Category Archives: Shaped Cards

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