‘Eggs-Celent’ Quick & Easy Basket

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It’s Easter week and so I thought I would show you some easy basket ‘makes’ over the next few days. This one is the easiest thing ever and could be resized for table favours and whipped up in a moment. It would make a great group or school project and is another way to start using that paper stash. It would suit any occasion.

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I have used a 12” x 12” paper and scored it at 4” and 8”. Turn and score again at 4” and 8”. Your paper will now be dissected into 9 squares. Fold up on all the score lines.

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Create a short diagonal fold from each corner to the first intersection. Use a hole punch such as the cropadile to make holes as shown.

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Add any decoration bearing in mind which way up the panels will be when tied.

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Bring together the four corners and thread the holes with ribbon, string or twine to secure. Add a tag if desired. Use tissue or shredded paper and then your goodies. The smaller one in the photo was made using a 6” square and scored at 2” and 4”.

Have an eggs-celent Monday!

Rosemary x

 

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Mighty Mini Video!

I always said that a single piece of paper would keep me quiet for hours! I love folding and this little brag book is the simplest, yet cutest use of a single sheet of paper. I used a sheet of A4 that came free in a craft magazine, but 12” x 12” works equally well. Try a few and see.

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You get two pockets on the outside of this little book and two on the inside so plenty of room for tags, photos, or even a gift card. If you look closely at the photos you can even see a couple more pocket possibilities in each style.

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Although I used an A4 sheet of paper for both designs you can see you can get two different shapes. For the tall thin style your first fold should bring together the long edges, and the short style the short edges. Use a couple of pieces of copy paper to make both styles to practise with.

This is a great project for a group or for children as it is so cost effective and is so versatile. Just be sure not to use cardstock that is too thick as it will not fold neatly and without wrinkles. Watch the short video to see just how simple it is.

Have fun folding and check back next week as I become a ‘basket case’ in the run up to Easter.

Rosemary x

Beautiful Bokeh!

Have you been won over by the Distress Oxide ink pads yet? I love their chalky finish and also the ease of achieving a smooth background. If you always end up with lines or solid blocky parts on your blended backgrounds I really do urge you to try these pads – you only have to purchase a couple of colours to start with. Craftstash have a fantastic price on them and you can get an extra 10% discount (n your entire order) if you use the code AFFMERRY10 at the checkout.

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I chose three colours – Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Broken China. I used any white cardstock I had to hand and dye foam applicators to make a multi colour background.

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I then used a circle stencil and a white ink pad to add different size circles in varying depths of colour randomly on my background, overlapping some.

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I also used the clean eraser end end of a pencil to lift colour by spritzing some water onto my craft sheet and dipping the eraser end into it before touching it to my background. I blotted the water with kitchen roll.

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I cut the background panel I had prepared into a few strips, adhered them to prefolded cards and stamped an image and greeting simply in black ink.

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Co-ordinating enamel dots finished off these clean and simple cards.

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Check back for a ‘one sheet mini video later this week! ‘Follow’ me by email so that you are notified immediately a blog post goes up.

Hope your ‘International Day of Happiness’ is a good one. No, I had never heard of it either.

Be crafty!

Rosemary x

5 Minute, One Sheet Mini!

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You really can make the basic version of this in under 5 minutes. It is a great one for craft or children’s groups as it is super speedy and can be made using just one sheet of any size paper. I decided to use A4 paper from Stamps by Chloe’s Cardmaking Collection for all the examples. 23F85948-60B4-4559-9BCA-25F78B4E6BA6

You can make this booklet without any covers and just use a piece of elastic to keep it closed but I chose to use an extra sheet of paper and some cardboard to make a front and back cover.

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Fold your chosen sheet of paper in half one way, open up and fold in half the other way. 486C328A-9A4A-48D0-B236-AAA4C71B81C8

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Open it up again and fold the outside pieces into the centre fold.

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Open up and you should now have fold lines that segment it into 8 compartments. Fold in half again and cut as shown. Open up and fold now with the slit along the fold. 3002D28D-1D67-4404-8949-9B5447076A98

‘Squish’ as shown in the photos and form your book. No glue is necessary.

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If you wish to stop there you can decorate and wrap with elastic and call it a day but I ‘jazzed’ mine up some. Fold corners back on a couple of the pages and use a circle punch to cut a half circle from one page.

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Measure the book and add a small amount to height and width before cutting two covers from cardboard. Cut paper large enough to cover and fold over to the inside.

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Use double sided tape to attach ribbon around the booklet before gluing on the covers. Decorate the front and add photos and tags inside.

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Below is a copy of one I made for my mum. Notice the tags in the pockets.

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These are so quick and cost effective to make. Use your imagination with decoration and use up some of that paper you have been hoarding.

Be crafty!

Rosemary

 

 

Baby Wipe Flowers Video Tutorial

Happy Monday! I love a new week full of crafty potential. As well as two hours on air with We R Memory Keepers products tomorrow,  I have numerous craft projects I have to work on, and an Art Journal class to attend as a reward to myself at the end of the week. Bring it on!

I just wanted to touch base and tell you I have uploaded another quick tutorial to YouTube. I love utilising what would normally be waste and these flowers are so quick and easy to make, not to mention pretty!

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Use baby wipes to mop up ink and paint and then save them to make a batch of pretty flowers.

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How they react to the heat gun is amazing. Make sure to experiment, but stop before they shrivel to nothing. Use rhinestones, brads, pearls and buttons as centres.

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It couldn’t be easier or quicker! Watch the short video tutorial to see how I make them.

Have the craftiest of weeks.

Rosemary

‘Pretty in Pink’ Envelobox

It’s Mothers Day in the UK this weekend so I wanted to make something pretty that could be more than a card if desired.  In the hope that Spring is round the corner I chose pastel coloured double-sided pearlescent card stock for the base and all the layers.

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I used the We r Memory Keepers envelope punch board (which, incidentally, is one of my favourite tools) and created a square envelope/box base. I made it deeper than a flat envelope so that I could include textured layers and embellishments inside. I also used a knife to cut slots on opposite flaps to feed ribbon through.

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I cut three layers in descending size and different colours and embossed the top layer. I used my distressing tool (or you could use scissors) to distress the edges on the bottom two layers and then glued them on top of one another inside the envelope base.  I curled one of the corners on the top layer to add interest.

 

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I stamped, diecut and layered up a greeting, and added clusters of floral embellishments to two corners. A gift card or theatre tickets could be slotted underneath the diecut sentiment. Any additional greeting could be penned on one of the flaps. Instead of layers you could include an accordion fold out won’t photos on.

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I threaded some wide pretty sheer ribbon around the envelope card and attached a diecut label. This design would also make a stylish invitation.

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What a week its been for women with International Women’s Day on 8th, Barbie Day on 9th (what’s that about???), and Mother’s Day on 11th. Girl Power!

Happy Crafting!

Rosemary x

 

 

And there’s more……

Sometimes I get so inspired with the versatility of a product or technique that I don’t know where to stop. Following on from my last post I just wanted to share 3 more ways I used the backgrounds I created with brush markers (check out the video and my last post to see how I did it).

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For the first card I laid Creative Expressions mini squares mini stencil over the background. I scribbled some colour from the darkest of the three brush markers I had used for the background and used a sponge dauber to apply a random pattern of colour through the stencil. To add extra interest I diffused part of the background by laying a printed vellum piece over it. Glitter washi tape and the handmade wet wipe flower finished the card.

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Using a silhouette or lacy die works really well over a prepared background.

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I have used white card stock for the die cut from Tonic Studios Magazine & Kit #04,  but black or a coordinating colour can also work beautifully.

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The embossing folder is also from the same kit. I chose to lay the middle die part flat to the background for maximum impact. Because I wanted more of the background to show on the card and the white was quite dense, I left a border around the outside of the embossed piece to create a matting effect. Why waste the background?

 

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Lastly I stamped the Creative Stamps brushstroke heart background stamp onto a prepared background piece and cut it into random width pieces (you could use any offcuts you had trimmed for any of the other cards). I formed a woven piece, trimming the ends at an angle, that would fit a 5” x 7” folded card.

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I glued this to a yellow mat but only in the middle giving the ends more movement. This was layered to a pale orange piece and then to a pink folded card. Twine was wrapped around the piece before the final layering onto the folded card. Stamp a greeting using Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and a greeting from the Apple Blossom Everyday Sentiments Stamp set,  punch it out with a circle punch, layer it to a larger scalloped circle piece and adhere to the card using Hunkydory foam pads.

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I will post a short video to Youtube in the next day or so showing how to make the wet wipe flowers.

Happy crafting

Rosemary x