How to make a DIY bird card...


Supplies List

White A5 Card Blank
White Hammered Card
Patterned paper, My Minds Eye Cambridge Court similar here
0.6 inch heart punch
Nesting Circle Dies
Black Fineliner Pen
Alphabet Stamps/PC and Printer
Black Adhesive Stone

  1. Cut an A5 white card blank to measure 12 x 14cm and cover the front with striped paper   Add a greeting to the top left hand corner of an 11 x 13cm rectangle of white hammered card and adhere to the card front.
  2. For the body of the bird, make a fold in a circle of double sided patterned paper and stick to the card front as shown then draw on legs with a black fine liner pen and a ruler.
  3. Add a small punched heart for tail feathers, a beak cut from paper and a black adhesive stone for an eye.

For more clean and simple card designs check out my Pinterest board.


How to make a Trapeze card...


Make a statement with this striking architectural card fold. It's so easy to create, all you need to do is take a square card blank and make a few score lines - simple!

This video from Trimcraft will show you how...


Quick and easy Valentine's Day card...


1. Stick a strip of paper across the bottom edge of a 15 cm square card.  Add washi tape to the remaining three edges and a panel of heart design paper in the centre.
2. Die cut a heart from a 14 cm square of orange paper and stamp a greeting near the top left hand corner stick to the card and add two smaller paper hearts mounted on foam pads.Finish with heaart shaped enamel dots.

For more quick and easy Valentine's Day craft ideas check out my Pinterest board.


Recycle your Christmas cards...

Featured in Issue 100 of PaperCrafter magazine

With twelfth night fast approaching you'll probably be wondering what to do with that pile of lovely Christmas cards you've taken down.  Before you throw them in the waste bin how about giving a thought to recycling them.
Pinterest is brimming with ideas from wreaths and banners to tags and gift toppers.
Here are just some of my favourites.







Failing that, find a M&S store near you that's accepting cards to recycle for the Woodland Trust. Read all about the campaign here on the Woodland Trust Blog.

Reduce ♥ Reeuse ♥ Recycle

How to make Tartan baubles...


Bored with last years baubles?  Tree looking bare?  Here's a quick and easy bauble idea.  Cut 2 cm wide strips of fabric.  Preferably cut diagonally across the bias of the fabric to make them stretchy.
Then simply wrap the strips around a polystyrene foam ball until it's completely covered, securing each end of the strip with glue.
Make a hanger with a length of narrow ribbon pinned into the foam ball with a pin.

The tartan I've used is Culloden Ancient Light Weight from Lochcarron of Scotland .   You can visit their website on this link and feast your eyes on their huge range of tartans on their tartan finder page.

Disclaimer:  I was gifted the tartan by Lochcarron of Scotland but wasn't paid to write this post.   Opinions and content are my own.

Chalk Pens offer code...


I've been sent some chalk pens for free from Chalkola.  I've had a quick try of them decorating these chalkboard baubles from Hobbycraft.  I found they work better than traditional dusty chalk, There's much more staying power but the chalk can still be easily erased with a wet cloth.  I haven't tried any other chalk pens so cannot compare or review them properly.
Check them out for yourself on the Chalkola Website http://www.chalkola.com/

They're available to buy from Amazon, both sets include a white pen.



As well as the free chalkboard markers I was sent an offer code to share with my followers so if you'd like some then feel free to use this offer code (valid at time of writing) that gives you 20% discount on Chalkola products.

20% Off on Amazon - Coupon Code -> 20OFFSTR

For ideas to use chalk pens and chalkboard paint checkout my Chalkboard Art board on Pinterest



Disclaimer:  I was gifted these pens and voucher by Chalkola for free.  I was under no obligation to write this post and didn't or will not receive any payment or commission.  Opinions and images are my own.

Tartan Tablet sleeve...


Looking for a handmade gift idea?  How about a quick and easy padded tablet/gadget sleeve?  It's so easy to make.  All you need is a lovely fabric, a bit of felt/fleece and some basic sewing skills,  Takes just minutes to stitch on a sewing machine but you could stitch it by hand.


I've added a tab closure with a button and buttonhole and used the selvedge edge of the fabric as a feature .  But a closure isn't absolutely necessary if it's a snug fit the gadget won't slip out.
I've not had time to photograph a step-by-step tutorial to make my sleeve but I'm planning to add it later.  In the meantime there's a link to a very similar one on this Pin



The tartan I've used is Culloden Ancient Light Weight from Lochcarron of Scotland .   You can visit their website on this link and feast your eyes on their huge range of tartans on their tartan finder page.

Disclaimer:  I was gifted the tartan by Lochcarron of Scotland but wasn't paid to write this post.   Opinions and content are my own.