Monday, 28 January 2013

Winner and Washi!

Well thank you all for your comments - the winner of the ideology bag is (drum roll) - Jacqui aka Morgana. Well done to you! The bag is packaged up and if you can email your address to us tonight it will be on its way tomorrow.

I have been getting a lot of questions about washi tape and I did try to show a few ways of using it during my Saturday shows at Create & Craft but here is a quick photo tutorial showing two simple usages.

As I am leaving lots of white space on this very simple layout I made my own dot stencil with a piece of acetate and my crop-a-dile and then sponged ink through it.

I then laid strips of washi tape down and across my layout lifting a couple of pieces in order to create a weave although washi is semi transparent so doesn't need much weaving to look good. Chevron ends can be cut into some or all of the ends of the tape if desired. Washi/tissue tape can normally be pulled up without ripping the cardstock surface but different card reacts in different ways so be cautious.

I drew a double black line around the edge of the page and ran the same ink I had used to stencil with around the page also. I attached three small pieces of washi top left.

I created the flowers by tearing off a strip of washi tape and twisting it into a thin strip - don't try to make all the adhesive be on the inside as being 'sticky' will help with the next step.

Roll the strip into a spiral to create a rosette flower and stick to a small piece of cardstock. I used glossy accents to stick it down. Put a pearl or rhinestone in the centre of the flower. You could now embellish the flower with glamour dust if so desired without adding more adhesive. Tip the excess off. Complete the page as shown. (The photos were originally supposed to be of our daughter Georgia and her boyfriend - hence the 'just because' title - but these photos were to hand. Georgia was not impressed!)

The presenters both kindly advertised my washi class for me without me even asking them! It is on Thursday, March 21st at 10.30am. Our March schedule is out later this week.

Check back in the next couple of days for more samples using washi/tissue tape.

Have a good week


Rosemary x

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

CHA & Giveaway!

We may be jet-lagged and jaded but we are also definitely buzzing! CHA was exhausting but great fun and invigorating. On a couple of days I had classes from 8-10am, the show 10am-4pm, and then evening classes 4-8pm! I was sure I would sleep on the long flight coming home but no such luck!

We also spent a couple of wonderful days with our good friend and former pastor Skip, and his family, at Thousand Oaks, and he showed us around Malibu and the surrounding area.

But what products impressed us? I have to say we walked the first few aisles thinking all the new products were just more of the same and then we saw the envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers. It creates over 60 different sizes of envelope, is easy to use and compact. Definitely our fave tool of the show.

There were loads of beautiful papers but the two stands that blew us away were Authentique and GCD Studios. Nige actually said he would not mind if I ordered every single range from Authentique! He must have been impressed, believe me.

The Ranger stand was impressive as usual with constant demos from Tim, Claudine Helmuth and Dyan Reaveley. I loved the new Distress Paints.

Burlap and canvas were very much in evidence for mini albums, layouts and home decor. Findings and embellishments featured strongly at Ranger and Prima. The Prima stand was also a favourite with some very appealing paper ranges and unique embellishments. Their samples of cards, layouts, mini books and home decor were outstanding.

More info on the classes I attended in my next post as already this is long-winded, but I just want to invite anyone who wishes to post a comment on here by the end of Sunday 27th, in order to be entered into a draw for one of the CHA ideology bag we received. (Okay so I wouldn't let Nige use his so I could give it away)!

I will be on Create and Craft this coming Saturday 26th at 9am and 12 noon if you can tune in, and if you want to fold along with me have an 8" square of paper handy at nine when I will be demoing an explosion book!

Hope you are keeping warm!


Rosemary x
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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

California Here I Come!

All packed and ready to go - well I am. Nige is just starting to think about what he might take. Half of it is in the wash and half is in the ironing basket! I am ridonkulously excited. And yes I am always this excited, and whats even nicer is that I am never disappointed. My spirits were squashed a tad when I found out that Disneys Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closed for refurbishment but I bounced back. We will try and be in contact from the show.

Just wanted to leave you with a workshop sample for a class I am running in February. I have used Pickled Pear from Kaisercraft for this one but you will able to use the beautiful Vintage Marketplace from Bazzill Basics if you prefer on the class. A kit with all materials and instructions will also be available by mail order or from the shop from the date the stepper box class first runs.

So bye y'all for now!


Rosemary x
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Monday, 7 January 2013

Explosion Box!

Inbetween packing, and prepping class samples I thought I would post a walk through the explosion box I demoed a little while back on tv and an alternative way of making it as well. (Ignore the holes in the corner - I also demoed a basket with this piece - lol!) The lid is a little squashed as Nige sat on it - honestly!

Once you know how to do one you can resize it to any size you want but the one I made here required three squares of cardstock/heavy paper at 12" square, 10.5" square and 9" square. The largest is scored at 4" and 8", turned and scored again the same so that you have a grid and the card is divded into 9 equal squares. The second is scored in the same way but at 3.5" and 7", and the third at 3" and 6". Fold and burnish all the scores.

On the largest only, make a diagonal score from each outside corner to the first intersection as shown. Fold these too. On the other two squares cut away the four corners using the score lines as your guide.

Glue the pieces one on top of the other.

The lid is made from a piece that is a smidgeon over 6" square scored on all four sides at 1" from outside edge. Cut as shown in photo and create lid applying glue to the four corner tabs.

Decorate as desired. A 3D centrepiece can be added if desired as the sides will never touch the middle.

Another way of making an explosion box is to make the outer piece exactly the same but on the other two pieces dont take the corners out. Cut as shown and then fold over and stick down to make a tag pocket.

I used my circle punch to punch out a half circle before gluing the pockets down.

This is a winter one I made some time back.

I actually kept all three pieces the same size and it still worked. So playabout with this.

Have a great week!


Rosemary x
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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Bring it on!

Happy and healthy new year to you all! Hope you are coming along for the crafty ride again this year.

We saw the new year in in our usual style - a walk with the dogs, an Indian takeaway and some good TV. We couldn't go out as Nige couldn't decide on an outfit.

Okay it's not Nige but you gotta love the Grinch!

Today I am raring to go. Our workshop programme and notice of some changes was published yesterday and it has been lovely to see your enthusiasm to get going again. Thankyou for all your feedback - please keep it coming. What we forgot to mention on the email was that we have downsized our workshop to take only 12 now so that we can bring in some whole new ranges in the next few months. So our crops and craft n chats can accommodate 12 but classes will be mostly limited to eight. Book earlier rather than later if there is something you specifically want to attend. I have been busy as a busy bee looking at new papers and products for classes and for the shop.

I have also been itching to get back in my craft room. It has been used as storage for all the boxes used to house Christmas lights and decorations but enough is enough.
I have managed under dire conditions to use some items from the new Me to You range to make samples for the shop (selection shown above) and thought I would walk you through this simple mini project made using the same range.

You need four identical circles of any size - punched, diecut or a plate drawn round and cut out! Fold each circle in half, open up and fold in half the other way so the folds quarter the circle

Make one scissor cut along one fold and to the centre. Pull one quarter over the other at the cut and glue as shown. Repeat with other circles. Fold flat by pushing up one of the quarters to create another fold.

If you have have used plain card stock instead of double sided you could now add decorative paper to each piece. Below shows the sample using the Me to You papers using four white circles.

When you have decorated with paper fold up the pieces and glue all four back to back to form a stack but not a full open circle.

Add ribbon to fasten your book closed between decorative paper and base card on front and back pieces as shown and decorate as desired.

We have a few circle book kits for sale in the shop that include white circles, super strong tape and templates for cutting your decorative paper. They create a good sized book. You can also use any size squares and create a triangle book in the same way. Have fun!

I am still finalising my new years resolutions but this is how it looks so far!

Hope it is a happy and healthy one for all of you with plenty of crafty time and time with crafty friends.


Rosemary x

Ps this is how I have had to type this blog entry!!

My lap is definitely not big enough for my IPad and Cubby!

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