Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Back to Crafting (Finally)

Soooo, I've been in my new house (and new craft room) for nearly a month now, and on Saturday I finally got out my card making bits and pieces to make some cards.  Birthday season is about to start for me, and will keep going until June next year, so I thought it was about time to make some cards again.  It has taken me a few days to blog about them as I've had a horrible cold for the last couple of days, and haven't had the energy to pick up my laptop or type.  I did go back to work today and disturbed the whole office with my not so quiet dying by hacking cough :-(, so still feel rubbish, but I can once again move.

This is the first card I have made:

After three months of no cardmaking, I was surprised how easy I got back into it.

I already had the large sentiment stamped - I think I will have used worn lipstick distress ink.  I then cut it to size and added some faux stitching and added some gauze behind it.

The patterned paper is from the LOTV Perfect Pair paper pad, and I added some faux stitching to that also.  I love the colours in this paper pad as they are so bright and summery.  The pink card is from my stash.  I think it is from a load my grandmama-in-law sent for me, so I have no idea where it came from originally.  Again, I added some faux stitching.

I wrapped the whole panel with some pink baker's twine and then punch three flowers from a scrap of green paper and layered these up to make a flower.  To finish off, I found a pink flower brad in my stash and used this as a flower centre.

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

Crafts Galore - make a card
Pile It On - punch it out
A Gem of a Challenge - summertime (I used summer colours)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
MAWTT - a stitch in time
LOTV - use some LOTV papers

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Midnight Fairies

Soooo, I have been in the new house over three weeks.  I think we are settled now - all boxes are unpacked, and we finally have internet again.  Life without internet was difficult, but I did get some crafting done - I just couldn't blog about it.

Contrary to popular belief, the craft room was not the first room to be unpacked, but it did take me the longest on the Saturday after we had moved.  As soon as it was unpacked and everything in it's place, I started crafting.

This was my first creation:

How gorgeous is this fabric?  This comes from The Little Fabric Bazaar, who is run by the most helpful, lovely lady, who must have the patience of a saint to put up with my constant queries and changing of orders.

I loved this border fabric as soon as I saw it, so I ordered some without even knowing what I was going to make.  It is also much more sparkly than shows up in the photos, so I was very excited when I arrived.

I didn't follow a pattern to make this skirt - I was just making it up as I went along, and I have half written a tutorial so you can make your own too.  I will eventually get it posted, but I seem to have so much to do and nowhere near enough time at the moment, even though now I have probably gained an hour each day from not having to spend so much time travelling to and from work - strange isn't it, I live probably about twice as far away, yet it takes me less than half the time to get to and from work than it used to.

Anyway, I cut the fabric in half lengthways, as it is a double border fabric and then added 8 pleats in this skirt to give it some fullness, and I also attached a waistband.

At the back is my second attempt at a lapped zip, or my version of at least - I think they're getting better.  Ideally, I think an invisible zip would have worked better, but I wanted to use up some the haberdashery stash I already have.  I've made a good start on this and ebayed some of the patterns I never use.  That cleared up a small space.

Anyway, I ordered three metres of this beautiful fabric, and I used just under 2 metres at half width, so I'm hoping there is enough left to make a little skirt for the youngest niece and some shorts for the eldest (she doesn't do skirts!)

I'll let you know how they turn out if I ever get round to them.  I will do eventually, because I'm trying really hard not to buy anymore fabric, but just use up my stash.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Rainbow Petticoats

Soooo, I've not been totally idle while I've been homeless (finally move into a new house on Wednesday - no more living at Mother's), I've had the Etsy Fabrication Pop-Up, which although not a success for me, was a huge success for some of the other participants.

Knowing that I would be homeless at the time, I turned my Pops' attic into a little sewing studio and made some petticoats, because I figured that these were the easiest to make in the least amount of room, and I really only needed by sewing machine and sewing box keeping out, which don't take up a huge amount of room.

I decided to try a new idea with the petticoats and try a rainbow petticoat, and this is the result:

These are made from 4 layers of dress net/tulle - red, purple, green and yellow, with a yellow waistband.  I also think I could invert the colours and do a red waistband.

They were no more difficult than making a one-colour 4-layer petticoat, and the step-mother was impressed.

These are now listed in the Etsy shop, where to celebrate the fact that I will have a new craft room this week, I am offering 10% off your order when you spend at least £10.  Simply enter code AUGUST10 at the checkout.  This is valid until the end of the month, so please share with your friends and family too.

I'm going to try some other multi-coloured 4-layer petticoats too.  I have the tulle to make The Midnight (black, blue, purple, lilac), The Princess (purple, hot pink, lilac, pale pink) and The Sunset (red, pink, orange, yellow), so will be making up some samples of these when I am all moved and sorted (so probably next weekend).  These aren't listed in the shop yet, but if you would like to pre-order one, or any other colour combination, just contact me through the shop.

I can't wait to get on with some proper crafting again - I even went to the LOTV shop yesterday to get some of their new release stamps.  While there, I also stocked up on some of their existing stamps and papers, and I can't wait to be sat at my desk again, music blasting out, regaining some sanity.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 28 July 2014

True Love

Sooooo, this is the last of the cards I had made up before packing up, but we have good news - we have a moving date - 6th August, and we a moving to Ilkley.  Cannot wait!

Anyway, this is the card I made for my cousin's wedding from myself.  I think, as well as being a good wedding card, it would also make a nice anniversary, valentines or engagement card.

I made this card using a large sentiment stamp from LOTV.  I used lilac embossing powder to heat emboss onto kraft card (I like the effect of this).  I then added some faux stitching around the edge of the pagel with a white gel pen.

I layered this panel onto some gauze and then layered this onto the backing panel.

To make the backing panel, I wrapped some LOTV paper with sheer organza ribbon and then a narrow satin ribbon.  I then layered this onto some kraft card.

To finish the card, I added a small lilac flower button in the top right-hand corner and added drops of liquid pearls to the other corners.  After attaching the true love panel, I added a bow made from the remaining satin ribbon and some white and purple roses from my stash.

I think, once I have got moved and settled etc. I will make up some more of these cards, I a do really like this one and as I've already said, it could be used for a variety of occasions.

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

Right, I think that might be it until I move - for cards anyway.  I have been on with a couple of sewing projects, but whether I get them finished in time or find time to blog about them,  I couldn't say.

Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Butterfly Heart

Soooo, I got into work ridiculously early this morning and decided that I didn't feel like doing any work (not until 8 at the earliest anyway), so I would quickly finish writing this blog post that I started about six weeks ago.

This is another of the cards I made for my cousin's wedding at the beginning of June.  Again, a family member took this one (one day they might pay me, but it's not looking likely any time soon).

I made this card using a new die I got at LOTV.  I wasn't going to the shop to buy anything like this (I just went for papers I think), but I saw it and just had to have it.

I used the die on a piece of plain white card and then coloured in the little butterflies using various promarkers.  I then used a cocktail stick behing the butterflies to push them out and make them 3D.

I added some faux stitching with a brown pen and the wrapped the panel eith some twine before attaching to a panel of kraft card.  I then stamped two LOTV tags using brown ink and attached these to the card.

Voila!  One very effective card me thinks.  Also great for valentines, anniversaries, engagements - just change up the colour of the butterflies and the backing card.

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

I still have a couple more projects to share with you that I finished before packing up and fingers crossed we hear about a house today.  We put in an application for one two weeks ago and they're now on with the references and checks, so hopefully I will have good news and a moving date very soon, so I can get on with crafting again . . . yay!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Wedding

Soooo, this is one of the last cards I made before I had to pack up my craft room and put aside my crafting for a while - still no date, so still no end in sight and still no return of my sanity (it is really being tested without being able to escape to craft).  I'm also struggling with this blogging, as I have no internet access at my mother's and work's is dodgy at best.

Anyway, I made this for a member of my family to give to my cousin, who got married a couple of weeks ago.

I already, randomly, had the image coloured up (in Promarkers) and I thought that my LOTV perfect pair papers would make a lovely wedding card, especially these ones as they look as though they have little hearts for flowers.

I don't think I followed a sketch, but I can't really remember.

I stamped with pink distrss ink a little flourish in oppposite corners, stamped a sentiment onto the image panel and then added some little paper roses to finish the card.

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

I have a few more cards to share with you, but will do so slowly due to lack of internet access and I don't know when I will have a craft room to get creating again.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Rapid Maxi

Soooo, as promised earlier in the week, this is my other project made using some of my fabric from America - a maxi skirt.

How gorgeous is this fabric?  I think it is Michael Miller.  Everyone loves it.  The photos really don't do it justice.  The colours are so vibrant.

This skirt was very simple to make - a beginner could do it.

I used 1.5 m of 1.1m wide fabric, folded it in half right sides facing.  I think the 1.5m went round my waist and the 1.1m is the length. 

I then sewed it up to a tube, turned over about half an inch at both ends, one for the hem and one for the waist.  In the waist, I didn't sew all the way round, but left a gap to insert some quarter-inch elastic and inserted that. 

Et voila!  One skirt.  I suppose I am very lucky that the length was just right, but it wouldn't take much adjusting.

This took me about an hour inbetween faffing about and getting distracted, so really easy.  I have had compliments on it when I've worn it - with a plain t-shirt/top works well.

The only thing I would maybe change next time is to not sew the seam the whole way down, but maybe leave a split in it to make it easier to walk/stride and climb over the fence to get to the pub instead of walking all the way round.

I have a few cards to share with you next I think.  I'll get them up soon.

Happy Crafting!


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