Saturday, 18 October 2014

Seaglass Lantern

 Over the last couple of years I've gathered quite a lot of seaglass and never really figured out what to do with it. I'm just fascinated by it, the awesome colours you can come across and how colours vary depending where in the world you are looking for it.
 After gathering even more seaglass on our recent trip to Spain I found my jar at home to be too full to add my most recent stash to it, so I had to start making something with my seaglass.
I decided to make a lantern to sit as a table centrepiece or on the sid rtable in our lounge. A cheap glass vase and a tealight holder from Ikea, electric tealight, baby oil and an hour of my time and this is what I came up with.
The baby oil is a total necessity otherwise the seaglass will be frosty, losing the lovely colours and shine you really want to see.
 Here's how the lantern looks when it's dark and the tealight is illuminated. Much better than I expected it to come out so I'm very impressed with it.
My seaglass jar is now almost empty so I need to satrt collecting again, roll on the next Spain holiday or UK beach trip somewhere known for seaglass!

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Shaping Dough Bread Class

 At the end of September I went along to another Blackbird Bread baking class....this time I went as a helper not a student, though I did get to do some baking too.

The workshop this time was all about shaping dough, so maing pretzels and bagels, I had to pick which I wanted to make so I chose to go with pretzels as I wanted help learning how to twist them to the right stape.

We started with the pretzels, which were surprisingly easy to shape after a couple of attempts. They grew so much on their final prove as pretzel shapes!
 While we waited for the pretzels to finish their final prove we went about shaping our sundried tomato and basil ciabatta that we would be having as our supper during class.
The ciabatta smelt amazing when they came out the oven and tasted even better when we had them still warm with some cheese and a little wine.
Here's how the finished pretzels came out... shame a few lost their pretzel look but for a first attempt I'm happy and I know for next time to leave larger gaps in the shaping now I'm aware how much they grow in the final prove.
 Here's all my wonderful bready bakes of the evening...well minus the 3 ciabattas that had to be eaten between us as they were too tempting to resist...there was also a very ugly pretzel that I refused to photo after it came out the oven, was more a blob than a pretzel!

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

September Birthday Cards

 So there's 2 birthdays in September in the family (well 3 if you count me) so I made some cards.

The first was for my boyfriend and like me he likes planes... I found a use for the Stampin up set Plane and Simple that my demo friend hunted down for me..added a little bit of Gorgeous Grunge and this is the quick card I came up with.

 Then we had his mum's 50th birthday at the end of September so I dragged out some more Stampin Up favourities of mine. Love the Petite Petals punch and Sassy Salutations stamp set so of course they had to be used. The pearls and card blank aren't Stampin Up but all the card for the flowers was made using little offcuts from other projects using Crisp Cantelope, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana cardstock.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Baby Present Bundle

Some friends recently had their first child and they decided to keep it a surprise rather than find out the gender before he/she was born so I had to make a bundle of gifts that weren't too girly or too boyish.
Turns out they had a little boy, called him Oscar, as they had a surprise they didn't have many things that were blue, lucky for me I did a few blue bits and pieces.


So heres my first ever attempt at making a diaper bag, I used the tutorial over at Sew Much Ado that can be found here. A days work and cursing at the sewing machine....how much of a faff are pockets and elastic tops to the pockets?!
 


I stuffed the pockets full of all the other goodies I made for baby Oscar...well after all the time I spent making the pockets right I decided I had to use them.

Normal style bibs, bandana bibs, burp cloths and a soft door closer were the goodies I stuffed into the pockets.


 
  They seemed to like their goodies so hopefully we shall be seeing them in use soon. The last batch of bibs I made for my nephew were in full use out in Spain when they came out on holiday too, so it's good to see all the bibs are working well and being used.
 
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

September Card Club Pt 2...

 After a lovely sunny holiday in Spain I came home to another September card club....making CHRISTMAS cards...far too organised for me lol!

 This month's stamp set was Holiday Home with the matching framelits and the Northern Flurry embossing folder. We also bought some Dazzling Diamonds, 1/8" Silver Ribbon and a glue pen for all our glittering.

 Such a lot of sparkle going on!

Love the Confetti Stars punch we used for this card and the thinlit for creating the flip fold in the card is really starting to grow on me too.


 The final card was CASED from the Stampin' Up catalogue. By the end of the night I was covered in glitter all over, perhaps helped by the fact the other 2 ladies decided to wipe the pages used for tipping excess glitter off of all over my hair and shoulders.

I recently saw an idea on pinterest using the Holiday Home stamp set where the houses were stamped as a wobbly shape, the joy of photopolymer stanp where you can manipulate how the stamp sticks on the clear block...must try that soon!

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

September Card Club...Part 1

 This month's card club saw us trying some new things...a non card project and a simple, yet very effective technique using acetate.

Starting with the acetate based card. We used:
  • Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
  • Old Olive Blenabilities
  • Melon Mambo Blendabilities
  • StazOn
  • Window Sheets
  • Petite Petal stamp set
  • Mossy Meadow inkpad
  • Hello Honey inkpad
  • Hello Honey ribbon 
  • Kind Koala stamp
  Here's how the card looks when you gently pull upwards on the ribbon.
 This video shows the card in action.

Then we tried a simple deisgn we could easily reproduce in a variety of different colourschemes.
We used:
  • Work Of Art stamp set
  • Rose Red inkpad
  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock
  • Blackberry Bliss inkpad
  • Lovely Lilac inkpad
  • Blackberry Bliss ribbon

I slightly changed this card from the original we were meant to follow, I made mine portrait instead of landscape and I moved the sentiment to the bottom corner rather than having it on the centre of the card.
We used:
  • Real Red cardstock
  • Real Red inkpad
  • Tempting Turquoise inkpad
  • Bermuda Bay inkpad
  • Daffodil Delight inkpad
  • Lovely Lace embossing folder
  • Remembering Your Birthday stampset

The final project was the non-card project...
We used:
  • Glass photo frame
  • Papillon Potpourri stampset
  •  Swallowtail stamp
  • Windowsheet
  • Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
  • Old Olive Blendabilities
  • Melon Mambo Blendabilities
  • Pumpkin Pie inkpad
  • Daffodil Delight inkpad 

September card club part 2 will be at the end of month, playing with another new stamp set to make some christmas cards.
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

August Card Club

 August's card club was all about the new Stampin' Up set called Hot Diggity Dog and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

 Here's the cards we made this month..
Made using:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Soft Suede cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
  • Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities
  • Label Card Thinlit
  • Hardwood Stamp
 This was a simple technique to use but it makes a really cool looking little card, reminds me of the slinky dog from Toy Story.

Made using:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Early Espresso ink
  • Early Espresso Marvellous Marker
Made using:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Early Espresso ink
  • Window Frames Framelits
  • Calypso Coral cardstock
  • Brushed Gold cardstock
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch
Made using:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Early Espresso cardstock
  • Crumb Cookie cardstock
  • Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
  • Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Word Window Punch
  • Ovals Collection Framelits
... And of course we got our free gift for going to card club, this month was a notepad made using some of the new photopolymer stamps.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

July Card Club

 So I missed July's card club, work got in the way and I left work long after card club started....so I collected all the bits I missed and made up the cards the other week during a crafty evening after a 4 mile dog walk.

Here's the cards from July's card club...

 This card used:
  • Elegant Eggplant cardstock
  • Elegant Eggplant ink pad
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Coastal Cabana Assortment
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Old Olive Assortment
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Daffodil Delight Assortment
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Cherry Cobbler Assortment
This card used:
  • Hello Darling Stamp Set
  • Tag Topper punch
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch
  • Hello Honey cardstock
  • Hello Honey stitched satin
  • Pearl Basic jewels
  • Old Olive ink pad
This card used:
  • Hello Darling stamp set
  • Coastal Cabana Thick Bakers Twine
  • Very Vintage Designer Buttons
  • 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
  •  Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Coastal Cabana Assortment
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Old Olive Assortment
  • Pool Party embossing powder
This card used:
  • Hello Darling stamp set
  • Ovals Collection Framelits Dies
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Old Olive Assortment
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Daffodil Delight Assortment
  • Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Cherry Cobbler Assortment
  • Versamark pad
  • Sketched Birthday stamp set
  • Bitty Banners framelits
  • Lovely Lace embossing folder
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock
At least I'll be making it to August's card club in August!
 
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sewing Machine Pin Cushion


Using my rest days to start making some of the things I've had pinned on my pinterest boards for ages... I started a rather pesky sewing project and had pins everywhere when I suddenly remembered I had pinned a tutorial for making a sewing machine pin cushion to save the hassle of pins going everywhere. The tutorial can be found here.
Now I've got this nifty little pin cushion and I'm using it I really don't know how I managed so many sewing projects without it. Certainly wouldn't have finished some of my recent projects without having my pins to hand as easily, grabbing off the desk isn't ideal when you're trying to hold a seam together and just need that one extra pin while the fabric's going through the machine.
Quick and easy to make but oh so very useful, could have stuffed it with wire wool instead of cotton wool then it would have kept my pins sharp too but oh well. Just held on by a bow tied in the ribbon so I can move it round to the back of the machine or remove it if need be.
 
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Chalkboard Makeover

 Sorry if you're all bored of seeing things I've made and upcycled for my newly decorated study..but here's another thing I've made...

I started off with a cheap, simple, plain wooden frame chalkboard.
  Then I painted it turquoise using the tester pot paint from the feature wall that I thought I wanted originally but changed my mind when I tested it on the wall. I found some turquoise stick on pearls during my tidy up so I decided to decorate 2 corners using 14 of the pearls. The dark blue butterflies were leftovers from a fascinator I did for a friend years ago. Most oif the things I've done for my study have had some darker blue on them so the butterflies help the chalkboard blend in with the rest of the room.
The finished chalkboard now hangs on the wall next to my desk so I chalk up reminders for myself. Love a quick, easy upcycle project...wondering what I can paint up next!

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