Heart Pop Up Card


This year Munchkin and I collaborated to create a card for DM. Below is the result. Munchkin directed where she wanted me to draw hearts and with which crayon, then got to embellishing the rest of the card, leaving me to do the final assembly.

It’s a simple design but quite effective and really easy to put together.

Above is the slightly tweaked version you can download templates for. I’ve included both PDF and SVG files, so you can use a cutting machine (like the Silhouette if you have access to one).



To create this project you’ll need 3 pieces of A4 card, an x-acto knife and some glue or double-sided tape.

If you’re collaborating with your Munchkin, I suggest letting them decorate the card stock first.

Print the PDF templates below onto the back of their artwork and cut it out; this way you won’t see the score and cut lines muddying up their artwork.

Or put their finished artwork through your cutting machine. This way your card won’t end up looking like something Frank Gehry created. Read more

Free Craftsy Downloads

I’m a recent convert to Craftsy. I’m working on some of their cake and cookie decorating classes and I’m also making up a PDF pattern! I’ll share the results with you as I finish them.

They’ve informed me that for four days, they’re offering a selection of their e-guides for free. They cover a broad range of topics. So have a look below and if you see something you like, download it. You can’t beat free!


Craftsy e-guide - Photography

eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials


Cake Decorating

Craftsy e-guide - Buttercream

eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas


Food & Cooking

Craftsy e-guide - Doughnuts

eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home


Paper Crafts

Craftsy e-guide - Paper Crafts

eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects



Craftsy e-guide - Photography

eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer



Craftsy e-guide - Watercolour

eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor



Craftsy e-guide - Gardening

eGuide: Success With Container Gardening



Craftsy e-guide - Woodworking

eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners



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Fabric Printing an Infinity Scarf

Fabric Printed Infinity Scarf


A friend of mine took a fabric painting class this week and put her wonderful results up on Instagram. It had me remembering how I used to customise my old cotton work shirts with fabric paints and then to wear them casually. It meant I got extra wear out a good quality shirt and I really enjoyed the customising process.

Then I stumbled across this tutorial and I love the result! Adding a little more water to create a watercolour effect is great.


Fabric Printed Infinity Scarf


I think I need to get my paints and Fabric Medium

Three free crochet watermelon pot holder patterns

Watermelon crochet pot holder patterns



Such a fabulous array of crochet watermelon pot holders!

Kitsch, cute and quite easy to do, they’d make gorgeous gifts. Or as a gift to oneself!


If you feel inclined to make your own, here are three free patterns to try.

A vintage pattern

A modern version with great step by step tutorial

And yet another vintage pattern!


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Heart Gift Box Template

Heart Shaped Box Template

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here is a free printable gift box for you to make up. Or for any reason actually. It’s sweet packaging for birthdays, anniversaries or any reason you need to give a little gift!

Heart Shaped Box Template

To make them up, you need:

Scissors or an x-acto knife and cutting mat.

Adhesive. I’ve used double-sided tape and a normal pritt glue stick and both work well

Two pieces of A4 card stock per box. I used 200 gsm and it worked splendidly. Print out the PDF template attached below onto your card.

Heart Shaped Box Template

Cut out the template and lightly score along the dotted lines to give yourself a nice crisp edge. A blunt butter knife run does a good job if you do not have a Bone Folder

Fold along all the dotted lines.

Heart Shaped Box Template

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