|Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM||comments (1)|
In the good tradition of movies, today is out takes or bloopers day. Those cards that didn't work.
These two cards are examples of ones that did not turn out in the way I hoped. I usually don't post these type of disasters up on the blog but I think that it is useful to show the ones that didn't work as much as the ones that did. That is really how you learn in life after all.
The first one made using the stacked eggs from the free members template gives an example of working with geometric style patterned papers. I tried to line up the zig zags which did more or less work but I just think the choice of papers was wrong. So if you squint at it in a dark room with the curtains shut it works! The background is textured with an embossing folder which is a bit difficult to see in the photo. The result however is pretty nasty!
This one was made because I had cut an egg shape from the template in some floral paper that I thought would work quite well with the embossed paper background. I also wanted to try out some rather cute mini die cutters so I used these to make the word Easter.
I really hate this card, enough said really!!
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
We are coming to an end of this short Easter series of projects, with a couple more egg themed cards to go. This one is so simple but looks expensive, with an embossed pearlescent egg and ribbon. Embossing folders and pearlescent papers are truly a match made in heaven.
|Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:55 PM||comments (2)|
As Easter is approaching rather fast, I am posting these projects quickly so you can have time to make them. So today here is another free template which you can find on the Member pages. The template will make a cute Carrot Box in various sizes. Make small ones filled with Smarties or similar and hang them as a banner!
Or pile them in a basket for small visitors
Or make larger ones for bigger treats!
Thanks for joining me on the blog. Look out for more ideas soon and if you want to see what free templates, backing papers etc there are, just sign up to the site, completely free and no obligation.
|Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
Two very simple but very eye-catching cards today, both using just single eggs cut from the free template 'Stacked Eggs' The quality of paper or card is key for these very basic designs. With great paper, you don't need much and they work beautifully on a simple white background.
I am using the smaller sized eggs for this card, so I could cut 9 from co-ordinating pretty papers. Love this simple clean design on a white card!
To add a little interest, I have cut the front side with scalloped scissors and added a small strip of ribbon. Otherwise a very simple, clean card with three eggs.
|Posted on March 18, 2018 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Two card projects today, simply using 3 egg shapes from the free template, 'Stacked Eggs'.
Three eggs cut from the template with lovely patterned papers and a torn paper background, quite happy with this!
Another one using floral papers and a lace trim.Love those floral papers, probably because I have now stepped firmly into being old age!
|Posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Ok so there is a new free template on the Member pages and we posted a project to make a hanging Easter decoration the other day using this template. Today I am using the Stacked Egg Template and some pretty floral papers which I think work well with this design to make an Easter themed card.
I have simply layered up my pieces with some foam pads. Choose your first size of egg from the template and then work down skipping say two sizes each time. If you choose consecutive sizes, you won't get the definition you are looking for but in all honesty, you just need to play around with them until you find a design you like.
My egg was quite 3D here, so I decided to cut an oval shape from the front of my card and place the embellishment on the inside, so that it pokes through when the card is closed. This gives a nice dimensional effect to the card anyway as you have to look through the 'oval window' to see the egg.....remember that from Play School...shows my age!
|Posted on March 16, 2018 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
I love making decorative items for my twig tree and for my fireplace mantel and Easter is no exception. I have heaps of things I have made in previous years that I bring out, just like I do with Christmas to dress my living space.
For this year, I have added some cute to make hanging Easter egg decorations, made using a free template you can get on the Member pages. I will be posting a series of cards I have made using this template both in a stacked form as here but also just using the template as a simple egg shape, so you can get lots of different ideas with how to use it.
As ever, I simply make something for myself and share it on the site here for members. All I ask is for you to be kind enough to comment here on the blog, on the Facebook page and let me know that you like it. I have given up asking people to post photos or links to things they make as I know everyone has such busy lives but a comment does help!
Also if you have enjoyed your visit and want to help me cover site fees and the like, please hit up the Donate button right hand sidebar, or consider getting one of the purchasable templates which are listed on the menu on the left hand sidebar. Every little helps a lot. Thank you!
|Posted on February 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Today's project is a simple message banner, which you can make to say anything you like! I would suggest you keep it clean, especially if you are displaying your message in a public place!
I have just cut out my letters, added them to sqares of red card and hung them on a piece of stripey string. You notice the mini pegs, they will be appearing in a separate post, as I made the hearts from scratch and I bet you can't guess how I did those!
You can get the letters on the member pages which you can print out and make up any message you like, so register with the site if you haven't done so and head to the left hand sidebar under the Members Pages tab.
For those of you who have been a bit slack with making your Valentine a card, simply make the letters as above and stick them to a card. Well at least you made the effort!!
That is about it for this year, we will be back soon with the Easter projects, so thanks for visiting!
|Posted on February 8, 2018 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Two projects today to make up time. We are making those pretty woven hearts you see all over the place. I think they are traditionally from Scandinavia and tend to show up at Christmas but I don't see why they can't be made for Valentines Day also!
I just wanted to make some to hang on my decorative twig tree, which I use all the time, simply swapping around the decorations according to the season.
The template is on the Member Pages for free. You can make a one sided woven heart that you can use to stick to other projects or a woven basket, so there are in fact two templates. I haven't done a tutorial or video to make these hearts, as there are literally thousands on Youtube, so have a browse there as they are a little fiddly to do to be perfectly honest with you!
Tip: if you are struggling with the last strip to weave in and out when making a basket, then simply weave it in and out of the top heart. That will make perfect sense when you come to do it! If you have any questions just post them below this blog or use the contact form on the left hand side bar.
|Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Remember those Sweetheart lollies you could get when you were a kid, well you can still get them! Today's quick project features cute little mini packets that you can fill with those heart messages. There is a template to make these on the member pages and they are a great way to use up scraps.
Simply put your heart sweet in a piece of cellophane and secure the packet with a mini peg.
You can of course use them for other things as well but I thought this was a nice little quick project to celebrate the season of love for friends big and small!
|Posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
I am a bit delayed posting the Valentines Day projects this year, as I have had a parent in and out of hospital, sick animals and other life challenges to deal with. This is what it is like when you are running a blog as a side gig! Anyway, here is the first project and they will be posted in quick succession.
Here is a very simple Valentines Day Card, simple is good when your life is as chaotic as mine!!
There is only one card idea this year, with a little matching tag, as I don't like making hundreds of Valentines Day cards to just either be thrown away or sit around in a cupboard. This one will be used and as I only have one husband, I only need one card!
Actually, my dear old Mum when she was still alive, always used to bring me a bunch or flowers or a plant and a card on Valentine's Day, every year, which was very sweet of her...a tradition I have not really carried on with my own girls, much to my shame!
The hearts are slightly dimensional as you can see in the photos.
I will be posting up a template to make these hearts in a range of sizes on the member pages, if you would like to make a similar card but the template can of course be used in different ways. I haven't had time to make some demos but you can use both pieces of the template to make hanging 3D hearts by sticking the tabs and then gluing or taping them onto some string or ribbon.
Thanks for joining me today. There will be a few more projects posted in quick succession here on the blog over the next few days, so I can get them up in time for you to make your own!
|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM||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!!
|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 2:50 AM||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.
|Posted on December 1, 2017 at 7:45 PM||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!
|Posted on December 1, 2017 at 2:30 AM||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!
|Posted on November 30, 2017 at 12:30 AM||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!
|Posted on November 29, 2017 at 12:25 AM||comments (1)|
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.
|Posted on November 26, 2017 at 9:10 PM||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!
|Posted on November 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM||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!
|Posted on November 19, 2017 at 9:55 PM||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.