Monday, July 7, 2014

Gift Wrapping with the Australian Women's Weekly



Hello crafters! The Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair is on again commencing this Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th of July.

Thanks to the Australian Women's Weekly team, I will be giving some gift wrapping demonstrations on their stage this Wednesday 9th.


I am looking forward to meeting you all and sharing ideas on ways to personalise your presents and teach you some fun gift wrapping techniques using fabrics and other household materials.

So please do come along and pop by!

Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island

Wednesday 9th July
Women's Weekly stage
11:30am
 1:00pm

There will also be more crafty demonstrations by the wonderful Women's Weekly team throughout the running of the fair.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Character Cutie Bag

This gal - a character cutie bag features in my latest zine 
Learn how to make her and other themed packaging and envelopes (not seen on this blog)here!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Mail Day Zine: Sneak Peek


It's here! My new Happy Mail Day Zine is now available from my online shop!

Alert snail mail lovers!!!

Happy Mail Day is your visual guide to decorating envelopes, mail art, making themed kits, handmade stationery, papercraft techniques, DIYs and penning a letter.
Also inside - A envelope template, seals and labels to make your own Happy Mail Day themed mail art!

Here are a few sneaky pictures of the inside - you will also find more snaps in my online shop!

Many Happy Mail Days to you!

  

Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 MCA Zine Fair

Hiya! Today I am sharing a few snaps (sorry about the images did not take my SLR camera on the day) of my stall at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art Zine Fair that was held last Sunday, May 25th. What an amazing day it was!! A huge thumbs up to the MCA crew for hosting such an amazing event. BIG thank you to those who popped by and said hi at my stall or who bought one of my zines! Hope you are all enjoying them. Also met and made a few new lovely pals who were fellow zine stall holders.

This has been a big highlight of my year (well the time I patted a baby quokka is right up there too). There were so many lovely people who came through the zine fair doors - many thanks for your sweet and supportive compliments about my work.

Before the big day, I also very much enjoyed designing the look and layout of my stall, making all the little zine fixtures and price signs. Can you spot the paper Harajuku Takeshita-Dori entrance?

On the day I launched my 'Happy Mail Day' zine! More photos of this to come soon and I will be adding copies for sale in my online shop this week!! The 'My Life In Biscuits' zine did sell out on the day eeep! so looking at re-prints. I was also selling mock postage stamp stickers, 'Japan in a Collection', 'Little book of mt Masking tape' zines on the day too, along with mini Kawaii Pop photobook and 'Pop Goes your Mail' letter art kits.

Having a stall at the MCA zine fair has been and honour and an amazing opportunity! Looking forward to sharing more of my works with you all again soon.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Happy Mail Day Zine



Introducing my new publication - Happy Mail Day zine!!
As you know from my many posts I LOVE mail art and posting snail mail to pen pals and friends across the globe. So it was only natural that I dedicate a whole publication to 'Happy mail days'!
Inside you will find ideas about decorating your mail, creating themed kits, handmade stationery and papercraft Diys and more!

I am thrilled to say that I will be launching my 'Happy Mail Day' zine this Sunday (May 25th) at the MCA zine fair! An event that is part of the Annual Sydney Writers Festival. As a fellow zine maker and reader I have attended the MCA Zine fair event for the past few years. But for the first time this year I decided to apply for a stall and I was so delighted when I was accepted and given a place in this years fair.

So please do come and say hi if you do decide to come and check it out - would love to see and meet you.
Admission to the MCA Zine Fair is free and is open from 11am-4pm.

As well as launching my 'Happy Mail Day' zine I will also be selling my 'Pop Goes your Mail' letter art kits, 'Japan in A Collection' zine, mini hard copies of 'Little Book of Mt Masking tape' and 'My Life in Biscuits' zines.
Off course there will be a few more other paper-themed surprises exclusive to the days event!! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

How.Do: Woolly-Pom Rosette DIY


Have you heard of the amazing How.Do app? Its a smartphone/tablet app designed for creatives and crafters all around the world to post and share their DIY tutorials through pictures, video and voice recordings.

When the How.Do team contacted me to ask if I would like to contribute to their April Knitty Gritty DIY campaign - I was thrilled!

A fan of a good crafternoon making rosettes, I decided to incorporate wool into the mix and have made a Woolly-pom rosette!



Use your Woolly-pom rosette as a brooch or to embellish a gift!



You can check out the tutorial here. Or even better by downloading and using the free How.Do app. More of my How.Do diys can be found here



Blush... I also made a little interview appearance on the How.Do blog - thanks to the How.Do team for the interview and lovely write-up!! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

The FB Brigade


Hello! Greetings!  
Sorry for the lack of posts eeek! 
I have been a bit busy with new projects currently in the worksPromise to share soon! I have also just entered 'Facebook' land, which you can follow here if you like. I will be using Facebook to bring you news and updates on my creative adventures and to also have a extra way to social-connect with you all too.

Let's get the 'FB' party started shall we?
(...starting with a little cat collage)
 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Printic GIVEAWAY!!


Today marks a very special blog occasion - my first giveaway!!
The lovely peeps at Printic recently contacted me and asked me if I was interested in trying out their new app - Of course I was more than happy to give it a go!


So what can this awesome photo app do? By downloading Printic's app, you simply, select your fave Instagram photos from your smartphone, edit and crop your most loved snaps and select a recipient to send your Printic prints to. A week or so later, like I was, you will be greeted with a lovely bright orange envelope in the mail containing your photos as polaroid-style prints!


 Not only have Printic given me the opportunity to try out their app for free, but you too! 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
1 lucky duck will win 10 free Printic prints!!!

How to Enter:
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and let me know why you would love to win 10 Printic prints? 

Deadline:
Competition closes Monday 10, March 2014.
The winner will be drawn at random, notified by email and announced here on the blog. Good luck!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!!

THE WINNER IS...
Lina!!
 Congrats and thanks to all who entered!    

Most photos these days are taken and saved on our phones, so it is great that there is a new, fun and creative option to print and treasure hard copies of our most-loved photos.


 I enjoy crafting with photos, so I have come up with some creative ways to use your Printic photos in the below DIYs.

Lots of love bunting
Add a touch of romantic, decorative charm to a wedding or cute nook in your home with this bunting idea. 

Fold paper doilies in half over twine. Place love themed Printic photos over the doilies and attach with a little wooden peg. Ooh la la! 


Pet on Parade
I had a craft party and my cat, Salem was invited!!

Decorate Printic snaps of your furry friends with washi tape, craft punched shapes.



Journal of Nom Noms
Record your fave recipes by starting a cooking journal.

Collage your food Printic prints in a notebook, jotting down the recipe alongside them. Makes for a cute visual...feast!   

Snap, edit, print, delivered and its yours!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Letters


Happy Valentine's Day! 

To celebrate I styled up this little love letter themed shoot for the day. Making a mail box, envelope, postage stamps, confetti, gift bow topper, heart jam biscuit notebook, washi tape rosette, love note-card and a origami perfume bottle.

I will also be packaging up some of the handmade contents into a love mail pack for a friend.

jour de valentines heureux!
 Hope you enjoyed my Valetine's DIYs featured on the blog this month too!

How to make: Chilled Hearts
How to make: A heart pom-pom

Thursday, February 6, 2014

DIY: 'Be Mine' Chocolate Box

 Remember those pastel-coloured 'Love Note' solid sherbet, heart lollies that you used to buy from the school canteen or retro lolly shop? Well, inspired by those sweets I created this 'Be Mine' chocolate box. A romantic, yummy filled gift for a friend or loved one to enjoy, this Valentines Day!

 You will need:
Red and pink cardboard
Two heart templates (large and medium)
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Glue
Red Marker
Double-sided tape
Adobe Photoshop or Word program 

 Making the Template
1. To begin, you will need to make the cardboard body of the chocolate box. Draw two large heart shapes on pink cardboard and cut-out. These will be the lid and bottom of the box. For the sides of the box draw-up and cut-out four 4cm x 30cm long strips also using the pink cardboard.

The 'Be Mine' letters were made by typing the letters in Photoshop in a Cooper Std font. They were then printed, glued onto red cardboard and cut-out. 




Decorate the chocolate box lid
2. Using a red marker draw and colour a thick line around the love heart lid. 

3.Glue on the 'Be Mine' letters on to the middle of the box.


 Putting the chocolate box together
4. With the four strips of pink cardboard cut 1cm slits, 1.5 cm in length down one end of each strip. Once cut, make a fold down the whole pleat section on each.

5. Stick double sided tape along the pleat strips and onto the backside of the chocolate box lid around a smaller drawn heart shape, which will act as a guide for attaching on the box sides.

6. Pull off the white side of the double sided tape from the strip pleats and heart. Carefully stick pleats around in a heart shape onto the backside of the chocolate box lid, until you have your strips in a shape of a heart!

Note: Two of the cardboard strips will cover one full heart shape side of the chocolate box.
 
 
 

7. This step can get a little tricky! Using the now stuck on heart side  of the chocolate box lid as a guide, draw around it on the bottom of the box heart as a template. Once this is done draw another heart 0.5cm smaller to use as a guide to make the bottom chocolate box sides.
Repeat step 6 and you have yourself a sweet chocolate Valentines Day box! 

 

I made my delectable gift extra special by making my own homemade chocolates. I covered some, seen here in sprinkles and used foil as wrapping.