crafting

The C Word!

No, no, no! Not the rude word.. I’m talking about CHRISTMASSSSSS!
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Last week at Ideal/Create and Craft towers, the Christmas trees appeared in reception, decorative scattered baubles and Santa Claus was hanging around the green room.
Basically, Christmas crafting mania has started and this year I’m going to go with one of my all time favourite craft brands, Craftwork Cards.
I saw the kit teased on Facebook by Julie Hickey (who I recently met at work and is absolutely lovely and talented) and it is stunning and SO me! One of my favourite Craftwork Cards kits is the chalkboard collection and they’ve done a Christmas version! Perfect! And the price is very affordable, which always helps!
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You can catch what all the fuss is about and watch Julie’s demos this weekend at  9am onwards on Create and Craft.
Which Christmas craft collection will you be going with this year? It’s never too early for crafters to think about the C word! 😉

A very quick Heidi Swapp!

I had so much to do today (including a cheeky overtime shift) but my Heidi Swapp stamps arrived in the mail and I was desperate to try them after waiting for long for them to arrive from the states.

First of all I got some old backing paper and put it on a 15cm by 10cm card stock. Next I folded and scored in half and I was ready to decorate.
A girl at my craft class last weekend was saying she was ‘scared of stamping’ as one mistake could ruin a whole project. I recommend stamping on scrap pieces of paper that are plain. Stamping on pattern pieces of paper can distract the eye, especially if it’s text, it can become unreadable.
This simple happy birthday stamp went on great and was really bold and the beautiful traditional Heidi Swapp font is to die for.
I topped it off with some bunting made from We r Memory Keepers bakers twine and Dovecraft bunting die cuts with Heidi Swapp bunting stamps in the background to give t that 3D effect.
Finally I added a little flower with some bling and my card was complete! It took around 10 minutes and it looks so sweet and simple!
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I really recommend ALL of Heidi Swapp’s products.. Her stamps are great, her project life cards are beautiful and I just LOVE that font! Don’t we all?

Comic Relief Crafternoon

On Sunday, I held a Crafternoon where friends and friends of friends came over to mine and I taught them my skills in crafting and got them to make a Mother’s Day card, gift bag, gift tag and gift box.

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We used a variety of products and they were persuaded to bring their own craft stuff too, one lady nearly brought her entire craft room which was lovely as some of the things were unopened as she had no idea how to use them, and helping her was fab.

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There was even a gentleman crafter who put us all to shame and set the creative bar high!
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We made so many lovely things and ended up making £40 for Comic Relief/Red Nose Day which is fantastic!
They even said they want to come again! Maybe this is the start of something new and exciting as I’ve always wanted to teach craft classes!
Watch this space 😉

Zutter Bind It All Review

For my birthday, my mother in law bought me a Zutter bind it all, something she bragged about last year. I actually asked for one after seeing some impressive results on Pinterest and finally I’ve had the time to give it a go.

I actually took my time trying this one out as I wanted my partner to help me with it because it looked overly complicated.. Turns out it’s not and I felt very stupid!
The machine itself punches the holes and then when you threaded the wire through it squashed it together so the pages don’t fall out.. Simple as that really.
The key to using the Zutter bind it all however is the size of the paper/card you cut, if you don’t get it right you could half punch and end like this.. Which could cause problems/pages falling out etc.
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Overall I was pretty impressed with the results and it gave a real professional touch to the notebooks for the upcoming craft fair!

Mama’s Summer Flowers

I have always been terrible at origami, but since seeing some beautiful flowers at recent craft fairs, I’ve had a google and they’re actually not that complicated to make!



You can make them in all sizes and top them off with buttons or bling, they look fab! Here’s how they are made..


You need 4 – 8 pieces of patterned paper or card. I use paper as it’s easier to fold, if you choose card, make sure it’s not too thick or you’ll have trouble making the cone shapes at the end. Any size will do but remember the smaller, the more fiddly it will be. 


First, Take a square and fold it in half to make a triangle.

MAMA TOP TIP: Use a bone folder to score down your edges to give it that professional sharp edge.


Fold your bottom corner up to the middle and the same on the other side.


So now you should have a mini square made from 2 folded triangles.


Fold your triangles out, back on themselves, so you end up with 3 triangles, 2 small ones either side of the large one.


Next, hold up one of your outer triangles, put your finger in the inside and push the crease so you’re opening the triangle out into a kite, with the crease in the middle of it from when it was a triangle. 


Do the same with the other side so you are left with 3 kite shapes.


To neaten it up, fold down the triangles that are taller than the back triangle.



Nearly done! Next fold your triangles back down the middle where they were folded before. Glue your outer tabs and stick them together to create a cone shape.

MAMA TOP TIP: Use a peg or tweezers to hold the two glued tabs together while gluing, especially when you have quite a few petals!


And viola your first petal is done! Make 4, 6 or 8 more and then stick your petals together! 


Stick the petals together side by side, using tweezers or a peg. I used a glue stick but from now on I’ll be using my new hot glue gun!



Be patient, especially as you add more and more petals, it can be very fiddly but you’ll get there in the end. The final petal needs glue on both sides to glue to your petals either side. If you’re having trouble making them meet, make sure your points underneath are together in the middle.


 And there you have it! I like to stick a button or brad of some kind of bling in the middle to make it look complete. I also got some florist wire for £1 from Wilkinsons so they have stems to put in a nice vase!


Happy flower making!
Mama x

Charlie’s 1st Birthday Party Boxes

Charlie’s first birthday crept up on me pretty quick! On his actual birthday we went to Peppa Pig world with some friend with children we know, so I decided to bring some party boxes, instead of your traditional plastic party bags.



These boxes are available on eBay, there’s a lot of stockists but I hope one day I’ll be able to have an endless supply using a Brother scan and cut (Hint hint, my birthday is in September..)


The ribbon I used was from www.fantasticribbons.com which you must check out! Loads of variety if you’re a huge ribbons and buttons fan!



I simply just tied the ribbon on the top and stuck an image on the front. SO simple but amazingly impressive compared to a little plastic goodie bag. The kids were thrilled and I could fit loads inside including birthday cake!

Happy 1st birthday to my Charlie bear! 🙂

Mama x