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It's time for waffles and cocktails! Galentine's Day is on the way and we've got some lovely printable cards for the crafty gals in your life - the printable is free, just scroll down. As ever it's designed by Hannah of Utensils0, our fave paper artist. And to top it off we've got a Pinterest board with crafty Galentine's ideas

You will need:

This pdf - download it and print onto card, at least 200gms
Scissors or a scalpel
Optional:
Bonefolder
Sewing Needle
Thread
Glitter
Glue

Print out the pdf onto card and cut along the black line to separate them 

Fold the cards in half - use a bonefolder to get a really clean fold

You can gift them as they are or have the option to get crafty with them! Add some glue dotted around and sprinkle on some glitter or go ahead and do some cross stitching.

To cross stitch, first make the holes you'll stitch through. To do this, push the needle through the end of each cross. 


Then thread up a needle and stitch your crosses. To keep the tail hidden, start by pushing up from the back to the front (making the holes in advance makes it a lot easier!) 

How cute are they!

We'd love to see your versions if you make one! Tag us on Instagram @londoncraftclub

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It's 5th January and it's Bird Day, which makes it the perfect day to share our gorgeous free printable by Hannah of Utensils0. Hannah chose a puffin for her printable, because they are on the endangered species list and they are a reminder that we need to think carefully about how we impact the lives and habitats of the animals we share the planet with.

So what can you do today to help celebrate Bird Day? Well you could do worse than put a bit of food out for your local birds so here's some advice from the RSPB about how, what and when to feed birds. 

To make this easy printable you will need:
Scalpel/Scissors
Double Sided Tape
Washi Tape
Ribbon
1. Print the puffins onto card and cut around the edges, you'll need to use a scalpel for at least the inside of the legs. *top tip - Move the paper around while you cut rather than trying to cut at odd angels, You can cut slightly inside the lines as well to avoid white edges.

2. If you'd like to make a greetings card use double sided tape stick the two sides together.

3. If you'd like to make gift tags use either washi tape or a hole punch to attach ribbon to the birds.

4. Cut the flying puffins out for wall decorations, or add ribbon to hang them around your home.

The possibilities are endless!

 

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This year we have all been obsessed with plants - not just the super cool succulent thing, but the good old spider plant, ivy, cheese-plants, ferns... In fact all things green and growing have been sneaking into our houses everywhere. Pantone have even made Greenery their colour of 2017. And as Christmas trends are set in July, it's no surprise that this year it's been a foliage frenzy for Yuletide. 

This is brilliant news, because I have saved a ton of money! And how often do I say that about crafting? Here's how:

1 - Midnight garden raids
I'm out at night nicking the deadhead hydrangeas up and down our street. One from each garden. No-one will notice. Shabby chic wreath on it's way

2 - Saving the garden fence
Ripping a lot of that dusty, cob-webby ivy off my poor garden fence is paying off because I'm bringing it indoors to wrap round all the banisters. I don't mind spiders

3 - Rosemary is impossible to kill
Yes, Rosemary, my one and only reliably alive garden plant that isn't a weed, just keeps on giving. Smells great, looks great, and keeps growing back

4 - Visits to the park with an ulterior motive.
I actually love standing around the adventure playground in the cold! Kids, you can help me carry all the tangly brambles and weird potentially poisonous berries home. 

5 - Any old leaf will do
Yes, if it's green, red, blue or white, wrap it round an embroidery hoops with some of that not-actually-sticky florist tape and actually it's quite hard to go wrong. I happen to have a 3 foot wide metal hoop, and this took me half an hour using just bits from my garden and £2 worth of flowers.  Because at the end of the day, leaves are really beautiful.

Here's my Pinterest board of foraged Christmas inspiration

Have you tried it? I'd love to see what you made. How did you avoid spiders and bits of bark all over the kitchen? Can you glue gun ivy? Let me know how it went or what you think! 

 

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Every month Hannah from Utensils0 shares one of her downloadable papercraft projects for you to make at home. This month it's a beautiful Christmas luminary star:
You will need:
Template printed onto card stock (download it here)
Scissors
Scalpel
Metal Ruler
Glue
LED Tealight
1. Print the template onto the card stock of your choice, cut around the outlines of all the shapes.
2. Using a scalpel lightly score the lines on the rectangle shapes, follow the lines that are dotted. Tip - you only need to lightly brush across enough to mark the paper but not cut it.
3. Bend the bottom tabs all the same way.
4. Zig zag fold the vertical lines on the rectangle, gluing one to the other with the vertical tab.
5. Carefully glue the horizontal tabs onto the blank star shape, lining up the best you can with the edges of the star. Any extra can be cut off to neaten up the base.
6. Cut out the stars and moons from the other star shape. Tip - Move the star shape around rather than trying to cut at awkward angles, to get a smooth curve on the moons cut a little bit, move the star and cut a little more at a time.
7. Lightly score the dotted lines for the tabs.
8. Lightly score all the dooted lines going through the middle of the star.
9. Fold down all the tabs in the same direction.
10. Fold all the long lines starting from the triangle tip to the centre point downwards.
11. Fold all the short lines from the centre point to the convex point upwards.
12. Once all the folding is done you can bend over the longer tabs so they can glue behind the shorter tab next to it.
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Download this adorable free desk calendar by Hannah from Utensils0

You will need:
PDF printed double sided onto card (Download here)
Double sided tape
Scalpel
Metal ruler
1. Print the PDF onto each side of your A4 sheet of card. How your printer does this will depend on the printer you have, you can do a test run with a piece of paper to make sure you've got the trees the right way up

2. Fold the paper in half with the colour trees on the inside

3. Unfold the paper and cut along the grey lines of the triangles using a scalpel and metal ruler.
 

4. Very lightly score the bottom of each triangle to help them open later on.

5. Stick the double sided tape around the edge on one half, fold it to stick it shut.

Each day you can watch your tree grow with each door you open!

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Here's a quick DIY I did when I was tidying up after a Brush Lettering workshop. We use a ton of lovely colourful inks, and gorgeous water colour paper, so this is a great way to use up left over materials: Here we go: 

You will need:
- Our gift tag printable on thin plain paper (Download it here)
- Watercolour paper
- Scissors
- Three coloured inks
- painbrush with a pointed end (you get one like for free in our Brush Lettering workshops)
- ribbons
- masking tape
- you might need a little kitchen paper


Step one: 
Roughly cut out the templates - but don't cut right up to the line


Step Two:
Stick the template on the watercolour paper and then cut through both layers of paper

Step Three:
Punch a hole in the top of the tag

Step Four:
Paint patches of clean water onto the gift tag

Step Five:
When the water is still very wet, dip the tip of your brush in a colour, then dip just the tip of the inky brush into the water and watch it spread

Step Six: 

Repeat with more colours. If you put too much colour in, you can dab a little water away with kitchen paper. 

Leave them to dry. If the paper curls up, lay a piece of kitchen paper over it and iron it on a medium heat with NO steam. Add your ribbons, and you're done! 

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If you've ever thought Colour Theory sounds a bit technical, don't worry! Here's a super easy tool I made that you can download for free. It uses different colour theories to easily throw up new and surprisingly good colour combinations. 

 

 

 

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October is the month where the online community is split into two groups; those that are obsessed with all things Halloween, and those who aren’t. Here at London Craft Club HQ we have been pinning Halloween inspiration, and plotting our trick or treating costumes since July, so it’s no secret which group we fall into.

But today is the first day of October, which means it is officially Halloween month, and we are allowed to kick our Halloween obsession into gear at last! So to celebrate our favourite holiday of the year we have a totally FREE Halloween-themed printable to help you get into the spirit (get it, spirit?!) of things with us. Click here to download it

Created by our resident paper artist (and fellow Halloween lover) Hannah Miles, each sheet contains a selection of hand drawn images for you to print out and use as you wish. We turned ours into spooky straws, ghoulish garlands, and wicked window decorations. But why not get creative and see what you can create. Halloween cards or party invites perhaps? The printables are the perfect beginners craft project - no crafting experience required! All you need is some white card, a printer, and a pair of scissors. Even the kids can get involved (be sure to supervise little ones when using scissors.)

 

 We hope you’ll love using our free printables – if you make something using them then we’d love to see your photos. Be sure to tag us on social media (we are @londoncraftclub) so we can see what you’ve been making!

 

 

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Halloween just isn't the same without pumpkins! Our top tips for carving pumpkins are

1. Get your kit ready. To go pro, you need a big bowl, a big spoon for scraping, a long craft knife, a lino cutting tool, a mini drill, a whiteboard pen and some sticky back vinyl for stencilling. That will cover all eventualities but of course one sharp kitchen knife will do...



2. Make the hole big enough
Sounds obvious but it’s easy to make it too small and then scraping it out is a nightmare. Use a whiteboard pen to draw it on if you have one handy

3. Scraping it out takes ages…. and ages
Scrape out the seeds, and if you’re industrious you can wash and roast them for eating. Then scrape out the pith. Scrape and scrape and scrape until you can just start to see the light of a candle through the skin. 

4. You don’t need to cut all the way through
Lino cutting tools make the most beautiful lines in pumpkin skin. If you’ve scraped it out enough, then you won’t need to cut all the way through for the light to shine through and you can make lovely spooky designs. And if you do an “O” the middle won’t fall out

5. The ultimate tool is a mini drill
Draw or stencil on your design, then drill tons of tiny holes along the curves, close together. Then push the drill back into one of the holes, and push it  gently sideways towards the next hole. Use your lino tool and long knife to mix up techniques to get perfect accuracy.

6. Spray the finished pumpkin with very diluted bleach to stop it going mouldy. Don't ice or refrigerate it, it wont help. Really, there's not much you can do to stop it suddenly going mushy and stinking, sorry.

7. It does take a bit of practice!
But as an example of how accurate you can get, here's a pumpkin that we were comissioned to make for Ardell (yes, the lashes people)

We're not carving properly until Monday or Tuesday, so keep an eye on our Istagram and Facebook to see what we make. Are you going to be carving pumpkins? Let us see what you make, we love to see your handiwork! 

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To make this spooky Halloween mask, designed by Hannah from Utensils0, you will need:
This pdf template printed onto A4 white paper
Black card
Masking tape
Double sided tape or glue
Invisible tread
Ribbon
Scissors or Scalpel
Optional hole punch



1. Cut roughly around the mask and masking tape it to the black card


2. Using scissors or a scalpel cut through both the template and the card at the same time


3. If using scissors lightly fold it over to cut the eye holes. Use a hole punch to punch out the ribbon holes. Alternatively use a scalpel to do it all.


4. Masking tape the bat template to the black card and cut around them.


5. Fold and shape the wings of each bat


6. Using double sided tape on the back of the bat you can stick them onto the mask where you like.


7. You can also stick some invisible tread to the back of the bat and seal it in with a small piece of card, and using double sided tape where you want the bat to hang from.

Go scare people!!! I love love love Halloween, it's the one time we can really go for it with the dressing up and the decoration. What do you do at Halloween? Are you doing a scary doorway for Trick or Treating? Got any tips or ideas to make it really spooky? Would you make this mask?

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