Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Retro Baking Free Printables From Papercraft Inspirations Magazine

Hi everyone.

And I'm back! I can't believe it's been a year, give or take five days, since I last posted on My Kind Of Crafting Blog. "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" and all that, to quote the late and much lamented Sandy Denny.

I've just had a quick look back at that last post  to see what I was doing this time last year and also to remind myself why I stopped posting. I'll leave you to check it out if you're interested or even if you're not.

Suffice to say that being a designer and nothing else didn't quite work out as career move for various reasons but I'm really glad I gave it a go. I'm still passionate about designing as you will see if you follow the link below to my designing blog and it is my Number One choice of career but I'm delighted that after quite a difficult time with my health, my finances and my emotional life, I seem to have found my crafty mojo again at last.

Of course, it helps to fire up the crafty cylinders when there are such great free craft printables available to download and make into lovely things. And you don't even need to feel guilty that you're spending money on yet more crafty stash!

Although I have to confess to not being a fan of The Great British Bake Off, I'm aware that the new series has just started and this coincided with me discovering some gorgeous Retro Baking free craft printables on the Papercraft Inspirations Magazine website. I can't remember how I found them now but I'm really glad I did as I had a great time playing with the dinky little rolling pins, oven gloves, fish slices and whisks etc, not to mention the pretty background papers. It reminded me of playing "baking" when I was a child.

I decorated an ordinary brown paper gift bag to start with and I think the style of the designs work really well with the plain brown look. I actually used the oven gift box backing template (which you can also download and print out) as a tag for the bag and added some pink twine, paper flowers and pearls from my stash.

Top Tip: If you glue your printed sheets of downloaded embellishments onto card before you start them cutting out, it makes life a lot easier as some of the items are very tiny at normal size. Better still, print onto thin card if your printer will take it.

For the apron card, I used the template provided and drew round it onto a folded card blank. I cut out some of the pretty floral background paper and the pink scalloped border for the base, then added a die-cut pink foam scalloped circle as the centre mount for the cooking implements. The sentiment "Whisking you a Happy Birthday" was on one of the sheets, as were the dinky little oven gloves. I added the ribbon and some pink pearls from my stash.

Finally I made the square card using the blue and white "hooped" background paper from the free printables, a small white doily from my stash and a die-cut scalloped oval cut from white paper. I created the sentiment myself using the text tool in CraftArtist 2 Professional and also added a silver mirror board die-cut flourish. This time I didn't stick the embellishments onto card which I think has created a "softer" look.

Top-Tip: If you want to die-cut a sentiment that you've created, scan the die in first (but don't save it or you are breaching copyright regulations) and import it onto your workspace in CAP2 so that you can get the sentiment the right size and in the right position before you do the actual die-cutting.

If you want to download the free printables for yourself and have a go at your own "makes and bakes", you can find them here along with the templates and lots of inspirational project ideas:

I printed the embellishment sheets onto Super Smooth 120gsm paper and the background papers onto 100gsm copier paper. 

Anyway, even if it has been far longer than I intended, it's good to be back and to be sharing my crafty projects with you. I'll definitely make every effort to blog here a lot more regularly. Happy Baking and Happy Crafting!

All projects Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2016

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