Simple Pleated Bag

I had picked up some beautiful Laura Ashley fabric on sale. Some velvet fabric, a contrasting cotton and a main patterned fabric. 

It has sat in a bag for a while and yesterday I had a spare hour ( which ended up being 3 or 4 😂) and I had in mind a pleated bag with a big velvet bow.

Once I’d laid out roughly the design I wanted and added copious layers of interfacing, a bow looked too over the top, so I settled for a tied knot instead. 

I have secured the velvet into the sides of the bag so it’s integral rather than just a sash wrapped around. 

I had also wanted to add wooden circular handles but they ended looking out of proportion. It’s quite satisfying creating a bag in an organic process but a little frustrating as you wish you had more technical knowledge to help! I did take a few shortcuts- I shortened the length of the bag once I’d cut it out so didn’t want to waste the fabric and added it inside as pockets. The pockets are not as deep as I’d have liked but I’ve used the fabric up so that’s positive.

I had to add pockets as having made a few tote styled bags, you end up with a mass of junk at the bottom so these pockets help organise the contents a little. The velvet handles were using up the excess velvet that I’d sewn for the bow. If I’d had the fabric, I’d have added some red handles for contrast, but still love the end result. 

The pleating is underneath a wide top band. You can’t see the contrast on the front due to the knot. I used my Fiskars self healing mat to measure out the inches for pleating so that it was absolutely even.

Having two directions to the fabric really helps with the design, to lead the eye in different directions. 

During the late night sewing, I neglected to add in magnetic clasps. I will add some press studs for a simple closure. 

I love learning through experimentation. This was a case in point. I did have to hand crank a good proportion of the top stitching once I’d pulled the bag through the bottom of the lining. Maybe not using so many layers of interfacing would be a good idea next time- but I do love more structural bags, so this suits me perfectly! 

I have some beautiful floral silk to use next time, but I’ve never really sewn silk bags before. Anyone seen any great ideas or have any ideas? Please shout! 

Have a lovely day!

Keren xx

May 25, 2017 at 9:11 am 13 comments

Growth; An Altered Violin

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great day. 

You’re probably wondering what that title is all about and I’m delighted to be over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing what is probably one of my favourite creations in a very long time! 

I’d love you to take a look and let me know what you think. I’ve actually got two more ( broken) violins waiting in the wings for a similar ( but different) treatment. 

If any of you know of anyone or any place where I could pick up cheap or broken violins then I’m all ears!

I’ve been using the wonderful JoFy PaperArtsy stamps and I hope you enjoy what I’ve created.

Have a super weekend, 

Love, Keren x

May 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm 6 comments

A little more Clearly Besotted!

Hi there! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Here’s another post with some more Clearly Besotted ideas. With not having monthly releases like there used to be, hopefully the pared back schedule will make it easier all round plus you will get to enjoy the sets at a more leisurely pace!

The French and poodle set aptly named ‘Poodle Around’ is gorgeous and great for girls / dog lovers or Francophiles. The poodles are really cute and are in a wealth of poses. I’ve made it into a mini card/gift tag. The Eiffel Tower is stamped onto acetate and trimmed out and adhered onto the tag. I liked the way it straddled two colours. Love this set!

Coffee fans will go beans (ok, nuts) over this set’; Warm Solutions IV. It’s a mini set- but I love how you can add different cup jackets and I’ve hung them like a window dressing display.

See the background? That’s the Scene It I talked about yesterday- it’s supposed to be giving the ideas of looking out into the street. I’m going to get lots of mileage from this useful background set.

I’d love to know which of the sets so far have been your favourite. Next up to create with is the Fluffy Flamingos and Garden Gnomes sets- but you’ll have to keep an eye out for those; coming soon!

Hope you’re having a superb weekend, and I’ll catch you soon!

Keren xx


May 7, 2017 at 10:38 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted Release Day 2

Whilst the whole release is already available ( Clearly Besotted is mixing things up a bit), I thought I’d show you another two sets; Cha Cha Cha with Scene It

I will probably shock you when I say that I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing, but know enough about it to mix up two of the most iconic scenes in this card. They’re obviously wearing the dance gear in the famous dance but are doing the ‘water practising’ bit.

Yes, I know that their expensive dancing clothes are now extremely wet and unlikely to dry out in time- but these pigs are living on the edge!!


The Scene It set is perfect for using with your previous Clearly Besotted sets (and all the ones you’re going to ignore your bank balance over in purchasing). This is probably (well almost) my favourite set. Such a lot of fun!

The dancing pigs are perfect for lots of occasions.

The glitter ball is indeed glittery! Some adhesive glitter paper stamped over with Stazon. The add on images make creating this card really easy. No masking needed- just adhere the lit up part onto your card, add the glitter ball and the pigs and then you’re done!

Do go and visit the Clearly Besotted blog for more inspiration. The way the releases are happening are a little different this time. You’ll find that the Design Team will just release projects and inspiration throughout the days and weeks coming. Do follow us on Instagram or Facebook plus obviously we’ll keep our blogs updated.

I have another post tomorrow, so do pop back to see a little more Clearly Besotted!

See you soon,

(and happy shopping!)


May 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm 4 comments

Clearly Besotted Release! 

They’re back! It’s been a wait- but hopefully after you’ve seen the release, you’ll see it’s been worth the wait!

All sets are available for purchase tonight about 6pm at the Clearly Besotted store plus Simon Says Stamp too.

Today I’m going to just show you one set. This set speaks to my music loving heart. I have had to play in similar situations to this guy, and he looks so at home with the concert performance- obviously a seasoned pro!

It originally didn’t have sequins.

I wasn’t originally eating cake.

You can guess why it ended up needing sequins then 😂

The set has lots of orchestral performers with some great sentiments too. This next card is an inside out one really. Truth be told, I’ve not even designed the front- but when I do, it’ll have a belly band around it, to keep the little performers from popping up too early!

I’ve attached them to the base with acetate hinges. I’ve adhered the hinges to the reverse of the music.

Creating the centre was easy. Firstly I folded a piece of card, drew a curve mimicking an open book on one side and then cut the folded piece so it was cut both sides at once.
Then use this cut off piece as the template for the bottom edge. Trace the template onto the middle to make perfectly curved music paper and trace over with black pen when it’s all done. Stamp out the music so it looks a proper piece and then finish adding the characters and a sentiment.

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog plus check out the other DT’s projects- they’ll have posts at some point today. Michelle has done a release video which is live now. 

Michelle Short

Debby Hughes 

Well, I’m back tomorrow with two fun cards using the cutest of characters!

See you then!

Keren x

May 5, 2017 at 11:55 am 4 comments

Spring Fling Blog Hop

Hi there! How are you ?

Today I’ve a project on the Winnie and Walter blog joining in with Shay for a prizes galore blog hop.

17 fabulous stamp and papercraft companies have got together to do a special blog hop and will be giving away 17 prizes to 17 lucky winners!

I created something  inspired by The Card Concept “Fresh Flutters” photo challenge and used In Bloom: Addie’s Garden and In Bloom: Addie’s Garden Cutaways for the flowers and leaves and cut out the butterflies using Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and the sentiment is In a Word: Congrats Cutaway. I loosely coloured in the flowers using Distress inks. 

The butterflies are attached to some coiled coloured wire. It’s hard to see them, but if you peer hard, the colour of the wire matches the colour of the butterfly. The congrats is die cut and then white gel pen dots added in the centre of each letter. 

I cut out over 20 of the flowers (!) stamping in Metro Grey hybrid ink (a brilliant versatile ink from Tonic Studios that you can use for alcohol inks or watercolours or heat dried on non-porous surfaces) arranging onto an acetate semi circle and the blue bottom is supposed to be a blue vase.

Hopefully it is giving a spring vibe and there are a whole lot more beautiful projects on the hop so do take time to see if you fancy prizes and inspiration too! 

First stop is DeNami Designs! (who organised this Hop!)

I’m just prepping to go and demonstrate for Fiskars at the Spring Knitting and Stitching show at the Highland Show centre in Edinburgh. Do say hi if you’re going to be there! 

See you soon! 

Keren x

April 25, 2017 at 7:55 am 2 comments

Tonic Studios Delicate Detail Stamp set

Hi! Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We spent it at church and with our family and I didn’t eat a lot of chocolate as was too busy cooking!

During the Easter weekend, Tonic Studios launched their Delicate Detail stamp sets over on Hochanda and they were really well received. This is the first of two posts showing some of my samples for the launch to give you an idea of what you can create with them.

First up is a box – a simple pizza  box with some basic layers and very simply gold embossed with the beautiful henna stamp.

The tag is using the set of 4 clear sentiments that come with the whole range. At present the sets are only available from Hochanda as one complete set but they will in time, be available separately.

This second project uses one of my favourite styles- the ‘off the page’ with acetate structure behind and lots of fussy cutting from the stamp I’ve photographed alongside.

You can see more of the detail here- the leaves are simply coloured with alcohol markers. It’s hard to see, but the base card is actually purple.

This card was hard to photograph with the lighter colours. Its one of the gorgeous Vintage stamps white embossed and coloured with Distress inks. Simple, but grouped a little differently to give a contemporary look.

This last one is using the henna circle again- but done in a very easy project. We had to prepare some easy demos for Paula Pascual so she could do demonstrations in super quick time.

I’ve loved creating with this stamp set collection and hope you’ll enjoy using them too!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter break and I’ll be back with the second part of projects using this set


April 17, 2017 at 11:38 am 7 comments

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