Do you find male cards a challenge?

Do you find male cards tough? I do. However I was pretty happy with this one I made for my dad’s recent birthday. I like how it oozes masculinity. I used white paper on my Martha Stewart scoring board to give the shirt a pin striped effect. Glued black beads for buttons and made a bow tie from black and white grosgrain ribbon.The collar, sleeves and pocket were separate pieces, cut, scored and glued to create the shirt.


And a close up shot.


Handmade Swap – 2nd package

My second package has been sent. I since received I lovely call from my recipient to say she loved everything and no I didn’t go overboard with all the black and white ;)

This is what my lovely recipient likes:

Favourite Colours:  Purple Black White

Decorating Style: Contemporary

Favourite Things to Make:  Toys Mats

Hobbies, Passions:  Walking Sewing Grandchildren

And this is what I came up with:

a black and white crocheted bunny tape measure [with a cute crocheted pink tongue, black felt ears, black bead eyes and pom-pom tail]bunny tape measure

a black and white cherry blossom embroidered pouch with buttons

black and white cherry blossom pouch

upcycled dictionary and magazine pages personalised note cards and envelopes

black and white note cards

                                                                   black and white note cards 1

a purple needle felted tissue pouch – I needle felted the purple wool on a pretty piece of grey wool felt and finished it with purple ribbon trim.

needle felting tissue holder

After putting the package together I thought I went overboard with the B & W – but Pam reassured me she loves black and white – phew.

Warping wire – swirling strips – a tutorial

In my last post I wrote about how a floral wire art inspired me to come up with a floral design in quilling. So instead of warping wire I swirled some strips of paper and created a flower.

This is how I did it.

flower tutorial

1. I used cream and brown 5mm / 3/16 inch quilling strips. Any colour combination will work – contrasting colours or of the same tone as I did. 16 strips of the brown and 12 of the cream. And some scrap paper or extra strip of cream for the stamens.

2. I joined 2 brown quilling strips with glue and created 5cm / 2 inch circle. Then I create 2.5cm / 1 inch circle, only with one strip of brown paper. I use my Fiskars circles template as a guide as I don’t hard a quilling ruler guide. Once the strips are rolled up and placed in the circle they will open and expand and you can create consistent sized circles. Glue the strips so they don’t further expand.

3. These are the 2 petals – you can see them more clearly out of the template guide.

4. Pinch each circle to to form a point – the pointy end will form the centre of the flower.

5. Glue the 2 pointy parts together, forming the outer and inner boundaries of the the petal. These should lay flat and one inside the other.

6. Press the middle of each petal [both inner and outer] toward the pointy section, almost like creating heart shapes.

7. With a quilling tool, I created connected scrolls with the cream strips of paper. You need to do this for 2 strips as 2 are need for each petal. It is also called beehive quilling technique. You slot the quilling tool approximately every 2.5 cm / 1 inch and  scroll in the same direction. You will need to remove the quilling tool to move it along the strip.

8. Bunch up the scrolls carefully so the 2 strips fit between the inner and outer petals. Randomness  is the beauty of this design – each petal should be different.

9. Repeat steps 2-8 for all five petals of the flower. Glue the 5 petals together, I used little alligator clips to ensure that the petals are glued well together.

10. I hand cut small strips of cream coloured paper to make the stamens. They measured 2mm / 1/16 inch wide and 5cm / 2 inches long. I quilled these at varying lengths and glued the coils in place. Again does not need to be exact. Make 15 of these.

Then stick 2 cream strips together. Create a tight coil, first with 1 brown strip and then with the 2 cream strips that have just been glued together to create the centre of the flower, glue to secure. You can glue the brown one and then add the cream strips. Glue this centre on top of the five petals where they all meet. Glue 3 stamens per petal on the under side of the centre of the flower. This close up shot shows, the coiled centre of the flower and how I secured the stamens to the centre coil.

centre close up


I brushed some glue to a scrap piece of card stock and ‘scraped’ one petal on this, then I applied pressure to this petal on the card, creating a little curve on the outer petal to create the desired shape of the petal. Once I felt the petal was secure and would hold its shape, I brushed more glue on my scrap piece, slid it again under the next petal and repeated the shaping and applying pressure to secure the next petal. I repeated this until all 5 petals had been glued and secured to the card.

Here is the final card.

quilled flower card

quilled flower card_

If you have any questions about any of the steps I would be more than happy to clarify.

SIC – 13th month

I completed my challenge – ok, this last month and issue took a little longer than usual. Yes, Better Homes and Garden magazine has 13 issues in a year. This issue had a great bread feature and I wanted to have a go at the lavash bread. The recipe looked easy enough.


And it was. I sprinkled dukkah on 2 of them and sesame seeds on the other 2. Shared them with friends along with some tzatziki.

lavash my version

This garden floral wire art caught my eye straight away.

wire floralart

My immediate thought was to replicate in the crochet form. I didn’t perservere once it failed. I am sure I could have come up with a way to recreate these gorgeous petals but then my mind turned to quilling this flower. Am so glad my crochet attempt was a flop and am so happy with how my quilling creation turned out. I gave this card to my dear friend who appreciates all my creations. I took photos along the way so I will be back with a tutorial for  this flower.

quilling flower

A Plushie Bunny and Origami Dress

I bought Mollie Makes magazine for the first time a couple of months ago. I was eager to make the little plushie bunny that came with the magazine. It was a nice little quick project however it lingered as I thought I would give it to a new baby that hadn’t yet arrived. I was waiting so I could personalise the plushie with the new bubs initial. She was born yesterday 22nd September – little Giselle. So the G was applied to the tummy. I used blanket stitch around the brown tummy and ear panels. It has a soft yellow felt body and a pastel green pom pom tail. I hope she likes it.mollie makes pop pom plushie bunny

And a girly card to go with it – I made this origami dress with a crochet tie around the waist. This with a ‘princess’ stamp completed my little card. Here is the link if you would like to have a go at making the origami dress, quite easy.

origami dress welcome baby

The cutest packaging

We went to meet our newest  grand niece today – Allegra. We bought her this cute little Kaftan dress.

kaftan dress

And I made this flower brooch that would look ultra cute on the dress.

crocheted flower

Baby = freshness, so the milk carton I’d been wanting to make was perfect. I used very pretty Bazzill Basics paper, the Martha Stewart scoring board, followed this template I found Pinterest, glued the side and top and punched a hole to attach the tag. The bracket tag was black cardstock to create the chalk board effect. White pen came in handy. I punched 3 holes  in the tag – 1 to tie the ribbon to the carton and the other 2 to secure the crocheted flower I made.

I simply sealed the bottom of the carton with a sticker.

milk carton wrapping

Miniature Art Piece

Here is a card I made which is displayed on an easel. I made another easel card previously. I got the idea from Australian Papercrafts Magazine [many many years ago]. This one I made for my mum. The easel is made from mat board off cuts – this one happened to be green. The ‘hinges and nails’ on the easel are brads. I made the topiary bush/cluster from gathered organza ribbon and beads for the centres. A chain stitched trunk. And a pot made from air drying clay – pierced with holes to turn it into a button and painted to resemble a terracotta pot. The backing was calico and this was stretched onto chipboard and secured with tape. The ‘art piece’ was then framed with a miniature double mat board.

easel card

The message was written on the back of the art piece.


We often take wine…

..when we are invited to friends for lunch or dinner so I thought I would make some fabric coasters as a hostess gift. I used my Accuquilt hexagon dies to cut 12 hexies.

cut hexagons

I then made a paper template slightly smaller then hexies. I used this template to iron the edges neatly. Kept one side in place with a hair clip. And work around the hexagon ironing all edges inwards.

coaster template

Once they were all ironed [I kept them pressed with paper clips while I finished the rest]

ready to sew


I sewed 2 hexies together [wrong sides together].

set of six coasters

I wrapped them in cellophane, stapled a label and attached to the wine bag with grosgrain ribbon and a handmade charm. It is a very quick handmade hostess gift to make.

coasters wrapping

And close up of the cute charm!

coasters close up

Handmade swap – 1st package

I have just completed and shipped off my first swap. My swap recipient loves:

Pink and Aqua

Colourful and Vintage

Making Bunting Flags

Sewing Craft Anything Handmade

So I made her a cosy little needle book – so all her needles would be safe. And it gave  me an excuse to crochet my first African flower. This is such a pretty crochet pattern. I enjoyed stitching a border on the fabric book pages.

needle book cover

needle book inside

It was only fitting that her pair of scissors be kept safe too – so I made her a little case out of felt and a crochet closure. Blanket stitch, French knot embroidery and button to finish it off.

scissor case

Not sure if likes tea or coffee or neither but a mug  with your favourite beverage needs a nice little rug to sit on – don’t you think. I made this hexie mug rug with 7 hexies.

mug rug

And to finish off I made her a little packet of note cards – using recycled magazine pages for envelopes and old novel pages, I printed a silhouette of a sewing machine and adhered them to pink card stock.

note cards

note  card envelopes

little pack of note cards

Fingers crossed she liked her package.