Saturday, 21 July 2018

Origami Pinwheel Pouch

Hello, and welcome!

I came across the instructions for this little pouch online.  I do enjoy a bit of origami and I really liked the way this one fitted together! It's a quick and easy make.  

The Tea Room speciality Designer Series Paper is just the right weight for paper folding.  It's lighter than SU's usual paper so it's perfect for origami.
To make the greeting card super quick and easy I used the Memories and More card pack.   These packs are a great way of getting a whole selection of patterned card at a reasonable cost.  LOVE it!

Here's the tutorial-

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Dragonfly Dreaming

Hello - and welcome!

Today I've been CASE-ing another demo's work.  I got this idea from Rachel Tessman (you can find her blog here). I was so impressed with the clever way the dragonfly acts as a closure for the card.

Here's my version.  So that the dragonfly was in the centre of the card, I made the front asymmetrical so that the punched slot would be in the right place.

Isn't that so much fun?

I used markers to add colour to the wings, but you could get the same effect using stamp pads.  (Speaking of stamp pads, have you  seen this month's special offer for new demonstrators where you get 10 free stamp pads as well as the usual £130-worth of items for £99 when you join as a demonstrator?  There's never been a better time to join!)

See you again soon!

Crafty hugs,

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Mini Album - Page 2

Hi everyone, and welcome!

Today I'm continuing with my mini album project.

I wanted something a bit simpler to back onto the first page (which did have a lot of flaps) so the second page just has three slots to hold mini folders.

After I'd finished it, I realised that I could have made it with flaps to fold out - so maybe I'll repeat the design later on in the book (after all, there are 10 more sides still to go!)
The embellishments were stamped using a retired set...I was sorry to see this one go and while I often sell my retired stamps to raise money to buy new ones, I couldn't bear to part with these!

It's still way too warm to turn off the fans here, so once again I've voiced-over this video.  I do hope it isn't too bad an effort! It was touch and go as to whether this tutorial got published - I had a major problem with my computer and for a while I was afraid that I was going to have to wipe my hard drive and re-install the operating system - and of course, I hadn't finished uploading my finished projects to YouTube.  But as you can see, I managed to get the machine working. 

As I upload each video in this project, I'm adding them to a playlist so if you missed any, you can easily find the previous episodes.

Anyway, that's today's bog.  I hope you're enjoying this series!

Keep Crafting,


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A fishy project!

Hello, and welcome!

Today I've been inspired by the Stampin' Up! catalogue.  As well as listing all the yummy goodies you can buy from Stampin' Up!, the catalogue is a fabulous source of inspiration - in fact, it used to be called the Ideas Book once upon a time.  I spotted a sweet little aquarium made in one of the Tiny Treat Boxes and I wanted to reproduce it (or CASE it).  

I changed it a bit - I added in a goldfish from the Jars of Love set, and I used sequins instead of sprinkles.  See what you think!

BTW, if the sound is a bit weird, I apologise.  It's been unusually warm here lately (I know, if you live in parts of the world where it gets much hotter in the summer 30 degrees C doesn't seem so bad, but this is the UK and we don't have air-conditioning in houses as a rule!) so I have up to 6 fans running, and when that happens it sounds as if I'm in a wind tunnel, so I have to voice-over my tutorials when the weather cools off a bit...

Anyway, I am going to go and take a cool bath to chill down a bit!

See you soon,

Keep Crafting,


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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Zig Zag card

Hello and welcome!

Today's project is part of the Pootlers' Video Hop!  The Pootlers are Stampin' Up! demonstrators who belong to the same team, led by Sam Hammond (aka Pootles).  They are amazingly talented crafters and I am so proud to be part of the team. 

This time we're showcasing the gorgeous Designer Series Paper stacks featured in the Annual catalogue, which is super-timely because dry July 2018, if you buy 3 of the selected packs you can choose a fourth totally free!  Bargain!

I've used paper from Garden Impressions got today's project, which is a zig-zag card.

This is how it opens up - isn't that fun?

Today's focus is on the Video Hop, so please do go visit my YouTube channel!

The full running order for the hop is below - and you can also find the links in the description box below my video.

  1. Sam Hammond Donald - 
  2. Gez Carpenter - 
  3. Keren Howell (me!) -
  4. Patricia O’Hagan -
  5. Jill Chapman -
  6. Louisa Hall -
  7. Helen Slimm -
  8. Sally Shaw - Https://
  9. Heidi Smith -
  10. Janice Thomson -
  11. Becky Mellor -
  12. Corenne White -
  13. Kaye Mellor -
  14. Amanda Charlesworth -
  15. Hannah McCurley -
  16. Angelina Clark -

The scoring diagram is below.  I used two 8x4 pieces of card.  

I hope you give this one a try!

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Mini Album - Page 1

Hello, and welcome!

Today I'm working on my continuing mini scrapbook project.

The first inside page has lots of flaps to lift and places to put photos and journalling.

Lift up the flap and...

And again ...

There's more to see!

I had such fun making the page and choosing the photos to go into the album.

The pictures I chose were all views of the Mumbles lighthouse, which  is just a few of miles down the road from where I live.

Here's the video.

I'll be adding in more pages (with different features) over the next weeks, so don't forget to come back and check on progress!

Thanks for visiting!

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Sticky Notes holder

Hello, and welcome!

In my day job, I work in an office, and it seems as if we run on sticky notes! 

We stick them on the wall to keep track of things we need to do.  We leave messages for one another, use them to write reminders for ourselves - and even use them to clean between the keys on our keyboards ( if you've never come across that particular trick, you run the sticky edge of the note between the keys - it picks up all the dust and yucky stuff that gets stuck in there!)

Today's project is a cute holder, and I've made it using the envelope punch board - which is an amazingly versatile bit of kit.

Here's how -

These are quick and easy to make, and I'm making a batch of them as thank you gifts for my customers in July.  

And speaking of July - Stampin' Up! are offering a FAB-U-LOUS bonus for new Demonstrators who join in July.  As well as your Starter Kit of £130-worth of items (which you choose!) for your £99 joining fee, you get to choose one of the ink pad families - that's 10 ink pads that usually sell for £63! Which will you choose?  Soft Subtles, rich Regals, bold Brights, necessary Neutrals or In Colours?  
What a great time to join Stampin' Up! 

Get in touch if you want to know more, but meanwhile

Keep crafting!


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