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Monday, 1 July 2013

Fantastic Washi! - Monday 1st July

Good Morning Friends,

I hope you all had a fab weekend and the sun shone wherever you are! Thanks to those of you who commented on my post yesterday; it is a such a shame that so many have become almost afraid to 'love' our Country and more to the point show it! I thought we had turned a corner last year when we were all celebrating the Jubilee and the Olympics, I will never forget the images on TV of the sea of flags in the Mall. As for our armed service personnel, none of us like the idea of war and fighting, but without those prepared to fight for us we would have no defence. I felt very humbled listening to Jake on Saturday. Just as a quick side to this...he explained that having lived with three other soldiers in nothing more than a hill fort for 6 months, firing at Taliban, he was sent home on 2 weeks leave..can you imagine the transition and how you couldn't possibly adjust? After his first term there, he came home and went back to his banking job in London(he was a Reservist), with no real adjustment time and obviously couldn't's frightening isn't it?

Yesterday, Hazel mentioned in her comment about sending cards to Forces overseas, I don't know of any collections to do this, but one of my crafty twitter and facebook pals, Cazz Wright, has been collecting cards to send to an RAF Squadron for them to post back to loved ones at home for some years now and they are always so grateful. For details of this please check out - I do send some when I can, but lately have had a hard time keeping up with my own makes I'm afraid.

Fantastic Ribbons Design Team project...
                                                         Wonderful Washi!

This month our Design Team project at Fantastic Ribbons is to alter household items. Washi Tape is a must for your craft stash, as you can do some much with it and my immediate thoughts went of course to my craft room (afterall most of my spare time is spent here!).

I decided to alter a few of my desk top items: a little plain wooden desk top tray, some flash drives, pencils and notebooks.

For the pencils I simply wound the washi around the barrel and hey presto you have a brand new, colourful pencil! I also found an old cardboard tube at the bottom of my box of card I've saved for projects and wound some washi around it to create a small pencil pot and washi tape stand.

The wooden tray has been on a shelf waiting to be 'loved'; I think it was originally part of a gift pack, but I can't remember what was in it! This was the time to give it a new look, so I gave it a coat of salty ocean distress paint and lined the base with some pretty scrap paper; then I covered the rest with some blue polka dot tape - now it sits proudly on my desk.

Washi tape is great for labelling - electric cables have never looked so attractive and neither have flash drives! I stuck this pretty floral washi to some card, cut it to size, punched a hole in one end and cut the other end into a banner shape. As you can easily write on washi, I just used a pen to write on each one,what the drive contains and then I tied them on with narrow ribbons (all available from Fantastic Ribbons).

These two books started out as  plain notebooks and with the addition of some washi they could be given as gifts. I haven't included a tutorial because if you look at the Fantastic Ribbons website, Kirsty Wiseman has already added a brilliant video tutorial.

I decided to use two different tapes on each book, to co-ordinate with the pencils. On the shopping list I also made a ribbon banner from washi and on the note book I stuck some washi to card and then die-cut the butterflies. To finish off both books, I added some cover titles using Spellbinders die-cuts.

If you haven't tried washi tape I hope this has inspired you to try some, it really is a simple way to give something a new look. I used rolls of washi tape that had already been used on cards and other items previously and after completing all these projects, I still have lots left - a little roll goes a long way!

Why not pop over to Fantastic Ribbons, they have lots to choose from

Carole X


  1. Hi Carole,
    fab projects with the washi tape. Love how you have created these. I love that flower one looks like a Cath Kidson bag or pattern.
    No I have never used any of these, but after your creations must buy some and have a go.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. Great desk set Carole and your altered notebooks are fabulous too. Christine xx

  3. Great projects Carol,
    I have never bought any of this tape so far.
    Might just have a think about it next time I see it
    Amazing what comes into your mind when you see great things others do.
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xxx

  4. Great uses for the washi tape Carole! Lovely what you transformed with it!xx