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Saturday, 18 April 2015

New Designs In The Colour Collection

Saturday, 18 April 2015

I've made these little Gift Bags using the step-by-step tutorial I shared with you yesterday. And the new paper designs I've added to The Colour Collection in the Boutique today : )

There are 5 new additions in total. Two of them, the 'Clematis' & 'Chrysanthemums' designs, are versions of some of my most recent designs from 'Linen' & 'Silver' Floralie Pattern Packs, tweaked a little to make them perfect for The Colour Collection.

The remaining three, 'Doodlie Doilies', 'Pretty Posy' & 'Bold Brushes' are brand new designs : )

Let me tell you all about them ...

Each of these downloads ...
- include a single paper design,
- in all 38 colours of the Colour Palette.
- 'Clematis', 'Chrysanthemum' & 'Bold Brushes have both positive & negative design options included in the downloads
- 'Doodlie Doilies' & 'Pretty Posy' have a negative design option only.
- Each of the designs print as individual A4 sheets.
- They are available with White elements/backgrounds
- and their retail price will be £1.99 each.

These are the designs …



'Doodlie Doilies'

'Pretty Posy'

'Bold Brushes'

This week only, each design is half price, & just £1.00 each. Just until next Sunday, the 26th April.

And you can find them
*here* &
in the Boutique.

And I hope you like them!

Love Liz xx

Friday, 17 April 2015

Weekend Craft Project: Simple Paper Gift Bag

Friday, 17 April 2015

Hi everyone!

Today, I want to show you how to make a simple Paper Gift Bag : )

It's very simple and quick to make & needs only a single sheet of A4 paper & a few very basic supplies. The kind of things we all have in our craft box.

And my finished bag measures 14cm x 15cm (5 1/2″ x 6″).

As with the Gift Box I shared in my last post, I think knowing how to fold a paper Gift Bag is an important tool to have in your crafting arsenal.

To make it, I've chosen one of a few new designs I'll shortly be adding to the Colour Collection in the Boutique. Very shortly : ) I'll be telling you about those in my next post.

And they're much easier to make than you think ...


You will need ...
Single sheet of A4 paper.
(I printed onto 120gsm paper)
Permanent Adhesive
Hole Punch
Ribbon or Twine for Handles

Bone Folder (You could use the edge of a ruler if you don't have one)
Small piece of white card
Gift Tag.

Lay your paper horizontally on your work surface with the wrong side facing up. Create the top edge of your bag by folding down 2 1/2cm (1") along the top, long horizontal edge. And create a tab to seal the side edge of your bag by folding approx 1-1.5cm (1/2") in from the short, right hand side. Press down the folds firmly with your fingertips & crease.

Open up the 2 folds you have just made, & fold the remaining short side up to the edge of your folded tab on the opposite side.

Apply adhesive along the tab, in the folded area only ...

… & fold it over, carefully lining up the top & bottom edges.

Working at the top of your bag & using the crease you have already made, fold it to the inside.

Now you're going to create the bottom of your bag.
So with the tabbed edge facing upwards (this is the back of the bag) and the folded top edge at the top, facing away from you, fold upwards 6 1/2 cm (2 1/2") from the bottom. Press & crease this fold firmly.

Lift & open up the bottom edge ...

… & gently fold one side towards the middle. Aligning the crease with the bottom folded edge will help you keep this straight. Make sure the points you create at the corner are open & flattened fully & neatly. Press down & & crease firmly.

Repeat to fold the opposite side towards the centre too, again using the crease & the fold to keep this straight and ensuring the corner point is neat & fully flattened. Press down & & crease firmly.

Fold up the bottom edge. Using the horizontal crease line in the centre as a guide, fold so the bottom edge sits approx 1cm (slightly less than 1/2") above the crease.

Repeat with the opposite edge, again using the crease as a guide & folding so the short edge sits approx 1cm (slightly less than 1/2") beyond it.

Open up the 2 flaps you have just made. And working on the top one only, apply adhesive to the areas shown above. Fold down this flap & stick it firmly in place.

Repeat this step on the remaining flap, applying adhesive to the same 2 areas on this and to approx 1-1 1/2 cm (1.2") in the centre too.

Being careful where you apply adhesive in the last two steps will ensure there is no stickiness on the inside of your bag when it is finished : )

Fold down this flap too & stick it firmly in place.

Punch 2 holes at the top of your bag. Punching through both layers at the same time will make sure your holes are perfectly aligned.

… cut a length of ribbon or twine approx 50cm in length & thread through your handles, adding a tag if you like as you do this.

And tie it neatly on the inside.

Your bag is now essentially finished!

There is another final small step which I always like to do. And that is to add a small piece of card to the bottom on the inside. I think this makes my bags a little stronger, they have a neater finish on the inside and my bags feel more professional when I have : )

It is optional. But it is simple to do ...

Cut a small piece of white card, approx 92mm x 57mm (a little over 3 1/2" x 2 1.4") & pop it in the bottom. It may need a little adjusting to get the best fit. But I just slice 1mm off the edges at a time until I have something I am happy with. And when I have, a little dab of glue on the underside holds it securely in place.

And that's how to make a simple Paper Gift Bag : )
How quick & simple was that? I think they're fun to make too.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
New Colour Collection paper designs next : )

Love Liz xx

Sunday, 12 April 2015

How To Make An Origami Gift Box

Sunday, 12 April 2015

So as I promised in my last post, today I want to show you how to fold a paper Gift Box.

I think knowing how to fold a paper Gift Box is an important tool to have in your crafting arsenal. Once you know how to do it, you can make one in any size you like using any paper you have to hand.

They're easier to make than you'd think. And I have a few tips to share which will help you get the best results : )

You will need a square of paper for each of the top and the bottom of the box. So to make a lidded box, you will need 2 squares of paper. You can make them in any size you like - the process is the same. But just remember that the paper for the bottom needs to be about 1 - 1.5cm (1/2") smaller than the paper for the top.

When cutting out your paper, it’s worth taking the time to carefully cut perfect squares. And I would always recommend using a bone folder or something similar to make your creases. Both of these will give your finished box a neat, uniform shape.

And as a general rule, the heavier the paper you use, the sturdier your box will be. And when folded & finished, your box will be about 1/3 of the size of the original square.

For the one I've made here, I've chosen a design from the new 'Silver Floralie' Collection, printed onto 2 x A4 sheets of 120gsm paper.
The squares I've cut measure 20cm (8") square & 21cm (8 1/2") square & will make a 7 1/2cm x 3 1/2cm (3″ x 1.5″) square lidded box.


You will need ...
2 pieces of patterned paper one 20cm square & the other 21cm square
Bone folder. (You could use the edge of a ruler if you don't have one)

Step One
Lay your paper on your work surface with the wrong side facing up & fold it in half, straight edge to straight edge. Press the fold with your fingertips & crease with a bone folder.

Open your paper, turn it 90 degrees & repeat to fold, press & crease the opposite straight edges together.

Step Two
Open your paper
Next, fold one corner to the other on the opposite side. Before you use the bone folder, double-check to make sure that the crease runs right up to the corner points on either edge of the fold.

Open your paper & repeat to fold the other two corners to one another, and crease the fold.

Open up your paper. It should look like this.

Step Three
Fold each corner up to meet the centre point. This is the point where all of the creases intersect. Press the fold in place. And crease.

Repeat to fold each corner to the centre.

Step Four
With your paper still folded, fold the bottom edge of the square up to meet the point where all of the corners intersect in the middle. Press the fold & crease.

Then repeat to fold the top edge down to the centre too.

Open up your last two folds & turn 90 degrees. Repeat to fold the opposite edges to the centre ...

… like this.

Step Five
Open up your last 2 folds. And pulling gently from the centre, open up two of the corner edges opposite each other.

Turn your paper. And using the creases you have already made as a guide, lift along two opposite folded edges. These will form 2 sides of your finished box.

Now, working on one of the open corners, & using your existing crease lines only, fold in the sides & lift.

Again using only your existing crease lines, fold it down & over to create the 3rd side of your box. The corner point should sit right in the middle of the bottom of your box ...

… like this.

Repeat at the opposite side to create the 4th side of your box.

And the bottom half of your little Gift Box is finished!

I like to cut a square of card to pop in the bottom of my box to strengthen it & cover the loose edges to give it a neat finish. A little dab of glue on the underside or a piece of pretty washi tape would hold them securely in place too.

Now repeat the exact same steps on the other piece of paper to create the lid. And your Gift Box is complete!

Lovely aren't they?

And in addition to being perfect for giving gifts at any time of year, they make pretty storage for your craft room too : )

Love Liz xx