Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Cards with Cut out Bits that Stand Up - Concertina Cut Out Card AMENDED!

A dear friend of mine wants to know how to make layered cards that 'have bits standing up - but they are cut from the base of the card!'.

Now you might think that she is referring to pop ups but that isn't the case. No, she wanted to know how to make this sort of thing.

This is just a mock up.  I'm calling it a Concertina Cut Out Card.

I'll let you into a secret. It's really easy, once you understand the mechanics of it. It also opens up all sorts of possibilities but you do need to plan a bit first, just so you don't end up filling your waste basket.

When designing a different sort of card fold, it's always a good idea to plan what you want on a piece of paper first. After all, you'd do the same with an essay, right?
Then, when you think you have it right, cut it on some cheap stock or something you have scribbled on. Whatever you do, don't use your best card stock for your first go at the design. I speak from experience. Even the most simple design can have hidden issues that only become apparent when you've ruined your favourite paper. When I started this, I thought it would need fold lines in places where none are needed.

The other thing I tend to do, is make my cards a bit smaller than the size of my card stock, so I have room to tape it to the mat. You just know that if you think the card stock won't move, it certainly will. Usually just at the end of an elaborate cut!

One very important detail to remember, is that if you are making it as a print and cut, is that you need two different copies of the printed stick ups - one, the standard print and cut Print; the other one has to be altered so that it has only the outline to cut - minus the base lines. Then these need to be lined up on top of each other.

Like this

You also need to make sure your stick ups are placed so that all the layers can be seen. I explain that in the video.
It is easier to cut out solid objects that are well spaced, words are more complicated unless you are using a shadow to cut around complete words.

HERE IS THE AMENDED file I'm so sorry I originally uploaded the wrong video, wrong blog post and wrong file.   Lack of sleep. I'm sure of it! (Too hot here at the moment!) and the AMENDED Video

Here it is just cut and still flat..

But look what it becomes!

That's more like it!  You could put a contrast paper behind it. This again, is only a mock up, good card and some embellishments could make this spectacular. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

A Winter Birthday Card

I decided to make a tutorial on how to line up score lines for a different kind of card, so needed to make one. Since it is always harder to do cards for guys, I just had to do one of those to illustrate it! Mine is a winter one, since I have the odd winter birthday to cater for.

So this one is unisex. The effect will depend entirely on what colours and papers you choose and of course you can always add some bling!

Notice that the card opens from the centre, not the side. In my video I show you an easy way to get fold lines in the right place, when you have more than one.

And here is the inside.

It should be pretty quick to make, that is unless the software has forgotten your calibration settings for the print and cut (I found mine had, in V4.029 of SCAL).  Note to self : If I've not done a Print and Cut for a while, check those settings are still there!

One of the pitfalls is pointed out above. SCAL does not recognise the difference between objects for print and cut on the mat and those that may be in the workspace. It's obvious here, but not if you have a lot of elements on top of each other!  If your machine keeps going off to one side and going into Pause mode (Silver Bullets) - then this is probably the reason why.

I'm not posting the instructions here, I'm doing a video instead, so I suggest you watch it.  I did change the file a bit after making this one, to do the inside red pieces as one big piece instead - it makes it easier to back the letters of the sentiment.

Get the File

Watch the Video

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Cut Out Simple Shapes, Not So Plain After All! Free File

I can never stress enough that you should keep any simple shapes you make in your crafting efforts.
Not only are they re usable in the current form but can be made into things far more complicated than you imagine!

Take a simple flower shape.
Nothing fancy about that, and notice that the centre may need altering for some purposes.

Now look at what it can become.

That's a bit more impressive! A bit of replicating, moving and combining/welding of paths, a few offsets and exclusions, use of the eraser (to rid ourselves of tiny cuts) and to make others round instead of uneven and it's amazing what you can end up with.

A word of caution!  When doing all this in SCAL at least, make sure you use the simplify path - or you will end up with far too many  nodes!

Anything from stamp backgrounds, to stencils to children's bracelets, depending on what you are cutting.

I found some children's foam table mats and they cut like a dream - but are strong enough to make headbands (add elastic) or bracelets, necklaces (add a T on one end and an O on the other) for play dates and parties.  They make fantastic stamp material too. So there is very little wastage. With a bit of planning, cut out your stamp and the 'waste' makes a bracelet! (Alter the repetitions to suit). Cut a stencil and the waste becomes a stamp!

It's a win win situation. Basically, if you can cut 2mm foam, then you can cut this better.

Free File   If you want the file, get it now, I don't keep the link live for ever! (Having said that, if you use the contact form, and ask for any file that has a dead link, I may feel inclined to find it for you if I still have it!)  Video

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Stop the Press! Progress!

I thought that with the discovery of tablecloth cutting (see previous post) I had found the best solution to cutting relatively fine stamps. The only drawback to it is lack of clearance on the stamp block to paper.


Today I made an even better discovery. No pun intended, but Dora the Explorer! No I have not gone mad, I just bought some children's table mats to cut up. There was no choice in design!

The type that are foam based with a plastic picture coating,they are about 1mm thick.  Unlike normal  thin, craft foam, it can be cut very fine without falling to bits but it is still thick enough to give a good clearance between stamp block and paper. The consistency is just better, stronger, without being tough to cut.  It needs to print with the decorated side, the back has a texture.

A lovely  man, Mark Wilson, from Toronto, commented on my last blog that he cuts 2mm foam in situ on acetate sheets, just have to weed out the bits and then he's done. I've been trying the method out, and it works really well if you can get your cut settings just right.

It appears that for 2mm foam a force of about 150 with a 60 degree blade pretty much does it.

With this table mat stuff, the same setting can be used - but if you want to put it directly on the acetate and THEN cut it, you will want to make sure the picture side faces up on your mat.
Sadly, this does not produce a good cut

- but you may be able to peel the picture off before cutting.  I found on some of mine, it would come off, on others, not.  Or you can cut picture side down and that is fine too, you'll just have to stick it to the acetate backing later. The choice is yours.

That small 'hello' is so tiny, I'd need a magnifying glass to weed it.  The great thing is the clean edges.

I don't know if this is the end of my journey into finding the best stamp material on a budget, but it has certainly been an adventure so far!

This is even pretty enough to use as an accent in its own right.....

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Holy Grail of Stamp Material!

My family is often bemused by what puts an ear to ear grin on my face. They all think I'm completely loopy, I'm sure. No, it isn't a clothes buying spree or expensive dinners out. None of my family would call me dear to run, in fact it is a standing joke how cheap I am to keep!  I don't drink alcohol, smoke or buy expensive clothes. I swear to you, that even if I were to get mega rich, I'd not buy clothes anywhere more expensive than Marks and Spencer. Ok, maybe I'd have some hand made shoes, but only for the sake of comfort!

No, what puts a big smile on my face is finding a way to do something in the craft world that I have been trying to do for ages. In this particular case, finding something that I can cut with my Silver Bullet, to make delicate stamps. I mean REALLY delicate.

Previously I have made stamps, mostly from craft foam of varying thicknesses.  I've even cut them the wrong way round by mistake...

Like that one. Trouble is, that the foam has to be thin to do the delicate stuff but then it sometimes breaks. Possible but not easy. Not foolproof by any stretch of the imagination.  The bigger, chunkier designs are easier and quite successful in the thicker foam.

As it happens, I stumbled upon something brilliant today. Quite by accident.  I was looking for something to protect my desk while I do some air brushing. I had used a dustbin liner but with the window open, it's too light weight. So I bought some of this.

It's a common type of vinyl tablecloth, sold by the metre for using in the summer on outdoor tables. On the back it looks like this

Now at this point, before you rush to buy some - make sure the top surface is not textured!

I just decided to snip a few inches off and try it out. First, I cut a little flower to stamp this..

Not too shabby!

I held my breath while it cut out a really thin, small swirl design and stamped this one. VERY thin lines. I used a 60 blade, not a new one by any means, on no1 blade setting and a force of 150 and it cut it in one pass. I have also used a newer 45 blade, set on 1, at a pressure of 125 and a speed of 500 without a hitch. It needs to have a high tack mat though.

Video on various materials.     NB - forgot to mention in the video, the other problem with the very thin plastic is avoiding getting ink/paint where you don't want it! 

TIP  If you are using a thin material and are worried about over printing - ink it up on scrap paper and then use a pin or fine tweezers to put it on your block, rather than mount on acetate.  If you do that, keep your stamps in an old jewel CD case to keep them safe and untangled! Spot the 'deliberate' mistake when I printed the tree with the back of the stamp?  I really must stop getting up so early...

So that's it. I'm happy I can cut whatever stamps I like, small lettering, flourishes, any of them. NOTE -If cutting lettering, adhere the material plastic side DOWN to get a clean cut. For some reason, you can't cut words easily any other way with this stuff, the backing causes issues. So basically you cut exactly as you want to print, not in reverse! You do need to take a leap of faith doing it though, the white backing means you can't see the cut. At all. Nothing. Only peeling the material away from the mat reveals success, or not.  It's pretty strong stuff and keeps the shape well, so comes of the mat without breaking.

 The tablecloth stuff isn't even expensive and it is sold in every hardware shop, Chinese store, department store in Spain. Considering I have 1.5m square or something like that, I think it will keep me going for a very long, long, time!
If you decide to try this, it's a good idea to mount your stamps on some acetate to help keep them in shape. I then use a temporary spray glue to then make them stick to the acrylic block while I stamp.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ever Wondered about AirBrushes?

Because you are reading this blog, you are probably into crafts of some sort, and possibly painting but most likely you are into either card making or scrap booking.

If that is the case, you also most likely spend a fair amount of money and time buying coloured or patterned card for your hobby.

Perhaps you also like stamping but have you ever considered making your own coloured card?  I can almost here a collective of shaking heads. "No way, not me. Don't have an artistic bone in my body!'

Of course, that is complete nonsense, you do, or you wouldn't be doing all this in the first place! It may be true that you are no Monet but that doesn't mean you can't be capable - especially when it comes to abstract backgrounds or gradient colours. Even some of the  'great' masters works wouldn't be given house room with me, I'd rather have my own art,

than a Picasso with lady bits in odd places.

So that brings me to the air brush. Maybe you have seen artists using them in malls, painting T-shirts  or bakers using them on iced cakes. Perhaps you think it must take years of practice to use one. Well, I'll let you into a secret. It doesn't. OK, if you want to do portraits or magnificent scenes, or artwork on motorbike tanks, you are going to have a steep learning curve and it will take a while to get good results. But, if all you want to do is paint card to cut up, then no it won't.

Maybe you have seen videos of air brush artists and believe it is hard to keep them clean and functioning. That can be true but does not have to be. Let me explain.

Most air brush artists are using some kind of acrylic paint. If you have ever used acrylic, you will know how fast it dries. An airbrush takes paint, adds air and shoots it out around a very fine needle. The combination of air and ACRYLIC paint can cause blockages because it dries so fast.
However, if you use watercolour inks or even liquid food colouring or other inks that do not have particles of solids in the same way, then clean up becomes a breeze. Most of the time you can just shoot out the last of the colour and run it through with plain water. Job done.

This sort of thing is easily achievable, even by a novice. Add stencils into the mix and use household objects imaginatively and the world is your oyster. Or maybe your canvas.

So what is the equipment like?

Well, here is the' brush'. Note a distinct lack of bristles. For all you fellow techies out there, it is smooth and shiny...:)

And here is the air compressor - small enough to fit in a shoe box. Very quiet too.

Have I piqued your interest? Hmm? Just a little bit?

You don't have to get a high quality airbrush (although  my Iwata is lovely) if you are only intending to play with it. But, if you like air brushing you will probably want to trade up to a nice one.

Regarding  inks/paints - one single drop of ink can do a small graduation. That's right, one drop. So not exactly high usage. I bought loads of eye dropper bottles to mix my own shades in, but you can add, drop by drop to the brush cup to change colours. I'll try and do a quick video soon, of me using the airbrush, so you can see how quick and easy it is.

Most of all though, it is FUN, and that is what crafting is all about, having a great time in our spare time.

Stamping - Accurate Placement of Images

Most of the time, when we stamp images, the placement may not need to be exact but there are times when they do. Like when you are layering stamps or trying to avoid stamping on a particular part of a card, or if you are stamping a background, getting it central to the paper.

There are special craft items you can buy for this, but not everyone has a limitless budget or the space to store them. This method uses stuff you probably have lying around and is good enough for what we need.

You will need a ruler, craft knife, a stamp block, a placemat, temporary glue spray, and some permanent glue and some craft foam. If, like me, you have a Silver Bullet, you can use that to cut the foam. (I didn't, because  my laptop was downstairs and I was too lazy to go get it!)

Here is the video

There, wasn't that easy?  I glued the two layers together, matching up edges, to make it more sturdy. Make a paper tape measure for it as well if you think you may need it and glue that on top. Keep it with your stamps, so you don't forget you have it!

Here is a file for a print and cut ruler. It may not be 100% accurate, but it is near enough for this purpose.  It is in SCAL format. Check the width is right for the cut outs you make and adjust accordingly.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

SCAL 4 Knockout Function Video 2

I've made another Video on the Knockout function in SCAL4 for you.

This isn't really a blog post, just something to let you know that it's there. It's a handy feature to know about and worth playing with. I think those who like to do lettering in vinyl may find it especially useful for multi colour work.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Not all Craft Foam is Equal!

Many of us know that card cuts differently sometimes within the same brand, just it appears by virtue of being a different colour. My personal demon is black card. Often it is fibrous and horrible to cut.

Well, I discovered today that the same can be said of  2mm craft foam.  I wanted to help a visiting friend by making her some stamps. She bought a sheet of pale pink foam from the same place I buy mine and to all intensive purposes, it was the same, except mine is red.

We spent hours trying to cut the stuff. Different speeds, pressures, blades, mats. You name it, we tried it. None of it came out clean as I am used to. All of it had little wisps.

I then decided to use some of my red foam. Cut like a dream with the same blade and settings that I had been using on the pink. Result - perfect cut.  On my Silver Bullet I used a speed of 500 (!), a force of 200 and an extra long blade ( a mistakenly purchased cheap 24 mm long one), on number 1 in my click holder.

That little dot is 0.5cm across. So now you know, it may not be you when it all goes south!

60th Anniversary Card and one to Celebrate 25 yrs as a Priest!

I have been helping a friend to make some rather unusual cards this week. We started with blank brains, trying to think of something just a bit different.

She had two occasions in particular to cater for - a 60th Anniversary for her in-laws and that of a priest friend who is celebrating 25 years since his Ordination. Opposite ends of the spectrum, as it were.

Now not being a religious sort, and my friend having limited knowledge in that regard, we wanted to be careful not to cause offence by using the wrong colours, or shapes of cross..but also wanted it to be bright and colourful.

After a false start, this is what we came up with for Father Sam.

The free standing cross makes it a little different and the lattice makes it stronger. We used a striped, vegetable paper behind it for extra oomph. I hope he likes it.

The 60th Anniversary was also turning into a bit of a quandary.  In the past I had designed box cards for her Mother in Law that were pretty good, we had to out do ourselves.

Diamonds are the theme and we decided to go a little OTT!

We were aided and abetted in our cause by silver holographic sticky backed paper...

and some gems

We added some purchased silk flowers and made the back stand upright.

Bunches of cut out hearts, glittered, were made and wired, then put through a glittered base, backed with another layer and stuck on the sides.

If I were to make it again, I'd make sure my base card was heavier.

Now that I have the file made, it wouldn't take anywhere near as long to make it!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Silhouette Studio Update Important Information

As of a couple of days ago, there is a new Silhouette studio release, V 3.3662.

For those of you who are dubious about updating, it appears that there is no change to how the latest version works, except one.

If you don't update by the 22nd of June 2015, you will lose access to the store designs. Makes no difference to me, since I don't use them anyway but a lot of people do and will be wondering why they suddenly can't.

I suspect that a new big release may happen for the Cameo and Portrait later in the autumn, along with the release of the new machines. (Machines that are to accompany the Cameo, not replace it).

There are, of course, alternatives to designing in Studio if you care to find one. Make the Cut is one I have not used much because I have a Mac but Sure Cuts a Lot is an alternative and that runs just fine.
If you are prepared to learn a new software, you'll find that it has come on in leaps and bounds this year, with many features surpassing the current abilities of Studio. It saves in its native format and to SVG, so you can just use the Studio software to send to the cutter.  My Youtube channel has a whole load of videos on it.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Make A Purse

Since I do sew from time to time, I have quite a few scraps of fabric, trims etc. Not big enough to make a garment but too big to throw away. Looking through my stash the other day I was wondering what I could do with any of it.
I'd recently bought a purse/bag frame (simply because I saw one and thought I'd give it a go) and I'd made a bag for a friend but I fancied trying to make a clutch or coin purse. As  luck would have it, I  found a supply of magnetic closures, so ideas were taking shape.

First of all I took some A4 paper and drew a rough template, the sort of shape I thought it would be and folded it up. Having sussed that out, it was a case of using SCAL to make the real thing with accuracy.

All my pieces were cut out on the Silver Bullet, remembering to only score some of the lines on the card.

The purse is made with an outer fabric, backed with stabiliser. A card insert is placed in that, and then a lining goes in. I had some sticky backed flock which was perfect for lining. The stabiliser and the card were stuck on with spray adhesive. It gives a really fine coating, doesn't show and won't come unstuck.  The finer bits of glueing were done with Gem Tac, mostly because I had it but also because I trust it!

TIP When using glues that don't run freely from a good nozzle, I put a small amount onto a piece of scrap card and use a rubber headed brush thingy to apply it. (OK, I have no idea what they are called but I think they are used with oil paints!)  All I know, is that glue has no effect on them, it doesn't get wasted in bristles or ruin them, it just peels off when dry.

So here we go...
I  stuck the card in the centre using spray adhesive. My fabric was already stabilised with embroidery stabiliser, again stuck with spray, turning in an even amount around the edges. You want a fast drying glue.

Time to concertina the sides.

Note, it's best to cut a couple of tiny triangles of lining to stick here, under the rest of it. The lining has to have a small inset and you risk having minute bits of card showing. This works better than making the lining larger. You could weld them to the lining cut file if you are sure about the size and placement...but I didn't because I wasn't! :)

Cut a slit carefully into the backing to allow you to place it down from a centre point.

Rolling the whole thing around a pen works well to make the purse supple.

Turn the sides in one fold only and glue together. Use clips to secure until dry.

Now you can squidge the sides back in.

Almost done....

When I made the next one, I not only put the slits in the pattern for the 14mm catches,

But worked out that I needed to insert the recessed one through the outer fabric and card, under the lining to get a better finish.  (You can't do the same thing with the top closure because of the layers.) That one is hidden under some kind of embellishment.  It is much easier to add the closures while the item is still flat.

This is what they call a 'learning curve'!

This one gets some felt backed bling...

While this one gets a piece from a cheap elastic bracelet that I bought specially for the bits!

And here it is in all it's glory....

I have to say I'm very pleased with the results. If your machine can handle it, you could upsize to make a clutch bag with no extra effort, or alter the shape of the flap.  A strap could be put in under the lining and indeed, it could be topstitched on a machine, while still flat. For a larger bag, the card could be replaced with a piece of flexible table mat for extra strength.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Print Life (For Mac) - A Software Overview

Print Life is an app available from the App Store for around £25. Aimed at scrap bookers and card makers - hobbyists.
What makes this app so great is its ease of use, the sheer number of features AND the really beautiful graphics it contains. (They don't pay me, I bought this a while ago, with my own money!)  In fact there is a newer version available with a few more bells and whistles, originally called Print Life 2.

It has hundreds of 'Kits' included, most consist of papers, borders, frames and embellishments.  Unlike other packages of similar cost, these are high quality ones, the sort of thing you would buy in the craft store.


They are themed and categorised for easy finding and you can add items to a favourite list.  One of the things that makes this really suitable for us cutters, is that it has the power to edit images (simple but effective)  in such a way that they will be easy to trace.  They are bitmap images, not vectors, so they need tracing to create a cut file.
Many are easy without any alteration but you know what it is like when you want an 'unsuitable' image for print and cut! Auto tracing can throw a wobbly and take ages to sort.

I made a short video to show you.  Files are saved in its native format or you can export to a number of common ones - PNG, PDF, Tiff and JPEG.

Once that is done, they can be dragged into SCAL /Sudio for tracing and treated like any other image.

You can spend hours playing with  the special effects, the sort of thing you only normally get with photo editing packages or keep things really simple. There are formats to use if you want or start off with a blank page. There are even contact fields if you need those.

For the price, I think it is very good value.

PS. I shall be quiet here for a few days. It's summer in Southern Spain and we have a visitor coming who wants to craft with me. In between dips in the pool of course!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Digitising Software /Embroidery and Appliqué/Cutting Machines

I have confessed in the past to being a bit of a gadget freak. One of my gadgets is a computerised embroidery/sewing machine. As it happens it is a Janome MC11000 but there are several decent brands out there. It's great for arty types like me. It sews as a normal machine, with loads of different stitches but also has an auto embroidery function. You put in a hoop, program it up and sit back and watch it do the work for you.

Nowhere do I say these are cheap, they certainly are not, but along with the machine, you need software (if you intend to create your own designs). This can cost as much as the machine itself! I kid you not, I rang a dealer today to ask the price of some software for a Mac and was quoted £1,250 - just for the software, not the machine! I nearly choked.

I already have VERY good software, it's called DRAWings. I just have to run either Parallels or VMFusion to run it on my Mac.

Anyhow, one of the things I like is that Sure Cuts A Lot allows me to save designs in SVG. I can import it into my embroidery software and convert to stitches or appliqué  with a few clicks of the mouse. Of course, if I am making appliqué, I can also cut the pieces with my Silver Bullet. That makes things so much easier! No more struggling with scissors around small shapes. Bliss. Or I can combine that with embroidery too.

It's worth noting that saving the SVG in SCAL, imports as a slightly different size in my embroidery software, so I resize it to match. I simply note the size of the design before I cut it.
If I was into quilting, I could make my segments more easily too. Accurate cutting is essential for good results.

I do think it odd that  it is impossible to find good value embroidery software for Macs.  I don't think expecting to pay around £200 is unreasonable.
So next time you feel like complaining about your cutting software, be thankful it is a lot more reasonably priced. It could be a lot worse!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Off Topic, A Decision!

I hate clothes shopping. The whole changing room thing gets me, Yuck. 

However, I have decided on two things. 

I need new clothes.
I need to lose weight.

The first is caused by my lack of shopping for about 15 years. That's when I had my last 'splurge'. It was £150 for clothes for a trip hubby had won to Hawaii. I haven't spent as much in one go since!

The second is caused by my love of baking and hitting a certain age. I refuse to go up a size, so I have given up most of the stuff I love. I can't give up alcohol because I don't drink it. I drink tea and coffee without sugar or sweeteners and have used skimmed milk for years. I don't drink juice very often, soft drinks once in a blue moon, water all the time. I allow myself a baked item for breakfast. But from now on, no snacks, just a salad for lunch and whatever we choose for an evening meal.

This isn't a diet, it's a slow life change, the snacking went a couple of years ago, now I need to cut what I'm eating at meal times - so no puds, cake, chocolate etc

Then  I intend to get back into the basement gym for a session every day.

Why am I telling you this? Because for the first time in my life I aim to  do this publicly, not hide what I am up to, so you can check up on me. If I admit I'm doing this, then I have the motivation to keep at it.

Anyhow, I made a dress, one for weight loss. It fits me now, but will shrink (with me, I hope!). 

No pattern, I cut it myself.  With gathered shoulders and 'shirring' under the bust. I also made a half slip to go under it. 
While I can wear it now, it will look better if I can lose the stomach. Side to side, I don't look too bad, it's more when I look at the side view....

So wish me luck and hopefully by Christmas, I shall be a shadow of my former self!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Off Topic - Bread Baking Whoops!

Sorry this if off topic but it made me laugh.

Hubby wanted rolls and a sandwich loaf made today.  I do a lot of baking, (mainly breads, laminated pastries) these days.

I did both lots of dough but there was not enough room on the tray for all the rolls. So I greased a tin foil container that was a bit tooooooo small and shoved the dough in it, putting baking paper in to make it higher. Let me make it clear, I KNEW it was a bit too small a tin.

All was well with the shape, until I needed to move the small loaf 10 minutes into baking, in order to get the big tin loaf in…

This is the result..

That view it kind of looks ok but....

it kind of slid over to one side..

At least it is well risen! And the funny shape won't affect the taste (mild sesame flavour).
BTW, if you want to see some of my recipes I have an archive of them at

I may be doing some sewing blogs soon, we shall see. Bit harder to film tutorials for that!