You’re a gem // pop-up card

It’s mothers day in the UK at the end of March and I wanted to come up with a nice idea for a card. I decided to recycle my paper-cut gems from a previous post and made these cool popup cards.

You're a gem // pop-up card // minieco

There are six gems to choose from if the diamond doesn’t appeal to you.

You're a gem // DIY pop-up card // minieco

You're a gem // DIY pop-up card // minieco

You can also make a ‘paper-cut’ version of the round gem. It looks fantastic if you stick some shiny foil inside the card.

You're a gem // DIY papercut card // minieco

The templates are at the foot of the post if you fancy giving this project a go!

You're a gem // DIY pop-up card // minieco

Happy Monday all ^_^

You're a gem // DIY papercut card // minieco

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+ Thin white card for the gems
+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colour you fancy)
+ Sharp craft knife
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Glue

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1. Print out the gem templates. Cut out your chosen gem. For best results please use a sharp craft knife.

2. Print the card template. Cut it out and fold it in half.

3. Cut out the tab that will fit inside the card and fold it along the solid lines.

4. Glue the tab to the card as shown.

5. Make sure that you can fully open and fully close the card.

6. Stick your gem to the tab using some glue.

7. Print and assemble the envelope. Job done!

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For best results set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘grayscale’

+ Popup card template [PDF]
+ Popup card – gems [PDF]
+ Paper-cut card template [PDF]
+ Envelope (for both cards) [PDF]


Beci Orpin // Crafty Envy #9

I can’t actually believe I haven’t written a post about Beci Orpin before. I saw her work in an Australian magazine about 7 years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Paper cactus // Home ©2012 Hardie Grant Books
[Paper cactus // Home ©2013 Hardie Grant Books]

Here are a few examples of her work but there’s heaps more to see. Check out Beci’s website and blog for more details. She has also written two craft books lately (Home and Find & Keep) both of which I can thoroughly recommend.

Giant confetti walls // Find & Keep ©2012 Hardie Grant Book
[Giant confetti walls // Find & Keep ©2012 Hardie Grant Book]

BTW I am in love with the ice-cream plant pot in the photo above. Does anyone know where to buy them?

Wooden block family by Beci Orpin // Find & Keep ©2012 Hardie Grant Books
[Wooden block family // Find & Keep ©2012 Hardie Grant Books]

Beci Orpin
[Beci Orpin]

Happy Sunday
Kate ^_^

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads

Hello there. It’s half term here and I have been trying to find things for my two boys to do. They are minecraft mad at the moment.

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads // printable PDF

My boys do very little crafting nowadays (they are more interested in science related things and wrestling!). However, they have spent ages this week making minecraft keyrings with HAMA beads.

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads // printable PDF

I couldn’t see many minecraft design sheets on the internet so I’ve put a few together (pdf’s at the foot of the post). You simply print them out and then get crafting.

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads // printable PDF

If you don’t have any HAMA beads in the house then you can do some papercrafting instead and have a go at making some paper mosaics.

If you go down the paper mosaic route then you will need to cut out lots of paper squares that measure 1cm x 1cm. Then all you do is stick them onto a grid (grid available at foot of post!).

Sorry there are no photos of our finished products. Time is too short this week (grrr!).

Minecraft – Characters
Minecraft – Stone tools
Minecraft – Diamond tools
Minecraft – Miscellaneous

Let me know if you have any problems.

Kate ^_^


MiniEco: A Craft Book {winner}

A massive thank you to all the lovely people who entered my giveaway. I was amazed at the amount of entries (and all the kind words). The five winners are as follows:
Kat (The craft bureau), Jackie Knight, Karen B, SP (stefpapa) and Catarina Dias. I have emailed you separately.

If you are not a winner you could still buy my book (shameless self publicity!). Check out this page for details. I also have 20 beautifully wrapped copies to sell via etsy. If you are interested in this option please leave a comment below and I will give you more details.

For those of you who are curious I use a wordpress plugin called ‘and the winner is’ to choose my giveaway winners.

Bye for now
Kate ^_^

MiniEco: A Craft Book {5 copies to giveaway}

Hello there! I have been meaning to do a giveaway of my latest book for ages.

If you wish to enter then please leave a comment below…it’s that easy! I will post anywhere in the world!

Remember only one entry per person. Entries close on the 14th February at 6:00pm (GMT). I will pick the winners at random on the 17th of February. Good luck everyone!

MiniEco: A Craft Book // 5 copies to giveaway


MiniEco: A Craft Book

You can read more about my latest book here!

Mini eco book!

Geo-paper totem!! Watermelon bunting Paper gems Stellated dodecahedrons! Watermelon bunting Paper diamonds Mini paper medallions Pencil crayon necklace Envelope templates (C6, C7, C8) // String-tie & standard designs Popup heart card

Click here to see heaps more....

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