Sunday, 9 November 2014

Krafty Christmas

Sooo, a while ago I had a bit of a Christmas cardmaking sesh (I made about 40, and I really do need to make time for another session), and these cards are some of the cards I made:

I decided that instead of spending a fortune buying new bits and bobs this year, I would try to use up some of my stash and save some money, so for these cards I decided to use of some of the smaller LOTV mini masterpieces.

I chose all cute animals and those that had more brown on them so they would go with the papers I had decided to use from the LOTV krafty christmas pad.

I added faux stitching with a brown fineliner around the edge of each image, which I then layered onto some red card.  I also added faux stitching around the papers (I chose a different paper to accompany each image, and I tried to get them to match as much as possible with something that was going on in the image), which I cut to the length of my 6x4 card blanks.

I then stamped 'merry christmas' from my new(ish) LOTV sentiments stamp with brown memento ink onto all the cards.

To finish, I then added a brown cross in each corner, two in the top right corner, to tie in the stitching theme I had going on.

I think I put these in my Etsy shop.  There is only one set, as I used up the last of these mini masterpieces and they aren't available anymore.  I am tempted to keep them for myself though, so get them before I do make that decision.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Relaxing In The Garden

Sooo, today is my step-dad's birthday (Happy Birthday!) and I would like to share with you the card I made for him:

This was a quick card as I haven't had much time for creating cards recently - far to busy sewing.  I am onto the last Elsa dress now, and hopefully I will get that finished this week.  I then have a dress currently half made and pinned onto Doris to finish, my Christmas party dress to make, along with a few stitched Christmas presents.  Fingers crossed I can get everything done before xmas, but with work, studying, not being able to get into the craft room for various reasons, I'm starting to panic a little, and I still have my Christmas cards to make.

Anyway, enough of me rabbitting on.  As this was a quick card, I used a topper from the LOTV vintage boys art pad (which I am nearly all out of, so have to get some more).  I edged this with some brown ink, layered onto some striped paper, then some red paper, then some brown striped paper.  All the papers are from LOTV paper pads, but I don't think any of them are from  the same - I decided to use up some scraps.

Before layering the panel onto the brown paper, I wrapped it with some brown baker's twine, which I got from the Ribbon Girl.

To finish the card, I stamped 'happy birthday' with brown ink, inked the edge of the the panel and attached this to the card with a red button to finish it off.

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

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gramps in the Garden

Sooo, this is the card I made for my Gramps for his birthday, which was on Monday.

To make this card, I used an LOTV topper from the vintage boys art pad.   I thought this image was perfect as my Grampy loves gardening, and is tres proud of his garden.

I also used LOTV papers from the Country Gent paper pad.  These papers compliment this art pad so well.  Not sure if that was intentional by LOTV or not?

I also used some ribbon I found in my stash (no idea where it came from) and some kraft card.  I inked the edges of everything with cocoa memento ink.

Finding a card which says 'Gramps' or 'Grampy' is impossible, so making cards does have it's advantages.  I die-cut the letters from kraft card and arranged these along the side of the image.

To finish, I thought I would echo the little bird in the image, and I remembered that I had this little wooden bird in my stash.  I think it is actually supposed to be a robin, buy hey hum, pigs bum, it goes.

My Gramps liked his card, and loved his present - a year's membership to CAMRA - and I now need to start thinking about next year's present, as I do have a reputation for always getting my Gramps something a little different (last year he got a vintage brass belt buckle with his name on it).  So, thinking cap on!

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

Happy Crafting!


Pink Butterfly Heart

Sooo, today I would like to share with you a card I made a while ago, but haven't had chance to blog about until now:

This card is made using an ombre effect piece of card.  

First, from the darkest piece of card, I die-cut the butterflies.  I then followed the outline of these to fussy cut out the hard shape.

I then used the lightest part of the card to cut a square, which I layered onto a square of ivory pearlescent card.

I stamped the 'congratulations' sentiment using black memento ink onto a scrap of the ivory pearlescent card.

To finish, I added some pink, gold and ivory-coloured flat backed pearls to each corner.

I think this would be a perfect card for weddings, anniversaries, engagements etc.

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

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

When Doris Met Clara

Soooo, this evening I would like to share with you this afternoon's make.  I am off work this week and had set myself the challenge of a project a day.  Today (half way through the week) is the first time I've managed it - Monday I was barely in the house, and yesterday, although I did do a project, it was a bit of a disaster and I will share that with you later.  Events may or may not unfold with that one.

Anyway, here is today's dress, modelled by the lovely Doris the Dressform:

And the back:

This is made with the most amazing Tardis Kona cotton fabric, which I ordered from Spoonflower in the summer.  The dress pattern is the Ruby dress from Simple Sew, and which I got free with Love Sewing magazine a couple of months back.  This dress and fabric have always been intended to go together, but I simply haven't had the time to sew for myself until now.

I know that the pattern is the'Ruby', but due to the fabric, I have decided to call this my Clara dress (all whovians should understand - the rest of you should watch Doctor Who so you can understand, and because it is brilliant!).

Whovians rejoice
 at this amazing fabric.
And check out those
amazing darts
 - right first time!
Thanks Doris
Anyway, the dress was a dream to sew.  With the help of Doris, I got my darts spot on on the first sew, other than my bobbin running out of thread half way down a bust dart - how annoying.  The invisible zip went in perfectly first time too, amazing!

It took me a grand total of 3 and a half hours to sew from cutting out to hand sewing the facings down.  

My beautiful invisible zip
- inserted right first time!
I was very proud that I got this right after my disaster yesterday.  However, I did follow this up by sewing a zip on a skirt inside out doh!

There's not much to say other than that I love love love this pattern.  I just love the shape.  It suits me so well and I love teh v-neck back.  I will be using the pattern again, and again, and again.  I have a few bits of fabric in my stash that might do nicely.  The fabric was also a dream so I will be ordering more Kona cotton from Spoonflower just as soon as my bank balance allows, and I can bring myself to pay postage from the US.

Fingers crossed I manage a full project again tomorrow.   I really need some work clothes, so I will try a dress or skirt tomorrow.  Not decided yet.  Somehow, I don't think work will appreciate me rocking up in this dress and making Tardis noises, because I will do that every time I wear this dress - it's, like, the law!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Holly's House of Haberdashery

Sooo, I've decided to make a start on my long-held plans to start a little online haberdashery and fabric business.  I will blog along with this, so please check out the blog for Holly's House of Haberdashery.

You will also find the link to the items on eBay.  I decided that for the time being this was the most cost-effective way of selling my products online.

It really is a start small and build up slowly adventure, so please bear with me.

I'm also still on with my craft clear out, so you will find other bits and pieces on that link also.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 16 October 2014


Sooo, there must be something about Halloween coming up that is making me want to through green and purple together, a combo I would never usually use, but at this time of year, it just seems to go.  So, when my sister asked me to make a 30th birthday card for a friend of her's and I was rummaging through my stash for inspiration, guess which combo just leaped out at me.

I started by knowing that this would be a large 8x8 card and that I wanted to put feathers on this card to add a little glamour, and the green and purple feathers just seems to work, so I pulled them out, found some matching ribbons and then started rummaging through my paper scraps.

I found some green card, which I used to make the card border and then the purple corrugated card to cut out a 30.  I've had this card forever, but could never find a use for it, because it is just so difficult to add anything onto it without adding so much bulk, but as a standalone on this card, the extra texture and dimension it provided worked well.

I decided to add the purple ribbon along the bottom half of the card and then tie a bow from the green ribbon to hide the bottom of the feathers.  And no, it is not your eyes playing tricks on you, the green ribbon is actually loads of different random shades, which I didn't realise until I started taking it off the reel.

I then used the scraps of green and purple card left over to die-cut some stars, which I scattered above and around the 30.  I love this die - I got all those stars from just two goes through the big shot, with the tiniest scrap of paper, and there is nothing you can't put a star on as far as I'm concerned!

I did think that I had finished the card then, but I kept looking at it thinking that it just needed a little something more, maybe a little bit of glitter.  So, I decided to add some faux stitching around the edge using a purple glitter pen.

I hope my sister's friend likes it.  My sister seemed to.

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

Happy Crafting!


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