Saturday 16 February 2019

Mixed Up Saturday/ Michele Magazine Review

Good Saturday Morning Ladies,

First up today I wanted to share the other project I made for that Banner die I was sent, both Danielle and I tried to think 'outside of the box'  and come up with different idea for the die other than Banners/bunting.
I decided to make a little Keyholder, I used the last of the beautiful Shabby Chic papers that I had left over from my swap with Kay, adhered the paper to a piece of thin chipboard, used my new 'Crop-O-Dile to add some eyelets, which makes such a huge difference, it looks so much neater makes it easier to pull the ribbon through too.
To decorate I die cut a  large 'H' out if chipboard and the rest of 'Home' out if Kraft card and matted them onto a tag die cut, I stamped the word 'Welcome' onto another flag die cut, I made a dangle charm using some 'Lock &Key' charms and some ribbon and beaded trim, I attached a Seam Binding bow to the charm and attached a jump ring to fix it to the Library clip on the top of the Hanger, I thought that would be a good place to hang your keys from. 
Just a novelty decorative item but its fun and gives another element to the die. 

Michele came up with the idea of having a more 'in depth' look at one magazine each week, rather than having little comments on lots of magazines, which I think is a great idea. Today is the first of those, featuring  the 'Papercraft Essentials' magazine and its free gifts......

Michele's In Depth Magazine Review (No.1)

Hi Ladies,

Fist magazine to be reviewed in depth is Papercraft Essentials which comes with this fantastic Cut & Emboss Folder plus stamps. 

Inside there’s a 3 page feature showcasing Circle Dies which definitely makes you think about using them more. 

Also there’s a 4 page article on Faux tie-dye backgrounds which looks great.

This one of the features showing some ideas using the free gifts. 

More ideas, simple but lovely ideas.

Page 3 &4.

Third feature using the free gifts.

I think this issue has a really versatile and great quality free gift .

Next review the following Saturday-Diecutting Essentials. 
Happy Crafting 


Thank you so much Michele for a fantastic in depth review, its great to see all of the features as it makes it easier to decide if this magazine is something we would find useful.

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and Hugs to all,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-your key holder is gorgeous. The banner Die would make a great notebook or memo/jotter.

    Thank you everyone for you lovely comments yesterday about my good news (Health).

    I hope you all enjoy the in depth magazine review-If anyone would like too see more of the articles please let me know.


    1. Thank you Michele great review I bought this magazine & love the Embossing Folder as you say a brilliant freebie x

  2. Morning Everyone
    Lovely idea SANDRA for the Banner Die. Looks a good die to play with.

    Thank you MICHELE for the review. I'll be popping into Smiths this morning to have a look.

    Off on our usual shopping this morning. For this afternoon fingers crossed it will be a quiet one.

    The CAFE is OPEN with Cupcakes and Scones for this afternoon.
    HUGS are on their way to you all with extras for Dear Friends who are not too well or just in need.
    Take care and stay safe.xxxx

  3. Hi everyone,

    What a pretty banner project. So lovely for a key holder.

    Michele, so pleased your news was good yesterday.x
    Thank you for the lovely in depth mag review. I love the cut and embossing folder, definitely one to buy. It's a good job I don't live in the UK, I'd be buying every magazine.x

    I went to craft club yesterday. I forced myself to go as still not feeling well but I hadn't been out all week so decided to go. So glad I did. It was lovely to be with the ladies and chat and laugh. Today I meet Pippa and Sylvia for coffee. Lynn, bless her is taking me and picking me up. My legs just aren't working at the moment and so painful.
    Apologies for moaning so much. I'm just going through a bad time at the moment.

    Brenda, I hope your sister is progressing well.

    Special hugs to Pat, Pete, Lynda, Lilian and Maria and all not feeling so good.x
    Love Valx

  4. Good morning everyone.
    Lovely idea as a key holder, very nice Sandra.
    Michele- thank you for the in debt mag review.
    Oh Butterflies Lynda, just don't run to get it or you might trip hihi
    I'm sending well wishes to all who are not too good and I hope you still have a nice weekend.
    Liked to stay at home but we are going to Colchester for two nights so I'll be back Monday.
    Take care. many hugs xxx

  5. I’m a bit late today because of internet problems Just what I needed when I’m awaiting the design of the Order of Service designed by my daughter for proof reading!
    Seems fine now
    A beautiful project SANDRA and such a different way using tha banner dies This looks quite substantial in size
    Thank you for the in depth review MICHELE It’s so good to actually see what’s inside and help us decide whether to buy it or not I’ll be very interested to see the next one as Die-cutting magazine was the very first craft magazine I bought
    I hope things are getting better for those that in pain - sorry LYNDA. I got muddled on the RA drugs I hope the pain is easing
    OH Is back at work Monday so I’ll be back in my craft room good and proper and looking forward to tackling the cc
    Take care all xxx

  6. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra you are the so clever for ideas for the banner die, well
    Michele thank you an excellent
    Brenda I do hope your sister is better & hopefully home. Have you heard about your scan yet? hugs on
    Sending hugs to Pat & Pete, Val & all who need

  7. Hi Sandra & ladies
    Lovely how you have used the banner die Sandra so pretty
    Great review Michele I love that Embossing Folder.
    Val sorry your still in so much pain. Pain is so horrible sometimes you just want to screem well I do anyway hope you feel better soon.
    Hug's xx
    Brenda hope your sister is home soon & getting better all time. Xx
    MARIA have a lovely weekend & yes I bought that magazine haha.
    KAREN that's fine. I'm going to ring RA clinic again Monday as not hered back from two weeks ago. Then try & get Doctor to see if she can try & see if she can help about my Diabetic neuropathy. Joy's of getting old.
    Hug's for everyone extra for Pat& Pete & all that need them
    Love Lynda xx

  8. Hi Sandra and ladies.
    Great magazine reviews Michele. I’m trying to see if I can get this to work.

  9. Wow. After not working all dayhis now worked how odd is that. Good to see you this afternoon Sandra.

  10. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    Sandra what a brilliant way to use the banner die, you really have been thinking outside the box. xx
    Michele Thank you for your review on Papercraft Essentials, I really like the different approach you have chosen to this week. xx
    My sister has been discharged from hospital and has returned to Loughborough. She is in the convent infirmary, they have full time nursing staff so she is a lot more fortunate than most when they leave hospital. THANK YOU everyone for your very thoughtful and caring messages, you really are the best and make such a difference. XX
    Take care everyone, love Brenda xxx