Wednesday 7 August 2019

Disney button ribbon bookmarks

Hello, Design elf Katrina here.

      I don’t know if you have come across the Disney buttons in the button section of the Fruit Pixie shop but you can find some very cute sets there. 

Sarah-Jane sent me a few sets to play with, so when I came across this wonderful idea for making ribbon and button bookmarks I knew what I was going to make.
 The examples of the bookmarks I found were made using plain buttons but I used the Disney buttons instead!

I also had some of the beautiful vintage glass buttons that you can also find in the button section and so used one of those to make a bookmark using a piece of embroidered ribbon I had bought many years ago in Austria.

 There wasn’t much left but just enough for a bookmark 

This is  a great project for using a special pieces of ribbon or off cuts from other projects

I think they would make great back to school gifts perhaps for the bookworm in your family.

Of course they don’t have to just be for keeping your place in your novels. They are great for your journal, favourite recipes in your cook books 
or keeping your page in a text books too.

All you need is a piece of ribbon, hairband to match your ribbon, a Disney button and a needle and thread!

Which ever characters you choose, I hope you have fun making
 your Disney ribbon bookmark.

Love Katrina 

Monday 22 July 2019

Altered suitcase part 2

Hello! Well here I am to show you the inside of the cute little suitcase I showed you last time.

Here it is!

As you can see I have divided it up into little pigeon holes to store a few craft supplies.

But first I painted the inside to match the outside.

I then used foam core board to make the shelves and dividers. Foam core it very sturdy but light as a feather. I covered the front edge of the pieces with the beautiful Craft Consortium decoupage paper.

Then to make some matching storage.

At the top, a tray to hold pens scissors and what ever else you want really.

A little pot for crayons and a tiny art journal. Well, who said art journals have to be big.

The deep box holds my glue and any paper bits I want to use. It could hold lots of things.

I then left a section empty to hold ink pads perhaps?

Then to fit in the cover an artist portfolio 

To hold collage pieces or the pieces you are working on.

It’s amazing what you can get into a tiny suitcase!!

I had so much fun planning and making my suitcase. It looks so cute by the side of my chair with everything to hand.

This would make a lovely gift for a crafting friend or make one for yourself fitted out for your favourite hobby.
Imagin the fun you could have making one for a child, I’m sure they would love it.

You can find the beautiful Craft Consortium decoupage papers in the shop here -

Any questions you have I’ll be happy to help

Until the next time,
                       Love Katrina

Monday 8 July 2019

Altered suitcase part 1

Hi design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project. 

I bought this little suitcase in a charity shop and knew as soon as I saw it what I was going to do with it.

    To begin with I covered it in gesso and then painted it white. It was originally covered with a blue flower paper which was nice but I wanted to use the beautiful Craft Consortium decoupage paper Cottage Classic for my project.

      So when the paint was dry I used the paper to cover it.

This is such a beautiful paper

I also made a little travel tag to match.

Of course I didn’t stop there. I did something rather special to the inside too. 

To see that though you will have to wait for part 2.

You can find the paper in the shop here -

Untill then, take care
  Love Katrina x

Saturday 18 May 2019

1960 metal buttons just finish a project off

Hi, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project.

    As well as paper crafting I also love to sew. I love to dress make mainly but I also love the challenge of making something from scratch without a pattern. 

     We had just bought a new tablet for hubbies photos and it needed a cover or something to protect it. So I made it a quilted cover. I was pleased with how it looked but it just needed something to finish it off. I knew just the thing!!

      One of my favourite things in the shop are Sarah -Janes buttons. Especially the vintage ones. She has some beautiful silver metal buttons from the 1960s and I love them. So I stitched one on and that finished it off beautifully.

The detail on these buttons is lovely 

You can find them in the shop here 
Do have a look, there are some lovely 1950s glass ones too.

Well, until next time, happy crafting!
Love Katrina

Monday 6 May 2019

Timekeeper papers bookmark

Hello, Design elf Katrina here again to show you my latest design for The Fruit Pixie.

   When I am not crafting I love to read. Because I love to craft I like to make matching bookmarks for the books I know I am going to return too.

At the moment I am reading “The Binding “ by Bridget Collins. If you haven’t seen it yet then do look it up, it is such a beautifully bound book, if you want to read it please get it in hardback if you can, you won’t be disappointed.  I am really enjoying it too.

The other night I noticed that the key used on the dustcover of the book was very similar to the Couture Creations Lace key die. So I made a matching bookmark for my book using the Couture Creations key and the beautiful Marion Smith designs Time keepers papers.

To make the key and the die cut border, also from Couture Creations, look a bit more vintage looking I cut them both from Card I had covered with double sided sticky tape. I used the Stix 2 ultra sticky sheets but you could just used double sided tape but make sure you don’t leave any gaps.

I then after cutting the die shape I carefully removed the protective backing from the tape and then plunged them into the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes and then used the scrunchie foam to remove the excess. Take your time with this, especially on the detail of the border.

I used some of the waste to cut a thin strip to frame the piece of book paper.

The bookmark itself is a piece of card covered in the Marion Smith Design Timekeeper paper, I used Antique Emporium, front and back.

I cut a piece of book paper to lay behind the key.

I then added some different fibers in matching colours to finish it off.

You can find the Marion Smith Designs Timekeeper papers (double sided) in the shop here-

Couture Creations dies here-

Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes here (I used gemstone) -

Fibres here -

I think that is everything!

Any questions please ask on our Facebooks page for a quick answer.

So why not make a matching bookmark for your favourite book.

Until next time, happy crafting 
                                  Love Katrina x

Sunday 28 April 2019

Kaisercraft In the Attic mini book

Hello! Design elf Katrina here with another crafting project to share with you.

     I must confess I LOVE making mini books or any book to be honest! So today I have a quick and easy way to make a mini book for a few photos or perhaps an extra special card for someone. It is very easy to put together and decorate, anyone can do it.

For the base for my mini book I used one of my favourite dies from Couture Creations
their Tabbed Journal die -
( half price at the mo too!!)

I cut out 4 pieces with the die in card then another 4 from the beautiful Kaisercraft In the Attic papers. I used the 6x6 paper pad -
( also half price )

You need to cut 2 pieces of your paper with the pattern you wish to see facing into the die and the other 2 pieces with the pattern you want facing out.
This is because we will attach the separate pieces of the book to each other using the tabs and it makes it more stable to have every other piece
upside down, as you will see soon.

Just lay your 4 pieces out in a row so you can attach one piece to its neighbour using the little tab piece. 
You will need to turn every other piece over so the first tab is at the top but the next piece has its tab at the bottom
and so on. It just makes it a bit more stable.

Once dry fold your strip of pieces into your mini book by folding into a zig zag shape.

Then cover the pages with their papers. You can either cut off the tabs or not depending how you feel.

I then decorated mine using pieces from the little paper pad and the pieces from the sticker sheet.

Here is mine -

My cover using some of the stickers from the sticker sheet.

This page used stickers and pieces from the paper pad.

One of the sentiments from the paper pad.

Again stickers and pieces from the paper pad, including the borders.

Then the last page, using another sentiment and a couple of the stickers.

This is such a sweet little project to make and so quick and easy to make. 

If you have any questions ask them here or on our Facebook page.

Until next time
Take care love Katrina x

Sunday 14 April 2019

Craft Consortium Easter Card

Design elf Katrina here again. Can you believe how fast this year is going? Spring is here and Easter just around the corner! 

So today I have a cute little Easter Card to show you using the Craft Consortium Little Fawn and Friends stamps.

I stamped the sweet little rabbits onto white card using brown archival ink.

Then used my watercolour paints to paint the background and stamped images.

I then mounted it onto a piece of the matching paper pad, added a die cut sentiment and a 
couple of the Craft Consortium enamel dots to finish it off.

You can find the Craft Consortium Little Fawn and Friends stamps and enamel dots along with 
their beautiful Washi tape and the cutest little pine cone charms you have ever seen here!

The archival ink pads I used here. These are waterproof inks so you can use watercolours 
and other water based colour without you stamped image bleeding.

Card blanks are here 

Until next time, happy crafting!
    Love Katrina.

Friday 15 March 2019

Craft Consortium decoupage paper MDF pot

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project. This time I am using a little MDF pot from The Works. I covered it with the Craft Consortium decoupage paper.

To start with I removed the little hearts from the pot. These come out so you can add a photo if you like. 

I painted the outside of the pot white. The reason for that is so the full colour of the decoupage papers will shine through. The inside I chose a dusky pink. All Cosmic Shimmer paint.

The little hearts I covered with the beautiful Cosmic Shimmer silk glitter 

I then covered the outside of the pot with the Craft Consortium decoupage paper Travel Stamps

Once everything was dry I returned the little glittery hearts to the pot and filled it with my wax crayons.

It’s a lovely little project, great for Children too. 

Any questions just ask below

So until next time, happy crafting
Love Katrina x

Saturday 23 February 2019

Craft Consortium Little Fawn and friends penny slider card

Hello! After a small break for technical reasons I am hopefully able to add posts to the blog again. So to start with I have a cute little card to show you using the Craft Consortium Little Fawn and friends papers.

  The little squirrel slides and spins around the track as you tip the card.

This is such a sweet paper collection with lots of beautiful papers, stamps and even Washi tape!

The paper collection can be found here -

Any questions then don’t hesitate to ask!

Until then, take care, Love Katrina