Author Archives: Marlena

A new blog..

.. Called  Paper Papillon..

I have bought my own domain about 6 months ago and it is about time i used it..
I really felt like something new and different..
and would love to find out what you all think of it?!

This post is to re-direct all of my followers that read my posts in readers
and blogroll lists, as this will be the last one that will be updated on there.

Any other links will automaticly be directed straight to my new blog.

There is only one problem with the big move..
and that is that I can’t seem to link back to my .com site on any of the Blogger blogs

If you know of any of answer to that..
I’d be forever gratefull!

Sincerely hope to see you there,

Big hugs,

Marlene xx



Twisted easel card


Not made one of these twisted easels before,
but boy.. are they fun and easy to do

Today I have used ‘Hippy Chick
another fab Simply Sassy stamp by Sugar Nellie

She is coloured with Copic sketch markers,
touched up with shimmer paints,
shame you can’t see that very well on the photo.

PP are Basic Grey Porcelain and MME.
Used MS border punch and build up the flowers topped with buttons.
The bling swirls are from Prima.

Here is a side view of the fold,
I forgot to take a pic folded flat but
it just lifts up and drops ontop of the inside panel.

My card fits in with the following challenges:

* Colour Create – Lemon, Green and White
* Dutch Dare Challenges – Buttons

If you would like to try a fold like this..
You can find a great little tutorial here


Thanks so much for looking and any comments you might leave..

Hugs, Marlene x

Circle side step template

This is the template I made for the Circle Side Step card based
on the conventional step fold that can be found all over the internet.
There were too many instructions to put on the template
so have marked them with numbers
and will get to them in the instructions below.


Start with a [approx] 7.5″ circle,
I used the largest grand nestie die,
but you could use a plate or similar to get your circle.

[1] Make a cut line about 2-1/2″ in from the side,
starting at 2-1/4″ and finish at 5-3/4″
Make sure you keep your circle straight.

[3] Score a straight line from the finish cut to the outside,
then a second score line 3/4″ next to the first.

[4] Fold 1st line in, 2nd line up
and make sure the layers are folded straight with the cut line.
It should look like this:

Next we have to find the centre of the whole circle
and the easiest way to do this is to fold the whole 7.5″ circle in half,
lining up ontop of each other, but don’t fold flat just yet.

[5] Pinch both edges of large panel to make the centre fold line,
then open up the circle,
score from and to the pinched points and fold.

You can now cortentina fold the second step by folding down and up 1 more time,
again making sure you line up the edges with the previous folds.
It should now look like this:

Next step is optional,
if you like the ‘sticky out’ bits, you can leave it as is.
Or you can turn your card over
and cut away the excess with scissors

Your card base is now ready for you to decorate how you wish 🙂

Little tip.. speaking from experience:
Practice with copy paper first,
you don’t want to waste your cardstock


For my card I cut a scalloped circle and cut a strip to fit my card front,
added embossed paper and
stuck my image partly overlapping the step and top of the card.
Attached the sentiment to the last step.
Then decorated with lots of flowers, bling and candy drops to finish.


Hope this is helpful to some of you and any questions..
Just shout!

Marlene x

Circle side step


There is a little story to how this card came about..
As mentioned in my previous post there is a Sugar Nellie challenge
on Facebook asking for side step cards.
In one of the discussions, Cathy asked if there was a way
to have a bigger panel for larger stamps to use..
so I got to playing with some A4 paper
and managed to get a larger template to work
[Template for this supplied at bottom of this post]

While at work,
I got to thinking and doodling if it was possible to make a circle step card.
When I got home I got my large nesties out and after about a thousand tries..
Guess what?.. It worked!

It’s hard to see the steps as I’ve covered them with flowers & dragonflies
but you get the idea!

To decorate my card I have used a large scalloped strip at the bottom.
Image is ‘Party Frills‘ from Sugar Nellie,
she is such a cutie!
Colored her with Copics and
nested onto a scalloped circle which is attached half over the fold.

Some of the flowers are from Marianne dies,
dragonfly is a Doohicky die, and the sentiment is by SU!

I love it when a plan comes together..
and again.. Thanks Cathy for getting me to think ‘outside the box’ 🙂

I’d like to enter this card in the PTW Flower challenge for this week,
and My Time to Craft’s challenge is Flourishes


As promised here is the template for the folded A5 step

click to enlarge

When cut and folded it will look like this

Click to enlarge

Let me know if you would like to see the circle template as well.


Have a fabulous evening,

Marlene x

Call me..

It’s been a long day..
and there is nothing better than playing around with
paper and pens to unwind for an hour or so!

It resulted in me making my card for the
Simply Sassy Facebook challenge,
where they would like to see a side step card.

I have used one of the new Sassy stamps,
Call me, she is just ‘dreamy’!

I cut her out leaving a small boarder and
made the card into a dresser like I seen on this baby card

As the challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday is
I’m entering it there as well.

Have a great and relaxing evening,

Hugs, Marlene x

Candy Winners..

My blog is three years today.. Yay!

And eventho it is just a virtual thing..
Never in my wildest dreams did I know how much pleasure a blog could bring.
From reading comments to making new friends and
even meeting fabulously creative blog friends from all over the world in person..
Just amazing!

Don’t get me wrong..
Blogging can be a full time job at times!
Especially when ‘real’ things in life needs to take priority
or when your Mojo takes a runner..
and you just need to take a break..
but then it’s doubly as nice when you get back
you are welcomed with open arms!

So I didn’t just want to let my 3 year blogoversary
go by without a little mention and special candy.

This brings me to the announcement of the winners;

Copic Marker set goes to


Congrats girly, I can’t wait to see the creations you make with your new pens 🙂


The 3 hAnglar stamp winners are:




Huge congrats to you three.. hope you will enjoy your surprise stamp.


And the bonus candy goes to:


Congrats hunnie, but you won’t know what your candy is until you unwrap it.. 😉


Whoohooo Congratulations girls!!!

Would you please all contact me by EMAIL with all your details
so I can get your goodies to you straight away!

Have a wonderful week everyone

.. and here is cheers to the next three years!!

Marlene x


New Shoes..

.. Paper shoes!

As I have been in a ‘anything other than card making’ mood,
I thought to have a go with a paper shoe template
that I’ve had in my fav’s for a while.

I wanted to make a gift box of some kind..
and the finished shoe makes an excellent treat box for all kinds of occasions.

I’ve decided to go for a vintage look,
by printing the template direct onto the back of cream cardstock.
Cut it out and stamped a crackle background all over it,
then inked all the edges.
Cut out the liner from patterned paper,
inked edges and stuck to the inside of the shoe.

Fold on all score lines and stick the shoe together with strong adhesive.

I then got my Antique gold glimmer mist
and sprayed all over for some extra sparkle.

To decorate I have used some looped ribbon,
lace, pearls, flowers and pins.
Inside the organza sachet are some vintage embellishments.

I think it looks totally adorable!


The inspiration thanks go to Cindy from
Skip to my Loo
She made a fab witch shoe for Halloween and provided the template!
Thank You!!


Hugs, Marlene x

White on White..

You don’t want to know how hard it was for me
not use any other colour but white on my card!
I’ve seen them about in blogland and
always thought how gorgeous & classy they looked.

So, here is my first WoW attempt.
Another first for me was the Stair Step fold that I seen on Pam’s lovely blog.
If you fancy a go, her post with the template is here.

The gorgeous buggies are digital stamps from Bugaboo,
I have used two of the wee cuties to make a scene

The challenge over at Fab n Funky is ‘digi delight’,
so I’ll enter my card over there..

There are two Challenges asking for WoW cards:

* DoubleDutch Challenges
* Flutterby Wednesday

I’ve really enjoyed challenging myself making this card,
and am sure I’ll use only white and this fold again and again!


Quick reminder of my Copic Candy:

You have until tomorrow evening to enter to
be in with a chance to win a whole set of Ciao Copic pens..
Plus 3 runner up hAnglar & StAnglar stamp prizes.

Click the picture at the top of my sidebar for all the details.

Hugs, Marlene x

My altered ATG gun

Yayyy.. I’m soo excited to show you my ‘new’ tape gun..

I’m absolutely over the moon with it!

The ugly yellow ATG was going to be white with black and lots of bling,
but after the hubby incident I had to re-think.

My friend Sonia mentioned that nail polish remover might help
to smooth some of the scratches, it did help heaps!

Then I added silver glitter as the texture would hide most of the scuffs..
Any that were still visable I would try and cover with Rub-ons and gems.
Thankfully this idea worked a treat
and hubby is forgiven [for now!]


Isn’t it gorgeously blingy??

After the white and sparkle coats,
I’ve added my name and lots of
swirl rub-ons that I had for absolute ages [TLC]
Then added sticky pearls & gems around
my name, flower centers and base.


Flipped the gun over and carried on decorating..
Because of the texture of  the clear lid,
the rub-ons don’t stick to this part at all!
So I got my big Prima bling Swirls out
and used some bling to spell the word ‘Create’

Once I was happy with all the embellies
I sprayed the whole thing with fast dry clear enamel,
this really gives a fabulous shine to everything
plus it is also an extra adhesive for all the embellishments.

Click the pic below to see a close up of the glittery clear lid.

.. and eventho it is decorated,
I’m still able to see through how much tape I’ve got left.


Quick run through of the materials I used to alter:

* Plasti-Kote ~ white
* Plasti-Kote ~ Glitter Silver
* Plasti-Kote ~ clear Enamel
* Masking Tape
* Sandpaper
* Embellishments
… and a little of imagination!!


It’s funny..
It took me over a year to finally get my act together
and get to altering my ATG gun,
I am now looking around my craft space thinking
what object is gonna be my next victim.. lol

Hugs, Marlene x

Sugar Bowl ~52~ Love

Good morning and welcome to a brand spanking new challenge from the

Maria Therese has provided the lovely sketch for you all to use
and the optional theme is ‘Love’

Once again there is a fabulous prize up for grabs,
a pic & mix of 6 Sugar Nellie stamps of your choice..
and what with some fabby new ones in stock you’ll be spoilt for choice!!
But .. wait for it!
There are going to be 2 winners this fortnight, 6 stamps each!!


On to my card:
I finally got around to inking up this yummie stamp ‘Worried
and stamped him in brown onto water colour paper.
Took a waterbrush and smudged some of the lines of the image.

I then scored vertical lines all over the image,
and inked the edges with distress inks.

The other background papers I also made myself
by using the embossed white papers by SU!,
sponged distress inks all over,
this really makes the embossed patterns stand out.

Huge silk bow threaded through the image finishes off the card a treat.

As always.. please visit the blog for all the details
and gain lots of inspiration from my DT Sweeties


On another note..

I’ve decided to alter my ATG yesterday.
I took the tape wheels off and covered up the bit’s I didn’t want painting with masking tape.

Then sprayed on the first layer with plastic compatible paint.. looking gooood!
I wanted to do 3 coats and had to wait an hour between each one..
Then 24 hrs for the last coat to totally set.
Talk about watching paint dry!

When the 3rd coat was on,
I quickly nipped out to take Lolly to brownies and when I got back hubby only decided to have a clean up and chucked the whole caboodle to one side ready to be skipped!!

Needless to say all the tacky paint was scoffed & scratched..
tell you, I was about to kill him!

Will have to wait till this evening,
sand down as much as I can and start again..
with hopefully no interfering hubby’s about!

Hugs, Marlene x