T Shirt Yarn Necklace...

Your favourite T-shirt snagged, stained or worn out?  Don't throw it away, recycle it and make a trendy necklace.

I've used a quick and easy crochet pattern from issue 44 of Reloved magazine to make mine. It takes you through the process of making the yarn and goes on to show you how to make this necklace.  The project is taken from the book Supersize Ccrochet by Sarah Shrimpton.

If you haven't a T-shirt to recycle you can buy ready made fabric yarn online from the T-Shirt Yarn Shop.
There's plenty of free patterns on Pinterest too like this one

How to make a paper pinwheel card...

Featured in Issue 83 of  PaperCrafer Magazine

A quick and easy card design, ideal for Weddings, Engagements or Anniversaries.


White 300gsm card
Patterned paper discontinued, similar here
Sizzix 'on the edge' scallops.  No longer available, similar here
Small white buttons

1. Make a 12 cm square card blank from white card and stamp a greeting at the top edge.
2. Cut a panel of paper to fit the card front and cut/punch a scalloped border along the top and bottom edge and stick to the card front.
3. To make the pinwheels cut two 3.5cm squares of paper.  With scissors cut from each corner half way into the centre of the square, fold 4 alternate points into the centre, secure with glue.
4. Finish each pinwheel with a button in the centre and narrow strips of kraft/buff card as shown.

All about hexagons...

Hexagons first came on the crafting scene about 3 or 4 years ago now and I'm pleased to see that they're here to stay!
I made this card with a 3 piece hexagon die set I got free with Issue 106 of Papercrafter magazine. But, maybe it's time for me to invest in a full nesting die set.
I'm thinking of either the 10 piece Sizzix Framelits Hexagon Die Set or the  Xcut Nesting Dies Hexagonal Set.  I'll probably go for the Sizzix as there are more dies in the set and the largest die is bigger than the Xcut, so I can easily use it to create a hexagonal card blank.
Here are a couple of cards I've picked from Pinterest to showcase the versatility of this geometric shape.