Clean and simple card

Simple but classy eh?

I used watercolour paper and ‘smooched’ by putting distress ink on acetate, misting with water, then rubbing the resulting inky puddle into the paper

When it dried, I foam mounted the cat and greeting, these were stamped on patterned paper: – stamps a freebie set from a magazine and papers from kanban. Yes I fussy cut rather than using die or scan n cut

The card was finished with some sequins ( colour matched to the ink background) .


Glass leading

Decra  led   self adhesive strips were great for this faux stained glass door panel

but what to do with the left overs?

I jave been upcycling glass bottles and jars aplenty. in this case a simple coffee jar with a good seal in the lid

looks great with the panels painted with left over glass paint but not for food containers as it warps ones expectations of the contents. Blue sugar anyone? Painted glass best for Epsom salts or potpourri storage.

particularly good for up cycling (white) wine bottles to hold our home made vinegars, sorry I gave them away before I remembered to photograph them.

so to use up the rest of the packs I am off to the charity shop tomorrow to titivate a couple of vases.

Ribbon scrap tidy and dispenser

a simple way to organize the sack of ribbon scraps…

materials: 1 A4 sheet cardstock (I used craft card), scissors, strong tape or glue, hole punch Washi tape to close and decorate


score and fold card into toblerone shape – I scored at 6.5, 13 and 19cm then turned the card and scored at 4 cm from either side

i then cut up the 4cm score lines, trimmed and wedged the flaps created to make triangles as shown

I then hole punched 14 holes (enough to squeeze in different scraps of ribbons, if it will wrap round an A6 card, I keep it). I only have an office ring binder punch so was limited to punch near a score line but the holes can be wherever you want). Then form the toblerone shape and stick the overlapping triangles together. I used red liner tape.

Poke ends of ribbon through the holes from inside to out, a crochet hook works well, and when your holder is full secure it closed with washi tape so you can top it up some time in the future without destroying the box

just a few more to make before I get the ribbon stash under control!

if decorated this would make a nice little gift for a crafty friend…

Jeans to … sewing challenge

Take one pair of jeans and too many hours on Pinterest and let us see what we can make….

so far the bottom of the legs have been chopped off and made into two simple storage pots.

I boxed the bottoms (the tops really to preserve the hems) and lined with some dotty fabric and some wadding. One leg had a longer lining piece to create a bigger contrast cuff

These will be used to store ready readers and sunglasses.

If I made them again and had enough firm form interface I would use that to make the sides more rigid but these will do the soft storage job

Now back to Pinterest to see what else to try … I have ppreviously made a garden apron/belt, some  oven gloves and mitts -see earlier posts-  so want to expand my jeans recycling repertoire

Washi tape cards

Oh dear, I was Trying to use up supplies as the cupboards are full, but a sale in paperchase undid my efforts

bAck homeI made two quick cards, just lining up the range of tapes direct on to cream linen effect card bases.

For the first I stamped in the gap, taking care to line it up.l I then realized if I put the greeting on first I could easily line the tape along it so for the second I stuck on a greeting (my handwriting scanned into scan n cut, cut three times on card and layered to create dimension) before taping around it

in both cases the tape is glamorous enough (Paperchase  peacock collection, only four pounds for 8 rolls) to leave off embellishment but some gems on one and black stickles on the other just finished it if

now back to my resolution about not adding to the craft hoard!

Wallpaper gift bags

I wanted to present some of my mountain of hand made cards so I made gift bags using a roll of wallpaper (I buy 50p remnant rolls of the more ornate papers when I see them). This is sturdier and more pliable than paper or card.

method: cut a rectangle of paper about 34cm wide by 20 high ie just bigger than A4, this will hold 8 ish A6 cards and envelopes

fold about 3 cm down and towards you to make a cuff with the reverse of the paper showing, then score down over the cuff at 3 cm, 16 cm, 19 cm, 32 cm  – all the way to the bottom

then fold under about all the way across about 3 cm from the bottom to make your base

cut up the score lines from the bottom to that last across score line to make the bottom flaps and cut out the tiny rectangle bottom right

fold the score lines to form the bag shape

stick double sided tape on the right hand down strip and bottom flaps to fix bag

punch matching pairs of holes in the cuff front and back, I used an office hole punch which fit inside the bag neatly. Thread ribbon or cord through the holes and tie knots inside the bag to fasten

if needed cut a piece of card to fit inside the bottom to reinforce the base, wallpaper seems strong enough for a light package though

You can pinch the side panels to give the impression of a side gusset and embellish or label as well..


Scan n cut snowflake garland/paper bunting

img_0185I followed a scan n cut you tube idea to create some home made decor this year. A modern version of paper chains!

For a Christmas themed garland you will need to cut out an assortment of paper snowflakes in different sizes.  I used a selection of papers and wish I had chosen doubled sided stuff as the garland twists a little in use.

if you don’t have a cutting machine folding the paper and hand cutting is an option if you have the time (or child labour!)

at the sewing machine pull a long tail of thread through then sew a long straight stitch through the centre of the first flake. (I used a white thread as most of the papers were pale or had white in but a contrast thread in a decorative stitch might be fun).

Be brave, go straight off the end of the flake and sew a few stitches in the gap before you put the next snowflake through. This creates a chain for your garland. You can overlap a few flakes or stitch a small one on top of a larger one as well.

Continue for the length you wish and leave a long tail of thread at the end for tying.

Easy to recreate for Valentines, Spring, Easter, Birthday, Halloween or Anniversary versions  …

Tip: remember that paper will blunt your machine needle

Little bag of tags

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Scraps of card were cut into label shapes with the scan n cut then decorated with die cuts from the enormous , seemingly endless,  Natures Gallery Docrafts bundle. I stamped ‘to’ and ‘from’ and tied twine in place then made a mini folder pocket to hold them in.

I then got in the mood with old Christmas cards cut the same way and a shaker card version too. This required a bit of organization to put the same weight of card through the scan n cut at the same pass but really effective.


Stationery holder


imageWhat started as a card organiser inspired by a Crafter’s Companion You Tube tutorial turned into a lovely stationery holder gift.

this book has a pocket for each month of the year to hold  cards for specific people so you can be really organised

the original tutorial has scrapbook style photo mats but I replaced these with note paper sheets which can be replaced as they are only fixed on with washi tape

every page has another mini pocket or gusset for other stationery bits and I have already tucked little pegs and cards in place

problem, can I bear to give it away?

Construction (see Crafter’s Companion year book tutorial for method);

cover made of card cut to 10″ tall, 14″ wide with a 2″ spine scored in the middle

cover was covered with paper cut to size from the 12″ paper pack (Folk craft? from Do Crafts?) and ribbon sandwiched under the cover paper with lots of glue to keep it fixed down

each of 12 pages was made by scoring a 12″ sheet at 6″ down the middle then flipping it over , turning it 180 degrees and scoring at 1″ top and bottom, the page was then folded on all the scores and the pages stuck with tape runner only on the top bottom and front so that the pages close to the spine could flex when assembled

when all 12 pages were assembled the stack was stuck inside the cover (adhering only top and bottom to keep the flex and make an extra pocket

embellish to taste!


Up cycle shirt into travel bag


I took the back of a shirt retired from use and a matching piece of old sheeting to create a simple lined bag.

I trimmed each material into a rectangle and folded it in half to get the profile of the bag.

Before assembly I cut the pocket from the shirt and sewed it centrally on the front half of the outer and tacked ribbon at the top outer back and front.

I cut squares from the bottom corners on both outer and lining for boxing, and then sewed round the sides and bottom of both outer and lining (leaving a turning gap of four inches at the bottom of the lining).

I boxed the corners then put the outer inside the lining, pinned the tops and sewed the tops before turning and top stitching to tidy the top line.

this makes a great travel bag for free!