Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Diamond Wedding

Sooooo, today I would like to share with you the candle I made recently for my husband's grandma and grandad's diamond wedding anniversary.  


Having just made it to my 1st wedding anniversary at the weekend, 60 years for a diamond wedding anniversary seems like forever away.  I remember my great grandparents making it to their diamond wedding anniversary when I was a kid, but I'm not too sure any of the rest of my family will ever make it that far - maybe my auntie and uncle (who have made it to 30 years so far), but everyone else is divorced at least once, so to make it to your diamond anniversary, I think, is something to be applauded.  Fingers crossed me and the hubby make it.

Anyway, enough rambling from me, about le candle.

I made this using the usual tissue paper/wax paper technique, which I use for my advent candles and wedding candles.  I used the same image I used for their card, but changed the colours to fit in with the silver/diamond theme I was trying to go for for the candle.


I also cut away the sentiment and used this on the back of the candle, where I also added a bow and made a '60' from flat backed crystals.


I also added flat-backed crystals to the front of the candle, together with a little wire heart and a silver bow and tied the whole candle with a silver ribbon. 


To finish, I created a little bundle of a silver bow, some heart pins and some curled wire.  I finished t his with a little crystal star and added this to the side of the candle.  It handily hides the ribbon join.

I hoped Phil's grandma and grandad liked it, and it survived transit, as neither me nor Phil is the most careful person!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx













Monday, 30 December 2013

Review: Simply Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue 119

Soooo, another review that is unfortunately late due to Christmas/birthday etc.  However, this now sees me all caught up - with the reviews at least, I still have lots of projects to share with you.

This month's issue is a lovely non-Christmas issue and comes with a free scoring board, with templates for cards and envelopes.  As always, the first project feature in the magazine is some ideas of how to use your freebie with step-by-step instructions to make different card types, envelopes and rosettes.

For The Boys was an interesting read.  I always struggle with boy cards, especially as they get older, and this project has some great ideas, some of which I will definitely be attempting to recreate.  They are lovely and bright.

Plant A Garden has some great card ideas for gardeners and those who love nature.  I may steal one of these ideas for my Gramps, but I have until October for his birthday, so something else may catch my eye before then.  I do have a craft fair coming up, so I could try out some of these ideas for cards for then.

Other projects include:
  • Guide to digital crafting - using digi stamps and digi papers
  • Feature on Woodware's Judith Brewer and cards using woodware products
  • Waste Not, Want Not claims to raid the local charity shops for materials
  • A Bit of Feminine Flair has cards made using Dreamees stamp sets available from Create & Craft
  • the results of Card Designer of the Year 2013
  • freebie digistamps from Charline Fabry
  • six different ways of using chevrons, including some great masculine valentines cards
  • more valentines cards in Send a Little Love
  • Craft with Leann uses Crafter's Companion products to make girly cards

Giveaways this issue include:
  • Berisfords ribbons
  • A Card A Day book
  • The Crafter's Workshop stencil
  • Hunkdory Bouquet Wishes set
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glue
  • bumper Hunkydory goody bag
The next issue is out on 30th January and comes with a free paper stack and stamp set.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Glitter & Sparkle - Use Your Fave Digi

Sooo, it's Sunday, which means that it is time for another challenge over at Glitter & Sparkle, and this week our challenge theme is and easy one - use your favourite digi.

I used an image from one of our sponsors, Lacey Sunshine, to make my card:



I have had this image for a while and love the elegance of this lady and I think she looks ready to go to her NYE party.

I coloured her using my new Spectrum Noirs (currently half price in Hobbycraft), which I love love love.  I die-cut the image into an oval and backed onto a scalloped oval - a bargain from the Hobbycraft sale yesterday.

My papers are both from a freebie pack I got with an old issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft.

The corner is from the Medieval Crafty Creatives Box 17, as is the velventeen ribbon, which I used to make a bow.

To finish, I added a cream flower and some flat backed pearls from my stash.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Santa's Little Helpers

Soooo, I hope you all had a good Christmas.  Just a quick post tonight to share with you the pyjamas I made for my nieces for Christmas.  These were really a labour of love and required me to use/learn a few new skills.


To make these, I used some fabric I got from Etsy, so it came all the way from the US and I used Simplicity 3669.

The pyjama bottoms were easy, as I have made these before, it was the tops that proved challenging for me. 

I had never made anything resembling a shirt-top-thing before, so it was a new thing for me.  The skill set was also new to me.  I had never before made long sleeves, a collar or  button holes.  I think I handled these well though.

I was very impressed with myself when I made my first practice button hole, which I did on a piece of scrap fabric.  I will admit, I did have to YouTube how to use my button-hole maker though.  

I finished the button fastenings by using contrasting colour buttons, so red buttons on the green pyjamas and green buttons on the red pyjamas.  

When it came to the sleeves, my main problem was that once sewn together, they were too small to fit around the arm of my sewing machine, so it was faffier than I would have liked to hem the cuffs, insert into the shoulders and finish the seams.  I also had to gather the sleeves before inserting into the shoulders, and although this worked fine on the red pyjamas, I struggled a bit with the green pyjamas, which surprised me as these were the second set I made and they were bigger, so slightly less faffy.

The collars presented my main problem as I couldn't follow the instructions very well - they just didn't make sense at all.  I finally figured out some of them, and then did the rest Holly-style, and they seemed to have worked OK.  They are attached neatly and look like collars anyway.

Overall, I am very impressed with the finished product, if I do say so myself, and I have even bought the smaller pattern size so that I can make some for my friends' kids.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx





Friday, 27 December 2013

Review: Homemaker - Issue 14

Soooo, just a change, this is late.  Many apologies, this time I blame Christmas and birthday getting in the way.

This issue hit the shops last Friday, disappointingly with no free gift but never mind, it is packed full of ideas for the (hopefully) upcoming spring.  I just hope spring doesn't take as long to make an appearance as it did last year.  I'm fed up of the rain already and want some sunshine.

Just in case spring decides to make a late appearance, there are some more cosy projects.  One of my faves is the Fairisle-style cushion, which I am currently trying to convince my sister to knit for me.  The alternative is that I learn to knit and make it myself.

Kirstie Allsop has some gorgeous bath melts, which I would like to make.  However, the only things I have in the house to make these at the moment are the paper cupcake cases and the plastic jug.  Hmmm . . . maybe something to try when I have a bit of money to buy all the rest.

I am going to have to attempt the mini pinatas for the  nieces, maybe for the next birthday.  I have until May so that is plenty of time for practice. 

I love the hand-dye and print cushion.  The design is great and is wonderful for those that like to make there projects from the very beginning.  I, however, would probably not be dyeing the fabric, but would simply buy the correct colour.  I love the anchor design and I might be tempted to make a version of these when I move into my new house - I have seen one I like, its just a case of getting approval from my sister (who is buying) and hopefully it will still be on the market when she returns home.

As a self-confessed bookworm, I enjoyed reading about book binding, the history and the techniques.  I'm not sure I will be trying this myself as I simply don't have the time and I love buying books - I could spend hours wandering around a book shop.

I also really like the upcycled table.  Again, this could go in my new house, but first I would have to find an old table and second I would have to convince my Pops that I can be trusted with a saw.  Apparently, sharp objects are not to be in my possession.  Anyway, I love the modern look to this table, and the zinc top, which is not only stylish but I think could act like a mirror and make the room seem bigger.

I was going to make Eric Lanlard's chocolate orange truffles as a Christmas treat, but never found time.  I could possibly make them as a new-year treat, or just a middle of the year treat when I find time.  I would especially like to make these as they are not dark chocolate, as most of Eric Lanlard's creations are, but instead are white chocolate.

I love the fabric fairy lights made from fabric scraps and plastic cups, and think these would be a great idea for the nieces.  These would also be a great project to make with the nieces, as I don't think they would be able to make too much mess or stick themselves together.

Other projects and features this issue include:
  • quilted hot water bottle cover
  • quilted mug cosy
  • draft excluder
  • Wayne Hemingway discusses how music cam transcend fashion and the Northern Soul movement
  • paper rosettes
  • wall picture
  • rose ball
  • paper tassel garland
  • Linda Barker has space-saving solutions
  • umbrella stand from scratch
  • simple quilt
  • headboard slipcover
  • embroidery
  • embroidered shelf-edging for the larder
  • feature on What Delilah Did owner, Sophie Simpson
  • knitted tea cosy
  • knitted message board
  • Paul Hollywood makes Queen of Puddings
  • Juliet Sear has some chocolate ganache cupcakes
  • coconut and cranberry flapjack
  • up and coming artist Mark McConnell talks about his brand, YOKE
  • papercut birthday card
  • Twinkie Chan has crochet tips
  • indoor bulb display

The next issue is out on 24th January with a free Russian Doll kit.

Happy Christmas!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Bugaboo

Soooo, Wednesday has rolled around again, which means that it is time for a new challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and this week we are sponsored by (drum roll please):





Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!
If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can findBugaboo Stamps stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join theBugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.
Our links are:
Store : http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
Catch the bug Challenge blog: http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/

And we have an amazing sketch for you to create with this week, designed by Sally:



And here is my last card for a while.  I've decided to take a month or so off from Sweet Sketch Wednesday to regroup and make an attempt to catch up on life in general.  I will be back in February though.



To make my card, I coloured the image with promarkers and die-cut to an oval.  How cute is this little guy?  I thought he would be perfect for thank you cards.  I then added faux stitching around the edge with purple fine liner.

The papers all come from the most recent Papercrafter pack and I die-cut some scraps into circles, adding faux stitching with white gel pen.  I also added white faux stitching to the main paper.

The lace and ribbon are from my stash, and I also made a bow from the ribbon.  Finally, to finish, I added three flower gems, which I have actually stolen from the nieces' crafting stash, but they had left a couple lying around on my desk from last time they were here and I decided they would be perfect.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Catch A Falling Flake

Sooooo, this is one of the Christmas cards I never managed to share.  I made this for my youngest niece, Evie:


I would say that I have done quite well as there aren't many cards I haven't been able to share, but that is really because I haven't made that many this year :-(

I chose my image first, which is an LOTV mini masterpiece from last year.  I just love the little socks and I am tempted to get this as an actual stamp as my mini masterpieces have nearly run out now.

I added stickles glitter and liquid pearls to the image for the fur and snow respectively.

I then took my colours for the rest of the card from this image.

The papers are all LOTV Frosty Christmas and I also used some craft gauze (also from the LOTV shop, although I don't think that it is available online).  I think the gauze adds some lovely interest and texture to cards but half of the time I forget that I have it.

The ribbons are from my stash as is the giant blue snowflake.  The little snowman charm is from Crafty Poodles.  

Finally, all the gems are from my stash too.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx





Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday To Me!

That is All.

Have a great Christmas everyone and . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 23 December 2013

Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

Soooo, today sees a new challenged launched at Crafting From The Heart.  I am sad to say that this will be my last as a member of the CFTH DT, as work and other time commitments mean that I have been struggling with finding time for crafting and I have therefore had to review my DT commitments.  I wish the rest of the DT all the best for the future, and who knows, in the future, if I have some more time on my hands, I may enter the challenges and win one of their amazing prizes.

Anyway, this week once again has an Anything Goes theme and one of the sponsors is Sassy Studios.  I used one of their digis to created my card:



I coloured this lovely lady using promarkers and added lots of stickles to the bubbles.

I then used some patterned paper from my stash.  You can't really tell, as the light in my house has been rubbish for taking photos recently, but the paper is pink and pale turquoise.  

I inked the edges of the image and the paper with broken china distress ink, using an ink duster brush.

The cream ribbon is from my stash and I also made a little bow from the same ribbon.

To finish, I added two gems in the top right-hand corner and a sentiment from my stash in the bottom right-hand corner.

I will enter this card into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Challenges 4 Everybody - Oak Pond Creations

Soooo, we have a new Anything Goes Challenge over at Challenges 4 Everybody and this fortnight we are sponsored by Oak Pond Creations, and here is my offering to the DT:




I coloured the image with promarkers and followed sketch 224 over at Sketch Saturday.  I chose the colour for the cocktail from the paper which I decided to use.

The backing paper is a freebie from last month's Papercrafter Magazine, and the ribbon is from my stash.  I also made a bow from the ribbon and finished the card with two little sequins and a sentiment from my stash.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx






Glitter & Sparkle - Non-Traditional Colours

Sooo, it's Sunday, which means that it is time for another challenge over at Glitter & Sparkle, and this week our challenge theme is Non-Traditional Colours.

I used an image from one of our sponsors, Sassy Studios, to make my card:



I followed Sketch 236 from Sketch Saturday for my layout and took my colours for the image, which I coloured with promarkers, from my papers, which are last year Dovecraft Merry Magic.

The ribbon, sentiment and gems are all from my stash.

This is the last Christmas card I will make this year (I hope), but I do have some already made that I need to share with you.  Fingers crossed I will manage to do this before Christmas, but I am super busy at the moment.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx







Friday, 20 December 2013

Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue 126 (January)

Soooo, I think today sees the latest issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft hit the shops, and it is another non-Christmas one.  Yay!

This issue comes with a floral background and sentiment stamp set and papers, which I am very much looking forward to using to make some thank you cards after my birthday and Christmas.

As always, the first feature in the magazine is ideas for using your freebie.  I really like the gift bag idea and this may be something I try out.  The cards are a bit traditional and what I would call 'granny' but that is very en vogue at the moment and I do like the style.

I loved reading about Washi paper and how it is made.  I went to Castle Howard a few months ago and saw them making paper using a very similar technique.  Unfortunately, the husband has banned me from taking up any other craft hobbies - we don't have the room for any more stuff apparently.  I told him we just needed a bigger house!

Anyway, I enjoyed reading about the history of the paper and how Japan are trying to preserve the craft.

This is followed by 10 ideas with Japanese washi paper.
 
I love the ideas with texture paste in Katie Skilton's So Much Love.  The designs can all be used for Valentines Day and most for men too.  It even tells you how to make your own texture paste, which I may one day have a go at.  I just need to get some stencils now . . .
 
I adore Carolune Knott's Valentine's pop up in Cardmaking Masterclass.  It looks quite simple to do and I also think this would make a great engagement/wedding card.  Just change the colours/sentiment a little.
 
I paid great attention to Colour Clinic:  One Stamp Two Colourways, as this features some adorable black labradours and black is a colour I always struggle to do.  This was really helpful and I will no doubt be referring back to this in the future.
 
Other projects this issue:
  • Knowhow Stamping has some cute little animal cards coloured with copics and utilising acetate
  • Quick Makes has lots of ideas for birthdays, valentines and generic cards
  • Simonne Clay shows us how to yse the new Fiskars Fuse Creativity System
  • Leoni Pujol has ideas for using the Silhouette Cameo
  • Q&A has loads of Valentines ideas
  • Upcycle with cardboard tubes
Giveaways this issue are:
  • £1,000 papermania goodies
  • Vintage Notes sets (subscribers only)
  • tickets to the NEC
  • Promarker sets
  • Scotch Expressions tape
  • Hunkydory goodies

The next issue is out on 23 January and comes with a Hunkydory Luxury Paper Collection. 

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Review: Crafty Creatives Box 18

Sooooo, my Crafty Creatives Box 18 arrived with me at work on Tuesday, and I couldn't wait until lunchtime to be able to open it and play with all the goodies inside.

This month's box is the last of the current format, as it will be changing to be more kit orientated after the new year, and the theme this time is 'Handmade' and there are lots of little goodies inside.


 First up is the kit - this month there is a kit to make a little pin cushion.  The kit includes instructions, two fabrics, stuffing (not shown) and buttons for decoration.  You need to add your own sewing needle and thread to be able to make the pin cushion.

The fabrics are beautiful, one featuring a tape measure design and the other with some little bobbins. 



In honesty, I probably won't make a pin cushion, as I have about 20 at home, but I'm sure I will find uses for everything in the kit.

Probably the item I am most excited about is the bails.  There are little metal objects which can be attached to various items to turn them into pendants.  I have lots of things that I could turn into pendants and now I have the means to do that.  Expect lots of jewellery posts in the next few weeks/months.  It is something I am getting quite into at the moment.


On a similar note are the glass tiles, which can also be used to make pendants, and I intend to put these to good use.

There are two lots of charms - two pairs of scissors and three buttom cluster charms.  These would also be great for jewellery making too, or adding to cards as embellishment, or other papercrafts.



Everything above (except the kit) I am now storing in the little metal tin that came with the box also.  I have a smaller version at home which I use to keep some pins in and they are great for storing all the little bits and bobs that would just get lost otherwise.

I'm still trying to think what I could do with the wooden bobbins and the wooden 'handmade' signs, but I am sure something will spring to mind eventually.

The Stix2 sticky pencil is a brilliant idea for picking up tint crafty items such as gems, diamantes, pins etc.  I am always trying to pick things up with tweezers/my fingers and failing miserably.



Finally, the 'handmade with love ribbon' already has a use - I am going to use it as labels in the Christmas pyjamas I am currently making for the nieces for Christmas.

There is also the ribbon which was missing from the last box.

As always, I will share with you all my creations (including the pyjamas when they are finished).

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx
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