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Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter… crafting can be such a seasonal affair, that sometimes our projects barely last a week before they’re out-of-date. Well… not this time! Helen Kirkham’s fantastic easel calendar will not only last the whole year through – but it’ll stay in season for a whole year too, thanks to a clever little trick that allows you to swap your seasonal embellishments in an instant! Read on to discover exactly how she created this fantastic piece, and how you can make one too!

For a unique way to celebrate the changing seasons of this year, why not create this crafty little calendar? Simply swap the acetate sheets as each season passes, and it’ll look gorgeous all year round.

You Will Need: Step 1:

Cut one of the kraft card blanks in half.

Step 2:

Score the second kraft card blank at 3 inches and create a mountain fold.

Step 3:

Cut the tree die from the discarded half of the cut kraft card, then add your embossing mat and send the die and card back through to emboss. Repeat with all the canopy dies (spring in the pink card, summer in the green card, and autumn in the orange card and red card).

Step 4:

Cut 4 pieces of the acetate and the blue card using the essential die.

Step 5:

Use the blue ink to blend around the edge of the blue card to add some extra depth. Glue the tree to the middle of the blue card, and stick to the piece of kraft card you cut earlier. Then glue the bottom of this piece of kraft card to the bottom of the mountain fold on the blank card base, to create the easel card.

Step 6:

Using the craft knife, cut a slit through the blue card at 1 inch and at 5 inches, starting from the edge of the kraft card, and push the brads through the slits.

Step 7:

Hole-punch each of the sheets of acetate at 0.5 inches and at 4.5 inches.

Step 8:

Fussy-cut the apples from the red card and paper piece onto the orange autumn canopy.

Step 9:

Glue each canopy to a piece of acetate.

Helen’s Helpful Hint:

Hang the acetate onto the brads before sticking onto the canopies, to ensure they line up with the tree.

Step 10:

Glue the calendar tab onto the bottom base of the card to create the easel stopper.

Simply remove the brads and replace the acetate as the seasons change!

What’s your favourite season to craft for, and why? Let us know in the comments!

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We touched on it in our Mother’s Day Crafting Essentials Post – but it’s such a huge trend right now, that calligraphy deserves to be featured in its own right!

Why Try Calligraphy?

In an increasingly digital world, there’s something really special about the art of hand lettering that keeps calligraphy and creative typography very much alive and kicking. It provides a simple yet beautiful way to add flair to card fronts, scrapbooks, gift tags and so many other projects, as well as being an artistic endeavor in its own right.

Requiring a steady hand and plenty of focus, calligraphy forces us to slow down in a fast-paced world, and can be as therapeutic and relaxing as it is creative.

We have a wide range of calligraphy essentials on the website, including brush pens, inks, papers, manuscript pens and more. This Project Pad from Kelly Creates is a fantastic investment for any crafter keen to create their own typographic art. Perfect for displaying your lettering skills, it contains not only white papers, but also kraft pages and black pages, giving you plenty of scope to produce different styles. This super smooth specialist paper has been designed to keep your brush lettering pens damage-free, and to help you achieve a professional-looking finish every time.

Beginner’s Guides and Supplies

If you’re completely new to the art of hand lettering, we’ve two fantastic kits that have been put together to make starting your calligraphy journey easy. The Deluxe Pen Set from Kelly Creates is packed with pens and tools, plus a pamphlet full of tips on getting started. The included canvas roll enables you to keep your kit neat, tidy and protected at all times – plus allows for creativity on the move! Alternatively, this Hand Lettering Starter Set from Faber-Castell is another fantastic find for beginners, and also includes a handy booklet filled with advice and techniques, as well as high quality tools.

The Colourist Approach

If you read our earlier post on 2018’s hottest craft trends, then you’ll know that using colour creatively is at the forefront of the crafting world this year! So you’ll be pleased to hear that calligraphy is by no means limited to black ink on white paper. Far from it, in fact!

Check out these beautiful pens from Kelly Creates. Dual-tipped pens enable you to create both thick strokes as well as fine lines, and they’re available in an array of colours designed to make every project pop! You’ll even find metallic brush pens that will add stunning effects on both black and white paper, and every shade in between.

Our Top 3 Calligraphy Tips

Calligraphy Tip 1: Remember that each individual stroke is key. Writing is no longer simply about stringing words together, but you must consider each stroke of every letter. The visual is just as important as the message! Try warming up before you begin to write, by creating a page of simple lines and curves. Perfecting these is the key to creating stunning lettering!

Calligraphy Tip 2: Look after your pens.  We know that bad workmen blame their tools… but when it comes to calligraphy, your tools could make or break you! The nib of your pen is crucial in defining how each line or curve is formed, so do not allow the nibs to get squashed or splayed through inappropriate use. Try to keep your pen at 45 degrees as you work, and press only as hard as is required to produce your mark.

Calligraphy Tip 3: Use the right paper. Lower quality papers can cause bleeding of ink, which is the last thing you want when you’ve put your heart and soul into a project. Look for heavyweight, super smooth paper to prevent any damage to your pens, and acid-free and archival papers for optimum longevity.  Since we’re talking about paper, remember too to always have a scrap sheet of paper next to you whilst you work, for practising strokes, clearing excess ink, etc. It’ll save you spoiling your masterpiece!

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With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we thought it was about time we put together our essential Mother’s Day checklist for those of you who are keen to get creative in time for the big day! There isn’t a Mum in the land who doesn’t cherish a handmade gift (even those wonky ones you brought home from primary school!) so what better excuse to craft, than for someone who deserves something special? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite crafty ideas below – hopefully you’ll find the perfect Mother’s Day treat!

Kelly Creates: Deluxe Lettering and Colouring

Creative lettering and calligraphy is a crafting trend to watch this year.  With the rise of typographic art as a home decor must-have, what better way to create the perfect gift for a much-loved mum than to have a go at designing your own unique word art? At Create and Craft, we have a selection of top quality pens and lettering kits to enable you to produce show-stopping typographic designs. Add heartfelt words to card fronts, gift tags, wall art and more.

Get to grips with artistic fonts and styles using our Kelly Creates Deluxe Pen Set – it contains everything you need to experiment with brush lettering, including a basic tips pamphlet, and a handy canvas roll for storage and portability.

Bespoke Home Decor Projects: Especially For Her

This gorgeous MDF Letter Plaque comes in every letter of the alphabet, so whether you choose ‘M’ for Mother, her first initial, or something else altogether, this kit provides the perfect blank canvas for you to unleash your creativity. You could even buy more than one to create a string of plaques spelling out her name, or the word ‘Love’. These can be decorated using papers, inks, fabrics and more.  You could tie in the design to match the home decor, or to represent a favourite hobby or pastime. If Mum loves gardening, why not decorate it with floral papers and embellishments, atop a green background?

Pinflair: Say It With Flowers

Take a Mother’s Day tradition, and give it a twist, with this beautiful Sequin Rose Collection from Pinflair. Present her with flowers in the craftiest way possible! This creative card kit includes all the supplies you need to add impressive 3D floral designs to elegantly foiled cards, just perfect for wishing someone a Happy Mother’s Day! After all, fresh flowers only last so long… but this crafty flower creation can stand pride of place in her home for as long as she likes!

Craft Consortium: Decoupage Designer Gifts

The art of decoupage provides an easy way to breath life into objects like photo frames, storage boxes, plaques and more. Using bold and beautiful printed papers, you can add colour and design to MDF blanks to create one-of-a-kind gifts that are as heartfelt as they are beautiful. This pretty collection of MDF Hearts from Dreamees provides you with the base materials to create a stunning photo frame, heart bunting, and other heart decorations. If you’re new to decoupage but keen to give it a try, this handy Decoupage Starter Collection contains everything you need to get going!

TotallyBeads: Say it With Jewellery

If she loves jewellery, then she’s sure to love a handmade jewellery gift even more – or maybe even the opportunity to dive into the art of jewellery-making herself! Whether you’re an avid beader, or you’re new to the craft, we have a wide selection of jewellery-making kits, components and accessories available for you to get creative with. This stunning Spiral Staircase Kit from TotallyBeads is packed with enough materials for you to create up to 20 handcrafted jewellery pieces, as well as a project book to guide you through each one. There are three colour sets to choose from, so you can select to suit her taste and create her a stunning coordinated set of jewellery, or buy her the kit and give the gift of creativity! There’s enough here that you could even spend the day creating jewellery together… just add music and cake for the perfect Mother’s Day!

Crafting Gorgeous Giftwrap For Your Shop-Bought Treats

Okay, we totally understand that crafting gifts isn’t for everyone.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little handmade touch to something shop-bought! Even if you do choose to buy a gift, don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill giftbag. Instead, wow her before she’s even opened it, with a handmade gift box, personalised gift tag, and beautifully embellished giftwrap. At Create and Craft, we’ve plenty of creative ways you can dress up your Mother’s Day gifts. Kanban’s Cutie Pies Wrap Tag and Bag Set features a pretty pastel colourscheme across papers, tags and gift bags. Alternatively, Pinflair’s Create Your Own Giftboxes Topper Card Set enables you to create an array of giftboxes, and features gorgeous sentiments just perfect for making Mother’s Day special.

More of a sewing enthusiast than a papercrafter? We’ve something fabulous for you too! Debbie Shore has compiled a beautiful collection of patterns on the Bobbin Street Gift Bags, Boxes and Bowls USB, that will enable you to create gorgeous gift bags, boxes and more! Simply print out the pattern pieces, and use alongside the project booklet. What better way to put that fabric stash to good use?

Do you have crafty plans afoot this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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This incredible little cottage in miniature is the work of none other than our lovely, and incredibly talented, Rebecca Cole! Ideal for propping open doors throughout your home, this doorstop is a great project to get stuck into, whether you’re sewing for yourself, or creating a gift for a friend.  There’s plenty of scope for personalisation – select your fabrics to suit your own home decor, or attempt to recreate your very own home in miniature as an awesome conversational piece! Want to try out this intermediate level doorstop sewing project for yourself? Rebecca breaks it down into easy-to-follow instructions below, with step-by-step photography that will keep you on track throughout!

This cute cottage doorstop is perfect for propping open doors in your home. Both practical and attractive, I recommend picking colours to match your décor. Because this can be made from scraps of fabric and trims that you have laying around, left over from other projects, it is a cost effective way to get creative and indulge in a little sewing! You can copy exactly what I have done here, or add your own flare, and decorate your cottage in any way you wish!

For the Template You Will Need: For the Doorstop You Will Need: Instructions: Step 1:

Gather your materials together. Choosing patterns and colours that complement each other will give your finished cottage a beautiful look. I have used seven different fabric patterns, but you can use as many or as few as you’d like.

Step 2 – To Make the Template:
  • FRONT/BACK piece: cut a square 21cm x 22cm. Mark the two 21cm edges as “side” and the two 22cm edges “top” and “bottom”.
  • SIDE: Draw a 14cm square. On the top line measure 7cm in, and make a mark. This is the centre-point of the line. Measure straight up from this line 7cm, and mark this point. Draw another line parallel to the top edge of your square, 2.5cm either side of the 7cm mark you have just made, giving you a 5cm line. Join the top corners of your square to the ends of the 5cm line to form the trapezium shape for the roof.
  • ROOF: Draw a rectangle 22cm x 11cm. Mark the long edges as “top” and “bottom” and the shorter edges as “side”.
  • Please note that all of the measurements above include a 1cm seam allowance on all edges.

Step 3:

Choose which fabrics you are going to use for each of the three parts of your cottage. You will need to cut two of each shape, so double over your fabrics when placing your template pieces, as this will save time and ensure that your pieces are exactly the same size. When you have cut out your pieces, lay them out so you can see them all clearly.

Step 4:

If you are using thin fabrics, you will need to strengthen them with heavyweight interfacing. If you are using thicker fabrics, such as upholstery fabrics, you can skip this step and go straight to step 5. Using your templates, cut out two each of the same shapes in the interfacing. On your ironing board place your fabric pieces with the wrong side of the fabric facing up and place the shiny side of the interfacing face down onto the fabric. The shiny side is the side with the glue. Always iron interfacing with this glue side face down so that you don’t end up with any sticky glue residue on the plate of your iron. Gently press the interfacing to the fabric pieces being careful to follow the instructions that come with your interfacing. Leave them to cool before moving them and check that the two pieces have fused together. If there are spots where the glue hasn’t quite stuck, repeat the process until they have.

Step 5:

Now it is time to join the roof pieces to the front and back pieces of your cottage. Lay the front and back pieces in front of you, right side up. Place the roof pieces on top, face down, right sides together, lining up the “bottom” edges of the roof pieces with the “top” edges of the front and back pieces. Pin them together. Thread up your sewing machine with a complementary thread colour and sew a line of straight stitch 1cm in from the edge you have just pinned.

*TIP* Put your straight pins in at right angles to the edge you are about to stitch as this means you can sew straight over them with your machine!

Step 6:

Using the point of your iron, press open this seam so that it lays flat.

Step 7:

Lay your front and back pieces in front of you, right side up, with the roof pieces at the top. Measure 7cm up from the bottom of your front and back pieces and, using a contrasting thread colour and a sewing needle, hand stitch a line of loose tacking stitches across both pieces.

Step 8:

Select which fabrics you are going to use to make the door and windows for your cottage. Cut out a rectangle for the door (mine was 4.5cm x 7cm although you can make yours whatever size you wish) and six squares (mine were approximately 5cm square). Again, if you are using thin fabrics that you can see the underneath fabric pattern through, I recommend interfacing these pieces also. This is also handy as it makes the pieces a bit easier to handle. As before, if you are using thicker fabrics, or are confident to do this without interfacing, then again, skip this step.

I found this easier to do by placing all of the window and door pieces along a strip of interfacing that was slightly larger than the pieces, and cutting them out after they had been pressed. Remember to iron the interfacing shiny side down to avoid getting glue on your iron plate.

Step 9:

Place your doors and windows onto the front and back pieces to create a design that you are happy with. Pin them in place, putting the pins in horizontally. Take care not to pin any of your door and window pieces below your 7cm tacking stitch line. Place the door piece just slightly above this line.

Step 10:

Select your ribbon or trim that you are going to use to create the “panes” of the windows. Keeping the ribbon long, lay it vertically down the centre of your window piece and stitch a straight line down through the centre, stitching the ribbon, window, and front/back pieces of fabric together. Back-stitch to finish, and trim the ribbon piece flush with the edge of the window. Don’t worry too much about being really precise with this, the project is improved with some quirky edges! You can now remove the pin from this window piece. Place the long ribbon piece horizontally across the window forming a cross with the first piece of ribbon, and stitch in place as before. Trim the ribbon flush with the window edge. Repeat this process for the other five windows.

Step 11:

Chose your lace (or whatever trim you are using) that you are going to use to form the edges of the windows. This is where we hide all the rough edges of the fabrics and neaten up the windows. Start in one corner, positioning the lace edge flush with the edge of the window. Starting on the outer edge of the lace, and making sure to stitch outside the raw edge of the window, sew a line of straight stitch all the way to the bottom of the window edge.

Step 12:

When you have reached the next corner, keeping your machine needle in the fabric, lift your presser foot and pivot the whole front/back piece 90 degrees clockwise and pull the lace around to lie along this new edge, pushing the excess of lace out of the way with a needle or stitch picker. You will create a small bubble of excess lace in the corner but don’t worry, we will deal with this in the next step. Try not to catch this bubble in your stitching at this point. Repeat this process until you have stitched around all four outside edges of the window with the lace. When you are approaching the corner where you started, trim off the lace leaving approximately 5mm excess. Fold this under to neaten the edge and catch down with your stitching.

Step 13:

Next we need to sew the inner edge of the lace. Move your needle to sew a line of stitching along the inside edge of the lace. At the corners, mitre the lace by pushing the excess underneath the adjoining piece of lace but, again, don’t worry about being too precise with this. Stitch around all 4 edges, pivoting in the corners as before. Repeat this process on all 6 windows.

Step 14:

Using some ribbon (or your choice of trim), repeat this process around the three edges of the door. Don’t worry about the bottom edge at this point. I have added a second, narrower ribbon to add depth and interest, but this is completely optional.

Step 15:

Next, select the piece of trim you are going to use to edge the roof. Line it up along the seam edge where you stitched the roof pieces to the front and back pieces of your cottage. Stitch along the top and bottom edges to hold it securely in place.

Step 16:

Using a piece of the same trim, place it along the bottom edge of the door, catching in the raw ends of the door and ribbons but making sure it doesn’t go below your 7cm line of tacking stitches. Stitch in place along the top and bottom edges, turning under the ends and catching them down as you did with the lace.

Step 17:

Finally, hand-stitch your small button onto the door to form the handle.

Step 18:

Now we have finished decorating our cottage it is time to put the doorstop together. Putting right sides together, pin your front and back pieces along the top edge of the roof and the bottom edge of the walls. Stitch along these edges using a straight stitch on your machine, 1cm in from the edges. You have now created a “tube”. Press open these seams. This is easiest using a sleeve arm. However, if you don’t have a sleeve arm, a rolled up towel will work just as well.

Step 19:

At the four points at which your 7cm tacking stitches meet the edges of the front and back pieces, snip 1cm in along this edge. Repeat this process at the roof, 1.5cm either side of the central roof seam you have just made, creating a 3cm “flap”.

Step 20:

Take your 3cm wide trim and cut it to 27cm long. Turn the house round the right way so that the right sides of the fabric are on the outside, and pin each end of the trim to the 3cm “flaps” you have just created in the roof.

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We would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who got involved with our Crafty Friends’ Blog Hop earlier this month!

It was packed with crafty projects from some incredibly talented creatives – if you missed it, check out Linda Simpson’s stunning Birds of a Feather Project Tutorial here, and hop along the rest of the links to see what everyone else got up to with Altenew‘s gorgeous new releases!

Now, for the important bit – drumroll please….

We are very pleased to announce that our Create and Craft Blog winner is Cheryl Jones!

CONGRATULATIONS to Cheryl, and thank-you to everyone who entered.

Keep an eye on all our social media platforms for regular contests and giveaways!

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Whether you are one of the lucky ones who gets spoilt rotten on Valentine’s Day, or someone who’s other half refuses to take the most romantic day of the year seriously, you’ll simply love our resident crafter Maz’s take on getting Creative for February 14th! Here’s her latest entry, on making the most of the opportunity to ‘spread the love’ this Valentine’s Day!

Married as I am to someone who has steadfastly refused to ‘get sucked into all this commercial nonsense,’ Valentine’s Day has long been a bitter-sweet day for me. It can easily leave you feeling left out – often for no real reason at all, but left out all the same!

Looking around, I notice quite a few other people feeling much the same, and have come to the conclusion that – commercialised or not – the day DOES give us an opportunity to ‘spread the love’.

I think it’s great that the day has been expanded to showing love to anyone special to you… I love the excuse to do something fun and unexpected to make someone feel special and appreciated!

And the added bonus – it gives me an excuse to do some crafting!

My chosen Valentines for this year are a neighbour who has had a very difficult start to the new year, and a family member who seems a tad lonely.

As luck would have it, my granddaughter was due for a sleepover – she’s my never-fail craft buddy and guaranteed to get a project going!

The day before her visit I did a little shopping for materials – some heart-shaped mini container blanks and also some coaster blanks that I thought we could decorate… and perhaps fill the boxes with some nice choccies?

What we used:

What We Did:

We began by giving each item to be decorated an undercoat of white gesso; it’s not essential but recommended for a good finish.

Next, we chose a background colour for the containers and coasters. We tried to get a theme going too, but you could decorate each item individually if they are to be given separately.

While the paint was drying, we chose pages from the magazines that featured patches of colours we liked, and sprayed these with lacquer to seal the colour.

Using the punch, we punched out a selection of different coloured hearts, arranging them into groups of colours.

When it came to working out a design for the placement of the hearts, we decided on a random scatter of hearts in a pretty selection of colours, with just one or two reds.

Using Modge Podge, we carefully pasted these onto the boxes, lids and coasters, taking care to smooth out all wrinkles and air bubbles from under the heart shapes.

Once complete, we gave all the outerand upper surfaces two coats of Modge Podge to even out the surface, allowing each coat to dry before continuing.

As final finishing touches, I added some parallel rows of dots (a smaller contrasting coloured dot inside a slightly larger one) around the border of the top and base of one box, and a circle of hearts around the other. I added a similar heart pattern to the coasters.

I then brushed on a number of coats of Modge Podge, allowing each coat to dry before painting on the next. Finally, I sanded the pieces until smooth, wiped with a slightly damp cloth to remove all dust, and carefully applied my final coat of Podge. This stage is optional, but I Iike how the decoupage seems to sink right into the surface, giving a beautiful finish.

To add a lovely red lining to the boxes, I traced a template of the box lid and base, and cut four of these shapes out of felt. I also measured the depth of the boxes, and cut a length of that to line the sides. The felt was perfect for creating a soft base for the coasters too, so I cut eight tiny circles to fix underneath these.

These shapes were pasted into the boxes using glue and voila – they were ready for their choccies!

So while I don’t do the traditional romantic Valentine’s Day, I certainly do think it’s a great opportunity to show some love, and an excellent excuse to get crafting!

Who’s on your list this year?

Until next time, Happy Valentine’s Crafting!

Maz

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Do you love crafty workshops and demos? Would you jump at the opportunity to craft alongside your favourite crafting celebs? Well get your planner and a pen to hand – we’ve got a date for your diary that you won’t want to miss out on… Crafting Live is coming!

Crafting Live is Coming to Malvern!

That’s right, Stephanie Weightman’s award-winning Crafting Live Show is coming to Malvern for the first time this spring, and she’s bringing a whole host of crafty celebrities with her!

Taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018, the Crafting Live Show promises a fun-filled crafting day with friends and family.

A free ‘Make and Take’ area can be booked on the day, so you can get creative on your day out, and take your project home afterwards. And not only will you enjoy the chance to craft like crazy on the day, but it’s also the perfect place to browse and shop for crafting essentials from a huge variety of exhibitors. Stock up on stamps, dies,  fabric, and more!

Crafting Celebs…

Keep your eyes peeled as there will be the chance to meet some of your favourite crafting celebrities over the two days too, including Stephanie Weightman, Nancy Watt, Andy Love, Dean Wilson, Martyn Parker, Loen Love and Mel Heaton, amongst others.

You can get your tickets over on the Create and Craft website – and don’t forget Create and Craft club members get a crafty 25% discount on these!

Gifts, Goody Bags and Vouchers…

As if all that wasn’t enough, every advance ticket purchased is eligible for a free gift* worth £15 to collect from the show, plus every guest will get a £5 voucher** to spend online with Create & Craft too. Tickets can be pre-purchased from the Create and Craft website, or on the door on the day.

We’ll be filming at the show, plus we’ll be selling our famous goody bags, as well as a selection of other crafting treats at unbelievable show offer prices!

Don’t miss out on what we know will be a spectacular crafting event… you can book your tickets now right here, or join the club today!

* Show advance ticket on entry for your gift, one per ticket.

** £5 off any purchase over £25 excluding P&P.  Voucher valid until 8th April 2018, one per person.

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Well, well, sewing enthusiasts, we’ve got a fabulous February planned for you! This month we’re bringing fun, colour, and organisation to your life, with our pick of the best quilting, sewing and embroidery kits available. Discover elegant florals and bold geometric prints across cosy quilts and quirky home decor additions, as well as our solution to your quilting chaos (check out number 7 right now, if you’re intrigued!)

So without further adieu, here are Create & Craft‘s top 10 sewing kits in February 2018.

10. ADORNit Grow Pocket Embroidery Kit:

Spring is on its way (honest!) so we just had to include this fantastic project ideal for the green-fingered among you! Packed with pretty fabrics and trim – plus easy-to-follow instructions – this quirky kit will enable you to produce a beautiful pocket for keeping your homegrown flowers in! Use it to add handmade flair to your own home, or give it as a gift to the gardening enthusiast in your life. We’re pretty sure they’ll fall in love with it just as much as we have!

9. Serenity Single Pre-cut Quilt Kit

We could not resist these beautiful butterfly prints from FabScraps! Available in three stunning colourschemes, there’s a quilt kit to suit every home. Imagine having something this pretty to snuggle up under every evening? Detailed instructions will take you through the project from start to finish, and the cotton fabrics are incredibly easy to work with.  Which would suit your decor best? You could make a statement with the Bold kit, create a quilt fit for a princess with the Pastel kit, or keep it subtle yet sophisticated with the Grey kit.

8. ADORNit Quilting Bundle

It’s time to get creative! Invest in this fantastic bundle from ADORNit, and not only will you receive tumbler templates and an inspirational pattern booklet to add to your collection, but you’ll also get the simply gorgeous Darling Daisy Quilt Kit! Designed with beginners in mind, this kit includes fabric for the quilt top and binding, coloured diagrams showing you exactly how to assemble the layout, and comprehensive instructions. Imagine adding this beauty to your sofa…

7. Deluxe Quilting Planner Kit

Ok, so we know that technically speaking, this isn’t a sewing kit. But for all you quilting enthusiasts, we just had to include something we knew you’d adore. It’s time to organise your quilting projects – and your life – with this fantastic planner from Simplicity!  It includes tabbed months with roomy month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance pages, plus five sheets of matte-finish stickers for calendar reminders and pretty borders. 200 pages allow you plenty of space for planning, as well as a reference guide to common quilt patterns, standard quilt sizes, formulas for backings, a bias binding table, triangle table, quilting terms and more. It’s a quilter’s dream-come-true!

6. ADORNit Orange Peel Acrylic Value Pack, Free Instruction Book, & Fresh Picked Half Yard Combo Pack

It’s another jam-packed bundle from ADORNit! Clear your diary, and lock your sewing room door! This fabulous project book is bursting with ideas for you to get stuck into. Discover cushions, home decor items, bags and much more! You’ll also receive 3 acrylic orange peel templates, as well as a selection of bold and contemporary printed fabrics to get to work with.  What will you create first?

5. FabScraps Vintage Elegance Pre Cut King Quilt Pastel:

Based on the best-selling FabScraps Vintage Elegance paper range, this gorgeous collection of fabrics enables you to add your favourite vintage prints to your bedroom decor! All the fabric included is 100% cotton for a luxuriously soft finish. You can create the quilt yourself, or gift the kit to a sewing enthusiast – all the components arrive beautifully presented amongst black tissue paper in a crisp white FabScraps box.

4. Corinne Lapierre Embroidery Multibuy:

We couldn’t leave out this fantastic opportunity to treat yourself to embroidery overload! Including a whopping four kits to keep you busy, this multibuy is jam-packed with goodies. Make a delicately embroidered pin cushion for your sewing box or craft room, a luxury sewing pouch for your sewing box, a functional felt needle case and a stylish and practical printed cotton tote bag. Full scale templates and stitch guides make it accessible to all levels of crafter – so if you’re tempted to try embroidery for the first time, here’s your perfect opportunity to dive in!

3. FabScraps Vintage Elegance Grey Handbag Kit:

Designed exclusively for Create and Craft customers by FabScraps, you won’t find this effortlessly elegant kit anywhere else! Filled with pre-cut fabrics and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s a project anyone can have a go at. Not only is it a fantastic way to practise your sewing skills, but you’ll also have a gorgeous bag to use at the end of it all! In a versatile monochrome colourscheme it’ll look great with almost any outfit.

2. Corinne Lapierre Exotic Minikit Multibuy:

These Corinne Lapierre Kits were both so popular, we’ve put them together into one fantastic multibuy! So now you needn’t decide between a pretty pink flamingo and our quirky cactus pincushion… treat yourself to both! These easy-to-use kits include everything you need, from fabrics, to instructions to templates. All you need to do is get creative and have fun! The funky flamingo can be hung in windows, children’s bedrooms, from furniture handles, and more. The cactus would make the ideal addition to your sewing table!

1. Rinske Stevens Heart Wreath Kit:

We absolutely love this adorable New Baby project from Rinske Stevens! Because little people can make their appearance at any time of year, sometimes knitting them thick winter woollies isn’t the best option. But we know the crafties among you would still much rather give a handmade gift. So what’s the alternative? This gorgeous fabric wreath comes in both baby blue and baby pink colourschemes, and would make a stunning addition to any nursery! As well as all the fabric you’ll need, these fab kits also come with detailed instructions and helpful templates, making them ideal for beginners and advanced stitch-crafters alike!

Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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This stunning watercolour heart is a simple yet sophisticated way to get crafty in time for Valentine’s Day! With bold colour and a shimmering finish, it’s the perfect combination of classic style and creative flair.

This year, we’re embracing the use of inks in crafting – so many incredible effects can be achieved with ease, thanks to this versatile medium!

To create Sarah Hurley’s Watercolour Heart Valentine’s Card you’ll need a selection of watercolour inks in a colourscheme you’re happy with.

We recommend using Brea Reese inks, because these high quality inks contain absolutely no fillers or additives, they’re 100% acid-free, and the ink dries quickly. You can use them with traditional paintbrushes, water brushes, or even refillable markers, and the inks will dry without leaving brush strokes.

You Will Need:

Brea Reese Watercolour Inks
Watercolour Card
Stencil
Art-C Glitter Paint
Silhouette Cameo
Screen Sensation Sticks
C6 Card Blanks
Water Spritzer
Double Sided Tape

Instructions:

1. Spritz your watercolour card with water and drip Brea Reese Inks over the surface. Spritz over the top of the inks with water again, then move them around until you’re happy with the colours. Leave to dry.
2. Use your Silhouette Machine to cut a heart aperture panel (slightly smaller than C6) and set aside for use later on.
3. Once the watercolour inks are dry, stencil over the top using your stencil and glitter paint, and leave to dry once again.
4. Once dry, cut a section slightly smaller than the heart aperture panel and adhere this behind the aperture to create a heart-shaped design for your card-front.
5. Using double sided tape, add the panel to the front of a C6 card blank, and your Valentine’s Day card is complete!

Check out the printable project page on our website right here.

Will you be signing your card, or sending it anonymously this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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Like crafting? Love design? Keen to discover 2018’s top three crafting trends? Then you’ll definitely want to see the latest from the Creativeworld show in Frankfurt!


Imagine a convention centre packed with exhibits featuring the newest design trends and products, from paper arts to fine arts, paints and soft crafts. Creativeworld in Frankfurt, Germany, is the largest trade exhibition for the craft industry—making it the perfect place to trend-spot!


The four-day trade fair is undeniably international, with exhibitors and attendees from all over the world—you’ll hear conversations in German, Japanese, Spanish, and more… plus English in a variety of accents. Manufacturers release their newest product to the world here, while retailers both large and small shop the show for merchandise to put in their stores. Artists and crafters provide live demonstrations on everything from spray-paint street art to delicate watercolours—plus soft crafts like knitting and needlework, and paper arts and jewellery.


Every year the Creativeworld show reveals key trends for the craft market. Researched and presented by trend bureau, Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano, the Trends Section of the floor was a must-see for any attendee. Let’s take a look at the three key trends they identified:

Trend #1: The Gardener


Here, nature is the inspiration for patterns and motifs, plus colour palettes drawn straight from the garden. Leaf prints, insects and floral images combine with a range of greens, bright flower shades and rich autumnal tones. Look for the gardener trend to influence stamping, block printing and fabric arts, as well as home decor. After all, you don’t have to have a green thumb (or a garden!) to make the most of this style.


Trend #2: The Purist


The Purist refers to clean, minimalist lines and understated style. But this is far from boring; you’ll see high-contrast black and white combinations, polka dot patterns and the incorporation of metals, glass and acetate.

Typography plays a major role in this trend, with words, poems or sayings incorporated into these clean and classic designs. Love the Scandinavian designs that have been so popular in the past few years? They dovetail perfectly with the Purist trend.

Trend #3: The Colourist

In this trend, colour – rather than material or motif – is the focal point. Bold, vivid shades combine to create high energy, from magenta to yellow, azure and violet to emerald green. They often pair with crisp white or soft gray for contrast.

Look for attention-grabbing tones to show up in everything from painted porcelain to graffiti art. Not all colours are bright and bold, though; the many paint companies who exhibited brought new twists on colour, including soft chalk pastels.

Already we’re seeing these trends showing up in releases from some of our favourite companies. Altenew’s leaf stamps and new green ink pads were included in the Gardener section of the Trends display, while Kuretake’s booth display showcased a very Colourist-inspired dress made entirely from their markers!

Want to check out our range of stunning nature-inspired Altenew Stamps for yourself? Discover delicate florals, elegant branches, feathers, leaves, petals and more right here on our website. Unleash your inner gardener, and get creative with natural designs, earthy inks, and more!

If you’re excited about adding bold and beautiful colour to your crafting this year, check out our range of quality colour markers – ideal for bringing papercraft designs to life!


Notice anything else about these three trends identified by Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano?

They’re all based on creators.

The company says:

“For 2018, we look at three craft-loving types who combine fresh and familiar techniques and materials with the latest themes and colours, and make
something new.”

Here’s to the craft-loving types who inspire us this year and every year—and provide us with that very special something new!

Which of the three key trends suits you the best… are you a gardener, a purist or a colourist? Let us know in the comments below!

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