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Farm Fun & Dimensional Cards (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone  Today I have three “dimensional” cards to share using the Farm Girl Collection from October Afternoon. One of the things I love about the October Afternoon Collections is the versatility of their papers. The patterns and prints are always varied, sophisticated and offer opportunities for everyone, no matter what their style. I hope these cards demonstrate the versatility of this lovely collection. “My Favorite” Side-Step Card I have used my Cameo to create the base for this card using this file here – but there are several free templates on online you can use to handcut very quickly. Once you have the base created, it is easy to add the decorative elements. I have used dimensional dots to mount some pieces as this really gives the card a lift without adding too much bulk. Layer the pieces you want to build up some color and if you want the card to fit into a standard envelope – do not make any element stand higher than the tallest panel. I love these little chickens and the strip of words from the Miscellany Pack adds a splash of color along the bottom. “Just for You” Centre Step Card Once again […]

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Father’s Day Treat Boxes (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone These little treat boxes were created from the Midway Collection from October Afternoon. Father’s Day is coming up and these make a great little last minute gift/wrapping idea. Dad’s Treat Boxes To demonstrate how versatile this fun collection is – I have used a couple of bits and pieces to make these fun Father’s Day treat boxes. They both contain a gift voucher to a wine boutique for my husband and Father-in-Law (hope they don’t read this blog!) I have cut the boxes using my cuttlebug and this great Sizzix die and then used some of the Sew Fun Banners and Tin Pins to decorate. Fun, simple and a great way to use up some of your leftovers too. Please post a comment with any questions 🙂LowriI am linking up this post to these websites here.

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Midway Mini Album (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone Today I am sharing some more projects I created for October Afternoon and this week I have been busy using the Midway Collection. This fun and bright Collection was perfect for creating this mini-album and I have used some very informal cell phone pictures taken on a day-trip to the carnival!  Midway Mini Album I have created this album from scratch using my Cameo and two die-cutting files from Lori Whitlock (found here and here). The album can be created by hand (search online for accordion fold binding) but using a digital cutter makes light work of a lot of the measuring and all of the cutting! I have chosen to make all of the inserts out of envelopes and tags – but the cutting files offer a number of options which are all included with the download. I also scaled down all the cutting files by 65% before I started as I wanted my album to be smaller. Just remember to scale all elements in the same proportion – otherwise they will not fit together  The picture above shows a couple of details from the album cover. I cut a slit in the hat and slotted a couple of […]

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Fun Office Accessories (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone I am Guest Designing for October Afternoon this month and I will be sharing my creations here over the next few weeks. I have been having great fun with the 9 to 5 Collection! I worked in a corporate office for many years and I have so say there was more than a touch of the Mad Men about it and I just love the imagery of the vintage office theme. I made these pieces just for me which is a real rarity – read on to see a little more about how I created them. Craft Tools Box This box from Kaisercraft comes as a flat packed mdf kit and measures a huge 14.5″ x 6″. I started by covering the edges with the 9 to 5 washi tape which makes for a fast and bright alternative to painting and then I then fully lined and covered the box in patterned papers from the collection. I suggest using a solvent based glue when creating these types of project as it dries quickly, will not warp the paper and it cleans up very easily with an adhesive eraser if it seeps from the edges. After I covered the […]

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Pull-Out School Days Album (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone. I know it is Teacher Appreciation Week in the US and I thought I would share a couple of school themed projects today. School Days Album I made this album over a year ago and I am only now getting around to sharing it. It uses the School Days Mini Theme from Echo Park Paper, one of the Echo Park Circle Albums and some great School Stickers from SRM. Each page has a pull out section which means lots of space for photos and journaling. This album was quite consuming and required a lot of measuring and patience – but the end result was definitely worth it. You can either trace around the page to get the paper to fit or glue the chipboard page onto a large piece of paper and use a sharp knife to cut around the edge. I tried both ways and preferred the latter – mainly because that is the technique I always use to cover my altered projects with paper. The photo below shows the album pages facing each other with the pull-outs closed. Treat Box and Card This box and card are also made from the same Collection: See all the details on […]

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Mother’s Day Card Ideas (Echo Park Paper)

Hi Everyone It sure has been a quiet month on the blog as I have been busy planning all kinds of exciting things! Starting tomorrow we will be taking the PaperVine Shop to the Dunkleys Craft Show and there are classes to plan, guest projects to complete – it’s been a crazy time! I have a quick idea for a card to share today – perfect for Mothers Day. It’s matchbook style card that can be filled with any message you like and it would be easy to tuck a little gift card or voucher inside too. I am not really a pink paper person, so I was a little offput when I first saw this gorgeous collection – but it was a great lesson in looking closer! This fabulously bold grey paper goes really well with the green and the bees are great bold but feminine accents too! The lovely brads are from the This and That “Graceful” Collection.   This was one of those projects that came together through a little bit of trial and error! I do love it though as it is a little more substantial than a card and would make a great keepsake if you added some photos to the pocket. […]

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Paper Mini Album Tutorial – Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Hi Everyone Mother’s Day is coming up soon and today I am sharing a tutorial for making a mini album that would be sure to brighten up anybody’s day. Maybe it’s your Mother, a friend who is a Mum or just someone you know who just needs a little boost – Mother’s Day is a GREAT excuse for breaking out the craft supplies! This mini album looks perfect when presented in a vintage tin! A really economical project – this will only take a single sheet of paper plus a small strip for the cover. Creating the book is a simple process but you need to be precise with your measuring and cutting. Tutorial Following the exact directions below will result in an album measuring 2″ x 2.5″ containing 11 double-sided pages but you can adjust the dimensions of the folds to yield an album of any size. The starting size paper for this exact album is 10″ x 12″ Score at 2″ intervals along the 12″ long side of the paper Rotate paper and score at 2.5″ intervals along the 10″ long side of the paper Fold at score marks to define the creases Make cuts as shown (details in […]

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Paper Strawberries & Washi Winners!

Hi Everyone A quick post to share today to recap another project from last year that would be great for Easter PLUS I am announcing the winners of the recent Giveaways! These paper strawberries are perfect for hiding sweeties inside, or you could make a bowlful for some colorful Easter decoration. They are simple to make and I have made them using both a paper template and an electronic die-cutting machine – the only difference is that with the machine they are quicker to cut out! There are a few patterns available online – try this one here which you can print onto plain cardstock for a template or if you have an electronic die-cutter – you can purchase the cutting file here.  With either method it is easy to shrink or enlarge to create the size strawberries you want. I tucked some treats inside before using strong paper thread through all the holes in the petals to close. Don’t worry about how it looks as you are going to be covering the top with the leaves of the strawberry. You can decorate the top with a brad or sticker for a great finishing touch. The decorative box was created from the Yardsticks paper and this file, […]

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Tutorial Recap (Scrapfest Hop)

Hi and welcome to my stop on the Scrapfest by the Sea blog-hop. Please note that the contest previously detailed here has now closed. Winners can be seen here. Tutorials Here is a quick recap on a couple of tutorials I created last year. They would all make fun Easter or Spring projects. Be sure to link up a comment if you make something using one of these! Click on the link below to go to the complete post. All of these have full color tutorials showing exactly how to re-create the projects shown – great for trying as the weather turns cold! Paper Mache Bowl Tutorial Stamped Icing Tutorial Butterfly Card Tutorial Paper Bead Tutorial Please post a comment with any questions. Lowri

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Lollipop Flowers – Perfect for Easter! (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone Today I am sharing a fun idea to make for your kids (big kids too!) for birthday parties, fun favors or they would make great little Easter gift for someone who doesn’t like chocolate! My kids love these little lollies and these gorgeous papers from the Sweet Girl Collection from Echo Park were perfect for making these flowers. To create the flowers I used my Cameo and this file to create the flowers. Simply cut 2 pieces from coordinating papers – making sure if you resize the cutting images that you re-size them all at the same time to keep the flowers the same sizes. I then removed two of the petals and reglued the petals to give a 3-d shape (see below) I then put the lollipop sticks onto small wooden skewers and covered them both in washi tape to add a bit more color and disguise the join. If you do not have a die cutting machine – NO PROBLEM! Simply search for a flower pattern online (try this one from Images by Heather M) and trace around it – then experiment with how many petals you need to remove to create the 3-d shape. The little glass jar the flowers […]

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