Friday, 31 August 2012

Free printable sewing ephemera sheet

I want to try and see if this works for people. Let me know if you are able to copy and use it at a decent resolution. I will start adding more collage sheets and free images if it works for people.


Please do not sell this sheet, feel free to use in your own work or for hand made craft works to sell. sheet copywrite: paperwishesbyamanda. happy crafting.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Paper Garland Upcycling no. 3



Another day and another easy project. Again its abandoned tattered charity shop books. 


 I have punched, sewn and turned this one into a garland. 

use tape to centre the punches circles



 Looks lovely in the sunshine. Today has been like a lovely summers day in Ireland  yet it is the depths of ‘winter’ here. The blue winter skys are one of the nicest aspects of living in this country such incredible deep blue.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Book Envelope Upcycling no. 2


Secret Garden Envelope

More magical recycling, this gift envelope is made from a damaged copy of The Secret garden. I loved this story as a child and it seemed a shame to let this old copy go into the bin because it had pages missing. A ten minute  project and I can give it away page by page. You could use an old button instead of the brad if you have none of those hanging about. The bird is an Inkadinkado stamp.
Just as well it is a 10 min. project. I have had a mad day taking the cat to the vet. His legs are bandaged up after a car accident and he is confined to a cage. Add that to shopping day and taxi services and craft has to take a back seat.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Alice in Wonderland Theatre Upcycling No. 1




Recycling a votive candle box


Made this for a birthday gift.  I love Alice in Wonderland stuff and the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland goes great with this Bo Bunny Timepeice paper.  The Characters are all cut from G45 paper and glued onto acetate strips and can be used to perform on (or rather in) the theatre.

This is the first of a series on upcycling. I am going to make things out of stuff headed for the bin. There is so much we buy to make crafts including card so I will try and turn it around - save money and the planet, one gift at a time.