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Stencil technique – with punches

IMG_4170Playing around with my new Fern Lever Punch the other day led me to come up with a stenciling technique that I had a lot of fun with and the more intricate the punch design, the better.

Start out by punching out your design from a scrap of card stock. IMG_4143Put the punched shapes to one side for a future project as you’re actually going to use the remaining card stock as the stencil. Place the stencil on a second piece of card stock and add color. I used an ink pad, but you could use gelatos, markers, water colors…

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Old clipboard makeover

IMG_3162If you follow our Facebook page, you’ll have seen last week that I posted a photo of an old clipboard that my son had brought home from school for me. He was so excited to give it to me so that I could have the opportunity to give it a makeover, but I must admit I felt a little uninspired when I saw it! I didn’t let him know that however, and instead I asked for some advice on how I should tackle the project. As ever, you Fiskateers were generous with your responses and ideas! Here’s a round up of some suggestions that were made :

-Chalkboard paint
– Mod Podge with photos
– Stickers
– Decorate with paper and flowers
– Cover with fabric
– Add magnets and hang on the fridge
– Ink stamps and ribbons
– Decorate with pictures from magazines and other ephemera

I took your ideas on board and that afternoon, I pulled out some papers and supplies and got to work. I LOVED the idea of adding some photos, and since I had a couple of photos kicking around of my son from over the years, I decided to add them too. IMG_3096I used paper and sticker embellishments from the gorgeous Grace Collection by Authentique.  The bright, yet vintage-y feel to the paper collection seemed fitting for this weather-worn and tired looking clipboard.

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Paper flowers

IMG_2705 I’m sure it’s because of the season that I’m seeing paper flowers everywhere. I love real flowers too, but there’s just something so enduring about paper flowers! They’re popping up in store windows and they really brighten the day. Here’s a quick round up of a few of my favorites I found on the web. You can also follow our Pinterest Paper Flower board here.flower collage

1. DIY Metallic Paper Flowers by Lia Griffith

2. DIY Ranunculus Flowers by Up to date Interiors

3. DIY : How to make paper flowers

4. Cupcake Case Flower Garland

For my paper flower (top and bottom photo) I used my  L Round n Round Squeeze Punch and cut 6 circles. I used 5 to make petals, and one to make a base. For the center, I used my Circle Pop up Punch to cut a circle in a contrasting color. The ‘Congratulations’ stamp is from the Salutations Clear Stamp Set by Teresa Collins for Fiskars.IMG_2707

New Year’s Eve Crackers

IMG_6197Crackers are a quintessential British Christmas tradition – no Christmas dinner would be complete without a cracker laid at each person’s place setting. They are pulled open by crossing arms around the table and each person holding an end of a cracker in each hand. Everyone pulls at the same time and snap! they explode open to reveal a tissue paper hat (typically too big for children – almost everyone has a toddler photo of themselves in an oversize Christmas hat, falling down over one eye), a joke and a toy. We wear the hats for the duration of the Christmas dinner without shame or embarrassment, even though to the outsider they might look a little ridiculous…

For your entertainment, here’s a picture of me circa 1979 – I’m the baby in the highchair! It’s ok, feel free to giggle!

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