Sunday, 30 December 2012

Chiffon offer

I've been updating the Craft Fairy chiffon images and I thought that I would like to share.

I have now linked this with this weeks special offer.

Get all five of these ribbons for just £4.50

RRP: £5.50

The offer is here

Saturday, 22 December 2012

More stuff in the sale

In case I forgot to say in my last post, all of the stuff that I am finding is going straight into the sale.

I have added more stamps and    ....  really importantly, I have added Kuretake pen bundles at a knockdown price.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Stock taking!!!

Grrrr! and a few more rrrr's. I really don't know how we sell anything at Craft Fairy as a lot of the stock is not even listed on the web site.

I've had yet another of my many sort outs and discovered yet more to add to the site. This time it's lots of Alphabet Stamps.

I've put them in the sale. So get in quick.

Here are just two of the stamps.

The Rock It stamp below is really grungy and it is perfect for those projects that are for the men in your life. The letters are sort of slightly broken and look like cracks in the Rock.

Craft Hobby and Stitch International

Craft Fairy will be exhibiting at:


 17-19 FEBRUARY 2013 

Come along and say hello as we will be showcasing many new lines for Spring 2013. 

New products to include:


paper flowers



Special offers will be available for orders taken at the show.

Art Stamps Exhibition South Wales, 2013

Yes! Date for ArtStamps South Wales has been confirmed.
Saturday 7th September 2013.

Now, I really don't want to hear that people did not know about this event so please, please pass it on to all of your friends. This is on Facebook so the more of you that like it the more people will get to know about it.

P. S. I really want this to succeed!!!

Whimsical Flowers

What do you all think of this? I am sorry that I can't lay claim to this work of art as it was created by Pamela Odunaiya with lots of the products that she bought from Craft Fairy. 

Anyone spot what she used?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Shabby Chic Lace Flower Tutorial

Shabby Chic Lace Flowers are really hot at the moment so this is my tutorial pick for today. If you click the image you will see the video.

I was inspired to make this flower as is now stocking this fabulous pointed lace. I believe that it is leavers lace. That is the same type of lace as the one used on Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

Apart from the lace, you will need a needle and thread and a flower to put in the centre. Please see my video on making folded flowers to see how to make one for yourself. 

Jackie has made a flower using this way of making lace and ribbon flowers on her blog, 


So go look and see what she's made.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Pointed Petal Ribbon Flower

Well, the video camera has been out again and this time it is for a pointed petal flower. As I am into spots lately, I have used the fab taffeta and satin 38mm ribbon again. It really is too good to resist so why bother to try. This is what you'll get:

Here is a list of the things that I used:

38mm spot ribbon in Shocking pink

Off you go. Now I want to see what you've made.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Craft Fairy in Cardiff

From Saturday the 15th of December Craft Fairy ribbon, bows and whatnots will be on sale in the Royal Arcade Cardiff.

We are joining forces with Eclipse Gift Packaging and will be selling a range of our wonderful ribbons, buttons, feathers and the fabulous Christie roses too.

These roses are truly stunning and will make a perfect Chrissie gift for someone special.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Tart Up a Bag

From this

To this with a little lace, a few buttons and some ribbon.

Getting from one bag to the other was a joy as I was working with such beautiful materials.
I chose one of the new cotton laces:
50mm Cotton Lace Natural x 1 metre
Some of the baby pink buttons:

Baby Pink Mixed Buttons for sewing and craft, 50g

Some ivory and Sherbet 16mm satin:
Some 3mm satin

Of course I also used one of the pink bags.

The pictures below are fairly self explanatory:

Start by putting a strip of double sided tape across the top of the bag. About a third of the way down is good.

 Then cut a piece of lace to fit with just a little to turn at the edges and stick to the double sided tape.

Add another layer of tape to the top of the lace and then stick the ribbon to the lace. Turn the raw edges so that they are hidden.

Now sew on the buttons, leave room to add the rose.

If you look at the finished bag, I also decided that a few dangly bits would look good so I tied buttons to the middle of about 5 pieces of 3mm ribbon and then sewed them to the bag before I sewed on the rose.

I hope that you have enjoyed this as much as I have. In fact, I think that I like this so much, I will use it rather than keeping it as a demo piece for the shows.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Felt has arrived

Felt has just been added to the Craft Fairy web site.

I have wanted to add felt to the website for a while now as it is so popular and I really love it.
Much of the felt available is quite hard and does not feel nice in the hand but this felt is a wool and synthetic blend so it feels good and has the advantage of being an even thickness and colour too.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Fabulous folded ribbon rose video.

Here's the latest video. Not calligraphy flowers for a change, but making roses.

To see the YouTube, of the tutorial for this ribbon rose, please click the picture below.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Lots more but this is limited stock

More lace added to the site, but stock is limited in these styles.

These two styles are really beautiful. I have no idea what the composition of the fabric is, but they feel like cotton.

Did a burn test and they did not crinkle up like a synthetic so I have decided that they are cotton. Fab.

Lace, lace and yet more lace

Today a huge parcel of lace arrived on my doorstep. Well, it is so much better than bills. It is soft and pretty and will help to make your cards and sewing projects out of this world.  To tempt you to have a look here are some of the wonderful laces styles that we have added to the lace section:

Now all that you have to do is make something beautiful.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Chocolate .... Who can resist?

Mock Kanzashi Flower

I've entitled this entry a mock kanzashi flower, because It looks rather like a kanzashi flower, but it is made from ribbon rather than from fabric.

I've not shown you how to make a ribbon flower in a while and, truthfully. I made and photographed this one a while ago. You have seen a version of this on the jute bag.

So, if you want to make one of these then read on.

Take a length of strong thread and put a large knot at one end. Beware the small knot as it will not hold!

Start by cutting several pieces of ribbon. I used 23mm wide ribbon so the measurements below are for that type of ribbon. You will need to adjust the measurements if you use a wider or narrower ribbon.

Fold the ribbon over to make the shape shown below. Using the thread with the knot, begin to make small running stitches along the bottom edge of the folded petal as shown below.

When you get to the end of the first petal continue threading onto the next. Do not break the thread.

When you have threaded at least 5 petals on the thread, you can begin to pull the thread tight and as you pull, the petals will start to form a circle.

 Pull very tight and stitch the first petal to the last one and your basic flower is formed and ready to embellish. Below is what you should get.

Now all that you need to do is sew a button or bead onto the centre.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Latest free quotation

Here's the most recent quotation that I've added to the ever growing list of free quotations on the Craft Fairy web site. Lots more to see there so pop on over and grab yourself some handy words.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ribbon tree in traditional colours

I do love to see all of the beautiful and varied colour themes that seem to abound in the shops every year. I sigh and think that gold and cream is so chic and elegant, but, somehow I always return to the traditional when it comes to putting my Christmas decor together. So it is no surprise that I have chosen red, green and gold as the colours of my ribbon tree.

Tommorow, perhaps I will post the instructions.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Special Offer on the Web Site

Just gone live is an unmissable special offer on the Craft Fairy web site.

A free copy of the Drawing Flowers with Calligraphy Pens book will be sent out with every purchase of the  Drawing Flowers with Calligraphy Pens DVD. 

Click onto the image below and you will go straight to the offer.

Stock is limited so be quick.

This set will make an ideal Christmas gift that will give hours of pleasure all year round. You may even get a card made with the flowers as a thank you.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Pompom Trim so pretty

I'm glad to say that we've had lots of new stock in today and the prettiest by far is this wonderful pom pom trim in fab new colours.

In now for the Christmas season are both red, and white. So what are you waiting for? Hurry on over to Craft Fairy before it all sells out.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Whoo, 50,000 hits

Well, I am all excited as this Craft Fairy blog has now received 50,000 hits. I must be doing something right. Now all I need is 50,000 people liking me on Facebook. That would really be good.

So, if you feel like being one of them then please click here to go to the Craft Fairy page.

Craft Fairy Facebook page

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Ribbon wreath for inspiration

Today I have a ribbon wreath for a little Christmas inspiration. I don't have a photo tutorial for you as I forgot to photograph it as I went along but I can give you written instructions instead.

Basically what I used for this was a 20 cm polystyrene wreath that came from a twin pack that I bought in the Range for a £1. Yes, you did read that right, 2 for a £1. I was shocked that they could be so cheap.

I stuck a piece short (about 6cm), of double sided ribbon to the outside edge of the wreath and stuck the end of the ribbon to it and started winding until I reached the end of the piece of double sided. The I stuck the next piece onto it. I continued to wind and stick until I got to the end and then I stuck the end to the back of the wreath.

Now take a piece of the wired tartan ribbon and create a loop at the top of the ribbon. Tie a bow to the loop with a couple of extra tails to make it look fuller.

Finish with a couple of really large roses to create a colourful Christmas ribbon wreath.

All items used for this wreath are available here at Craft Fairy.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Ribbon Weaving for a Christmas Card

I have just created this woven ribbon card in Christmas colours after I was spurred on to make a Christmas Card by the lovely ladies at Dandie Crafts Treforest. You may have seen the card that I demoed in an earlier post. That one was in rich wines and creams, while this is in reds and greens for christmas.

Now, if you want to make a card like this you will need:

All products are available here at Craft Fairy
Forest Green 16mm satin ribbon
Red damask ribbon in 16mm
Old gold satin ribbon 6mm
Willow satin ribbon 9mm
Some guipure lace, I used circle and fan
a really large rose in red
Glue and foam pads
some card to make the base on which to showcase your creation.
A few red buttons

Start by cutting a piece of card that will be the right size for your ribbons. 
Stick a piece of double sided tape to the back of one side of the card.

Lay out your ribbons in your chosen pattern as seen in the picture below.

Now stick double sided tape to the two side of the card closest to the first. you will have to stick the tape over the first ribbon in the corners.

This is what it should now look like at the front.

Now add the last piece of tape and finish the weaving.

You can now stick the piece of weaving to your card and embellish with lace, a large flower and some cute buttons.