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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dressing Up

Soooo, a quick post tonight to share with you the final card I made last night.  No crafting this evening I'm afraid as I have been busy studying away - Mythology in the Greek and Roman World, and in particular today, the myth of Hippolytus.  You may be more familiar with his father, Theseus, slayer on the Minotaur, but you don't need me to bore you with any in dept about Greek mythology.  You would much rather I bored you with my crafty creations.

This is actually the first card I made last night, but I'm still not too sure about it.  I like it, I'm just not sure it is as good as my other cards last night, but I am putting it down to getting into the card-making frame of mind again.


I just love this image, which is actually an LOTV die-cut, but is available as a stamp, as it just reminds me of dressing up as a kid.  In fact, my nieces do it now - in my clothes.  I suppose you could say that my sisters still do it with my shoes and clothes too!

I took the colours from the die-cut and the papers are both from my stash - I have having a proper stash-busting sesh at the moment.  Well, I have to make room for some new stuff - Christmas is coming up soon (and my birthday), so you can be sure that there will be lots of crafty goodies on my present list.

The layout is from this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I took inspiration from the rope of beads n the little girl and used a string of pearls rather than ribbon or string for the wavy element.  I decided to pull out the butterflies on the backing paper for the embellishments and die-cut three butterflies from some scraps of ivory pearlescent card.

There was a bit of pearl string left over once I had finished arranging the wavy bit, so I made this into a corner for the image.  I finished off with some dabs of liquid pearls in the corners.

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


Fingers crossed I will get some time to craft tomorrow after I have finished some housework.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Little Dancing Star

Soooo, another make from tonight:


I used the sketch from this week's Sketch n Stash, and again, I used up a mini masterpiece from LOTV.  This is another image I love and may have to purchase the stamp for.

The grey-blue backing card is from my stash and the other papers are both Lili of the Valley.  The blue spotty one is from Shabby Shack, I think, and the check one I know is LOTV but I can't remember which paper pad.

I die cut stars from a scrap of the backing card using my new stars die (which I love and will be using loads - I got all those stars from one run through the Big Shot) and attached a sentiment to another bit of scrap card.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Coffee and Cake

Soooo, I've had a bit of a card-making session this evening, which has been nice because I've not really done that for a while.  It means I have a few cards to share with you now.  Not sure if I will get them all blogged about tonight, but I will certainly give it a try.  

None of the cards are for a particular occasion, they are just to restock my stash, which has been looking a bit sorry for itself of late, what with not crafting for the best part of three months and all.  I particularly seem to have run out of female cards, so that is what I chose to focus on tonight.   Hopefully I can find time later in the week to do some more, but I have earmarked tomorrow to do some studying (finally finishing off that degree I've been on about for ages) and I have another Elsa dress to make a start on at the weekend.

First up, is actually the last card I made:


I have decided to use up some of my stash and so I've refrained from visiting the Lili of the Valley shop or Hobbycraft recently.  It helps that Hobbycraft is no longer five minutes away.  So, in the spirit of using up the stash, I've decided it is time to use up my LOTV mini masterpieces.  If I love an image that much, I shall just have to buy the stamp and take the time to colour it myself.  This is one of those such images.  It is perfect for the older females, and what is better than coffee and cake and a good gossip with your friends?

Everything on this card I have found in my stash - the papers, the kraft card, the stamp for the sentiment, the pearls, ribbon and lace.  The layout is a sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

I rounded the corners of everything with a corner punch and added faux stitching to add to the vintage effect that the colouring of the image (and then papers) and the lace give.  I decided to add some turquoise ribbon to add a smidgen of colour.  The pearls I found in my stash just happened to pretty much match.  The image and sentiment are adhered to the card with sticky fixers to add a bit of dimension and clear the lace.

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


Sweet Sunday Sketch - sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - ribbon, lace and pearls
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Allsorts - sugar and spice and all things nice (what is nicer than coffee and cake?)
Brown Sugar - celebrations
Creative Romance - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - fancy and frilly
Charisma Cards - lace and pearls

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Elsa

Soooooo, here's the reason I have been so quiet lately:


Sorry the photo is a bit fuzzy - I'm struggling with the camera on my phone at the moment and I have no idea what the hubby has done with the proper camera since we moved.

I originally bought the pattern for this as my niece asked for a dress for her birthday.  No sooner had a posted the picture of the pattern on facebook than my friend (31) asked me to make one for her.  This has kept me very busy for the last week or so, but I have enjoyed making it.

The biggest problem I had is that my house is now covered in glitter from the fabric I used from the cape, but it is sooo pretty.  The cape does require a lot of fabric for an adult dress, and the fabric can be quite expensive, as everything is that could be remotely Frozen-related at the moment, but the dress would just look wrong without it.  Luckily, I live near a Boyes, which has the most fantastic fabric section, which is where I got this from, and it was much more reasonably priced than I had found the internet to be.

Other than the glitter everywhere, the dress is actually quite simple to make.  The pattern is from McCalls, and I found the instructions clear and easy to follow.

The bodice is lined, or in the case of my dress, double-lined as I basted the sparkly fabric to some extra pieces of lining as it was a bit see-through.  This was a little tricky as I used satin, and it was slippy, but once I had basted the bodice pieces, sewing them together with simple, as the sparkly fabric actually stuck to itself.  I still used pins though, just in case. 

I was apprehensive about sewing the cape fabric, but I used a fine needle and I found it was actually easy to sew with - I don't know why I was so scared of it.

There is a lapped zip in the back, together with a thread and loop button fastening.  The pattern didn't have instructions for making the thread and loop fastening, and I had never done one before, but this tutorial was invaluable and my first attempt was, I think, successful.  I used silver threat to tie in with the dress.  The other option would have been white or blue, but I think silver was the best choice.  

I had a choice of buttons in my stash to complete the fastening, but I decided to go for a mother of pearl button as I just liked the look it gave the dress.

I now have a smaller version to make for my niece (age 7) and another friend has asked me to  make one for her 3-year old daughter.  I'm quite looking forward to making these, as I enjoyed making this one, and they might be a bit easier to handle if they are smaller.  I think I will use invisible zips in these ones, as, not only do I find them easier, I think they will give a better finish to the back of the dress, as the zip area is not covered by the cape, so I think the most invisible finish I can get would be best.  i also have slightly different cape fabric for my niece's, as I couldn't get any more of this fabric, after buying the fabric for the 3-year old's.  My sister is pleased to note that the fabric I have been able to get is not quite as glittery, it is covered in snowflakes though.

I'll let you know how the children's ones go.

Happy Crafting!
xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Eliza

Sooo, a quick share with you tonight, as this was a quick, last minute order from a colleague tonight:


To make this card I used a topper from the LOTV fairies art pad.  I do have this image as a stamp, but the art pads are perfect when you need a quick card like this one.  I added glitter to the wings, boppers and the flyaway dandelion seeds.

The papers are all from the LOTV bonnets and bowties paper pads.

I wrapped the panel with some pink twine and tied the ends into a ribbon.

I die-cut the name Eliza (as per the card request) from some card, coloured it purple  to match the top on the image and then glittered the letters up.  I attached these to the card on the left hand side.  I also attached a glittery 3 to the top right hand corner.

To finish the card, I added a few pink gems, et voila.  

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



Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Fabulous!

Sooo, tonight I would like to share with you the card I made for the step-mother (non-wicked), whose birthday is tomorrow:


I made this card using an 8x8 card blank and topper from the LOTV James and Jenny bear art pad, and as is usual with my cards, it didn't turn out anything like I envisaged when I started.

The 'fabulous' sentiment is an LOTV sentiment I stamped forever ago in worn lipstick distress ink.

I backed both the sentiment and the image onto some blue paper.

The floral backing paper is from the LOTV shabby shack paper pad.  I  thought this gave the card a vintagey feel, so I set about decorating in a vintage style.

I added some cream lace and a string of pearls along the bottom edge, flat-backed pearls to the top two corners and liquid pearls to the corners of the image and sentiment.  I also added a blue bow and a pink rose, which I ringed with some more string pearls.

I hope the step-mother (non-wicked) likes this.  Even if she doesn't, I do!

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


I have been busy starting my Christmas Cards this weekend, so I will be sharing some of them soon.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Baby Bunny

Soooo, tonight I would like to share with you a card I made last weekend, but I simply haven't had any time to blog since.  I'm multi-tasking watching the Strictly launch show and writing this post, as its the only way it's going to get done.  Does anyone else hope Tom Evans turns out to be amazing and stays in to the end?!?!?!?!?!?

Anyway, this is my card:


This is the first time I have used by new Inktense pencils, which I bought while homeless to give me something to do, then realised I didn't actually have anything to colour, but never mind.  I still need to practice, I know that, but I already love using them.  I also love this LOTV image, which is so versatile - great for boy and girl new baby cards, and also good for first birthdays.

I stamped the image onto water colour paper and then coloured using the Inktense pencils.  I've decided to treat them much like colouring with inks, and I seemed to do OK.


the patterned papers are from LOTV - one is from the bear necessities pad, but I don't think the other is, and now I can't remember which pad it is from :-/

I added faux stitching with a blue pen to all papers and the image panel and layered them up at jaunty angles (I do like a jaunty angle) onto some ombred card, which is from my stash.

I then wrapped the whole lot with some blue bakers twine.

From the ombre card offcut I die-cut some letters to spell 'baby' and added these to the top right hand corner of the image panel.  I then used some stickles glitter glue on the letters and added it to some the stars also.

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


I have more to share with you.  I will try to get them blogged soon - I have been a busy girl the last couple of weeks and have just started a very exciting project that I can't wait to share with you.  Hopefully, I will have it finished next weekend . . . eeeek!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx
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