Friday, 27 February 2009
I made this card today after a bit of jewellery making.
The wire flower was in a fab Rak from Natalie (from CB forum).
The card was a blank I bought the other day and I used white felt behind the appeture and then mounted the wire flower onto that. The little “For you” was also from a Rak.
I have got the Jewellery bug at the moment and have made several necklace for my Nan. She loves her beads and after receiving her birthday prezzie asked me to make a couple more necklaces for her.
The purple necklace was part of her recent 80th birthday prezzie which was the first of my makes and was what prompted her to ask me to make more for her as she adored this one.
The Pearl necklace was designed for "everyday" use and the green necklace was desinged to go with the outfit she is wearing to my little sisters wedding in April and the bracelet was an added extra that she wasn't expecting but loved. The style of the green necklace was based on a pair of earrings that I made for myself as part of a jewellery challenge (see further down my blog)which she thought were lovely.
I gave her them today and she was thrilled with them which made my day. She then gave me a bracelet that she can't wear as its too big and asked me to make either into a necklace or a smaller bracelet! Will post the results when I've had a play!
Monday, 23 February 2009
I discovered from the dietician this morning that I had lost weight at long last 1.4kg/3lb), and this along with the fact that the Crafts Beautiful forum was undergoing a server change, I decided was the perfect time to treat myself to some crafting time.
I made 2 ATCs from the remaining two koi sticker I had left (which are now winging their way to 2 special friends) and them made up some cards from the latest sets of decoupage that I cut out. I had great fun and nearly missed out on getting lunch before work because I was enjoying myself that much!
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Crafts Beautiful forum have a cupcake challenge whereby you have to create a cupcake make using the booklet that came free with this months mag
This is my take on the card from page41 of the cupcake booklet.
It’s my first attempt of making a gatefold card and the patterned paper used is from the perfect paper collection which was free with CB a few issues ago, the Nestabilities scalloped circles are from a swap with Maggie50. I didn’t have a cupcake stamp so I made my own using corrugated card, purple foam and a button.
Really really enjoyed making this card as I love the bright colours.
Hope you like
Thursday, 19 February 2009
8x8 colour paper (as 6x6 was way to small for 3 photos but 12x12 seemed an awfully big page and a bit too daunting to start.)
Photos are printed on Tesco Premium 120gms paper
Spots paper from a RAK
Fish, lilly pads and flowers are mounted peel offs.
Title done on computer and printed off on premium paper as above
I came up with the layout myself in the end but I will definately be using the links suggested to me on the CB forum as I feel I will need the help and ispiration they give. However, I wanted this one to be all my own work though to start to see what I could do more/was capable of more than anything. Knew it would either work or it wouldn’t.
I'm so glad the koi peel offs came accross well. I'm not a big fan of peel offs myself anymore after seeing what other options there is but I saw these and fell in love with them. I will only use peel offs now if I can make them look more unique and not just as sticker for the sake of it.
I can’t wait to have another go and I’m already looking at pictures to use.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
I thought I would join the latest challenge over on Tiggertastics challenge blog here
The theme of this challenge is Hearts or Red. I'm not a massive red person, with being a red head so took the hearts bit and went with that. Green is my favourite colour and I love these heart beads that I had in my stash. The best bit is I have just remembered that ages ago I made a memory wire bracelet and they would make a great set. What do you think??
Hope you like
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Ages ago I asked the lovely ladies on the CB forum for advise on how to display the charity pins I have bought over the years. Well they were fantastic and came up with loads of ideas to try. In the end I chose Carolyn's idea of putting material over a frame and pinning them on.
I found some left over yellow gingham material (i love gingham) and bought a pine picture frame from the charity shop and removed the backing and the glass and voila.
Really happy with it and have also put some redundant brooches I have on there aswell and theres even space left over so I can add to it. I'm going to hang it up in my craft area.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
I decided to cut down on the amount of swaps I do on the CB forum as I found I was more and more swaps and spending less and less time doing what I wanted to do crafting wise. (That and alot kept getting lost in the post!) Doing no more than two swaps a month means I can concentrate on my personal projects and cards.
However I love ATCs and could'nt resist February's Valentine themed swap.
Above I my entries, the top photo of the hedgehogs I got ages ago and this was the perfect time to finally use them. The 2nd photo, I got the stamp free on the cover of a craft mag, the edges have also been inked in red and black to give more depth but doesn't show up that good on the photos.
I managed to make this for my OH without him noticing whilst he was working in the same room!!
He’s not a big fan of valentines day as prefers to be romantic when he wants rather than being told to be!! so thought I would do a more understated card rather than big hearts and lovey dovey as I know he wouldn’t be impressed by it.
The dog and the words are both embossed, which isn't obvious from the photo but makes it look less flat.
Just hope he likes this.
The other day my OH mentioned that someone he was dealing with business wise was also involved with two craft websites. When my OH mentioned I adored his sites and products he kindly said I could order whatever I wanted and he would only charge me trade price. As you can imagine I was over the moon.
Anyway put this to one side until this weekend as busy working and OH was arranging business stuff with him.
To cut a long story short (and to stop my waffling ) I got up this morning and OH handed me a package. When I saw what was inside my jaw hit the floor!! The guy he was dealing with had sent me a goody bag and in it were loads and loads of decoupage sheets, backing paper, some shrink plastic things (sorry not sure of proper name), some die cut decoupage and some clear stamps.
I was so overwelmed my this persons amazing generosity, I haven’t quite recovered and certainly not stopped smiling since.
I’ll post some picks of my makes as and when I do them.