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New! 5 A Day Shopper Bags

My 5 A Day tote bags have been out of stock for a very long time, but I’ve brought them back for Christmas as shopper bags!

5 a day shopper bag

Since they’re covered with my happy fruit and vegetables characters, a shopper bag makes much more sense and these are ready for the supermarket, farmer’s market, or just to tuck in your handbag ready for an impulse shopping spree.

5 a day shopper bag

These shopper bags have gussets on 3 sides so you can really cram in a lot of groceries. I took one on a test drive myself to make sure – there’s a whole cabbage in there and two full size bottles of squash. They also have long handles so those of us without a car can easily carry everything home.

5 a day shopper bag

Best of all, the price stays the same! These would make great gifts for vegetarians, vegans and gardeners, but are useful enough for anyone who does the weekly shop. Get them in my shop now.

Happy Customer Photos

Happy Customer Photos

One of my resolutions for 2018 is going to be to do these posts every month because I keep forgetting! Now there’s loads of your cute photos to share from the last couple of months.

moon's creations

Marcy of Moon’s Creations found the golden ticket in my anniversary surprise box and won a mug. She wrote a really cool review of the box and the mug on her blog so go check that out.

Pandacat Productions sewed up some Jammie Dodger mini pillows with my cut and sew fabric. Didn’t they turn out well?

kawaii space pencil case

One from Etsy where this cute photo of my Solar System pencil case was added to¬†jormeow’s review.

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Laura shared this super cool collection of pins including my Little Ghost.

Ghost Gangs are my favourite thing to see and Kim has almost the full set! I love this so much.

little ghost halloween garland

Elisa shared this spooky cute photo of the Halloween garland she made with my free printable.

And Phoenix is still keeping up with my free paper craft tutorials. Love this happy ghost.

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It’s always lovely to hear that my packages cheer up someone’s day. Frances has a fun photo set of my stickers and enamel pins so click through to see the rest.

Just a sweet photo of my wooden brooches from Marina, who is always posting cute photos of my stuff, thank you!

And finally, there have been so many cool photos of our craft fair zine, but Sally‘s was one of my favourites. She also has a hilarious piece in the zine so go buy one if you haven’t read it yet.

I think the Ghost Gang was my favourite photo this time! I send out a little surprise package to my favourite photographer each time I do a post like this so make sure to share yours with me – just tag @marcelinesmith on Instagram, share on my Facebook page, or leave a photo with your order feedback using the Etsy app.

News, On-Demand News

2018-2022 5 Year Diary Now Available

If you’re already thinking about new year resolutions, a 5 Year Diary is a great place to start. It’s an easy way to record your daily life and makes for a great memory book to look back on.

Kawaii 5 Year Diary

My spiral bound 5 Year Diary has been updated for 2018-2022 and has a cute new design featuring my Kawaii Skies characters. They appear in a full colour pattern on the cover and on each diary page.

Kawaii 5 Year Diary

If you’re not familiar with the format, a 5 year diary has 5 years per page and only a small space to fill, so you can easily jot down the day’s events at bedtime. It’s especially fun once you get past the first year and can start comparing your days. I get a kick out of spotting all the similarities and seeing how my monthly and annual tasks line up with previous years.

Kawaii 5 Year Diary

There’s also profile pages for each year so you can keep track of big life changes, goals and favourites.

Kawaii 5 Year Diary

As always, you can also buy an updated edition of last year’s Happy Nature design. Both are available on-demand from Lulu. This works out best for everyone as Lulu have printing facilities worldwide so can offer affordable shipping wherever you are.

If you previously bought my paperback 5 Year Diary and would like a matching one for next year, please let me know! I can only make them available if I get a few pre-orders.

News, Sales & Offers

New Fabric Coin Purses + Sale!

It’s been a while since I added some new fabric coin purses to my range, but now there are two new ones! The space designs are the most popular so I’ve added Planet Earth to the gang and Mt Fuji seemed like an obvious choice too.

kawaii fabric coin purses

These coin purses are all handmade by my mum. They’re small enough to fit in your handbag or pocket, with zips to keep everything safe inside.

kawaii fabric coin purses

Now that there are 14 different coin purses, it’s getting difficult to keep them all in stock and I’ve decided to cut things down to just the most popular designs – Planet, Sun, Ghost and Cookie + Earth & Fuji. I’m clearing out the rest with 25% off so go get one while you can! I’ve split them between my shop and Etsy, so if the character you want is sold out, check the other shop.

cut and sew coin purses

Of course, you can still sew up your own purse as all 14 characters are available as cut and sew fabric in my Spoonflower store for only $5 apiece.

Free Things!, Guides and Tutorials, Paper Craft Tutorials

How To: Make Paper Cut Christmas Star Cards & Decorations

paper cuts header

Time for one more paper craft tutorial to help you¬†make cards and decorations featuring¬†my cute characters! This is the last full tutorial for the year but I’ll have some more paper crafts ideas next month.

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This month I’m going to show you how to¬†make a 3d effect Happy Star card. This was my personal Christmas card two years ago but can also be used for other festive holidays and thank you cards. I’ll also include a basic card and some decoration ideas at the end.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

What you’ll need:

Instructions:

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Download my templates sheet and print it out at full size on to any colour of card or paper, then either cut out or trace the star shape. You can also trace the face, instead of drawing one yourself later. If you don’t have a printer, just draw a 5 or 6 pointed star that’s the same size as your card aperture.

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Draw around your template or transfer from tracing paper and cut out.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Erase any visible pencil lines and you’ll have a star.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Time to add a face!¬†Once again, you can practice with¬†my free¬†Draw Kawaii Faces¬†printable which has eight cute faces to choose from. If you’re still not confident, you can use tracing paper to copy a face over. Pencil it in then go over with a black marker pen.

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Now to add it to your aperture card. The one I’m using has two folds so you can hide the star inside and have plenty room to add a message. You could also just use a one fold card and write your message under the star.

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Add foam dots to the back of your star at each point. These are thick foam dots that will make your star look like it’s floating inside the card.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Fold up your card and place the star inside the aperture, sticking down the dots.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Open up the card again and place two more foam dots on the corners and stick to the aperture piece leaving the other fold open.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

You should now have a blank card at the back where you can write your greetings without damaging your star. For a dark colour like this, you’ll need a white or metallic pen, but that’s even more fun.

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The front view will look like this. The 3D is really cool and makes it look way more complicated than it really is.

kawaii christmas cards paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

Now you an add text by hand or print a greeting separately and cut it into a shape.

kawaii holiday card paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

If you don’t want to make an aperture card, just glue your star to plain folded card.

kawaii christmas stars paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

You can also make lots of stars in different colours or sizes for a garland or tree decorations. Or make mini Stars on sticks for table decorations or cake toppers – just follow the instructions at the end of my Ghosts tutorial.

kawaii christmas stars paper crafts tutorial copyright marceline smith

I’ve just used mini pegs to attach my stars to sparkly twine. That makes it easy to take down and store after the holidays.

If you make some Stars, I would love to see them! You can tag me on Instagram (@marcelinesmith) or Twitter (@marceline).


This tutorial is for personal use only! Please do not sell items you make or use this tutorial for profit. As with all content on this blog, the images and instructions are copyrighted © Marceline Smith 2017 and may not be reposted without credit and permission. Thank you for respecting the rights of artists and makers.