Monday, 26 November 2012

Simple dressups from scraps of fabric and ribbon

Use you scraps of fabric to make a simple skirt

What you'll need:

  • Scraps of fabric

  • Thick elastic to go around a child's waist

  • Small flame from candle (if fabric is synthetic and requires the ends to be melted, otherwise, sewing the edges to prevent fraying is sufficient)

  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread will do)

Carefully melt/singe the edges of the fabric scraps or sew the edges to prevent the fabric from fraying
Sew ends of elastic together to form a loop and attach fabric scraps to the elastic.


Another option is to use ribbons. Remember to melt/singe the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.
Fold ribbon in half and attach ribbon to elastic.


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Stain-glass look butterflies

These look great up near a window where you can see through them

What you need:

  • Coloured cellophane

  • Laminating pouches

  • Needle and thread

  • Sizzix machine & Sizzix Butterfly die (or you can cut out by hand if you have a butterfly template)

Cut up cellophane and lay them into the laminating pouch/sheet and laminate them using your laminating machine.

Die cut the butterfly using your Sizzix machine and butterfly die. Or cut out a butterfly shape using a template.

Use needle and thread to string your butterfly up as I have done in the complete picture or add to a card or scrapbooking layout or attach to a stick to make a magical wand...

or try cutting out different shapes...

 the possibilities are endless

I hope you try it out!

Youtube tutorial:

Hand made twirling poi for kids

Great for entertaining the kids for hours

What you need:

  • Scrap paper

  • String

  • Sticky tape

  • Crepe paper streamer

Scrunch scrap paper into a ball shape

Tie string firmly around the ball

Sticky tape string and ball together

Tie a knot 2" from the end for something to hold onto 

Sticky tape your crepe paper streamer to the ball and you're done! They look so good when the kids are swinging them around. Have fun!

You can watch the tutorial and a short demonstration at:

Friday, 16 November 2012

3D Wheelbarrow

This is another 3D project using a Sizzix die. It looks so sweet after adding lollies/candy into it.
Youtube tutorial:

Items used:
Wheelbarrow die by Sizzix
Strong glue
La Carta Weave in Crimson 12x12" cardstock
Sam & Lucy's self adhesive glitter foam in red and green
Cardboard (from an old cardboard box)
Die cut 2 sets of the wheelbarrow shape out of cardboard. Then die cut another 2 sets out of cardstock making sure you flip one of them around so the front of the cardstock will be facing out once you put it together (this is especially important for cardstock like the La Carta Weave or Bubble that have texture on the front).
You will also need a piece of cardboard 2 3/4" wide x 6 5/8" long and a piece of cardstock 2 3/4" wide and 12" long to cover most of the centre piece of the wheelbarrow. There will be a small gap so a small piece that is 2 3/4" wide and approx 2" should be able to cover the gap if you need it.
Adhere the centre piece of cardboard with the La Carta cardstock. Thenadhere the rest of the cardstock pieces onto the matching cardboard pieces.
The pieces should now look like this.
Adhere the centre piece of the wheelbarrow to the back of one of the wheelbarrow shapes.
Adhere the other wheelbarrow panel together
I added some black ink to the pieces before adhering them to the wheelbarrow. I also inked the edges of the wheelbarrow to create shadow effects. I cut stars out of Sam & Lucy's self adhesive glittered foam sheets and adhered them to the sides of the wheelbarrow.This wheelbarrow is great for adding candy or lollies inside or can hold some items you want to store.
This wheelbarrow I created is for decorative purposes. I filled it with foam and covered the foam with cardstock and added flowers on toothpicks into it. I also glued a lace ribbon around it.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and inspired you to make one yourself! Take care :)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

3D Baby Shoe

Baby shoe project I created using a 12x12 Bubble cardstock by La Carta and lace trim.
The website for the free template is:

The video tutorial for this project is on:
Trace out the components onto the back of the cardstock. Trace an extra set of soles as inside liners of the baby shoe.
I didn't cut out the tabs around the shoe. I just left them solid and then snipped the edge where the tabs should be so the shoe could have a complete seal around it.
Then I glued the ends together before assembling the top part of the shoe to the bottom of the shoe.
Once the glue is pretty dry, I trimmed the shoe liner slightly and then glued to the insole part of the shoe.
I added a lace trim to the entire edge of the shoe to finish it off.
Punch a 1/16 hole for the brad and then insert the brad to buckle up the shoe.
Finished of the baby shoe with lace bows to the front of the baby shoes
More examples of baby shoes I have made using different papers.

I hope you get to try these out!

Monday, 12 November 2012

3D Pram/Stroller/Baby Buggy

Using the same concept as the birdhouse tutorial to put these together. These are Sizzix dies which I've had for a while now and have found a fun way to use them! Try it out yourself :)
Also on my Youtube channel:

Saturday, 10 November 2012

3D Bird House

A fun project using the Sizzix Birdhouse die. It is die cut out of a cardboard box I had handy.
The video tutorial is on my Youtube channel by clicking Youtube on the side link or the URL is
Die cut 2 of the birdhouse shapes from cardboard and a rectangle piece that is 6" x 1 3/4"
Shape the rectangle to create walls and floor of the birdhouse. Glue down to the back one birdhouse shape til set.
Glue down the other birdhouse shape.
Paint the birdhouse frame and set it to dry or use a heat tool to dry the paint quickly.
Cut out 4 rectangle and fold in half:
Largest size is 7 7/8" long x 2 5/16" wide
Next layer is 6 1/8" long x 2 5/16" wide
3rd layer is 4 1/8" long x 2 5/16" wide
Last layer is 1 7/8" long x 2 5/16" wide

Punch a decorative border at the ends of the roof shapes and ink the edges with Antique Linen distress ink.
Adhere lace between each layer edge
Adhere the largest roof layer first and then stagger the rest of the roof shapes finishing with the smallest on the top.

Embellish as desired with pearl flourish, flowers, bird from the Tim Holtz birdcage die and adhere a loop of lace/ribbon at the top for hanging ornaments
This bird house was created the same way but instead of painting it, I covered the birdhouse with La Carta weave paper.