Giving paper cutting a try!

I visited the Handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace in London at the weekend – it was excellent, even better than last year, and I would encourage anyone crafty to treat yourself to a visit next year in September – watch this space for details…


With my ticket I got a voucher for a free Gyrocutting tool (its called a GYRO-CUT)… I wasn’t really sure what it was, but thought I would get one as i have been umming and ahhing about giving paper cutting a try!

Well last night I googled for free paper cutting templates and found this gorgeous design on the SLS Creative website. See links below.

So….I printed it off and thought let’s get stuck in!  Well what can I say – less than 30 mins later I had created’s not perfect, but for my first attempt I must say that I impressed myself!

It really is so easy…I am sure it is a combo of the amazing gyro-cut knife and the printed design….  I think I would use thicker paper next time as I did rip it in one place (see if you can spot where!) – I had only used the standard printer paper in my inkjet! You hold the knife like a pen, and the small blade rotates as you move directions….making smooth curves really easy!  I do need to practice though.

Go get yourself a cutting knife and print off design, (oh and use a cutting mat – I have one for cutting my bunting out!)…and see what happens – you might just impress yourself!

Here’s a link to the Gyru-Cut tool:

and here’s a link to the template from SLS Creative – these are designs for your own use – you cannot sell the template or any finished paper cuts: and you should credit SLS Creative in any end products – she has a facebook page ( and twitter too!

so…..if you are a paper cutting virgin – why not give it a go!



Gingerberry Crafts has 15% off this Easter weekend….

Head to my Gingerberry Crafts Etsy Store and you can grab yourselves 15% off over the Easter long weekend  – use the code


UK Postage only (sorry to all my worldwide followers)

expires Monday 6th April 2015

you can also get £5 off your first Etsy order with this link… 

There are lots of lovely goodies…like this bunting:

gingerberry bunting  - pretty

Gingerberry bunting – lovely pale blue/grey/duck egg with pink highlights

This is why I LOVE my hobby….warning self-indulgent post coming up!

“hi I’ve received the bunting today – it’s absolutely perfect. I am really pleased with it thank you so much.  You haven’t heard the last of me I will definitely be in touch with some more orders xx”

“Absolutely fabulous made to measure nothing too much trouble”

My day job is in the IT Sector, and was recently telling my MD about Gingerberry Crafts. He queried why I didn’t outsource manufacture of my bunting to India etc, increase profit margins, reduce my valuable time spent making etc…

Well….that customer above is why….and many more like them!

I LOVE making stuff for people and I LOVE getting their happy emails and feedback…it makes my day!

My hobby feeds my fabric obsession and then I can share those lovely makes with you guys…. long may it continue 🙂

Thanks to all my customers 🙂

bunting pics

Bunting Mania!