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Delicious Paper Strawberries! (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone  I have this post up on the Echo Park Blog today. These paper fruits are perfect for hiding sweeties inside, or you could make a bowlful for some colorful Spring 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 threaded 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. These fabulous papers from the This and That Graceful Collection were perfect for this project and I used the Kiwi green paper (kind of appropriate for me living in New Zealand!) from the Dots and Stripes Soda Fountain […]

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Halloween “Spooky Tree” – Echo Park

Hi Everyone  A few more Halloween ideas using the fabulous Apothecary Emporium Collection from Echo Park today. I bought this Kaisercraft Modern Tree and set it aside for Christmas but I could not pass up the opportunity to make it into a “spooky tree” as my kids have called it! I painted the whole piece with 2 coats of black acrylic paint and then laid the Black Magic (reverse) pattered paper over the tree in sections and glued it on. Using a very sharp knife I then cut around the branches and sanded the edges of the paper with a fine grit sandpaper. Would you believe I covered the whole tree in one piece of paper! Now comes the fun part – decorating! This little banner was made using a pennant die – but you could easily just cut triangles of paper. The easiest way to do this is to make a little template from cardboard (two pieces of cereal box glued together is about the right weight) and then just cut around the template on your paper with a knife. This way is a lot quicker than tracing and cutting individual shapes, and works very well for simple shapes […]

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Halloween Party Ideas

Hi Everyone – I am sharing a couple of super simple ideas for Halloween drinks party decoration. These ideas are adaptable to ANY holiday – and all your need is some patterned paper! Custom Platters Remember the coasters I made using the Echo Park “For the Record” Collection? I found heaps of different color and sized tiles in the hardware store – I think the most expensive was $1.79. These make great platters – you could probably make half a dozen for less than $10! Not sure if they would be food safe – but they are great as display tiles and for wrapped items! Glass Toppers Hand cut, punch or die-cut a shape and then, using a small circular object as a template – cut a semi-circle shape with a knife. Decorate and stick atop your festive glass!  Straw Toppers Hand cut, punch or die-cut some symmetrical shapes (they must be symmetrical). Fold in half and glue back to back in a circle as shown. I have used six per topper but you might need to experiment to see how many works best with your shape. I have a few more Halloween projects to share over the next week […]

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Deployment / Patriotic Mini Album

Hi Everyone I made these recently for the lady who won my giveaway on the Whipperberry blog.  She actually won a custom made cardset and when she said her son was joining the marines later in the year, I offered to make her a frame and album in a patriotic theme.   Fold Out Photo Albums  I had seen this “Liberty” Bo Bunny Collection online and knew it would be perfect for this project. I could only get a few of the bits and pieces but I am really pleased with how these turned out.. I made a little fold out album and left the pages blank as Jodi wanted to add pictures when she received it.  I thought it be fun to package the albums in these tins as it would protect them and any other little bits and pieces if they wanted to take them on their travels. (Read on to see why I made two!) I added my own little personal note on the back – it is just a simple Thank-You. Photo Frame This is a Dusty Attic frame and they are so easy to put together. Just grab some scraps of paper, a few embellishments and […]

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Tile Coasters and Mini Album w/ Echo Park

Hi Everyone – a couple of fun projects to share today.  Tile Coasters Not only fun, but this first one is super cheap and definitely one that you can do with older kids too.  Take a look at these coasters – they look “designer” but in fact I reckon you could make a dozen of these for less than $20! I was going to make a tutorial for these, but I quickly realized I could not possibly improve on the fabulous tutorial shown on the website where I originally saw this idea which was here at the Cottage Home Blog. I have used papers from the Echo Park “For the Record” Collection (available here in New Zealand) and if you have not seen Echo Park’s 6×6 paper pads I definitely suggest you check them out. They have the scaled-down designs like many manufacturers BUT they are also double sided which gives you many more options for use. I followed the instructions shown on the tutorial above, with a couple of exceptions. I used Spellbinders squares to cut my squares (I am somehow challenged when trying to cut squares with a paper trimmer!) and instead of felt pads I bought a […]

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Map Folded Flowers PLUS Tutorial

Hi Everyone I have had three people ask me in the last week how I made these flowers so I thought I would share again! These old maps are beautiful and came from my MIL’s second-hand bookshop. They had been there for ages and weren’t in great condition so I decided to recycle them into decorations for the shop! You can easily see the progression in map-styles… I actually thought the differences so obvious in the maps would be reflected in the flowers – but they weren’t really – probably because I was a little tentative about cutting right into the middle, “business end” of the maps! These maps are made out of the most beautiful paper. Crisp, thin but very strong – perfect for folding! The index portion of one of the maps had some wonderful plain black and white text – so I made one of of that too (bottom left in the pic below) To mount them I hot glued them onto a lightweight bamboo skewer pressed lightly between the joins of the petals – as long as you hold it firm until the glue dries they will be pretty solid I wrapped some map paper inside […]

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Got Kids? Make your own Dinosaur Fossils!

Hi Everyone  I love this project – I do this every so often for my kids and they just always think it is so much fun!  It involves making your own dinosaur “fossils” with small toys and Plaster of Paris Mix up the Plaster of Paris according to instructions Place your mold onto a solid surface Pour a little of the plaster mix into the mold Add your mini dinosaur into the mix Top up with plaster and leave to harden as per instructions Give your little one a few tools and let them get excavating! To make this an economical project I bought a HUGE 20kg bag of Plaster of Paris from my local builders merchant for about $20 – which was a great buy seeing as it was $13 for 500g at the craft store… You can of course use anything as a mold (yogurt pots, ice cream containers) and below you can see a series of pictures showing how you can make a really big one in your sandpit! Here is how I made a BIG fossil in the sandpit which took the kids days to excavate!   Dig a hole in the sandpit Pour in your […]

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Cosmo Cricket Mini Album & Printing onto Canvas

Hi Everyone I am excited about this project as it was the first one in a while I did purely for fun and – I did it purely for me! It is my entry to the latest Cosmo Cricket Challenge and I am really pleased with how it has turned out. This challenge had a lot of requirements (in blue)and I think I have covered them all! Create your own ‘die-cut’ background: whether this is hand-cut, or die-cut with a machine, your background paper has to be a custom made background! I created this album from scratch using my Spellbinders Christmas Tree dies, double sided sticky chipboard and papers from Cosmo Cricket’s Social Club collection. Your layout must include 3 pictures, any size you wish I have incorporated 3 full page pictures (more about those later) and 3 smaller pictures (also cut with Spellbinders) into the album I want to see at least one paper punch/decorative scissor used Tad tricky this one – but I have have used my maple leaf punch to add some dimension and a splash of color to my pages You must include fabric of some sort on your page 😀 Fabric is always so fun to […]

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Cosmo Combo – Unique Table Setting!

Hi Everyone – I am excited to share my projects today as they are a good example of how to combine digital and physical paper collections. Custom Table Linen  Following on from Wednesdays custom t-shirts, I thought it would be fun to make some unique linen pieces for a special get-together. I simply picked up 4 plain napkins for $2 at the Warehouse, printed my design onto t-shirt transfer paper, busted out my iron again and voila – personal table linen! Invitation, Menu and Placecards These items were made using the Early Bird digital collection for the wording – which I then attached to an actual piece of patterned paper and decorated using chipboard pieces for dimension. I could have done it all digitally but I like combining the two for impact. Wine Glass Markers OK – so maybe you don’t need these for a dinner for 2 BUT these chipboard buttons make great wine glass markers. For your next party – how about gathering up all those chipboard pieces kicking around the bottom of your drawer and make some unique glass markers – saves on washing up too! Here are some more detailed pictures.. Hope you have enjoyed these […]

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A Special Project – 70th Birthday Album

Hi Everyone – This project has been on my “started but MUST finish” list for about 2 months and I finally got around to it! It’s an album for my Father-in-Law – he turned 70 in March and I love him to bits! The front of the album has a Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish (Elm Tree) and elements from the Secret Bird Society collection including a journal tag I printed onto. I applied some white ink to the flourish and then stamped over with a text stamp to try and get a whole family, story, nature feel! I have used 2 of my favorite Kaisercraft collections from last year in this album – Up, Up and Away and Secret Bird Society. Both collections had a lot of lovely detail in their papers and their soft muted colors were a perfect match.  Rob has spent his whole life outdoors and the Secret Bird Society collection offered a subtle and classic option for this album. I was very kindly lent some of his old photo albums and I scanned in the photos I wanted to use. I decided to make all the pictures black and white – even the modern ones that were […]

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