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ISSUE 305 MAY 2017

In this issue...

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FUNDRAISERS, BAKES & MAKES

10 DIE-CUTTING MACHINE

TRICKS TO TRY WITH YOUR

The UK’s No. 1 Craft Mag!

Freebie makes

14 DESIGNS TO CREATE TODAY!

EASY 50+ COPY CARDS

MASTER CLASSES

Paper piecing Quilling Stamping Learn from the Best!

NEW designs for sending and sharing

Celebrat

Patrick Grant DISHES

THE GOSS ON GBSB!

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20 TOP

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PAPERCRAFTERS

FUN & FAST GREETINGS

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Huggable pals for crochet novices

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In Crafts Beautiful…

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IDEAS WITH CARD AND PAPER

12 OVER TO YOU 14 YOUR REALLY USEFUL CRAFT TIPS 26 INSPIRATION FOR MAY 38 QUICK TRICKS WITH DIES 70 ASK THE EXPERTS 72 NET SAVVY 80 AT HOME WITH JULIE & WENDY 108 TEMPLATES 124 COMING NEXT MONTH 130 BEHIND THE CAMERA

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Cards & Paper

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17 5 WAYS WITH... LAYERED FLOWERS

Create stunning floral displays this month

23 COFFEE DATE

63 HAPPILY EVER AFTER

42 PAWS FOR THOUGHT

66 WINNING WAYS

44 SWEET TREATS

84 PAPER PRETTIES

55 HEY BUDDY

99 WEDDING BELLS

59 BLOSSOM TIME

112 PAPER PLACES

Mark a momentous milestone with this cute design

Make a friend smile with an adorable card

Pretty-up your bakes using paper pompoms

Celebrate a little boy’s birthday with this greeting

Make unique oriental invites for your big day

Adorn wedding tables with these dainty decs

Rustle up this easy die-cut design for a special birthday Old books are the inspiration for these papercraft mice

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Congratulate newly-weds with a sweet pastel card

Use the docrafts Deco Design range for three maison makes

People & Places 29 CB MEETS PATRICK GRANT

Catch up with designer and judge of The Great British Sewing Bee

31 MONEY MAKERS

Find out how to make cash from your crafts

40 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WI

Get the latest from the Women’s Institute

Stitch & Knit 67 HOME COMFORTS

Send warm wishes to a friend with this stitchy gift set

78 VEG PATCH

Garden bunting is the perfect project for spring!

86 SNUGGLY SQUARES

Transform leftover fabric into a cuddly patchwork piece

104 KOALA CUDDLES

86 Share it! with the rest of the CB community via

Say ‘G’day’ to these adorable Australian crochet animals!

106 PARTY FAVOURS

Make pretty bags to dress up your gifts and celebrations

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Create & Craft 45 IDEAS FOR YOU!

Get inspired to craft with these ideas and buys from C&C

Learn & Make 24 ELIZABETH MOAD QUILLS

Start quilling to form frilled ombré daisy toppers

34 COLETTE SMITH’S MASTERCLASS

Paper piece die-cut shapes for a layered look

56 SARA NAUMANN’S MASTERCLASS

Add colour and dimension using inks and Lazertran paper

Browse & Buy 21 TREAT YOURSELF

We’re getting organised in style with some beautiful stationery finds

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36 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

Receive a free gift when you sign up

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Which trendy papercraft buy will catch your eye?

103 READ ALL ABOUT IT

Settle down with one of our craft book picks of the month

Mixed Media

Jewellery

73 LOVE BUGS

89 JEWELLERY UPDATE

76 RAINBOW GIFTS WITH... DUCK TAPE

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You’ll be all aflutter with this bag, book and card decoupage

Create colourful stationery to brighten up someone’s desk

This month’s trend is all about birds!

90 PRECIOUS PENDANT

Baking

Embrace the bohemian look with this necklace

93 BEAD SCENE

We catch up with Jill Turton from JillyBeads

95 CROWN JEWELS

100 I DO!

Go regal with a Grace Kelly-inspired tiara

Celebrate wedded bliss with these stunning baking finds

FREEBIES & PRIZES

WIN PRIZES WORTH

7 HOW TO USE YOUR FREE GIFT

Get creative with our pet-themed freebies this month

82 GIVEAWAYS We’ve got £1,300 worth of prizes to give away

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115 FREE PAPERS! Cut out and use these eight free designs for your projects

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How to use your

FREE Puurfect Pet Collection Stamps & Die! WE'VE GOT SOME POSITIVELY 'PAWSOME' CARDS FOR YOU TO MAKE THIS MONTH Puppy Parade Ink the paw print / 'Happy Birthday' folder and emboss onto white. Trim and attach to the bottom of an A6 landscape blank. Cut scallops across bright pink card and matt above the sentiment. Create and attach three dogs to the front. Add gems and twine.

Meow

Stamp 'Meow' over pink card, 9cm square, then layer onto green and fix to a blank, 10.5cm square. Attach ribbon across a mint strip and glue to the front. Stamp a cat frame onto mint, pink and white card. Cut and assemble each piece together, then attach to the blank. Add a bow and gems.

Head over to crafts-beautiful. com/videos for a demo from Corinne Bradd!

Thank you

Stick yellow paper to a blank, 10.5cm x 14.5cm. Mount pink spotty print, 8cm x 14cm, onto pink card and fix to the front. Attach white ribbon across a stripey panel and glue to the card. Stamp, colour, then secure a cat frame, dog frame and sentiment to the blank.

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Free Gift It's Your Birthday

Matt blue card, 8.5cm x 10cm, to a 10.5cm square blank. Fix pink spot print, 8.5cm x 9.5cm, to the front. Attach a yellow die-cut circle frame using foam pads, then assemble a cat image in the centre. Add a sentiment and gems.

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Die-cut a bright pink frame and another aqua one, then save the blue centre and pink edge.

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Cut out and piece together a lime cat with pink ear centres and an orange bow tie.

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Cover a 10cm square blank with orange. Assemble the frame and cat onto the front as shown.

Darling Dog

Secure mint paper to a blank, 10.5cm x 12.5cm. Mount a layered lilac square to the left, then a smaller hexagon one to the right. Fix ribbons across the card, then add a pink bow. Stamp and colour a sentiment and dog frame onto white. Attach using foam pads.

To My Parents

Glue green spot paper to a blank, 13cm square. Mount a smaller floral square onto white and fix to the card. Attach a pink stripe panel across the front. Emboss a die-cut circle, attach to a yellow doily and fix to the card. Add a stamped cat and embellishments.

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Next Month!

Your FREE 31 Piece All Occasion Stamp Collection!   

Hi Cat

Matt red spotty paper to a 12cm blank. Mount a square of floral yellow paper onto white and fix to the front. Adhere a blue chevron strip with pearls to the base using foam pads. Create a cat motif and 'Hi' sentiment, then stick to the card as shown.

Birthday Pooch

Die-cut a spotty tag and matt onto orange. Attach a striped panel to the base, then fix an embossed 'Happy Birthday' sentiment on top. Create a teal and orange circle, then stick a dog motif to the centre. Glue to the front. Punch a hole at the top and thread with ribbon.

kL  ots of precious sentiments to stamp with time and time again kC  ute shapes and numbers for extra personalisation k I deal for making cards and gifts for a range of events!

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Got creative with your kit?

Spotty Cat

Cover a 10cm square blank with spotty pink paper. Add two strips of washi tape from the left. Stamp, colour and cut out a sitting cat and 'Meow' motif onto the front. Finish with gems. CB

Send a pic to cbfriends@aceville.co.uk and it could be featured in the mag!

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Over to you

“Join the crafty community and share your makes and stories with fellow CB readers!” Jecelyn

Star Letter

Hi CB. I was so pleased with this card I made using the Free Gift from issue 148 that I just had to share it with you! I really enjoyed making it and I love the magazine – there are so many different crafts, good reads as well as lots of ideas! Great stuff.

STAR PRIZE Our Star Letter winner Joy has won a Twist ‘n’ Pop card collection from Hunkydory Crafts! This amazing new set allows crafters to create beautiful stand-out and trendy pop-up cards using the Card Base and Topper Sheets, which are all die-cut for convenience. hunkydorycrafts.co.uk

Joy Bennett, via post Thank you Joy! We hope you enjoy your prize

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£30!

PANDA WISHES

I whipped up this panda decoupage card when I had a free weekend.

Deb Wilson That’s a very cute panda you’ve made there!

COLOURFUL CARD I’ve been busy making cards – I created this one for my dad using an Imagination Craft stencil, embossing powder and PanPastel colors. Karin Lee This is a wonderfully bright card!

We’re on Instagram! For the latest crafty makes and inspiration, visit us at @craftsbeautiful

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Reader Stories

FLORAL GREETING I created this birthday card for a friend using a mix of Crafter’s Companion and Sue Wilson dies, I hope you like it. Trese Garner It’s a very beautiful card, you should be proud

Find YOUR Crafty Friend!

TOY TREAT Hello CB. I made a schoolgirl doll from felt and yarn for a friend’s daughter. Natalie Ward

Calling all crafters: would you like a pen pal? If so, send your age, address and interests to cbfriends@aceville.co.uk or fill out the form on page 120

She’s absolutely adorable, your friend’s girl is a lucky lady!

TAG YOUR MAKE! Fancy winning prizes for posting your crafts? Tag us with a picture of your project at @craftsbeautiful on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (made viewable to the public) along with the hashtag #CBtagyourmake to be automatically entered into the prize draw. Good luck!

Pets Corner!

TUBE ATTIRE

I recently finished this London Underground map-themed waistcoat, though I spent the weekend after restoring order to my sewing corner!

We catch up with CB readers and their best pals My dogs Bertie, Pud’n, Roxy and Midget in the basket of love! Beverley Dodds

Catherine Almond You’re one very talented stitcher, Catherine!

Write in...

and share your designs with us!

Want your makes featured in Crafts Beautiful? Email us a picture at cbfriends@aceville.co.uk or post your project to Crafts Beautiful, 1 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JY

On the left is Rudy and the other is Galgo. I rescued them from Spain when they were just 12 weeks old. Julie Parker This is my cat Luna, who’s sat on the trolley in my craft room helping. Michelle Brown

Sorcha likes to help me when I start cutting fabric out. Morag Christie

This is Sylvester, he adopted us ten years ago by jumping through our living room window! Debbie Hart

This is Vlad, telling me it’s time for bed. Hazel Jump

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Treat Yourself

We’re getting organised in style with some beautiful stationery finds...

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1 ​Graph’Mania Fineliners, mapedhelix.co.uk for stockists 2 A5 Pale Pink Notebook, £7.50, agiftfromthegods.com 3 Andy Warhol Colouring Pencils, £6.99, galison.com 4 Correspondence card set in Vintage, £13.99, galison.com 5 Jean Tuppence Collective notebook, £12, papier.com 6 Ditsy Floral Jade Fisher stationery set, from 90p, papier.com 7 Oxford Vintage Pencils, mapedhelix.co.uk for stockists 8 ProMarkers Set 2, 12 pens, £24.99, winsornewton.com 9 Rainbow pencil set, £10, papercahse.co.uk 10 A6 Aqua Notebook, £5, agiftfromthegods.com

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Coffee Date

Cards & Paper

Mark a momentous milestone with Kitty Frampton’s design

“Change the sentiment to match the occasion so you can make a whole range of cards" Kitty Frampton, Designer

Sta rt wi t h ... b Card, white b Paper Pad, Doodlebug, Cream & Sugar, 6”x6” b Die-cuts, Doodlebug, Cream & Sugar b Stamps, Winnie & Walter, The big, the bold & the happy b Pink paper doily b Heart pearls b Twine See our shopping list opposite

Anniversary Card

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Cut, then fold white card, 11cm x 14.5cm to create a topfolding card blank. Trim pink grid paper to 10.5cm x 14cm. Attach blue heart paper, 3.5cm x 10.5cm to the bottom of the pink. Attach a die-cut scallop border across the paper joins, then trim any excess. Fix a pink paper doily onto the background panel. Thread pink twine through four die-cut bunting flags.

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Glue the bunting in place at the top of the card using foam pads, then secure the twine at the back of the panel. Stick the completed panel onto the front of the card. Attach a small die-cut heart onto each pennant using foam pads. Attach a pearl heart embellishment to each of the scallops on the border. Add two coffee cup shapes using foam pads. Fix an xoxox die-cut onto the blue heart panel, then

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stamp ‘happy anniversary’ onto white card. Trim, then layer onto the coffee cups using foam pads. CB

Go Shopping

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Crafty News

Special delivery

Bizzy B’s is a family run business and they want to share their love of making with you through subscription boxes for adults and children. With a variety of crafts to complete and enjoy each month, you’ll be as delighted receiving your box as they are putting them together! craftcrate.co.uk

Puppy Love

Disney and Cath Kidston are excited to announce another collaboration which will pay tribute to the 1960s classic, 101 Dalmatians. The range, featuring Pongo, Perdita and their adorable puppies, will launch in Cath Kidston stores globally and at cathkidston.com on the 26th May.

Love is in the air

Perfect for romantic occasions and those special summer wedding projects, these two new heart designs from Berisfords are ideal for party favours, special cards, bridal accessories and even as a trim on cupcakes. There are two designs to choose from; Linking Heart and Lace Heart, and they come in an extensive colour range and various widths, making them suitable for a multitude of creative projects! berisfords-ribbons.co.uk

Mind, the mental health charity, believes that when dealing with a mental health problem having access to the right information about a diagnosis, treatment options and support networks is vital. They offer the opportunity to host Crafternoon sessions – a great way to express creativity, have fun with friends and even enjoy a spot of tea while raising money and awareness for a good cause. Interested? Find out more at mind.org.uk/crafternoon

CB’s top reads

Out & About

29th May – 2nd June, Squire’s Garden Centres, nationwide. Squires are running a great activity during May half-term. Children can plant a box with a choice of three tasty plants to grow and take home. Children can also take part in a free Veggie Hunt. Simply follow a trail of questions around the garden centre then receive a sticker at the end! squiresgardencentres.co.uk 1st – 3rd June Country Homes & Interiors Summer, Business Design Centre, London. An exciting three-day gathering of modern country life and style. Bringing together your favourite high-street and high-end brands with over 120 artisan makers, upcoming designers and small independent businesses. ichfevents.co.uk/ countryhomes

Mindful crafting

Year round! Get Fired, Brighton Road, Purley. Discover the joy of decorating your own piece of pottery. Choose from a huge selection of pieces plus lots of books, stamps, sponges and stencils to inspire you. Well trained and friendly staff will be available to offer advice and ideas. getfired.co.uk

The Flower Book, Rachel Siegfried (DK, £25.00) is the ideal gift for those who love giving, receiving, and arranging blooms. Flower farmer and floral designer Rachel Siegfried celebrates the loveliest flowers, with beautiful close-up photography that reveals their intricate colours, shapes, and textures. DK.com

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People & Places

We want to help people make great clothes, and to do that you need decent tools

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atrick Grant chats about his new range of sewing tools, designing clothes, and The Great British Sewing Bee

What process do you go through when designing a new collection? I always carry a notepad and pencil case full of Berol Mirado pencils, a sharpener and rubber. This allows me to not only draw clothes, but also write and record things I see. Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere, so I’m always taking photographs of random things. I share an idea with my two designers, then they spend two or three days researching. After that, it’s a matter of distilling it down. We’ve looked at Seminole Indians and Hungarian dress this season, which obviously wouldn’t work for our customers, but we take inspiration from details, such as appliqué on shirts. If you had to wear one garment for the rest of your life, what would it be? I have two pairs of oversized cotton trousers that I wear everyday; they’re ideal for weekends and cycling to and from work. If I’m not wearing tailored trousers or a suit, I’m in them. Also, navy blue crew neck jumpers! I have about 40 in different weights, yarns, neck shapes and stitches. My favourite fabric has to be grey flannel – I can’t imagine a wardrobe without it. It feels quintessentially British, is lovely to wear, is durable, and has depth. If I had to have one suit, it would probably be a grey flannel one!

Do you have any advice for dressmakers that are lacking confidence in their body shape? Most people are uneven in one way or another and off-the-peg clothes are cut around a very standardised form, so they don’t sit quite right. Something as simple as correcting the balance in a garment so that it hangs in a natural way can immediately make you feel better. If you’re new to sewing, start with the basics. Making clothes isn’t rocket science, but it takes practice, so give yourself fewer seams and darts to perfect and you’ll be able to produce something flattering.

“Making clothes isn’t rocket science, but it takes practice” Did you enjoy the last season of the GBSB? I loved working with May previously, but I also enjoy working with Esme. Her fashion background is exciting, and we have a lot in common. Esme is punchy, feisty, opinionated and ruthless, she’s just brilliant! It was interesting to work with someone who has a very distinct point of view on how the clothes should look, rather than constructed. We focused more on aesthetic than we have done previously, so we’ve added that extra layer on top of construction and technique which was fun. It takes two long days to film each episode, so it’s great that me and Esme get along, as we spend a lot of time together. What can we look forward to in the GBSB 2017? They haven’t started casting yet or producing the challenges, so I’m not sure

at the moment. The show probably won’t be out until nearer the end of the year. Some of the tasks in the last series worked really well, such as international week. I pushed that theme for a while, and personally thought it was the best episode. I’ve always wanted to broaden the geographic and historic scope, so hopefully the show can hone in on that again. We explored the fifties and sixties, so why not the 1920s? The world of sewing is extraordinarily broad! What would you say to people who claim sewing is primarily for women? It isn’t, it’s as straightforward as that. In professional sewing, especially at Savile Row, there are as many men as there are ladies. The gender balance has changed quite dramatically in the last ten years. We are apprenticing more female tailors, but cutting is still predominantly male. The balance will shift, but I think it’ll always be 50/50. We’ve also had some talented male sewers on The Great British Sewing Bee. What inspired your new range of sewing tools with Hobbycraft? We feel that there’s a gap between entry-level budget tools and expensive high-end equivalents. We’re trying to make professional tools affordable to everybody. We described in detail to Hobbycraft what equipment we use at Norton & Sons, and the importance of them, which formed the basis of the collection. Open-ended thimbles are used every day in our workshop, but they are incredibly hard to find. To make great clothes, you need decent tools and the collection provides just that.

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Find out how you can get crafty with your cash this year

ometimes the life of a crafter can be a tough one. That’s right, we’re talking about when it’s time to tighten the purse strings and make the most of your craft stash. We’ve put our heads together and decided to make it a lot easier this year,

you won’t have to set yourself any crafty limits we promise! We’ve found some amazing projects that you can recreate for under £5! Don’t believe us? Read on to see how you can carry on crafting and save some pennies at the same time…

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TRY Decoupage...

Use decoupage paper to upcycle old household items. It’s a fun money-saving craft project that can be enjoyed by all the family and will give your much-loved possessions a new lease of life too.

Add a burst of colour with these papers from Hobbycraft. £3.80 each, hobbycraft.co.uk

We caught up with papercrafter Cassie Fairy, an awardwinning blogger who prides herself on being an expert on all things thrifty. Her website cassiefairy.com is jam-packed with creative, money-saving projects.

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“Decoupage and scrapbooking are both fantastic ways of using up your paper stash, making them very thrifty hobbies indeed! They’re the reason I keep everything – I can’t bear the thought of adding to the landfill pile. Jazz up your decoupage project with something sparkly or personalise your scrapbook with pressed flowers from your garden; whatever you make, your supplies are already there. Plus, mementos are free and often more meaningful, so there’s no need to spend money on specialist items to create the look you want”

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TRY Recycling... Scour your shelves and give book art a go, just like our ‘Hope’ project. If you’re not ready to attack a title you already own get your hands on an old tome from a charity shop. It makes a great ornamental piece and will definitely impress your guests. Find the how-to by searching ‘book art’ at papercraftermagazine.co.uk

It’s time to brush the dust off your old maps and reuse them the crafty way

“Even the small ribbons that keep clothes on a coat hanger can be reused – they’re the perfect size to decorate cards” CASSIE FAIRY, BLOGGER

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buttons, ribbons, string, offcuts of paper and fabric scraps l Recycling is so important. Using old items to make new crafts is the ultimate way to be sustainable l Before putting something in the bin, think about the crafty possibilities and what it could be turned into. Ask yourself this – if you need some patterned card to embellish a greeting, could you use leftover fabric instead?

l Create your own wrapping paper by recycling brown parcel paper. Simply open an A4 envelope by cutting down one side and across the bottom, then turn it so the CASSIE’S DIY matt side is WRAPPING PAPER facing up and feed it into the printer. Create a repeat design on your computer and print. Ta da!

TRY Digital Stamping...

A great range of stamps is an ultimate part of your crafty stash, but what makes digi stamping so amazing is that the motifs, characters and designs are endless. You can find anything you’re looking for online to make a card exactly as you’d imagined

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITES

Little Claire Designs has a fab range of digi stamps for you to try. Head over to crafts-beautiful.com to download some for free!

This adorable greeting was made using the Stanley Dog Set digi stamp from digistampboutique.co.uk. At only £1.20, it’s an absolute must-have and you can still treat yourself without damaging your funds. Lavinia Stamps feature a stunning range of mythical and magical-themed digital

stamps that you can get your hands on for the bargain price of £1.90 each. The luxurious and intricate style of the designs will really make your cards stand out and will definitely have an ‘expensive touch’ to the lucky recipient. laviniastamps.com

Get downloading!

We’ve got some fab free papers for you to download on our website, and they won’t cost you a penny!

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Got Paper!

Browse & Buy

Fill your stash with the best products for your spring and summer papercrafting

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hether you’re making cards, paper decorations for a party, practising your origami skills or giving papercutting a try, we’ve put together a selection of buys that will inspire you to try something new. You’re sure to meet your papercraft match with these suggestions! Sara Miller London, saramiller.london

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Jewellery

Jewellery UPDATE This month’s trend... Birds

Winged creatures often inspire fashion and jewellery with their delicate details and myriad of beautiful colours. We show you how to incorporate them into your jewellery making this season... Hummingbird in flowers charm, 36p, jillybeads.co.uk

Gun metal swift swallow, 20p, jillybeads.co.uk Gold-plated birdcage charm, £3.61, beadsdirect.co.uk

Winged things

Guest Editor, Camilla Westgaard from Folksy Jewellery seems to be going minimal again. There’s certainly a resurgence of chokers, ear cuffs and silver, but the heavy black choker of 2016 is being replaced by daintier chains worn layered together. Pieces might be getting smaller and more delicate but there are more of them. Way more. Instead of just one set of earrings, ear cuffs are now worn in multiples and go all the way up the ear. Rings and bracelets are stacked too. The ‘Whispers of the Rain Forest’ necklace by Tiffany & Co that Jessica Biel wore to the Oscars is a good example. It looks like hundreds of gold and diamond feathers strung from a low-slung diamond chainmail choker. The use of feathers is significant too; artists and makers have long felt a connection with the elegance of birds coupled with the freedom they signify which makes them a favourite across all disciplines. Jewellers like Kate from Grace and Flora Jewellery are replicating their fragility using the lost wax technique or, like Tiffany, translating their lightness in feathery fringes. When this new minimalism does allow for surface pattern, enamelling seems to be the method of choice, and I’m thrilled to see this incredible craft technique featured in the pages of the glossies and getting the recognition it deserves.

Jessica Biel in the Whispers of the Rain Forest by Tiffany & Co

Phase Eight

Gold plated origami crane charms, £1.65, myvintagecharms.co.uk

Gold feather comb, £21, rockmyvintage.co.uk

New names to know

Debbie Bulford Beads Direct have recently welcomed jewellery designer Debbie Bulford to their busy marketing and design team! Debbie has a wealth of experience and ideas focusing on her unique wire work, beaded designs and detailed polymer clay jewellery.

Grace and Flora Jewellery Kate Harvey from Grace and Flora takes her inspiration directly from nature, creating beautiful pieces of silver and gold jewellery cast from natural objects like dragonfly wings. Her most recent collection is cast from real feathers.

EAN Jewellery Elizabeth Anne Norris is an environmental scientist turned sterling silver jewellery artist fascinated by the properties of metal. Where her designs have a minimalist’s precision they are big on textures, detailing and finish.

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Crafts Beautiful May 2017: A Digital Sample  

An interview with Patrick Grant, card projects galore and over £1000 worth of crafty prizes!

Crafts Beautiful May 2017: A Digital Sample  

An interview with Patrick Grant, card projects galore and over £1000 worth of crafty prizes!

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