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Easter Holiday Shipping

easter holiday

It’s Easter this weekend and even Royal Mail get a break so I’m taking one too. All orders received by 5pm BST today will be posted tomorrow morning and then I won’t be shipping again until Thursday 20th April. Digital orders are not affected.

I’ll be up north for a few days so I may also be slow to reply to emails and enquiries. Thank you for your patience!

PS. Don’t forget my Easter garland is still available as a free printable. Send me a photo if you make one!

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Shop Updates

lucky clover card

It’s been a while since I added a new card to the range but I liked my Lucky Clover so much, I thought he deserved a chance. These Good Luck cards are great for friends starting a new job, moving to a new place or who just need a boost. Don’t forget, you can choose any 2 cards from my pick and mix range for just £3.50.

polymer stamps

Bargain hunters will also be happy to hear that my pick and mix polymer stamps are back. You can now buy any 1, 2 or 3 stamps of your choice from 14 of my cute characters. I took that photo at the weekend and had forgotten quite how many I have now.

packaging

While we’re talking about stamps, I’ve had a few enquiries through Etsy about adding names, dates etc. to stamps so I’ve made an arrangement with Serious Stamp. Just check out Clare’s range of custom stamps and send her a message to say you’d like to use one of my characters. She can then set up a custom order for you with a small extra fee for my design. Happy stamping!

Sales & Offers

Weekend Wrap Up

bunnies

Lots to work on this week before the Easter holidays though I did also pop into Glasgow to get my hair cut and eye up all the cute Easter bunnies. New products and restock are arriving too so plenty going on.

Limited Time Shopping Offers

  • Free shipping worldwide + 20% off everything in my Society6 shop this weekend with that link only.
  • 15-50% off everything in my Zazzle store this weekend with the code APRILWEEKEND.
  • Repeat customers get 15% off the Super Cute Kawaii collection. Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

Ongoing Shopping Offers

  • Get $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
  • Buy any 6 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop and get 50% off.
  • Get 50% off your first personalised card at Thortful with the code TTSHUVNO.

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Featured Posts, Guides and Tutorials

How To: Make Paper Cut Bumble Bee Cards & Decorations

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Time for a new paper craft tutorial to help you make cards and decorations featuring my cute characters! Want to make sure you don’t miss one? Join my mailing list!

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Spring has finally arrived so I’m going to show you how to make some happy bumble bees for cards and decorations, plus some mini stick decorations for bouquets and plants (and even cakes!). This is the easiest tutorial yet and suitable for kids too (if you cut the pieces out first).

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

What you’ll need:

  • Thin card in yellow and black
  • A sheet of tracing paper (or thin printer paper)
  • Something round to draw around (see sizes below) or pair of compassses
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or glue dots or glue stick
  • My Draw Kawaii Faces free printable (optional)

Instructions:

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

Find a suitable sized round object to draw around or set your compasses. For an A5 card, you want something around 60-70cm in diameter – I had a small glass that was perfect. For the mini bees, something like a large bottle top or lip balm lid would be good. Draw around with a pencil and cut out the circle.

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

You’ll need 3 yellow circles, 2 black circles and 2 in tracing paper (if you can’t get tracing paper, find the thinnest cheapest printer paper you have. With the tracing paper, try to cut inside the pencil lines, otherwise you’ll need to erase the lines after, since they’ll show through. A putty rubber is best for this as it won’t crease the delicate paper.

kawaii bumble bee paper cut 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, get your printer to scale it up and then use tracing paper to copy a face over. Pencil it in then go over with a black marker pen.

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

Once you’re happy, assemble the black and yellow circles into a bee as above. If you’re making a card, check how wide the stripes can be to still fit (remembering we’ll be adding a sting to its tail later). You can make light pencil marks just under the overlap if you need a reminder.

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

Once you’re happy, you can stick it all together. Start at the back and work up to the face trying to keep the stripes to the same width. I like to use two strips of double sided tape to keep both sides in place. If you’re using a glue stick, try to only glue the parts that overlap or things will get a bit sticky!

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

Once you’re done, overlap the two tracing paper wings and attach to the back at the top. If you’re using tape, make sure it isn’t visible on the front. I added an extra strip of tape on top to keep it secure.

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

One last thing – the sting! It can be a big sting or a small one. Just cut a long triangle and glue or tape to the back.

kawaii bumble bee paper cut tutorial copyright marceline smith

Yay! Once you’ve finished your Bumble Bee, there’s lots of things you can do with him. Making a card is easy. Just glue it down, leaving the wings free, and add text by hand or print your message separately and cut it into a speech bubble or other shape. Continue Reading

Monthly Reviews

March Round Up

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Goodbye March! You were very long but mostly fun.

Fave 5 from the blog

New stuff in my shops

Li.st highlights

Links I Loved

No photos or wishlist this month as they’re already covered by Meet The Maker and upcoming birthday posts.