Well, last night I finally finished the last of the cards I had promised people for Christmas which spookily was my 400th sale of the year!
After the iris folded booties the other week I had a request for a Robin. I downloaded this craft from craftsuprint, not sure I will be mass-producing them though.
It was the most realistic robin I found but also the most complicated. It involved some double and corner folds and I'm afraid it was rather experimental but it looks like a robin so we'll stick with it.
It is mounted on red and gold card to make it stand out, some peel off embellishments and a greeting and the card is A4.
So busy making cards this week in between working and a spot of attending Christmas - Do's that I haven't had enough time to stop and post!
This is one made using a clear Pepper & Friends Christmas stamp. Simply coloured with polychromos. A touch of fluffy stuff added for snow and some white peel off snowflakes.
The card is a lovely aperture one from Craft Creations.
Slowly catching up - have made 36 wedding invitations as well since I last posted so looking forward to a day or two resting over the festive period I think before I get in to playing with all the bits I have spent the year accumulating again!!
A special card I made just as my finger was giving up the other week - now going in the right direction but still can't use my right-hand properly which is a bit of a xmas card disaster!
This card is another 8x8". I cut out the bootie shapes and used an iris folding template to make a blue and pink bootie for the twins. To these I added a little punched tag and added names with teeny peel off letters and matching bow.
To make a Congratulations big enough I cut out letters using my Impress machine in silver and layered the message through the middle of the card.
I used a punch on the corners of the card to finish off which was then layered on some silver before mounting on the base card. A teeny gem in each corner too for a touch of sparkle.
These are great for gifts and each album page is made from one 6x6" piece of paper. After cunningly folding them a square of card is added so they keep their shape and another square piece is used as the hinge between pages.
The box lid and base are each made from 4 pieces of 6x6 paper too. A really effective project that I added a few photos to as a present and finished the box off by adding a name with some x-cut letters and a butterfly.
Had a lovely relaxing week at Center Parcs. One of the non-sporting activities you could book was a Jewellery workshop one afternoon so felt obliged to have a go!
It was lovely and relaxing.
We had a lovely choice of necklaces and fab packets of beads, it was really hard to make a choice and I have many more ideas logged away now for the beads I already have at home!
I chose this necklace as it was a bit different to anything I already have with the 3 'dangles' at the bottom. The example necklace had clusters of beads on the wire but the beads I had left didn't lend themselves to this so well but it is something I might try with another experiment. The main string are lots of seed and tube beads in different colours, with a few swarovski crystals now and again for a little sparkle!
Just some little ear-rings to match, they could of been more elaborate but I don't wear many dangly ones.
It was a very enjoyable afternoon and lots more ideas on the list for if I ever get any time!
Had a fun day out today attending one of Val's workshops.
We learnt peyote stitch and then how to turn a peyote tube into a beaded bead.
Val had some bags of lovely colour assortments for us to choose from, they were all great but I opted for the lovely shades you can see in the picture. I completed all 3 beads and will now hunt around to see if I have enough matching items to make a necklace.
Sorry the picture isn't the best - managed not to get to take one in daylight for the second day in a row!
This is the infamous elastic-stringed affair I had a scrap with the other night.
This was a kit I bought from Beadsisters a long time ago. It is a safety pin bracelet. Each pin has a selection of different beads threaded on. I actually did this part at least a year ago and then mislaid the elastic thread, I could easily of bought some more but kind of neglected to do that and it finally turned up last week!
The safety pins were then threaded on to the elastic 'top to tail' to the desired length. The instructions asked for a reef knot to fasten the elastic but my trusty ex-scout couldn't make that work, I tried various options that also just undid themselves straight away and then found instructions for a surgeons' knot which worked perfectly.
For the final drama in what really should all of been much less of a fuss I bought some super strength superglue. Much to Graeme's amusement I put some of this on each knot (it was much runnier than I expected) - it immediately went on my fingers which then stuck together, there wasn't even a small period of stickiness, it was just instant stuck together - apparently this was hilarious!
Anyway, fingers unstuck, knots tied and currently stable the bracelet is ready to go!
Not quite a card today - I have been messing with a few things in between feeling rather germy but don't seem to have much of sense to show! I did try to finish a bracelet I started ages ago but am struggling to tie knots in the elastic that stay (all suggestions welcome).
So here is a picture from Stourhead at the weekend. Went out for a bit of fresh air and amazingly managed to get an hour on Saturday when we didn't have thunder, lightning, rain or hail and it was lovely (it rained when we were having a cream tea afterwards - good treatment for colds I think!).
Definitely worth a visit at the moment for the lovely colours.
After the quilled sheep episode today's post is a rather speedier affair!
Still seem to have no time for xmas but made a small amount on Monday (in between still trying to find a work surface) to try these sheep.
This is an image printed from CraftsuPrint. The A4 sheet contains one large image and is a side stacker (or whatever similar name you know them as). The large picture is mounted on a bit of white card, then blue so that it stands out. Four more pieces are then cut out, the picture doesn't show them up entirely. Each side has another 2 'steps' of the picture with a wavy edge down the side so it gives a bit of depth and something more than just a flat picture. I think they are rather sweet!
This is one of the sample cards I made to inflict on everyone at Crafty Bunch this week!
I wanted to do something we hadn't done before but something that also made a decent card. Luckily I had already dropped a couple of ideas and not run with quilling chocolates that I had been asked for (!) so ended up with this pretty candle and poinsettia card.
I tried (honestly) not to make it too traumatic. The candle, wick and poinsettia petals are all quilled shapes made with 1/4 of a strip. The holly leaves were 1/2 strip and the poinsettia centres are 1/4 strip but 1.5mm so they don't stick out too much on the card.
The leaves & berries in the corners of the card were 1/4 strips again.
I know a few people seemed a bit traumatised by the experience but hope they will try quilling again! I was very impressed that the 3 new ladies soldiered on until they had finished, even though everyones work seemed to come out in miniature this time.
A couple of pics from the AGM today. These fabulous blocks were entered in the Masters Category by Leslie Davies. Everyone just stood in awe and stared at them, I think they are great.
One side of the multi-colour blocks has a capital letter. The outline of the letter has been filled with many different shapes and sizes of quilling. The other side of the block has a lower case letter with corresponding animal - these were also brilliant.
Although there were only 2 entries in this category it was very hard to choose, I will post the other one tomorrow, Leslie did get first prize for these though.
I used the little boy die cut decoupage that came with a DOCrafts goody bag a few months ago.
I mounted it on to blue card and cut round it so it stood out a little from the background.
To the card I stuck a piece of birthday paper from the stash, mainly chosen because I believe Charlie is a fan of cake! To personalise I added a '1' to the boys balloon and punched some smaller ones and added peel-off letters to spell his name.
Another quilling workshop tomorrow, I'm sure I used to have more time than this!
Just been to a little Stampin' Up workshop (as you do!).
Saving pennies for another one in November but
it is very scary how stamps that look nothing in the catalogue become very appealing when you play with them. I just see that Jenny (I will add a link but need to finish a card before I go to bed!) has used the Ornate Flowers set that I wouldn't of looked at - very appealing and I only played with it because I asked to see what the new clear stamps looked like!
Anyway, this was a little card we did as a make and take. It used the scallop border punch, a stamping wheel, ribbon, Oval All stamp set and the lovely oval punches - a very tempting set of goodies if you are just starting out, and such lovely colour card.
A quick pic of Anne Hathaway's Cottage near Stratford-Upon-Avon today.
I can highly recommend a visit to Stratford. This house was lovely and really interesting to see. Wouldn't like to go peak holiday season though as 5 coaches came and went while we had coffee, there were just 6 of us wandering round the house when we went in, they can have 3 bus loads in the house at once when really busy!
The house came with a lovely kitchen garden, sculpture garden and woodland walk. Then we visited Shakespeares birthplace and a couple of other buildings in the town (after lunch obviously!) - well worth a visit and at half way home from Sheffield a good excuse for another night away.
Back to some crafty posts tomorrow, although I am also hoping to find my work surface again over the weekend.
A couple of holiday snaps today (well, there were going to be two but I keep deleting the second one - I'll add another tomorrow!).
Had a day at Chatsworth House as we stayed so close, first went there MANY years ago. The day started out very gloomy and freezing cold. By the time we had spent 2 hours in the house and had an excellent lunch the sun came out and it was lovely.
The grounds are really nice and we could of spent even longer there exploring. A very good value for money day out with a superb farm shop with restaurant round the corner, which also supplied some very yummy sausages to the House cafe for our lunch!!
Got a colleague leaving at work this week and this is so very her I had to make a little going away picture.
The image is a free stamp from a Creativity magazine which I coloured with copics. The wording is from one of the Born to Shop stamp sets. Just simply backed this with a spare piece of card and mounted it on to a background of co-ordinating Born to Shop paper and then popped it in a little frame.
It is my niece Gemma's Birthday tomorrow. This sweet rabbit is a Marianne Design stencil called eline's cuddly animals, you get two in a pack - one to emboss and one to stitch. I have the giraffe, I borrowed this rabbit from a friend.
Stitched with white thread on pink card, good for using some thread bits and bobs, little pink ribbon added. Some Anita's crystals in the corners and layers of pink card for a girly theme.
Today is the birthday of my nephew Toby - you might be able to tell he is rather a fan of Buzz Lightyear at the moment!!
For this 8x8" card I used a sheet of Toy Story wrapping paper and cut out 2 images which I mounted on card to make them a bit stronger. The bottom layer was stuck on card to match the background, then mounted on some white for contrast.
Message and number were cut out using my impress machine, the '3' mounted on the SU oval punches.
Squiggles and stars to finish off are peel offs from the stash.
Today's latest quick and easy card is using a stamp I felt the need to buy after visiting Blade Rubber Stamps in London last week - I had to, it's opposite the British Museum and somehow I've never managed to go when it was open!
The stamp is one of their own called Birdtree.
I've just added some colour with copics, a little bit of stickles on the snow then covered the whole piece in holographic powder for a bit more sparkle.
Another outing for the Stampin' Up Vintage Vogue set.
I very much stole this card idea from somewhere on the internet!
Background card from the stash is stamped using versafine imperial purple which has come up really nicely.
A few different versacolor pads were used for the 2 sizes of flowers which were then cut out. A matching brad in the middle of the big flowers and the 'F' is cut out a second time and stuck on with 3d pads for a bit of dimension.
Additional purple layer with border cut using SU punch (which I have been looking for and finally found it had fallen in a bag!).
Had a quick blog chat this evening with Jose, I could do with spending some time playing with links and seeing what else I can do on my blog, but you know how it is!
In the meantime I am going to try and recommend Jose's blog for you to visit as she kindly gave me some pointers this evening: Visit the blog at http://josesjottings.blogspot.com/ - if this link hasn't worked I know I will be hearing about it! Now on to fix the other things I seem to have a few issues with!!
If I had finished a card this evening I would post it - but I didn't - wasn't entirely happy with my photo transferring but will have another go (one day).
I am still here! In between fighting my way back in to the small corner I have to craft in I have been trying to get some quilling together but for some secret projects that won't be blogged for a few more weeks yet (if I ever finish them).
Anyway, this card was for my sister-in-laws birthday.
It was a sheet of decoupage from Craft Creations with quite a few layers in it, even the ball 'swoosh' had a couple of layers!
I layered the background on white and tennis ball green, used a greeting also from the pack and finished the corners with some matching card candy.
The latest variation on a cycling Thank You card forall the people that assisted Graeme's club in a series of races.
If anyone knows of any good dies, stamps (other than LOTV), punches etc of anything to do with road racing please let me know!
For this card I used a sizzix die through the cuttlebug to leave a bike shaped space in a piece of white card. I then punched the corners with my new EK Success Swiss Cheese punch and the bottom with the matching border (aren't they fab?).
A blue Thank You stamp and this piece of card was stuck on a red base card (the team colours are red, white and blue).
The bike was then cut out again, this time in blue, and affixed to the space with sticky fixers.
Just back from a bit of a jaunt to Manchester velodrome for Graeme to take on the Europeans! Got a bronze, a couple of French men were a bit too fast, then had a family wedding so been missing for a few days.
Thanks for the lovely crafty birthday cards I received. I was also lucky enough to get a few spends and along with a fab deal on Ebay I have a new box of lovely polychromos pencils - seems a shame to use them doesn't it!!
Had been struggling to find a suitable idea for a card for someone (amazing isn't it, even when you have so much!!), until I found this chappy!
Dexter Dog is an image from DigiStamp Boutique - I can see how these digi stamps become addictive and I think I might be using this one a fair bit.
I coloured him with copics, cutting him out twice so the top one gives a 3D effect. I used a touch of fluffy stuff for the beer top and layered on a selection of card, using my EK Success paw punch to break the lines up - thanks to Michelle for sending me a birthday card which I blatantly stole for inspiration here!!
Peel off greeting on layers of matching card to finish.