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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Baby Girls' Cardigan.



Here is the Baby's cardigan that I have managed to knit over this last week.
The DK knit wool is a lovely soft lilac shade with spots of pink and purple.
The cardigan doesn't have any buttons (which saves knitting a button hole border) but has a picot edge all around.

I have started another jumper, this time for my nephew's son. Jake will be 2 in December, when his baby sister is due, so I thought that it's not fair for the new baby to have all the presents and for Jake to have none, so I am knitting him a Thomas the Tank Engine jumper. I first knitted it 20 years ago for my youngest son when he was 2 - how time flies LOL !!

Stay watching my blog for new projects to be shown. I'm in a really crafting mood at the moment, with lots of things started or in my mind to start.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Christmas is a Joy !!!!!!!!!!!!

How many people can say that LOL !!.

This card is made using another new die from Sue Wilson. The Joy die comes in two parts. The filigree top piece and a solid bottom piece. Although you see white underneath the red "Joy" I had actually used the solid bottom piece in white and then stuck it onto the white background piece so that it does stand a little bit proud of the card. I have used SB Poinsettia die and a piece of card that looks very much like vellum but is a lot thicker. I have used a water colour pencil in red, to edge the poinsettia petals. The centre piece is a brad.

This is the last of Christmas cards scheduled for this week, as I have been knitting during the last few evenings, and not been making cards.

Hopefully on Saturday there maybe a photo of what I've been knitting......check my blog tomorrow!! xxx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Christmas Fireplace Card





Another day, another Christmas card made LOL !!

This time using another new die from Create and Craft. The fireplace - a set of 5 dies:- fire, fire surround, holly garland, stocking and stocking top.

I cut the fire and fire surround in a glossy black card. Then with the fire I cut a small piece of white card and using promarkers "created the fire" and stuck to the back of the fire. The holly garland I cut out twice to go the length of the mantelpiece. I added "holly berries" by drawing on dots in groups of 3 along the length. I then added a tartan "rug" in front of the fire.

This was then backed onto red card which I had used to cut out SP "Tranquil moments" largest die. This was then backed onto tartan paper. I don't know why tartan is always connected to Christmas (maybe it's because of shortbread biscuits !!) but it goes so well.

The flourish on either side is from Memory Box " Fauntleroy crest". The poinsettia and wording are by Robert Addams dies.

To me this card would be more for a male, even with the flower....do you agree?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tonic & Sue Wilson Dies.




Both Tonic, Sue Wilson & Create and Craft have brought out some lovely Xmas dies ready for us crafters to start on making all those Christmas cards.
 
If you follow my blog regularly, you will notice I have made a start on Christmas and have made quite a few already. This week has also been a Christmassy themed week for cards.
 
Today I have used tonic header die to create the main shape. With the wording "winter wishes" cut out, I don't need to add a sentiment. Also I have kept the wording "cut outs" for me to use on another card, so a very useful die.
 
The middle "snow" is from Sue Wilson, just the right amount of flourishes around the word so not too fussy and intricate that it becomes a nightmare to cut out (like some dies can be!!) this cut out beautifully with no problems. Although when I have a die that is intricate I do rub it over with a tumble dryer sheet-which does help it pop out.
 
I have backed it onto tartan paper and added Ivy in each corner (Marianne Die).
 
The holly decoration is actually confetti for the table. It cost about £1 and there are loads in there, you have to stick the red berries on separately, but very effective as an additional embellishment.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sue Wilson & Create and Craft Xmas Dies.



Yesterdays blog was in the traditional colours of red & green, here is a modern example of a Christmas card....Purple and cream.


Sue Wilson and Create & Craft have both brought out some great Xmas dies.

This card is a combination from them both. The baubles are from Sue Wilson, and are so ornate, I just love them !. (you can also get a rubber stamp to go with this die set). The bow is from Create & Craft. You cant see too clearly but it is embossed too. I cut out one in purple and one in cream then cut the cream one on the embossed lines so that the purple one then framed it. The wording is from Robert Addams dies.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

It's CHRISTMASSSSSSS  !!!! (as Noddy Holder would say !!)

This is a Christmas card using the new Create and Craft dies. The candle, flame, bow and foliage make up this set. I have backed the green candles onto red mirri card, and have added glitter using a quickie glue pen and extra fine glitter to the embossed lines of the bows. 4 red gems in the corners and wording by Robert Addams dies. Quite a traditional card.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Flying Butterflies !!

 Happy Bank Holiday Monday.......just to remind you that the next bank holiday will be Christmas Day !!  - 17 Mondays time will be the week leading up to the big day !!  Time to start making Christmas Cards !!! LOL !!!!

Having said that, here is a summery, pastel shaded, butterfly card.

I have stitched this onto PMD linen card, in variegated threads of pink, blue, silver & bronze.

The background embossed section is also on PMD linen card using an XCut embossing folder which I have then brushed over with distress ink using a shaving brush (my preferred method as I tend to get streaks and lines using anything else).
The actual stitched piece has been mounted onto pale blue mirri card. I have also used a pale pink mirri card for the floral corner (Tonic envelope die). I have added turquoise gems across the corner piece. The sentiment is from Anna Marie Designs across some pink ric-rac ribbon.
Same photo only on different background as sometimes pale cards don't show up that well.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Hobbycutz Design Team Challenge #62

                          This image is called "Home Improvements"
This image is called "Velocity"
This weeks challenge is "Don't use white". The sponsor is "Kenny K".

I have chosen two images. The first is "Home improvements" and the second is "Velocity.
I have coloured both images using promarkers.

On "Home Improvements" I have added tools which are from Robert Adams dies.
On "Velocity" I have added glitter across the image - although from the photograph not very clear.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A CAS Christmas card.


I have kept things simple with this card. Using just white card with gold & silver mirri card. The white card stock has the Tonic header Christmas die used on it on the fold line. I have then backed it in gold. There is a white, embossed with dots, centre plaque, layered onto silver. Then using the spellbinders bauble collection ( borrowed from a friend) I have cut out using white, gold and silver. The sentiment is in white and silver. The candi in silver and gold.

In this photo the silver bauble looks red, whoops !, this is the reflection of me taking the photo - I do struggle to photograph mirri card. Anyone got any tips on doing this???

Friday, 22 August 2014

Black and Gold....a winning combination.


This card in black and gold to my mind is a classic combination. I have used Tonic dies for the champagne / glasses, the cocktail glass and the round filigree circle. Tonic dies work brilliantly and I have had no problems with them not cutting out cleanly each time. The background paper was I think from docrafts when they had an art deco pack. The wording Robert Addams dies. Just finished off with 3 black candi. Cheers !!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Last day of Baby themed projects.





This is the final addition to the baby girl projects for the moment .... although I am in the process of knitting some baby things.

This pop-up box is such a lovely unusual card, that I like to use it for special occasions.

I think gingham paper is so suitable for babies and works well with the embellishments.

A mixture of teddies, nappy pins, bottles, and feathers goes into the adornments on this card. I have added the December calendar as the bay is due in December, I will highlight the day when she is born.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Continuing the Baby Theme... this time a blanket.

 This blanket that I have made is actually done by crochet, although it looks like knitting. The crochet stitch is called "blanket stitch". I didn't know how to crochet this but I checked out you-tube where I got a step by step instruction on how to do the stitch. I have used an arran wool so should be nice and warm for the baby.
A close up of the stitch pattern.

It was really easy to do and both sides look the same. The top photo is more a truer colour to the real thing.

This is for my nephew & his wife's baby which is due in December.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Baby Pink Plaque...

This plaque I have made for my nephew and his wife who are expecting their second child in December. They have already had a scan and found out that it is going to be a girl (they already have a son - so their family will be complete).

I made this by covering the cardboard plaque with Iridescent medium from Galeria. This has a pinky/silvery effect so worked well with the design. I have cut 4 white squares using Marianne die LR0310. I used a bright pink gel pen to colour through the die before I had embossed it. Then using my silhouette portrait I cut out the word "Baby" in pink card. I have used "Little B" Baby dies to cut out a pram, romper suit, and rocking horse in pale pink card ( you cant see too clearly on the photo). I have added some baby buttons and using paper clay moulded some pink teddies. The "welcome to the world" is a tonic die. Finally I have added pink pearl gems around the frame.

I hope they will be pleased and .......It better be a GIRL !!!!!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Decorative Envelope Die Card

Tonic are bringing out some lovely dies lately and I succumbed to buying this set. It's the "Verso Decorative Envelope Die Set 2". There are 6 dies in the set, 2 triangular pattern dies and 4 co-ordinating edges.

I have used one of the triangular dies and cut onto card 4 times, rotating the die every other one so that I get an opposite pattern each time.

Simply backed onto cream card, I have added a black chiffon and satin ribbon across the middle, a black and cream flower (delicate Aster) and a paper red rose. The red wording is from Robert Addams dies. I have added some red gems across the bottom and top and also in the middle of each "half". I could have added a red gem in each of the flowers, but I think it looks better like this (plus I'm too mean to add too many gems to a card !!)

Saturday, 16 August 2014


4 Xmas Cushions Complete !!


 Here are all 4 cushions together without the cushion pads so that you can see more clearly each one.






For those "eagle eyed" amongst you, will have noticed that there is one cushion missing. If you scroll back down to Tuesdays blog you will see a candle amongst the designs. Confession time - I didn't have enough of the backing material to make another cushion so at the moment the candle one has not been finished. I might make a smaller cushion at some point if I cant get some more material. I'm really pleased with the results and cant wait for Christmas to have them on my sofas.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Xmas Cushion # 4

Here is #4..... Using "Crafts too" Stocking Surprise" die. Again like yesterday this die is small (approx. 2cm wide each stocking- the whole die approx. 12cm long). I think this cushion is my favourite out of all 4 . Again like the other 3 cushions I have used the same ribbon and stitch pattern and also have added charms and hot fix crystals.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Xmas Cushion # 3


The third Xmas cushion complete.... I am on a roll LOL!!!!

This one I used a Memory Box die "leaping deer". The actual size of the die is only about 5cm wide, so you can see I had to enlarge it quite a few times to get it large enough to go onto the cushion. I have also used Spellbinders die for the small baubles. Like the previous days cushions I have used the hot fix gems on this cushion for the deer's eyes and across the neck and on the baubles.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Xmas Cushion # 2

Here is the second cushion complete. As you can see it has the same ribbon as yesterdays owl cushion and also the same stitching and charms added. I have also added the hot fix crystals on each bauble.
This is using Spellbinders dies as they are (the largest and smallest in each case).

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Xmas Cushion # 1


Some time ago (the beginning of the year) I decided to make some Christmas cushions.......














I used my dies as templates (in some cases if I had to enlarge the image) to cut out the designs for my cushions, or I used the dies directly to cut out the felt. I have kept the felt colours red and green.
 The start of the cushions (the candles were enlarged)....
 The baubles were original sizes......
 The owl enlarged quite a few times.....
 The reindeers enlarged and reversed.....
 and the stockings enlarged.....



 Here is the first cushion complete. I have used ribbon across the top and added xmas charms. The Owl has hot fix crystals in the centre of his eyes and at bottom of front (cant see too well). I have used an embroidery stitch on my sewing machine across the top and bottom (which is quite Nordic). All the felt patterns where sewn on by hand using blanket stitch. I have kept the colours cream, red & green.
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The backing of each cushion will be the same material. I just need to add some press studs to hold the flap down.
 
Hopefully this week I will be able to complete the rest of the cushions.... so keep stopping by to check!! 


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Hobbycutz Design Team Challenge # 60

Fancy Folds - Sponsor: Iva Nova Chest

I have made this card using 2 types of fold. One a concertina fold and the other a series of folds to create the flower. Below are the instructions on how to create the flower.

Using a piece of note block paper (size 9 x 9 cm)

First I embossed each piece using Spellbinder embossing folder. Then using a blue promarker did a rough edge all around.




Then I folded the pieces diagonally.




Then I folded the side up to meat the middle.


I did this on both sides.


The I folded the piece that I have just folded outwards.




Again on the other side.


Then I opened up the fold and flattened it.

 Again on other side.

Then folded down the flap so that it was level with the back piece. 
 Again on other side.
 

Then folded each side in half.

And finally rolled the edge together and glued to make one petal.

 Six petals make a flower.
 
Once I had 3 flowers I cut the bases off so that they were flatter. I embossed a 8 x 8 piece of card using the same embossing folder that I had used for the flowers. I outlined the piece of card in blue promarker. The fan was simply a piece of card score at 1cm intervals and folded (once I had used the promarker to do a blue line) into a fan and stuck together at one end. I have added a small blue paper flower. The rose in the other corner is a piece of ribbon (wired) rolled up and glued.
The sponsor is Iva Nova Chest which are a company that do metal charms. As of yet I haven't got any but will soon.