Friday, 25 May 2018

Craft Consortium 'English Garden', Paper Weave, Bag

Several years ago my daughter was bought a Paper FX - a toy you can use to tear, crease, fold and weave paper.

I never threw it out or donated it elsewhere as crafting was our thing together when she was young...  

Well, I dusted off that toy for this project - which thankfully came with some instructions! 
 Unfortunately they weren't accurate instructions - which meant time was wasted on making paper strips I didn't actually need.

Ho hum...  I'm sure I'll put them to use somehow!

So would you like to see my project?

As you can see I've chosen to use three different patterns from Craft Consortium's 'English Garden' premium paper pad.

Then I've simply added a topper, glued on some lace around the top edge, added handles from a dark brown twine that I also weaved together (sticking with a theme here!)...  and job done!

Now you might be thinking, 'yes, that's all very nice.  But I don't own a Paper FX'. 

Well, the truth is you don't actually need one. 

But you do need to be able to paper weave!


Craft Consortium Supplies used:


Come back to this post on Monday if you would like to see some modified instructions on how to put this bag together for yourself.

'Bye for now...


Donna. x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Red Wine Card, Embossed Acetate, 8x8

There's a little story behind this card.

It's the reason why this embossed acetate layer was added in the first place...  although I have to admit that I think I actually quite like it.

What is it they say?  Necessity is the Mother of Invention?

You see, this is yet another 8x8 card that hubby had asked me to make for him for work - with not an awful lot of notice for someone who was already juggling a few projects at the time.

The brief?

Turning 60, male, likes wine and photography.

So I said yes knowing full well it would be a quick card.  Super quick in fact, as I have to make another with the same brief for the following week.

So long story short...  found a picture online (eventually), printed it out on to copy paper to check the size, then wanted to print on to photography paper.

The problem was we were low on ink and it's not due to be delivered in time and I'm not going out to get some.

So I hope for the best and print out a copy...  only to find those dreaded stripes running all across the image.

Do you know the ones I mean?

That's why I came up with a design with embossed acetate.

It hides those lines and you would never know!

How good is that?!!


Hope this little tip helps somebody out some day...

Donna. x

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Craft Consortium 'Wildflower Meadow' Treat Box - With Sequins

I have a simple little treat box idea to share with you today, using the cardboard from the cover of the Wildflower Meadow Collection - Premium Paper Pad.

It's also a great way to gift some sequins (also part of the collection).

Simply split a bag into two, three or even four of those small resealable bags that you can buy (depends on the size of your treat box), place it inside at the front to seal the aperture...  with maybe a small chocolate treat behind (?) and 'hey presto'...

I've decorated mine with a stamped, painted and varnished image and added a few charms, too!

The sides of the box have also been decorated, using one of the designs from the premium paper pad collection along with toppers, rhinestones...

...  and even a sequin!

Here's the list of supplies used...



Craft Consortium really do sell some of the most beautiful things...

If this is your style of crafting I would encourage you to take a look at their website for yourself.

I don't think you'll be disappointed...

Donna. x