23 May 2015

Window display.....tutorial 4

Afternoon all, I was asked yesterday how I created my window display card and how I achieved the curved window, well here goes

I start with a piece of card measuring 8.5x7.25 inch

At either end of the card I then score at 0.5, 1, 1.5 inch

Then in the center panel I mark a frame/border of 3/4inch all the way around, see below

I then fold the  scored edges, remove all the card form within the border/frame using a craft knife and metal ruler

I the use double sided tape to attach the acetate, the acetate measures 5.25x6.75 inch 

You can use an inkpad or promarker to edge the inner opening

I added a border of paper along the edge of the front frame

I cut a base card of 7.25 x 5.5 inch and added a patterned panel of 7.25 x 4.5inch

I decided on my decorations and gave them a bit of dimension by bending and curling them

Everything is then stuck on to the base panel and then the front window is attached using double sided tape

I then cut some bunting style letter flags, spelling out my sisters name and attached them using foam pads

This is how it looks when it's done

If you do make one please share the finished item with me at 

T x

To Do...... Tutorial 3

Hi Guys,  It's been a very busy week, with lots of crafting, competitions and a giveaway on my facebook page, with so much going on I am worried I will miss something and I love a list, so I decided to make myself a place for all my lists..................

I started with an A4 piece of grey chipboard and punched two holes for my ribbon

I wanted it to have rounded corners so drew around my double sided tape and then cut off the corners with a strong pair of sissors

Next I stuck my chosen paper on the chipboard using double sided tape

I turned it over and trimmed the paper to match the curved corner, cutting from behind gives a nicer finish, I then used my sanding pad to smooth the edges

I then chose a ink pad in a blue chalk finish to run around the edges to soften the feel and I also pushed the paper through the holes using my pokey tool

Next I added a ring binder fitting from an old ringbinder, I did this using a riveting tool but you could use hot glue 

I then picked out some decorations form the love a cuppa kit and used a promarker in pastel blue to edge all the pieces, this helps them to stand out a little form the background

I used foam pads to attach them to a piece of card for added dimension, this makes the front cover of the pad, I also cut several pieces of cheap printer paper, I found that dividing the paper into 3 pieces made the most out of it.....I hate waste

Then I put it all on the binder and added some ribbon for hanging and hey presto your done.

I hope you like it.

I'd love to hear your comments and questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section, you can always pop over to my facebook page and post your version of any of my makes

Have a lovely weekend T x

18 May 2015

Just a quick update,

I am featuring as guest designer on Craftwork cards fan page on facebook, 

I can not tell you how excited, proud and honored I feel.

T x

15 May 2015

Feeling Frugal

Hi Guys

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to the weekend, I personally can not wait for a lie in.

So what have I been up to this week, I received an email from Hobbycraft to tell me that my book folded birdcage had won a runners up prize in their make of the month competition and would be featuring on their blog, very happy here (lots of grinning)

Next I decided to challenge myself to use the waste material/packaging of a recently brought craft item.............

I purchased a pack of 6 circular wreath bases from craftwork cards so that I could use up some of the flowers I made a while back that have been sat in an ice cream tub waiting a more loving home.

As you can see in the picture they are made from grey chipboard, when use push out the piece you need you are left with a aperture and a circle, both far to useful to be thrown away.

So after a little deliberation I decided to make 6 hanging decorations;

6 Picture frames;

and of course there was the 6 wreaths; 

It was a full day of crafting to get these all finished and photographed but well worth it, I have taken step by step picture of the photo frames and will upload a tutorial very soon.

I hope you all have lots of crafty fun, feel free to leave comments and questions

T x

04 May 2015

Tick Tock....tutorial 2

Tick tock, time for a new clock

This weekend I decided I would take the plunge and use the clock mechanism I brought a couple of weeks ago.

Well this is how it went...

I collected some basic equipment;

Chipboard/MDF shape
Clock mechanism and hands from ebay
1 piece of printer paper
Embellishments from craftwork cards more than words collection


·         Draw around your clock blank on the printer paper

  •          Find the center of the clock
  •          Measure the longest hand of the clock
  •          Use the compass to draw a circle on the piece of paper with a radius the same length as the       clock hand you just measured
  •          Now you need to find where each hour will sit, I did this by marking 12,3,6,9 and drawing a      cross over the circle
  •          I then marked at 30 degree intervals using a protractor, again I marked the lines on the circle      all the way to the edge of the paper, as this will help us to place the clock numbers later

·         Next I made a hole in the center of the clock base for where the clock mechanism will go

  •   I covered the clock with adhesive, you can use wet glue or strong double sided tape
  • Then place the chosen papers on the clock base, firm them down and allow to dry
  •  Turn the clock over and trim the papers to the shape of the clock with a craft knife and cutting mat

·         Take the template you made and cut out the circle
·         Place this on the clock base making sure to line up 12,3,6,9 so they are level and straight
·         I placed 12,3,6,9 first, I then used the marks on the template to place the other numbers

  • I used a Black Promarker to go around the outside edge of the clock base to highlight
  •  I then put the clock handles and mechanism in place, this allowed me to see how far the hands             would reach and where my  decorations could go without being in the way

  •            I decided to use flowers and butterflies from the CWC more than words collection to embellish my clock, I attached them using silicone craft glue
  •            Last thing to do was to put a battery in and set the time

The clock could be hung using a string or stood on a cupboard.

I hope you enjoy May day Tx