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Potato Masher Rescue! (3 Kids, 2 Looms)

Hi Everyone If you have kids over 5, you are probably completely over picking loom bands out of the vacuum cleaner, the cat, your dinner etc etc. My kids have gone loom band crazy – which is kind of cool as it’s got them thinking about their own designs and generally being creative HOWEVER we are one loom short for the number of kids we have!  NO PROBLEM – I just checked around the kitchen for some suitable implements!  This potato masher makes the lumpiest mash ever – but who would have thought it would be saved from the dreaded “second drawer” graveyard for useless kitchen implements.  It’s perfect for little fingers that find the hook and loop of the loom a bit tricky.  This band is in SENZ Colors – and we will have a contest at the show for the best band in the same colors. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for details!

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Fortune Cookie Tutorial & Valentine’s Dates for a Year!

Hi Everyone Another fun idea for Valentine’s today! These fortune cookies look great in pink – but once you get the hang of making them you can use them for all sort of occasions! Valentine’s Fortune Cookies You may have seen my idea from last year where I created a Dates Jar for the year as a Valentine’s Gift, with one date to be opened on the 14th of each month. I wanted to create something similar – so I have made 12 fortune cookies – each containing a date idea and we will open one on the 14th of each month for the next year! To create the box I used one of the files from this set by SVG Cuts and decorated it using some scrapbook paper from Echo Park. I used a sticker for the seal on top and some twine adds just a little more color. Fortune Cookie Tutorial First of all I created the little dates to put inside the cookies. I simply printed them onto on a sheet of matte photo paper and then used some stickers from the Collection Kit to decorate them. I set these out in PowerPoint using a simple pink banner shape for the background and a matching Windows […]

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Valentine’s Date Night Jar (Tutorial)

Hi Everyone I will be showcasing some Valentine’s ideas over the next couple of weeks. This is a fun idea that will work with any papers. It’s a great way to use up scraps too! Each little paper container inside the jar contains a date idea. Each month we will pick one out and we have four weeks to make sure we set aside an evening to do whatever is on the card. If you have read my blog before – you will know that these “Sour Cream” containers are one of my favorite projects to make.   You can see a detailed tutorial on how to make the containers here and the measurements I used for these particular mini containers were 2″x4″ or 5x10cm.    Print and cut out 12 ideas for dates for you and your partner Roll the date up and insert into the container (see here for the detailed tutorial) Seal up the other end  Make 11 more! The plastic jar I have used was one I picked up at a dollar store and I used some of the stickers from the Elements Sticker Sheet to decorate. A few small rhinestones, a paper circle in the […]

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Perfect Petite Packaging (Tutorial)

Hi Everyone  A quick post today to show you one of my favorite tutorials – perfect for the festive season… “Sour Cream Containers” Once you know this technique, you can use them for party favors decoration or wrapping.  You can  make them any size and below you can see my full tutorial showing how to create them. All of the papers and embellishments I have used for this project are from the “All is Bright” Collection from MME. This festive collection is fun, bright and modern with a big twist of vintage!   After I created the containers, I just used matching tape, brads and buttons to decorate – but you can use anything you would like. Lets the kids go crazy with glitter, stickers – whatever you have on hand. You can use ANY paper to crate these – and if you have been storing your kids artwork all year – cut it up and make a bowl full of treats for the Grandparents – fill each container with a chocolate and I guarantee Grandma will thrilled! Sour Cream Container Tutorial Cut paper into 3” x 4” rectangles (7.5cm x 10cm) You can get 12 of these from one […]

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Advent Calendar Ideas (Kaisercraft & Echo Park)

Hi Everyone Christmas is fast approaching so this week I thought I would share a couple of Advent Calendars I have created over the last couple of years.  It’s such an exciting time for kids – counting down to the big today and these are sure to keep the excitement levels sky-high. Advent Calendar Shadow Box   This Advent Calendar I made last year looks so festive with the traditional Christmas colors.  The calendar base is from Kaisercraft and is easy to put together. If you follow this short video here on YouTube you can construct the frame in about 10 minutes. For a full list of materials used – see here. To cover the boxes in paper I glue each box individually then cover the 2 sides and back of the box with one strip of paper, cutting a separate piece for the front face. Other people have quicker ways of doing this but I do not think they give as nice a finish. You just need to try and see which works best for you. This particular calendar has a shadow-box central area which is a great place to create a Christmas Scene.  To create the woodgrain effect, […]

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Halloween Ideas: Treat Bags, Decor Card and Candy Ideas!

Hi Everyone Here are some Halloween ideas I have published previously. You can see the original post with heaps more pictures and detailed information by clicking on the title of each project. Batty Treat Bags Custom Colored Candy Halloween Bark Halloween Card Halloween Favors   Spooky Tree I have plenty more to share and don’t forget there are lots of Halloween items in the online store here. Please leave a comment or email me with any questions Lowri 🙂

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Kitchen Album (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone  Here is another class I taught recently at the Scrapfest by the Sea event in Nelson. I was tutoring with Trina McLune and Karola Witczak and we had an amazing time. If you are in New Zealand and would like to learn more about the event or just be part of a great group of ladies – join our Facebook Page here. Cozy Kitchen Memories Class This class was lots of fun, with the ladies learning to incorporate a few different media pages into the album. For many, it was the first time they had made a mini album, and as always – I really broke the class down into simple step-by-steps. The blank pages of the album were created from chipboard, paper, corrugated flute paper, envelopes, acetate and even a plastic table runner! In a 2.5 hour class of this type – it’s fun to learn some new techniques  play with some new products and at the end of it you have a decorated album – -ready for photos, recipes and anything else you would like to add. The branded products used are from the Farm Girl Collection by October Afternoon and it’s a very versatile Kitchen/Garden Collection with […]

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Vintage / Modern Drawers (Echo Park Paper)

Hi Everyone I have been teaching at a couple of events recently – and I want to share a few of the classes over the next couple of weeks. I taught this first class at the Scrapfest by the Sea event in Nelson last weekend. I was tutoring with Trina McLune and Karola Witczak and we had an amazing time. If you are in New Zealand and would like to learn more about the event or just be part of a great group of ladies – join our Facebook Page here. Vintage Modern Drawers Class This fun class was enjoyed by all the ladies who attended. For many, it was their first time trying an off-the-page project and I really focused on breaking down the process into manageable steps. The silver butterfly can be found in the PaperVine store here.  The drawers are made here in New Zealand to my own specification and I carry them in my online store. We are currently re-ordering so please email here if you would like to order any. (Sorry but we are unable to ship overseas) Creating the decorations on top was one of the best parts of the class! We created a little sewing ensemble using wooden reels […]

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Project Life / Journaling Folder (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone I am sharing my final projects for October Afternoon today, and once again I am using their wonderful Travel Girl Collection. “Journaling Folder”  This journaling card folder is packed with blank notes for you to tuck into your bag and fill in whenever you like! For those that do Project Life – these all measure 3” x 4” too. I created the folder using this file here from Lori Whitlock. This picture above shows the folder opened up. You can see there are two pockets stuffed with ready to go journaling tags. This cute dog and taxi are a great example of the fun imagery included in this collection. I have created a few different elements to add to the folder: I have simply cut out and corner rounded some cards from the Journaling Cards paper These are mini envelopes cut from plain cardstock and decorated with cards from the Miscellany Pack – they will be great for storing all those ticket stubs and receipts! These folded cards are blank inside and will hold a lot of journaling text The folder will easily fit inside your bag – however light you choose to pack. I hope you have enjoyed […]

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Travel Girl Journal (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone It’s been a crazy old time here at PaperVine in the last couple of months! I recently attended SENZ (New Zealand’s Largest Scrapbook Expo) with my PaperVine Shop and I have really been focusing on growing that business. I did have time to complete a couple of final projects for October Afternoon using their simply stunning line Travel Girl and I have the first of those projects to share today.  “On the Go” Album This album was created as a “Smash” style project. It’s all ready to go – just slip it in your backpack when you set off on your travels and journal like crazy as you go along!  Before we take a look inside – I will show you quickly how I made this button on the front. It is simply threaded onto some elastic and tied at the back – but having a closure like this keeps everything together and makes it less likely your treasures inside will be lost. I used this simply gorgeous stamp to create the button. Before starting – gather your supplies: A stamp, Stayzon ink, a small piece of cotton fabric and a brayer/roller. You will also need a handmade […]

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