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7 Gypsies ‘Architextures’ Cards by Rachael Funnell

Hello crafters!

I’m back with you today, This time sharing 2 cards that I whipped up using the 7 Gypsies ‘Architextures’

Using some left over pieces, that I had from ‘Architexture’ papers, Architexture ‘Salvage Art Ephemera  – Shelf pack and a couple of the Vintage keys ….

Inspired by the browns & greens in this collection I created my first card….



With both cards, I have also created little tags & used Kaisercraft – ‘Friends Sentiments’ Stamp set, along with some, beads, Prima flowers, stamp & glass glitter, Bo Bunny doily, cheese cloth….


For my 2nd card….. I have created a softer, pretty, girly feel to it!!

‘Thank you’


Hopefully I inspired you to get hold of some of this 7 Gypsies ‘Architexture’ collection

which is available in store ——> HERE

Thanks for stopping by & HAPPY crafting! 😁

Rach x

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7 Gypsies ‘Architextures’ By Rachael Funnell

Hi there Crafters!

This month I received the 7 Gypsies – ‘Architexture’ Collection

The paper is nice & thick with each one having a real vintage markets feel with great images to fussy cut!!!

They also have awesome adhesive embellishment packs to create FANTASTIC projects…

So today I am sharing two layouts with you… first up is this one of me &  my kiddos!! 🙂


Using the Ledger paper as my base piece, I fussy cut out some squares from the ‘Floral Guide’ paper to create some layers…..

The Adhesive Vintage keys are a great addition…


My second layout is of my boy! 🙂

‘Live your Adventure’

This time using a white cardstock as my base….With a chipboard title

I created layers using  Junkn, Painted Doors papers, Junque Adhesives – Cabin and its packaging…..

Stars also from the  Junque Adhesives – Cabin pack, with the addition of mini chipboard stars….

I will be back with more Architexture creations later in the week!

To view the whole 7 Gypsies – ‘Architexture’ Collection – HERE

Cheer Rach   x

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GeneralKaisercraftKathy TannerMFTSimple Stories


Hi, it’s Kathy 🙂  I’m back to share another MFT card with you.

I’ve used the Up In The Air set again but this time I have the dog in the balloon..  😉

And I have used the same sunrays (AKA Sunburst or Starburst) technique as I used on my last card but with a few differences.

This time I chose a focal point that’s towards the centre of the card and the rays radiate all around it.

So I cut the paper into 4”x 1” rectangles this time and then cut them into triangles. So they are smaller, but I needed more of them.

There are 24 triangles on my card.

I inked around the edges of them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and glued the triangles onto a brown cardstock this time.  This was cut to 4 1/8” x 6” and I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.

All papers are from the Bloom and Grow collection by Simple Stories.  And they are SO beautiful!

I decided to put the balloon and dog on a tag in the centre of the rays.

I stamped onto white card and coloured just the basket and cut the entire image out.  Then I stamped the balloon part of the stamp again onto patterned paper and cut it out and glued it on top. Paper piecing the balloon like this made it much quicker and easier than colouring it.  I glued it to the tag and then adhered the dog on top. And because I was putting this onto a white base, I didn’t have to bother with the trickier cutting of the balloon that I did on my previous card.

I lightly sponged around the tag with the distress ink and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment which is also from the Up In The Air set.

I hope you’ve liked seeing this technique and that you’ll give it a try too.  🙂

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DoodlebugGeneralKaisercraftKathy TannerMFT

RAYS OF SUNSHINE (MFT) by Kathy Tanner

Hi 🙂  Kathy here.  I’m excited to be showcasing another fabulous stamp set from My Favorite Things (MFT) today.

I got the chance to play with Up In The Air this month and it is so much fun to use.  There are just SO many possibilities with this set!  The sky is the limit! 🙂 (ha ha)

I was also lucky enough to get the MFT Die-Namics Die – Spring Scene Builder to use and it is wonderful too!

So I wanted to use these two together and create an interesting sky for the balloon to float around in.

I decided to create a sunray background with patterned papers (AKA the Sunburst or Starburst technique).  Here is how I created my card so that you can try it out for yourself.  🙂

This technique can be wonderful for using up scraps of patterned paper you have in your stash.  You can use all different lengths, widths and designs and make them work.  But I actually cut mine from 2 new sheets of paper and cut them all the same size.

When using this technique you need to firstly decide where you want the “rays” to radiate from.  I decided to put my sun in the top right hand corner of the card, so all the points of my rays start there.

I also decided to leave a space between my rays, but you can vary the look of the background by butting them together instead.

I used Spring-a-ling and Butterfly Net from the Spring Things  collection by Doodlebug Designs to make the rays.

  • I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.
  • I cut a piece of white card 4”x 5 7/8”. This is the piece you will glue the rays to.
  • Then I cut 5 rectangles from patterned paper 1”x 6”.

       (I cut 2 rectangles from one colour and 3 from another).

  • Then cut them in half diagonally.

  • I glued 1 ray along one edge, making sure the point of it was in the top corner of the card.


  • Then I glued a second ray along the other side.

  • I glued the other rays between these two, leaving a little space. They may overlap a little at the points or not be perfect but this is fine as it will be covered over.

  • Turn the card over and carefully trim away the excess paper. I found this easier to do by hand, but you can use a paper trimmer.
  • You will notice some pieces are not quite long enough. That is okay because I am putting some grass on the bottom of the card.


  • I white embossed the cute sentiment from the Up In The Air set onto a piece of American Crafts – Key Lime Card. I used the hill piece from the die to cut it out and trimmed it down to fit. Then I inked the edge of it and attached it to the bottom of the card.


  • There are trees with the die too, but I decided to colour the trees from the stamp set and cut them out and attached them to the hill.

I didn’t get the matching outline die with this stamp so I thought I would show you how I cut out the balloon too. (I guess this is just for people like me who don’t like to cut images out with a knife.)

Maybe you noticed something a bit wrong with this photo? Were you wondering why a dog has suddenly appeared?

Well I had my card all laid out just how I wanted it ready to be glued down when my daughter came in.  So I asked her what she thought of the card and she said “I really love it but there is one thing that would have made it perfect”. 

So I had to ask …. “What?”  And she said ……         

“The CAT”!

So I just had to colour up the cat and swap that puppy out of there so that my card would be perfect! 🙂

The dog is very cute too though and I will be back here on the blog soon to show you how I used him on another card.  I hope you’ll come back to see. And in the meantime, please check out all the wonderful MFT goodies at Anna’s Craft Cupboard.

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Hi Everyone

Melinda here again with the last of my creative projects to showcase using the beautiful and versatile Carta Bella ‘Rock a Bye Baby Boy’ collection.

As soon as I saw these papers and embellishments I knew I wanted to put together some cards for some special little boys as well as my layouts and that I would have to figure out how to make that work.

To make the first card I tore and rolled the edges of the matting papers (these are the middle segments out from my third layout), and then stitched these together on my sewing machine. I then stitched on a tag, adhered two strips of patterned paper topped with a sheet of white embossed yardstick. I finished the card off with foam mounted rattle and safety pin stickers and a tag from the ephemera kit which I distressed the edges of, and finally some enamel dots.

To make the second card I cut a piece of white cardstock just a bit smaller than the card base. I then adhered two offcuts of paper to this to completely cover it, trimmed off the excess and stitched around the edges.

I added a paper fan, a foam mounted safety pin sticker, a chipboard sticker and some enamel dots to finish it off. Nothing too fancy, but a sweet baby boy card nonetheless.

For my final card I embossed some white cardstock using the cuttlebug and a star embossing template. I joined these two pieces of paper with a strip of patterned paper, added part of a white doily from my stash, and stitched around the edges before adhering it to the card. I then added the last paper fan, the cute as a button sticker mounted with foam tape, and used the enamel shapes to write ‘it’s a baby boy’. For this card I also added a bit of the doily, a patterned paper flag, and a sticker to the envelope.

Again, a fairly simple, but quick and effective card for a special little baby boy who will be arriving very soon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the layouts and cards I’ve created. I have had great fun playing with this collection. Thank you to Anna’s for this fantastic opportunity as a Guest Designer.

Have a great day, Melinda

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