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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE !!!!

Here are some photos of the Christmas cake that I have made, and also the tree decorated and table laid. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to crafting in the new year.









Saturday, 21 December 2013

SECRET SANTA !!!

I belong to two craft groups that meet weekly. As a lot of ladies attend both groups, we have one Christmas party where we do a secret santa gift.

I decided this year to design a Christmas tree shaped box and fill with goodies.
I first drew the shape of a Christmas tree, then made the sections and then made the lid, which I decorated to look like a real Christmas tree.

The goodies inside are a bar of chocolate, some quality street and I had made some cake pops covered in chocolate. I decorated the bar of chocolate and put the quality street and cake pops into Christmas wrapping film to make it look more festive.

I hope the lady who got this gift will be pleased.


Friday, 22 November 2013

A BRILLIANT IDEA !!!!!!!!!!

A lovely lady at my craft club, called Sue, told me about a wonderful way of storing ribbons. She got her husband to get her some plastic guttering for the spools of ribbon to sit in.........I thought it was a great idea, so I got my husband to do the same...........here is the finished result..............perfectly placed to see all the ribbons.........easy to select a ribbon without disturbing the rest....................(the only problem is that I think I've got too many !!!) ........Thanks Sue. xx


This is my craft room tidy !!!!!! *******#######

In amongst Christmas.... a birthday card !!

Here is a birthday card that I have managed to do whilst busy making Christmas cards and gifts. I have to admit that I have been pretty good this year and have been making Christmas cards all year. I have a good stock so it is nice to take the pressure off and make a birthday card. This stitched card is mounted onto green card (I used tonic die for the cut out). Layered in pink and bright green I feel goes well together. I used Tim Holtz inks to colour the top of the card pink, as white was a little too stark for me. I have added two little butterflies as the only adornment.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Candles and cards.

Yes, it's that time of the year when everything is to do with Christmas !!

Not to be left behind, here are a couple of Christmas cards and candles that I have made.
 This Christmas tree consists of bows. I arranged the bows so they give the impression of a tree. I then used a fine marker in green to draw the shape of the tree and added some green gems and the wording "Merry Christmas"
 This card was created using a stamp that I got free in a magazine. I used embossing powders in gold and black and then cut out the bauble using spellbinders dies. I stuck them on one side of the card. I added some strips of glitter in gold to highlight the edges and added the wording on the other side.
 I have been experimenting with candles. I printed off this photo of Rolo, my border terrier dog just onto plain copier paper. I then lay over the candle. Using a heat gun I slowly melted the wax off the candle so that the image is stuck onto the candle . I think it looks great. An ideal Christmas present.
This candle uses the same technique as above, but this time I stamped the image onto tissue paper and then used the heat gun. I added the ribbon at the top using red tape to stick.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Just a couple of cards.....


Here are a couple of stitched cards that I have just completed. I haven't done much lately on my blog as I have been busy making Xmas pressies for friends and family (I can't show them here just yet in case they are looking !!!!!)


 This stitched card incorporates beads as well. I wasn't too sure on the beads as they seem a little too large to me, but looking from a distance don't seem too bad. I had the topper and the backing card from a set from Hunkydory. I cut squares from each corner of the stitched card and then mounted onto red mirri card and cut corners out again.
This stitched card I couldn't wait to do. When I saw the pattern (just the central part) I knew I could make it larger. I stitched the original pattern and then layered onto pale blue card. Then I took the pattern and placed around the edges and stitched. I cut in out in a circle as the 5 sided shape is a little difficult to arrange. I used Martha Stewart circle punch to create the shaped circle behind the stitching. The background paper is of snowflakes so I added silver snowflakes using Robert Addams die.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Getting ready for Christmas!!!!

Here is a knitted wreath that I have just completed ready for Christmas. The pattern and wool were from "Deramores". It was knitted like a scarf and then the row ends sewn together around the frame. I added the velvet bow (which looks a little pink but it is actually Christmas red.) then I just pushed through the decorations which were on wires which I curled around the wreath to keep in place.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Oriental Fan

I stitched this fan with the finished design in mind - (unusual for me!!).
I had the backing papers and flowers already and once I had done the stitching I added the flowers onto the fan -they had a beige border so I used a fine line pen and went around the edges in black to make the flowers stand out more. I added a sparkly gem on the bottom of the fan and added a small gem in each corner of the card.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Pink & Black

This is a stitched card that I have just completed. When I first stitched the card I had no idea how it would end up. I had decided to stitch the pattern in pink and black as the combination of colours is quite striking. When finished I used a circle die to cut it out and then layered onto a black circle. The pink and black outer circle was achieved by using Martha Stewart round punch system. I did an 8 inch circle using the punch on pink card. This I stuck onto black card and cut round the edge using scissors. The black silhouette image is from a x-cut die. I used cosmic shimmer glue in pink to add small "beads" across the neck-line to give a necklace look. I think this card has an "art deco" feel to it. What do you think?

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

October Card Challenge

This is my entry for the October card challenge in my craft group. The stitching pattern and the die we had to use were given to us at the end of September. I decided to split the card diagonally and use 2 colours. and swap the sections over on each side. It was a bit of a pain trying to cut the wording in half, but I think the overall effect is nice.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

2 birthdays - at different ages.

 

 Here are 2 things that I have made for friends birthdays. The first one is in a frame. The gentleman will be 90 years old and loves his garden and making bird houses. He also does a lot of voluntary work but still finds time to tend his garden. I choose this image from Jayne Netley Mayhew decoupage sheets.

 
This card is for my friends granddaughter. She will be 10 years old and very much a "girlie" girl who loves baking with her grandmother.
 
Two cards at both ends of the life - both enjoy life to the full.
 
 


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Some stitched cards ready for Christmas.

 These stitched cards I have kept simple and small (approx. 6 x 6). The first one I have added a bauble (from spellbinders dies) and the wording (from Robert Addams dies).
 This card I have also embossed. I have added some decoupage and wording.
and finally this card which again has been embossed. I added tiny hobbydots instead of sequins or beads which were smaller. The wording as before. All cards have been layered onto co-ordinating card and then mounted onto a white card.
TIME FOR TEA





Another teapot and cup set that I have made. This time I have done the teapot slightly different, as in, I have made the opening at the top so that more can be put into the teapot.
I have made this for my mum for Christmas. Don't know yet what the present will be.....will have to wait for Santa !!.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

A prickly customer !!


 


 


 
It was my friend's birthday this week. She likes hedgehogs so I did this cross stitch card for her. I also made a little hedgehog that she could attach to her handbag. I used a plastic grid (like material but made out of plastic- not sure what it is called) and made the shape of a hedgehog. Then using brown wool I applied in the same way as you would make a rug. The face is done by doing cross stitch in beige wool. I then did a brown French knot for the eye and overstitch the front for the nose. I then backed the piece with beige felt and attached a key ring fob.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Anyone for Tea ?????

 This teapot and cup set I have made following on from my handbag that I made earlier. (see below for photos). I was given the template to make the teacup, which I had made as a gift for a friend's birthday. So I decided to see if I could make a teapot to go with it. I found a teapot shape which I enlarged and added an aperture in the centre. Then it was just a matter of deciding what depth I wanted before I made the box to fit inside the aperture. I thought I could make a teapot and cup as a gift set for a couple. One could have teabags in and the other could have biscuits, or both could have a selection of sweets etc.



 

I hope you agree that it's a nice gift. x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A buzzing card.......


This card I have made for a friends birthday this week. She likes large cards so I decided to a large easel card. I have used the images from "A walk in the countryside" cd rom. I made the sunflowers and the little bee at the front.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Michelle's 50th Birthday

 Here is the card and gift that I made for Michelle's 50th birthday.......


 The gift is a cup filled with sweets, enclosed in a acetate and card box.


Sally's birthday.

 
Sally's birthday present from me.... a hand knitted penguin......


 
...... and a handmade card..........................
 
......luckily for me she liked them both!!!!!!