Friday, 28 December 2012

Coletterie

Soooo, this week's blog hop comes from one of the up and coming names in the sewing world - Coletterie:

http://www.coletterie.co

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 27 December 2012

A Fairy Thank You



Soooo, despite my promise to myself that I was having a rest over Xmas, I got bored and when I get bored I, first of all, tidy my craft room (it's looking pretty), and secondly, start crafting (thereby making a mess of my craft room, but never mind).

So I started this card last night while my other half was working and finished this morning while he was watching TV:

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sassy Studio Designs - Thank You Cards
Lili's Little Fairies - Something New
Flutterby Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes

I have made this card following the sketch, but rotated through 90 degrees, and the Lili of the Valley fairy with bumble bee stamp, which although not brand new, this is the first time I have used it on a card, so I think that counts as new.



If that doesn't satisfy the Lili's Little Fairy's requirement, I have used my NEW circle punch (bought in a raid on Hobbycraft yesterday), new flower stamp, which I got in the latest issue of Simply Homemade (review here) and this is the first time I have used the Thank You stamp.

The image was stamped in Versa Fine blank ink and coloured in distress inks.  The flowers and thank you were stamped in the same ink, but coloured with promarkers.  The papers are from a paper pack I got with last month's Crafts Beautiful (review here) and from my stash.  The ribbon also came from my stash.

I think I will give this card to my grandma, as she has been good to me this Christmas and birthday (the voucher I got for Xmas allowing me to do said raid on Hobbycraft yesterday and helping me out of near disaster re the wedding, which I will blog about later - I'm still working on correcting it).

Anyway, I hope she likes it, and I hope you do too.  Not sure if I will get chance to make any more cards before the big day on Saturday soooooo . . . 

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Sooo, this will probably be my last post until the new year, as it is about to get busy for me.  Not only is it my birthday today (the grand old age of 27), but we have Christmas tomorrow, and Christmas is a huuuge event in my family and lasts for days.  

This year it shall be spent at my sisters and I am on soup and sauce duty.  The cranberry sauce is already made and the soup will be made this afternoon once I am back from the doctors (B12 injections - on my birthday!!!). 

Then Boxing Day will be spent at my Pops', after I've visited the rest of the family of course.  I will hopefully get a start on making my thank you cards depending what time I manage to drag myself out of bed.

Although I'm not working between Christmas and New Year this year (I usually do - its a chance to catch up on all my admin), I will still be very very busy as I get married on Saturday.  After three years of planning, fingers crossed it all goes off without a hitch.  In my head there are many possible scenarios of things going wrong - especially where my family are concerned.  

And then. it is New Year. 

So, this year it is even more busy than normal, so please forgive my lack of posts.

Sooooo, I would just like to wish all my lovely readers a very happy Christmas.  I hope you all get everything you want from Santa and that you stuff yourself silly with Christmas dinner, and I will be back in the new year - a married woman (but still a fairy elephant).

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Wedding Couple

Soooo, today I would like to bring you a non-Christmas-related post.

This is a card I made with one of the newer Lili of the Valley mini masterpieces, which I made to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts Challange Blog - Its As Plain As Black & White
Totally Gorjuss - Easy Does It
Lili's Little Fairies - Something New.


As I used a LOTV mini masterpiece, this was a fairly simple card to make.

I think I half-made it with my upcoming wedding in mind - a week today, and no, despite my organisational OCD, I am not prepared!!!!  Who's bright idea was it to get married at Christmas anyway, oh, yeah, that's right - it was mine.  I'm sure there was a reason for it at the time, but at the moment I can't remember that reason :-/

Anyway, back to the card.  As I said, this was fairly easy to make, and so fits with the Totally Gorjuss theme (which I won last week by the way - soo excited!).

Using a white square blank, I layered some black card, then some white card, after wrapping in in some black lace ribbon I had in my stash.  I also layered the image onto black card, and then attached it to the card.

To finish, I picked out the colour in the bride's bouquet and made a pinky-coloured flower fro m some flower die-cuts in my stash.  I stamped in black the centre of the flower with 'Bride and Groom' from the Lili of the Valley postmark sentiments set.

I love the simplicity of this card and would be quite happy to receive a similar one for my wedding.  I may sell this, I may save it for a friend who is getting married next year, we shall see.

Now, I am afraid I am unlikely to post again this weekend, as life is about to get hectic - off to pick up my wedding dress this morning (hope I haven't put on too much weight), then I have my sister's Christmas presents to finish, then tomorrow I have to pick up my tiaras and crystal bouquets, then Monday I am working (and it's my birthday), then its Christmas, then Boxing Day (which is usually spent with the family), Thursday I will no doubt be flapping about with last minute preparations, Friday I have more preparations, and then it is the wedding!!!!!  And breathe . . . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Friday, 21 December 2012

The Sewing Sessions

Soooo, this weeks's blog hop is provided by the wonderful Sewing Sessions where you will find news, hints and tips, tutorials, and recipes.  I know, recipes on a sewing blog, but they are worth looking at.  

As you might have guessed, despite the name, this blog is not limited just to sewing, and I am intrigued by their fruit candles . . .


Happy Crafting!  

Holly
xx




Thursday, 20 December 2012

Tracey, Steph & Evie


Sooooo, today I wanted to share with you some non-card projects that I have been working on recently.

My handbags and gladrags side of my business (fingers crossed, touch wood etc) seems to be going from strength to strength.  I've had a fair few orders for my 'Jane' bag (the first one I ever did), along with my 'Jo' lunch bag and 'Lynn' make-up bags, so I decided to expand a little and try some new ideas.   

My first one was to make a lined version of the 'Jane' bag.  This is the 'Steph', named after my cousin, as she was the first person to order one.  
This bag is basically a 'Jane' bag, but it has two outer pockets (on the sides) and is lined inside, with a zipped pocket and a phone pocket.  My cousin wanted to keep costs down, so this is lined with non-Cath Kidston lining.  These are now also available in my Folksy shop, with the Cath Kidston lining.  If you would like a non-Cath Kidston lining, please contact me via my Folksy shop.

I also decided to do a smaller version of the 'Jane'.  This is the 'Evie', named after my niece as the first one I made of this was for her birthday present.  Apparently, it was immediately taken to school with her.  She's not got me any orders, mind!!!  This one was made from the Clarke & Clarke scotty dog fabric, as this was the one Evie asked for.  The 'Evie' is unlined and available to order from my Folksy shop in Cath Kidston fabric.  In fact, I have already sold an 'Evie' bag on Folksy, and it has gone all the way to Italy.  I was very excited and am now telling everyone that I am international!
 
The 'Tracey' is basically a lined version of the 'Evie' or a smaller version of the 'Steph'.  The first one I made was for my friend, Tracey, hence the name, and this one was lined with Cath Kidston fabric.  Like the 'Steph', this has two outer pockets, a zipped pocket inside and a phone pocket inside.  This is now also available to order from my Folksy shop.  Again, if you would like to order a non-Cath Kidston lining version of the 'Tracey', please contact me via my Folksy shop.

All of these bags are also available in other patterns.  The majority currently seem to be in the Blue Provence Rose fabric, as this is the most popular, but other patterns are available.  In fact, I'm about to make up some new designs, the Kay and the Gilly, and I will do these in different fabrics.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Little Bundle of Joy

Soooo, I told you I would no doubt post something today, and here it is:



This is a card I made for a friend to welcome her great niece into the world.

I will be entering this into this week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge, as although I already had the image and frame die-cut, I hadn't started to make the card until this morning, when I saw the sketch for this week and decided to go with that layout.

Here is the sketch:


As it is for a baby girl, I decided to go with the traditional pink theme and, other than the frame, which I already had cut, carried this theme throughout the card.

I started with a A5 blank and used some freebie papers from Birds Cards.  I realised that I had no plain pink card to act as a backing for the gingham paper, so decided to improvise and colour a piece of white with an Antique Pink promarker.  It seems to have done the trick quite well.

I then wrapped this with some pink ribbon from my stash and made a little bow from the same ribbon.

I printed the little girls details and die-cut scalloped circles around these and set these out as per the sketch.  I inked the edges of the scalloped circles first, again using the Antique Pink promarker. 

I also made a few finishing touches to the card:

I stamped the sentiment in black versamark ink and cut this out, again inking the edges in Antique Pink.  I then added this to the card.  I also added some small pink buttons from my stash and added some pink roses, which I had also made.

I hope you like it.  I've not given it to my friend yet, but I hope she likes it too.

Not sure if I will have another post today - I have to go for my B12 injections and then I am spending the rest of the day with my little sister, who is home for Christmas and my wedding.

I do have a post scheduled for you tomorrow - some new bag designs.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Winter Bear

Sooo, my final post for this evening before I sit down to watch Paul & Mary on the Christmas Special Bake Off, and it is the card I made for my Dad and Step-mother for Christmas:



I am entering this into the following challenges:


Phil (my fiance looking unimpressed
I'm taking a photo) and Georgia
 decorating the tree
This card I actually make with the 'help' of my niece, Georgia.  We had had a Christmas day - decorating the Christmas Tree (for what use I was with a trapped nerve in my back), made gingerbread biscuits (which we ate all of) and made cranberry sauce (to my special, secret recipe).  We decided to finish the day by making some Christmas cards, but in actual fact ended up with time to only make one.

Georgia inked the edge of a small Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece using broken china distress ink.  This was the first time she had tried this technique and although she was a little heavy handed, it actually looks quite good.  This cute image always makes me smile, as did the look of concentration on Georgia's face while she was inking the edges.  I love this image because even though the poor bear is stood in the snow, I still feel warm when I look at it.

I also very lightly inked the embossing on the card blank, just to bring it out a bit, but you can't really tell from the photographs.

The card blank I used already had a ready-made void in which to put my image. It was, however bigger than my image, so I covered the void in some blue Christmas trees paper from the Lili of the Valley Frosty Christmas paper pack and then added the image centrally.

I didn't think the card needed much more, as the embossing already provided plenty of detail.  So, I simply added a blue flower which I had made for some reason a while ago from paper die-cuts and I stamped some Lili of the Valley Christmas sentiment tags using broken china distress ink and attached these under the flower.

The step-mother seemed to like it anyway, and I hope you do too.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx



The Blue Fairy

Sooo, another post for you tonight, and this is the card that I made my Mother for Christmas:


 I am entering this into the following challenges:

CRAFT Challenge - Winter
Flutter By Wednesday - Open Challenge

To make this card, I used a small Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece and went with my new favourite card shape - the Easel.

All the papers I used are from the Lili of the Valley Frosty Christmas paper pad.  I also inked a few edges using broken china distress ink.

To start with, I lined the inside with some darker paper, which I wrapped in some blue stripy ribbon from a Tilda pack I got free when I subscribed to Simply Homemade magazine.  I finished the inside with a kraft oval, which was a left over cut out from a die-cut frame, but made a great panel to write on.

I then started on the front.  I folded the card in half to form the easel and then inked all edges, including the central fold.  I then attached some snowfall and some Merry Christmas paper.  I also cut a rectangle of paper to attach to the back of the image.  Unfortunately, when I came to stick this to the card, I slipped, and as such is attached at a funny angle and wouldn't unstick, so it will be staying like that.  I then attached the image over the top.  Both of these were only attached to the bottom half of the front of the card, so when easeled, they both stick up above the fold.

To finish the card, I coloured a 'mother' peel off in blue promarker and attached to the bottom of the inside of the card.  I also attached a blue rose to the bottom right-hand corner. I added stickles glitter glue to both the inner petals of the rose and the fur on the fairy's dress.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx




Oh Christmas Tree

Sooo, this post is in place of a post tomorrow.  I was going to schedule for this tomorrow, but now I want to enter it into some challenges, so I am going to post it straight away and get it entered into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Oh Christmas Tree
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog - Oh Christmas Tree
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Christmas

This was my 30-second make when I got home from work tonight:



I made this card (and many more the same) using a C6 white blank, a freebie stamp from an old issue of Simply Homemade I think, a glue pad and some leftover blue glitter from my wedding invitations.

Hope you like it and my recipients like them.  I've made 15 so far, but have just been informed by my darling fiancĂ© that I will have to make more . . . best create some more hours in my day hadn't I?

I might still do a post tomorrow, but it won't be my usual regular scheduled one - we'll have to see what I make tomorrow.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Relax!


Soooo, today I would like to show you a card I made recently.  I warn you - it may be a bit bright for this time of year but I am now bored of the dull and dreary wintriness.



Anyway, this card was made for my colleague, Lynda, who retires at Christmas.  It looks nothing like the original plan in my head, but as is so often the case, the card evolved as I was making it.

I started out with the digistamp, which is a freebie from Dearie Dolls.  I'd decided to go for the relax theme and thought a hammock would fit in with that perfectly - on a nice tropical beach and I would make some bright tropical flowers, and then I found this image when search hammock dig stamps and my idea changed completely.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and added a bit of glitter to the ladybird's wings using some Stickles glitter glue. 

I decided to use a red card to tie in the ladybird, and I was originally going to use some red and white roses I bought last time I was at the Lili of the Valley store.  As you can see, this didn't work out. 

Looking through my craft stash for some gardeny papers, I remembered that I got the ones I have used in the last issue of Crafts Beautiful (which I reviewed here).  These went well with the image, so I ended up going for an English Country Garden theme, as all retired people garden don't they?  I used two papers from the same pack.  The bottom paper already has a bit of a border on it, which I liked because it meant I didn’t have to trawl through my stash looking for some coordinating ribbon to hide the join.  I really do need a better way of storing my ribbon other than in boxes piled high on my desk.

I then backed the image with some red card and attached it to the card.  I printed the sentiment and rounded the corners (a technique I have seen on many cards and like) and attached this to the side of the image like a little tag.

I moved away from the red and white roses idea when I decided that it just didn't go with the bright colour theme that had developed.  So I raided by paper flowers (most of which have come from various Dovecraft packs) using two contrasting colours for each and finishing with a clear gem in the middle of each.

I thought that the card still needed something else, so I raided my button stash and found the three pink flower buttons, which I attached using some sticky dots.

Et Voila!  One retirement card.  It took me a fair while to make, but that is because I kept changing my mind . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 17 December 2012

How To: Make Your Own Gift Bows

Soooo, for those of you who haven't finished their Christmas present wrapping yet (and yes, that would be me!), here is a trick to add some pizzazz to your presents:


I actually found this on pinterest, and I think it is a great idea for those old magazines you have lying around.  Save money on bows and save the planet in the process by recycling . . .

I think presents wrapped in brown paper and finished with one of these bows would look amazing.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Niece Georgia Fabulous

Soooo, this is the card I made for my other niece, Georgia:



I am entering this into the following challenges:

C.R.A.F.T - Winter
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts - Anything Goes For Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - For Someone Special

So, Georgia had loved the idea of the easel card, as I had made one for her sister for her birthday, which you can see here.

Anyway, onto the card I made for Georgia . . .

Using a red blank, I lined the inside using red card, papers from the Lili of the Valley Classic Christmas paper pad and some ribbon from my stash, which I actually have no idea where it came from.  I also die cut a white scalloped circle to write my message on, adding green glitter pen around the edges to form a border.

I also printed my sentiment and attached this underneath the ribbon.  To finish the inside, I added glitter around the sentiment.

I then started on the front of the card . . .

Unusually for me recently, I didn't use a sketch, but used a design from my head.  I must have been feeling particularly creative.  I'm glad about this, as I have been seriously struggling from creator's block recently, hence hardly any Christmas cards have been made, and lots of sewing has been done.

Anyway, I started by die-cutting a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece into a scalloped circle, and then die-cutting a larger circle from green card.  I chose this image as the little girl had brown hair, like Georgia, and was also holding a little rabbit teddy.  Georgia has a little rabbit called William, which she has had since she was born and still doesn't leave home without - I have been known to go collect William for her if she has accidentally left him behind when she is stopping somewhere and I am the only person sober enough to drive!  Anyway, this image just reminded me of the two of them.


I Stickle glitter glued the fur parts of the image and set to one side to dry while I worked on the rest.

I chose two different papers for the 'front' of the card - one on each side of the fold.  Again, these are Lili of the Valley Classic Christmas papers.

I also cut a rectangle of 'Merry Christmas' paper, backed this with red card and attached it so that it would be behind the image.

Once I had attached the image, to finish the card, I attached a glittery snowflake from my stash, along with three red roses from Wild Orchid, which are available in the Lili of the Valley shop in Farsley.  I also added Stickles glitter glue to the centre of each rose to make it sparkle, but as Georgia has pointed out to me, it makes them look really wintry, as the sparkles could be frost.

Georgia seems to love her card and I hope you do too.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx





Niece Evie Fabulous

SSW sketch

Sooooo, tonight, I want to share with you one of the cards I have made today.  I have in fact made two cards - one for each of my nieces (after being a nasty auntie and selling their original cards at a recent craft fair).

This first one is for the youngest, Evie, and I will be entering it into the following challenges:

Lilis Little Fairies - something new
Just Us Girls - colour theme of pink, green and white
ABC Christmas Challenge - your favourite die or punch
Totally Gorjuss - for someone special

For this card, I stuck with the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday above and stuck with the colour theme from the Just Us Girls challenge, which fit in quite well with the Lili of the Valley image I had chosen.

As is normal for me though, I played with the sketch a little, as I wanted to use by new die -Framelits Ovals - which are also fast becoming my new favourite.  So, instead of using a circle image, as the sketch instructs, I used an oval and the pretty frame.

I also used some pink glittery card from my stash and some craft-coloured papers from my Lili of the Valley Krafty Christmas paper pad.  I also used , although you can't really see it, some lace from my stash.


To finish, I printed the sentiment, edged with a pink glittery pen and attached in place, before adding Stickles glitter glue to the fur areas of the image.

I hope you like it - I'm not sure whether Evie did.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Friday, 14 December 2012

The Sewing Boutique

Soooo, this week's blog hop comes from The Sewing Boutique:


On this blog you will find lots of hints and tips, tutorials and news.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Addicted to Easels

Soooooo, I want to share with you today my current addiction to easel cards.  

I've seen these a few times, but it wasn't until recently that I started making any.  The first one I made was this one for my niece from my sister for her birthday.  I blogged about this one here so I won't bore you with the details again.



I then got the bug and started making more:


I have also blogged about this one already here.  This was made for my Nephew's birthday.


And this one I made because I liked it.  I blogged about it here.

I also started making some Christmas easel cards and these have proved popular - in fact every one of these has sold and now I need to make some more:



 And finally, I also made this new home card:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Krafty Snowflakes

Soooo, another challenge entry this afternoon, and I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft, where the theme is Merry Christmas
Dream Valley, where the theme is Christmas
Papertake Weekly, where the theme is Snow White
Incy Wincy Designs, where the theme is Christmas with Snowflakes.

This is the card I have made for my Grandma & Grampy:



This was made using a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece, an embossed blank and papers from the Lili of the Valley Krafty Christmas pad.

To finish, I added a white peel off Merry Christmas and a spotty bow.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Vintage Christmas

Soooooo, today I would like to bring you this card I made this morning:



I am entering this into the following challenges

Fab N Funky, where the theme is Vintage Christmas
Cupcake Craft, where the theme is Merry Christmas
Dream Valley, where the theme is simply Christmas

I made this card using a kraft blank, together with papers from the Lili of the Valley Krafty Christmas paper pack.

The image also comes from Lili of the Valley and is one of their mini masterpieces.  I inked the edges using brushed corduroy distress ink.  I also used brushed corduroy distress ink to edge a doily and stamp some little holly images along the straight edges of the doily.

Finally, I printed 'Sister & Brother-in-Law' and coloured a merry christmas peel off in green and added this to the main image.

I hope my sister likes it, although she may read this blog before I actually get to give her the card.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

How To: Colour Your Own Glitter

Soooo, this week's tutorial comes from Created From Colour:


This is an amazing trick for when you need a certain colour glitter but can't get to the shops (or can't find the exact colour) - you just have to remember to keep some white glitter in at all times.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx
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