Tutorial: Joyfold Card from a pre-scored card

Modify the white cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack into a Fancy or Different Fold

I know some people may find the pre-scored cards that come in the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack a little restricting & may only think you can create a standard fold with the card – I get it there is a score line smack bang in the middle of the card how can you create a fancy fold with that?

Do not let this scored line get in your way of creating fancy or different folds – in fact use that score line to your advantage to create these fancy folds. Plus the advantage is that you will ALWAYS have envelopes that will fit your cards. I know I have created many of a fancy fold in the past that meant also having to create a custom envelope. No need to do that with these cards.

So I thought I would share some of my ideas, measurements & of course pics of the cards that I have customised. You will start to really recognise why this is called a value pack! To start the whole series off is the Joyfold Card.

Joyfold cards

Joyfold cards are basically two cards rolled into one. You can get some really great results using a variety of contrasting papers on the different panels of the card and you can also experiment with shape, size and fold placement for unique looks. But I am here to show you how to create one using one of the pre-scored cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack so unless you are going to cut down the size, the size is standard – but you could experiment where you cut the front panel & where you place the smaller card.

How To Steps

1. Take one of the White cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack & cut the front panel vertically in half – it is about 5.5cm or for those of you who love inches (sorry this Aussie Baby grew up with metric) 2 1/4 inch. The measurement doesn’t need to be exact but this size will give you a good panel to work with in creating the JoyFold Card.

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au2. Now I found the cut off piece too small for my liking to create the inner card – but for the purpose of showing how to create this card, I used it. I just folded it in half & well it makes the whole thing pretty economical. I personally like the cardstock a little taller and about the same width. It means cutting up another piece of cardstock but have a play. I like the inner cardtock to be around 7cm or 2 3/4inches tall by 14cm or 5 1/2inches wide.


Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au3. Now the fun part the decorating part – you want to place the background paper of your choice on the inside of the card first before adding the inner card. Now you can do the whole card or just the part you see – the choice is yours.

4. Once you have your background paper adhered to the inside of the main card , it is now time to play the little joy inner card. You can mat this whole pice if you like or leave it plain. If you do mat the card – you will need to cut another smaller pice of white cardstock if you want the front panel of the smaller card to be white.


Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOPTIONAL: Create a Belly Band to keep the card closed & it also creates a little fun extra embellishment to the card. To see an example of a card I created with a Belly Band check out the example over on my Facebook Page

Check out one I made Earlier over on Facebook

Head over to my Facebook Page to take a closer look at this card fold I made earlier in the month.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial & that you have a go at creating a Joy Fold Card yourself.

Till Next time


Close To My Heart Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Nell Ward then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite

Chelsea Gardens #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis gorgeous paper suite features soft blues & greens with Charcoal accents & while it has floral patterns within the paper suite – there are patterns in this suite that can easily lend itself to a baby boy card or layout or soft pretty floral cards.  I have had a lot of fun playing with Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite to hopefully spark some inspiration.



The first card I created is this monotone butterfly card, using the marble pattern paper as the background & the grey line pattern paper.

Chelsea Paper Suite Butterfly #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au I stamped the leaves & butterfly in black & added some watercolour soft Charcoal colour over the images. I embossed the butterfly on vellum with silver embossing & cut it apart to add an extra layer over the stamped butterfly.

The next card I am sharing with you today is featuring the florals on one of the papers. I paired it with a soft textured grey paper and added silver foil & a scallop border.

Chelsea Paper Suite Thinking of You #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Again the flowers were stamp in black & added some watercolour soft Charcoal colour over the images. I used one of the banners & butterflies from the Chelsea Gardens Complements.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages  who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!



Same Card Design – Different Colouring in Methods

How Changing the way you colour an image changes the look of a Card

I wanted to have a go at the the whole No-line Colouring Technique so I basically replicated a card that I already created.  I mean let’s face it –  this no-line colouring is kind of scary. The lines disappear and before you know it, you don’t know what you’re colouring anymore so I needed a basis of where & what I was doing.

What I got was two cards with the exact same design but two completely different looks! So I wanted to share with you how the way you colour the card can completely change the look of the card. If you want to find out more how I did the No-line Colour there is a little How To after the images.

Cards Side By Side

Same Card Design - Different Colouring in Methods #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auAs you can see I used the same design – this is easier to see the subtle differences that the different colouring methods make on the cards. The no-line colouring method softens  the whole card.

Close up Standard Colouring In

Sending Many Wishes Your Way - standard colouring #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Close Up of Standard Colouring

Close up No-Line Colouring In

Sending Many Wishes Your Way - No-line colouring #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auClose Up of No-line Colouring www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

No-line Colouring How To

  • Stamp the image in a pale colour. I used Linen Exclusive Ink – it gave me a very pale outline that disappears once you colour over it.
  • With your darkest colour ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker, add the shadows. This helps a lot when the lines start to “disappear”. For the Flowers I used Cherry Pink and with the leaves some were done with Vivid Green & others with Sap Green.
  • Now with the lightest ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, fill in the rest of the area. Making sure you blend in the lighter colours with the darker colours.
  • If you need certain Features to stand out like the centre of the flowers you can draw them baack in – I did use the Black ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker but I could easily have used the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
  • For the Butterfly I went with a gradient look instead of colouring in the different sections of the Butterfly wings & kept that gradient look in the standard colouring for the other card.

Well I hope you enjoyed this idea & how to tips & that you have a go at the No-line Colouring Technique.

Till Next Time

Crafting on the Go?

Designer Travel Portable Organization from Close To My Heart www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Designer Travel: Portable Organization

The Designer Travel organization system from Close To My Heart gives you an elegant solution for keeping your crafting supplies organized AND portable!

Pieces include:

  • Carry-all Case (Z6007) Hard-case bag with gold accents; attaches to trolley and fits paper insert or other Designer Travel storage cases. The Carry-all Case measures: 15″ x 8½” x 15¾”; front pocket: 11¼” x 1½” x 8¼”
  • Paper Insert (Z6005) Six-pocket accordion-style insert sized to hold 12″ x 12″ paper; snaps into carry-all case, creating an additional two pockets. The Paper Insert measures 14¼” x 1¼” (15½” when expanded) x 10″
  • Trolley (Z6006) Trolley Measures 13″ x 10½” (including pull-out foot); height with handle extended: 35″, 37″, or 39″
  • Marker Case (Z6000) Holds up to 26 markers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case. The Marker Case meaures 13½” x 7½” x 2″
  • Tool Case (Z6001) Five internal mesh pockets sized to hold various tools and embellishments; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case The Tool Case Measures 13½” x 6¾” x 2″
  • Block Case (Z6002) Five internal mesh pockets sized to hold My Acrylix® blocks; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case. The Block Case measures 13½” x 6¾” x 2″
  • Ink Case (Z6003) Holds 10 stamp pads with two movable dividers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case. The Ink Case measures 3¾”x 7½” x 5½”
  • Stamp Case (Z6004) Holds 15 stamp sets with two movable dividers; zipper closure; fits inside carry-all case. The Stamp Case measures 6¾” x 7½” x 7¼”

You can also get a bundle of these products 50% off by hosting an online gathering with Me!

Just shoot through me an email when you want the online party to be & you have 30 days to collect orders under your name on my website to get you to the Level 3 for you to be eligible for this Exclusive Hostess Reward.

Till Next Time Maz

Love Letters Giveaway!

Head to the Make it From The heart Blog for their Love Letters Giveaway!
These are super easy to create & look amazing.

Make It from Your Heart

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As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 48 hours!

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All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Thursday, January 4th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

Now, let us tell you a little more about these Love Letters!Love Letters #closetomyheart #ctmh #love #letters #monogram #chipboard #paper #crafting #national #month #January
Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments…

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Spruce up your décor with these beautiful papercrafted monograms

National Papercrafting Month - Love Letters www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auLove Letters

Make a monogram art piece, or spell out a whole word!

Create your own gorgeous monogram décor with our exclusive Love Letters kits, available only for National Papercrafting Month!
These kits include everything you need to create a beautiful décor piece using the letter – or letters – of your choice!

Each kit comes with the parts and pieces to create gorgeous monogram décor pieces, including a chipboard base, paper and rose-gold overlay piece, die cut florals, banners, and rose-gold foil alphabet stickers. The kits also include basic instructions for layering the die cuts and artwork examples for decorating each letter kit.

Plus there are three ways you can earn a free letter kit:

  • Buy 5 letter kits, get the sixth free
  • Sign up to become a Consultant and get a free letter kit of your choice
  • Host a qualifying party and get a free letter kit of your choice

Ask me for more details!

To complete the letter kit, you will also need the following items:

Till Next Time Maz

* Offer available 1 January–31 January 2018 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.