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To celebrate the release of my new book Fresh Prints I am giving away a signed copy to one lucky recipient. To be in with a chance of winning simply visit my new facebook page by clicking here and clicking on ‘like’ within the page. (if you really do like please also share the page with your friends). I’ll be picking a winner next Thursday.
For more information on the book click here.

Fresh Prints delivery

Today I got an exciting delivery in the post … A lovely box of hot off the press copies of my new book Fresh Prints. This is my fourth book for Quadrilles Simple Makes series (and maybe my fave, but then I say that about each one I do! Definitely my fave title. Thanks for the inspiration Will.)

Print was my favourite medium to work with when I was at college and the print room was my favourite place to be so I loved getting my hands dirty and smelling of printers ink once again to make the 20 + projects for the book.

I had lovely photographer Keiko Oikawa shooting the pictures and yet again she made all my projects look lovely, clean and fresh.

I think my favourite project was this one …

ALphabet cards

circus letter wooden postcard

or this one?

Botanical cards

botanical greetings card

or maybe this one ….

gift boxes

but then this one is really nice.

mushroom mayhem cushion

Mushroom cushion all photos copyright Keiko Oikawa

Here’s a little more information about the book and to ‘look inside’ visit amazon.co.uk (maybe you’d like to buy a copy too?)

FRESH PRINTS

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Today I am off to visit lovely lovely Hannah R-B and Teddy her new little babba. To mark his imminent arrival I made these bunny slippers and gave them to her at her baby shower a few weeks ago.

The basic slipper shape is the one from my Felt Sew Good book and I adapted it by cutting a heart shape in white felt for the face (embroider the eyes and nose on the white heart first. Then sew it to the grey slipper upper and then sew the upper to the sole.). I cut one pink and two grey ear shapes for each ear and attached them to the slippers by making a small hole in the slipper to poke the ear through and then sewn in place. This makes the ears stick up. The tail was a rectangle of felt folded in half lengthways then snipped down across the folded spine (stopping before the bottom). Roll the felt rectangle up to form a kinda pom pom and sew in place.

They were quite hard to part with but I’m sure Baby R-B will appreciate them as much as his mummy did. I’m thinking it may take a few weeks before he fits into them though!

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The lovely people over at cutoutandkeep (the online community to make and share step-by-step craft tutorials) have chosen Scissors, Paper, Craft to be their book of the week, which is super nice.

book of the week

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Not only do they have an interview with me (read it here) where I chat about the inspirations behind the book, how messy I am and my inability to do basic DIY, but there’s a chance to win one of 5 copies of the book AND there’s an extract fromt he book on how to make these beautiful quilled decorations.

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Go visit their site NOW! to get the step by step instructions, they’re simple to make using thin strips of corrugated card, cookie cutters and glue. If you start now I reckon by Christmas you’ll have enough for your whole tree!