Next stage of new project

After cutting out 32 circles from the Gelliprints I glued two different prints together to end up with 16 double-sides circles.


I then drew out a 3cm square from card and scored around the edge on each circle (so there’s a square in the centre)


Then, using a 3×2 Gelliplate, I decorated my journal page, finding textures and inspiration from a fizzy drink lid, bubble wrap and an empty chocolate box



Watch this space for the next stage of the project … 🙂


Tutorial for Origami ATC holder/envelope

As promised, here is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make an origami envelope which is large enough to hold a typical ATC card or small greetings card.

To start, you will need an A4 piece of paper. I used a sheet of a Gelliprint that I made using chocolate coin impressions.

First, with the sheet laid out landscape, fold the A4 sheet in half

Open the sheet out and then take the right hand corner (plain side facing you) and create a triangle, bringing the corner up to the top edge




Now bring the bottom left hand corner up to meet the right hand triangle that you can see here in the photograph

Fold this section up as you can see here using the crease you’ve made

6. Measure four centimetres and make a crease along the left hand side, folding it backwards. Then measure approximately 7.5 centimetres and create another vertical crease.

7. Open the sheet out fully and make a curved mark with your thumb nail

This will form your concertina fold leaf. Carefully fold the section backwards and forwards along the curve until you have a flexible fold to work with
8. The crease you make next is the opened out triangle you can see in the above image, on the right.
9. As you can see here, the crease arcs from the top left to the bottom right.


Fold backwards and forwards alternately as if you were making a fan with evenly spaced folds.




Refold your paper until you have your concertina section on the righ. Hinge the lefthand triangle in the right pocket


Adjust your leaf as necessary, until you’re happy with it



Happy folding 🙂





Origami Envelopes

Hi everyone!
Apart from a bit of baking this morning (I made rock cakes), I made a couple of origami envelopes from an A4 sheet of paper. Most origami I’ve done had involved using squares, so this is a little different.

I’m currently putting together a step by step tutorial on how to do this, so watch this space if you want to find out how it’s done and have a go yourself!

The envelope is just big enough to hold a playing card or two and is perfect for those of you who’d like to send out ATCs – artist trading cards.

I’ve used some hand printing paper for this. Hope you like it 🙂

This is the front

This is the back.

Here are my tasty cherry rock cakes I baked this evening 🙂


The Alphabet prompts

Yesterday saw the start of a series of new prompts through a Facebook group I belong to as part of an autumn journalling experience. I’m not going to showcase every single prompt here, but as the second letter of the alphabet was B and I was inspired, I thought I’d share with you what I chose to do. Apart from many other things …
B is for Bear.
I have started my Christmas shopping; selected my Secret Santa from a hat at work and visited a pub yesterday aptly named The Bear. It was this pub that inspired me to create a winter print and also (to add a couple of other words beginning with B) a picked up a bargain in a high street store before heading back home and tackling some more bag making on the old sewing machine!

That’s five bags made for 15th November and some of these are made from fabric bought in Bolton!

A winter Bear Gelli print for Christmas cards…

A bargain book for £1 on machine embroidery…

More progress has also been made on my book – I’m participating in this for the fifth year – to write a draft novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November

I’ve just written 3,420 words (still a long way to go).
Now, I’m off to bed. Good night all you lovely bloggers 🙂

Getting organised!

This evening, the desk in my son’s freshly painted room was set up and while he’s at university, I’m making good use of it! I set the sewing machine up and finally got around to creating some origami bags out of the fabrics I bought when we visited my son up north. Fabric is sold by the kilo. To me, this was unusual as I am more familiar with fat quarters and fabric by the metre 🙂

There was enough to split the stash and give my mum some – not sure what she will create out of her lot, but I hope to find out when I catch up with her in the week. She knows I’m making items to sell at a craft stall on 15th November, so perhaps she will be able to contribute to the fundraiser in some way…

Nikon decided to watch me sew and now and again would run off with a strip of material!

My fabric envelope turns onto a cute origami bag (there is an earlier blog post of how I made them, if you’d like to find out and have a go yourselves).

This one of my favourite fabrics – retro telephones. I wish I’d bought more of it now…

This is a bag I made a few months ago.
What I like about these origami bags is that when you turn them around the right way you can opt to have several layered pockets on one side or keep it even with pockets both sides. The fabric I bought in Bolton is perfect for bags too as it’s quite stiff and therefore keeps its shape.


This evening I returned to paper folding aka Teabag folding. This creation required three used envelopes, which I chopped up and then I daubed ink onto a remnant leather flower from an old pair of sandles. A swirl of staples echoed the text on the inside of one of the envelopes. Tomorrow, I’m going to apply some more texture and colour to finish the card off before posting it 🙂



Two fabric Origami bags

I love these bags, so simple to make. Each took about 35 minutes to stitch, nut you must ensure your fabric squares are actually square for the folding to be accurate!  The floral one is bigger than the bird bag. I used two fat quarters of fabric trimmed to become equal sized squares for this one:








For the birds above, I cut out two 16 inch squares.




The pattern can be found on the website.

Origami folded flower

There is truth in the fact that when crafters get together there is a hubbub of excitement in the room as one shares with another new ideas, skills, or even a different slant on designs. So, when I was in invited to a craft club I needed to take something to do which didn’t involve too much concentration!
I made a daisy folded book last night, that I was particularly pleased with, which I will blog about with a little pictorial tutorial (as I’ve had several requests!) and took the book to the club with the intention of making a few of them. I designed a cover and cut it to size, but with the amount of banter going on in the room and not wanting to appear anti-social, I of course joined in the various conversations. I chatted with a lady who had studied an embroidery course many years ago and says she avoids it now, but she was stitching a design onto a pillowcase; another was card making and two sisters were forming rose buds out of a spiral punch. Others were knitting and chatting quite happily. There were also two birthday celebrations, so we had cake – very nice cake – which was when everyone suddenly became quiet.
How many books did I come out with at the end of the session? Zero! None whatsover! This means I can’t add the tutorial yet, but will do soon (promise). I did manage to make this though,


Expanding notebook

My latest notebook I’ve made enlarges when you untie the ribbon from a 9cm square when folded to 18cm square. My husband says they make great revision books as you can slip it in your pocket or handbag. To make one, you need approximately 9 x 18cm squares, depending on how many pages you’d like. Each square is then folded in half both horizontally and then vertically. Turn the paper over and fold once horizontally. Each folded sheet needs to then be glued in position. Glue one little square onto another sheet’s 9cm square (which you turn over first so the sheets are alternated). Repeating this process produces a garland of squares and the forward and backward valley folds help to expand or fold up the book.