PaperArtsy ATC’s with a Sneak Peek

Hey everyone!

How are you all doing?

I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog with some ATC’s using Kay Carley products and a few sneak peaks of her new release.

I’d love to know what you think!

See you soon!

Keren x

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January 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm 4 comments

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Advent Calenda Extravaganza

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

My sponsor today is a company close to my heart…Winnie & Walter !! Fabulous stamps, dies and stencils all created with love!! So.. on to my project!IMG_2603

I’ve used a mix of the brand new release plus some other products . The main sentiment is using the stamp and die set In A Word: Merry and the In A Word: Holiday Tiles Cutaways .

I’ve stamped the merry with mistletoe from the In Bloom: Elsa’s Flora onto the cutout word with Metro Grey Hybrid ink from Tonic Studios and then stamped in black onto a separate piece of cardIMG_2604

Hopefully you can see the detail on that and then mounted them together onto some printed acetate. Add the Christmas bit from the Holiday Tiles and then arrange some of the foliage from the Elsa’s Flora set behind and on top of the acetate piece.IMG_2605

The gorgeous background that you can see peeking through is a dry embossed piece using the Grand Trellis Creative Screening. I love the effect it gives and makes stencil no-mess too (which at this time of year is so appreciated!!)

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Winnie & Walter so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Hope you enjoy seeing who else is behind the doors and I’ve loved creating this project especially for today!

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year

Keren xx

December 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm 181 comments

Peaceful Poinsettias

Hi!

How are you all?

Sorry I’ve been absent. Shows and chest infections and lots of magazine commissions that I can’t show you!

Anyhow, Clearly Besotted recently had a December release and I’ve just had chance to ink up Peaceful Poinsettia– which is a gorgeous set and perfect for lots more than just cards. Their entire release is here

So- first I used an old inner from some red liner tape, and wound some twine around it.

You can see I had a rough curved piece of cardstock that I used to anchor the spray onto.

Add the elements all into the arrangement; they’re all from the same set and add some Nuvo Dandelion drops which nearly look like the centres of a Poinsettia flower.

I’ll look forward to hanging this somewhere when we decorate for Christmas at the weekend .

How’s all your preparation going? Hope you’re more organised than me!!!

See you soon!

Keren xx

December 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

Eileen Hull Journal Die- Fabric Cover

Hi everyone. Hope you’re well.

I’m here today with a tutorial about how to create a fabric cover and Christmas organiser for the Eileen Hull Journal die.

I really love this die and want to try ways of creating books and journals but with a longevity so decided to make a fabric cover that could be reused and washed if necessary and a new journal or organiser slipped in when you’ve finished with the inside.

There is one challenge with this scheme- if you choose (like me) to use mountboard to create a sturdy organiser, the spine is rigid which makes for getting the organiser into the fabric cover nearly impossible unless you’ve used a fabric that will really stretch. So- here’s the solution- you create the covers separately and insert them (already decorated) into the slip covers.

You can see here one of the slip cover edges which also doubles brilliantly as a side pocket. I made this cover first by measuring an inch wider of the outer fabric, inner fabric and some wadding that I would use to quilt with. Also cut another piece from the inner fabric that you’ll cut in half and iron each half piece in half so you have two folded pieces. Now quilt the fabric then trim it all down so the pieces are the same size and roughly half an inch larger than the journal. The reason you need to cut this all twice is that depending on the width of your wadding will mean that your fabric may need less or more trimming down. Make sure you fold the fabric sandwich to check that you have enough width too.

Next up, add a recycled jean pocket to the centre of the piece so the pocket will be centred around the spine. Just cut 1/2″ around the edges of it and tuck these under the pocket and sew around the edge and the top of the pocket.

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Anyway- once you’ve done that, sandwich the fabric with the inner fabric right side up at the bottom then the folded pieces with the raw edges touching each left and right width edges and the folds going towards the centre. Then add the outer quilted fabric right side down. Sew around 3 edges with a 1/4-1/3″ seam allowance leaving one of the side width edges (with the folded fabric piece) unsewn. Clip the edges, turn right side out and then flip the folded edge over onto the front side of the cover, sew the top shut, sandwiching part of the jean waistband with the button hole in so the piece is being sewn between the front of the cover and edge of the slip cover. Flip the slip cover edge to the inner part of the cover and you have a covered seam and the fastening piece.

Now, after inserting the covers, thread the journal as you would normally, except you’ve just not joined the edges together yet.

Now, pull the elastic taut and bring both ends out to the bottom of the die-cut pieces. Make a secure knot whilst pulling so when the edges are trimmed, they both go back nicely towards the spine/

Next, add in some strong double sided tape underneath one of the edges and adhere the centre parts together.

Because of strain on the centre parts, I’ve added some washi tape to help reinforce it.

Next, I created three signatures using some inexpensive notebook paper and covered them with a slip cover from some Christmas patterned paper.

The tabs on the inner Christmas organiser are part of the Eileen Hull die and are great for adding what each section is for; Food, Presents, Cards etc. You can see in the next picture that the slip covers make great slots for an extra notebook.

Here’s the back of the cover- you can see the reverse of the pocket and I designed it so you can slip pens in so everything is in place and ready to hand. Perfect for getting ready for the Christmas season, but I’ve kept the colours and patterns neutral enough to be used all year round and also would make a great present for a bloke too! (although maybe not with the Christmas organiser in!!!)

I really recommend this die- it is simply fantastic and will cut through a whole myriad of surfaces. Next time I’ll be cutting straight through some fabric but it conquers mountboard easily and I want to try it with felt, cork and metal too! For UK friends trying to source the die- try HERE

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial- I’m hopefully leaving shortly for another Sewing Show at Harrogate- but as my car has just broken down- it could be an interesting challenge!!

Keren xx

November 22, 2017 at 11:38 am 5 comments

Winnie & Walter Nov Release Day 4

Morning!

How are you all? Today is the last day of Premieres from Winnie and Walter! I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

The release will be available much later today (Nov 10th) in store and shortly after in your favourite Winnie & Walter stockists.

Today I’ve got a set using stamps from the sets designed by Evelin T Designs ‘Sweet Holiday’ and ‘Winter Wishes’. This little guy is making the most of the snow!….


In an ideal world, the UK would get snow like this that magically disappeared really quickly! We get very little snow in reality and it doesn’t half make people lose their minds- we just aren’t used to it! Everyone wishes for a white Christmas, but it rarely happens.

I’ve used the die from Essentials: Lana Cutaways which always reminds me of a giant postage stamp! I handcut the hills and added a little White Blizzard Nuvo drops and coloured the puffin in with alcohol markers. Just a really easy card! 

Do go and visit the blog to see what everyone else came up with! 

See you soon and thanks for visiting!

Keren xx

November 10, 2017 at 11:54 am 5 comments

Winnie and Walter Nov Premiere Day 3

Hello!

Happy Thursday! I’m here again with a few more sets from the new Winnie and Walter release. Here’s what I created!


I think the main star is the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? It’s one of the cleverest dies I know of as there are so many patterns- so the ‘do you see what I see’ is completely apt! Having spent a lot of time in the quilting and sewing world I love creating patterns and this 6 point star is typical of a quilt pattern.

The leaves and sentiment are from a new set ‘In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans’ (phew- that’s a mouthful!!). After stamping, I dotted some embossing ink on the leaves and then added some White embossing powder to look like a little snow. The gold ampersand is using a die from a previous set Typecast: Cary Number Cutaways

I’ve shown you a closeup for a caution! I used a transfer adhesive sheet- and never have any problems but really- always reduce the level of adhesive by sticking it to your jeans or something; just what I should have done- and because I didn’t, I lifted several of the shape’s top layers.

Do check out the Winnie and Walter blog to see what the rest of the team have created for today!

See you soon

xx

November 9, 2017 at 11:09 am 8 comments

Winnie & Walter November Release

Hey! How are you all? I’m just getting back to normal after travelling working so I’m popping in to show you the brand new release from Winnie & Walter.

Today is a quick and simple card using the gorgeous In A Word: Merry Stamp set. Gorgeous bold fonts that will make designing your seasonal cards easy and quick!!

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So easy to just stamp in different colours and if you left the enamel dots off (from Pinkfresh Studios) then you’d have a one-layer card that’s cheap to send through the post too!

I’ll be back soon with some more ideas using the other sets in the release.

’til then!

Keren xx

 

November 7, 2017 at 11:22 am 6 comments

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