Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Pleasant Change!

I'm so use to making birthday cards throughout the year, however, it made a pleasant change to have to make a couple during the run up to Christmas.

This first one took a bit of time as it was for my Sister...


This second one was a bit of a rush so needed something quick and the Altenew stamps work perfectly for this!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Christmas Gifts

These are the last of my makes for Christmas...a few Christmas presents.

First off, I made a couple of hearts for two of my Sisters and managed to sneak a third in for myself!




Next on the list was a plaque for one of my Sisters for her Craft Room (I have one of these for myself as well but haven't made it up yet!).


I also made a couple of Fairy Doors for my Great Nieces who are six and eight.  I wasn't sure how they would react to them but apparently, they absolutely loved them and wanted to know if there were any fairies behind the doors!

Very slightly different, but here's Lola's with the lights off and on...



...and Ruby's with the lights off and on!




Finally, another Christmas box decoration which a friend asked me to make after seeing the one I made recently...






Unfortunately, I didn't complete all the decorations I have to make but hopefully, will make them over the coming months so it's not such a rush for Christmas 2017!





Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas Decorations

As you will have guessed, I really love the designs from Anna Marie Designs so thought I would have a go at some decorations for my house.  Didn't manage to do them all so will have a go at the rest during the year when there is less pressure to complete them!

These are individual squares which can be displayed however you please or hung on the tree.








The next is a wreath for my lounge door made from die cut paper flowers and natural fibre.


I added a candle to the sleigh and some fairy lights (which are not shown in the photo).



This one is a little birdhouse, complete with robin, which I later filled the hole with tiny fairy lights.



I was extremely pleased with the outcome of this next project...another birdhouse and a smaller wreath for the centrepiece of the dinner table.





Finally, the last three decorations which I complete Christmas Eve evening!  Unfortunately, I dropped the snowman and the robin's tail broke so I was waiting for the glue to dry before adding more ink to it!




These all had tiny craft fairy lights added to them which finished them off beautifully.




Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Catch Up Time!

It's been a bit of a battle getting ready for Christmas this year as I had to have an operation at the beginning of December which took longer than anticipated to recover from.  However, I made it, even if I was still making Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve!

This post is to share the different designs of cards I made...



After seeing this card demonstrated, I thought it would be relatively straightforward and ideal for batchmaking - how wrong could I be!  So fiddly and took me ages to clean the die each time so settled on six in the end!



I settled for this card for the batchmaking process as being off ill and unable to do much, I found it relaxing to sit with a lap tray colouring.  However, it wasn't without its problems - unfortunately, the only cards I had in this size were not made of super smooth card stock so the alcohol pens had a tendency to bleed!




I love this cute image but my colouring isn't too good!







All of the above are from Which? Craft and I must say the stamps are such good quality and a pleasure to use.  They colour beautifully - used Kuretake watercolour pens with some Kuretake paints for the wings and Pink Petticoat gingham card.



Finally, my favourite!  If I had more time, I would have made a few of these but needed a special card for my best pal and her Husband. Followed Anna Marie's design but decided to add a deer and was very pleased with the result!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Christmas Scene Decoration

I saw this project designed by Anna Marie nearly a year ago and have been desperate to make it ever since and have just found the time.  It is a little time consuming as you have to wait for the different mediums to dry but I'm pleased with the end result (even if it did take me nearly an hour to work out how to make the gnome's hat!)

I added some craft lights which don't show so well in the beautiful sunshine we are having today but they do make the project look very special...such a nice finishing touch.








Monday, 17 October 2016

Another Blue One!

I've been making more of these cards as there are a few more "special" birthdays coming up for some lovely ladies.


This one's blue themed...mainly the luck of the draw as I made the flowers a couple of weeks ago which are different colours and just happened to pick this one out.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Wedding

A friend of mine is getting married this weekend so have made her a card and small gift.



Of course, I had to make something for it to go in so recycled a large paper bag and also made a tag.  Unfortunately, the colour hasn't come out right - it's actually a soft lilac but appears as grey!