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No.1 for Crafters CRAFTS BEAUTIFUL ISSUE 268 JULY 2014

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Contents JULY2014

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REGULARS

CARDS & PAPER

PEOPLE & PLACES

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FIRST STEPS Keep your seedlings looking neat with our decorated plant markers

14 INSPIRATION FOR JULY The best of what to do and see this month

22 ASK THE EXPERT Crafty pros share their top creative advice

28 YOUR SPACE CB readers share their ideas and inspiration

50 OUR PAPERCRAFT HERO Enchanting partyware to wow your guests

57 HANDMADE HOME Host a beautiful garden party with these projects and ideas

80 CORINNE'S CRAFT SPACE Corinne Bradd shares her love of the seaside with fond memories and nautical makes

102 WEB WATCH Keep up-to-date with the best of the web

108 REALLY USEFUL CRAFT TIPS CB readers share their crafty advice

122 BEHIND THE CAMERA Create and Craft's Leonie Pujol upcycles a pair of shoes!

11 5 WAYS WITH...

Layers and a mixture of elements bring a contemporary look to your cards

16 SUNFLOWER CARD Make a summer greeting using Spellbinders nesting dies

19 MAKE ME QUICK Use spray inks to create surreal Alice In Wonderland greetings

24 FLIP FLOP SCRAPBOOK Present your treasured memories and keepsakes in this fun book

32 VINTAGE FAIRGROUND Add a waterfall technique to your cards to create a delightful circus theme

48 CAMERA BOXES Say cheese with Cathie Shuttleworth's brightly coloured papercrafts

64 NEW HOME CARD Debi Potter works her magic with the latest paper ranges

68 ANNIVERSARY CARDS Add sweet motifs and witty sentiments to make paper-pieced greetings

74 MAKE & SELL

Create an adorable mini hedgehog to sell at craft fairs

77 A DAY IN THE LIFE Craft entrepreneur Sara Davies tells us her story

100 PROFILE: SUE STRATFORD We chat to the knitting star about her new book

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66 HOUSE SAMPLER Be proud of your home with this cross-stitch hanging

82 LAVENDER POUCHES Encourage calming thoughts with these stitched fresheners

90 DOLLY'S WARDROBE Loved the dolly from our October issue? Treat her to some new clothes for summer

93 HOOP ART Create on-trend wall decorations with embroidery hoop art

103 TEATIME TREAT Our whimsical stitched set encourages you to enjoy a cuppa

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35 LEARN & MAKE

26 IRIS-FOLDING MASTERCLASS Discover how to create a flower using iris-folding

38 CLAIRE WILLIS QUILLS You won't be clowning around when it comes to making these fun little jesters

42 SARA NAUMANN'S MASTERCLASS Add a little glitz with hot embossing and brayering techniques

84 BACK TO BASICS: SUGARCRAFT Create a feast for the eyes (and mouth) with our sugarcraft tips and know-how

BROWSE & BUY 31 CRAFT CRUSH

Immerse yourself in summer brights and enjoy colour this season

MIXED MEDIA

35 SEASIDE TRINKETS Easy paint effects with Posca Pens

45 POP-UP MEMENTO Create a personalised keepsake for a bride and groom

53 NAUTICAL GIFT SET Polymer clay and transfers work beautifully to create a themed stationery set

72 FABRIC PAINTING Give retro bunting and cards an artistic twist

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70 STENCILLED CUSHIONS Spruce up a tired sofa using fabric paint

KNITTING

106 KNITTED STRAWBERRIES Grow your own yarn treats with these sweet and simple berries

JEWELLERY

78 SHORELINE STATEMENTS Beachcomb to your heart's content to create a seaside set

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87 PINK FLORALS Make a bold fashion statement with paper and burlap embellishments

96 EMBOSSED RINGS Brighten up your accessories collection with floral accent rings

BAKE & CRAFT 98 FLORAL BAKES

Learn how to preserve and use flowers to create pretty edible goods

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HOW TO USE YOUR FREE GIFT Decoupage papers and paint work together to create sweet nesting dolls

52 FARNCOMBE COURSES Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a weekend-long course worth £500+

88 FREEBIES AND OFFERS There's over £1,000 worth of goodies up for grabs this month

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Inspiration for...

JULY

ENJOY A BREAK AND MAKE THE MOST OF OUR GO, DO AND BUY IDEAS

Ready Steady Bake

Get creative in the kitchen and rustle up some tasty treats with the new easy-touse herdy biscuit stamp. Roll out the dough, cut to shape, stamp and bake a batch ready for dunking. It's the ideal tool for encouraging mini Great British Bakers of all ages! Priced £6.95 and available from herdy.co.uk

Add some Sparkle

Take a littl e cre with this su ative inspiration fro m the high mmer's to street p tr with beads and wire, th end for hearts. Deco rated is stylish d a new hom esign is pe e gift, eithe rfect for r to hang fr drawer. Bu om a door tterflies Be han ad Heart, £ 01252 621 3.95, Karen dle or 145, karen za & Co, zaandco.c om

Green Credentials New from Wildflower Favours, biodegradable confetti that won't upset the vicar! Cut from rice paper it flutters like a cloud of butterflies in the air when scattered over the happy couple. Priced £3.99 a bag. Wildflower Favours, 01227 730242, wildflower-favours.co.uk

Five minutes to spare?

Spellbound Beads is thrilled to announce that it will be celebrating its Pearl Anniversary in July - that's 30 years of fabulous beading! There will be lots of exciting goodies up for grabs, plus the chance to help the team raise money for the Guinea Pig rescue centre! Visit the revamped website for more info and to take full advantage of all the great offers. Spellbound Beads, spellboundbead.co.uk

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CRAFT & CREATE

Card Tricks Tech-savvy crafters will love the latest brainwave from Crafty Bob. The Card Creator is a brand new card making software similar to Moonpig and Funky Pigeon, but instead of a card being posted on your behalf, it emails a downloadable version for you to print at home for free. Find out more at craftsuprint.com

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On the Hop A fun addition to any crafty corner, The Desk Bunny happily stores scissors along with paper clips, keeping your work surfaces neat and tidy. With this cute gadget you'll always have a pair of scissors handy when there is any creative cutting to be done! Priced £19 and available from Blott stockists. blottshop.com

For Your Diary 12th-13th July Crafters are guaranteed a fab day out when they visit Summer Crafting 2014 at Doncaster Racecourse. Back for its fifth year this award-winning event offers plenty of shopping, amazing workshops and inspiration. Star-struck folk will also get the

PUKKA CUPPA

Here at CB we have a soft spot for pretty china. After all a cup of tea whether builder's brew or Darjeeling, is an essential element to any serious crafty sesh. Throw in a cream scone or two, and we would say that is our idea of crafting heaven! The Miss Darcy china teacups come in a pink presentation box priced £13.50 - to give or keep, it's up to you! 0844 870 7976, hintonshomes.com

chance to meet craft celebs, Stephanie Weightman, Nancy Watt, Leonie Pujol, Diane Peternel and many more. summercrafting.co.uk 10th-12th July The Kent Creative Crafts Show, Maidstone Exhibition Hall, Kent. Discover exciting new craft products, techniques and hot trends, such as quilting, painting and papercrafts. Visit sccshows.co.uk for details. 19th July Happy Journal Kit Workshop with Susie Jefferson, Blade Rubber Stamps, 020 7831 4123, bladerubberstamps.co.uk, Priced, £15 for a two hour tutorial.

Branching Out Featuring funky brightly coloured flowers and some friendly feathered friends the Scroll Tree is a lovely way to update a nursery or creative space. Every element is re-positionable, which means it's easy to move the pieces around as you like. Priced £35.99, Becky and Lolo, 01420 511405, beckyandlolo.co.uk

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Our Papercraft Hero Star crafter, Pete Hughes adds a flourish to party pieces with vintage die-cut designs

WHAT YOU NEED Sizzix® products: Big Shot Machine (657900) Assorted Thinlits™ Die Sets the Flora Grande collection by Prima Marketing Inc®: Coquette (659701); Enchanted (659702); Heavenly (659704); Pandora (659705); Winged Beauties (659707) Thinlits Die Set 8PK Tag Collection by Tim Holtz (658784) Other products: Patterned papers, Prima: Anna Marie Self-adhesive pearl gems Ink-pad, distress, Old Paper

Party People Change the sentiment to suit the occasion with your PC Print out a personal sentiment. Crop with the oval Framelits die and die-cut the blue and green patterned layers at the same time (all from the Enchanted set). Cut a large rectangle from floral card and a small one from pink. Trim each into a chevron shape, then mount the large floral rectangle onto the centre of a base card. Gently ink the edges of each piece for contrast. Decorate the die-cut phrase with tiny pearls. Create the butterfly from the Winged Beauties set and ink the edges. Fix a string bow to the centre and curl the wings over.

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Cake ‘O’Clock DIES ARE PERFECT FOR CREATING TAGS IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS

Make sophisticated party bags for grown-ups to take home Create the cake box from the blue pattern paper. Cut a strip of pink card and trim one end into a chevron and wrap around the box. Print your personal sentiment and crop with the oval Framelits die. Die-cut the green patterned layer at the same time using the dies from the Enchanted set. Ink the edges and matt the layers together. Decorate with tiny pearls. Die-cut butterfly wings from the Heavenly set and ink the edges before gently curling them over. Position the wings behind the sentiment and mount onto the top of the box with foam pads. Add a double bow made from plain string.


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“PRINTED PAPER PACKS MAKE IT SO MUCH EASIER TO MIX AND MATCH YOUR COLOURS AND PATTERNS HARMONIOUSLY” Pete Hughes, Designer

Craft tip The subtle use of distress inks can help to add contrast to the die-cut edges when using patterned papers

Present Time CURL THE PETALS OVER USING A STYLUS AND FOAM MAT OR EVEN THE BACK OF A PAIR OF SCISSORS

Personalise your giftware with charms to make bespoke tags Print the sentiment and crop with the oval Framelits die. Die-cut the blue and pink patterned layers (Enchanted set) at the same time. Matt together and decorate with tiny pearl gems Die-cut ivory and floral pattern tag shapes. Trim the floral tag into a strip and mount. Die-cut the green decorative element (Enchanted set) and trim to size before attaching to the tag together with the assembled phrase. Used the Couquette die set to die-cut the flower shape. Ink the edges. Decorate the flower centre with a metal charm and silver pearl stamens threaded through the middle. Thread the tag with string and attach the assembled flower with a hot glue gun.

Candy Colours PLAIN ADHESIVE PEARLS CAN BE COLOURED USING ALCOHOL INKS TO HELP THEM BLEND IN WITH YOUR THEME

Nestle a surprise gift inside a pretty handmade box Print your personal sentiment and crop with the oval Framelits die. Die-cut the blue and green patterned layers at the same time using dies from the Enchanted set. Matt together and decorate with tiny pearls. Cover a small gift box with your chosen papers. Attach a band of blue patterned card that can be removed easily. Position the assembled sentiment on the lid using foam pads. Die-cut the lock and key from the Pandora set and ink the edges. Stick together before adding a bow. Die-cut a butterfly shape, curl the wings and add tiny pearls for decoration.

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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR BOUDOIR AND ENCOURAGE CALMING THOUGHTS WITH SOPHIA PALMER’S

Lavender pouches

Our Advice... Don’t forget to follow your machine’s settings on how to put the feeders down; this will stop it pulling the fabric from you when embroidering free hand

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WHAT YOU NEED Fabric: cotton; linen, a variety of purple colours Felt, white Ribbon, purple: silk; organza Thread: sewing; embroidery Dried lavender Wire hanger Stuffing Sewing machine and quilting foot


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“MAKE UP A SET OF LARGER STUFFED HANGERS FOR YOUR WARDROBE; THEY'LL KEEP CLOTHES FRESH, AND WILL HELP THEM TO RETAIN THEIR SHAPE TOO” Sophia Palmer, Designer

LAVENDER POUCH Cut purple cotton or linen, 10cm x 12cm, then press in half. Trim white felt to 3.5cm x 7.5cm and, stitch it to one right side of the pressed fabric. Next, put a quilting foot on your sewing machine and free hand embroider a lavender motif onto the white felt. Fold the purple fabric in half, right sides together, and insert a loop of silk ribbon into the centre of the top edge facing inwards. Stitch the three open sides, leaving a 3cm gap in the bottom edge for turning. Turn out and press. Fill the pouch with a mixture of dried lavender and stuffing. Hand sew the opening closed with ladder stitch to finish.

STUFFED HANGER

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Draw around hanger on paper, leaving the hook to poke out the top. Sketch around it again adding 2cm, for a seam allowance. Use this as a stencil to cut two from fabric.

Linen, Merchant and Mills, 01797 227789, merchantandmills.com Dried lavender, The Soap Kitchen, 0844 880 5381, thesoapkitchen.co.uk

Place the fabric pieces right sides together and pin. Stitch them together from the bottom left-hand corner, right around one side to the top where the hook will poke out. Leave a 1cm gap and continue to sew to the other bottom corner. Leave the rest open. Turn out and press, taking care to iron the bottom edge to help you finish it off later. Place the hanger inside the pouch, Fill with stuffing, making sure to push it right to the ends, then pin the open edge closed. Hand sew the open edge with ladder stitch. Once it's closed, manipulate the stuffing inside to make it smooth. Tie an organza bow ribbon around the bottom of the hook. Trim off any excess and add a few stitches through it to secure.

HANGING HEARTS Fold a 13cm square piece of paper in half and draw one side of a heart along the fold. Cut this out to create a stencil and use it to make four hearts from purple cotton or linen. From scrap fabric, cut two pieces, 4.5cm x 8.5cm, and sew these to two of the fabric hearts at an angle. Next, stitch white felt, 2cm x 7.5cm, on top at an opposite angle.

Keep calm and carry on...

Attach a quilting foot to your sewing machine and free hand embroider a piece of lavender onto one piece and the word ‘Lavandula’ onto the other. Get the remaining hearts and place them on the fronts, right sides together.

Not only is lavender good for your skin, hair and tummy, it's beautifully calming as well. You may have heard that breathing in the smell of lavender makes you drowsy and, as it turns out, it's true. Research shows the scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel wonderfully relaxed. So make up these pouches and enjoy a blissful night's sleep!

Position a ribbon in the top, facing inside, then sew up the hearts, leaving a 3cm gap on one side. Turn out and press, then fill the hearts with lavender and stuffing. Use ladder stitch to close up the gap. CB

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Browse & Buy What better way to say hello to colour than with a multi-coloured mix of beads? These silver-lined square ones are the ticket. Priced £1.95 for 50g, 01353 749853, spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk

Craft

We adore these Chilla Valley yarns, which are available in a host of colours perfect for bright summer wear. Priced £7 for 50g, 01409 221699, thelittlewoolcompany.com

Crush

Colouring in has never been so much fun – arm yourself with an array of uni POSCA pens to create personalised, eye-catching designs on any surface. Visit posca.com for stockists.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SUMMER BRIGHTS AND ENJOY COLOUR THIS SEASON

Apply this zingy washi tape to paper, glass, plastic, metal and more to give your crafts a punchy look. Priced £2.99 per roll, 01473 892195, papermaze.co.uk

Not only are nail polishes perfect for your beauty stash, but they're a great product when it comes to crafting. Why not drop a variety of colours into water and experiment with marbling? Priced £6 each, 0800 111 4406, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

This sunny print by Leah Duncan screams summer, so incorporate it in your makes for a lease of life. Priced £3 per fat quarter, 01223 778118, backstitch.co.uk

They say 'bright as a button' for a reason, and we adore these eye-popping striped plastic ones from Crafty Ribbons! Priced 20p each, 01258 455889, craftyribbons.com

The combination of vivid colours and fruity motifs is utterly perfect for summer – why don't you use these foam stickers to jazz up your greeting cards? Priced £2.99 per pack, 0844 576 8922, bakerross.co.uk CRAFTS-BEAUTIFUL.COM 31


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JULY Issue Projects Beach comb and make jewellery from your finds Craft a witty anniversary card to give to your loved one Get your wardrobe fit for summer with stitched lavender pouches and stuffed hangers Create a scrapbook to treasure memories from your summer getaway

Love

Knit a set of summertime strawberries Paint nautical motifs onto mini buckets using POSCA pens

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ENJOY SUMMERY MAKES AND IDEAS, PLUS A FABULOUS FREE GIFT IN THE NEXT ISSUE!

Don’t miss out! Features Projects subject to change

Work summer brights into your crafting Discover projects and ideas to help you host a successful garden party at home Get back to basics with sugarcrafting

Coming up in our July issue are these adorable stacking dollies! Each kit includes three nesting dolls, one sheet of bright floral paper and three face transfers to give these little trinkets that extra charm. Decoupage or paint them: the choice is yours!

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