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Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Project - Simple Crowns

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Cards or gift tags with the free Member template


For the last card using the free Crown Template listed under the Member's part of the site, here is an idea if you have a lot of cards to make, or have simply run out of time!

 

Using the template in the simplest way possible here, laying it on the fold of a card, so that it opens along the bottom edge and hinges on the top.

 

With mirror card and making good use of those more ornate embossing folders in your stash works a treat with this project. These make great gift tags also, using the smaller size template but embossing them in the same way!


Nice card if you like yours to be noticed!!

Christmas 2017 Series - Simple Tree Template Cards - Template Number 2

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)



These two cards used the second basic tree template, which has the tree sectioned into strips. This is really using the same basic template as the one posted earlier which we used to make Twine Trees and Mini Gift Tags, as well as a couple of Christmas Tree Cards but I have made a separate template for ease here as the tree shape is formed from strips of different papers.


These are very simple but how you mount them really makes the cards pop. A torn paper snow scene with a dotty sky from running paper through my embossing folder and a glittery ribbon, creates more interest.



Choose a colour theme and cut strips in different papers from your scrap box to get the best effect. Try to choose papers with different textures and finishes to get the most interesting result.


Find this template and other free stuff on the Member pages on the left hand sidebar.



Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Cards - Three Foiled Crowns

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Another card idea today, using the smallest size crowns from the free template on the Members pages. This card includes three crowns covered with silver, gold and copper foil flakes mounted on a torn paper piece, edged with gold ink. I just noticed that the silver crown is a little out of place, which happened when setting the card up to photograph but you get the idea! Anyway, if you want to make a similar card, you can find the template on the Member pages, under Christmas 2017!

Christmas 2017 Series - Simple Tree Template Cards - One More Simple Card

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)


One more simple card made with our Free Member Template. Christmas cards need to be quick but beautiful, especially if you are handmaking them from scratch. Today's project fits the bill!  I am using the Template Number 1 here, with one of the smaller sizes and just simply cut from glitter green card, layered on a die cut ornate square and worded paper and dressed with some ribbon and gold cord. Very simple but elegant!

Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Cards - Ribbon Crown

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Another card made with the free Member Template, this time cutting an aperture and using layered ribbons fixed on the reverse to create a simple and elegant card that looks super expensive! We have used this technique on the tree cards also and on lots of other cards posted here in the past. It is simple but very beautiful and lends itself well to simple aperture shapes like this one we have included on the free template.

 

Two more card ideas to come with this template!

Christmas 2017 Series - Paper Strip Ornaments

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello and welcome back!

 

Today, we have another easy project for you as part of our ongoing Christmas 2017 Series.

 

There is a free template for you too, if you are not a member of the site, then just register. using the link on the top right. Here are a few examples of today's papercraft project, made with just some paper strips, some beads, wire and ribbon.







These are easy to make if a little fiddly if you are not dexterous with your hands but definitely the process itself is simple.

 

Cut out your strips, either using the template or you can just cut your papers to make ornaments of any size. Here for this large one I am using scrapbook paper.



Using a paper puncher, just punch some holes through the middle and each end, as shown by the template.



Next, thread a bead onto some wire and secure by bending the wire back and through the bead. This will be the bottom of the ornament.



Next, spread out the strips in preparation for folding them. Ideally you want to work with the top strip first followed by the second and so on down to the strip at the base of your pile. I found this out by mistake, as you can see in some of the photos above, the strips won't lie flat properly if you do them in a random order.



Pass the wire through each strip as shown bringing each side of each strip to the middle in turn



Here you can see how it looks. When you have fed all the pieces onto the wire, you can add beads and to secure it, gently pushing the ornament down to get the shape you want. Make a loop of the wire and secure it by winding it around itself. Then add ribbons and other decorations as you wish.

Christmas 2017 Series - Crown Card Template Cards - Three Crown In a Row

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

One cut from glitter card, one from mirror card run through an embossing folder and one covered with gold foil flakes


Use glue or cut the crown from sticky card and press the gold foil on


Three gorgeous crown cards, each crown covered in a different way and using the free Member Template that you can get if you register with the site and visit the Member pages on the left hand sidebar!

Christmas 2017 Series - Simple Tree Cards 1

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (1)


If you downloaded the free Tree Template from the Member Pages (the one used to make the Twine Trees and the mini Gift Tags), then today's post just demonstrates that you can use that simple template in different ways to create different things. You don't need a template of course but we have made it a bit easier by designing one.



So here are a couple of cards, made by using the template to cut a simple tree or triangle aperture from your card, then placing some double sided tape around the tree on the reverse and layering different ribbons across the aperture. Work from the reverse and check the pattern every now and again on the front. Work from the bottom of the tree to the top, overlaying each ribbon a little over the last to get this nice layered effect. Finish off with a hand cut pot on the bottom and then go to town with your other decorative bits and pieces.



You can use paper instead of ribbons of course but by using ribbons, this gives your card a beautiful and luxurious finish that you would have to pay a fortune for in the shops. All made with some ribbon scraps and super easy too!

Christmas 2017 Series - Beaded Paper Strip Tree Ornaments

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)


This is a project based upon one that you can find all over the web but I wanted to make my own version and to make it easy for you, there is a template on the Member's pages that you can pick up if you register with the site.

 

I haven't done any photo instructions for this one as it is relatively straightforward. Bend the paper strips back and forth according to the dotted lines, working from the largest fold to the smallest, shaping the paper at the top or bottom. Punch a hole through the middle and feed through some beading wire and beads to decorate on each layer, the top and the bottom, or as you wish. Loop the wire at the top so that you can hang your ornament.



This is a great way to use up old scraps in your craft box or to make coordinating decorations for a gift to match the wrapping paper.



I will post up some photo instructions if anyone is sruggling with this but it is pretty easy to do. Have fun with the template and of course drop a line to the site using the contact form or add a comment below this post if you have any comments or questions.


Christmas 2017 Series - Quick Gift Tags Free Template

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)


Yesterday, we posted up a free template to make those lovely twine trees. You can use the same template (in the smallest size) to make these quick little gift tags. I have used up some glitter gold and green card I had in my scraps box for mine with a quick thread through of some gold cord. Easy but quite nice little handmakes for Christmas!

Christmas 2017 Series - Twine Trees Free Template

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (1)


Welcome to Day three of our Christmas 2017 Series!


Today I have a really simple but beautiful project for your that honestly takes minutes to make.You can make these lovely twine trees to hang as a decoration around the home or make them as unique gift tags or gift decorations for a special present.

 

 

The basic shape here is just a triangle with a punched hole at the top but you can find a template on the Member pages in various sizes, so that makes it much easier, as the hard work is done for you. We will be using the template on a range of projects over the following few blog posts so register with the site if you want to get that.



I have simply cut one of the larger pieces from the template and put some double sided sticky on the reverse and front to hold the twine as I start to wind it around. I didn't do this for the first demo and you can see in the photos that the twine doesn't sit as flat as it should to look neat. It is worth doing this step.



Now the tricky bit. Start winding from the bottom, securing the twine at the base on the reverse. You may need to unwind and do this a few times to get the twine to sit close together with no gaps. Getting the right tension is also key so that the string doesn't sag or slip down. I am using just a basic green garden twine here but I made some with a decorative twine that you can see in the photo at the top as well as a range of ones using a fluffy type of wool and some glittery thread I had lying around from years ago that I had no idea what to do with!




Thanks for joining me today an drop by again soon for more in our Christmas Series.




Easter 2017 - Egg Shaped Boxes with free Member template

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)


As my mother used to say, you can't go wrong with a gift in a box! Actually, I am not sure she did say that and she isn't here to contradict me anymore but nevermind, I will say it anyway!


So today, we are featuring a very quick but effective box project using a free template that you will be able to get on the Member pages. I won't be doing a full photo demo but you can see how the box goes together from the photo below.



Glue the side panel to form an egg shape and then fix this onto the base. You can then glue the top piece on or simply fix it very lightly with a tiny dob of glue and use a ribbon to hold the lid in place, as I have done.




This is a great time to use up those ribbons you have bought but are lying at the bottom of the drawer!



The template includes boxes in three different sizes. Fill with a small gift or some mini Easter eggs. I hope you are enjoying our Easter 2017 series. Do join us again for our final few projects coming up.

 

PS You may have noticed this is the second post today, as yesterday's one was missed. You would not believe the day I had yesterday, so I won't even begin to describe it but it did involve numerous car journeys, picking up a child who couldn't manage to open a train door at the right station and so ended up at another station further up the line, losing a purse, dealing with a relative in hospital etc etc...So today I am having a 'home day', with muffin and soup making and other domestic bliss chores!




Easter 2017 - Super Simple Easter Cards with free Backing Paper

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)




If you need to make some super quick Easter notelets, the easiest way is to simply use a piece of Easter themed paper.



You can find a free Easter backing paper sheet on the Member pages. Mix and match with different mounts to create a lovely pastel set of cards, or use the paper on your boxes and baskets. Happy Easter from Mementoes!


PS There will be a second blog post today to catch up from the one missed yesterday.

Valentines Day 2017 - Free Printable Labels

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

You can now find the sheet of Valentine's Day labels on the Member pages, so go there if you want them!

Valentines Day 2017 - Heart Packet With Free Template

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)



Visit the Member pages for the template for this project. We have made some Valentines themed gift packets in several sizes as well as a page of mini ones that you can use to hang on a string and create a decorative piece.




Put sweet treats inside or simply messages.




Letting you into a secret, my demo features some glass heart decorations rather than sweets as I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for but you get the idea!

Valentines Day 2017 - Free Printable Heart Papers

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a file of free heart papers for you on the Member pages to use on your Valentines Day projects. We have used them in a couple of the demos posted yesterday. Sign up to the site if you want to get hold of those!

Valentines Day 2017 - Heart Sentiment Jar With Free Printable Tags

Posted on February 4, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)


I’ve made this project for my beautiful children, to give them some inspiration day to day. I have got to be totally honest here and admit I was struggling to find nice things to say once I had got to about four but maybe that is a good thing, as I had to really sit down and think about them for a bit.

 

This led me to revist some old photos and remember things they have done over their lives so far that have made me laugh or step back and realise how lucky I am to have them. I feel that if people did take the time to stop and think about people they love and often take for granted in their life, maybe we would all find the world to be a better place to be. My mother used the phrase ‘Count your blessings’ often and I guess this is what she meant.




Anyway, I found this lovely heart jar in the discount store and in fact it was gathering dust in my garage, so it was dusted off and used for this project. I simply added some ribbon, a hand written label and a small polymer clay glitter heart that I found in my stash to the lid. Next I just filled the jar with tiny paper hearts, each with a personal note inside. I’m using a mixture of the folded hearts and origami hearts (we will be featuring in the next few blog posts) and using up my paper scraps. A simple idea but one that can spread such good vibes and that can only be a good thing!

 

There will be a free printable tag also on the Member pages, with four different wordings, just as soon as Webs.com, our website provider allows me to upload the files for you. Sorry for the wait but we are unable to do anything about it.

 

Christmas '16' Layered Circle Concertina Trees Cards Template

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)


We are coming to a close soon with our Christmas Series projects. I did say that in my first post that there won't be many after a difficult year but having looked back at what has been posted in the last couple of weeks, it seems as if this has been the best year ever for the amount of projects we have managed to design, demo and publish!



Today we are featuring another series of cards made with the next Member Template that will be posted on the Free Stuff pages. I love making folded trees and we have posted quite a few different examples of them this year. This one is a good one as you can use this little tree on the front or inside your cards, although be aware that it will create a bulky card if it is used inside. This would be a good card for those people you can hand deliver it to.




There are two designs, a straight edge and a scallop edge. Both work well.



Look for this template on the Member pages and make some lovely layered, concertina circle tree cards.

Christmas '16' Medallion Ornaments Member Template

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)


We are back to card projects today. Here are a couple of really quick cards you can make with the same concertina medallion techinique we have been featuring a lot this year as part of the Christmas '16' projects. You want to choose the smaller size concertinas or else your medallions will be too big for a normal sized card.




We have posted a free Member template for you which just includes concertina strips in lots of smaller sizes. You can get this if you sign up to the site.You don't need a template of course but it makes it easier as we have done all the thinking for you!




Thanks for joining us again as part of this Christmas '16' project series.We still have about a week to go before we wrap things up for this year, so do drop by again soon.


Christmas '16' Concertina Christmas Tree with Member's Template

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Back to decorative projects today. We are using the same techinique as our earlier post where we made some beautiful delicate Concertina Ornaments. If you missed that post click here to read.



You can make this little tree to stand up by fixing it onto a stand. I have used a cork stopper here but I would have used a wooden cotton reel if they had arrived in the post in time!



You could also make it as a hanging decoration. I actually couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do, so I did both as you can see!


Thanks for joining us. Come by again for more Christmas projects, we haven't finished yet and please, please, please either leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page if you have been enjoying our series!


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