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.

DIY Carrot shaped treat boxes...

Supplies List

Orange, yellow and green card
Alphabet stamps
Fringe Scissors
Paper Crimper

1. Cut a rectangle of card to 11 x 15 cm and use d/s tape along one long edge to join and make a tube
2. Add tape to one end and stick to close.
3. Now put both each end into a paper crimper for a couple of turns.
4. Add a topper of fringed green card and a tag to the open end.
5. Fill with treats before sealing with tape.

For more Easter craft inspiration check out my Pinterest board.

DIY 3D Paper Bird ...

Carrying on the bird theme from the last post.  I just had to give this DIY from Kim Dellow a try.

I've used ready made patterned paper to make my bird. If you 'd like to make your own patterned paper, check out Kim's series of posts showing you how.

Sizzix 'Wonderland Bird' by Craft Asylum Bigz die
Craft wire
Basic Grey Out of Print paper pad similar here and here

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