Tuesday 27 November 2012


Today is the day I have been working towards for over a year now.  I have learnt much (so much that I am surprised my brain hasn't exploded!) and finally I am putting all that knowledge to the test - so fingers crossed for me.  I feel like I want to add a fanfare to this blog post but there is always something new to learn!!!!

This is the banner for my new shop.

I will be selling templates with photo and video instructions.  As yet the shelves in my shop are a bit bare but I will work hard to fill them.  So today I am announcing the availability of my first project template.  If you follow my blog you may have seen a sneak peek of this project on one of my WOYWW posts.  The lovely comments I received made me choose this as my first item to offer for sale.  Here is a taste of what you can make if you decide to purchase my template and the two video tutorials that accompany it.

As you can see it is a very versatile template that is great fun to make and great fun to give.  I will be releasing more design ideas for using this template over the coming weeks so if you intend to purchase this item (and I am keeping my fingers crossed that you do!!) don't forget to sign up and follow my Blog and my You Tube Channel to make sure you do not miss out on the inspiration.

I hope to add a links page soon (.....again when I learn how to do it!) so that anyone that purchases a template can share their own interpretations and design ideas for using my template.  I can't wait to see what everyone makes.  It is so exciting.

I started this blog at the beginning of the year to keep a track of my progress towards starting my own internet crafting business and almost a year later - TODAY IS THE DAY!

My Blog has introduced me to all the other wonderful folk who blog and craft out there and I have had and am having such fun.  I have met lots of lovely people (virtually!) and thank you for all your kind words of encouragement.  I am definitely going to carry on blogging ('cause I love it!) and hope to still make time to participate in the wonderful challenges I have been playing along with.

So without further ado here is the link to my brand new shop:


and here is the link to my relatively new You Tube Channel:

ACraftProject - You Tube Channel

Watch this space.....More coming soon!



  1. Josephine Hackland20:12

    Congratulations Helen - the video was lovely

  2. YahOOO! Most definitely LOTS of luck winging it's way to you Helen *hug* I'm sure you will be a hUge success. I have bookmarked your shop and subscribed to your video's to view later. Mo :0)) x

    1. Thank you for your support and good wishes Mo x

  3. what a fantastic fun project!

    Just subscribed to your utube channel and watched the WOYWW video with little one. Thank you.

    Did you know that there is a call for guest tutorials at the Toucan Scraps Tutorials Blog?

    1. Hi Angela thank you so much for subscribing – as you can see this is a brand new project for me. Thank you so much for the lovely feed back. More coming soon!!! I expect the sound track for the popping boxes was fun for your little one.

      I will check out the link you sent me - sounds interesting x

  4. How exciting, Helen! What a good idea to sell templates, your Etsy shop looks great. Wishing you lots of luck with it.

    1. I always reply with the wrong button - so at the risk of repeating myself!!! Thank you for your good wishes Jane - I am just putting the finishing touchest to project no 2 x

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  6. HI Helen, just wanted to let you know I've successfully completed my first Surprise Package and I had SO much fun with it. Thanks for the clear instructions and tutorials - I'll be watching out for more! If you would like to see my efforts here's a link to my blog post http://artyfartyannie.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/nutcracker-sweet.html
    Cheers for now, Happy Christmas x

    1. Hi Annie

      Thank you so much for sharing your link with me. You have done a beautiful job I am so pleased you have chosen to use my template for such a special project. Just wanted to let you know that you have made my day and I am looking forward even more to getting more tutorials and templates on my virtual shelves in the near future. I am so happy to hear that you felt my instructions and videos were clear and I can see that from the wonderful result you have photographed on your blog. I am a Graphic 45 fan too so all the sweeter that you chose their fab papers!
      Happy Christmas Annie to you and yours and thank you again x

  7. I think you are exceptionally gifted. Your handiworks and material combinations in creating these crafts blown me away! They are very pretty – a perfect addition to a crafty collection for anyone who loves crafting art. It’s a good thing you opened an Etsy shop for instructions. Now anyone could just make one! Well, I could not imagine these pretty crafts unavailable to the world! Have fun, and all the best!

    Carolyn Figueroa @ Maximized Marketing


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