From The Archive: How To Make A Tiny Heart Garland

Today I want to share a cute little Heart Garland I made earlier this week.
And I've done a little how-to if you'd like to make one as well : )

You will need ...
Patterned paper, cut into 7cm x 3 1/2 cm rectangles
Small punched hearts
Natural Kraft Button Twine

1. Fold your papers in half ...

2. … sort them into colour & design and trim each set. I punched hearts into two of them and cut the bottom of one set into pennant shapes. I'll be adding coloured hearts to these later.

3. Open up one of the flags and add some adhesive to the inside. Lay the end of your twine across the centre ...

4. ... and fold it together. Leaving a space of about 1/4" (or 1/2cm), and alternating the paper designs, add your next flag in the same way.

5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have reached the end of your length of twine, leaving a little at the other end for hanging.

6. Stick down the little hearts. And your little Heart Garland is finished!

Lovely, isn't it?
Have a happy crafty weekend everyone!

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
Patterned Papers: 'French Script'. From The Colour Collection.
Other Paper & Card: Handmade Foil Paper. Crimson Card.
Heart Punch: Woodware Regular Heart Punch (Orange))
Kraft Twine

From The Archive: How To Make A Pennant Heart Garland

Hi everyone! Today, I'm going to show you how to make this little Pennant Heart Garland : )

It's very simple and quick to make & needs only a few supplies. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, or Wedding Day celebrations and it's fun to do too.

You will need ...
Patterned paper, cut or punched into pennant shapes
Small punched hearts
Natural Kraft Button Twine
Red Glitter
Before you can begin to put your garland together, you need to
- cut a length of button twine to the length you'd like your finished garland to be, adding a little extra to create a hanging loop at each end.
- and create your pennants, by cutting or punching them from patterned paper. It's easier to get a neater finish if you fold your paper first, and then cut them.

If you're using a punch to cut them, like I did, slip the folded end into the punch, positioning it slightly short of the top edge, so it doesn't cut.

You can cut your pennants to any size you like. Mine were a little over 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" (3 1/2cm x 7cm)

Once you have those, you're ready to put your garland together : )

1. Open up one of the pennants and add some adhesive to the inside. Lay the end of your twine across the centre ...
2. ... and fold the pennant together.
3/4. Leaving a space of about 1/4" (or 1/2cm), add your next pennant in the same way.

5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have reached the end of your length of twine, leaving a little at the other end for hanging.

6. Add glitter to the little hearts.
7. Stick one onto each of your pennants.
And your little Heart Garland is finished!

Lovely, isn't it?

Love Liz xx

Patterned Papers: 'French Script' in Jet Black & White. From The Colour Collection.
Triangle Punch: Woodware Super Duper Tall Triangle (Lilac)
Heart Punch: Woodware Regular Heart (Orange))
Kraft Twine & Crimson Glitter

From The Archive: Valentine Tea Light Holders

Simple tea-light holders made by recycling glass jars and pretty paper doilies.

Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Love Liz xx

Glass Jars (recycled) & White Doilies
Patterned Papers: 'Swiss Dots' & a Solid Colour in Pure Crimson. From The Colour Collection
Heart Punch: Cuttlekids Heart Dies by Provocraft
Ivory Kraft Twine.

Happy New Year!

I have just one hope for this New Year really …

… all my family and I have have been very, very lucky & we all managed to stay safe last year.
I’d like to keep it that way this year too : )
Happy New Year to you all! Stay safe everyone: )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
A6 Metallic Card Blanks: Paperchase.
Sentiment: 'Christmas Lettering' Digital Sentiments printed onto Smooth White Card.
Gold Gilding Flakes: Cosmic Shimmer.
Grey Kraft Twine & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

New: From The Archive

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new Blog Category.
I’m calling it ‘From The Archive’ & I’m going to use it to incorporate all the creative posts from my old Pink Petticoat Blog onto this one.

It’s just unnecessarily complicated having 2 Blogs.

Even though I no longer add anything new to the Pink Petticoat blog, it does have a lot of content I still like to link to & use. I just think life would be much simpler if everything was in one place. And I like simple : )

Plus it’s time consuming searching through two blogs for a post I want. And who has time for that!

So throughout the next 12 months I’m going to be bringing all the creative content here. The posts will be exactly the same - same images, same text - just in a better place. My aim is to close down the old Pink Petticoat blog entirely when I'm done.

So … if you think you’ve seen these Cards before, you’re right! Originally posted on the Pink Petticoat Blog way back in 2015 (I know!), it’s the first one I’m bringing across : )

And this is how I made the Cards …
I created the background for both my cards in exactly the same way ...
... a light spray of Spray Mount Adhesive across my card base, with an even lighter sprinkle of gold chunky glitter on the top. I sprinkled it all over the card base for the grey card. And just across part of it for the white one. Then I left them to dry overnight.
For the gold glitter star, I applied a thick layer of PVA adhesive to a star shape cut from white card. And added an equally thick layer of gold glitter - the same chunky glitter I'd used for the background.
I did this at the same time as I did my background. So it too, was left overnight to dry. I have to admit to being a little surprised to discover how much the edges had curled as it dried. But it was a pleasant surprise. I really liked it.

I then added it to my card with a length of button twine, secured in place with handmade Washi Tape, made from a sentiment.
The faceted star was created using the same star shape cut from ready-glittered gold card, which I simply scored across all five points, folded gently into shape and mounted it to my card using silicone glue.
And voila! Two very sparkly Happy New Year Cards : )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
Grey Card Base: Paperchase.
White Card Base: Dovecraft.
Sentiment: 'Christmas Sentiment Ribbons'.
Star Die: Papertrey Ink.
Chunky Gold Glitter, Gold Glitter Card, Button Twine.

Free Party Game for New Year's Eve!

I have a little Free Gift for you today.
It’s a fun little Party Game for New Year’s Eve.

And it’s a set of 24 questions relating to either the year just ending, or the new year coming.
They’re fun & they’re thought-provoking at the same time!

You can play it whether there’s 2 or 20 of you celebrating the New Year together.
And if you’re on your own, and many of us may indeed find ourselves alone as we move into 2021, they’re still fun food for thought : )
Just print out the questions, cut them out, fold them up & pop them into a jar. Then choose one : )

Downloading & Printing Instructions
They print as a .pdf file on a single sheet of A4.
You will need the free Adobe Reader to print them.

Personal use only please.
And enjoy!

Love Liz xx

6 Gift Bags, Cards & Tags …

… for giving sweet Chocolate Gifts : )

If I have time between now & when I give these on Christmas Eve, I’ll be making Chocolate Truffles as my little gift. If I don’t have time, I’ll buy some. There are always some lovely Chocolate gifts around at this time of year. And I’m very lucky … we are still in Tier 1 here in Cornwall. So I still have all the lovely local gift shops I can browse to find something a little bit special. Well, Tier 1 at the time of writing at least!

So … I’ve made the Gift Bags using *this* tutorial. And my beautiful new Gold Paper from Paperchase : )

To make the Cards & Gift Tags, I’ve customised a 5”x7” Card Base by cutting 5cm from the bottom to make a 128mm x 128mm Square Card Base. And a 5cm Folded Gift Tag too. Like this …
For my Cards, I printed the 'Snowballs' design from the French Country Collection in 'Duck Egg' onto smooth White Card, and cut it into 6, 97mm x 97mm square Mats.

Then I added gilding flakes. Because the design has a random dot pattern, the placement of the dots was different on each Mat. So I just measured 1 1/2cm from the bottom and added PVA adhesive to the 3 rows of dots nearest to that point. Once I had added & rubbed down my Gilding Flakes, the gilding was in more or less the same position on each Mat.

Whilst they were drying, I made my snowflake embellishments using the last of the Wooden Toppers I wanted to use up this year.

Then I just needed to put the elements together … mounted my Snowflake Toppers using dimensionals & added a few Sequins & Adhesive Gems. I then mounted each completed Mat to a Card Base. Cards done : )

To make the Gift Tags, I trimmed 1cm from the front, bottom edge & added Gilding Flakes to the inside edge. And I finished them so they would co-ordinate with my Bags & Cards, to make each Bag, Card & Tag, a Set. So I punched Snowflakes, used the same sequins I had used on my Cards & made hanging tags using the same Twine and Ribbons I’d used for my Gift Bags.

And I’m very happy with how they all turned out!

If I have anything else to share before Christmas, I’m going to post to just Facebook & Instagram : )
You're more than welcome to come and join me there : )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
130m White Square Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Snowballs' in 'Duck Egg' from the French Country Collection, printed onto 300gsm Smooth White Card.
Gold Paper: Paperchase
Sentiments: Christmas Tiny Tags 'Printer's Block' Sentiments' printed onto 240gsm Smooth White Card.
Wooden Glittered Snowflake Toppers: from my stash. Originally from Hobbycraft.
Large Snowflake Die: Hero Arts Fancy Snowflake Die.
Small 1" Snowflake Punch: Martha Stewart.
Gilding Flakes: Cosmic Shimmer.
Kraft Twine, & a selection of small sequins & crystals.