Friday Freebie 147 – Cocktail

Ah, a refreshing cocktail on a warm evening, the sound of waves lapping on the beach, a soft breeze…

Well, the weather outside may really be cold right now, but that is no reason not to dream of far away, warmer places!

Here is a cocktail for this week’s Friday Freebie.  Enjoy!

This is a PNG file with a transparent backgrounds.

Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week.

There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 12th February.

The Friday Freebies are free for at least one month, after this they are grouped into sets for sale in my Etsy shop. Subscribe to the blog to ensure you get them all!

Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 147 Cocktail

To see the full range of Tin Teddy clip art, digital papers and more, visit my Tin Teddy Etsy shop.

Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

FridayFreebie

 

Ten Great Valentines’ Day Gifts from Etsy Sellers

TTValentinesGifts

There are just a couple of weeks left until Valentine’s Day!  Here are some of my favourite Valentine’s presents and cards from the amazing creators on Etsy.  Don’t forget to check out the shop links too as each has many more wonderful items on offer.

Needle Felted Penguin with Heart by Scratchcraft

Needle Felted Penguin by Scratchcraft

Oh just look at this adorable little penguin, clutching his little red heart.  Guaranteed to melt anyone’s heart.

He is a needlefelt creation from the amazing ScratchCraft – I confess I have spent a LOT of time admiring the products in this great shop.

There are other, equally adorable penguins on offer (check out the one with a camera, so cute).  But if you are not into penguins (why?!?) then perhaps the perfect little owls would be more your thing.  Or even a moose!

These fantastic needlefelt critters are so full of character and very reasonably priced too!  What are you waiting for?  Check out ScratchCraft now 🙂

Felted Penguin with Heart from Scratchcraft on Etsy

Macrame Heart Wall Hanging by RetoDecor

Macrame Heart Wall Art by RetoDecorMacrame is very on trend right now, and this beautiful macrame heart wall art is bang up to date – and so romantic!  What a perfect Valentine’s gift.   With a sparkly red ring and natural cotton yarn it is would be a charming addition to any home.

Margo of RetoDecor has many other beautiful macrame decor pieces in her delightful shop, including variations of the heart design.  I love the unusual wine bottle holders, how fun!  And if seeing all her stunning creations has given you an urge to get knotting, she also has a photo tutorial to make a pretty “flower of life” hanging decor piece.

Macrame Heart Wall Art by RetoDecor on Etsy

I Pick You – Personalized Guitar Pick by PersonalBlessings

Personalized Guitar Pick Keychain by PersonalBlessingsGive him or her this cute aluminum guitar pick key chain from PersonalBlessings and you know they will pick you, it would be rude not to!  You can choose the font and what symbol is used on the pick too.

PersonalBlessings have many more keychains in their well-stocked shop, in various shapes and with lots of different personalization options.  There literally is something for everyone here!

Personalized Guitar Pick Keychain by PersonalBlessings on Etsy

Valentine’s Apron by ArtyApronsAndSuch

Valentine Apron by ArtyApronsAndSuch

Is there anything more romantic than this gorgeous “Julie” apron from ArtyApronsAndSuch? I doubt it!

In a Valentine pink and red colour scheme, featuring hearts and more hearts, this apron is perfect for cooking up some lurve this February 14th.

Marcia of ArtyApronsAndSuch has many other darling aprons on offer in her colourful Etsy shop.  As well as bibs and bags too.  All are handmade in beautiful fabrics, with obvious care and attention to detail.  Definitely worth checking this one out!

Valentines Apron by ArtyApronsAndSuch on Etsy

Matchbox Rose Bouquets by sho3ux Matchbox Rose Bouquet by shop3xu

Stand by for the cutest alternative to a regular Valentine’s card – a tiny bouquet of paper roses in a real matchbox..complete with a label for you to declare your love.  You can even have an optional message scroll tucked in the box, adorable.

Brooklyn based store shop3xu have many other darling little matchbox cards, to cover all occasions.  Some are funny, some sweet and some romantic.  All are really cute.

What a great idea to bring a smile to someone’s face this Valentines.

Matchbox Rose Bouquet from shop3xu on Etsy

Miniature Valentine’s Cake in Box by FieldofDollsStudio

Miniature Valentine Cake by FieldofDollsStudio

Make sure that your dolls get to celebrate Valentine’s day too with this adorable miniature frosted cake from FieldofDollsStudio.  A red velvet cake with pink frosting and a jolly red heart, in a tiny pink bakery box – perfect for the dollshouse but also works as an individual cake for a larger doll too.

Anne from FieldofDollsStudio has lots of lovely items for your dolls and dolls houses.  With a wide range of yummy looking miniature food, and a wonderful selection of accessories for those of us who collect Breyer model horses.  Gallop over to her shop!

Miniature Valentine’s Cake in Box by FieldofDollsStudio on Etsy

Little Pink Knitted Bear by ViolaSueKnits

Knitted Bear by ViolaSueKntsYou have no doubt heard of love at first sight – and this is exactly what I felt when I saw this teeny little pink and white Valentine bear from ViolaSueKnits!  Just 3 inches tall, made from mohair and faux fur, fully jointed and unbelievably adorable!

But if pink and white bears are not your thing (seriously??) then Viola has loads of other adorable little critters to charm you in her delightful Etsy shop.

Want to make your own Valentine’s present?  She also has patterns so you can knit up a cute little creation yourself!  Bears, bunnies, sheep, cats and more.  Fuzzy adorableness!

Knitted Bear by ViolaSueKnits on Etsy

Valentine’s Frame by NidasDesigns

Valentine's Frame by NidasDesigns

Just look at this cute little personalized picture frame – what a great Valentine’s day gift for the one you love.  Hand painted by Nida of London based Etsy shop, NidaDesigns.  You can even have a name or date added so it is extra special.

Nida’s motto is “A perfect gift for all your loved ones.. when feelings matter!” and indeed her handmade, personalized and unique gifts are great for all occasions.  I love the black kitten wall clock, so cute.  Her personalized wall hangers would make such wonderful gifts for family members – do check them out.

Valentine’s Frame by NidasDesigns on Etsy

Be My Valentine Felt Flowers by thejelybeanstudio

Valentine Felt Flowers by thejellybeanstudio

Are you making a gift for your Valentine?  Or perhaps a card?  Then these adorable little handmade felt flowers from thejellybeanstudio might be the perfect embellishment.

You will get three 1.5″ multi-layered flowers which can be used in so many ways.

Fiona has a packed shop full of beautiful handmade embellishments and accents for anyone who enjoys creating or adding a little handmade touch to things.  From adorable planner clips to confetti hearts, this very professional Scottish shop is definitely worth checking out.

Be My Valentine Felt Flowers by thejelybeanstudio

Bacon and Egg Valentine’s Card by groovygoose

Bacon and Egg Valentine's Card by GroovyGoose

Looking for a Valentine’s day card for your loved one?  Want something modern, amusing but definitely romantic?  How about this charming Bacon and Egg card from snazzy Australian designer, Heidi of groovygoose!

She has other Valentine’s day cards on offer, if bacon and egg ain’t ya thing, as well as lots of other greetings cards, stationery, party things, invites, wall art prints and more – all in her beautiful, original style.  Check out the hipster fox, adorable.

Bacon and Egg Valentine’s Card by groovygoose on Etsy

New Theme for Tin Teddy Blog Today

Today I have changed the theme (graphical style) of the Tin Teddy Blog.

I have been using a lovely theme from Elegant Themes for the past couple of years, but sadly can no longer do so as recent changes in the way WordPress works (the software that powers the blog) means that there were problems with the way some elements of the site were displaying.

Elegant Themes do not sell their themes individually, you have to join as a subscription to get access to them. You do get access to lots of themes this way, and can continue to use any theme after your subscription ends.

I was only using one theme.  Sadly, what I hadn’t realised is that once your subscription ends, you can no longer get any updates to the theme.  So when WordPress changed last year, my theme “broke” and I just do not know enough about website scripting to be able to fix it myself.

I could not justify paying for another year just to fix this one theme.  I do not want more themes and paying again for something I already paid quite a lot for, well that was not palatable.  Elegant Themes is no doubt great value for money if you want a lot of themes.  But if you only want one..  I now know it can be a very expensive option.

So I chose to change to a different theme, Adelle.  Which has meant some earlier posts are a bit wonky now as they use elements that were only available for Elegant Theme themes.

I am going through the blog and updating things right now.  It will take a few days to get everything tidy, plus there are a few other changes I want to make whilst I am at it.

Please bear with me if you see any “wonkyness”.  It should all be tidy again soon.

Thank you to all my regular readers.

Assembling a Storage Box by Jamie Cripps from A4 card

Since getting my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine I have been very busy making storage solutions for some of the things in my craft room.

I purchased one of the subscription options from the Silhouette Store, which meant that the individual files were VERY cheap.  And then Black Friday happened and everything was half price!  So I ended up buying loads of great cutting files!

I particularly love the great storage ideas from designed Jamie Cripps.  She helpfully says whether the design is suitable for both the Cameo and smaller Portrait… but… whilst the biggest part of the file does indeed fit on the Portrait mat, it is still bigger than either A4 or US letter card!

Whilst the two sizes are very similar and often interchangeable, they are not identical.  A4 is slightly slimmer and longer than its American cousin.  Therefore sometimes the files ARE Portrait compatible, but not really A4 compatible.

In this case the component is longer than either of the two standard card sizes.  So…

Solving the Size Problem

I have found 4 ways to get around this problem:

1 – reduce the size of the cutting file (well, doh!)  Make sure you resize ALL the bits at once so the end result will still fit together properly.  Whilst this is the easiest solution for many projects, for some it means that the end result would not function as intended, for example if you were making a storage box for a particular sized item.

2 – Use card that is slightly bigger than A4, or cut down A3 or 12″ card to fit.  You can put paper up to nearly 11 inches in width through the Portrait machine, by the way, but it will only cut up to 8.5″ across.

3 – And with many files you can overlap a little where there are tabs – as long as you have enough left to stick it together.  This may require a bit of rotating and wiggling.  The Portrait will only ever cut within the area designated on the cutting mat, so don’t worry, doing this will not encourage it to cut your mat up or anything

4 – Cut the file up into smaller pieces.  So where there is a side and back piece in one, cut it up so the two pieces are separate and fit onto one piece of A4 card.  This is the most time consuming way, and if you can do this easily then you probably will be creating your own cutting file anyway!  But if just a couple of bits don’t fit on your card then this could be the solution to being able to use it.

Making the Storage Box with A4 Card

I wanted to make up Jamie’s 3d stamp and 5×7 card storage box.  But when I opened it in Sihouette Studio, argh, the biggest part was just a tad too large for the A4 sized kraft card I wanted to use.

Fitting onto A4 Card in Silhouette Studio

Here is a screen shot of the file, open in Silhouette Studio, ready to cut the largest component.  You will notice I have done four things to the files.

1 – I have ungrouped them so I can manipulate them individually.

2 – I have rotated two pieces so that they can fit on my Portrait cutting mat.

3- I have added a pattern fill to the four decorative panels, just so I know which they are when cutting things out.  I usually colour code the cutting files like this as it prevents any confusion and cutting any pieces out of the wrong colour/pattern/type of card.  I will be cutting the panels out of preprinted scrapbook paper, the fill I have used here is just to make them stand out.

I have also coloured the main box components with “kraft card colour”.  Nice and clear now 🙂

4 – The biggest component (one side and the back panel combined) is on the cutting mat, and is slightly hanging over the ends of where the paper will be.  The overhang is within the area of the two tabs on this piece so they will just be a little thinner on mine.

TTCuteFile

Once I have set everything up like this I save it to the Library so next time I want to make it I am all ready to go.  This preparation really can make things easier for complicated files and it is well worth taking the time to work out what everything is and where it goes before wasting card by cutting things out wrong.

I cut out the three main box components from the kraft card, then the four panel parts from some pretty scrapbook paper.  I put Brushed Courduroy Distress ink all around the sides and folds of the kraft card components, and Distress Ink all around the panel edges in a colour to match the patterned paper.

Next I fixed the panels to the card base with a tape roller.  I did this before I assembled the box as it is much easier to line things up and press them down when the box is flat.  If I were making this as a gift or I thought it would be handled a lot then I would fix the panels on with matte medium gel instead to ensure they could not accidentally be peeled off.

I glued the box together with Collall Tacky Glue.

The project took 3 sheets of A4 kraft card and 2 sheets of A4 scrapbook paper (there were oddments left over for the scrap box).

Finally I cut out a label from another Silhouette file and fixed it on the spine of the box.  I try to make sure to label boxes as soon as possible as it really does help keep the craft room tidy.

Jamie has a tutorial for assembling this storage box on her blog.

TTAssemblingStorageBoxPin

Friday Freebie 146 – Happy blue lamb

This cute little blue lamb is the Friday Freebie clip art image for this week.

Wouldn’t he look cute on a birthday card?  Or how about printed on fabric for a pillow case?

These is a PNG file with a transparent backgrounds.

Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week.

There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 29th January.

The Friday Freebies are free for at least one month, after this they are grouped into sets for sale in my Etsy shop. Subscribe to the blog to ensure you get them all!

Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 146 Happy Blue Lamb

To see the full range of Tin Teddy clip art, digital papers and more, visit my Tin Teddy Etsy shop.

Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

FridayFreebie

 

Cheap and Simple Stamp Storage Video

TTStorageBoxOver the years I have tried many different ways to store my rather large collection of stamps.  I have put them in drawers, and albums.  I have stuck them on sheets and hung them on racks.  But I was just never really happy with the systems and found that I was not using many of my stamps because I had forgotten what I actually had and could not remember where things were stored.

Early last year I moved over to a new way of storing the bulk of my stamps.  Most of my collection are small sheets of stamps.

Here is a short video showing the storage box I use and how I keep my stamps safe and to hand in it.

My wooden backed stamps are still in drawers, awaiting a better solution.  I also have a few A4 sized sheets of stamps, these are in a magazine file.  I have cut up a few bigger sheets to enable them to fit in the CD holders though.

After about 8 months of using this system I have to say I am very happy with it.  My stamps are divided by make and theme and I can easily find what I want when I want it.  I also can easily look through my collection when I want some inspiration.  Plus I know my stamps are safe and I am not going to lose odd ones that may come off their backing plastic.

I purchased my collapsible CD holders from a local discount store.  I have seen them in many different shops so they seem very easily available.  One could of course use a fancier CD box instead but I have found the collapsible ones to be very sturdy and despite my pulling them on and off the shelf every day, they are showing no signs of damage or wear.

Cheap And Easy Stamp Storage Video

 

Friday Freebie 145 – pink flamingo

This week’s Friday Freebie is a pretty, pink flamingo.

Add a little bit of exotic colour to your next crafting project.

These is a PNG file with a transparent backgrounds.

Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week.

There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 15th January.

The Friday Freebies are free for at least one month, after this they are grouped into sets for sale in my Etsy shop. Subscribe to the blog to ensure you get them all!

Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 145 Pink Flamingo

To see the full range of Tin Teddy clip art, digital papers and more, visit my Tin Teddy Etsy shop.

Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

FridayFreebie

 

Tin Teddy Vintage is now.. Antique Dog Prints – Etsy shop name change

After two years of trading as Tin Teddy Vintage, I have now rebranded my Etsy vintage prints shop with the new name of Antique Dog Prints.AntiqueDogPrintsCard

I already owned the dot com for this name, and as I sell over 90% vintage dog prints, it made sense to change the shop name.  I will still stock a few other animal prints now and then but it will definitely be mainly dogs, as before.

I currently have 53 original, antique and vintage dog prints on offer in the shop and will continue to add more.  I have a very large collection of prints as I have been collecting for many years.  My house, however, is very tiny so I am only able to display a few.  Hence the decision to sell my significant surplus prints so they can go to new homes where they can be enjoyed.

If you are looking for a particular breed, do let me know as I may have it, waiting to be listed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Tin Teddy Vintage in 2015 and I hope that Antique Dog Prints continues to thrive in 2016.

Christmas Wreath Tag Tutorial – Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015, December

TTLongXmasTagGosh, this year has gone by so fast.  Already it is time to make the final tag for 2015. I have been creating tags most months for the 12 Tags of 2015 game that Tim Holtz runs on his great blog.  As with previous tags, here is a little tutorial of how I made my version of the December tag.

As with my previous tags, I started by diecutting a tag shape from mount board using the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates Die by Sizzix.  I took an old tumble dryer sheet and glued it to the tag using Ranger Multi Matt Medium glue.  Then I used the Holiday Knit stencil, also by Tim Holtz, and laid it over the tag.  I pounced Fired Brick Distress Ink through the stencil.  I loved this effect.  It is not too easy to see in the pictures, but in real life it looks like a snuggly fleece Christmas sweater.

Background (more…)

Friday Freebie 144 – Christmas Wreath

The Friday Freebie for this week is a beautiful Christmas wreath.

Ideal for last minute Christmas cards and other projects.

These is a PNG file with a transparent backgrounds.

Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week (but there are bonus ones throughout December as part of the Christmas Cracker!).

The Friday Freebies are free for at least one month, after this they are grouped into sets for sale in my Etsy shop. Subscribe to the blog to ensure you get them all!

There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 1st January.

Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 144 Christmas Wreath

To see the full range of Tin Teddy clip art, digital papers and more, visit my Tin Teddy Etsy shop.

Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

FridayFreebie