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No.1 for Crafters CRAFTS BEAUTIFUL ISSUE 276 FEBRUARY 2015
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Contents FEBRUARY 2015
CARDS & PAPER
12 YOUR SPACE
15 5 WAYS WITH... WOOD VENEER
Share makes and stories with your fellow CB readers
22 INSPIRATION FOR FEBRUARY Tricks, tips and handy know-how from our team of top craft designers
40 OUR PAPERCRAFT HERO Celebrate a move to a new abode with Katie Skilton's folksy homespun project
57 HANDMADE HOME Add life and a new look to your bedroom with boudoir updates
68 MY CRAFT SPACE Corinne Bradd talks pointless upcycling and shares her decoupage designs CB readers offer their crafty advice
112 BROWSE & CREATE Feeling the chill? Wrap yourself up in a selection of crafty internet delights
122 BEHIND THE CAMERA Stephanie Weightman is excited for Tattered Lace and Valentine's Day
Craft entrepreneur Kate Smith talks about her business, The Makery
74 MAKE & SELL
Create a set of 'udderly' fantastic cards with a collection of farm designs
28 ASK THE EXPERTS
73 REALLY USEFUL CRAFT TIPS
30 A DAY IN THE LIFE
Natural wooden embellishments will boost your greetings with warmth and texture
19 MAKE ME QUICK
Discover our bright spring ideas
PEOPLE & PLACES
24 LOVE CHEQUES Put a spin on the romantic season with fun papercrafts
42 VALENTINE ENVELOPES Tuck your love notes into these sweet paper-stitched makes
46 CHEMISTRY SET Send a fun 3-D card and matching gifts this Valentine's Day
48 BUTTERFLY CARD Celebrate a special birthday in style and create Pete Hughes' elegant design
Create your own decorative fabric journal from scratch with our guide
76 CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS… PASS IT ON Three workshop owners tell us why they love to share their craft skills with others
104 PROFILE: YULIA BRODSKAYA Artist Yulia Brodskaya talks about combining her two passions, paper and illustration
53 SEW CHARMING Turn ditsy prints into a delightful dining set
63 HEART HANGER Feel the amore this month with your very own cross-stitch designs
49 HABERDASHERY ART Love your needle and thread? Get creative with these stitchy makes
80 BABY BLOCKS Combine soft, colourful fabrics with appliquéd motifs to create alphabet softies
52 BIRTHDAY GREETING Give depth to your stamped images with this creative ﬂoral piece
94 MADE BY YOU: BELLA THE BUNNY We love nothing more than crafting something that makes everyone say 'aww'
78 ON THE MOVE Combine cute keys and colourful papers to create celebratory cards
98 SPRING CUSHION Capture the ﬂora of the season and stitch yourself a wonderfully fresh pillow
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In This Issue
26 FIND FREE TEMPLATES FOR THIS ISSUE AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE
LEARN & MAKE
26 ZENTANGLE MASTERCLASS Make a creative statement with a doodled butterfly card
32 BACK TO BASICS: EMBOSSING We take a look at the various ways embossing adds texture and depth to materials
38 SARA NAUMANN’S MASTERCLASS Create a multi-toned piece by painting with Colorbox Pigment Ink
BROWSE & BUY 11 CRAFT CRUSH
Give a nod to Valentine's Day in your crafting with red and pink
84 SPRING COLOURS Discover what shades are on-trend this season with Pantone's top tones
102 PASTEL BLOOMS Want to make floral jewellery for spring? Beads Direct has just the thing for you
100 BUNNY HAT
Fleecy yarn crochets up to create a fun accessory for a child
BAKE & CRAFT
Freebies & Prizes
96 TEA PARTY CAKES Emboss delicate patterns onto sugarpaste and create a batch of pretty treats
HOW TO USE YOUR FREE GIFT All your papercraft dreams will come true this month with our fantastic 60-piece quilling tool set
44 CRAFTMASTER TABLES Enter for your chance to win one of two Alvin CraftMaster deluxe hobby boards worth £695
66 CHALK PAINTING Get your brushes at the ready and try your hand at this technique
82 FREEBIES & OFFERS
70 SWEET SPRING FLORALS
We're spreading the love this issue with over £1,800 worth of prizes!
Magic polymer clay into a collection of stunning blooms
86 COLOUR WITH POSCA PENS Turn your trash into treasures with these upcycling projects from Posca Pens
91 POLKA DOT STOOL Add colour and fun to a child's bedroom with this bright piece of furniture
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FEBRUARY ARE OUR BRIGHT MAKE, BUY AND SH SPRING IDEAS
Craft Stash New from Stampin' Uk! is the 2015 Spring/Summer catalogue. It features a fresh collection of exclusive seasonal stamps and accessories as well as the latest project kits. Video link icons, a new interactive feature, will direct the customers to online videos with further product information and inspiration. stampinupuk.co.uk
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Good Causes These cheeky crochet soft toys are a Fair Trade product whose manufacture helps support local communities in Bangladesh. Each ﬁgure is handmade and comes in a choice of characters from pirates to cowboys. Priced £23.95 each, cloth-ears.co.uk
These days storage doesn't need to have an utilitarian look. This selection of practical Emily Red baskets are made from recycled woven plastic, so they are strong and waterproof. The baskets come in a selection of sizes to fit into small spaces or onto existing shelving units. Prices start at £16 for a set of two. Berry Red, 01432 274805, berryred.co.uk
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CRAFT & CREATE
Knit & Natter Monster Knits for Little Monsters by Nuriya Khegay (Apple Press, £12.99) is a fun knitting book packed with adorable hat and mitten sets inspired by a menagerie of animals. The projects are suitable for entry level knitters to the more advanced – you’re sure to ﬁnd something to keep the little ones cosy.
Nigella Lawson's latest collection of ceramic cookware takes inspiration from the craft world with its cheery gingham pattern. We think that the mugs are just right for those moments, in between crafting sessions, when only a piping hot brew will do! The Gingham Collection is available exclusively from Unique & Unity, 0845 605 9699, uniqueandunity.co.uk
Add a splash of colour to a dull corner or mantelpiece with these pretty ﬂoral jugs. Use them to store paintbrushes and knitting needles, or simply to display fresh spring ﬂowers. The Kitchen Garden range is available from The Contemporary Home, 02392 469400, tch.net
6th-8th February. Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft, Event City, Manchester. One of the highlights of this popular spring show is the ﬂamboyant collection of costumes from the popular drama, Mr Selfridge. Visitors will also get the chance to shop quality craft products, make the most of the exclusive offers and watch the experts demonstrate the latest techniques. For advance tickets, visit ichfevents.co.uk 15th February. Papercrafts @ Thetford, Breckland Leisure Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford. 10am – 4pm. Advance tickets only £3 or £3.50 on the door. sincerelyyours.co.uk 27th - 1st March, Make it 2015, Five, Farnborough. Indulge yourself in three fun-
ﬁlled shopping days and enjoy the best that the craft industry has to offer. make-it.org.uk
GET SET, BAKE!
For Your Diary
A thoughtful gift for a cake maker – the Sweet Love Cupcake Kit contains 24 cases and matching toppers. They’re also brilliant for giving your presentation a co-ordinated look when whipping up a batch of bakes for a spring craft fair. Priced £10.50, Berry Red, 01432 274805, berryred.co.uk
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TUCK YOUR LOVE NOTES INTO TRACEY DAYKIN-JONES’ PAPER STITCHED
“APPLY SEVERAL APPLICATIONS OF INK TO THE CHIPBOARD LETTERS; ONLY WHEN A SOLID COVERAGE IS ACHIEVED SHOULD YOU HEAT EMBOSS IT” Tracey Daykin-Jones, Designer
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Cards & Paper
Make it! WHAT YOU NEED Paper, Pink Paislee: Happy Days, 12” x 12” pad Card, white Dies: heart; circle Die-cutting machine Envelope punch Woodware, large Ink-pad, pink
Embossing powder, clear Heat tool Ribbon, pink; ricrac, pink stitched Paper piercer Embroidery thread, white, dark pink Darning needle
VALENTINE CARD Create a blank,14.5cm square, from white card and cover the front with yellow patterned paper. Fix a panel of black lined paper down the left edge. Stick pink ricrac over the join and secure the ends on the inside of the card, then put to one side. Punch out nine envelope shapes from nine different patterned papers. Fold along the scored lines and stick the bottom section in place using double-sided tape. Die-cut ﬁve circles from white card and draw a letter in the centre of each to create the word 'valentine'. Pierce evenly spaced holes around the drawn letters to create a guide for the stitching. Die-cut ﬁve circles from dark pink card and four from light pink card. Pierce holes into pink circles, then stitch in contrasting colours. Go over each letter three times with doubled-up thread to create an effective ﬁnish.
Fix a circle into each envelope using 3-D foam pads. Starting at the bottom right corner, stick the ﬁrst envelope to the base card using tape. Add the remaining envelopes to complete the design.
How to make... AN ENVELOPE CARD
I LOVE YOU Cover the top two thirds of an A6 tent-fold blank with yellow paper. Fix light grey patterned paper to the remaining area at the bottom. Cover the join with a length of pink stitched ribbon. Punch three envelopes from complementary patterned papers. Fold and secure a bottom ﬂap in place. Adhere the envelopes to the right of the card using foam pads. Ink chipboard letters using the dark pink ink-pad and, when solid coverage is achieved, heat emboss with clear powder. Glue letters inside the outer envelopes. Die-cut a large heart from pink card and tuck inside a central envelope, secure in place with foam pads in the top sections. To ﬁnish, glue a single gem to the heart. CB
Use doubled-up thread to create the letters and sew each one three times to give it a more substantial finish
SOURCE IT... Pink Paislee products, Papermaze, 01473 892195, papermaze.co.uk Envelope punch, Blade Rubber Stamps, 020 7831 4123, bladerubberstamps.co.uk Big Shot die-cutting machine, Sizzix, 0844 499 8181, sizzix.co.uk
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MAGIC POLYMER CLAY INTO ELLEN KHARADE'S UNIQUE SWEET
WHAT YOU NEED Polymer clay, Fimo Soft: cherry red, raspberry, leaf green, white Silicone icing mould, Chrysanthemum Cutters: rose leaf, spring action; calyx, 2cm; blossom cutters, 14mm, 19mm, 24mm
Floristry wire, covered Octagonal box Paper, striped Metal ring blank Ribbon, pink Vase Oasis
VASE OF FLOWERS Condition half a block of white polymer clay until soft and workable. Roll out a small sausage of clay and ﬂatten with a rolling pin. Take one end and roll it into a small coil. Flatten the clay over the ball of your thumb to make a petal shape.
Thin out one edge of the petal with your ﬁngers. Use the blade of a craft knife to scratch off some dust from a purple chalk pastel, then apply to the petal edges with a large, soft bristled brush. Wrap the coloured petal around the clay coil, facing the seam so that it is covered.
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Make at least another ﬁve petals in this way to build up the rose. Cut off a length of ﬂoristry wire, 22cm, then turn the end over into a tight hook. Press a small ball of white clay to the hook, then insert the wire through the top of the rose. Pinch the base so that the wire is secure and trim away excess clay. Roll out the green clay into a ﬂat sheet and cut out a calyx and two leaves. Insert the wire through the calyx and position on the base of the rose, then add the leaves. Make up the following ﬂower heads: four red, two white/pink tint, two white/purple tint. Push the ﬂower ends into a block of clay, place ona covered baking tray and dry out in the oven following the clay manufacturer's instructions. Cut out three white blossom shapes. Use a ball-shaped tool to thin out the edges, working from the centre outwards; they will break up and become thin, which is the look you are after. Repeat for all three pieces and tint the edges using a little orange chalk pastel dust. Make a small hole in the centre of each blossom. Cut a 22cm length of ﬂoristry wire, bend over the end into a neat hook and wrap a 15mm sausage of clay around it.
Craft tip The larger your blossom cutters are, the bigger your finished carnation will be
Thread blossoms onto the wire, starting with the small one. Pinch the base of the blossom, sticking it to the clay sausage; the petals will crimp and appear more lifelike. Add the other blossoms in this way. Using small scissors, frill the edges of the petals so they look like carnations. Cut the stamens in two and push into the ﬂower centre. Apply a little green chalk pastel dust to the base of the ﬂower. Make several carnations using purple, pink and orange chalk dust to tint them, then bake as before.
GIFT BOX Cut out a 6cm circle from pink clay. Make up ﬁve raspberry chrysanthemums, one purple tint carnation, ﬁve rose petals and ﬁve white/orange tinted calyx. Arrange the ﬂowers on the circle of clay and bake. Trim the striped paper to size and cover the lid, sides and base of the box. Glue a length of narrow pink ribbon around the lid, then embelish the middle of the box with decorative ribbon. Cover the clay base in PVA glue and stick to the lid. CB
SOURCE IT... Fimo Soft polymer clay, ring blank, Cookson Gold, 0845 100 1122, cooksongold.com Chrysanthemum silicone icing mould, Lakeland, 015394 88100, lakeland.co.uk
“Design a cocktail ring with scraps of clay” Shape a red rose as before and trim close to the flower base. Cut out three leaves and arrange in the rebate of the ring, then position the rose in the centre of the leaves. Push ring base into a piece of scrap clay to keep it upright, then bake to set.
Blossom cutters, The PMC Studio, 01494 774428, thepmcstudio.com
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Browse & Buy
RED & PINK
GIVE A NOD TO VALENTINE’S DAY IN YOUR CRAFTING Evoking warmth and romance, the colours of red and pink are utterly divine. Pairing them together used to be a big taboo, but we love that times have changed. Instead, you'll now see the marriage in fashion, homeware and, of course, the crafting world. Take a look at our favourite picks and use them to make a card, stitched sentiment or something equally lovey-dovey this Valentine's Day.
Clockwise from top-left: 1 Always and Forever paper pack, visit wildrosestudio.co.uk for stockists 2 uni Posca Pens, hobbycraft.co.uk 3 Hot pink heart paper straws, £3.25 for 25, pipii.co.uk 4 Tanya Whelan Valentine Rose fabric bundle, £28, thehomemakery.co.uk 5 16mm crystal red hearts, 90p each, spellboundbead.co.uk 6 Roses heart rubber stamp, £16.50, noolibird.com 7 Hot pink paisley ribbon, £2.50 per roll, fantasticribbons.com 8 Dried pink rose buds, £6.65 for 100g, thesoapkitchen.co.uk 9 Red metallic heart confetti, £1.12 per pack, e-crafts.co.uk 10 My Mind's Eye Necessities paper pad, £5.75, onestopcraftshop.com 11 White check red tape, £3 per roll, stickerstack.co.uk 12 Pink felt heart garland, £1.55 for five metres, josyrose.com 13 My Mind's Eye Necessities decorative brads, £4.77, onestopcraftshop.com
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Projects Decoupage a set of décor delights for the home Crochet a snuggly heart hat for you to enjoy for years to come Valentine's Day cards to make a loved one smile Craft a bouquet of flowers from polymer clay with our guide Make a set of papercrafts for a newborn baby Stitch a tulip cushion to update your home this spring
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