Saturday 31 March 2012

Bunting stamp

Add a really simple, cute bunting effect on your packing from the gingerbread house

What you need:
Pencil with rubber/eraser
Ink pad/paint
Buy this box at my etsy shop
Cut the rubber/eraser on the pencil into a triangle using a scalpel or sharp knife
Use this to stamp a bunting pattern onto your packaging using paint or an ink pad
Draw a line joining all the stamps or glue in place a piece of string to finish the pattern

Friday 30 March 2012

Flag Bags

Add a cute little flag to your packaging to personalise it, original idea from sallyjshim
Buy these bags at my etsy shop 
What you need:
Cocktail stick
Pretty paper or card
Cut out a piece of paper twice as long as you want your flag to be
Wrap it round the cocktail stick and fix in place with glue
Cut a triangle out of the end to make it look like a flag
Pierce it through your packaging to customise it

Thursday 29 March 2012

Paper lanterns

Add tea lights (electric one are much safer) to your bags to turn them into super cute and cheap lanterns
You could even cut a design or message out of the bag to personalise them
Buy these bags at my etsy shop 

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Packaging Ideas

I sell packaging over at etsy so i've been working on a few ideas and uses for what i sell and i have created a blog dedicated to the ideas

But I thought id share some of my favourites here too over the coming days and weeks

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Freezer paper stencil tshirts


I made some cute little stencilled tshirts using freezer paper and fabric paint at the weekend
I just printed an outline on the freezer paper with my regular injet printer and cut it out. I then ironed the freezer paper, waxy side down, onto the tshirt. I painted the stencil useing screen printing paint, waited for it to dry and then peeled off the stencil. I ironed it afterward to set it but check your paint instructions for how to fix it
Theres some great silhouette clip art available on the internet to use if your rubbish at drawing like me!

Sunday 25 March 2012

Alphabet pop up book

I went on a fab pop up course at Shepherds Falkiners in london last year and ive been working on a pop up book since then, trying out all the techniques i learnt. I wanted to do the alphabet as its simple shapes and theres lots of them and also i had the most beautiful animal alphabet pop up book as child which is still one of my most treasured possessions.
I made each letter on card first and then bound them together with linen thread
I love how it turned out, its like my pop up reference book that i can refer to whenever im at a loss

Saturday 24 March 2012

Granny Hunter's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My gran made the most wonderful cookies, theyre like shortbread but with chocolate!!
Here's her original recipe - enjoy :)

Granny Hunter's Chocolate Chip Cookies

4oz margarine
2oz caster sugar
few drops vanilla essence
5oz plain flour
pinch salt
2oz dark chocolate chips

Grease a baking sheet
Cream together margarine, sugar and essence in a bowl
Stir in the flour, salt and chocolate chips
Put heaped dessertspoonfuls onto the baking sheet
Bake for 10-15 mins at 190C (375C) or gas mark 5
They will be light coloured golden brown when cooked

Friday 23 March 2012

Teeny Tiny Stuff

A project im working on has needed some teeny tiny little things

Little tiny knitted sheep, adapted (made smaller and didnt do the loop stitch ) from this Lion Brand pattern

Tiny fimo ruler

Tiny felt drinks

Teeny tiny stuff is just too cute!!

Thursday 22 March 2012

Upcycled Wool Bag


I turned this old wool coat of mine into a fab new handbag!
I used this tutorial as a basic starting point but changed all the sizes and omitted the interfacing and fleece as the wool was sturdy enough. I also changed the pleats from multiple single pleats to one double pleat which worked much better with the wool
I L-O-V-E how it turned out and even lovely BM was impressed (pretty hard to do normally!)
And even better it was free!!

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Origami boxes

Made some cute tiny origami boxes (tutorial here) from some lovely paper i bought from Shepherds Falkniers book binding shop in London. Bigger sized ones to follow definitely :)

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Ribbon spools

I'm not brilliant at organising and im always envious when i see people with their amazing organised and colour coordinated crafting supplies (love this blog but it does make me feel a touch inadequate!) But when i saw this really easy spool template for storing your ribbons or threads then i knew i could at least manage that! I do despair slightly when i look at my ribbon stash, it looks like the Marley Cat's had a field day in there, so this was ideal for me. I cut out a variety of sizes of cardboard spool from some A4 kraft card i bought form ebay. Wrapped the ribbon round and secured them with a pin - done! Super easy and really effective :)

Monday 19 March 2012

Sunday 18 March 2012