Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Learning To Knit

 The other month at a craft show I decided it was time that I needed to learn to knit...everyone else can knit and makes me lovely knitted gifts yet I've never ventured beyond knitting the ribbon scarves.

So it took me quite a while to actually start knitting, I tried looking up how to cast on but failed epicly every time I tried so I had to wait till the next time Mum came over, which was a couple of weekends ago...although it wasn't an easy lesson to learn as she's left handed and I'm right handed so it was a tad confusing to start with...Finally we got me going on a friday night with a G&T.

This is how my scarf looked by the end of Saturday evening, not bad for a few hours knitting and a few mistakes I had to take apart and correct without it all unravelling.

An hour or so a night and a spot of diy in the house later... by the Wednesday night my scarf was finished and ready to wear.
It may be just plain, simple Garter stitch but for my first crack at knitting properly with wool I'm very impressed.

Check back over the next week or so as I'll have more knitting projects to share.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

January Card Club Pt 2

 January card club part 2 was all about using Serene Silhouettes and trying out some new techniques.

This card needed a lot of drying time before we could put it together so we started the workshop by doing the background. The background was made by inking up an acrylic block with 4 different colour inks, spritzing the block with water then pressing it onto cardstock.
 We used:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Real Red cardstock
  • Real Red ink
  • Tangelo Twist ink
  • So Saffron ink
  • Lost Lagoon ink
  • Decorative Dots embossing folder
  • Memento black ink
 The next card we tried out the emboss resist technique.
We used:
  • Marina Mist cardstock
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Soft Sky cardstock
  • Colour Collections DSP
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • White Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Marina Mist ink
  • Petite Petals stamp set
  • Petite Petals punch
  • Stylish Stripes embossing folder
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Modern Label punmch
  • Word Window punch
 Then we did another messy background technique using daubers and vellum.
We used:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Memento black ink
  • Night Of Navy ink
  • So Saffron ink
  • Marina Mist ink
  • Wild Wasabi ink
  • White vellum cardstock
  • Blooming With Kindness stamp set
  • Sponge Daubers
The last card wasn't difficult as such, just fiddly to get the unched holes to align with the embossed stamps.
 We used:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock 
  • Word Window punch
  • Modern Label punch
  • 1 3/4 circle punch
  • Bitty Butterfly punch
  • Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Gold Foil Sheets
  • Project Life Corner Punch
Next month's card club is all about Celebrate Today and the Balloon Framelits dies.
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

January Card Club Pt 1

The first card club of 2015 turned out to be a crafternoon just the 2 of us as I was the only one who wanted to do the daytime class, gotta love shift patterns where you get odd weekdays off to make the most of everywhere being quiet.

Suriya had a couple of gifts for me to play with. With one of them I made the cards below.
I used:
  • Washi Tape Note Cards Kit
  • Elegant Butterfly punch
  • Bitty Butterfly punch
  • Strawberry Slush ink
  • Good Greetings stamp set
I also helped her whip up some desktop calenders to post out to her customers wanting catalogues... I even got a calender to take home too.

Now onto the cards and things we made.
I used:
  • Sheltering Tree stamp set
  • Strawberry Slush ink
  • Daffodil Delight ink
  • Wild Wasabi ink
  • Early Espresso ink
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Itty Bitty Accents punch
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper
Then a simple card to practice some Blendabilities colouring skills.
I used:
  • From The Herd stamp set
  • Baked Brown sugar cardstock
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Memento black ink
  • Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
  • Old Olive Blendabilities
  • Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
  • Smoky Slate Blendabilities
  • Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities
Then we played with a stamp set and framelits that I'm getting as part of one of February's card clubs.
I used:
  • Celebrate Today stamp set
  • Balloon Framelits Dies
  • Bow Builder punch
  • Itty Bitty Accents pounch
  • Hello Honey ink
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Cherry Cobbler ink
  • Tempting Turquoise ink
  • Tempting Turquoise cardstock
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Basic Black ink
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper
Then we made a gift bag to use up some retired designer papers and embellishments that had been lying around forgotten about.
I used:
  • Linen Thread
  • Cherry Cobbler ink
  • Sheltering Tree stamp set
Every card club at Suriya's comes with a challenge card to do, this month is was to make a card using the Lotus Blossom stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. I do love a challenge card and I really love this stamp set, can't wait for mine to arrive! Here's my challenge card.
I used:
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Hello Honey ink
  • Pumpkin Pie ink
  • Basic Black ink
  • Mossy Meadow marker
  • Wild Wasabi marker
  • Sheltering Tree stamp set
  • Bow Builder punch
January Card Club Pt 2 is next week and I'll be collecting my February card club kit to have a play with early too.
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Monday, 5 January 2015

'Home' Decopatch

 Before christmas I said there would be some more decopatch projects to come and here's the first one of 2015...
 Another word sign from The MDF Man, this time it's Home. I used some wallpaper that we took as a sample from Homebase and a lot of pva glue to keep it all together. A little fiddly to cut around the curvy edges but I'm pretty impressed with how it turned out in the end.
 Here it is on display in our lounge, it's taken the place of the Noel sign now all the christmas decorations are packed away in the loft once more.
There's more decopatch projects to come soon... and a trip to the Creative Crafts show at Sandown Park towards the end of the month so there will no doubt be even more decopatch projects from me in the next couple of months.

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Crocodile Soft Toy

 So what do you make your young nephew for christmas when he is under the age of 1?

That was the dilemma we had this year so I took to looking through my Pinterest boards, scouring through patterns I had saved and finally I found a pattern in the new Cath Kidston Sewing Book.

The pattern for the crocodile toy jumped out at me, seemed the perfect gift for a little boy. A few tweaks to the instructions and substituting bead filling for soft toy fluff to make it more suitable for a baby.

Here's the finished crocodile in all his glory.
  A large amount of ricrac, a few fiddly bits of sewing, a long time stuffing fluff in and the crocodile was finished.
Love the lazy eye look and the big cheeky grin made by the whit ricrac but I can't understand why the pattern only gave the croc 2 legs...strange.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Alphabet Photography Presents

My alphabet photography came out again for presents this christmas as well..

I did our nephew's name for my boyfriend's sister and her husband. I changed the white pegs that came with the frame as it looked a little lacklustre, even after I picked the red pegs he decided to change them just as we were wrapping the frame so in the end it was given with blue pegs.

For my dad and his wife I did their surname. Once again I swapped the pegs but this time just for larger plain wooden pegs as the original ones just looked too small.
On the back of each photo I've written where and what year I took the photo so the recipients can see where we've been... I think it adds a nice personal touch to the photos rather than the shop selected alphabet photography letter sthat tell you nothing about them at all.

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Friday, 26 December 2014

'Phoebe' Handbags

Once again this christmas I have tried to make more presents than we have had to go out and buy. I prefer to give people something handmade as it just makes it a little more special and personal to that person.
Seeing as I seem to have become good friends with my sewing machine this year I decided to venture into making the women in the family handbags for christmas. My mum knew I was going to be making handbags so she had the luxury of picking the fabric she wanted at a craft show...but she didn't know what design of bag she would be getting as I hadn't even decided when she chose her fabric.


In the end I decided to use Rebeka's design for the Phoebe Bag from her blog ArtsyCraftyBabe.

Here's the finished 3 handbags to be given as presents.


For my boyfriend's Stepmum I chose a dark blue floral print, a little like a Cath Kidston print


For his Mum I chose a pale yellow floral print, once again very similar to a Cath Kidston style of fabric...after all who doesn't like a CK print?


After much deliberation and changing her mind from dotty to hearts to butterflies and back round again, mum finally settled on this butterfly print fabric. The only thing any of the fabrics she chose had in common was that they were all purple as she has a bit of a thing for purple still.

As a reward for making everybody else's bags I decided to make myself one with a white and blue floral print fabric. by the time I got round to making my bag I totally had the knack of it and mine only took an hour and half from cutting all the fabric to putting in the last stitches, very impressed!
Each of the bags has a simple plain ivory cotton lining and a large pocket made using the outer fabric, as shown in the photo below. I also stitched in one of my handmade labels as well so everybody knows I made the bags instead of having bought them somewhere. The bags are held shut by a magnetic clasp on the flap that comes over the opening of the bag.
Here's hoping they all liked their handbags and they get some good use out of them. I have masses of each fabric left so there may be some matching items made for future presents too!

I really recommend this handbag design to anyone who wants to start making their own bags, the pdf pattern is great and so are the instructions. A little googling on how to do the darts for the first bag and I was well and truly on my way getting them whipped up in a flash.

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Cake

 No Christmas pudding for us this year, made so many differne tbakes last year tha\t we struggled to eat it all before it went off. This year it's just a cake for the Smith household.

I made our cake back in the middle of October using an old recipe my Nan gave me, tried and tested always makes a good cake so why change the recipe I use.
 I gave it weekly feeds of whiskey and brandy, flipping it every week to ensure even soaking of the alcohol.
Finally a fortnight before christmas I covered the cake in marzipan and left it overnight to dry.

Then came the fun part of decorating the cake. I used my fimo penguins as decorations, which will no doubt be a regular feature on all of our Christmas cakes from now on.
 Funniest thing was a neighbour knocked at our front door while I was decorating the cake so I answered the door covered in glitter, red and green icing colouring pastes... had to show him the cake to prove I wasn't completely mad.

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

December Wedding Card Order

This month I had an order for a wedding card from a regular customer. She always gives me a detailed brief of what the card needs to feature.

This time the card had to have:
  • The couple's names
  • The wedding date
  • Holly
  • Blue Topaz for a december birthstone
  • QPR blue
  • Light christmas theme
 Here's what I came up with...
 
The cardstock is sparkly and similar to the blue topaz birthstone. The background features embossed snowflakes and some blue glitter stickles. The holly made a lovely, simple embellishment for the wedding dress and added to the christmas feel of the card. The QPR shade of blue featured as the groom's waistcoat, the ink for the sentiment and also for the text inside the card.
I always prefer to put the names and dates inside of the card, so it doesn't clutter the front of the card but also so it can be a main feature of the card insert itself. I even added a few miniature snowflakes around the text to keep the christmas/winter wedding theme going.

Hopefully both my customer and the couple themselves like the card.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Penguin Box Card

 For the last few years I've always made Dan a penguin christmas card and this year was no different....however it was a card with a bit of a difference...earlier in the year he commented about how much he liked the boat box card I made so I thought I'd combine the box cards with a penguin design.

So here's the finished penguin box card.
To make the card I've used:
  • Turquoise sparkly card
  • White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Windowsheet
  • Holiday Home stamp set
  • No Peeking stamp set
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
  • Pacific Point ink
  • Daffodil Delight ink
  • Gumball Green ink
  • Real Red ink
  • Owl Builder Punch
A close up of the little penguins as they are just so cool, love how versatile the Owl builder Punch is.

A view of the side panels with the flaps up so you can see the designs.

Birds eye view of the card.
Really quite an effective card to make and simple once you've made a few, the instructions can be a little daunting but the results are worth the initial struggle. I'm thinking there shall be many more box cards in 2015. The good news is that Dan also really liked his card and was glad he got his own box card too.

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