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Monday, 2 March 2015

Gerald Giraffe

Sooooo, everyone, I would like you to meet Gerald Giraffe, a recent school project for my youngest niece, Evie.


Her project was to make an African animal.  So, I wracked my brains trying to think what I had patterns for and then remembered that issue 58 (April 2014) of Sew Mag had a giraffe in it.  Cue me talking Evie out of her 'idea' of making a cheetah (I was NOT making a cheetah!) and talking her into the giraffe.  I got there in the end and downloaded the pattern and dug out the relevant magazine (good job I hoard my sewing magazines eh?!).

Naturally, my bright ideas always backfire.  Cue me having to find appropriate giraffe fabric, because apparently, the giraffe had to be the correct colour.  I ask you, what is the point of that if you can't have a multicoloured stripey giraffe?!  Anyway, I managed to source some online but it was quite expensive, so on the off chance and not expecting to find any, I went into Boyes.  Of course, I was in there for another reason really - namely materials for making a solar system for the other niece.  

Anyway, to my great surprise, there was indeedy giraffe fabric, and slightly furry, rather than just plain cotton, so I grabbed some of that, along with some coordinating felt for the nose, feet, tail, ossicones and inner ears.  I also grabbed some pom pom trim, as I thought this would do quite well for the giraffe's mane, rather than trying to make one out of felt as per the pattern.  I also bought some wooden buttons as per the pattern to attach the legs.  I already had some toy stuffing, as I do, you know, so I didn't need to buy that.  This was thankful as it turned out to be an expensive Boyes trip in the end and I got nothing for myself!

Construction of Gerald was relatively easy, if a little time consuming.  After I cut out the pieces (I wasn't letting Evie loose with my fabric scissors) we set about sewing.  This was the first time Evie had used a sewing machine, so I taught her how to thread it and how to start of the sewing and about locking your stitches.  I controlled the pedal (I wasn't letting her loose with that - even if she could have reached) while she sat on my knee and guided the fabric through the machine, including enclosing the pom pom trim using a zipper foot.  

I also taught her about clipping corners and curves and between me, Evie and her friend, Joe, who had come to help, we turned out and stuffed all the legs - a harder job than you would have thought.  We also stuffed the body and I slip stitched it close - Evie watched me do it but decided that it was too hard!

We then (rather wonkily) sewed the legs on between us, withe the buttons, together with the eyes, ears, ossicones and tail.

I don't think we did too bad a job and now the other niece wants to make a giraffe - but she doesn't want to make a giraffe coloured one - she wants to use the left-over giraffe fabric to make a cushion!!!!

Most peeved that Gerald did not win a prize - apparently there were no prizes and the kids just got their pride.  I ask how these children are going to survive in the real world where pride will only get you kicked (probably) - a bit of healthy competition is what they need to teach them how the world works (and I hate it when I don't get to play I win).

Anyway, rant over!  This did end up a small learning experience for all involved as we learned that the giraffe's horn thingies are in fact called ossicones - so now we know that should it ever come up in a pub quiz and I can add it to the ever growing pool of useless information in my brain - no room for useful information or a memory as the pool of useless information now takes up about 95% of the brain.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Baby Zoo

Sooo, today I would like to share with you a new craft I have begun to have an interest in. Admittedly, I am sticking to the most simple of projects for the time being, but I'm sure I can develop as I practice.  This is a basic quilt I made:


Originally, I made this for a colleague, who is expecting later in the year, but a) we found out that the baby will in fact be a girl and b) a friend asked if she could have it, and I, of course, happy acquiesced with that request.

This was a very simple quilt if I'm honest.  The front is a pre-printed panel I purchased from the Little Fabric Bazaar, who I actually correspond with on facebook.  I then backed this with some super-soft dimple plush in Ivory (also from the Little Fabric Bazaar).  After pre-washing both, they came up at pretty much the same size - just a small amount of fabric trimming required.


To finish the quilt I bound the edges with some wide bias binding, which I purchased from Boyes (possibly my fave crafting shop - mostly because it is at the end of my road, so only a two minute walk away).

I put off actually binding the quilt for a while as I worried about how to mitre the corners, then I came across this tutorial from Merriment Design.  Turned out, it is actually ridiculously easy, and I like the idea of using hair barrettes rather than pins to hold projects such as quilts together. 

Anyway, overall, it probably took about two hours  to make this quilt up, including a bit of trimming, actually sewing the front and back together before adding the binding, and then doing the binding.  I also took a few breaks inbetween and left it overnight before doing the binding.

Anyway, I love this quilt and so do others it seems - within minutes of putting it on facebook I had the request from my friend for its purchase, and then a request for another one.

Soooo, I've put in an order for some more supplies and I have also ordered supplies for a girl version (with fairies).  I've also told my sister that I might try some slightly more complicated quilting and make her a runner for her bed for when she decorates.

As always, I'll keep you updated as to how well they go.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Spiffing!

Sooo, studying is not going too well this afternoon - every time I pick up a book I fall asleep, so I though instead I would share with you another card (you are being bombarded this weekend and I apologise, but when I gotta write, I gotta write.  Just wish I had the 'gotta read all about Ovid, but hey hum pig's bum).

Anyway, I actually made this card with my Gramps in mind, but his burpday isn't until October, so I will probably have thought of something else by then:


I started with thee moustache, which I die-cut using a relatively new Sizzix die, and then I built the rest of the card around it, which mostly involved cutting out a hat shape and two circles.  I tried die-cutting the outer circle, but I started getting annoyed as they weren't the correct width, so I ended up (badly) doing one by hand - note to self - buy better stacking circle dies.  The inner circle is die cut.

To finish the monocle, an oblong of card was needed and I stamped the sentiment - a little wonkily, but I'll practice.  I drew a narrow border around the panel and layered onto black card.

This was made on an 8x8 card by the way - anything else was just too small.

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


Right, I'm going to make another attempt at some studying . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Hello Baby!

Sooo, this morning, while I'm procrastinating at the whole getting dressed and actually doing something, I thought I would share a card with you that I made last weekend at the request from the big boss lady at work - not that a request from the managing partner puts any strain on you whatsoever you understand :-p

Anyway, the request was for a new baby boy card, and here is the finished product:


Not only was the request from the MP bad enough, but I had also completely lost my card-making mojo, but I couldn't exactly say this and refuse the  request could I?

So, I spent ages just sat at my desk trying to come up with some ideas.  I probably should have been studying if I'm honest, but hey hum, pig's bum - that doesn't seem to be going too well at the moment either . . . oops!  I'm blaming my current apathy towards doing anything other than catching up on the American crap (as the hubby refers to to) I have recorded on my Sky+ box on the fact that my B12 levels are super low (waking up is soooo difficult, never mind getting dressed and all that jazz) and I'm now just waiting patiently for my injection a week tomorrow, when I will hopefully once again find myself with energy and enthusiasm to do shizzle - I have a busy March ahead of me (not a single free weekend) - I'd better have energy.  Luckily, this lack of energy has not affected my general awesomeness :-)

Anyway, back to my card.  After spending ages just looking at the stuff I had on my desk, I knew that I wanted to use my new stamp and die set which I got from Stampin' Up and which I am luuurving.  And then, I found these balloons which my big sister had lovingly die cut (for hours - 150 in total) for a project I will share with you soon, and I thought they would be perfect for a baby card.

I used three different sizes as I had decided to go with an 8x8 card, which I need to order some more of, as there would be a few people signing the card.

I layered up some patterned paper (from LOTV) onto some plain blue, and then added a white panel.  As I had my sewing machine out, with blue thread in it (coincidence - I think not baby puppy!), I decided to stitch the layers together (saves glue!).

I then die-cut the 'hello' from matching blue glittery paper to the balloons, attached a baby foot charm onto the bottom of the 'e' and stuck this to the card.  I then stamped 'baby' in teal (a bit darker so you can see it) and attached the balloons.  

I drew 'strings' for the ballons with a glittery pen, added a white ribbon bow at the bottom and added a blue star button from my stash to finish.

I actually quite like the finished product and will no doubt make some more, maybe in pink and neutral too, and possibly in smaller sizes (I have loads of the charms, but might need to source some more star buttons).

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Holly

Sooooo this is another card which was made a while ago, but which I hadn't got round to blogging about (I'm slowly but surely catching up when I have bursts of writing inspiration and a spot of energy).


This card was an order from a friend for his goddaughter, Holly.

I started by stamping an LOTV sentiment with dusty concord distress ink.  I then layered this onto some coordinating purple card.

I then decided to use a large 8x8 card and layered up some purple card and some floral LOTV paper.  Sorry, I can't remember which paper pack this is from.  I then wrapped this panel with some floral ribbon from my stash, making a bow with the scrap that was left over.

I die-cut 'Holly' and 'happy' from the left over purple card scraps and smothered these in glossy accents to make them shiny.  I added these to the card when they had dried.  In hindsight, I should have attached them to the card then added the glossy accents maybe?

I then die-cut both a circle and a scalloped circle and layered these up.  I added a blue glittery '11' to the centre of the circle and then stamped 'goddaughter' around the edge, again with dusty concord distress ink.

To finish the card, I used a glittery blue pen to add dots in the corners of the card and the corners of the sentiment panel.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx









New Elephant Boy

Sooooo, this is a card I made a while ago but haven't had time to blog about.


This card is made using one of the baby elephant stamps from LOTV, which I stamped with  grey memento ink and coloured with promarkers.  Isn't he the cutest?!

Anyway, I added this image to a 5x5 card.  I layered the panel onto some lace/gauze and then some ivory pearlescent card.  

I added some faux stitching to the image panel and also stamped 'congratulations' in brown memento ink to tie in with the box.

To finish the card. I added a white satin bow made from a scrap of left over bias binding.

I just think that this is the sweetest card and will be making its way into the card box at work, which I make cards to sell for our office charity of the year, which this year is Eckersley House in Leeds.  This is a wonderful place near Leeds General Infirmary which provides accommodation totally free of charge for families whose children are in hospital for whatever reason.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx  

Only Two Pink Balloons

Sooooo, I have new stamps and I have new dies, so naturally, I've been playing with them.  So, when a colleague text me to ask for some cards for the day after, naturally my newbies came out to play, and this is the result of one of them:


The order for this one was a 30th birthday card for a girl.

So, I used a 5x5 card and some glittery paper.  I die-cut the 'happy' from silver using a new sizzix die, which I got from Stampin' Up! with the stamp set, which I also used.  I stamped 'birthday' in memento pink.

I also die cut a '30' from the silver, using a new die set which I got from eBay.  I also die cut two pink balloons from some pink glittery paper, also using some new dies from eBay.

To finish the card, I added some silver faux stitching around the edge.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx
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