Thursday, 14 December 2017

DIY Christmas Card Ideas

My latest tutorials for the Village Haberdashery's blog are all about making your own Christmas cards!

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one

I used some gorgeous patterned paper, washi tape and rubber stamps from the Village Haberdashery's shop to make a whole bunch of festive cards. The cards were so much fun to make,and I totally fell in love with the supplies I used - especially that washi tape, isn't it lovely?

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one
 https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one
 https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one

In part one you'll find how-tos for:

Simple washi tape cards:

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one

Getting creative with layers and geometric shapes.

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one

And using crafty scraps to decorate your cards.
 
https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-one

Then in part two, you'll find instructions and templates for making cards decorated with...

Lettering:

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-two

Christmas trees:

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-two
 https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-two
 
And baubles:

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/diy-christmas-cards-with-laura-howard-part-two


You'll find part one and part two over on the Village Haberdashery's blog, and all the materials you'll need to make the cards in their online shop.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

More Stuff Added to My Insta-sale!

At the weekend I added lots more things to my destash and declutter sale over on Instagram.

There's fabric...
 
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

... lots of other crafty supplies...

 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

... and a few other lovely bits & bobs:

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/
 https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

I've also reduced the prices of a whole bunch of items left over from previous sales, including craft books...

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

 ... cute snowflake buttons...

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

... and these mouse and cheese brooches:

https://www.instagram.com/lauralupinsells/

Prices start from just 25p (minimum spend £1). Click here to see all the available listings, with lots more info and photos

You can leave a comment on an item to claim it, but if you don't use Instagram don't worry! If you see things you want to purchase, just send me a message via my contact form to let me know what you're interested in.

I've listed the price and UK postage of each item, but I'll combine the postage for each parcel and only charge what it actually costs to post. In the UK you can send a shoebox sized parcel weighing up to 2 kilos second class for just £2.90! I'm happy to post internationally, too, just get in touch and I'll look up the postage costs and get back to you as soon as possible.

Friday, 8 December 2017

How To Make Leafy Paper Snowflakes

Today I'm sharing a very special guest post: Jessica's leafy paper snowflake tutorial!

Lots of leafy paper snowflakes

Jessica posts beautiful, colorful, nature-filled photos on Instagram as vanillalemoncake and started the inspiring hashtag #natureflatlays. Her pictures always make me smile when they pop up in my feed!

She shared a tutorial a few years ago for making these gorgeous leafy paper snowflakes and has kindly agreed that I can repost it here on my blog to share the leafy snowflakey goodness with you all (hurrah!).

 Four leafy paper snowflake designs

I adore these snowflakes. They're a perfect blend of autumn and winter: a quirky alternative to a leaf garland, a leafy twist on the classic paper snowflake (you know I love those), and ideal decor for chilly autumn days or those early weeks of winter when the last few leaves are still hanging onto the trees.

A paper snowflake
Lots of leafy paper snowflakes
 Leaf shapes for leafy paper snowflakes

To make a leafy paper snowflake, you will need:

- A square of paper (cut from a sheet of A4)
- Scissors
- A ruler
- And a pen or pencil

Leafy Paper Snowflakes tutorial materials
 
To make the snowflakes...

1. Fold the paper in half by bringing opposite corners of the square together. Run the ruler along every fold you make, to ensure crisp edges.

Leafy Paper Snowflakes tutorial step 1

2. With the folded triangle facing you, as shown above, fold it in half again by taking the bottom right corner up to meet the top left corner.

 Leafy Paper Snowflakes tutorials step 2

3. You will now have two flaps of paper at top left (see above). Take the top flap and fold it down towards the bottom, so the corners meet.

Leafy Paper Snowflakes tutorial step 3

4. Pick up the shape you've made, and fold the second flap down behind to meet the bottom corner. You now have your folded shape. 

Leafy Paper Snowflakes tutorial step 4

5. Turn the triangle round so that the folded point is towards you, the two folded edges of the triangle either side, and the unfolded edges of paper away from you.

Draw a leaf outline onto the triangle - use the photos in this tutorial as a guide, or get inspired by your favourite leaves!

The stem should grow from the point (see the filled arrow drawn on the paper, below). The leaf edge MUST incorporate part of the folded edge each side (see the arrows, below) otherwise the snowflake will not work. Give your stem enough width to avoid it being too fragile.

When you cut, take care to not cut along the folded edges within your leaf design. 
 
Leafy Paper Snowflake Tutorial step 5

6. Time to cut out the leaves! Hold the folds together firmly as you go, to ensure you cut all the layers identically. Cut along the leaf outline. Make sure you don't cut the parts that touch the folded edges.

Leafy Paper Snowflake tutorial step 6

7. Now very carefully unfold your leaf. Each leaf should be joined to its neighbours along that folded edge you left intact. Congratulations... you just made your first leafy paper snowflake!

Leafy Paper Snowflakes tutorial step 7
 
Click here to visit vanillalemoncake on Instagram, see all of Jessica's lovely photos and meet Oliver the hamster!

vanillalemoncake on Instagram

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Year of Wreaths: November Holly Wreath (+ 20% off my book!)

The penultimate wreath tutorial for A Year of Wreaths is now available!

November's wreath features felt holly leaves and felt ball "berries" in a classic festive design:

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/a-year-of-wreaths-november-felt-holly-wreath-by-laura-howard

I used a cheerful red yarn to wrap my wreath, but I think this design would also look fab (maybe even more so) on a pale, neutral background to really make the colours and shapes of the holly pop.

https://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/blog/2017/a-year-of-wreaths-november-felt-holly-wreath-by-laura-howard

You'll find the free step by step holly wreath tutorial over on The Village Haberdashery's blog.

Click here to buy the November wreath kit, or follow the links in the tutorial to find all the individual supplies you'll need in The Village Haberdashery shop.

Click here to find all the wreath tutorials in the series.

P.S. Fancy 20% off my book, Super-Cute Felt

You can get 20% off Super-Cute Felt and any of the other books featured in this blog post when ordering via makeetc.com before December 23rd 2017. Just enter the discount code GIFTS20 at checkout!