Wednesday 29 August 2018

Time for a treat!

Hello, and welcome!

Today’s project is an oldie but a goodie.

These little treat holders have been around for a long time.  They are very quick and easy to make, and a cute way of presenting a small treat.  I’m giving my tea-loving friend a teabag and a chocolate treat, but you could substitute a small bag of sweets for the teabag if tea’s not your thing. 

I do enjoy a cup of tea myself so I was really happy to find the Time for Tea bundle in the annual catalogue - it went right at the top of my shopping list.  And what about the Petal Promenade Designer Series paper, another of my must-haves?  So, so pretty, and so easy to use for a great result. 

See how simple they are to make - 

Quick and easy - what sort of treat would you like to find in a pouch like this?  Let me know your ideas! 

Keep crafting,


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Saturday 25 August 2018

InspireINK Blog Hop - Colour challenge

Hello, and welcome!  It's Inspireink Blog Hop day, when this blog links up with others the challenge to bring you lots of inspiration!  This time the theme has been  set by lovely Lisa Emslie, and it's a colour challenge this time.  

Here are the colours Lisa has chosen.
I admit, I was a bit stumped by this one, so when in doubt - turn to Pinterest!

I found this sketch by Pamela Young which I liked, so that's what I decided to use as my inspiration.

I cut 1 inch squares of the three colours  and mounted them on a whisper white base- so simple! I really like the clean and uncluttered card front, not my usual style but I find it quite striking.  This would be a great masculine card, but honestly, you could send it to anyone.

I hope you're enjoying the blog hop.  The next stop is with Tina, so if you'll just kindly click on the "next blog" image below, you'll be whisked away to find out what she's got in store for you!

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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Alive, alive oh!

Hello and welcome!
Well, I’ve finally done my very first Facebook Live.  I’ve gone live on YouTube before now, but Facebook was something new.
I’ve been very excited about some of the lovely items in the new catalogue (which is open for business on September 5 – mark your calendars!) and I’ve been making some samples using new goodies along with items from the Annual catalogue.

These are MDF shapes that I found on Ebay, blinged up for the festive season.  Look at that gorgeous leaping deer!  I’m planning on making a whole suite of these and then selling them to raise money for the charity that my workplace supports.  

If you’ve ever gone live on Facebook, you already know that it’s pretty easy.  It also turned out to be very easy to download the video so that I could edit it (lightly) and then re-upload it to YouTube – so if you missed the live, here it is!

This was very much an experiment, so if you enjoyed the video (it is quite a bit longer than my usual tutorials, which I try to keep to less than 30 minutes) please do let me know by leaving a comment, either here, or on YouTube, or on Facebook (where you can find the unedited version, complete with 10 minutes of me tidying away when I forgot to turn the camera off…oops). 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Keep crafting,

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Saturday 18 August 2018

A custom-sized box

Hello and welcome!

Sometimes you need to make a box to fit a particular item.  If you are going to make a box with a fitted lid, you measure the length, width and height of the object  and then you need a piece of card that is  Height+Length+Height by Height+Width+Height in size.  

Your score lines need to be at the Height measurement on all 4 sides. 

To make the lid, you either need to cut the card a tiny bit bigger or, and this is the method I prefer, cut it the same size but use a shim to adjust the position of the score lines (watch the tutorial to see what I mean!)

It's reasonably easy to calculate the dimensions if your item is a nice, regular shop, but what if it's irregular, like my polymer clay dragon here (based on the work of Christi Friesen who makes the most AMAZING polymer clay creations and writes wonderful books showing you how to make your own!)?

I'll show you how I do it in the tutorial below!

I do hope you enjoyed the video!  My finished box had a little bit too much room for my dragon, but that's because I was too generous with the "ease" I allowed.   You need some ease so that you can get the item in and out without too much trouble, but I was a bit too cautious.  I used some tulle to fill the gaps, and it looks really quite posh - so I'm calling it a happy accident!

Keep crafting,


Thursday 16 August 2018

Mini album - Page 4 & 5 (playing catchup!)

Hello, and welcome!

I've been neglecting this blog lately.  There are reasons which I won't bore you with, but that's no excuse.  So I'm playing catch-up with the scrapbook project.  This is page 4.  It seems that, once I start creating folding flaps, I can't stop!

I love how a small page turns out to have lots of space inside,  It's a bit like the TARDIS!

I changed the layout as I was making the page (I do this quite often, even when I've planned it all out first).  I think the page diagram corresponds with the video, though!

I'm also behind on page 5, which is a push-pullyu page.  Love this mechanism, I've used it on a card several times.  Once you know how it's done, it's SOOO easy!

Here's the tutorial. (If you want to go back over the earlier pages, don't worry - there is a playlist so you can easily find the earlier episodes!)

Here's hoping that life gets a bit less complicated from here on in and I stick to my timetable!

Keep crafting,


Saturday 11 August 2018

Floating Panel Pop-up Card

Hello - and welcome!

I enjoy making pop-up cards, and I love it when you open a card and it surprises you (although the confetti flinger card is maybe going a bit far!)  

This one has a nice, gentle surprise inside.

And it's probably one of the easiest kind of pop-up mechanisms.

Here's the tutorial-

Isn't that so cute?

(You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.  Click on the link to go straight to the item in my online shop - good, eh?)

See you soon,

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday 8 August 2018

Wild about you!

Hello, and welcome!

I got the inspiration for today's project from watching TV - a shopping channel, to be precise.  I do love origami, so I really took notice when I saw this cute little picture frame was being demonstrated.

When you link s few together, you can make booklet.  I filled the frame with letters to spell a message, but you could definitely put photos into the spaces.  And of course, you could make the booklet longer or shorter.  It's up to you!

Here's how I made it - and a little box to keep it in.

Keep crafting!

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