two books I have chosen for my essay, The Other Side of Truth and Mortal Engines I have enjoyed both, both different yet the same  EA300’ers will get that 😉  So I am at 3200 words which includes essay and notes all in one document, I have to get it down to 2000 – hence I have not been at the crafting cave per se (well the study and craft desk are one of the same) the crafting is staring at me like a long lost soul egging me to come back.  I have relented and taken a break.  TMA06 has to go this weekend, I want next week for me 🙂 although no doubt my mind will then fall to the EMA and I will start Maggot Moon!

Yay for the crafting cave!  The 52 card challenge is ‘all creatures great and small’.  All I need is to have an animal(s) on the card and here they are (two as usual).

I had to get the swallowtail stamp out for this, although I did have a scour for something else my eyes kept going back to this one.  I’ve used different coloured ink pads and simply stamped on to white cardstock.  Added a bit of embellishment along with the sentiment and that was it. I did keep putting bits on and taking them off and ended up with them being clean and simple – I just can’t seem to do all the layering.  And so, these are heading to the card pile which I will eventually get on to Etsy. Having had Etsy on the backburner for a while I thought I would relight it!

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Now for me back to the essay 🙂

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Digital hybrid ~ Cards for Keeps ~ OU

Hello dear reader

I downloaded heaps from the MDS digital download section to add to my digital library and decided to have a play date in my ‘craft cave’ for some colouring in and creating some digital hybrid creations (the essay had to wait).  I do like the My Digital Studio but I just felt like printing out digital images and colouring them in and here is what I have created.

It is also week 13 over at the 52 card challenge and this week we have a sketch to play with.  I found the on film framelits have been good for this one.  I’ve made use of scraps in the scrap box.  I’ve used a mix of promarkers, Stampin’ Up! markers, copics and some Sakura pens, oh and the white gel pen in the main catalogue for the Christmas one as I wanted it a bit whiter for the snow 🙂  Here you go, creations from the cave:

Greeting card kids – I’ve added some glaze and glitter to the heart on this one 🙂

Digital Greeting Card Kids Digital Greeting Cards Kids

Christmas lodge – for the snow, the white gel pen and also some glaze.

Digial Christmas LodgeDigital Christmas Lodge

Baby we’ve grown – love the bunnies and owls in this set 🙂 (This set is also available as a clear/wood mount stamp set)

Digital Baby we've grown Digital Baby we've grown

Aviary – A set that I had when it was in stamp form, it went to a new home after it retired as I had a good clear out of the stamp cupboard and I was sad to see it go, but yay, it has come to us in digital form!

Digital - aviary

And finally, the last one from the crafting cave, some Old Saint Nick which I have mixed with some digitalFirst edition dsp.  I also got the spiral flower die out to make the flower which had a fling with some glitter 🙂 needs must.

Digital - Old Saint Nick

My excuse for doing some Christmas cards, well Kool Kitty also runs a Christmas challenge alongside the 52 card challenge and so I felt obliged to join in 🙂

Cards for Keeps

Now, I’d like to share with you Cards for Keeps


Stampin’ Up! has nominated Coram as its charity partner. They have been asking some of the UK’s leading stars to create a unique card using Stampin’ Up! products.  There are stars from the screen, stage, art, sport and lots more joining in.  The celebrities have been creating and have personalised their creations by signing them and adding a note.  The cards will be auctioned on eBay in May (2014) for Cards for Keeps.  This is your chance to win a one-off creation.  If you have been on my Pinterest board and visited eye candy you will see that one, well I see that there are now two, of my favourite males have created a card!  Go look!!!

So, what is Coram?  Coram was founded in 1739 and this is their 275th year of transforming children’s lives.  They offer services such as Adoption and Creative Therapies, and helps some of the UK’s most vulnerable children to feel safe and loved and have access to the education and opportunities in life all children need.  Click here to go the to the gallery and see who, along with ‘my’ guys, has added their creativity to the gallery.  Actually I think it is fab as seeing I am nearly done with the Open University EA300 children’s literature module, the author of The Gruffalo has been creating too, wicked!  Do share the board, the more people we can get visiting the more hope we have of helping Coram 🙂

Coram - cards for keeps

Open University

Finally, just because I am really happy about my life with the OU at the moment!  I was on track to complete a BA (Hons) Open, finally completing it next year.  Now, this has not been an easy journey, it has taken, wait for it, when I finally complete the degree next year, 14 years!!  I did have a break for a couple of years, actually I think it was around 4 in total.  Anyway, I asked if I could change to a named degree considering the studying I had been doing and the OU have said ‘yes’.  So happy bunny, I have been switched to a BA (Hons) Humanities.

OU BA Humanities

EA300 has one last TMA and then the final assessment, and in a few days time I will be registering for A330 Greek & Roman myth, my last module and I have gone for another level 3 (equivalent of a third year of university study).  I could just opt to accept a BA Humanities this year, but well, I don’t usually have a competitive streak but I want that Hons, I think it is because it has taken this long, then why not go that one last step (or module) and go the whole hog, after all it’s only 9 months of more study and I have had my eye on this module for a while, although it was in competition with a couple of language modules but I didn’t want to boot camp the Mac.

This is what is on the essay plate at the moment: “Do the ‘radical agendas’, in so far as they exist in historical, contemporary and future world fictions for young adults, have anything in common? Your essay should draw on the Set Books and the critical debates from Block 6.”  So, for this I have The Other side of Truth, Mortal Engines and Junk.  Wish me luck 🙂

One last thing, Sale-a-bration ends tomorrow, 31 March, and so it will be your last chance to bag that freebie 🙂  see here for more details.

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Making a double slider card ~ tutorial

Mooching though my saved project files, I came across notes for making a slider card.  Seeing it’s Wednesday, I thought that I’d have a go.  I have time right (ok so it is now gone 4pm – where has the day gone – when I started this post and it is now gone 9pm?!).

To make it I have used:

1 piece of 5.5 x 12″ cardstock
2 pieces of cardstock (the inside sliders) measuring 3.5 x 5.5″
1 piece of cardstock 3.5 x 5.25″ (for the front)
Piece of plastic baggie (ie freezer bag) – all you need to do is have a piece that measures approx 1.5″ in width and snip it so that it become a strip.
Really sticky tape & other glue
Ribbons and brads

Step 1 – 5.5 x 12″ cardstock
Score this at 3.75, 7.5 and 11.25″ at the small edge at the end, fold this over and add some sticky strip.

Sarah Keerie - Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial

Step 2 – adding the baggie strip
With the sticky strip flap on the right, take your baggie strip and place it on the left hand side and you need to stick the baggie together, BUT don’t make it too tight as this is going to create the slide effect.  I used the extra sticky tape for this bit.  Trim off any excess.

Sarah Keerie - Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial

Step 3 – insides
Now that the mechanism is made, I created my two inside slider cards.  Each one is made using the 3.5 x 5.5″ cardstock which have been decorated.

Slider 1:
This is my main decorative slider (the one that you pull out) and I have stamped this one up using the glorious grunge, label love and the best of Shelli stamp sets.  To help the card to slide out I have added some ribbon to the top – to cover my staple I’ve popped some rhinestones over it.  I haven’t but you can also decorate the back.

Sarah Keerie - Stampin' Up! - slider card tutorial

Slider 2:
I have simply stamped a separate scrap of card, made a slit and added some ribbon and then popped this on to the bottom of the second slider card.   Note that this slider gets stuck face down as it is in effect your sentiment piece and so you need to accommodate for the amount of slider that slides out at the bottom (I hope that makes sense).  You might want to add a piece of paper to the back to jazz it up a bit. {Silly me thought I took a pic but didn’t so this is the slider 2 already in place).

Double Slider Card - Sarah Keerie, Stampin' Up! Demo - Tutorial

Step 4 – putting the insides together – slider 1
Taking slider 1, you need to stick this to the bottom of the baggie strip.  Ensure the baggie strip is central and then pop some glue (sticky tape) at the bottom of edge (see pic 1) then place your slider 1, on top (see pic 2).

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Stampin' Up! Sarah Keerie slider card tutorial slider 1

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Sarah Keerie - tutorial Slider card - slider 1

Step 5 – putting together – slider 2
At this point you might want to punch a half circle on the central section.  Then fold your card over like so to work on the slider 2.

Sarah Keerie - Tutorial - slider card

Instead of adding sticky strip to the bottom of the baggie strip, this time add some to the top of the baggie.  Then stick slider 2 face down.

Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial - slider 2 Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial (slider 2)

Step 6 – closure
This isn’t really tricky and I hope I explain it ok.  Now it is time to fold the card up.  The edge that had the sticky tape on you are going to fold in so that it goes over the slider 2.

Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial

Step 7 – decorate the front
I’ve used a separate piece of cardstock and stamped the swallowtail on it and one of the stamps from the Shelli collection.  Had to add a bit of glitter to it too 🙂

Sarah Keerie - Double slider card tutorial

Here is the final card, open and closed.Slider Card - Sarah Keerie, Stampin' Up! Demo - Tutorial Double Slider Card - Sarah Keerie, Stampin' Up! Demo - Tutorial
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have a go using my instructions do give a link back to my blog 🙂 You can find more tutorials here.


Colour my world – 52 card making challenge ~ retro fresh starbursts

This week’s 52 cards challenge is based on a pin over on Pinterest. The colours are fab and  certainly brighten up a dull day.

52 card challengeI’ve rummaged through my cupboards and have come up with this one for the challenge…

Stampin' Up! birthday basics starburst card Not only was it the colours but the way that they are displayed made be think that if they were stacked differently, they could make a cool starburst effect.

I love the starburst (click to go to the tutorial) effect and have used some paper from the birthday basics dsp pack and the retro fresh (which is out 28 Jan). The sentiment is from the sassy salutations set, inked up with smoky slate (one of my favourite colours at the moment).  As I had the big shot out, I have used one of the edgelits from the adorning accents framelits to cut the edge of the card, as I wanted a change from a plain old 6×6 square card (it was the dots that did it!).

As I was making two, here is the other one.  Of course, I’ll have to make some splendiferous envelopes to match them 🙂 so the envelope punch board will be played with later.  And, since I have your attention, if you are in need of a trimmer, I am currently offering a set of free replacement blades with orders until the end of this month (Jan 2014 in case this is coming up in some archive!).  They will be sent separately so you don’t have to order them, unless you want extras of course 😉  Click on the links below to take you to the products, or simply click the here to be taken to my online store.

Stampin' Up! retro fresh starburst card

May the crafting mojo be with you.

Love and Laughter ~ 52 week card challenge ~ language of love

I’ve just finished TMA3 for my OU course (EA300) and so that has gone into the ether and it is cheerio to Peter Pan and poems and now on to Swallows and Amazons.  I did look at the next TMA and had to have a gulp, although skimming through it might not be that bad.  The question certainly has more meat to it that the last one!  Anyway, now that the essay has been put to bed, I’m at the craft table which means getting to play with ‘stuff’.

I thought I would join in the 52 week card challenge over at UK Scrappers.  Having visited my lovely friend Sue‘s blog, I think she has given me a bit of a mojo kick.  The first challenge is to create a card using new stash.  Well, I did get the love & laughter set from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue and I thought it would go well with some of the really new products (that aren’t out until 28 Jan).

20140104_132807I’ve used the labels collection of framelits to cut out the stamped image (one is in pool party and the other I have used smoky slate).  One thing, if you haven’t already got it, I would recommend the magnetic platform.  This makes getting those fiddly framelits lined up and when you run the dies through the big shot they don’t move, look:

Stampin' Up! Sizzix Magnetic PlatformI’ve used some of the new paper being released in a couple of weeks time, retro fresh,  and created two cards which are similar but different! I hope you like them.

Stampin' Up! love & laughter retro fresh Stampin' Up! love & laughter retro fresh

And, as I am on a roll, made a Valentines card too.  I had to use the gorgeous grunge set!  This I have mixed with the language of love set.   This card has new products on it too – watch out for the washi tape, gold sequin trim and the stamps.  In case you have some wayward sequins, don’t throw them away, stick them down.

Stampin Up gorgeous grunge language of love Stampin' Up! gorgeous grunge language of love

Hope you have enjoyed my crafty makes, may the crafting mojo be with you 🙂

6×6″ card – Pop up box ~ tutorial

Wandering around Pinterest and I found some fabulous little pop up cards that were on the Graphic45 blog.   I first saw these cards back in 2012, checking through my links, it was back in July 2012 and an Australian blog had some cards on, albeit not quite the same as the ones I came across on Pinterest.  The one on the blog was made using a sheet of 12×12 cardstock, so after some cutting and gluing, this is what I have ended up with ~ this is it closed ~ and it fits into a 6×6″ envelope.

Tutorial Pop up box card

1 sheet A4 cardstock
Decorative papers & embellishments
Timmer & Scorer
Your chosen papers:
Cut: 1 piece 6.5 x 14cm, this forms the back panel I have chosen to use a plain piece so that any sentiment can be written.
7 pieces cut to 6.5×6.5cm  (these are for the flaps covering the inside and outside)
3 pieces cut to 6.5 x 7.5cm (these are for the outside bottom of the card)
{you can of course decorate the blank as much or as little as you like}

Step 1: With the cardstock in landscape, score at 7cm / 14cm / 21cm and 28cm


Step 2: Then turn to portrait and score at 7cm and then trim at 15cm.  At the edge with the small piece, snip off the top part of this section like so

Pop up card tutorial

Step 3: Next snip down from the top down to the central score line, like so:

pop up card tutorial

Step 4: With the piece of cardstock left after trimming, cut two pieces measuring 10.5cm x 2cm.  Score 2cm at one end and 1.5cm at the other on each piece so you end up with the following, which are going to sit inside your box, fold them so they form a ‘Z’ (this is so the box will close flat):

pop up card tutorial


Step 5: decorate the outside of your box. I have also inked edges of the box and papers.

Pop up card tutorial

Step 6: insert the ‘Z’ strips inside so you end up with this.

Pop up card tutorial

For the insides, I have used the festive flurry stamps and framelits,  wishing you stamp set, and found some die cuts and lots of stickles! (The next part of the tutorial is done later than the original post so the strip is a different colour!)

For the insides, you need to stick your embellishments on to your strip, having done this the first time around with the strips (as shown above) in the box, you might find it easier to do the decorating and then stick the strips in the box!

I stuck a strip left from my dimensionals (foam pads) on the back on my embellishment.  Then stuck the embellishment to the strip, then stuck it inside my box.

Tutorial Stampin Up pop up box card Stampin up tutorial pop up box card Sarah Keerie

Then stick the strips in the box as shown above if you have done it this way 🙂

It folds down shut, as you see by the first picture at the beginning of this post, then when you open it it kind of goes ‘pop’!

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 If you want to use a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock, use the following measurements:
Cut at 5 7/8″ and score on the 12″ edge at 2.75, 5.5, 8.25 and 11″.  Turn to portrait and score at 2.75″.  For the ‘Z’s trim a piece of cardstock down to 3.75×1″ and score each of the ends at 0.5″.

If you have a go at making one, do pop a comment on with a link to your post.

Gone flying…

It’s been a funny sort of day, seem to have been non stop!  Cleaned out the chickens, dusting, hoovering, a few loads of washing, reading, being read to….

Genny though, she wasn’t in school today as she has had an ‘authorised absence’.  She has been out flying!  She has been out with her dad, Flying Officer Keerie, OC of 1895 (Cromer) Squadron with some other cadets from the squadron and also cadets from other squadrons in the Wing.  Genny wants to be an RAF Combat Medic (at the moment anyway) and if this is where she ends up in the Forces, she will be heading into combat being a medic!  Of course, this may change and she will find something else just as interesting in the RAF but this is where she wants to go right now.

So, an early start, out of the door and off to an RAF base.  Operation Agile Spear, you see the RAF involved in evacuating people from places of ‘distress’ and this is what Genny has been involved in today.  She has been up in a Merlin helicopter, pretty cool eh 🙂 1895 Cromer Air Cadets 1895 Cromer Air Cadets DSC_0178 DSC_0192

And, I have actually managed to make a card!  Well, eventually, as a lot of the day has been taken up with Little Women.  I have also been getting a tutorial for you for the envelope punch board, but light stopped play – and everything else it seems and I ran out of time to get it all finished.  All being well, I will have it up tomorrow 🙂

This is my little make for today, a simple 6×6 card and I have used the Wishing You stamp set.

Stampin up Wishing You

Oh, and some frames arrived today too, so I have got some more of these little beauties to make 🙂


May the crafting mojo be with you 🙂