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Lately there has been a resurgence in the sending of happy mail – think PostCircle, Ladywriters and other similar groups. I think it’s always handy to have a supply of blank greetings cards in your stationery supply to use for happy mail but also incase you need to send a belated birthday card, wish someone get well wishes, say thank you or just a note to say hello. Enter Cuppa Cards.
Cuppa Cards are a card I designed a few years ago now to send a friend a cup of tea just to say hello as I missed catching up with her, you know how life gets, and I thought they would be a great addition to the online shop.
A6 in size they are great to send a note and all designs are blank on the inside making them suitable for any occasion you need. The teacup is hand coloured to compliment the background paper and include either an individually wrapped teabag or two coffee sachets.
The tea Cuppa Cards have a little greeting – “Have a cup of tea while you think of me, I will have one too while I think of you” and the coffee Cuppa Cards say “A little something I can share to let you know I really care”
Cuppa Cards are in stock now and cost £3 each – why not get one and send a friend a cup of tea! You can see the full range in the Cuppa Card category online.
It’s really important in papercrafting, in particular card making, to get clean crisp folds in your card, it makes your projects look more professional and finished. If you’re making your own card blanks you need to score card well before folding it so the cards stand well.
There are a couple of ways to best score card and create really crisp folds but no matter which method you choose, use a bonefolder and hold it at a shallow angle to achieve a crisp fold and press firmly, scoring against the grain.
The simplest method for scoring is to use a craft mat and a ruler. Hold the ruler firmly with one hand and run the bone folder along the edge firmly with the other hand.
The best tip I can give for getting really good scores and folds however is to invest in a scoring board which has pre-measured lines to score accurately. My go to board is the Ultimate Pro from Crafters Companion. The score board has lines in inches on one side and centimetres on the other side and when you’re not using the score board it stores neatly away in the Ultimate Pro.
The reason I prefer to use a scoring board such as the Ultimate Pro is because the scoring tool that it comes with stays perfectly within the grooves giving a perfect score whereas a bone folder and a ruler has a higher risk of slipping and creating a wonky score, I also like the time saving element that the measurements have already been worked out!
If you’re a beginner and just learning about cardmaking and papercraft I hope this has been useful to show you what I think is the best way for scoring and folding card for cardmaking and how to get a perfect fold every time.
Like many crafters I like to treat myself and buy craft magazines. Over the past few years I have tried lots of different titles, some only purchased once or others I’ve had subscriptions too. I thought it might be interesting to review the odd craft magazine and today it’s the turn of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (Issue 156, May 2016).
What I particularly liked about Cardmaking and Papercraft is that it’s not just for a cardmaker, there are lots of different papercraft projects for different skill levels and all of the projects have clear step-by-step instructions with pictures. This quilling project is just beautiful and could be made into a picture frame to hang on the wall.
For cardmakers there are more complicated projects such as these layered cascade cards that look amazing. I have never tried to create anything like this but will certainly be having a go. Then there is a section on quick makes that are more simplistic and ideal for a beginner papercrafter.
I also found it great that there was a masterclass section with a “celebrity” crafter, Barbara Gray, who creates the most beautiful pieces of artwork with stamps and inks, this project uses Groovi Plates, a product that is totally new to me but seems to create the effect of pergamano.
In many craft magazines there is always the usual Q&A pages and Cardmaking and Papercraft is no different, I always find these sections really interesting as people might ask a question that you’ve been wondering about, or something you’ve never thought about but can now understand.
And then there were the free gifts…..
Most card making magazines always include free papers which are attached into the magazine. The ones this month are very pretty in pastel colours. My only negative, and this is with most free papers in any magazine, is they are so thin it can be hard to do much with them, and to get more included they are always printed double sided which can be a real shame. The main free gift with Cardmaking and Papercraft this month were the Stained Glass Collection of stamps by Kate Knight, these are really very pretty and there are ideas for inspiration in the magazine. I purchased this copy from Tesco and there was a bumper free gift – the Colour Therapy Colouring Stack and stamps. Colouring is a huge craze right now but not something I’ve really had a go at so it was nice to have a bonus gift. That is one tip I will give, sometimes its good to check out the supermarkets for craft magazines as often they get to include extra gifts.
Overall I would say I like Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, it’s not necessarily something I would purchase every month, but I never stick to one magazine too long anyway. The projects, inspiration and ideas included are great for beginners but also established crafters and its always nice to get a free gift. Have you read this magazine title? I’d love to hear what you think about it, let me know….
Today marks 18 months since I married Paul, I can’t believe how time has flown by! For our first wedding anniversary back in October I knew I wanted to make something, especially as a first wedding anniversary gift is traditionally paper and well, I’m a paper crafter! I came up with the idea for an anniversary gift that would last all year – a paper envelope each month with a little gift inside that Paul would open on the 18th of each month taking us to our second anniversary. I put all the envelopes in a box tied with twine and when Paul opened it, he loved the idea and always remembers each month that he has a new envelope to open.
I think it’s a great idea for a first wedding anniversary gift as it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune and you can get really creative with the ‘gift’ ideas – ours will be listed at the bottom of the blog and I’ll update each month as a new envelope is opened. Some months haven’t cost anything monetarily, others have but were not too expensive, Groupon has been my friend.
Want to have a go at making your own paper envelopes? Simply gather some scrapbooking paper as this is thicker than printer paper, an envelope the size you want to make, a ruler, double sided tape, a pencil and some scissors.
Firstly, carefully unstick the envelope you want to replicate and use this as your template. Draw around it on the scrapbooking paper and carefully cut out. I stuck mine down with a little washi tape.
Using the ruler as a guide, fold the side flaps in of the envelope and then the bottom. Fix the bottom piece to the sides with some double sided tape, or any glue.
Carefully fold the opening flap of the envelope ready for sealing when you are ready.
For our anniversary gift I used my Cuttlebug and a frame die from Crafters Companion to cut out twelve decorative cards and I used a nice pen to write out what each gift is. One month needed additional information so I popped that in its own envelope. I also needed to label each envelope and used a label die for that.
The great thing about this idea is it doesn’t just have to be for a wedding anniversary, how about writing your child a note to open if they have moved to college – one for a day they’re sad, another for a day they need motivation etc. Or why not simply make some super pretty envelopes for sending your happy mail because let’s face it, it’s far more exciting to receive a pretty envelope through the letter box than a plain white one.
So the gifts I have included are:
October – Cambridge Ghost Tour
November – Movie Night at Home with homemade icecream (I had to watch the first Star Wars film!)
December – Kindle Voucher
January – Voucher for local independent cake Shop, Tom’s Cakes
February – Wii Night
March – West Wing Marathon
April – Spa Afternoon
May – Treasure Hunt
June – Picnic at Gratham Water
July – Afternoon Tea in Wadenhoe
You’ll have to check back to see what else gets added. I wonder what to do for our second wedding anniversary of cotton…..?
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If you’re new to the craft world, or have been hiding out on a desert island you many not know what washi tape is or what to do with it.
Originating in Japan, washi tape is a type of removable adhesive paper on a roll, a little like pretty masking tape, that sticks and unsticks very easily and can be repositioned. Washi tape comes in a variety of patterns and colours and you can get different width rolls from 5mm narrow rolls up to 10cm wide mega rolls! If like me you use a planner, washi tape may become your new friend!
To jump on the band wagon of crafting with washi tape, Simply Stylish magazine have bought out a new weekly Washi Tape magazine, I happened to spy it in Tesco a couple of weeks ago and thought I would pick up a copy to review – plus the free tapes were cute!
The magazine is hole punched so that it can be separated and kept in the folder which comes free with a later issue and this would be divided into sections. In tthe first edition the projects include decorating drinking glasses, making geometric jewellery, hexagonal frames, upcycling a wooden chair and creating a noticeboard.
The introductory magazine cost £1.99 and I believe future issues are £3.99 a week, each will have free gifts including rolls of washi tape and tools such as a cutting mat and set square.
As I wanted to write an honest review, I think the magazine is just jumping on the bandwagon of crafting with washi tape. At £1.99 for the first issue I thought it was ok in price for what I feel is very little content, given there were three rolls of washi tape included. But £3.99 a week? Nope, sorry, I wont be paying that! Ok washi tape may cost around £1.50-£2 per roll and so you could say it’s value for money just to build a tape collection but to me, the projects are just a bit odd.
Personally I’d much rather have a look on Pinterest for ideas on using washi tape and then source different rolls from some of the great sellers on Etsy! I’ve created a board on Pinterest for Crafting with Washi Tape if you’d like some ideas…and not buy the magazine!
**I purchased this magazine myself, I have not been asked to write this review**
Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away now so why not get your craft on and make someone a handmade Valentine’s Day card? This card is super simple and quick to make, but giving a card you have made shows real love!
All you need is a blank card, either purchase a ready folded one or just cut a piece of card to the size you want, two different colour felt sheets, a button, needle and thread, heart template, glue or double sided tape, ribbon and a sentiment. The sentiment shown here is one I stamped and layered on to three different layers of card.
Firstly you need to cut out the templates you want to use, I always use this free printable heart template which I found on Pinterest, you will need three separate sizes. Draw around the templates on to your felt and cut out, I have used two colours but you could use three shades of the same colour if you like.
Next take your needle and thread and sew the hearts together in the centre and finish with sewing the button on through the centre
Once you have sewn your hearts together, using glue or double sided table fix a piece of ribbon across the front of your card and attach the sentiment of your choice – you could always print something off with your computer and printer if you don’t have rubber stamps. Then using either wet glue or double sided tape, fix the large heart to the front of your card. Done!
I hope you will enjoy making this simple Valentine’s Day card, I love crafting with felt and its so simple it would be great to craft with children but sending any handmade card to those you love is always a good thing in my book.
The day of love is almost upon us, and sending your love a handmade Valentine’s Day card is just one way to show them you care. Whether you need a card for your partner or a secret love hopefully Butterfly Crafts will have something for you now that I have listed a limited run of handmade Valentine’s Cards in the shop ready for purchase.
String of Hearts Card / Bear With Heart Card
Red and Gold Heart Card / Love Tree Card
This time of year after Christmas we often start to think about small ways we can save money and one way to do that can be to take your lovely Christmas cards, and upcycle them into gift tags to use next Christmas. It’s a super simple way to save a few pounds buying new tags and is a fun papercraft to do with children.
To make fun Christmas gift tags you will need cards with suitable tag images and then either a craft punch, craft die and cutting machine or simply some decorative edged scissors.
If you use decorative scissors, simple cut around the images you want to use. You don’t even really need special scissors, regular ones will work just as well too. These scalloped scissors work great here with the edge of the image.
There are hundreds of types of craft punch on the market, this one is the Woodware Lever Punch – Super – Gift Tag 2″ 5cm which is perfect for this project. I always turn the punch upside down to check where the cuts will be and then turn the punch over to push the handle down.
Like punches, there are hundreds of metal dies in the craft market to use with a die cutting machine and that makes creating tags super fun as you don’t need to stick to one shape. The machine above is my Cuttlebug machine. Follow the instructions for making up the correct “sandwich” and cut – that simple!
I used a hole punch to put a hole in each tag, I haven’t added ribbon or twine to the tags as I find it more useful to do this when I actually wrap a gift so I know how long it needs to be. But aren’t these so cute? I think I might make some more later in the year with old birthday cards as having birthday gift tags is always useful with so many people in our family to gift at Birthdays.
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Not only do I make cards to sell via my Butterfly Crafts Shop but I also make all the cards we need for family and friends. Sending a handmade card is really important to me as it can be personalised for the recipient with either an age, name or theme based on their hobbies.
July and August have been particularly busy with new arrivals and birthdays so I thought I would share a few of my recent makes that didn’t make it into my shop!
As a papercrafter, it can sometimes be a challenge to think of good card layouts or how to use toppers or images that you really like, and this is where card sketch ideas come in handy.
One brand of craft supplies I really like is Hunkydory Crafts Limited. Every couple of months Hunkydory publish their Crafting with Hunkydory magazine, its a great magazine full of craft ideas and no adverts which is refreshing!
Each issue of the magazine includes a card sketch challenge and I thought for the first time I would have a go, not only to see if I win a prize but also to have a go with new layouts.
This card is made using the Mr Fox card set and adorable scorable card stock, I really love the bright colours in this card.
To see more card sketch ideas take a look at my Card Sketch Pinterest Board