Sunday, January 31, 2010

So Fortunate to have you as a teacher (free template and tutorial- too)

Hi Fellow Crafters

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I was inspired by this post for this idea.

So Fortunate to have you as my Teacher.

It is pretty small but a single fortune cookie fits inside perfectly! I bought mine ready made bu there are many blogs that show you how to make your own if you have the time, both edible and non-edible : ).

 What I did:
1. I printed out the template I designed (yours free to download at the end of this post), and cut it out along the solid lines.

2. Score along all dashed lines with your favorite scoring tool and fold using your bone folder.

3. Fold sides up ensuring the small side flaps are on the outside.

4. Holding the small side flaps together (see above) make a hole to insert a brad/eyelet.

5. If you want to add a handle do so now.
TIP: Ensure handle is long enough to open the box.

6. Repeat step 4 and 5 on the opposite side.
7. Close the top of the box by hooking the two curved parts together.
8. All folded up and closed.

I also made this one. If you think about it you can substitute teacher with countless other words such as My husband, in my life, as my son/daughter.... 


Here is the template FREE to use (personal use only please). I have also included the circle word stamp too :-) (to make them yours just right click on each and click on the Save image as... option)

Happy Valentine crafting.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Scrunchy Heart- Flashback (and a tutorial)

Hi Fellow Crafters'

Today I saw polystyrene cut out hearts that brought back memories of scrunchy wreaths I once made using polystyrene rings. I wondered if the cut out hearts would work just as well, but to no avail, so I came u with plan B. I had these

lying around from another project and the idea came to me to make the scrunchy valentine hearts using them. This is what I landed up with.

This is what I did.

Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric 3" X 60".

Step 2: Fold the cut piece in half lengthwise and sew leaving a 1/2" seam.

Step 3: Use pinking shears to cut along sewn edge. You now have the outer casing of the heart.

Step 4: Take 2 of the pipe cleaners and twist them together.

Step 5: Inset the twisted pipe cleaners into the sewn casing.

Step 6: Once inserted. Secure the top by sewing the pipe cleaners to the top (see pic below).

Step 7: Gather the remaining casing so that it meets at the opposite end.

Step 8: Pull the end pieces together to form a circle. And sew ends together were they meet.

Step 9: Now pinch in the bottom and top to form the heart shape.

Step 10: Tie a length of ribbon into a bow and sew onto heart at the top.

Step 11: Sew on a length of thread or ribbon to hang the heart on the doorknob.

Step 12: Viola your scrunchy heart is ready to hang.

Happy crafting.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sweet on you / Nuts about you! FREE templates

Hi Fellow Crafters

I have been busy drafting templates and drawing lately trying to find something easy and economical to make for Valentine treats. I especially wanted something more masculine as I have two boys. I began by deciding what message I wanted to convey and chose the following 2 sayings:
1. "Nuts about you" and
2. "Sweet on you"

I designed a small box to put sweets and nuts in and made these:

For a girly treat I used the pinks and reds, the digi stamp is from Pink Cat Studio (I used Itty Bitty Betty- Ladybug and just added punched out hearts over the flower and in the antenna), I also added some gingham ribbon around the base of the box. The sweet on you bookplate I created in Word Art. Both the bookplates and template for the box appear at the end of this post.


Inside I placed a bag of pink gumballs to tie in with the sentiment.


For the boyish treat I used the more traditional neutral brown shades and I drew was I call the Love Nut Man to decorate the front of the box. The sentiment, Sweet treat box template and Love Nut Digital stamp can all be saved as... at the end of this post.

For the boys I added a bag of nuts.

So because we are heading for the month of love and to share the loving I'm sharing my templates with you for FREE, for personal use only please.

Remember right click on the images and save as.... to save them. I find that once I've saved them if I click and drag them into a word doc they are easier to manipulate (resize) and print put. The box template will print onto a A4 page and is ready to cut out and score.



Happy crafting