Sunday, 13 July 2014

Make your own Decorative Tape.

I love Washi tape but get annoyed at how much it costs.  Therefore, I set myself the challenge to make my own and you know it is not that difficult.  I used some low tack tape and then coloured or painted this as I desired.  I used the Inky Doodles Embroidered backgrounds stamps to make the tape look more appealing.  I love these stamps they are so much fun as you can make up your own patterns. I also used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour in the tape.

I hope that you like the results this is such a great activity to also do with children as they could create their own tape for using to wrap presents with. 

Then I considered a way that I could store these effectively.  Thanks to Jennibellie online who gave me the inspiration for making a simple book embellished with my own home made paper beads again Jennibellie inspired.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Recycled magazine paper pot (All Crafts Challenge April/May)

I am really pleased to tell you all that I am now part of the Design team on Craft My Life blog.  The blog hosts a really fun craft challenge where people can link up their craft ideas.  The only rule being that it must NOT be a card.  This I think is an excellent idea as it gives us all the opportunity to try out the different crafts that we may enjoy but have never made time for. It would be great if you could pop along and join All Crafts Challenge link any craft idea that is not a card. I will look forward to seeing everyone's ideas.

My contribution this month is my recycled paper weaved pot I really wanted to make something that would use some of my old magazines then came across some ideas which use rolled paper.  All you need to do is use magazine paper and half this then roll the paper around a wooden skewer and glue to finish.

Once, you have quite a few of these you need to then flatten  all the rolls of paper.  I then followed this YouTube clip on how to complete a weaved paper basket.  I am so pleased with the results I do not want to paint it as I like the way it looks up cycled. To finish this off I added a recycled paper flower.  I hope that you like the idea it is really simple to do it just requires patience.

Monday, 17 March 2014

A simple felt brooch Mothers Day idea

Today we had a go at some sewing.  Boo was really pleased to have a go at this.  First she drew around a flower template. This was done 3 times on 3 different colours.

After cutting them out Boo had fun finding buttons for the middle of the flowers.
She then helped to sew on the button.

And the finished result a wonderful felt flower!

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Friday, 14 March 2014


I really enjoy quilling and was thinking how I could help little Boo to do this. The normal quilling tool and paper are really small to use.  I then had an idea to make a quilling tool.  This could be easily made with wood or a dolly peg (if you have them) however, I did not.  I did have a few toilet rolls though and then got to thinking how I could make a quilling tool with the toilet roll.  I was really pleased with the outcome it was really simple to make.

How to make the quilling tool 

  • Cut open the toilet roll then re roll this as tight as possible.

  • Tape this with sellotape all the way around  
  • Cut two slots at the top
  • wrap tape around the slots 
  • Place paper around the card at the bottom to make it look nicer 

  • All done! 

Due to the size of the quilling tool being bigger the paper works better if it is longer.  We have recently wall papered a room in the house so this was a great opportunity to use up some of our left over wall paper! I also save wrapping up paper which has worked well.

This is the result Little Boo keeps on adding to this.

Quilling is really simple to do.  All that you do is wrap the paper around the tool. Pull it off let it slightly unspiral then glue the end.  You can then shape this with your fingers.  There are loads of shapes that can be made 

I hope that you enjoy this idea.  It may be a good idea for mothers day?

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No Time for Flash Cards

Monday, 10 March 2014

A few card ideas

Hello I decided to share with you a few cards that I have made recently.  I realise that some of my readers enjoy card making themselves and like to see the ideas that I have made.  This month I have used my sewing machine for the first time when creating a card I loved the results so will definitely be doing this again!

Here are the cards that I have made

Engagement Card

For this I used a embossing folder as a stamp to do the back ground then heat embossed this.  I love the effect that it gives.

Birthday Card

I was really pleased how this worked out as it was the first time that I have incorporated using the sewing machine within my designs.  This was much easier than I first thought and I like the bunting idea as it makes a really bright and cheerful card.  The little bows I made using a fork here is the video I used.

Birthday card for someone who enjoys the outdoors

My Husband really enjoys the outdoors and is attempting the welsh 3000's  in the Summer.  Due to this, this year I decided to make him a map inspired Birthday card. I therefore looked for inspiration on the Internet and found a super free Digi stamp download on Just rite paper craft. For the backing of the card and the tag I wanted something rustic looking so I used the chipboard from the back of an A4 pad  of paper. All that I did was do a good quality scan of the OS map for the background.

I hope that you like these ideas I will be back in a few days with some Mothers Day inspiration!!

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Minion Craft ideas

All I can say is that I know I have not been on here for ages!! I am sorry and I hope that people enjoy reading the blog still.  I intend to update this at least once a week all I can do is apologise.

Today's idea has been inspired by Despicable me 2 the first film that Little Boo has watched all the way through as she loved the Minions so much. 

We have made pebble Minions

With these all you need is some pebbles, we had ours left over from when we went on a beach. We then just painted them using Acrylics.  It is important to use Acrylics as ordinary poster paint does not show up as well.  The only problem was that the yellow base colour needs time to dry before you apply the detail.  A suggestion may be to do the base colour first then choose another activity to do whilst the base colour is drying.

Another idea we did was bookmarks.  All we did was cut the corner off a used envelope. This was then decorated to look like a minion using card and fun foam.  This can then be used as they can be popped over the corner of your book to mark your place.  Little Boo is using hers to mark the page on her encyclopedia where the dinosaurs are, which I thought was a really good idea.

Finally my favourite the toilet roll Minions! I love the purple one best :)

I hope that you like the ideas I thought they may be useful for any Minion Themed Parties.  I will continue to write on a weekly basis and have loads of ideas that I want to share with you all.  As always please leave any comments and questions about the activity.  Happy crafting :)

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Teacher role play- learning in a fun way.

Sorry I have been gone for a while I have been so busy finishing my PGCE I am pleased to say it is now completed!!!

It seems very appropriate that today's blog post is all about Boo playing teachers.   Ever since she started back at nursery this term she loves playing teachers.  I have lost count how many times I have ended up on the time out spot!! I decided to assist with this new found interest by providing a few resources that she could use to make it more interesting.

The great thing is that Boo is learning at the same time without realising it.  She spends her time teaching me my numbers and letter sounds on occasions I pretend to get it wrong so that gives her the opportunity to correct me. This proves to me that she understands.

Inside the teachers box is

  • Resources from Twinkl  teacher role play pack letter formation worksheets
  • RML Phonics cards- my Dad got these from the charity shop at a great price bless him! 
  • Buttons to count 
  • White board markers as all the sheets are laminated and can be reused 
  • Pen 
  • An old filo fax I do not use this now and Boo loves writing in it 
  • Post it notes 
  • Medal- for the student who is best behaved 

I am sure that Boo will add more items to this as we use it.