Category Archives: Guest Experts

5 Things to Love About Selfies + Selfie Card Project

Guest Experts, Papercraft

Selfies are immensely popular across social media. In fact, if you have a social media account of some sort, you’ve more than likely posted a selfie (or 100) in your time. Even the celebs love them — they give fans a glimpse into their little world and we LOVE it. Today, selfies are such a huge part of popular culture that’d it’d be strange to live in a world without them. So, here are 5 reasons why social media addicts across the globe love to regularly take selfies.

Bonus: we’ve also included a fast, fun and fabulous selfie card project from Julie Hickey!

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Nostalgia in Crafting: the Classic Rocking Horse

Christmas, Guest Experts, Papercraft

Rocking horses are a true icon of Victorian childhood. We’ve all seen them displayed proudly in houses before, whether it was your grandparents’ house or you had one yourself. This legendary playroom accessory has never been a fad. They weren’t disposable because they were — and still are — classed as handcrafted heirlooms. To this day, rocking horses are still passed down through the generations, but they’re rarely at the top of kids’ Christmas lists. At long last, rocking horses are making a comeback — so we decided to get crafty with one.

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Pretty Origami Dress Tutorial [Video]

Guest Experts, Papercraft

Papercraft doesn’t have to be limited to cardmaking and scrapbooking — there are hundreds of off-the-page projects that can be used to decorate your home, as party décor, or as a small gift. This origami dress tutorial is the perfect example. Wouldn’t it be lovely to give your best friend one of these in a random act of kindness? Of course, these dresses would also make great card topper or scrapbook embellishment for the fashionista in your life.

This project was created and written by Kathy Hodson, Trimcraft.

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“Hang on Tight” Card by Sara Naumann

Guest Experts, Papercraft

Pair your Couture dies with sweet stamped images from My Sentiments Exactly — they’re a perfect fit and make for an easy card design with plenty of cheer. What’s even better? My Sentiments Exactly gives you “innies and outies” — sentiments for the outside of the card, along with coordinating sentiments for the inside. (Of course, we think a Couture label die is the perfect frame for the inside of the card — take a look!)

This project was designed, created, and written by Sara Naumann.

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Jennie Rayment’s Quilting Adventures Summer 2017

Guest Experts, Sewing

June 30th was the start of the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show at the NEC and I had a stand there. It’s a three-day show and easy to do if you have help. Then, you can escape for necessary breaks and a bite to eat. Eating on the stand is an absolute ‘no’ because just as you shove a mouthful in, someone comes up. They usually apologise for interrupting your lunch and then ask a complicated question which cannot be answered by a simple nod of the head.

So you swallow hastily, cough, reply to the question, smile sweetly as you try not to choke! Such fun!! But to be honest, shows are a real pleasure as you get to meet so many delightful like-minded people. Crafters are the same the whole world over; really nice people who are keen to chat, share ideas, experiences and proffer advice and friendship.

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