Monday, May 2, 2016

Open Up Sheffield 2016

Meet the Maker

On 7th and 8th May 11am till 5pm I will be with All Good Stuff at Butcher Works in Sheffield as part of the 2016 Open Up Sheffield event 

In 1998 Open Up Sheffield was created as an annual showcase for independent artists and craftspeople. The event is free and open to all visitors. 

I will be in the workshop alongside 3 other artists and makers demonstrating and chatting about my work - it will be a great chance to meet myself and the others makers to get to know all about us and our creative passion.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crafts in the Pen 21st & 22nd November - Skipton

Now you know I like something a bit quirky and different.  Well, this weekend will definitely be different as I'll be in a cattle pen with Crafts in the Pen at the Skipton Auction Mart.  Yes, you read that correctly .... a cattle pen .... along with over 100 other designer/makers I'll be converting Pen number 49 into my own miniature gallery in order to exhibit and sell my work.

So if you fancy doing your Christmas shopping somewhere just a little bit out of the ordinary this might just be the event for you.

There's an entrance fee so check out the website for full details.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gift Wrapping Workshop

10.30am to 1.30pm
Saturday 31st October 2015
All Good Stuff at Butcher Works
72 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NS

£25 inc all equipment & materials

Just in time for Christmas - learn how to gift wrap boxes, bottles & other awkward shapes quickly, 
easily and effectively.

plus learn how to make gorgeous bows & gift bags  that will ensure your gifts have that all important WOW factor!

To book your place email
or ring the gallery on 01142 525985

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cannon Farm Food Festival

Can't wait for this weekend .... it's Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival and I have a stall in the marquees with a whole bunch of other local craft makers and artisans.

The Festival is open 10am till 8pm 
Friday 28th August to Monday 31st August
PLEASE NOTE I'll be there Friday and Saturday only

The festival is a celebration of all things food and drink.  It takes place in the meadows next to Cannon Hall Farm

There will be things to do for all ages plus lots and lots of free food samples .... what more could you want ?!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I definitely have a Spring in my step here at UU HQ - there's so much going on.

I love this time of year as everything is fresh and new, it's the perfect time to have a good old tidy round in my workshop and put together ideas for upcoming workshops and events.

I'm busy preparing Framed Heart orders and gift wrapping commissions as well as getting everything together for my next event at the Off the Wall Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair where I'll be providing workshops throughout the day making wedding favours and poly ribbon bows which are perfect for decorating church pews/gifts/wedding cakes etc.  

The workshops are just £2 per person and last round 30 minutes (all tools and equipment are provided)

Well, that's all for now - don't forget you can keep in touch with everything that's happening in my Wrap & Roll World via facebook, twitter, pinterest, website and here on my blog (there really is no getting away from me !)

See you again soon x

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Egg-cited about Easter Eggs !

The clocks have gone forward, Easter is just around the corner and it definitely feels like Spring is on its way. 

Easter eggs are tricky things to wrap so I thought you might like to see this cute triangle wrapping technique which came in handy when I was asked to wrap oodles of mini eggs for an Easter Egg Hunt.

Equipment needed:

  • Wrapping paper (11cm x 9cm)
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Mini Easter eggs

Step 1 - Cut your wrapping paper to size - I used paper 11cm x 9cm as I was only putting two or three mini eggs in each wrap but you can scale yours up to whatever size you need it to be.

Step 2 - Fold the paper into equal three sections and stick double sided tape along each of the long sides and one of the sorter sides (on the non patterned side of the paper)

The next bit is a little tricky as you will have three sticky edges so be careful!

Step 3 - Stick the shorter edge to the edge without the tape (on the outside ie patterned side of the paper) to form a tube.

Step 4 -Stick just one of the other two edges together to make a little pouch

Step 5 - Pop your mini eggs into the pouch then close the top of the pouch in the opposite direction to the first to form the triangle

These Easter treats are perfect for little fingers and look fab in a basket ready for the Easter Bunny to hide in the garden.

Have a wonderful Easter and Happy Wrapping !

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A 'Crafternoon' Project: How to make a quick and easy gift bag

These pretty little paper bags are both quick & easy to make and very versatile - they can be used as gift bags, party bags or just for keeping your special bits and pieces in.  

I used gift wrapping paper to make my bag but you could use gift wrap, old books/comics, sheet music, wall paper etc.

  • Scissors
  • Selotape
  • Double sided tape
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Rule
  • Paper (35cm x 23cm)
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon to decorate

1. Start by making the top of the bag.  Lay the paper on the table landscape ways and draw a line 2cm from the top of the paper 

2.  Fold the paper on the line making a good crease with the bone folder (if you don't have a bone folder use the back of your scissors) then stick double sided tape along the top edge of the paper and fold over the paper to stick.

3.  Next divide the paper into three sections 1 x 8cm, 1 x 16cm and 1 x 11cm wide working from left to right.  (Tip: to help you do this draw lines for the sections) fold the paper on the lines making good creases with the bone folder.

4.  Stick double sided tape along the 8cm (left) edge of the paper then stick the left edge to the right edge to make a tube 

5.  With the paper tube flat on the table (portrait ways and the seam facing you) make a fold 7cm from the bottom of the tube use the bone folder to make a good crease (this is going to form the base of the bag)

6.  Open the bottom of the tube (ie the bit you have just folded up) and push the sides in to make 'points' use the bone folder to make creases. 

7.  Fold up the bottom 'point' then fold down the top 'point' so that they overlap by 1/2cm  - again use the bone folder to make the creases.

8.  Stick selotape across where the two 'points' meet to secure the bottom of the bag

9.  Now place your hand in the open end of the bag and push out the bottom to form the flat base for the bag

10. Now it's just the finishing touches and the bag is ready to go. Pop your gift in the bag then fold over the top and use the hole punch to punch a hole through the centre of the fold.  Finally thread a pretty ribbon through the hole and tie it in a double bow 

Ta dah all finished

I hope you've enjoyed my 'Crafternoon' Project

I'd love to hear how you get on, please leave a comment or a photo of your gift bag.

See you next time - Karen xx 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

"It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it."
Eileen Elias Freeman 

Happy Valentine's Day x

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love is in the Air ....

Valentine's Day Pin Badges

Dazzle your loved one with a romantic pin badge this Valentine's Day

Available for a very reasonable £1.75 (inc UK P&P) from my website

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Tips & Ideas: Using Christmas baubles to decorate gifts

 I have used Christmas tree baubles as decorations on gifts for many years.

They can be inexpensively bought from markets or shops and never fail to make a gift look glamorous and festive.

I usually team the baubles with the gift wrap and ribbon using silver with silver or red with red so that the baubles compliment the wrapping - but the choice is yours ... don't hold back .... go as wild as you like !

I use the hoop at the top of the bauble to thread the ribbon through and then tie the baubles into the gift with the ribbon

The finished effect is gorgeous and I can promise your presents will definitely look fabulous twinkling under the Christmas tree

So ... go on ... have fun with baubles this Christmas.

Till next time ... 

Happy Wrapping !

Friday, October 10, 2014

Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas: How to wrap a shoebox

I am often asked 'what is the easiest way to wrap a shoe box?' 
I know people wrap them to send off for charity but they're also a useful idea if you have an awkward shape to wrap so I thought I'd give a mini tutorial on how to do just that.

  • Start with sufficient paper to go around the box base and fold over into the box by appx 4 inches 
  • Then begin to cover the box by folding in the short edges of the box (this is the opposite of what you would naturally think to do as most people would start by folding in the long edges)

  • Next fold in the long edges, because you have started with the short edges the long edges should naturally form 'points'

Once all the edges are folded in start taping the paper to the inside of the box - tape all the way round the inside of the box 
  • When you have taped the paper to the inside of the box, tape the folds on the outside of the box (this will make sure that the folds don't get caught and torn in transit)

  •  Repeat the same process with the top of the box, again starting by folding in the paper at the short ends of the box lid. 

  • Ta dah .... your box is ready to fill with lots of lovely goodies.

I hope you've found this tutorial useful.
I'd love to hear how you get on - please write a comment 
Thank you