Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Starz Mini Gift Bag

Stars are having a cosmic moment on the fashion scene. Here's a link to a Gardian article dicussing the trend. So - I have decided to channel the trend in a paper-y way. Above, some handy mini-gift bags in a starry print. The bags are good size for sweets.

You can finish the bag with a ribbon through the hanging loops - or with a lolly stick (cake pop).

Here are your free design files:
StarzBag1of2.pdf 
StarzBag2of2.pdf 

StarzBag1of2.svg 
StarzBag2of2.svg 

The template is in two pieces - you can only fit so much on an A4 piece of card!
So - you must glue the back on to the front piece before assembling the bag (use a glue stick).

Glue the back section on top of the back bar of the front section. The flap fits in the rectangular opening on the front piece.

Score and crease the folds.

Fold the hanging loops on either side in half and glue them down. Glue the brad mats back-to-back. Insert the brads through the mats and insert them through the holes in the bag before assembling the bag (one on the tab, one on the bag front).

Join the bag sides, then the base. Squeeze the bag sides gently, narrowing at top. Tie a piece of string on to the top brad, behing the mat.

You can either glue a lolly stick or a thread a ribbon through the hanging loops at top. A 10cm lolly stick will have to be trimmed a bit - take care!

Coordinating gift tag included.

Have a superstar holiday season!  :)







Monday, 11 December 2017

Save the Dates

Here's a timely reminder to make the dates to give. My Calendar Bunting, above, is a print-and-cut for sale on Craftsy.

And don't forget the freebies on this blog:
A-FrameCalendar 
PrintableWallCalendar&MailingEnvelope
3-DCalendar 
CalendarBowl 
CalendarCard 

Send the dates! :)

 

Friday, 8 December 2017

How to Craft with Paper, by Mollie Makes. Review.



With over 50 techniques and 20 easy project

 By Mollie Makes

Pavilion Books 2017

Paperback, UK £9.99



ISBN 978-1-911216-67-4



Star rating: ***1/2



It’s lovely to be gifted with a how-to book – so when the festivities are over, you can dive into a new pursuit for the New Year. How to Craft With Paper, from the Mollie Makes team,  provides a stylish intro to papercrafting for newbies.


The projects are super-appealing (loving Three Little Cacti Pots, by Sarah Matthews) and are accompanied by inspirational capsule bios of the designers. Projects include papier maché owl bowls and a mini party pinata, origami fairy lights shaped like lilies, an modular origami lampshade, cut and close flower boxes (ideal for gifting), and a Foxy Nights papercut. The projects all have stunning beauty shots (as you would expect of Mollie Makes), accompanied by photo how-tos.


The format of the book situates the projects up front, followed by the techniques section. This inverse order works with the breezy, get-acquainted vibe of the book. The technique section is good for what it is, accepting that papercrafting is an umbrella for many different crafts – nothing in depth, but clear info as provided. Newbies will appreciate the full-size templates, eliminating extra hassle. 


So – a likeable collection of papery projects, strictly for newbies.
Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this book.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Snowflowers Paper Chains '17

Snowflower paper chains for you - mix and match to achieve the configuration of your choice. Go all hexagonal links, all loops, or whatever combo you desire.

Here are your free print-and-cut paper chains:
SnowflowersPaperChains.pdf
SnowflowersPaperChains.svg


Enjoy your links and loops! :)



Monday, 4 December 2017

Snowflowers Card and Envelope '17

This dinky card plus matching envie will come in handy during the festive season. If you are running short, just print and cut - and you are practically good to go. 

The motif of the card is a fantasical snowflower - part of the popular hybrid trend (as in cronuts). (Combining two of my favourite things - snowflakes and flowers.)

Here are your free design files:

SnowflowerCard'17.pdf 
SnowflowerCard'17.svg 

SnowflowerEnvelope'17.pdf 
SnowflowerEnvelope'17.svg 

Hope you have a festive holiday season! :)
 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Card Racks 2017

Festive season - time for my annual toast rack-style card racks. This year, I have a fun mitten design and a patchwork motif to choose from. Bonus for you - a mitten motif card. Make them now, before the 10 December card blizzard!

These card racks are ideal if you prefer to browse rather than display holiday cards. 

Here are your free card rack design files:
MittenCardRackEnds.pdf
MittenCardRackEnds.svg

PatchworkCardRackEnds.pdf
PatchworkCardRackEnds.svg

CardRackBody.pdf
CardRackBody.svg

MittenCard.pdf 
MittenCard.svg 

Both card racks share the same base.

To assemble the card rack, print and cut your pieces. Score and fold the base of the card rack body. Glue the base tab - the arc-like slots form automatically.
Score and fold the tabs on the end pieces. Stick them on to the card rack ends, base tabs first, then sides, and finally top tab.

I like to add a whimsical piece of yarn mitten string to my card racks. Obviously, you must fasten the yarn before the end pieces are fully attached. Pierce a small hole at the base of each mitten (thumb side) and thread the yarn through the hole, knotting on the inside.

Happy festive crafting.





Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Quilling Art, By Sena Runa. Review.



By Sena Runa
GMC Publications, 2017
Paperback, £14.99 UK/ $19.95 US
ISBN 9781784943677
Star rating: ****

Quilling designer Sena Runa has a refreshingly contemporary and irreverent approach to quilling. Her designs have a beguiling fluidity and elegance. She has a successful online business – and in her new book, she generously shares her designs and making-up techniques. 

Sena’s preferred method is to create an outer shape which is then filled with quilled coils and shaped strips. A drawn template is your guide. Sena has a wonderful way with quilling strips – for example, the yin-yang effect inside the diamond compartments of her Snowflake design. She has an excellent eye for colour, and chooses pretty and playful motifs. She is also not afraid to combine quilling with whimsical drawn elements – the Mermaid, for example.  

The upfront section takes you through the paces of basic quilling techniques – shapes and best practice. 

Projects include Sun, Cloud, Heart, Lion, Duck Fish, Butterfly, Apple,Rose, Tulip, Birthday Balloons, Sailboat, Coffee Cup, and the previously mentioned Mermaid. Clear photographic step-by-steps are provided for each project. Back-of-book, full-size templates are provided.

The suggestion to display the designs as ribbon-hung ornaments is a very appealing idea – one which would make a superb stocking filler (if you got cracking with your quilling). The learning curve is not steep – but the papery curves are infinite! Well done, Sena Runa.

Note: I was provided with a review copy of this title.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Easy Papercut Ornaments

Here's an easy papercutting project designed for double-sided paper. It is fun to make - the template is constructed from a single strip of paper. There's a wow moment when the final design appears.

The flip side of the ornament looks like this: 
.... so use it as a decorative giftwrap embellishment.

Here is your free papercut ornament file:
PapercutOrnament.pdf 
PapercutOrnament.svg 

PapercutOrnament.studio3 

I print the flip side of my paper with the colour of my choice. I make the folds against a small metal ruler. When folding, make sure the cut-outs are on top.
Add a craft thread hanging loop.

So, a quick project featuring two of my favourite papercraft-y things - papercutting and double-sided paper.
 


Friday, 10 November 2017

Nested Doll Pockets

Here's a fun paper take on Russian matryoshka dolls. Print and cut the three dolls - they all fit on to one A4 sheet of photocopier card! :)
They make cute party favours or envelope enclosures - but they are not for under 3s. (Of course, you can enlarge them on the photocopier.)

Here are your free nested dolls:
Nested Dolls.pdf 
NestedDolls.studio3 

Making up is a cinch. The how-tos are printed on the page.

Happy papercrafting. :)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Starry Pleated Ornaments

Star motifs are having a moment - not that they ever go out of style. Since they are super-suited to the festive season, here is a pleated ornament with a 3-D star feature. Cosmic!

In order for the projecting stars to be yellow on both sides, you either have to print on yellow card or print the flip side of your white card yellow. (I have supplied you with a .pdf of a matching colour yellow.)

Here are your free files: 
StarryPleatedOrnaments.pdf
StarryPleatedOrnaments.svg
StarryPleatedOrnaments.studio3

StarryPleatedOrnamentCardBack.pdf



Print on flip side of card.
I am not giving you detailed how-tos on how to make these pleated ornaments. For a quick study, check out my Pleated Paper Globes Tutorial.  

Also take a look at New Look Pleated Globe Ornaments.

I won't kid you - there is a bit of a learning curve. The trick is reversing the folds at the points - pop! Once you've cracked it, making pleated paper ornaments will be more-ish.  

Enjoy papercrating your Starry Pleated Ornaments.
 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Nested Teddy Bears

These cute nested teddies are inspired by Russian dolls. Tuck the successively smaller teddies into the pockets (kangaroo-style!) . There's a mailing envelope in a coordinating print, too.

Here are your freebie nesting teddies:
NestedTeddies.pdf
NestedTeddies.studio3

NestedTeddiesEnvelope.pdf
NestedTeddiesEnvelopeBig.pdf
NestedTeddiesEnvelope.studio3

To make the teddies, simply cut out the shapes. Affix a pocket on to each teddy bear. Glue on backs are supplied, for a tidy finish.

The small size bears are not for under 3. You can enlarge the design - and make a suitable larger envelope.

Enjoy making and giving the nested teddies! :)


Friday, 3 November 2017

Bargello-inspired Gift Cup

The pattern on this lidded gift container is inspired by bargello - flame stitch - needlework. The cute little tub has a handled lid with tabs. The tabs fit into the slots. There's a gift tag, too. Ideal size for small gifts or sweet treats.

Here's your free print-and-cut design:
BargelloGiftCup.pdf 
BargelloGiftCup.studio3 

I have given you an alternative colourway for the cup on the Silhouette Studio cutting file.

To Make Up:
1 Print on to 160 gsm photocopier card.

2 Cut out. If cutting by hand, carefully cut the slots in the cup top with a craft knife.

3 Join the cup to make a ring.

4 Turn up the base tabs, apply glue to them. Lower the base into the cup; glue tabs in place. Make sure the base is flush with worksurface.

5 Fold the end tabs of the handle - glue them on to opposite ends of the lid.

6 To close the lid, slide the tabs into place. Gently pull the handle near a tab to remove the lid.

Happy gifting. :)


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Decoupage Your Home, by Fransie Snyman. Review.

Decoupage Your Home
A contemporary guide to transforming everyday objects
By Fransie Snyman
Search Press 2017
Paperback £12.99 UK/$19.95 US
ISBN 978-1-78221-576-9

Star rating: ***

Decoupage – decorating objects with artfully-applied cut-outs (made of paper and other materials) which are then lacquered, is a craft that’s enjoying a revival, thanks to new products and the upcycling trend.  So – Fransie Snyman’s new title is well-timed.  Decoupage is the perfect skill for an IKEA hack or a tea chest upgrade. 

Author Fransie Snyman’s day job is as a science teacher – so you can see how her fascination with materials and surfaces extends to the craft. She is up to speed with the products required to produce speedy decoupage projects. In olden times, layer upon layer of labouriously-applied varnish was required to finish a decoupaged object. These days, a variety of finishing products , many quick-drying, are available with specificity of end use and appearance. Example: podges. A podge is both a glue and a finish. You can choose matt, satin, gloss – even glitter  finishes, plus you can match the podge to both the surface and the material being applied. 

There is much to choose from when it comes to materials to apply. Napkin decoupage is a niche craft in itself. Printed paper napkins come in magnificent patterns, as does decopatch paper – tissue thin and brilliantly patterned. Fabric is a possibility, too.

Up front, you will find basic how-tos, acquainting you with tool, materials, and techniques. This is then followed by over 50 projects, all accompanied by step-by-step how-tos. The projects are pretty much as expected – lots of  tins, stool tops, toy box, wall clock. The peacock feather-motif cushions fashioned from paper napkins applied to fabric work a treat. It might have been nice to have a chart back-of-book, matching decoupage cut-out to finishing medium.

The craft of decoupage has much appeal – everyone likes a makeover, plus the potential to magic pretty papers a more permanent existence had great appeal. Protect and display.  Fransie Snyman’s new book provides decoupage know-how in one stop.
Note: I was provided with a review copy of this title.