Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Could this be cheating?

Hello and welcome.


Let's be honest. sometimes you don't have time to create an item from scratch, especially if you have to make several copies of whatever you're making.  At times like these, prefabricated items are a godsend!

April is a busy month for me and my family.  We have birthdays and anniversaries throughout - my sister, two nieces, a nephew, my father-in-law and myself all have birthdays.  Oh, and my husband and I were married in April as well.  So there's quite a bit of gift-giving going on.  And although it does feel a bit like cheating, I'm sharing how I take shop-bought gift bags from drab to fab!


Keep crafting!

Keren

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

A box for a snow globe

Hello and welcome!

It seems as if everyone loves unicorns – so who could resist this sweet little snow globe?  I couldn’t, so of course I had to get it when I spotted it.
Once I’d brought it home, I decided that it would make a lovely gift for a friend of mine who just adores unicorns – so I made a box for it.
To make sure the box was the right size, I measured the height of the snow globe and across the widest point of the base.  It was 2 ¾ inches high and 2 inches across.  

Then I did some calculations to work out how much paper I needed.

The box needed a base,(2") sides (2 3/4") and a lid (2") - that adds up to 6 3/4"


My box needs four sides that are 2" and 1/2 " to join the edges together, so that adds  up to 8 1/2"


So I need a piece of paper or card that's 6 3/4 " by 8 1/2". Simples!

Here's the tutorial about how to put it together - 


Don't you think that, by putting the gift in a little box, it seems more impressive somehow?  I hope my friend likes it - what do you think?

Keep crafting

Keren



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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A tisket, a tasket...

Hello, and welcome!

I got a lot of positive comments about the basket I made to hold my swaps for Onstage and I promised to show you how it was done, so here it is!  It's based on a fruit punnet - this on probably originally held grapes.  Of course, I had to eat the grapes first (it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!)

Before I share the tutorial with you, you might want to know how to calculate how much paper you would need if your punnet is a different size.  

Measure the distance from just below the lip at the top to just above the base.  That will give you the width of the strips you need.  

Then measure all the way around the top of the punnet, and multiply by 3.  Round up to the nearest multiple of 12.  Mine measured 22 inches, so I needed a minimum of 66 inches, or 6 strips of 12 inch-wide paper.

This project could easily be made by older children with some help with the cutting - it's pretty straightforward.  Here's the video -
Keep crafting!

Keren


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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Tiny Wreath Card

Hello - and welcome!


Well, have you seen the colour revamp yet?  It's the first update of the core colours since 2013 and 13 colours are being replaced so it's pretty big news.  The retiring colours are - 

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

I must admit that there are a few colours that I'll be sad to say goodbye to - Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant were particular favourites - and some I won't miss (I think I used Always Artichoke a couple of times).  

I still have stocks of retiring colours and I will be using them in projects between now and catalogue go-live - but please remember that the things I use will be available while stocks last, so if you've got a favourite that's going to be leaving, don't wait to order!  

In today's card I've used Soft Sky card, as well as the mini Embroidery Hoops which will be retiring at the end of May.  The Quilt Top embossing folder isn't retiring - and neither are the Good Day stamps (Yay!) so some of the supplies I used will be sticking around.

Here's the video - 
I really liked the way this came out - what do you think?

Keep Crafting,

Keren


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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

News from Onstage, April 2018

Hello, and welcome.

Today I was going to blog about the swaps I got at OnStage at the weekend (yes, I did get there this time!) and if you go to my YouTube channel you'll be able to see them.  If you swapped with me, thank you so much.  I had a great time and I loved the event bag and the goodies inside!





It is super fun to be in a room full of people all crafting with Stampin'Up! and meeting my SU friends again.  It's especially good to get an advance copy of the new annual catalogue (which comes into play at the beginning of June) and to order selected items before anyone else, even other demos. Oh, and to play with some of the products as well!
This time was specially exciting, because SU announced a colour revamp!  Some colours that have been part of the core collection for a number of years now are retiring and being replaced with colours that are either completely new or are returning In Colours.  This means that the Retiring list - which is now open - is much longer than usual and it also means that if one of your favourites is leaving and you want to stock up before it's gone - well, I wouldn't hang about if I were you!  You can see the list here.


Anyway, here are the swaps!



If you're dying to know what's in the new catty, and you aren't already a demonstrator, now is a good time to consider joining up - as well as getting to see the new products and the chance to order selected items ahead of time, there's the demo discount (so you pay less for your goodies) - and, of course, the chance to attend events like OnStage. Want to know more?  Check out the "Thinking of joining SU!?" tab at the top of this page, or drop me a line!

Keep crafting,

Keren

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Telford, baby!

Today's blog is being brought to you by remote control, because I am currently away from home in sunny (I hope!) Telford at Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator event, OnStage - at least, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I make it there because I didn't get to the last OnStage due to non-co-operation on the part of my car.

I'll be telling you more about it next week, after the event, but today I'm showing the items I made for swaps.  It's not easy to tell from the picture, but these are little bookmarks.  I made many more than the three in the picture so I was very, very happy that I'd got a Stamparatus platform, as it made stamping SOOOO much easier.  

This is how they went together - 

https://youtu.be/MmbBfc_GeVg

If you visit my YouTube channel next week, I'll be showing you what I got in return for my swaps, so please do join me!

Keep crafting,

Keren

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Pinwheel Gift Bag

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

Today I've made this cute little pinwheel gift bag/pouch.  I made this version to fit a coffee bag and I'll be making smaller ones to hold herbal tea bags as customer thank-you gifts.  

I used the envelope punch board to score the diagonal folds that you need to make the pouch.  I've been working on a way to make one without needing a punch board and if I get it all worked out I'll share it in a future tutorial.  For now, though, here's how I made this pouch.



So quick and easy, isn't it?

Keep crafting!

Crafty hugs,

Keren

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