Sunday, 3 January 2016

Around the World Blog Hop and Botanical Blooms Swing Easel card tutorial

Welcome to the Around the World Blog Hop, in which we’ll take you on a tour of 10 countries, without even leaving your seat!

Our task is to showcase some of the products from the new Spring/Summer catalogue (AKA the Occasions catalogue).  I was flattered and honoured to be included in this list of hugely talented demonstrators around the world, many of whose blogs I already followed and the rest I was delighted to discover, so jumped at the chance of joining this blog hop. 

You may have joined me from the blog of Marie-Josée Trudel, a French Canadian demonstrator who first set up this amazing group of ladies. Your next stop is with the amazing Julie Davison, whose work I know you’ll love. What am I saying? You’ll love all of the creations in this blog hop and I’ve included a list of all the participants at the end of this post, just in case you get lost! 

I have chosen to use the Botanical Blooms bundle, which is a fantastic set of products which are very much unlike my usual choices! I don’t normally go for the flower sets but the colours really drew me in and I couldn’t resist. I also love that if you purchase the bundle – which features a stamp set, dies and Designer Series Paper – you can choose a Sale-a-Bration item FREE, and there’s even one which co-ordinates with the bundle. 

Staying firmly outside of my comfort zone, I also decided to create a swing easel card, which is a really fun fold but, I have to admit, a little complicated for me! After reading a few tutorials, I decided to create my own, simplifying the method so that even I can understand it.  I have created the tutorial in metric and imperial and sized it so that the card can be created using either A4 cardstock or 8 1/2” x 11”. The finished card should fit in a 6”x6” envelope. 

To avoid creating a super-long post, I have uploaded the tutorial files (two PDFs, of instructions and a diagram) to Googledocs.

I hope I have whetted your appetite for more new products. Thank you so much for taking a look at my contribution to the Around the World Blog Hop. Please now pay a visit to the following blogs and see what delights our world of talented demonstrators has in store! 

Kristine McNickle (New Zealand)

Alisa Tilsner (Australia)
Anke Hämsch (Germany)

Cécile Ortiz (France)
Marie-Josée Trudel (Canada - French)
Helen Read (UK)

Julie Davison (USA)

Barbara Meyer (Austria)

Miriam van Eyden (Netherlands)

Liz Goldhawk (Canada)

Edited to add: Some of the links were broken, but I’ve fixed them now!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Julie - I'm off to look at yours now :)

  2. Wow!! A truly amazing card! Your attention to every detail is perfect!

  3. Hello Helen , the Easelkarte looks fantastic! The flowers leuchgten so beautiful , I bought the stamp and also will lift your card anyway. Thanks for the inspiration and the PDF template . Greetings Anke

    1. Thank you so much! I'm going to check out your fabulous creation now...

  4. Fantastic Fancy Folds! I love it.

    1. Thanks, Alisa! It was way out of my comfort zone! :)

  5. Very very nice! Thank you Helen x x

    1. No, thank YOU for inviting me into this fabulous team! :)

  6. très jolie carte avec une super belle mise en valeur des nouvelles découpes fleurs
    j'adore l'effet 3d que l'on peut faire avec


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