I got 99 problems...

Octopus Books sent me this lovely cross-stitch book to review.  As a counted cross-stitch novice, my first impression is it's a perfect place for a beginner, like me, to start.

The first three chapters describe the materials to use, how to cross-stitch and framing your finished work.  A complete beginner's guide, each step is clearly explained with photos to illustrate every point.  The remaining chapters feature 20 easy cross-stitch pattern charts all with attitude!

The author, Genevieve Brading, is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss and Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.

I have my supplies ready, my design chosen and I can't wait to get stitching!  I'll be back with the next instalment as I start to stitch.

Disclaimer: I was gifted this book to review for free but was under no obligation to write this post. Opinions are my own.

Do you do vintage ? ...

I do, so I thoroughly enjoyed making 7 vintage inspired cards with the lovely new Bo Bunny Soiree collection, all for the current issue (99) of Papercrafter magazine.
As well as 50 cards to make there's a very handy free gift with this issue too, a 5 piece nesting die set of 3 stars and 2 tags perfect for your Christmas makes.

Easy card with washi tape...

Put all those rolls of washi tape to good use by making a quick and easy card that will work for any occasion just by changing up the colours and the sentiment.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Doodle around the edge with a fine black liner

  • Be bold with colour - neon works well against a white background

  • Use different designs and thickness of washi to add interest

  • Go large with the sentiment

  • Add depth to the design with three coordinating buttons

If you're looking to grow your washi stash I've found these lovely ones on Etsy.

 Orange stripe washi tape - The Lovely Desk

I love a She - Shed ...

Especially this one, it's been designed by Sophie Robinson from the BBC's Great Interior Design Challenge - love that programme !

For inspiration, tips and tricks to design your own visit Sophie's Blog here and for details on how you could win this She-Shed and all it's contents visit the competition page on the Hillary's website here

Family Tree Die from DoCrafts...

I had the pleasure of working with the Xcut A5 Family Tree die set on this commission for issue 153 of Quick Cards.
I love Xcut dies, great designs, reasonably priced and they work a treat in my Sizzix Big Shot Plus.

Embroidery with Hochanda part 1...

I've been sent a really pretty embriodery kit from the craft channel Hochanda to review it's from Rowandean Embroidery.  My kit is called Cornflowers and it contains printed fabric, coloured organza fabrics, threads on numbered organiser card, fully illustrated step by step instructions, and plastic wrapped chenille needle.

 It's all part of this campaign Hochanda are running.

I'm kinda wondering how I can transfer the finished design from the calico onto denim but I'm working on that and I've added some pins to my Denim Craft Pinterest board to inspire me.

I'll be reporting back with updates throughout the project to let you know how I'm getting on.

Disclaimer: I was gifted this product to review for free but was under no obligation to write this post. Opinions are my own.

How do you attach ribbon to card ?

Featured in issue 150 of Quick Cards Made Easy

I use ultra clear tape it comes in various widths, it's acid free and the most reliable and neatest way I've found to attach lengths of ribbon to card.  I'm not surprised it was Stix 2's most popular product in April.

What do you use?  I'd love to know...