Pink Fire Pointer 2011

Create 10 at Christmas Online Classes!


If you missed out on Create 10 at Christmas last year you've now got the opportunity to sign up this year! Create 10 at Christmas is back available again but only until the end of December so grab your sign up token today! These classes are archived so you can start downloading them right away and pick and choose which you'd like to do. All the classes have ideas for crafting at Christmas. The first class is making a wreath from paper scraps and old decorations. There's also an idea for making a notebook/planner, ideas for last minute gifts, decorating and wrapping gifts, baking Christmas tree cookies and making garlands from popcorn and decorations from felt.

There's also scrapbooking ideas and cardmaking ideas to make special giftcard/money holders. So much to have a go at! Dive in and start your Christmas crafting adventure! Check out all the details on the Create 10 classes page,
If you did sign up last year and would like a reminder of your login email me, ( and I'll resend you your welcome email.
xx Leo

New Quirky Kits for Subscribers!

Hi!The two new Quirky Kits are now ready to go! The kits will be shipping out Monday and Tuesday next week, (28th & 29th). Here's the (almost) full reveal. The Elle's Studio Calendar cards are missing from the photos but I've included them after so you can see what they're like.
Well here we go this is Snow Stories:
I began with my base colours of pink and grey/silver then built it up from there. I was looking for some fun trendy newsprint/text patterns and some pretty snowy elements those are also reflected in the name of the kit 'Snow, Stories'. There's lots of lovely textures from the chunky crispness of the lovely kraft based patterned papers to the soft delicate silk ribbon and organza. I picked out two alphabets both with a ever so slight sheen. The Thickers have a pearl like iridescent finish and the Glitz stickers also have a pretty pearl look too. I really love that whole mix of the kind of 'heavy' kraft colours with the softer sparkly/shiny elements. It really reminds me of that feeling after it's snowed, the idea of everything around us being softened as it's adorned with a soft delicate blanket of snow.
All the patterned papers are doublesided and the reverse sides have a mix up of black, kraft, white and blue so you can trade all the pinks in the kit, (apart from the ribbon but if you're really not into pink this would make a lovely wrapping for a gift) for blue to change up the colour scheme. I've kept most of the kit neutral on purpose so it will easily mix in with supplies you already have and we have a couple of winter elements but nothing overtly themed so it will happily sit with anything you want to make.
I really love the crochet snowflake embellishments which were made by a lovely lady on etsy, (yours might not look like the one shown as they're a good mix up of different kinds, just like real snowflakes :D) and the little penguins are just a little bit of quirky fun I thought of after watching Frozen Planet, (BBC1).
Kit features:
My Minds Eye Kraft Funday 'In Print', 'Streamers' and 'Patchwork Party' patterned papers.
Pink Paislee Snow Day, 'Hot Cocoa' and 'Cozy Sweater' patterned papers.
Lily Bee Design Head Over Heels, 'Courting' and Memorandum 'Whiteboard' patterned papers.
My Minds Eye Lost and Found 2 'Favorite Dance' patterned paper.
Bazzill cardstock in Kraft, Avalanche and Smoky.
American Crafts Marquise pearl letter Thickers alphabet stickers.
My Minds Eye Kraft Funday Everyday Fun button card.
2 x penguin shaped button embellishments.
1 handmade snowflake crochet embellishment.
Glitz Design Teeny Alpha in pearl
1 x Jenni Bowlin Doily Flower embellishment
6 x pieces of Pink Paislee Snow Day Ephemera, (printed diecut card embellishments).
MayArts Fuchsia Silk Ribbon x 1 yard, (90cm)
Silver strung sequins x 1 meter
1 length of red grosgrain ribbon
1 length of silver liquid ribbon
1 square piece of sparkle dot snow organza
Elle's Studio 2012 Vintage Calendar Circle Tags

For the Quirky Kit Lite 'Snow Drifts' this month I wanted to do something contrasting but still working with the same idea of mixing in the kraft/neutral colours. For this one I started out with a teal/green and silver colour scheme and went from there. There are some Elle's Studio Calendar pennants in this kit too, they didn't arrive in time to put in the photo but I've included them bellow it.
The snowflake is a glitter paper which is really really really glittery but it's specially made so the glitter doesn't come off. One of my favorite papers from the new summer releases is that Crate woodgrain pattern from the Peppermint line so I had to throw in some of that somewhere. It's a really versatile paper either as a background or as embellishment. The main kit has the newspaper/text print element and there's a nod to that in the lite kit with the Studio Calico sheet.

Studio Calico Classic Calico 'Newsprint' patterned paper.
American Crafts Silver Snowflakes POW! glitter paper (half sheet).
Crate Paper Peppermint 'Ski Lodge' patterned paper.
Crate Paper Farmhouse 'Sunday Dinner' patterned paper.
Echo Park Dots & Stripes 'Silver Bells' patterned paper.
My Minds Eye Lost and Found 2 'Precious Motif' patterned paper.
My Minds Eye Kraft Funday 'Party' patterned paper.
American Crafts Vanilla cardstock.
Bazzill Kraft cardstock.
My Minds Eye Lost & Found 2 "Fun Day" title card.
Authentique Petite Type Square alphabet stickers.
White wool mix felt square, 9x9 inches.
1 length of silver glitter ribbon.
1 length of white velvet ribbon.
Elle's Studio 2012 Monthly Pennants.

Keep a peek on your emails for shipping notifications. You'll be able to change the date it's sent out to you too if you need to.
For non subscribers I'm afraid these kits are sold out but there will be a couple of smaller seperate kits available and I'll soon be adding the new subscription places to the store so look out for those.

xx Leo

Blog Hop Winner!

I've done a draw for the winner of the UK Scrappers Blog Hop from all the comments on this blog. I used the random number generator and gave a number for each post with 1 for the first comment down to the last, 148 and the number that it generated was comment number 8:

This is also my 1st blog hop and I really love the home sweet home project I will attempting that
Uks dusty fairy

Congratz dusty fairy. You've won a kit of you choice from the store. Pop on the store, and pick out what you'd like then let me know at or you can use the contact form on the store site.

Don't forget there's still other chances to win prizes from UK Scrappers I know MaryAnne is working on that right now ready for Monday so keep a peek out on UK Scrappers for that news.

I'm really glad you liked the project. Looking forward to seeing some of those finished projects when you've had a go at them, don't forget to link me up. ;-)
xx Leo

It's a UK Scrappers Blog Hop!

If you are participating in the UK Scrappers blog hop, you may have come here from the lovely Bubbly Funk Bubbly Scrumptious blog. Check out UK Scrappers for all the info and maybe head to the start of the blog hop if you haven't already to see all the lovely projects and details of prizes and special offers my fellow lovely UK Scrappers sponsors have up for grabs! After checking out my project shown bellow you can head on over to see the next project in the blog hop which you'll find on the Cre8tive Online blog,

If this is your first time here first off, hi I'm Leo, {short for Leonora, Leo is way easier to type though ;-) } my store is Crafty Templates, I specialise in papercrafting kits, templates and classes, all the things you need to help you on your crafting adventures. You can read more 'about' Crafty Templates over on the store site here,

OK so onto the project. I wanted to combine a few products from the store and I also wanted to demonstrate a Crafty Template template sheet to show how you don't just have to use them for cards they're great to use to make an embellishment for all kinds of projects. For this particular project today I made these shabby chic pictures. You could make any one of these for yourself or for a gift, they're really easy to personalise too.

For this project you'll need some patterned papers, fabric scraps (optional), cardstock, a picture frame, some mini alphabet stickers and a printed out Crafty Template sheet. Just for the UK Scrappers Blog Hop I've put together a little collection of shabby chic style Crafty Templates you can download for free. The templates are all taken from the March 2011 templates set, they're in PDF format.
Click here to download the Crafty Templates

I've started out with a picture frame, {I got the ones I've used from Wilkos} and I'm using one of my card kits 'Nursery Rhymes' which you can get from the store here. This would be a great project to do to make use of off cuts of papers and card too or even wallpapers or fabrics you have leftover.

To begin with you need to choose a template and print it out. For this picture I've picked out the chair. Take apart your frame and decide which size template from the sheet fits it best. In this case I've picked the largest template on the sheet.

Cut out the template you're using.

Pick out a patterned paper and draw around the template onto it. I've drawn around the template on the back of this piece of paper because it's easier to see.

Cut out the template from the paper. To get to the inner parts of the chair use a hole punch to make holes as a starting point for your scissors to cut into.

If you want your shape to be a silhouette you can keep your chair like this but I'm going to add the cushions too.

Cut out the top cushion from the template.

You can use paper but I'm going to use a scrap of fabric. The templates are really easy to cut from fabric too. Just glue the paper piece using a glue stick, {I'm using a Pritt Stick} onto the back of the fabric. Then cut around the paper edge to make the shape. Leave the paper glued on the back to keep it from fraying. 

To glue the cushion shape to your chair lay the template over the top and use it to position the cushion.

Take the template away when it's glued down.

Repeat the process for the cushion on the bottom of the chair.

 Pick out another patterned paper for the background of your picture. Position the mount from your photo frame, (if using) over the paper and glue your chair embellishment in place. As a final touch I've added a message to some strips of ribbon using mini alphabet stickers and stuck the strips down onto the picture. If you're making a picture as a gift for someone you could easily personalise the message.

Now I'm going to add another touch to the mount from my photo frame because I'm not loving that white so I've decided to alter it. I'm going to use book pages and collage them over the top of the mount. To do this you'll need book pages or other thin paper, some PVA glue, water and a paint brush.

Rip the paper into small pieces. Dip your paint brush in the water then in the PVA and use the watery glue to paste the paper strips to the mount.

For the edges turn the frame to the back and fold the edges over then glue the down for a neat finish.

 Let the glue dry then add your finished mount over the top of your picture.

Add the whole thing to your photo frame to finish. As another little touch I've added a bow made from a torn strip of fabric then glued it to the frame.

Here's another picture I've made using another of the templates. I began by building up the picture on a piece of kraft card using the papers and card from the kit. I've used the sewing machine template for this one.

 As an extra touch I've used machine stitching around the edge of the template and around the edge of the picture.

Once your picture is finished all that's left to do is add it to the frame. I've glued on some fabric roses just to add an extra crafty touch. :-)

Hope you've enjoyed the project. If you have a go pop a link up to your project in the comments, (don't forget to leave a comment too to be eligible for the UK Scrappers prizes) you can also share anything you make with the templates up on the Crafty Templates Facebook wall here,
As an added extra today I'll giveaway a lovely kit of your choice from any in stock on the store to one commenter today, (will announce the draw winner tomorrow, 2nd November 2011)
If you've enjoyed using the templates today take a look on the store at the Crafty Templates club for details on how you can get more every month.

Happy blog hopping! Don't forget your next stop is the Cre8tive blog,
xx Leo

Hazelnut Coffee Quirky Kit Winner!

I've just done the draw for the kit giveaway. I used the post numbers to draw out a winner and the number that came up was..................................
#1 Helen!

So Helen let me know where you'd like your kit sending and I'll get it in the post for you.

xx Leo

The Collectors Diary Blog Roll

Are you playing along with the Collectors Diary? The Collectors Diary class is all about creating a unique to you inspiration book. It'll help you to re-discover your supplies and use your environment to inspire you. You can read more and sign up for this class on the Create 10 page on the store here, The Collectors Diary is the first class at the top of the page. :)

As you message me back with your blog address pointing to your finished book I'll add them here All the diaries being created should be different so it'll be fun to look at what we've all come up with and to swap ideas and inspirations!
xx Leo

Win a Hazelnut Coffee Quirky Kit!

How would you like to win one of the super yum Hazelnut Coffee Quirky Kits?

Just leave a comment bellow by Tuesday 25th October and I'll draw a name out to win a kit. Take a peek at all the fun ideas going on using the kit over on the Quirky Kits Ideas Blog,
Did you know you can subscribe to Quirky Kits too? Check out all the info on the store here,
xx Leo

Design Team Opportunity - Cardmakers Wanted....


I'm looking for active and enthusiastic cardmakers to add to the Crafty Templates design team. I ask design team members for a minimum of 3 cards per month. You're provided with monthly kits and digital templates to use. You will need a home printer to print out templates and a digital camera with the ability to upload your cards to email on to me each month.
If you're interested email me with a link to your blog or other online gallery where I can see some of the previous cards you've made. You could also email some card pictures to me directly if you prefer. Send your info to by 1st November 2011.
If you've got any question let me know.

x Leonora

Create 10 'The Collectors Diary'

We've got a brand new set of Create 10 classes this month kicking off on October 17th.

With Create 10 ‘The Collectors Diary’ you’ll be creating something totally unique to you based around your own choices. The class begins by re-purposing an old book using a selection of papers and techniques. From then on you’ll be set a selection of tasks that will allow you to fill your book pages. Your book will become a place of inspiration and a place for you to explore ideas and try out techniques.

There is no fixed supply list for this class but you will need some basic items. You can download the first ‘Chapter’ of ‘The Collectors Diary’ using the link bellow. This will help you gather together the basic things you’ll need for the classes.

You'll need to sign up to gain access to the remaining chapters via The Collectors Diary download page. You can sign up right here,

Once you're signed up you'll be sent out your password and username to gain access to the page where everything will be kept for you once the class kicks off on October 17th. The downloads are archived after the classes so if you can't make it to follow along 'live' the classes will be there for you whenever you want to access them.

It's going to be loads of fun so I hope you can play along!
xx Leonora

New Quirky Kits

The next Quirky Kits are almost ready to ship out! We've been delayed by the new Lily bee papers being late arriving but they will be worth the wait I promise :)
This month we have a lovely mix of autumnal colours with splashes of turquoise mixed in and eclectic embellishments to dive into.
Quirky Kit 'Hazelnut Coffee'

Quirky Kit Lite 'Rocky Road'

All the subscription spaces for these kits are currently sold out but there will be a couple of single kits of the main Quirky Kit 'Hazelnut Coffee' left over that I'll add to the shop next week.
If you'd like to subscribe to Quirky Kits you can email me for more info at I'll be putting up the new subscription spaces later next month. The next upcoming kit will be the November/December kit out at the end of November. You can have a peek at the ideas board for that kit on the Crafty Templates Pinterest feed check it out here, It'll be a fun splash of colours to brighten up the winter months using hot pink, teals and lime green mixed in with greys, silvers and other neutrals.

Happy Quirky Kit crafting!
xx Leo

Are you ready for class?

The new Create 10 Mix it up mini album classes begin on Sunday so now is the time to put together your supplies ready to begin. With these classes it's important to have everything ready to use at hand as it will make the process of putting your album together simpler. This time around we're focusing more on different scrapbooking styles and technique processes. After the initial stages of making the album in class one class two will follow with decorating the first two pages in a 'clean and simple' style. They'll be lots of hints and tips as to how you can achieve the clean and simple look and learn how you can use it in your future scrapbooking along with the class instructions.

Following on from this we'll then be looking at using different surfaces including transparency and canvas. We'll also look at more styles like getting more grungy and messy with inks and paints. They'll also be some ideas to make different kinds of pages like a fun 'pocket page' in class 9 and using washi tape to make pages with folding out multiple photos in class 7.
This set of classes is not just the opportunity to make a mini book but an opportunity to try out lots of different styles. This can work in two ways to either inspire you to try a new style if you're a seasoned scrapbooker or to give you a taster of new things to try if you're a scrapbooker just starting out.

If you'd like to sign up for Create 10 'Mix it up mini album' classes you can find all the details on the shop site here,

Hope you can join us it's going to be loads of fun!
xx Leo

New Create 10 Classes - 'Mix it up mini album'

This August we have some brand new Create 10 classes coming up and this time around we’ll be mixing it up and creating a mini album. The mini album has been designed for 4x6 size photos as a place to keep lots of photos that we don’t necessarily want to make whole scrapbook pages for but still want to keep. We’ll be mixing up both techniques and materials to give your mini album a unique look as well as to learn different techniques and styles that we can use in our future crafting.
Classes will begin on Sunday August 28th although you can play along with the classes at any time you choose as they’ll be archived in the Mix it Up download area indefinitely.
To access the download area for Create 10 Mix it Up you’ll need to sign up to receive your own personal username and password. Visit the Create 10 classes page to grab your sign up token,
Once you're signed up you'll be able to login to the special password protected area on the site that will house the class downloads. At the moment you can view the class list and download the supply list to get prepared for when the classes begin.

This time around I've had a go at a video supply list too so you can get a close up look at the supplies I'll be using and why I've picked them out.

Hope you can join us it's going to be loads of fun!
xx Leo

New Kits are out!

The new Quirky Kits are being sent out to subscribers this week so look out for them arriving on your doorstep! This month we're taking a nostalgic trip to the seaside. The main kit is 'The Milk Bar'. It's named after an ice cream parlor I used to visit when I was growing up during the summer holidays. I picked out ice cream colours & kitschy seaside motifs and the whole kit has an overall nostalgic/vintage summer feel.

I love the kitschy Thickers and the glitter 'ideas' sticker which I thought would be great for an ideas book or maybe a page about what your idea of a perfect summer is? The map paper would be great to plot your adventures of where you've been this summer or where you spent your favourite summer or perhaps where you would like to go in the future?
You'll also find some seam binding trim. This is great to alter and I've seen this use a lot lately with distressing  techniques for shabby chic style projects.

As always I like to add in some unexpected details. These cute little pin badges have been designed just for this kit. There's also a blank watercolour paper postcard that you can use as part of a scrapbook page for your journalling or use to make a postcard size piece of art or as a page in a minibook or even send as a postcard to yourself while you're on holiday so you can collect it when you get home to put in your scrapbook or mini book or smash book!

The Quirky Kit Lite this month, 'Ice Pops' also has a summer holiday feel but I've added in some more modern feeling detailing to this one with more bright colours and fun patterns.
The fun swirly bright Thickers add a different dimension to the peachy toned papers.

There's a little bit of vintage with the Elle's Studio handmade layers pennants and then back to the modern with the bright coloured washi tape and the hot pink seam binding. Look out for a fun little technique touch with your Quirky Kit Lite this month too - we'll be going all cross stitch!

This month we'll be joined by guest designer Daphne who'll be sharing some fun techniques and project ideas with us throughout August.
Have fun with your kits!
xx Leo

These kits are totally sold out to new subscribers at the mo. I'll be adding the new subscription places to the site this week to start with the September kit, 'Hazelnut Coffee' so watch out for those popping up in the store, Quirky Kits Quirky Kits Lite .

Use it up, wear it out!

Hi Leo here again with another idea using the main Quirky Kit 'Downtown Tea Party', (subscribers check out the Quirky Kit blog for more ideas using your kits this week)

Today I'm sharing an idea using up scraps of patterned papers from the kit. You can also use the idea just as a way of mixing up lots of patterns on one page. Ok here's my page..........

I used on of the Cosmo Cricket papers for my background:

I started building up the layers of patterned paper cutting some out in rectangles and some into strips then sprinkles over some of the embellishments from the kit. I really like some of the strips along the bottom of some of the papers so incorporated some of them leaving them on the edges of papers in some cases and cutting them off the bottom of the papers to use on their own.

The title I added as the last layer sprawling it across all the layers including the photo.

I love the dotted colour strip along the bottom of the Kesi'art paper so I kept that on there to use.
Some of the pieces I've cut out of the patterned paper the date piece in the corner is cut out from the Pink Paislee Daily Junque paper.

 This little scissors is on the Kesi'art card strip I liked how it kind of went with the background paper - it could make a cool theme for a page about scrapbook or paper crafts too?

I used the Pink Paislee twine from the kit across the top to give the impression the rectangles of paper in the background were taped to the line of twine kind of like a washing line! This tape is not in the kit but you can get it's from the Vintage Indie card kit I was playing with this kit at the same time I made the page and I couldn't put the washi tape down!

I glued the twine down using a Pritt glue stick just dabbing it on the paper first then pressing the twine onto it - it sticks it down really well and quick too.
So what are you waiting for? Grab those scraps and get to work, share what you've made with your kit scraps in the comments and I'll pick out one at random to win a washi tape goody pack!
xx Leo