Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Starz Mini Gift Bag

Stars are having a cosmic moment on the fashion scene. Here's a link to a Gardian article dicussing the trend. So - I have decided to channel the trend in a paper-y way. Above, some handy mini-gift bags in a starry print. The bags are good size for sweets.

You can finish the bag with a ribbon through the hanging loops - or with a lolly stick (cake pop).

Here are your free design files:


The template is in two pieces - you can only fit so much on an A4 piece of card!
So - you must glue the back on to the front piece before assembling the bag (use a glue stick).

Glue the back section on top of the back bar of the front section. The flap fits in the rectangular opening on the front piece.

Score and crease the folds.

Fold the hanging loops on either side in half and glue them down. Glue the brad mats back-to-back. Insert the brads through the mats and insert them through the holes in the bag before assembling the bag (one on the tab, one on the bag front).

Join the bag sides, then the base. Squeeze the bag sides gently, narrowing at top. Tie a piece of string on to the top brad, behing the mat.

You can either glue a lolly stick or a thread a ribbon through the hanging loops at top. A 10cm lolly stick will have to be trimmed a bit - take care!

Coordinating gift tag included.

Have a superstar holiday season!  :)

Monday, 11 December 2017

Save the Dates

Here's a timely reminder to make the dates to give. My Calendar Bunting, above, is a print-and-cut for sale on Craftsy.

And don't forget the freebies on this blog:

Send the dates! :)


Friday, 8 December 2017

How to Craft with Paper, by Mollie Makes. Review.

With over 50 techniques and 20 easy project

 By Mollie Makes

Pavilion Books 2017

Paperback, UK £9.99

ISBN 978-1-911216-67-4

Star rating: ***1/2

It’s lovely to be gifted with a how-to book – so when the festivities are over, you can dive into a new pursuit for the New Year. How to Craft With Paper, from the Mollie Makes team,  provides a stylish intro to papercrafting for newbies.

The projects are super-appealing (loving Three Little Cacti Pots, by Sarah Matthews) and are accompanied by inspirational capsule bios of the designers. Projects include papier maché owl bowls and a mini party pinata, origami fairy lights shaped like lilies, an modular origami lampshade, cut and close flower boxes (ideal for gifting), and a Foxy Nights papercut. The projects all have stunning beauty shots (as you would expect of Mollie Makes), accompanied by photo how-tos.

The format of the book situates the projects up front, followed by the techniques section. This inverse order works with the breezy, get-acquainted vibe of the book. The technique section is good for what it is, accepting that papercrafting is an umbrella for many different crafts – nothing in depth, but clear info as provided. Newbies will appreciate the full-size templates, eliminating extra hassle. 

So – a likeable collection of papery projects, strictly for newbies.
Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this book.