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Woven gift-wrap // pastel edition ^_^

Woven gift-wrap // pastel edition ^_^
By Kate on August 8, 2012 I noticed that the woven gift-topper I made last year was doing the rounds again on Pinterest so I thought I would make an updated pastel version (pastels seem to be the new neon at the moment). I bought some quilling strips (0.5cm) to use this time which reduces the labour by about half (I’ve also been working on some more intricate woven ‘things’ for another project…more to come soon). Above: Mischevious hands – the unseen backdrop in all my photo’s ^_^ While I took photos today my boys were making their own presents by wrapping boxes in newspaper. Finally, the font used on these images is called soymilk and it’s free to download …yay!

8-bit popup cards Hello! Remember that pixel heart card I made a while back? Well it has been one of my most popular tutorials to date so I thought I would add another few designs to the collection. Meet ‘space-invader popup’ and ‘skull popup': Like the heart card, they are really minimal (which I just love) and easy to make once you have got the hang of it. You definitely need a craft knife (and a steady hand) to make these cards this project is only really suitable for adults or teenagers. If you want to have a go at making them you will find full instructions and downloadable templates after the jump. Suitable for: Teenagers & grown upsCard size: 8.5cm x 6.5cmEnvelope size: 9cm x 7cm You will need: ♥ Paper ♥ Craft knife ♥ Ruler (preferably a metal one) ♥ Cutting mat (optional) ♥ Needle (or compass point) for scoring 1. Then cut and score along the correct lines on the template (see diagrams below for more guidance). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. If you have any questions then do ask (leave a comment below).

Gift Bows (Another edit... four years later!) Just wanted to share these enormous gift bows I made out of brown paper grocery bags. One is even bigger than the gift... --------------------------------------------(editeddddd cause I made more) Cell phone photo tutorial...What you need: magazine page, brass paper fastener/brad, something sharp, scissors. 1.) 2.) Then loop the other end like so: 3.) 4.) And just keep going. 5.) And you're done! WARNING: May cause serious addiction. -----old post----- Yeah, I could recycle magazines by putting them in my recycling bin, but this is way more fun... (I also reused a pretty shoe box to put the gift in) And two more... They're super easy. Let me know if you have any questions. rolled paper flowers {tutorial} Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites. Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers: 1. 2. 3. Okay, so let’s begin. Here’s what you’ll need: :: paper {either cover or text weight} :: florist wire :: scissors, pencil, glue gun STEP ONE: cut irregular circle This circle is approximately 8 inches, but you can do any size you wish. STEP TWO: cut spiral Start at the outside edge and cut in a spiral fashion to the center. I like a sort of bumpy shape so that the petals end up a bit irregular If you aren’t so sure about your cutting skills, feel free to draw your spiral before cutting. To add a little interest to my bouquet, I used a variety of yellow scrapbook papers {my favorite is that yellow dot} STEP THREE: roll your blossom start at the outside edge and coil tightly STEP FOUR: release coil

Woven paper gift topper I‘m pretty chuffed with these woven paper gift toppers. They are a sinch to make and look really great with recycled newspaper wrap. The idea originated from this woven yarn gift topper which you can see at giverslog.com and from this image which comes from the book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. How-to ♥ Cut some strips of colored paper. Mine were 0.5cm wide. I also made a rainbow gift topper….no surprise there then! Happy Monday everyone! Writing Wrapping This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type. Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. Here's how to do it: Materials and Tools 1. 2. 3. 4a. 4b. 5. 6. Happy Holidays!

How to make Alcohol Ink Dyed Coasters Time: 2 Hours including dry time Materials: Ceramic tiles, alcohol ink (try Adirondack!), alcohol, sealer, paintbrush, paint, rubber pads for the bottom I am pleased to have Aly from Artisan des Arts as a guest blogger this week to show you how to make alcohol ink dyed coasters! Instructions: 1. Begin by coating your tile with regular drugstore alcohol. 2. 3. 4. 5. More from my guest- Over at my blog, I post all of the art projects that I do with my art classes. I have some great how tos and giveaways coming up in the next few weeks. xo, aly

Easter garland By Kate on March 26, 2012 This is my first ever Easter craft! A ‘miffy’ inspired rabbit garland. It’s very sweet and would look cute in a babies room too! All you have to do it print, cut and attach to cotton. I printed the template onto pastel coloured card (175 gsm). You can download a template here if you want to try! Take-out Box I’m in a good mood and thought I’d come share one of my old products! These layered Take-Out Box Templates are super cute and fun to make! Perfect for packaging up small gifts and treats! It includes 2 sizes and they come in both .psd and layered .tif file formats. Enjoy! EDIT: I have made a separate download for paper scrappers/non-digi scrappers/people without Photoshop. You can now download ready to print PDF files for these templates!

30 of the Best Wedding Save the Dates Around! Posted by Azure on December 25th, 2013 Think of your save-the-date as a first impression for your wedding. You'll want to set the right tone, get guests excited, and send them straight to their calendars to block out your special day. So what style of save-the-date is right for you and your groom? That's for you to decide! Which save-the-date style catches your eye? More Popular Posts & Galleries Christmas pixel popup cards Firstly I just wanted to say a Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Hope you all have a wonderful time ^_^ I have had quite a few requests for Christmas pixel popup cards. There are three designs below if you fancy having a go at making some. I tried lots of designs out. Some were a complete disaster! Speaking of which I am going to hang lego trees up in our Christmas tree this year. Text based designs work really well too. My reindeer was a flop! If you fancy making some you will find templates and a tutorial after the jump… …don’t forget to make some pixel snowflake confetti to go in your card ^_^ Click on the link below for full how-to! + A craft knife + Paper + Ruler + Needle (for scoring) + Double sided tape + Cutting mat (preferable) + Printable files (all files are at the bottom of the post) 1. 2. 3. 4. You should now be able to fold your car fully in half and the design should lie flat in the middle! 5. 6. 7. “REINDEER” FILES:Card templateEnvelope TemplateInner card Template

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