Monday 6 May 2013

A zingy splash of Spring or even Summer put your sunspecs on:
In this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine there's an article about making 'paper pops', which I always thought were called rosettes. Eager to give my new toy of a Hougie board a road test I had a play the other day - and for goodness sakes - HOW did I manage for so long without a decent score board?! I LOVE it to pieces.

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card stock

- plain SU 'Summer Starfruit' card for the main backing

- papers from a lovely selection sent to me a while ago by Kay - I tend to check these out first as there's a lovely variety. I used two co-ordinating floral papers plus a plain pink one

- the 'paper pop' was fun to make - I used three 1" wide strips of 6" long paper and scored at 1cm intervals. Then the strips are joined (mountain into valley) with extra sticky tape into a total round and then mounted onto a circle of card by pressing and 'popping' the rosette down. That was almost my undoing, to keep the circle of card still I stuck it onto the glass cutting mat with a removable strip or two of tape runner - set up the glue gun, and then wished I STILL had three hands. It's do-able but you do have to work fast - ha, extra sticky glue might have been better but I did follow the magazine instructions so that as you squeeze the round of scored paper down the outer part flattens and the inner part becomes just a little circle and the 'pop' obeyed in the end. Wahoo, quick run round the room to celebrate - actually it was more like a hobble at that point during the week

- the 'belly band' (that term still tickles me Elizabeth!) was a teeny snippet of SU 'Certainly Celery' card punched using Martha Stewart's 'Daisy Dot' edge punch. Here's a neat trick, born out of the fact that I didn't have enough to go right across the card and was determined to use the little snippet. I split it in half lengthwise and punched two little borders - they don't meet in the middle but that's hidden - and also, by doing that, I could make sure each side ended with a whole daisy

- more 'Summer Starfruit' card was used to cut a doily using Marianne Creatables LR0130 die and also the Whimsy corners

- a quick rummage through the button box, a piece of doubled bakers twin just knotted and hey presto, all done

I have no idea if you managed to follow how the 'pop' is done - I hope so 'cos a hunt online for a decent tutorial was unproductive. You can also punch one edge before scoring the paper, I think that would look good but let's just take one step at a time :)

STOP PRESS: Spike the Hedgehog reappeared on Saturday evening - I caught him raiding a ground level bird feeding station at about 10:30 pm, in the absence of a dish of his hedgie food of choice - which is called 'Spike's Dinner' - I kid you not!



  1. Hi Di,
    Monday is here and windy outside It prepares to rain, your card is so sunny and pozitive, so I now today is going to be a great day-I am going to work now 12h,
    hugs Tamara

  2. gorgeous!! Love the colour combo!! Hugs Juls

  3. Love the card Di and I'm thrilled to hear your little visitor has returned :-)
    Snaps please :-)
    Annie x

  4. Beautifully done Di and a lovely way to showcase your rosette - and yes it IS a rosette! Love my score board too and don't know how I lived without it! How lovely to have a spiky little visitor! Vicky x

  5. Well, bless your little cotton socks, you are a trier and that's a fact. A great card and love the rosette, fabulous choice of colours and great papers. Can see why your are in love with the design.
    I really struggle with scoring.

    Kath x

  6. Oh wow Di, this is stunning xx

  7. Great card there Mrs! Glad you have used your board.
    Good news on your visitor. Haven't seen one round here for eons!

  8. You are leading the exciting life, Di! First a stunning go at rosette pops and then a sighting!! I hope you have your camera ready ~ I can't wait for the piccies!!

  9. Hello Di, great card, I've got my sunspecs out especially :) I'd have called that a rosette too. Like the die-cut behind it. I've made a few using my Hougie board but not tried the punched edge version yet. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  10. Beautiful rosette, that's what it would be called here! Makes for a beautiful card :) Cathy x

  11. Fantastic paper pop card Di. So pleased you're loving your new score board.


  12. Another beautiful card Di - glad you put your hougie board to good use. Lynn x

  13. Beautiful! I love the papers and the paper pop.

  14. You kept the four daisy punch outs didn't you Miss!! I will expect to see them on a card you know. Hugs Mrs A.

  15. A wonderful rosette! I've never had much success with them. Maybe I just need to try again! Poor Spike having to eat like a bird.


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