Karens Projects for January – Part 1

Open top box

I made this Basic Open Top Box which I am now using to store my tools and things in and I adore it, the size is just perfect.

I also have a tutorial on which is available to watch on You Tube. Link below to my You tube channel

I primed the box initially with american decor acrylic paint which is a chalk finish and the colour was Lace, I then chose the papers from Floral Muse by Dovecraft and adhered them with Mod Podge.

I used two different pages of the paper one is a larger floral design with butterflies and the other is a smaller floral design pattern which I used on the 2 short sides and the full inside of the box including the base.


The outside I kept very minimal design wise as I knew it was going to be used for a functional purpose and didn’t want it to get grubby and have bits getting in the way, so I chose a 2″ Lace and to disguise the seam I added a sage green coloured satin ribbon, where the ribbon joins I have added a small flower applique and the centre is a small green flat back pearl. Around all the edges I used Inka gold in the colour old silver which is a very pale champagne type colour I also used that along the top edged of the box. I love how it turned out.

Tooth Fairy box

Originally designed to hold a tooth for the tooth fairy and the coin the fairy leaves for your child.  Many of these have been decorated and used to hold engagement rings or wedding rings for the big day.


This box is being made specifically to hold my grans wedding ring  which is something I cannot wear as my fingers aren’t as nimble as my grans were,

Anyway lets talk you through what I did once I had built the box,  this was painted it using Artiste Acrylic paint in the colour Linen

I then used a small floral design paper (I have no idea where I got it I think it must have been a freebie with a magazine as it was only a small A6 size piece) but I used it to line the outside of the box and also the inside bottom side of the lid and the base of the box


I then chose a small gathered lace and added 2 layers of that and a strand of 6mm cream flat back pearl trim, for the top to decorate I used 3 flowers which I dipped in a solution of pearl spray I made myself from water, alcohol ink (can’t remember which colour) and pink gumball perfect pearl powder.

It has given the flowers a lovely subtle pearl shade in pink very understated, just stunning. I then cut an applique and used 3 leaves and added them next to the small cluster.

karen-fairy-tooth-boxI then to finish it off added the sage green accent around the rims I used artiste acrylic paint in the colour sage to get this effect, I think it has worked out perfect.

Karens blog Here
You tube Here

2017’s first project

Well hello everyone …. hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year  ….  Our First Designer of 2017 is the mega talented Kim Slade-Fuller  fernli1
Hello friends~ Kim here today to share with you my first DT project for Fernli Designs for 2017! I am very excited to be working with Fernli again this year, and have lots of fun things in mind for the coming months.

I have created a love wall hanging this time using one of the large tags and 4 of the smaller tags and of course some of the fabulous Fernli Designs letters.

I covered the large tag with some batting and some fun French inspired fabric, to give the tag texture and dimension.

I used paint, embossing powder and white mica flakes for the smaller tags to make them fun and interesting.

I layered on lots of different laces, bridal trims, jute twine and seam binding to give a shabby vintage feel to the wall hanging.

I created a bow at the base of the tag with lots of ribbon, laces and fibers.
I also added a pretty seam binding bow at the top of the tag.


I hope you will give one of these large tags a try, they are so fun to alter!
I have a complete video on how I created this, which you can view below!


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Well …. what a stunning project to start 2017 off … like kim has said these giant tags are so much fun to work with … and at such a great price you can stock up without breaking the bank …

Please leave a comment down below for Kim and all her beautiful work  …. and dont forget to post your makes on our friendly Facebook group ……




Easy 5 minute Christmas Hearts Decorations From Delia

Something to try for next year or even for Valentines day 

Hi everyone! I am back with an easy and fast Christmas  project that everyone can make with some simple steps and a little bit of fantasy.   Of you want to make your own hanging decorations but have very little time?  This is the right project for you. It’s easy, cheap and everyone will be asking you to make some for their Christmas tree. Now let’s start!

4″ Laced edged heart

For this project I used Fernli Designs Lace Edged Hearts 4’’ as a base for some simple Christmas decorations in a rustic and lovely style. These hearts are perfect if you want to create something with a wow effect without making too much effort and also recycling anything you may have in your house to make a 5 mins craft.

I decided to leave them their natural colour, because it was perfect for my purpose.
I cut some hearts out of beige fabric and dark red felt, paying attention to cut each one smaller than the previous. No need to be precise.


I glued them one onto another and then decided how to decorate: I used wooden and fimo buttons, pieces of ribbon and burlap, bakers twine, bows, small embellishments and even little red bells keeping the rustic style, thanks to the choice of the materials and colours: natural wood, dark red and beige. I finally added a piece of ribbon in order to hang them and voilà…See how it’s easy doing something with a little bit of glue and the right products?


Craft as there was no tomorrow and enjoy your time 😉

Beauty – Mini drawer

Hi everyone! Some time ago, someone gifted me a tiny little wooden drawer set and I decided to keep it aside until I had the inspiration to transform it into one of my crazy works.


That time came when I looked at it and thought it was perfect to store the multitude of rings I have 😀

I was looking for something representing beauty and perfection and Fernli Designs offered me the best solution: nothing better than peacock feathers! They symbolise beauty but also strength, awakening and self-esteem. All I had to do was transform my idea into reality.

I prepared the drawer painting it with a darkening lacquer and distressing it with dark brown.  I chose to cover it with two mustard yellow patterned papers that I glued on each side and I kept distressing it to give it an old look. I preferred to leave the front plain to follow my idea of rustic wooden drawer. Then I added a sentiment on both sides using an alphabet set of stamps with different font styles and stamped in black this sentence “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”.


I added an extra touch of light thanks to some black rhinestones that I used to underline the words that meant most to me. Last but not least, I glued right up on the sentiment these beautiful pair of mdf peacock feathers by Fernli Designs and I decided to leave them natural, as their colour was perfect and also because they are particularly intricate and full of details. I only added a small grey rhinestone right in the middle of the feather to catch a little bit of light. And that’s it! I really hope you like it 🙂

Steampunk Phone Stand

Another stunning and practical DT make from Delia

Hi everyone!

We all have a cell phone and I am sure, we all have lost it around the house at least once, trying to find it in the strangest places.   Or you may simply need a place to put it when we get home. Personally, I was looking for something handy that allowed me to put my phone every time I needed to take a photo or make a phone call while working or while doing housework and Fernli Designs Basic Phone Stand is perfect for this purpose. It has a practical structure easy to assemble and a stunning beautiful frame which makes it a nice and functional little thing to have in the house. So I decided to give it a personal look with steampunk gears and colours, easy and fast.


I took my plain phone stand and distressed it all around its borders with a brown colour, paying attention to the frame. I cut two pieces of grunge brown paper and glued it on both sides, leaving a small hole to add the wooden foot.  I kept distressing to give it a thorn look and then I added gears, many gears.  I tried to concentrate on the sides and make them pop out of the border and give the composition harmony and movement. I used a special paint to add a rust effect and, finally, some black rhinestones on each gear and on the top frame. Done! I really hope you like it!

Craft like there’s no tomorrow and enjoy your time!

Delia’s Delights

The very talented Delia has had a very busy few months and has been busy in the background for Fernli too.

Delia’s latest make.

Lately I have been trying to use my mom’s sewing machine and, thanks to her help, I am learning.

Creative sewing is fun. I found out it’s a lot easier than I thought. You don’t have to be precise, I am not at all, and you can use fabric to create some really nice projects.

I started doing some Christmas decorations and this is my project for Fernli Designs.

I created a hanging Christmas tree with my usual steampunk style using Fernli Designs Mixed Bag of Cogs.


I printed a Xmas tree template and used it to cut two pieces of beige fabric. Using black, brown and burgundy ink I stamped it with some steampunk stamps. I took a burlap ribbon and sewed it to the tree as a decoration using a chevron stitch and burgundy thread. With a smaller template I cut two pieces of padding and I secured them to the fabric with pins following this scheme: fabric-padding-fabric. I basted the tree along the padding silhouette and I sewed it two times with the sewing machine using brown thread, not being precise and making each stitching evident. I also added a piece of the same fabric in order to hang it and sewed this on.

Lastly, I took Fernli Designs cogs and painted them using a burgundy distress ink. I glued onto each one of them a metal cog and a big black rhinestone. I added the embellishments I made on the tree and hanged it on my wall. I really hope you like it.

Craft like there’s no tomorrow and enjoy your time!


Suzi’s final project

Well we have had 2 gorgeous projects from Suzi for her guest spot so what awaits her 3rd make ….




Handbag style gift box – Spray painted outside and inside – once again I’ve used Kaisercraft papers and various dies etc to decorate
in a Christmas style.

Now who wouldn’t want to get a gift in THIS …… in fact I wouldn’t even care if there were no gift inside …. STUNNING ..


SO EVERYONE ….. That is it for the Month of December  ….. We at FERNLI HQ would like to thank you ALL for the support you have shown us for this year and we appreciate every single one of you.



Suzi’s 2nd GDT Project


Suzi’s project is using the 3 Suitcases c2529e_22f84c80649746af90a2fe844cb27987-jpg

And what a wonderful transformation ….

2. PROJECT USED: 3 Opening Suitcases and corner flourishes – Painted with Gesso  and Decorated with Kaisercraft papers and various flowers


The Suitcases can be decorated in so many different ways and nt only make a beautiful decoration for your home or a gift some someone …. but you can turn them into little photo albums, or just somewhere to store your jewellery at night …  Or decorate them as an accessorie for a child’s doll ….


Please dont forget to leave a comment below for Suzi …



Customer Showcase

Hello again …….

we have so so many talented customers at Fernli Designs  we want to show off some of their work …..  and here are 2 very beautiful makes for you to feast your eyes on …


Sharon Verbiest made this awesome Christmas countdown sign from one of our large tags …..  She said its for her Daughter …. but I am TRYING to steal it from her ….. after all Kids DO NOT need this sort of thing …… do they (cough cough …. wink wink )    I am sure Bethany wouldnt mind LOL ……



Our second make today is by Denise Whitehurst …… IT is wonderful and it even lights up !!!!    Denise my address is …………..

I mean SERIOUSLY …. how amazing would it be to receive this card for Christmas …. Definatly one to keep as an orniment for the next year …


STUNNING jobs girls ….


keep posting your amazing makes on our Facebook page and your work may be on here next