Friday, 15 April 2016

When is a Die Cut not a Die Cut?

....when it's a stencil!  Here's a very simple but effective card just using a sentiment stamp, a die cut and two distressing inks.


I've made three of these cards, each with different sentiments - Just for You, Happy Birthday and Deepest Sympathy.  I think it works for any occasion.



Anyone for Ice-cream?


I've been having a play with my Way Too Sweet stamps from Altenew and working my way through the projects Lydia demonstrated on C&C recently.  Here's the result....










Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Two Butterflies with One Stone!

I've recently discovered Altenew stamps and after watching the talented Lydia demonstrate, thought I would have a go too.

I had to make a "Thank You" card and a "Sympathy" card and thought this design would work perfectly for both.



All stamps are from Altenew apart from the "Thinking of You" which is from SU.  Inks are Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.




More Sewing Projects

I'm trying to catch up with projects I've recently completed so thought I would start with the sewing related ones.

Firstly, I've completed another bag where I tackled pleats and piping on a small scale...


The next project was one which I should have completed last Christmas!  Unfortunately, I haven't been well and alot of projects got postponed, including this one!


It's actually a doorstop, however, will be using it as a Christmas decoration later this year!

Finally, I tackled oil cloth and zips in one project and it was alot simpler than I had thought...


I've decided to use this as storage for my Tilda fat quarters and charm packs as it's quite roomy - in fact it would also work as a shoe bag as well as the obvious wash bag.


Monday, 22 February 2016

Have a Purr-fect Day!

I have a card to show today…it seems like ages since I made one but a friend asked me to make one for her Daughter-in-Law.  The requirements were it had to have a cat on it and the lady's name, so here's what I came up with.



Used an old favourite of mine "Uplifting Occasion" from Penny Black and coloured it with Promarkers.  Used a few dies for the matting and layering from Sue Wilson and Tattered Lace and another Sue Wilson die for the flowers and embossing.  The sentiment was generated from my Cricut Explore.  The inside of the card reads "Have a Purr-fect Day"!



Monday, 8 February 2016

Latest Sewing Project

I have a pile of sewing projects to complete and this is the latest one.  I'm slowly increasing in confidence although have yet to tackle zips, piping and button holes!

This pattern kit is from The Owl and The Sewing Cat and I was surprised at how quick it all came together.  There is a large pocket on the front and the bag is fully lined.






Sunday, 7 February 2016

Catch Up from Christmas

Just going through the makes from Christmas and found these which I forgot to post - two cards with boxes, and a cracker which I made for a friend with a lovely bath melt inside.










Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A New Hobby!


I've recently renewed an old hobby which I haven't done for over thirty years….sewing!  I treated myself to a new sewing machine for Christmas and am now re-teaching myself to sew. 

Here are a couple of projects I've done so far…







Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Which Craft?

I absolutely adore the products which Paula sells at Which Craft and recently bought some blank Star and Tree cards to decorate.  Unfortunately, because of ill health and two demanding kids (!), I have only managed to complete one for my Sister.

This is the box which I made...



This is the front of the card, closed.



Finally, this is the card open.





A Christmas Carol - Graphic 45 Style!

I couldn't resist this set of papers from Graphic 45 and instead of making a book with them (which I will probably do at a later date because I have so much left over!), I decided on a Christmas card for some special people I know.




A close up of the flowers and berries I used...


…and a box to fit the card in because of the 3D effect which the flowers caused!



And finally, the inside of the card.





Clarity Inspired Christmas Cards

I recently saw these cards demonstrated on TV by the talented Barbara Gray and thought I would give them a go as, in all the years I have been crafting, I have never used masks before.