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Easter 2017 - Chalked Easter Eggs

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Well at last, we are ready to go with our Easter projects!. These beautiful chalk effect eggs look lovely in a little faux bird's nest.


Actually, work started on these over a month and a half ago but what with ongoing problems with the website (still not fixed, we are working with 'work arounds' ) and ongoing personal problems noted in the previous post, we are most definitely slow to get off the ground. Life is always like that isn't it? You plan and plan to make sure things go well and something or even multiple things come out of left field to throw all your plans to the wind!!

We are using polystyrene eggs here rather than real ones. If you are like me, then you manage to buy polystyrene Easter Eggs every year and then you are not quite sure what to do with them, They sit gathering dust or mounting up in your cupboard until you open it and you get swamped with hundreds of eggs rolling around on the floor.


I decided to deal with this problem last year and you will find some projects we finished last Easter in the photo gallery and under the project ideas tab. Having bought even more of these stupid things, we have some more ideas to try this year!

Actually, I loved doing this technique and the final effect is pretty stunning, so why not have a go! Anyway, the effect we are trying to achieve is a lovely matt finish on those polystyrene eggs. To do this you need to add some plaster of paris to your paint mix in the following proportions:

  • 3 parts of your paint colour
  • 1 part of Plaster of Paris
  • A little water to mix

You really want to get very light pastel colours for your eggs. You can see here that my blue came out too dark, so I did repaint a few times adding more white, until I got the tone that I wanted. Rememer that paint often dries darker and in fact that is what happened for me, so you may need to adjust it. I was looking for a really delicate light blue here.

Tip: Note that I am using a toothpick to hold the egg which makes it a much less messier task!

Here is my green. This one was pretty good.

Once dry, you can get going with the really clever part to make your eggs look realistic. I am using a brown paint here and an old toothbrush to flick the paint onto the egg. You will end up covering surfaces and anything else within range, including yourself with paint but the effect is worth it!


I hope you have enjoyed reading our first Easter project and do join us again for another project in our series, which we will be posting fast and furiously in an effort to catch up!

Constructive Criticism? Hmm Not sure.

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (4)

I just wanted to share a message left as a guestbook signature. I can't seem to work out if the comment is for real or maybe just a troll. Leave me a comment below if you have an answer. I would love to hear your thoughts. However, it annoyed me enough to write a reply, which you can read below if you wish.

Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring? I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

Thank you for your comment. I would like to respond if I may. I am not sure whether you realise but I manage this site alone with a little bit of help from my family (and I mean a little help).


So, I come up with ideas, design and draw everything from scratch using Corel Draw, test each item, make demos, take photos, write blog posts, make videos and run the social media content. No,  I do not sit around all day writing blog posts and worrying whether they sound nice. Most of the blog posts are in fact informational, including 'how to' notes or announcing new templates and free stuff. When I have time, I do photo tutorials on different craft techniques but these are very detailed and I need to keep the content and templates coming, so I only do these when I can.


The site is run with a no profit motive. This means that any money made is fed right back into paying the fees to keep the site running. I simply like to make things, I make them and I share them to anyone who is interested. Most of the files I create are offered free of charge to members and in fact I only occasionally add a template to the 'pay for' section and this is only to pay the fees as I mention above.

The content is added during my free time. I have daily life issues like everyone else. Running my family and other personal things take up the bulk of my time. My mother was very ill for three years, after suffering a catastrophic stroke and last year she died. My father is now very unwell, so I am caring for him.


My family comes first which is why this site runs on a shoestring and I make nothing. That is not the intent. I have been running this site for years and loads of my content has been used and copied, particularly during the early days, when there wasn't much available on the web. Any readers who have been around that long will recall those issues. The big craft companies and magazines surf the web stealing ideas (don't even get me started on that) and I know for a fact a number of tutorials and a good deal of intellectual property has been directly copied from here without any kind of permission. Happy to provide details personally to anyone who wants the evidence!!

I don't have to work as hard as I do to produce content, in fact I have thought about giving up many times. My site fees are overdue right now and I may not decide pay them, due to so many problems being caused by It has been apalling trying to run this site with so many technical problems and in a way, just limping along. To say that I am at the end of my tether would be an understatement.


So, if nothing else, this site stands as a record of all I have made and achieved, so no regrets there. Also, the comments and contributions from some lovely members and visitors makes the effort worthwhile. I don't mind constructive criticism at all but I do ask people to understand the effort that goes into providing content for this blog and site before writing offhand comments on the guestbook, that are nothing more than discouraging for someone who is offering their time and experiences for free. I am currently working on Easter projects for people who are interested but if you don't like the site, feel free to leave. Nothing to keep you here! :)

Thank you  for reading and to the person that wrote that comment...

Is that interesting enough for you??

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 - Origami Hearts

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I do not profess to be any kind of expert on origami, in fact I am so far from being an expert that it is not really worth mentioning at all! Having said that, I do enjoy paper folding and we have featured quite a few paper folding projects here on the blog over the years, so we have a basic heart which you can make featured today.

I had been wondering what to do with some lovely paper printed with gold oriental script that had been sitting in my paper box, so this project was just the perfect way to use it.


I made lots of these and used them along with the Folded Hearts we posted about earlier in the Heart Notes Jar project.

There is a template on the Member pages but you really need some photo instructions or video to make these, so I will be uploading one as soon as I have done it. Alternatively, or if you can't wait for me to do that, you can find lots of other videos on Youtube showing how the folds are done.  Make a large one and add a message inside or make some mini ones and use on your cards and gifts.


Valentines Day 2017 - String Heart Quiz

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a quiz for you today. So how did we make this heart?

Those of you who vist the blog will have seen our String Baubles we made at Christmas. I decided to have a go making a heart shaped one. The ball shapes are easy, you use a balloon which you deflate after your string is dry but what about the heart shape. Yes, you can use a balloon shaped into a heart but that is not what we did here. Can you guess?

Add your answer below and if you guess correctly, we will send you a free template.

Valentines Day 2017 - Mini Folded Hearts With Free Template

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In an earlier post, we made this lovely Heart Notes Jar project. Scroll down the blog if you want to read it.

The jar contains a mixture of folded and origami hearts. The little folded paper hearts are really simple to make and a great way to use your leftover scraps of valentines papers.Just fold on the lines as shown to make a little pocket which you can use to add a message inside for your loved one. You can use them as mini notes stacked in a jar, or make them bigger and use as proper notelet to your loved one.


Check the Member pages for the template. There are different sizes on the template, so you can use them in lots of different ways. We are using the last sheet of multiple mini hearts for the jar project!

Valentines Day 2017 - Heart Concertina Medallions With Free Template

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We are busily catching up on the Valentine's Day projects in case the website goes down, so here is another project and template for you.


We have made lots of concertina style pieces on the blog over the last year, mainly for Christmsas projects. Well if you enjoyed making those, here is another use of that easy technique for you to try and make some lovely heart medallion shapes which you can use on your cards, as a decoration on a gift or even hanging off a twig tree like I have done.


Another hanging medallion heart. Try to ignore the thread of glue from a hot glue gun which shouldn't have been there for the photo!

Use the template to cut out the shape from your paper and simply concertina fold from one side to the other. Glue end to end and then push down to form your medallion. Simple! Here are some photos and you can find the free template on the Member's pages.

Cut out the template strip, score and fold into a concertina

Bend and glue or tape the ends to create the heart shape and then push in to form the medallion, just as you do for any normal circle medallions that you make this way.

A hot glue gun is needed here to secure your heart as it will spring out easily. These hearts look lovely on cards also but they are bulky, so make sure you are delivering your card in person rather than posting!


Valentines Day 2017 - Heart Banner With Free Template

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we have a lovely decorative Valentines project for you. There is a template on the Member’s gallery, so sign up to the site for that if you want it.


You probably remember making these at school. We have given these paper hearts an uplift by using beautiful papers and pretty pastel brads and pegged them with mini pegs onto our line.

You can also make them in the larger sizes and use them as single hanging decorations as shown in the photo above. The good old Twig Tree steps in again.

Cut the strips out, you will need 5 in reducing sizes. The template includes strips in lots of sizes so just choose which ones you want depending on the size of heart you want to make, just making sure that they are five next to each other on the template. You also need a centre strip to hang your heart. Here are some quick photo instructions to make them.

Punch holes in the top and bottom of each strip before you stack them.

I am just showing how to assemble one side of the heart here for simplicity and because it can be quite fiddly. You can do both sides at once by just laying them back to back, i.e. do the same with the other side with the coloured side of your papers facing inwards. You will see why in a second. I am using white paper here so it doesn't matter which way around I place my strips.

Now start to bend each one over from the top to the bottom, starting with the smallest strip and ending with the largest.

Secure with a brad.

Now, you can do the same with the other side, making sure to add a strip in the middle which will be used to hang your heart. This only needs to be punched at one end, which will be the end you push the brad through, The top of the strip is where you will attach your peg. If you like, you can leave this strip out altogether, as I have done in the larger heart hanging from the twig tree. I have glued in a piece of cord instead.

Here you can see another heart being made, this time I am using paper strips cut from patterned paper. The pattern faces inwards initially, then as you bend each strip down, it will be showing on the outside of the heart. If you get it wrong, it will be obvious right away!

I hope you have enjoyed this project and join us again for another Valentine's Day craft soon!

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 - Words From the Heart Cards

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few card demos featuring the Digital Stamp Collection 'Words From the Heart'.

Not only for Valentine's Day, these images can lend themselves to many different occasions. Here are just a few ideas!

You Make My Heart Sing

Distressed Inks are the finishing touch for this vintage style card

You Are the Best Thing About Me

Chalks provide some dimension on this contemporary style card

So Glad I Picked You!

Three pretty flowers mounted on free heart backing paper, makes a card perfect for a friend or a loved one

Be My Valentine

A Vintage Card with a three dimensional heart, coated with Glossy Accents and distress inks to provide depth

The Most Beautiful Things in the World

A simple sentiment in pastel blue makes this a perfect card for a special friend

Love Blooms in My Heart

A doodle heart filled with flowers, says it all for a friend or loved one

Love Means the Same in Any Language

Simple in pink with chalks and inks

Two Hearts Entwined

Free backing paper, with a simple sentiment and two polymer clay glitter red hearts, embellished with wire

There are so many ways to use these digital images. Look out for a free sample from this set on the Member pages.

Valentines Day 2017 - Paper Scraps Notelets

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Not strictly a Valentines Day card for this post but I had some scraps left over from decorating my polystyrene hearts and I just love the effect you get from using beautiful handmade papers to create a mini fantasy type scene. Each time you do this the result is different and you often see little landscapes or scenes even though it is just glued paper.


Simply tear up your paper pieces and glue together with a slightly watered down white glue and finish with a final coat, so that the paper is wet enough to adhere together completely. You don’t have to worry getting anything straight at this stage, just glue and let dry.


When your piece is dry you can then cut smaller squares or rectangles and simply mount. I love these cards and we have featured them before way back on the blog, so if you want to see more examples have a look in the Photo Gallery under the ‘Other Cards’ Album.

Valentines Day 2017 - Pop Up Heart Card

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So we are just trying to post all the projects we had lined up but have been unable to post due to problems with, our website provider.Here is another card project, which is so simple but just so effective. If you use glitter card for your hearts, it is stunning. The photo doesn't do it justice.

Anyway, I am sure you already know how to make these cards and have made them before, so there are no project notes but you get the idea from the photo. The outside of the card is just simply covered with plain paper, as I want the inside to be the surprise!

There are some heart templates on the Member pages but if you would like me to put together a template for the rest of this card showing where the cuts go to create the pop-ups then please leave me a comment and I will put one together.

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, our website provider allows me to upload the files for you. Sorry for the wait but we are unable to do anything about it.


Valentines Day 2017 - Polystyrene Hearts

Posted on February 3, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is the project that was originally going to kick off our Valentines Series 2017.  Last year we made some decorated polystyrene Easter Eggs on the blog so I wanted to do the same with some hearts that I found in my boxes of odds and ends. 

I just love how they look hanging simply on a twig tree. That twig tree has been such a sound investment, as you can hang more or less anything on it and it really adds a lovely festive note to your room. If you haven't got one, you should!!

There are so many ways to decorate these simple hearts but we are just featuring a few on this post.

  • Try simply dabbing the heart with alcohol inks. These inks are just so versatile and will stick to most surfaces and are particularly useful on glossy or non porous things like these polystyrene hearts. Just make sure you let them dry thoroughly first before you start fidding with them. Actually, I did consider stamping on them with some archival inks but in the end I decided that they look nice enough with just the inks. You can see the effect on the heart in the background in the photo above.
  • Try using Distress Stains, again just dabbed over the heart. Go for a mixture and let the colours blend. These can be messy and take a while to dry. I ended up going around with bright red hands for a day or two after this, which got me some strange looks in the supermarket!
  • Decorate in a decoupage manner using little scraps of red and pink papers and a slightly watered down white glue (PVA). Handmade papers work particularly well for this technique, as they get saturated with glue easily and can be moulded to the shape you are using, whilst glossy papers can be difficult to use and need a little more work. I think they look stunning on a simple white twig tree but would be equally nice attached to a gift or hanging from a banner or string.

Tip: I’ve covered all my hearts in a gloss varnish to protect the finish, as polystyrene often chips off leaving an unsightly white piece underneath.

Here are some more projects using decorated polystyrene shapes:

Decorated Eggs Part 1

Distressed Easter Eggs

Stamped Easter Eggs

Valentines Day 2017 - Ribbon Heart Card

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So here goes with a test post. This was not the project that was intended to be first in the series but never mind, the rest will follow!


So we’ve made this style of card on the blog before for Easter and Christmas and they are so simple to do that I wanted to do a heart card version. Simply using strips of beautiful ribbon behind a die cut heart shape, or a hand cut heart like I have used here.

This is easy and very effective, especially if the light shines through transparent ribbons. This type of card is simple but looks expensive if you use your best quality ribbon scraps.Simply use some double-sided tape around the edges on the reverse side of the heart and stick the ribbons across the aperture, overlapping the slightly. Keep checking how it looks by flipping it over and readjust if necessary. This is the beauty of using the double-sided tape. When you have finished, cover the back with another piece of paper for neatness and simply mount onto the front of your card.


If you don’t have a heart template you can find one with different sized hearts on the Member pages which was posted for another project a few years back and I may get around to posting one for the exact size heart I used here, if we can get back on track with the Valentine's Day projects. They will be coming thick and fast to catch up!

Here an Easter project using this method with a photo instruction, to create beautiful and unique cards to keep!

Easter Cards

And here is a Christmas Card, featuring the same technique

Christmas Card

Website Update

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the good news is that we have managed to upload some photos to the site but still experiencing some issues with linking to them. So there will be a test post of one of our projects to see if it works. Then the other files, templates etc will be uploaded. Cross fingers.

Sadly, maybe a goodbye, get all the freebies you need now!

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Well this is a sad blog post to write but here goes. As some visitors to the blog have noticed, we have been having big problems with the website because of the host We have been unable to upload any files or photos to the site, so we haven't been able to update the blog. We could have posted all our Valentine's Day projects as just words but that would have been boring.You can still see them in the photo gallery though and on our Facebook page.


I am not sure when or even if the problems will be resolved and the issue is that the site fees come up for renewal in a couple of days. It would be stupid to spend the few hundred dollars it costs to run the site with no guarantee that the problems will be fixed, so the subscription will not be renewed, unless by a miracle the site is sorted out in the next day. I am not sure what happens but I imagine that the site may just sit here until the domain expires but in case it disappears altogether, make sure you download any of the member files now. I wanted to leave all the files free to download but that would have taken too long to sort out unfortunately and it is unclear what access will be available after the subscription deadline.

All downloads will be sent as they are automatically processed, so if you have them in your basket they should go through as normal. If not, then contact me via Facebook page.

Anyway, I am not sure at this stage whether the site will be resurrected somewhere else, there is just too much information to do it all again in it's current form and the site material cannot be migrated to another platform. However, we may pop up again somewhere else, I am just not sure at this stage. We will still appear on the Facebook page which you can like on the button on the top right and will announce anything important there.

So all that remains to do is to thank you if you have supported this site over the years, I was going to send an email blast to all of the more than 3,500 members but I guess that would seem too final, so I will say goodbye here.  It has been a lot of hard work for me but also a lot of fun. I have loved sharing my creations with anyone who has stopped by for a look and we have had so many wonderful comments and contributions over the last 7 years.


If by a miracle we can get the issues sorted then you can ignore all this stuff above but in case it doesn't, thanks again and onwards and upwards!

Video Summary of Valentine's Day projects 2017

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Until our website is sorted out, you can view a summary video of the Valentine's Day projects on our Facebook Page. These projects will all be featured as soon we can. There are free templates, printables and digital images available which will be posted here on the blog, just as soon as WEBS.COM manages to sort out our site and allow files to be uploaded. Nothing much to do except apologise but unfortunately this matter is outside our control.

Website still down

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you visiting our site for the first time, then welcome! Unfortunately we are having terrible problems with WEBS.COM who operate and host this website. We can't upload any files at all, so please do come back again, as I hope that at some point we may be able to post our Valentine's Day projects for you all. Such a shame as there are LOTS of lovely ideas and free templates and printables for you but until we get the site functional again, we can't do anything about it. Thank you for your patience!


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