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Monday, 26 January 2015

New Work Dress

Soooo, OMG, I started writing this post aaaaages ago, and I have worn this dress loads, but for some reason I never quite got round to fully writing the post (far too busy with Christmas and life in general).

I made this dress using the same pattern as I did for my Strawberry dress last summer, or was it the summer before, I can't remember.  I was thinking of actually ebaying this pattern, after I had struggled with it for the strawberry dress and then not used it, but I decided to give it one last chance.  Plus I had had this fabric for over a year and had intended to use it with this pattern.

The fabric is Michael Miller Dandy Damask, which is actually (I think anyway) a quilting weight cotton, but other than the fact that you have to iron this dress (oh, how I hate ironing) the extra weight does give it a bit more structure.  The fabric also did cause a small heated argument between me and my husband on direction of the pattern.  I won (mostly because I just ignored him) and decided to go with the direction with the flowery bit facing upwards (as shown below).  I thought upside down, as my husband wanted it, made it look like Davey Jones squid-octopus face from Pirates of the Caribbean and that would mean that I could never take the dress seriously.  I do have to say that the fact I got the pattern matching pretty much spot and central on is totally fluke - halfway through cutting I realised the pattern had a definitive pattern which would need to be matched up on the seams and centralised.


This time, I decided to do the straight, square neck, rather than the cross over bust, which is what had caused me so much stress last time.  I found this much, much easier.

I also pretty much ignored the pattern instructions on adding the bodice lining, as they were just so confusing, and did it the way I have done it on many dresses before, and it worked perfectly.  I think I probably did end up doing it the way the pattern said, but they need to put their instructions in English, not gobbledygook.

One final thing - check out my amazing invisible zip insertion - so happy that I seem to have mastered this now.




Anyway, I've decided to keep  this pattern, and with a few small fitting alterations, I think it will be perfect, as I have been complimented on it a couple of  times.  Undecided about whether to use it for one of my holiday dresses, but I think if I find the right fabric I will.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Abigail

Soooo, this is card I made some time ago and just haven't got round to blogging about (I'm slowly catching up!).


This was an order from a friend for his goddaughter, Abigail.  All I knew was that she had blonde hair, but I think I can always rely on my trusty LOTV art pads to provide an image that everyone will love.

I decided not to cut down the image panel, as to no do so meant that I could add Abigail's name to the image, as well as stamp 'goddaughter'.  Not cutting down the image meant that I needed to use a large 8x8 card, but I don't mind that. I like using them for special cards - you can get some much detail and embellishments on the,.  I also added some stickles glitter to the fairy's wings and skirt, although it doesn't seem to show up too well in these photos.

I used pink sparkly letters for the name and age, and as I had used so much pink, I realised that pink would be needed in the backing paper, bit also with a contrast colour to distract from the pink.  Step up, LOTV perfect pair.  I just knew that this patchwork paper would be perfect.  I took the rest of my embellishment colours from this.  

I used some bright green ribbon and topped this with some pink spotty ribbon and wrapped this around the paper.  I the added a bow made from the left over pink spotty ribbon.  I added pink or green gems where I could and to finish I stuck a happy birthday sentiment to some pink card and added this to the card. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Fly Away

Sooooo, after watching Top Gun (for the umpeenth time - I don't even object to the fact that this film has Tom Cruise in it, nor that he rides a motorbike without a helmet - stupid boy!), I remembered that I had this little LOTV stamp, and I was on a bit of a cardmaking spree, so the two naturally collided into a card. 


I stamped this little dude with blank memento ink and then coloured him up with promarkers (although I am still preferring my distress inks :-/).  I knew I was going to make this into a card for a boy, so I used lots of bright colours.

I had coloured in mind with using some LOTV paper for the card, but then when I was searching through my papers box, I came across some docraft papers.  They are supposedly Christmas papers, but there is not a Christmas icon on any of them, so they make perfect boy papers.

I used some spotty and some stripey with the same colourways as I love spots and stripes together, put one at my standard jaunty angle and fixed it all to some red card.

To finish, I stamped an LOTV sentiment onto some red card and fixed it in some white space on the card.

Et voila!

I would like  to enter this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sparkle Fairy

Soooo, I know where I now know where I am going on my holiday in December - I'm going to St Lucia!!  Soooooooooo excited.  Now I need to plan my wardrobe.  I counted the number of dresses in my wardrobe I could take with me and the grand total is 3!  So, as I am going for ten nights, I need another 7 dresses at least.  I also need shorts and tops for during the day, so it is going to be a very busy making year so I'd best get on with it . . .

First up though, I have a card I made last weekend to share with you:


I coloured up this LOTV image a while back with my Inktense pencils, which I really need to use more and get some practice in, especially as this isn't the neatest colouring, but practice makes perfect.

I then edged the panel with silver ink and layered it onto some purple glitter paper and then silver glitter paper.

I wrapped the panel with some silver twine and stamped some LOTV tag sentiments in purple, attaching these to the card, then topping with a purple button from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Little Mermaid

Sooooo, our holiday is booked for December 2015.  Only problem is, my husband won't tell me where we're going.  How am I supposed to make myself a fabulous holiday wardrobe if I don't know where I'm going I ask?!!!??!?!??  He NEEDS to tell me.  I hate not knowing things, which means I hate surprises, and he know this, so he deliberately doesn't tell me things just to annoy me,  Then, to top it off, because he wanted  to play on his Xbox/PS3 when he got back from the travel agents, I got kicked upstairs into my craft room . . .  grrrrrr.  

Benefit of being in my craft room - I made a few cards and it is one of those I will share with you now:


I stamped and coloured up this LOTV mermaid a couple of weeks back, but hadn't turned it into a card.

This little lady is stamped in black memento and coloured with promarkers.  I think I am still preferring my distress inks, but I do get the old promarkers out every now and again.  After all, it's where I started!  To finish the image, I added a little bit of glitter to her wings (should mermaids have wings? are they in fact supposed to be something else?).

Anyway, I decided this afternoon to make this into a card.

I used a 5x5 card again and used papers all from an LOTV paper pack, with some pink card as a base.  

I added some extra detail to the image panel.  I added some faux stitching (which went a little wrong) and I stamped an LOTV label using my new rose memento ink.  I then added a little pale green flat backed pearl.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Pink Elephant

Sooooo, before I get on with some sewing today - a quick new work skirt me thinks - I just want to share with you this card I made last weekend (or was it the weekend before?!) with one of my new LOTV stamps.  


How adorable is this baby elephant?!  It is one of the new releases and I just knew that I had to have it.

Anyway, this little dude(tte) is stamped with black ink and then coloured with distress inks.  I then stamped a 'new baby' sentiment in the top left hand corner and added pink faux stitching around the edge of the panel.

The backing paper is from an LOTV pad, but I forget which, and the pink card is from my stash.  I then mounted it all onto a 5x5 card, which I am still using muchly and LOVE.

To finish the card, I stamped an LOTV 'so cute' label with blank ink, added a little silver feet charm, which you can just see peepin and a pink bow from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

I also made a boy version of this card which I will share with you eventually, but I'd best get on with some sewing, which I had planned to do yesterday, but in all honesty I barely moved from the sofa . . .  oops!  And my coffee has gone cold, so I'd best remedy that.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Afternoon Nap

Soooo, I have a spare few minutes before I have to make tea and thought I would share with you one of my weekend makes:


This is another little 5x5 card made using one of my new LOTV stamps, which I coloured using distress inks.  I thought I was getting the hang of colouring skin, but then I gave this poor little man sunburn on one of his legs.  Oh, well, that will teach him to fall asleep in the sun - at least he covered his head though.

Anyway, I love this image and always like to give it a vintagey feel, so I kept my colours as muted as I could with the options I had in my stash.

I added some faux stitching to the image panel with a brown fineliner.  I then layered this onto some paper from the LOTV country gent paper pad, to which I also added some faux stitching.  I backed this with some kraft card and then to finish, I stamped an LOTV tag in brown ink and added a bow made from some blue baker's twine.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx
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