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Granted I should have posted this a few weeks ago but hey, there’s only 341 days till Xmas 2014 so maybe we could look at this as an early gift for next year?

Liberty have launched a lovely online sewing magazine to complement their revamped Sew Liberty website. The magazine has interviews with creatives and makers – yes, I am one of them this issue, talking about how I decorate my house for Christmas (like I said, oops.) – also step by step projects, tutorials, helpful crafting hints plus the ease of buying anything you see in the magazine with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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GIANT GIFT BOWS

I originally made these giant rosettes for my book Scissors, Paper, Craft and I reckon with a little switcheroo from wallpaper to shiney and sparkly christmas gift wrap they would make the perfect wall decoration for your lounge or dining room this festive season.

This project was up on the Laura Ashley blog a little while ago and when I was walking past my local store at the weekend I spotted some beautiful gold versions adorning their Christmas window display!

Images above taken from mrsbishopsbakesandbanter.co.uk

Images above taken from mrsbishopsbakesandbanter.co.uk

Here are the instructions. Enjoy.

Giant Rosette steps

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I’m not even going to say how many days there are till Christmas as that is just too depressing BUT if you are looking to start your Christmas shopping or just for something to do on Saturday in the South London area then please do pop your head in at this super cool fete hosted by my friends Emma and Rik raising money for their delicious baby Ted who has CP.

Ted Fete poster

From past experience I know there’ll be some excellent products in the beauty sale, some fantastic prizes in the raffle and everyone I know who’s a good baker is making some sort of edible delight. I’m making some Christmas cards and apparently there’s going to be a human fruit machine and Splat the Rat game (one of my favourite fete games, not my actual favourite which was the race between two teams to see who could demolish an upright piano with a sledge hammer into pieces small enough to post through a car tyre … Ahh Ringmer School fetes. Weird.)

For more info about Super Ted visit treatmentforted.com and hope to see one or two of you at the weekend.

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Here is a papercraft project I did in association with Hobbycraft a Christmas or so ago. I’d like to say I’ve made one this year for the New Front Door but that would be a lie.

Below are the step by step instructions and some templates for the holly and ivy leaves and the flowers that aren’t made using paper punches. If you want further guidance there’s also a video featuring yours truly!

TO MAKE THE FLOWERS
The easiest flowers to make use a large and a medium flower craft punch.
1. Punch a variety of flowers in different papers and sizes.
2. Pinch each petal together using your fingers to make them 3D.
3. Stick a large and a medium flower together using a glue dot, making sure the petals are staggered then to finish stick a button into the centre of each flower, or you can also scrunch up a small piece of paper and fix in the centre.
4. The same effect can be created using different flower shapes by using the templates, then following the same techniques as above to make up the flowers.
5. To make the leaves, cut out leaf shapes using the templates, some with normal scissors and some with pinking shears, score a wavy line along the back of each leaf by either using the blunt side of a craft knife or drawing a line firmly with a biro.Pinch the leaf together along the crease to make it 3D.

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TO CREATE THE WREATH
1. Cut a ring of paper approximately 25cm diameter.
2. Starting at the bottom of the ring build up your paper flowers, fixing them in place with a glue gun or glue dots.
3. The wreath looks best when the flowers are placed close together.
4. Smaller flowers and leaves can be used to fill in the spaces, so the whole ring is covered.
5. Fix a loop of ribbon to the top of the wreath to hang.

Hints and Tips
Translucent, patterned or mirrored papers work well.

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