D.I.Y. Embellishments & Stuff

Making Crystal or Pearl Flourishes

These are so easy I don't know why I didn't think of them before!

All you need is:

Sheet of double sided adhesive

Flourish die & die cutting machine(or a friend who has both)


Use the die to cut out a flourish from the double sided adhesive sheet - actually cut a few as this is quite addictive! Get comfortable in front of the TV with a tray/glass cutting mat & remove a little section of the waxed film & place the gems, peel away more film & attach more, until the flourish is fully covered. 

If you remember - do the next one the opposite way around so you will have left & right facing flourishes.

Store them so they stay flat & then when you want to use them simply peel away the waxed film on the back a little at a time as you position it on your project. You can cut into these if you only need a small bit, but keep all of the cut offs, no matter how small - they will come in useful!

White Spotty Flowers.pdf
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A pattern to knit these little Christmas stockings - unfortunately I didn't have any red or green yarn when I designed these - but you get the idea!

Knitted Christmas Stocking Embellishment[...]
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Easy mini bunting for your cards & projects

The quickest & easiest way to make tiny bunting to embellish your designs is by using a paper punch & some twine - my personal favourite is a small 2.5cm circle punch.

Simply punch from a selection of papers - or to match your current project - smear with glue & then fold in half over the twine! Hey presto, a lovely string of mini bunting!

Bespoke Gift Bows

Gift Bows - Photographic Worksheet.pdf
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Making a Scalloped Edge Tea Bag Rosette

Constructing a tea bag rosette.pdf
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Making paper folded shirts

Help File - Folding a paper shirt.pdf
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Making 'Tatty' Roses

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Making Paper Roses:

Fact Sheet - paper roses.pdf
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Making Mini Paper Hats

Photographic Help File - Mini Paper Bonn[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [850.9 KB]

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Great Tip!

Embossing vellum through an embossing folder.

It is really easy to emboss vellum through your embossing folders, simply fold a piece of regular copier paper in half & slip your vellum inside, place inside your embossing folder & run through the machine as usual.


This prevents the vellum from cracking & you get a fabulous impression not only on the vellum, but on the paper too!


For larger embossing folders just use full sheets of coper paper to 'sandwich' the vellum.