Before I post the winner of last week's Mollie Makes Christmas book giveaway, I thought you might like a quick behind-the-scenes look at how one of the other projects from the book went from sketch to end result. The finger puppets are a winter-y version of the animal set here, made in super-soft wool felt from one of my favourite fabric shops, the Eternal Maker.
The whole Polar Pals project (including templates) is in the Mollie Makes book, and if your name is . . .
. . . then hurrah! Drop me an email with your address details, Victoria, and a free copy will be on its way to you very soon.
Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment. Only being able to pick a single winner is always a sad thing, but by way of compensation, the very nice people at Love Crafts are offering a voucher code to anyone who'd like to snag their own copy of the book. Enter 'MollieLoves' at the checkout and you can buy it for just £7.00. Hopefully it goes without saying that if you make any of the projects, I'd love to see how they turn out, and if you're still using that Santa bag in July, well that's a picture I'd like to see, too.
When I posted about Father's Day a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned there was an add-on project in the works, and - with just over a week to go - it's now ready for you to download and enjoy. The idea is to build a dad who looks just a little like yours by piecing together different details and accessories.
You can mix and match as much as you like, piling on the pieces, or sticking to something a little more minimal. The elements can also be combined with the original card, so you can customise the 'my dad rocks' idea, or make something completely separate if you prefer.
It's up to you whether you print and trace the relevant pieces onto scraps of paper for a totally handmade version (as above), or build yourself a digital dad.
You can find the full ready-to-print set (for personal use only, please and thankyou) over at the PaperCraft Inspirations website now. And if you do decide to build a dad of your own, I'd love to see how he looks.
I'm hoping to have a couple of Easter-themed projects to share later this week, but in the meantime, if you'd like to add some easy seasonal decor to your home, I have two words for you.
The more properly titled rabbit garlands are in the shop now, and if you order this week, you'll get two sheets of bonus bunnies to go along with the kit. You can also use the rabbits to make Easter cards (as below), or add them to scrapbooking layouts, like this one by my talented and very lovely friend, Julie.
Did I say lazy? I meant easy, convenient and adaptable.
'Free' and 'Christmas' go together especially well, I think.
So, this is a set of cards I designed for PaperCraft Inspirations. There are ten altogether, and they're all free to download via this post on the PI blog.
If you look closely, you'll see that each of the cards is just a little bit unfinished - not due in any way to my incompetence, but so you can lark about and add your own decorative details. This means that (1) your finished cards will be that little bit more special and personalised, and (2) the recipients will think you spent ages making them and be doubly impressed.
It's kind of like buying mince pies from Marks and Spencer, then taking them out of the box and shaking on your own icing sugar so everyone thinks they're homemade.
Rather than icing sugar (sticky), you'll probably want to embellish the cards with things like ribbon, buttons, sequins, stitching and stickers. Should you need specifics or extra inspiration, the full set of finished cards is in the current issue of the magazine.
The card above is one of my holiday projects, spotted over at the PaperCraft Inspirations website last week. It's part of a feature about Christmas cards which double up as presents. This one makes a cute paper doll with outfits, and there are four more ideas for different family members (or friends) in the new issue which goes on sale later this week.
If you're thinking it's a little bit soon to be preparing for Christmas, there's nothing to stop you adding a different sentiment and turning it into a birthday card instead. Or you could just whack on some carols, break out the mince pies and make like it's already December.
Which may or may not be how I got the original card finished back in the middle of the summer.
New in the shop (and just in time for tricking, treating and other Halloween larks), the rabbits have costumed up. Use them to make garlands, cupcake toppers, straw tags, stand-alone decorations or as fun scrapbook embellishments. They come as a downloadable PDF kit, which includes five rabbit designs in three different sizes, plus instructions and a sheet of easy-to-use stands.