Monday, 29 December 2008

Star hoops

Here's 2 sets of hoops I've made today using a mixture of bits from Lebeado and the craft shop in halstead near my mum's house.. Thanks Linda for telling me about the fab 75% off sale happening there today and tomorrow as well.. I spent a small fortune £21 but that's nothing considering it should have been about £85! I bought so many little goodies, so that should keep me going for a fair while now, especially when I add to all the goodies I got for xmas :)
I decided to use some of my goodies for jewellery.. so I used the star beads (20p each!!) and added them to some beads I've had laying around for a while...
I've used:
  • Earring hoop blanks (silver & black)
  • Blue foil glass stars
  • Black foil glass stars
  • White matt glass beads
  • Czech Tiff AB blue beads
  • Czech Tiff AB black beads
  • Earring wires
  • Jump rings

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Jewellery tinkering

So I've had a fair bit of free time to faff around in the last few days so here's some of my recent makes...
Scrabble tile bracelet and earring set.. with a ring on the way... my name certainly isn't worth a lot of points is it..
I've used:
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Filigree spacer balls
  • Silver wire
  • Silver earring wires

The earrings are for mum as she liked the pair I made myself... she's loving me being home at the moment as she can scour her way through all my jewellery and ask for her own sets of things and paw through my beads..

I've used:

  • Hematite beads
  • Glass pearl beads
  • Silver spacer balls
  • Silver eyepins
  • Silver earring wires

And there's bound to be more earrings on the way soon as mum has just found my other stash of earrings and i've more scrabble tiles to play with..

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Heart locket necklace

Hey everyone, not been around much been having a hard time recently and christmas hasn't made things any easier. So this is my first make in a while...ironic piece to make considering recent events...
I've used:
  • Heart locket (Lebeado)
  • Black and yellow/gold ribbon
  • Tiger tail
  • Gold clasp
  • Gold jumprings
  • End caps
  • Burnt glass beads (Buffy Beads)

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Linda's Blog Candy

Linda is offering some gorgeous blog candy... i shouldn't really tell u all as then u'll enter too then there's more names in with mine lol... but i'm being good so hop on over and take a look!

Pink & white cocktail ring

So here's the final piece of the pink & white beady goodness set that I started ages ago, I've just been putting the ring off as I generally get quite annoyed with them lol.

I've used:

  • 19 clear glass 6mm bicone beads

  • 19 hot pink 6mm bicone beads

  • 19 pale pink seed beads

  • Seive ring blank

  • Monofilament

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Crafty Creations- Gifted

So this week's challenge over at Crafy Creations is 'Gifted'... and Jaime is offering a cute prize so go check it out! So here's my DT piece, I've used my nan's birthday present as my gift....
I've used:
  • Blue dotty ribbon
  • Butterfly paper (with extra butterflies stamped on faintly)
  • Silver ink
  • Butterfly stamp

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Nan's bag charm

Here's a bag charm I've made for my nan's birthday present...
I've used:
  • Brass lobster clasp
  • Brass chain
  • Gold wire
  • Brass charms
  • Clear glass beads
  • Burnt glass tube beads
  • Woven heart pendant

Friday, 12 December 2008

Xmas candle

So here's my final piece of xmas work, it's a candle to sit on our mantle... it's also my entry for 2 of this weeks challenges... Cute Card Thursday (ok so it's not a card lol) 'Punches' and Stamp Something 'red, green & gold'.
I've used:
  • Ikea candle
  • Star paper punch
  • Gold paper
  • Spiral Whisper Little Gem stamp
  • Marvy pens
  • Green snowflake ribbon
  • Red ribbon

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Easy elegance earrings

Some of you may have heard of Beading Daily, so you may recognise this design as something similar to their Easy Elegance earrings pdf that you can purchase. I've made my own twist on the design as I didn't have quite the right beads to match their design... and these are for me as a cheer me up :)
I've used:
  • 4 earring wires
  • Headpins
  • 6mm glass pearls
  • 6mm clear glass bicones
  • 6mm blac crackle glass beads
  • 2mm hematite beads
  • 8mm glass faceted beads
  • 8mm hematite beads

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Pearls order

Here's a set of pearls that I've made tonight for an xmas order... crikey haven't made a set of these in ages.. but it was nice to drag out the hematite again.. perhaps one day I'll get round to designing some earrings to go with these sets lol
I've used:
  • 6mm pearls
  • 4mm hematite
  • Silver clasps
  • Jump rings
  • Tiger tail

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Something blue

So here's a blue bag charm I've made usign lots of leftovers from previous beady makes and bits of broken jewellery. This is my entry for this weeks Arty Girlz challenge 'Favourite medium' as beads are my favourite thing to work in, and it's also my entry for the One Stop Craft Challenge 'Something Blue'.
I've used:
  • Lobster clasp
  • Oval link chain
  • Blue foil glass heart
  • Blue seed beads
  • Blue conical glass beads
  • Blue disco ball beads
  • Pale blue large pearl beads
  • Head pins

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Embossing challenge

Righty ho here's my DT piece for this weeks Kaboodle Doodle challenge where the theme is 'Embossing'... and it's also the theme over at Secret Crafter Saturday challenge.. so here's my card to fit both challenges.
I've used:
  • Black card
  • Kaboodle doodle grey it papers
  • 4 black buttons
  • Goth girl image (thanks jen)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Red dotty ribbon
  • Birthday embossed card (thanks jo)
  • Red inkpad
  • Chunky glue dots

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Holiday wishes

Ooops nearly forgot to blog my DT piece for this week's Crafty Creations challege 'Holiday Wishes'!
I've used:
  • White mottled card
  • Blue snow paper (thanks donna)
  • Snowman and boy image (thanks donna)
  • Dark blue paper
  • Blue dotty ribbon
  • Felt flowers with metal charm centre
  • Merry Christmas peel off

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Thank You

Here's my skinny card as my entry for 2 of this weeks challenges... A Spoon Full Of Sugar 'Thank You' and Dutch Dare Challenge 'Scalloped edges'.
I've used:
  • Skinny white ribbed card
  • Flower designer paper
  • Yellow card
  • 2 yellow flowers
  • 4 orange buttons
  • Green inkpad
  • Thank you stamp
  • Tilda image (thanks linda)
  • Foam pads

CC- Vintage

Here's my entry for this week's Cupcake Craft challenge 'Vintage'.
I've used:
  • Cream mottled card
  • Vintage script paper
  • Gold and brown inkpad
  • Decoupage floral and butterfly stickers
  • Thank You stamp

CCT- Hearts

Wooo been sent home today, snow day! So it means I can catch up on some crafting and bash my way through some challenges too.. so here's my piece for this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Hearts'.
I've used:
  • Designer card- lilac and pale pink hearts (thanks donna)
  • Anita's heart stamp
  • 2 lilac flowers
  • 2 heart brads
  • Metallic lilac ribbon
  • PB image
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Foam pads

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

FF xmas card

Yet another xmas card, I'm making spares as someone is bound to ask for some just before xmas lol... Anyhoo this card is my entry for this week's ABC challenge 'T is for threes' and Forever Friends 'Contemporary Xmas'....

I've used:

  • Mint green card
  • 3 papers from Kaboodle doodle contemporary xmas kit
  • 3 sage flowers
  • 3 buttons
  • Merry Christmas banner
  • FF image (thanks donna)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Foam pads

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Lilac recipe piece

So here's a double challenge piece to boost my xmas card collection.... Cute Card Thursday 'Lilac' and Papertake Weekly '1 rbbon, 2 rectangles and 3 small embellies'.
I've used:
  • White rippled card
  • Kaboodle Doodle contemporary xmas lilacpaper
  • Blue textured tissue paper
  • Xmas tilda image (thanks linda)
  • 2 lilac buttons
  • Lilac inkpad
  • Lilac flower
  • Snowflake
  • Lilac brad
  • Lilac dotty ribbon (thanks jen)
  • Marvy Pens
  • Silver ink
  • Peel off page to mask off greeting

Monday, 1 December 2008

Something Black

Here's my entry for 2 current challenges... Stamp Something 'Black Friday Somethings' and Scrummy Stash Cafe 'Plainly Speaking'.... I paper pieced the heart that the teddy is holding to make it blend better with the scrappy edges.
I've used:
  • Black card
  • White glossy paper
  • Red stazon
  • Anita's heart stamp (to make a stamped background)
  • FF stamp
  • Black medium flower
  • 2 red glitter buttons
  • Deep red button
  • Little black button
  • Red ribbon
  • Foam pads

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Happy birthday

A brightly coloured birthday card as my very late entry for last weeks Cupcake craft challenge 'sweets and cakes'... and my entry for This Thursday 'lime, pink & chocolate' colourscheme challenge...
I've used:
  • PB mice birthday image (thanks donna)
  • Kaboodle doodle pink paper
  • Lime green paper
  • Chocolate card
  • Happy birthday peel off
  • Pink inkpad
  • Pink ribbon
  • Pink flower
  • Wooden button
  • Glue dots

Kaboodle Doodle challenge #14

This week's challenge over at Kaboodle Doodle is 'Scalloping Away', as I don't have a scallop punch I decided to just cut one out of paper and use it as a mask for me to ink around to create my scallop up the right hand side. It also fits in with this weeks Daring Cardmakers 'Pink & white xmas' challenge and ABC challenge 'S is for snow' as my pink paper reads 'Let it snow!'
I've used:
  • White ribbed card
  • Contemporary xmas kit (kaboodle doodle)
  • 4 pearl buttons
  • 1 large white button
  • 1 candy pink button
  • Pink stripy ribbon
  • Pink inkpad
  • Medium pink flower
  • Xmas teddy image (thanks linda)
  • Glue dots

Friday, 28 November 2008

Out on a triple

So here's a card I've made today during my breaks in doing my uni assignment... it's my entry for this week's Colour Throwdown challenge 'really rusty, chocolate chip and sage shadow'... Friday Sketchers sketch.. and also for Bridgetts blog candy.
I've used:
  • Dark brown card
  • Deep orange paper
  • Pink petticoat sage flower paper
  • Sage dotty ribbon
  • Pumpkin image (thanks jaime)
  • Watercolour pencils

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

One For The Boys

This week's Crafty Creations challenge has been set by Deena and she picked the theme 'One for the boys', so here's my DT piece for it.... it's also my entry for this week's A Spoon Full Of Sugar as I have used the lovely sketch that they set for this week.
I've used:
  • Bright blue cardstock
  • Wood effect paper
  • Chocolate brown paper
  • Yellow textured paper
  • Orange circles ribbon
  • Blue inkpad
  • Yellow and tortoise shell print buttons
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Cowboy image (thanks donna... yes im a plank i don't know where it's from or what it's called lol)
  • Marvy pens and watercolour pencils

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Forever Friends Sketch

I've just come across a new (well new to me) challenge blog after blog hopping all the lovely people who left me comments recently.... it's the Forever Friends challenge blog... this week it's a sketch challenge so I used it as another chance to whack out a card to go towards my box of cards to sell... and it also fits with this week's Arty Girlz challenge 'Favourite colours' and mine are red, black and white :)
I've used:
  • Forever Friends image (thanks donna)
  • Xmas black paper (thanks donna)
  • White ripple caardstock
  • Red and white flower
  • Black and red brads
  • Black and red butttons
  • Red dotty ribbon
  • Merry Christmas peel off
  • Black and red paper

Monday, 24 November 2008

Another foreign award

Thanks Donna for this pretty looking award :)
The sentiment behind the award is as follows
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

Crikey I have to send this on to 8 people erm where to in no particular order here's my top picks for ideas...
  1. Jaime
  2. Sara
  3. Jen
  4. Jo
  5. Vicki
  6. Mel
  7. Miss Lasertron
  8. Julie

Black & red love card

Yes I know it's a little early to be looking at valentine style cards but I had to use this lil Forever Friends stamp.. I bought it a few weeks ago and only yesterday came across the perfect papers for it from here. The card fits in with 2 current challenges ABC 'R is for ribbon' and Papertake Weekly 'Dawny's Sketch #3'.
I've used:
  • Red cardstock
  • Papers from Love Me forever kit
  • Black lace ribbon
  • Forever Friends image
  • Marvy pens & silver marker
  • 2 small black primas
  • 2 satin hearts
  • Black paper
  • Lots of funky love (whispers words stamp)
  • Red and black brads
  • Black and red ink pads
  • Chunky glue dots

Sunday, 23 November 2008

One Stop Craft Sketch

Here's my entry for this week's One Stop Craft Challenge which is a sketch set by Maggie.
I've used:
  • Black card
  • Gold ink (for the faux background and edging)
  • Mocha flower ribbon
  • Yellow card
  • Yellow medium flower
  • Tortouise shell button
  • Yellow button
  • Gold peel off letters
  • Dog stamped image
  • Marvy pens

Flower Bookmark

Just a quickie... I'm fed up of using scraps of paper or folding the page to mark where I am so I've finally made myself a bookmark... nothing flash but it does the trick :)

I've used:
  • Large paperclip
  • Purple medium flower
  • 2 medium black buttons
  • 1 pearl white button

Mum's order

So my mum saw the sets I'd made myself and Linda and she decided she had to have a cocktail ring for herself... well 2 actually as she couldn't decide on a colour and didn't fancy a mix of the 2 colours she couldn't pick between... so I had to make her a black ring and a purple ring.
To say these rings infuriate me is an understatement.. it took 4m of filament to make the purple ring as I had to keep restarting it as the filament kept breaking or getting tied in knots... have you ever tried undoing knots made in clear thread, it's near impossible!

I've used:
  • 38 purple crackle glass beads
  • 38 black crackle glass beads
  • 19 lilac seed beads
  • 19 black seed beads
  • 2 sieve rings
  • Monofilament

Saturday, 22 November 2008

'Broken' Swing Card

I found this card idea whilst blog hopping and thought I'd give it a try.. it originates from a swing card, but the designer cut too many lines and cut the swing part off lol so she added a centre piece attached by invisible thread so the centre piece spins round when it's opened. The card also fits in with 2 of this week's challenges... Papertake Weekly 'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow' and Cute Card Thursday 'Snow+Snowflakes'.

I've used:

  • Blue marble card
  • Snowflake blue forever friends paper (thanks donna)
  • 2 xmas forever friends images (thanks donna)
  • 2 fabric snowflakes
  • 2 snowflake brads
  • Swirl stamp
  • Silver ink
  • Clear beading thread
  • Marvy pens

Friday, 21 November 2008

Crafty Creations- Altered item

This week's Crafty Creations challenge has been picked by Jaime and she chose the theme 'Altered item'...this covers so many possibilities that most of you should be able to think of something to join in.. and as always there will be some little goodies for the winner.
I altered 2 heart shape paper mache boxes to put my jewellery sets in for Linda's order, I've just been keeping this photo of them hidden till the challenge came around.
I've used:
  • 2 paper mache heart shaped boxes
  • Lilac felt
  • Cotton wool
  • White and blue acrylic paint
  • Black and pink inkpads
  • Black, pink and white flowers
  • Blue, black and white buttons
  • Shabby princess- moody blue paper
  • Think Pink paper
  • PVA glue

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Chip bead bracelet order

One of the girls from work fell in love with my chip bead charm bracelet that I wore for most of my shifts (mainly to annoy my boss that I could wear nice jewellery without it being something he could take away lol)... and she decided to commission me to make 3 for her to give as xmas presents to her friends..
I've used:
  • ruby red chips
  • violet chips
  • chips of real jade
  • 2 heart lock charms
  • 3 just for you stars
  • 2 hand made with a smile sun charms
  • 1 star outline charm
  • 1 small butterfly charm
  • 3 patterned tube bails
  • 9 lobster clasps

Nan's birthday card

So I've been a lazy cardmaker recently and just haven't made any.. been busy playing with various bits of jewellery for orders and for me... so it's about time I got back into dong challenges again... This card is for my Nan's birthday, ok so it's not till mid Dec but these pieces fell together so beautifully that I thought it would suit her. The card fits in with this weeks Dutch Dare challenge 'Use 3 flowers' and A Spoon Full Of Sugar 'blooming marvellous'.

I've used:

  • Electric purple cardstock
  • Anna Stemplewska designer paper (one of my buys whilst seeing linda at the craft shop at the weekend)
  • Tilda image from the Think Pink kit (thanks donna)
  • 3 lilac medium flowers (another weekend buy)
  • Happy birthday peel off
  • 3 recycled scrabble tiles (good ol' charity shop buy)
  • Marvy pens
  • Silver inkpad
  • Chunky glue dots

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Silver sparkle set

This month's prize giving challenge over at Fiskarettes is 'Sparkle' and after findign such a steal at the weekend i had to use my silver sparkle beads.
I was bored at the airport sunday nigth when i discovered the Accessorize store there sells their faulty items dirt cheap, so i rummaged through the basket and found myself some great pieces.. wow so a clasp won't shut or a bead is missing, i won't lose sleep over that as i'll be recycling them all anyway lol... So i found a long length necklace made up of silver glitter ball beads that was missing it's drop, well it was far too long for me anyway, so i recycled the length and made a shorter necklace with 3 drops and a matching bracelet using the spare beads :) i even kept the little A tag to keep on the necklace chain lol
I've used:
  • Recycled 'faulty' Accessorize necklace bits
  • Heart clasp

Monday, 17 November 2008

Kaboodle Doodle challenge #12

Week 12 over at Kaboodle Doodle and I picked the theme monochrome... so it can be a black and white project or a project made using shades of a single colour...
So I made a paper bauble usng a tutorial from here... cheekily this means I can enter my piece for the Arty Girlz challenge too as their theme is 'Blog Inspiration'.
I've used:
  • Chunky white ribbon
  • Kaboodle Doodle grey kit

Monday, 10 November 2008

Dotty open box

Isn't this just such a cute size box to make, it's 2" squared! So this box falls into 2 of the challenges currently kicking about blogger... the box template itself comes from this months 3d designs challenge 'Open Box Template' all i did was use a slightly smaller version of the template... and the fab paper and ribbons make the box fall into this week's Cupcake Craft challenge too 'Spots and Dots'.

I've used:

  • Dotty paper (thanks donna)
  • Dotty ribbon (hobbycraft)
  • White card
  • 8 gold eyelets
  • Ice blue and black ink
  • Flower stencil

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Kaboodle Doodle challenge #11

This week's kaboodle Doodle challenge is 'Buttons and Bling', so drag out the sparklies and raid the spare buttons tin and join in.
I've used:
  • Paper from Kaboodle Doodle 'party picnic' kit
  • Pink Petticoat image
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Pink ink
  • White mottled card
  • 3 dusty pink large buttons
  • 3 pearl effect buttons
  • 2 green gem hearts
  • Large pink flower
  • Medium pastel yellow flower

New award!

Thanks Jo for this funky new award... why oh why are most of the awards non-english, we need to create new awards people lol!
So now I have to pass it on to 5 others....
  1. Jen
  2. Deena
  3. Vicki
  4. Claire
  5. Mel

Friday, 7 November 2008

Autumnal birthday

So after being pointed out to a new crafting place with competitions, tips and all other sorts of fun I cam across this weeks challenge over at Fiskarettes where the theme is 'autumn'. I thought I'd try lemon stamping as the colours fitted in very well with an autumnal theme and the paper I picked.
I've used:
  • Olive cardstock
  • Dovecraft fantasy paper
  • PB image 'Embrace'
  • Mocha flower ribbon
  • 2 coffee buttons
  • 2 yellow buttons
  • Lemon juice
  • White gloss paper birthday sentiment

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Fairy Luminole

Saw some halloween versions of these and decided I had to make myself some, so here's my first attempt.... This fits 3 of this weeks challenges as well.. One Stop Craft 'things with wings'.... Dutch Dare 'Anything but a card'.... Cute Card Thursday 'Fairies + angels'....
I've used:
  • Star print vellum
  • Dovecraft Fantasy Fairies stamps
  • Red Stazon
  • Black Stazon
  • Double sided tape
  • Tealight

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Linda's Order

The lovely Linda contacted me a little while back to make her a couple of jewellery sets for xmas.. one for her from one of her kids and the other as a present for a friend. So I thought I would share the finished pieces with you all, if anyone else is interested then drop me an email my addy is on the right hand column.
Items I've used:
  • Turquoise glass crackle beads
  • Aqua glass beads
  • Hot pink bicone beads
  • Black faceted beads
  • Headpins
  • Eyepins
  • Sieve rings
  • Ribbon necklace blanks
  • Silver chain
  • beading thread

Lots To Do- Black & white

This weeks Lots To Do challenge is 'Black & white' so I've made another set of button earrings to try and work my way through some of my stash.
I've used:
  • 2 silver earring wires
  • Silver wire
  • Black buttons
  • White buttons

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

MTTC: Coffee and cream

This weeks challenge over at My Time To Craft is 'Coffee and cream', so i raided my button stash once more.. so glad hobbycraft do cheap big tubs of buttons now...and i made these button stack earrings using different sizes of the same pattern button... they kind of remind me of beehives actually lol.
I've used:
  • Coffee/cream stripe buttons
  • Silver wire
  • Silver earrings wires

Monday, 3 November 2008

Heart button earrings

Back on track with my jewellery making now that our pup seems to have settled in a bit better now... though he was on my lap trying to get my pliers as I made these lol... Nothing too flash but I still think they are cute.
I've used:
  • 2 silver earring wires
  • Silver wire
  • 2 red/pink heart buttons
  • 2 large grey stripe buttons

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Kaboodle Doodle challenge #10

This weeks challenge over at Kaboodle Doodles is 'Brightly coloured xmas', so I've given the new xmas kit a spin as it's full of brightly coloured non-traditional stuff. So i used the basket template from Mel's blog and gave it a whirl as an xmas goody basket for sweets or small presents to go in.
I've used:
  • Kaboodle Doodle xmas kit
  • 8 gold eyelets
  • Black ribbon
  • Beige button
  • Pink button

Saturday, 1 November 2008

More felt flower brooches

Just a couple more felt flowers that I've made, all xmas presents for family :)
  • variety of felt
  • embroidery thread
  • buttons from stash