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Butterfly Teepee time

Hello to all, I recently made this card for a facebook challenge and due to its unusual shape, wanted to post a ‘How To’ guide 🙂



I have divided the guide into sub headings, so if you already know how to construct a Teepee card, feel free to skip ahead 🙂





Teepee Construction:

  • x3 Squares of construction weight card (Ive used centura pearl, 6×6)
  • Glue
  • Scoreboard

If you haven’t already, I would strongly recommend that you have at least one groove on your scoreboard coloured in; personally I have the central line coloured as this gives me the most space to either side of the line. This is so that when you score a diagonal line, you can see where you are going!


Score all three of your squares diagonally across the middle and then fold them over into triangles


Arrange your triangles so that the central one has the score line running vertically away from you; then place the two sides (one to the left, the other to the right) so that their score lines run along the right (or left) top edge of the central card. Like so:


then stick together 🙂

The two outer flaps that you will now have then cross over each other to complete the Teepee. DO NOT stick these two flaps together as if you do you will not be able to lay the card flat for an envelope; neither will your recipient be able to open the card if you have chosen to put a personal message inside 😉

Normally, the crossover will be held in position by either mini-magnets or sticky back velcro, however mine is currently being held by a peg as I am waiting for magnets to arrive…

Matt and Layer:

If you have a perfect layers tool, feel free to skip this bit as you won’t need it.

  • x2 squares at whatever mat interval you want to use from your base layer. My base layer was 6×6, so my mat is 5.75×5.75, this means that I am reducing all sides by a quarter inch
  • Scoreboard
  • Guillotine/trimmer (you get the idea)

Line up your mat layer on the diagonal (as you did to score the base card). Score a line at a quarter of an inch away from the central line – please note that these two score lines must match the measurement you have reduced your mat by; I reduced mine by a quarter inch so my scorelines must also be a quarter inch.


Cut down the two scorelines and you will have your first mat 🙂

My next layer is the pretty stuff; in terms of layering against the mat the process is the same as the mat we have just done, but you are resizing against the mat, not the base layer. So for me, I am taking another quarter inch off so my squares will be 5.5×5.5 and my scorelines will still be one quarter out from the central line because my layer is still one quarter reduced from the mat.

Pretty Stuff:

  • Stamps
  • Colouring tools
  • x2 squares of appropriate card for you chosen colouring medium (as stated above, 5.5×5.5 in my example)
  • Some extra of your chosen card
  • Appropriate ink for your chosen colouring medium
  • glycerin (optional, depending on whether or not you are using watercolours)
  • Pearls/gems
  • Scissors
  • 3d glue/foam pads

Firstly, do your score lines for when you cut the layer, but do not cut yet 🙂


Start to stamp; I have deliberately placed my pieces of card together because I want my stamp to crossover the lines of the card. You can use some low tack tape to make it all a bit more secure for this bit if you want.


Colour it in(!) You will notice that my two outer triangles are more vibrant than the middle two; this is because on the middle ones they will be covered by the decoupage layer that I have stamped, cut and coloured and are now sitting to the right of my card. As they then become an underneath image they only need enough colour not to look as if you haven’t bothered.

At this point it is important to think about how the card will be when fully constructed; the two flaps that don’t have any decoupage on the flowers haven’t got it because one of them will be underneath the closing flap and therefore needs to be mostly flat and the other will be coming off of the bottom edge and I wanted to keep it clean.


Once you’ve finished the basic stamping you can cut down the score lines and finish decorating however you choose; the butterflies are stamped and fussy cut then attached with pinflair (As are my decoupage layers). In addition I have gone drop crazy with liquid pearls and also added black mats to the two small ‘leg’ triangles at the bottom. I have used a small palette of colours, (red blue and green) so they all match each other; its not clear on my pics but I have also used clear sparkle overlay. If you are using the overlay on top of watercolours, remember that it will act as a waterbrush and spread the colour some more; if you don’t want this to happen (eg on the lillies) work in from the outside and regularly clean your brush off on a scrap of card.


And that’s all there is to it; fold the card down the central line for enveloping, though I suspect I may need a box for mine due to the embellishments *sigh*

I hope you have all enjoyed my tutorial and have lots of fun giving your own a try – thanks for reading x

Stamps used:

  • Sentiment stamps from Sarah Davies’ Flutterby collection
  • Sheena Douglass Butterfly
  • Donna Ratcliff musical collection



Happy New Year!

Hi Folks! so, we are back,after a bit of a break over the festive period.I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have something to say about storage, so my first post of the year is to rave about what the Christmas Fairy brought me this year 😉


I feel it important to point out that I already owned the majority of the contents

My beautiful, new Santoro Gorjuss Crafty Tote; which after some consideration has now become my colouring base.

The main section (as you can see) has all of my Spectrum Noir alchohol markers – I have the complete 2nd generation set including the two new sets of colours (again, I bow before the Christmas Fairy) which I store in these little silver three drawer desk tidy things. Four fit very nicely and as you can see, most of them have a little tag on the front to say which colour families are in there although these will need to be updated for the new colours. The two bottom right-hand drawers are my SN aqua pens; SN pencils on top, whisper pens in the upright tub – these were my first pens when I started crafting – The front flap has a velroc’d on pencil case, which has my metallic markers and some random gel pens and then the slots are filled with the Flourescent, black, and blender SN pens; spare sparkle pens and my Zig clear colour pens.

The book is my stamps catalogue, in here I put pictures of my stamps so that I can just flick through when I am looking for something. Quite a lot of them also come with a coloured picture of the stamp as part of the packaging which I then stick in here as a colouring guide.

Tucked down the sides of the main section are more velcro’d pouches which contain some stamping blocks and some sticky pads; what I like about these are that when you take out one in a lower position the top ones don’t leap out and attack (due to the velcro). There is a also a large pocket behind the drawers which can be used for paper/card, but which will probably have my colour swatch folder in it 🙂

The two side pockets have my larger stamping blocks, although I do keep a couple of small sentiment size blocks in the stamping wrap (pictured later) on the basis that I usually stamp and colour at the same time. The very front pocket has my pencil accessories and my things to stick rubber stamps to stamping blocks.

The whole thing is on wheels, which means that I can merrily wheel it out of the craft zone and over to the comfy sofa’s for an evenings colouring…. Bliss!