Exciting Feature on the Cosmo Cricket Blog!

Hi Everyone - and if this is your first time stopping by -
Kia Ora from New Zealand

Did you notice a new little button on the right hand side of my blog???   Here's a clue....

I was thrilled to be be featured today on the Cosmo Cricket blog. As you may know they are one of my favorite brands and it was very exciting to be recognized. Thanks again to all who left lovely comments and who nominated me for the Guest DT spot last month (which I didn't win!!)

Here are a couple of my favorite Cosmo Cricket projects which were not featured on their page - just in case you are a first time visitor...

You can see ALL my Cosmo Cricket projects - many of which have accompanying tutorials by following this link here

Thanks again for stopping by.

Lowri :-)

Magnetic Frames - with Tutorial

Hi everyone

I completed this tutorial last year but I hadn't posted a couple of examples I made using
Kaisercraft products. The Seaside Collection from Kaisercraft was my absolute favourite collection from them last year. It was one I liked so much I just wanted to keep it to look at and not use it in case I couldn't get any more - but I have used it because it's just gorgeous.

Seaside - Beach Patrol
I love this picture of my middle son. He's a redhead and so we have to really protect him from the sun - especially when we are in Australia which is where this pic was taken. 

I just love how he looks like a little lifeguard and the embellishments from the Seaside Collection were just perfect for this photo

Seaside - Wedding Picture
OK - I can see you thinking why would you use a beach collection for a wedding! Well - I guess you can if you got married on a beach.. 

I really just put this one together to just show how REALLY simple you can keep the decoration of these. It costs pennies to make (I guess that should be cents here in NZ!) and who doesn't love a personalised gift.

Hippy Girl - Kids Painting
Here I have used the wonderful Hippy
Girl Collection from Kaisercraft. Once you complete the frame - you can embellish it how you like. Rub-ons work really well onto the smooth surface and with chipboard pieces - the work is already done for you!

I actually bought the frames in the Warehouse - I think they were 2 for $2.99 but you can probably pick them up at heaps of places

Here is the tutorial in case you missed it last time..

Lowri :-)

Baby Album - A Book for the First Year

Hi Everyone

I first showed this book last year, but instead of sending it to my sister to complete - I filled it in for her -  knowing only too well that time can be pretty short when you have a new baby in the house!

Sorry I can't show you any detailed pictures of the inside - but I hope you understand it's not my baby to share!

I used a Maya Road 5x7 tabbed book as a base and the Crate Paper Little Sprout and Lillian Collections to decorate. I have used Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Type Number Stickers for the tabs - and I have to say they are the first transparent stickers I have used which virtually disappear on the paper - FABULOUS!

These collections are a couple of years old and I picked them us super cheap - but the patterns are timeless and absolutely gorgeous.

Please email me with any questions or comments.

Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.

"52 Reasons I Love You" Cards Tutorial

Did you know this project now has its own website - with heaps of additional information.


Note: If you would like to link to, feature or re-publish this project - please see here.

Below you will find the tutorial showing how to make the cards. On the website you can also find a complete supply list and all the information on purchasing a template to create the labels.
  1. Find some playing cards! These fabulous cards from Ellusionist shown here are great as they have a pre-aged Vintage look.
  2. Scuff them up with some sandpaper to give them a used feel as well as a used look
  3. Create a template with one of the spare cards (for example one of the Jokers)
  4. Punch two holes in each cards using the template as a guide

  5. Create your reasons labels to attach to the cards - detailed information below. Use another Joker card to create the front cover.
  6. Using double sided tape and/or glue - attach the inserts to the cards. Using glue will take longer to dry and will stiffen the cards up adding more dimension.
  7. Create all 52 of your reasons cards and let the glue dry
  8. Thread onto book rings 
NOTE: I have created a FAQ page here with additional information on products used and where to buy them or you can check out the dedicated website here.

Creating the Reasons Labels
There are two templates available for purchase. This page HERE has all the information you need to make a decision regarding which is best for you.

Option One - JPEG Download
$4.99 - download high quality jpeg files to be used with a program of your choice 

Option Two - POWERPOINT Download
$6.99 - download a PowerPoint presentation with placeholder text. Print ready.

You can see exactly what is included in the templates on this page here. Please read what you will receive and what you will need to do after purchasing to re-create the reasons as shown.

If you do not want to purchase the template - no problem! You can create your own cards.
To help you out - here are the dimensions for the boxes I have used.
Outer red box - 6cm x 4cm

Inner cream box - 5.3cm x 3.3cm

If you want to use the same font it is called Trinigan FG and you can download it for FREE from fontspace.com.

FAQ Page
Check out the FAQ page if you have any questions. Also see the 52reasonsiloveyou.com website here - or email me here.

Lowri :-)
I am linking up this post to these websites here.

Valentines Favors with Spellbinders plusTutorial...

Hi Everyone

Okay - so first off I want to say I am NOT a Spellbinders expert. In fact this post came about because apart from the circles - I only own ONE Spellbinders Set- the Labels One and I really wanted to come up with some ideas on how to use them other than just the plain shape.

Treat Bags
 This really is as simple as it looks!
Perfect for any party, class treats etc all you need to do is buy some cello bags, cut a plain pieces of card for the background and then use a smaller piece for the decoration. It's a great way to use up scraps and I just added a rub-on for extra detail

Mentos Favors
I thought I was so clever coming up with this - and I have actually seem something really similar this week on the Spellbinders blog! I have a mini-tutorial showing how I made them below, so don't forget to check that out too!

OK - so this was my first attempt at a banner! Nothing really matches but it was a good way to show another use of the spellbinders die!
This picture shows where I placed the die on the paper to get the shape. I repeated the placement for the smaller dies to get the layered effect.

All of these projects use the Echo Park Be Mine Collection and I have a tutorial showing how I made the Mentos Favours just below..
  1. You need ribbon, 2 x pieces of pre-cut paper (one larger than the other), double sided tape, small hole punch, some means of scoring paper (board not necessary - use a ruler!)
  2. Score 1cm either side of the "peak" of the larger paper
  3. Repeat on smaller paper
  4. Using adhesive tape – glue smaller piece onto larger piece
  5. Punch small holes in either side
  6. Thread ribbon through holes
  7. Tie ribbon
  8. Stuff in your mini-mentos!

Lowri :-)

Folded Paper Mini's PLUS Tutorial

Hi Everyone

I have had a few e-mails and comments asking how I created the folded paper mini books I featured last week so I have created a quick tutorial on how they are put together.

It was my turn to blog today at Artfull Crafts and I created a couple of these books in a 4"x4" size, one using one of my faves from Kaisercraft last year - Lush and one using using the Sassafrass Lass "Indie Girl" collection.

Kaisercraft "Lush" Love Book
Here I have made the book using the Kaisercraft Lush collection - one of my faves from last year. 
Goes to show that Valentines and Love themes don't always have to be pink!
The colors in this collection are stunning.
I have used some of the chipboard pieces, journal tags and rub-ons (all by Kaisercraft) to complete the decoration on the front.

Sassafrass Lass "Indie Girl" Love Book 

I am new to the Sassafrass Lass products and I have to say some of these papers and embellishments in the Sassafrass Indie Girl line are really lovely. Each piece of paper comes with an extra 12 inch border, die cut strip that you can use as a decorative strip which is a really neat idea! (I see Kaisercraft are doing this too now which is great)

I have used the Indie Girl Stickers and a chipboard button I made to decorate the front.

The Indie Girl Journal Tags and Stickers are the perfect size for the book too and I have used them for a mat on the pages
Here are a couple of close-ups of the detailing. I have also used a few Basic Grey brads which matched perfectly!


Now I am not going to deny this technique IS a little heavy on the paper use - but if you haven't had to buy a blank album - then I guess overall it's no more expensive than any other technique!

I use it as a way to use up paper and odds and ends of collections so I don’t feel guilty! This size book with 8 pages uses the equivalent of 2 whole sheets of paper – which is still probably cheaper than buying an album and covering it in paper!

You could of course make the book from plain cardstock and cut patterned paper to cover each page, which would effectively use half the amount of patterned paper.
  1. Cut 8 pieces of paper  4” x  8”
  2. Fold all the pieces into half , with the side of paper you want showing on the INSIDE
  3. Glue pieces together back to back to create pages
  4. Ensure that the folds are always aligned
  5. When all piece are glued – round corners if desired
  6. Cut piece of paper 8.5” x 4” for cover – round corners on one side
  7. Score cover at 4” and 4¼ ” to create "spine" for book
  8. Glue cover to front of book – do not glue spine
  9. Glue cover to back of book
  10. Trim excess paper and round corners for back of book
I hope this has given you some inspiration to create your own books. It's a project that comes together in an hour or so and the book pages feel really "solid" in terms of weight - and much easier to stuff in a purse (thinking Grandma brag book!!) than a chipboard or wooden album.
Would love to see what you come up with!
Lowri :-)
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