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CRAFTS BEAUTIFUL ISSUE 278 APRIL 2015
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ISSUE 278 APRIL 2015
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112 COMING NEXT MONTH See what we've got coming up in our May issue
12 YOUR SPACE Share makes and stories with your fellow CB readers
Try journalling and get your craft mojo back with Leonie Pujol
Make, do and buy our bright spring ideas of the month
29 YOUR REALLY USEFUL CRAFT TIPS CB readers offer their crafty advice
CARDS & PAPER 15
Freestyle embroiderer Abigail Mill tells us what she's designing and getting up to
5 WAYS WITH... LA DE DAH
51 CRAFT AWARDS We announce the winners of The Craft Awards 2014 – congratulations everyone!
74 MAKE & SELL Stitch our copyright-free Red Riding Hood quilt and doll set and pay homage to a classic fairytale
Use scrapbooking techniques and products in your card making
34 OUR PAPERCRAFT HERO Create Katie Skilton's great Easter ideas using die-cut shapes and Simple Story papers
MAKE ME QUICK Stamps and die-cuts are perfect for creating these delightful Easter greetings
42 ASK THE EXPERTS Tricks, tips and handy know-how from our team of top craft designers
49 AT HOME WITH JULIE & WENDY Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner-Webster tell us what they get up to behind the scenes
Corinne Bradd shares her avian creations and 3-D papercraft tips
CHICK GIFT SET Give a chocolate egg to a loved one in style with Helen Fitzjohn's paper makes
MEADOW BLOOMS Roller stamps create perfect delicate backgrounds for these springtime greetings
Try these crafty projects to give your abode a spring update
84 CORINNE'S CRAFT SPACE
BEBUNNI DESIGNS Whip up a selection of enchanting birthday cards using the latest patterns
57 HANDMADE HOME
We share Easter treats, highlight our fave freebies and showcase crafty delights
30 A DAY IN THE LIFE
122 BEHIND THE CAMERA
18 INSPIRATION FOR APRIL
94 BROWSE & CREATE
PEOPLE & PLACES
Baking wonder Natasha Collins tells us about her painted cakes and latest book
100 BABY FRAME Combine appliqué motifs and embroidery to create an adorable keepsake
104 MADE BY YOU: SEWING ORGANISER You chose Cath Kidston as your fave fabric range in our Craft Awards, so enjoy this project
LEARN & MAKE 24
Need to craft for a happy couple? Cathie Shuttleworth's ideas are ideal for the big day
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Make a little one's dream come true with Helen Philipps' delightful softie
BOTANY HOUSE Treat a gardener and give them a special house greeting that holds a packet of seeds
102 BEHIND THE BOOK
ELIZABETH MOAD QUILLS
Give presents to your loved ones in style with a pretty blossom gift set
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In This Issue
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Freebies & Prizes 7
HOW TO USE YOUR 26 FREEBIES & FREE GIFT OFFERS Next in our Tool Buddies collection is a superb Gift Box Maker
55 SIZZIX GIVEAWAY Win fab prizes from Sizzix worth over an amazing £1000!
24 FIND FREE TEMPLATES FOR THIS ISSUE AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE
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86 READER OFFERS
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76 32 BACKGROUNDS MASTERCLASS
106 TRINKET BOX
Whip up this pretty seasonal greeting using the latest stamping techniques
Stencil enamel onto tin and make Jane Kharade's decorated storage
72 SARA NAUMANN'S MASTERCLASS
Add a pop of colour and texture to cards with our hot embossing with stencils tutorial
81 WALTER BEAR
96 7 STEPS TO... PATCHWORK
Crochet colourful stripes and delight your little one with a precious toy
We take you through the basics of this technique with a step-by-step guide
BROWSE & BUY 11 CRAFT CRUSH
Does painting tickle your fancy? Watercolour is the crafty trend of the season to try
78 TOP 10 EASTER MAKES & BAKES Kickstart your Easter crafting with our favourite designs and ideas
68 GET CREATIVE WITH DUCK TAPE Sharon Bennett makes spring decorations from Duck Tape, the world's leading duct tape brand
76 ESPRESSO CUPS Create faux stitches whilst china painting to make Amanda Walker's ﬂoral crockery collection
87 MILLEFIORI EGGS Decorate your home for Easter with a selection of bright and beautiful novelties
91 CHINTZY PRINTS Pretty up sewing box basics using Jill Alblas' clever creative tricks
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Got five minutes?
This eye-catching wreath would make a stunning Easter decoration for the front door if you haven't got time to make your own! The twig wreath is bedecked with a colourful array of speckled eggs in pretty pastel tones and blooming spring flowers. As an alternative, why not use it as centrepiece for the table? Just add candles or a bunch of fresh flowers. Priced,£28, The Contemporary Home, tch.net
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CRAFT & CREATE
GET SET CRAFT!
With the holidays coming up, finding fun ways to keep the kids entertained can be tricky. Luckily help is at hand with Jane Foster's latest book, Creative Craft with Kids (Pavilion Books, £14.99). It's packed with brilliant ideas to make hand-drawn toys, puzzle fridge magnets, even polka-dot wrapping paper and more – rainy days will never be boring again!
of the Month
CUT ‘N’ BOSS
Say hello to the new Cut'n' Boss machine from Craftwell – a fully automatic, larger format embossing and die-cutting system that will work with most brands of dies and embossing folders. This upgraded model is a dream to use as it tackles a selection of materials from card to chipboard, thin metal sheet and fabrics with ease. Priced £229.99 from Crafter's Companion, 01388 663251, crafterscompanion.co.uk
for your 5 Papers craft stash...
Colour Magic READER OFFER Buy your copy of Creative Craft with Kids for only £12 including free UK P&P. Call 0844 576 8122 and quote offer code CH1906.
Get creative with Posca Pens and enjoy the versatility of this brilliant product, which offers a paint ﬁnish without using a brush. The pens come in a choice of seven nibs: the broad PK8 for backgrounds to the extra-ﬁne PC-1M. Decorate a wealth of surfaces, add a ﬂourish to cards or paint metal buckets for an Easter egg hunt: it's easy with Posca! Available at Hobbycraft stores nationwide. Posca.com
Out and About 11th -12th April, Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show, Alexandra Place, North London. Not to be missed, this exciting papercraft event offers the chance to top up your craft supplies with the latest products, try out new techniques and spot new trends. Take advantage of the free demos and enjoy a day out at this iconic London venue. For ticket info, 01536 481778, bssbs.co.uk 25th-26th April, Wonderwool Wales, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys. Celebrate this anniversary show with like-minded folk. Tickets cost £9 for adults, under 16s free. 01938 820495, wonderwoolwales.co.uk
23rd-28th April, Shepton Mallet Creative Crafts Show, Somerset. You'll ﬁnd crafts, materials, Make & Takes and free workshops to enjoy. Tickets: Adults, £8 and concessions, £7. tridentexhibitions.co.uk
Prairie Chic, bobunny.com
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Browse & Buy
WOW, WATERCOLOUR! DOES PAINTING TICKLE YOUR FANCY? WATERCOLOUR IS THE ONE TO TRY...
We're inspired by April showers this month with an abundance of watercolour-themed craft wares that wow. From pretty papers and fabrics with an on-trend quenched look to must-have tools to get you painting today, you can see why it's so popular. We also share iridescent Swarovksi beads and multi-coloured yarn that provides an amazing fluid effect, so there's plenty to be inspired by.
Clockwise from top-left: 1 Floral Fiesta straws and umbrellas, from £3.95, pipii.co.uk 2 Heidi Swapp papers, memory files kit, ink spray and watercolour tags, from £3.99, heylittlemagpie.com 3 Star sequins, £1.29 per pack, josyrose.com 4 Derwent watercolour collection tin, £16.15, pencils.co.uk 5 Watercolour fabrics by Emily Sanford, spoonflower.com 6 Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour brushes, from £3.15, cassart.co.uk 7 Swarovski crystal AB 5500 pineapple beads, from 90p each, spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 8 Floral watercolour desk pad, £6, paperchase.co.uk 9 Dear Lizzy Serendipity double-sided cardstock, americancrafts.com 10 Cass Art watercolour travel pouch, £29.95, cassart.co.uk 11 Pale lavender sky yarn, watercoloursandlace.co.uk CRAFTS-BEAUTIFUL.COM 11
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In The Spotlight
at home with
JULIE &WENDY TV presenters Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner-Webster from Crafty Beggars get spruced up for some Easter crafting...
Crafty Beggars is the brand new TV show that puts the competition into crafts. TV presenters and dedicated crafters Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner-Webster produce as well as host the show, and when they’re not busy filming, are never far away from a pot of glue and a pair of scissors!
Wendy: One night I had a dream about a rainbow melting and the pot of gold splashed its magic onto all the Easter bunnies. Unlike most dreams this one was quite useful as it was my inspiration to create some melted crayon art. I wanted to have a go at this for ages but was trying to think of a creative spin. My dream of golden bunnies was just the idea I was looking for.
THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN A LOT OF TIME IS TAKEN UP WITH THE MAKING OF CRAFTY BEGGARS, BUT WE STILL FIND DAYS FOR OUR OWN CRAFTING PROJECTS. WHEN THE GLUE STARTS TO FLOW, WE ARE REMINDED INSTANTLY WHY CREATING SOMETHING WITH OUR OWN FAIR HANDS NEVER FAILS TO PUT A SPRING IN OUR STEP.
It’s a crafter’s paradise to have all one’s supplies and materials in their own special room. Just visualise a little slice of this heaven – jars of colour coded buttons standing shoulder to shoulder and a vast array of pristine tools in a clearly labelled set of drawers. This room is your sanctuary... close the door and woe betide anyone who distracts you from your task, or even worse, messes with your kit! Well, it’s good to dream about the perfect craft room but now that spring is ﬁnally here we are determined to organise our nightmare of crafting jumble into a Crafty Beggars workspace that dreams are made of. The space we have in mind for this spectacular spring clear out is Wendy’s garage. No car is ever going to live there and with its vaulted ceiling it reminds us of a giant beach hut. Well, it will remind us of a giant beach hut when we’ve ﬁnished with it. At the moment however, it’s home to a mountain of random crafting stuff, not to mention a plentiful supply of big hairy spiders, which, incidentally, both of us are terriﬁed of! Julie was bitten by a false widow spider last year but that’s another story. Suffice to say that before we begin whitewashing the walls and sorting out those buttons, our jam jars will be put to good use with the rescue of some scarily large eightlegged creatures. But of course we can’t be expected to clean, clean, clean and not do any crafting. Everyone knows that ‘all cleaning and no crafting’ makes for a very dull existence! So, inspired by the ﬁrst whiff of spring and all things Easter related, we’ve both been busy driving our husbands mad by leaving craft projects scattered over the kitchen table...
Julie: Obviously one shouldn’t play with matches but I’ve had great fun playing around with the boxes. The pleasure of lighting candles increases significantly when the match is pulled from a special box of your own creation and they are also a great storage idea for lots of things, like a special pair of earrings, a spare key or some emergency pound coins.
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TREAT A GREEN-FINGERED FRIEND AND POP A PACKET OF SEEDS INTO THEIR VERY OWN
“KEEP ANY SPARE HEARTS AFTER USING THE FENCE DIE – THEY MAKE SWEET EMBELLISHMENTS!” Tracey Daykin-Jones, Designer
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Cards & Paper
Make it! WHAT YOU NEED Card: white, light green, green, dark green, light blue Papers, BLVD Birthday Girl Collection Die, Joy Crafts, Floral Flourishes, Fence Ink-pads: light blue, dark blue
Embossing powder, clear Embellishments: ribbon, grosgrain, blue dot; yellow; gems, gold; bird, wooden Adhesives Die-cutting machine Heat gun Seed packets
HOUSE CARD Create, score and fold a white stepper card using the template on the pattern pages. Stick light green to the bottom strip using double-sided tape. Add green to the middle level and dark green to the top. Trim yellow zig zag paper to the width of the central panel, 12cm high. Fix to the front. Trim a roof from patterned lilac, cut a small spotty blue rectangle, stick to the right, and mount the section to the house top. Die-cut a fence from white card, a bird house from blue and a small bird from yellow patterned paper. Layer both onto the fence over their matching motifs. Adhere foam pads to the outer posts only and mount to the front. Make six hearts using the middle pieces of the bird die and stick to the light green panel. Embellish each with gold gems. Tie yellow ribbon through the top of a seed packet, then slot it behind the fence.
How to make... A HOUSE CARD
Craft tip 2
Don't want to emboss the bird? Add clear nail varnish on top to achieve a glossy look
SEED GREETING Mount pink circles paper to the front of an A6 blank. Trim yellow zig zag paper slightly smaller, round the corners, then stick to the card. Cut five white strips, 3cm wide, and snip the tops of each into a point. Trim one strip to 9cm, two to 7.5cm and the final two to 6.5cm. Cut a further two narrow panels, 2cm wide, then assemble the strips to create a fence. Stick foam pads to the outer posts and fix to the front.
Colour a wooden bird using a dark blue ink-pad. Build up the tone and highlight its face with light blue, then emboss using clear powder. Stick to the fence using foam pads and embellish each fence panel with two gold gems. Tie blue ribbon through the top of a seed packet and slot behind the fence to finish. CB
SOURCE IT... Fence die, Charmed Cards and Crafts, 020 8659 0737, charmedcardsandcrafts.co.uk Ribbons, Fantastic Ribbons, 01392 366762, fantasticribbons.com
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Made by You:
YOU CHOSE CATH KIDSTON AS YOUR FAVOURITE FABRIC RANGE IN OUR CRAFT AWARDS, SO ENJOY MAKING THIS HANDY ORGANISER
Fabric, Cath Kidston, cathkidston.com
Embroidery hoops and buttons, The Homemakery, thehomemakery.co.uk
What our readers say...
Bias binding, Purple Stitches, purple-stitches.com
“I made a board for my sewing room so I can “I've got lots of pretty storage in my sewing room. add notes, keep my sewing machine keys safe, I use a gorgeous gift box that once contained The and reuse odds and ends from leftover projects. Sanctuary beauty products to house ribbons and There are cotton reels for hanging my lace, plus a peg rail for scissors and organza bags pincushions on. I use plastic storage boxes to full of beads and brooch backs. There's also a keep my fabrics clean, a craft bag for crafting on wine crate with jars full of buttons, and a vintage the go, and a sewing box for bits and pieces.” jug to store pens, a tracing wheel, and other bits!”
Val Green, CB Reader
June Button Queen, CB Reader
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Craft tip If you want your tidy to be cushioned, stitch in a layer of wadding between the front and back panels
“FOR ME, SEWING IS AS MUCH ABOUT THE FABRIC AS THE MAKING, SO I HAD A LOT OF FUN CHOOSING WHICH PRINTS AND PATTERNS TO SELECT FOR MY BOOK'S PROJECTS” Cath Kidston
Coming next time... Sew a vintage throw for the summer months
Cut a back panel from floral fabric, 52cm x 72cm. Create a patchwork front panel to the same size, stitching various squares together. Sew a patchwork pocket, 17cm x 52cm. Press each piece, then press under 1cm along the top edge of the pocket and machine stitch, 6mm from the fold. Position the pocket along the bottom edge of the front panel, both pieces right side up. Pin and tack the side and bottom edges of the pocket to the front panel. With right sides together, place the front panel over the back one so the pocket is sandwiched between. Pin together along the side and bottom edges. Stitch, taking a 1cm
seam allowance, and clip the corners. Press the seams inwards, then press under 1cm along the top. Turn out, ease out the seams and corners, and press. Pin the front and back top edges together, then sew using a 6mm seam allowance. Draw two vertical lines on the pocket, one halfway along and the other 10cm from the left edge. Pin the three layers together so they don’t shift, and stitch along the lines. Reinforce the top end of each seam with a few reverse stitches. Sew along the first edge and stop at the end of the seam allowance. With the needle still down, lift the presser foot and turn the
fabric 90 degrees. Lower the foot and sew along the second edge. Trim two small triangles from the seam allowance. Turn out, ease out the corner with a knitting needle, and press. CB
READ MORE... This project has been adapted from the Cath Kidston Sewing Book (Quadrille, £20). Photography by Rita Platts.
Our April edition is chock-full of glorious springtime makes, from a delightful bunny rabbit perfect for Easter to greeting cards that hold...
Published on Mar 12, 2015
Our April edition is chock-full of glorious springtime makes, from a delightful bunny rabbit perfect for Easter to greeting cards that hold...