Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Shop Window Cards

I often browse through craft groups and online shops and whilst doing this a few weeks back I saw an idea I'd like to try. After quite a few different sketches to work out the best way to construct it, and a couple of prototypes, this is what I came up with.

This one is going to be for my mum's birthday and is a beautiful watercolour cafe or coffee shop with dainty teacups and teapot and lots of yummy looking cakes.

I added a verse to the card which opens out like a normal card, helping give the card stability when standing.

There is a choice of decoration pieces and sentiments you can choose from, which allows you to create unique cards. The whole card fits into a card box as it doesn't fold flat.

You can watch the tutorial I made for this card on my youtube channel. It might look quite tricky but apart from cutting out the decorations, which may be fiddly (it will depend on the design), it is fairly straightforward. Where you attach the decorations is up to you and you may find it easier to assemble the box part of the card before adding the decorations or add them to the back panel first so you can work unencumbered by the window. It's really up to you - I did a bit of both in the tutorial.

Click the picture below if you'd like to purchase the card shown.

I have also made this version - a cute Parisian cafe with a girl sitting outside under the parasol.

I will be designing more variations and I will also make the template available so you can design your own. The inspiration for this card came from a Tattered Lace Die and they have dies for lots of different embellishments too if you find the fiddly out difficult.
That's all from me for now. I'm going to get on with some more designing for the rest of the day and take it easy after grocery shopping yesterday! I need to replenish my meal planner and shopping list organiser soon so I think I will be designing some new Hanging Organisers as well as more Shop Window Cards.
Have a great day
Suz :-)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ultimate Planning Book Tutorial

I hope you're all having a good week so far. Are you watching the Winter Olympics? I really enjoy them even though I don't usually watch sports. I find the winter sports very exciting with all the cool jumps and flips they do!

Today I'm sharing a video tutorial for my cool Ultimate Planning Books. These books are great if you love notebooks and planners and making lists for things (which I do!). There are loads of pages to choose from in each kit so you can personalise the books just how you like it. There are monthly and weekly calendars, note pages, checklists, grids, blank pages and also some special pre-designed pages such as food and exercise diary, holiday planner, thankful journal and goal setting to name a few. You can also buy Journal pages with prompts separately. And if you want a little taster before you buy, I have designed a special version for keeping track of medical issues which is free to download and again there is scope to personalise and add the pages you feel you need.
So here's the tutorial -

Below are links to the Ultimate Planning Books currently available, including the free Medical Journal. New designs will be added soon so keep an eye on the website.

That's all for today. I hope you find the tutorial useful and enjoy making and using your planners. They also make great gifts for family and friends and if you sell at craft fairs you can make them to sell too.
Have a great week and happy crafting

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Pop Up Box Card Bundle and Tutorial, 40th Birthday Sale and Competition

Hi Everyone!
I haven't been very active on the blogs lately as I've had some health issues to deal with. I don't want to bore you too much, but I know many in the crafting community have health issues or care for some one who does so I'll briefly explain what's been going on. I was diagnosed with a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction(TMJD) - which for me means the disc between the upper and lower jaw bones is displaced and damaged and so the bones rub together and the disc stops me from being able to open my mouth very wide. 2 months ago I had a terrible couple of hours of pain and from that I have been told that the swelling from my jaw is compressing some nerves (occipital and trigeminal) so I get pain from that too. Luckily, I have still been able to design and even make the occasional card, so I'll share one of latest bundles and a tutorial too.

I love Pop Up Box Cards so I decided to make a Christmas bundle and another everyday bundle. I also finally made a video tutorial as I had to make a birthday card for my daughter's friend.

Here is the Christmas bundle too.
And the beautiful unicorn card I made in the tutorial - I just love unicorns and so does my daughter's friend. And I think this card is just adorable!

And just quickly before I go and make a cup of tea! It was my 40th birthday last week and to celebrate I'm having a 40% off sale across the whole shop and I'm running a little giveaway competition on my Facebook page to win a bundle of your choice. Click here to go the page and enter. Good luck :-)
That's all for now but I'm going to try really hard to keep the blog up to date in the future!
Take care and happy crafting
Suz x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I'm Back! And Fundraising news!

Well hello there!
I've been a long time as I had an operation on my knee late last summer and have been taking time to recover from that and attend physiotherapy. I'm pleased to say that it finally seems to be improving although I still have to keep up with the exercises.

Anyway, onto fun and better things now. Together with padawan #2 who has started his own blog and Facebook page for his special dinosaur friend Niguel, I have decided to do some fundraising for Unicef this year.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice In Wonderland. So we thought it would great to celebrate this by hosting a charity tea party and I'd get to use my lovely Wonderland party printables and generally have lots of fun and raise money for a very good cause at the same time.
Theo and I then thought it would be great if we could get our friends, family, blog readers and Facebook fans involved too. That way we could raise even more money for Unicef to help children all over the world who are affected by war, disease, poverty and social circumstances. So if you would like to join in and help us raise some money by raising a cup of tea then you can download an information pack here or on the website. This pack has invitations, a poster, hints and tips and 2 printable games to use at your tea party. It also includes details of where to donate the money you raise.

We have set up a fundraising page with Unicef so you can donate your money here and every penny will go to helping children (as it's Unicef's own fundraising page, no commission is taken off).
I am also going to donate 10% of all sales of my Wonderland Tea Party printables through the website.
Theo and Niguel have some special plans of their own which I will be helping him with over the coming weeks. I'll keep you posted on that as things develop.

For any of you in the UK, we also have a Red Noses party set which you can use for any Comic Relief events you might be involved in or just to have fun at home and make a night of it while watching on the telly. Comic Relief is on Friday 13th March this year (so not long now). The set is £3 and includes invitations, bunting, cupcake wrappers, a bottle wrap, a popcorn box, a food tray and more. I will donate all proceeds from the sale of this set to Comic Relief.

Well, that's all for now folks! We'd love to hear from you if you join in with our Wonderland fundraising or Red Nose Day and see photos of your parties.
Take care
Suz and the Party Padawans