Monday, 26 January 2015

New Work Dress

Soooo, OMG, I started writing this post aaaaages ago, and I have worn this dress loads, but for some reason I never quite got round to fully writing the post (far too busy with Christmas and life in general).

I made this dress using the same pattern as I did for my Strawberry dress last summer, or was it the summer before, I can't remember.  I was thinking of actually ebaying this pattern, after I had struggled with it for the strawberry dress and then not used it, but I decided to give it one last chance.  Plus I had had this fabric for over a year and had intended to use it with this pattern.

The fabric is Michael Miller Dandy Damask, which is actually (I think anyway) a quilting weight cotton, but other than the fact that you have to iron this dress (oh, how I hate ironing) the extra weight does give it a bit more structure.  The fabric also did cause a small heated argument between me and my husband on direction of the pattern.  I won (mostly because I just ignored him) and decided to go with the direction with the flowery bit facing upwards (as shown below).  I thought upside down, as my husband wanted it, made it look like Davey Jones squid-octopus face from Pirates of the Caribbean and that would mean that I could never take the dress seriously.  I do have to say that the fact I got the pattern matching pretty much spot and central on is totally fluke - halfway through cutting I realised the pattern had a definitive pattern which would need to be matched up on the seams and centralised.


This time, I decided to do the straight, square neck, rather than the cross over bust, which is what had caused me so much stress last time.  I found this much, much easier.

I also pretty much ignored the pattern instructions on adding the bodice lining, as they were just so confusing, and did it the way I have done it on many dresses before, and it worked perfectly.  I think I probably did end up doing it the way the pattern said, but they need to put their instructions in English, not gobbledygook.

One final thing - check out my amazing invisible zip insertion - so happy that I seem to have mastered this now.




Anyway, I've decided to keep  this pattern, and with a few small fitting alterations, I think it will be perfect, as I have been complimented on it a couple of  times.  Undecided about whether to use it for one of my holiday dresses, but I think if I find the right fabric I will.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Abigail

Soooo, this is card I made some time ago and just haven't got round to blogging about (I'm slowly catching up!).


This was an order from a friend for his goddaughter, Abigail.  All I knew was that she had blonde hair, but I think I can always rely on my trusty LOTV art pads to provide an image that everyone will love.

I decided not to cut down the image panel, as to no do so meant that I could add Abigail's name to the image, as well as stamp 'goddaughter'.  Not cutting down the image meant that I needed to use a large 8x8 card, but I don't mind that. I like using them for special cards - you can get some much detail and embellishments on the,.  I also added some stickles glitter to the fairy's wings and skirt, although it doesn't seem to show up too well in these photos.

I used pink sparkly letters for the name and age, and as I had used so much pink, I realised that pink would be needed in the backing paper, bit also with a contrast colour to distract from the pink.  Step up, LOTV perfect pair.  I just knew that this patchwork paper would be perfect.  I took the rest of my embellishment colours from this.  

I used some bright green ribbon and topped this with some pink spotty ribbon and wrapped this around the paper.  I the added a bow made from the left over pink spotty ribbon.  I added pink or green gems where I could and to finish I stuck a happy birthday sentiment to some pink card and added this to the card. 

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Fly Away

Sooooo, after watching Top Gun (for the umpeenth time - I don't even object to the fact that this film has Tom Cruise in it, nor that he rides a motorbike without a helmet - stupid boy!), I remembered that I had this little LOTV stamp, and I was on a bit of a cardmaking spree, so the two naturally collided into a card. 


I stamped this little dude with blank memento ink and then coloured him up with promarkers (although I am still preferring my distress inks :-/).  I knew I was going to make this into a card for a boy, so I used lots of bright colours.

I had coloured in mind with using some LOTV paper for the card, but then when I was searching through my papers box, I came across some docraft papers.  They are supposedly Christmas papers, but there is not a Christmas icon on any of them, so they make perfect boy papers.

I used some spotty and some stripey with the same colourways as I love spots and stripes together, put one at my standard jaunty angle and fixed it all to some red card.

To finish, I stamped an LOTV sentiment onto some red card and fixed it in some white space on the card.

Et voila!

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sparkle Fairy

Soooo, I know where I now know where I am going on my holiday in December - I'm going to St Lucia!!  Soooooooooo excited.  Now I need to plan my wardrobe.  I counted the number of dresses in my wardrobe I could take with me and the grand total is 3!  So, as I am going for ten nights, I need another 7 dresses at least.  I also need shorts and tops for during the day, so it is going to be a very busy making year so I'd best get on with it . . .

First up though, I have a card I made last weekend to share with you:


I coloured up this LOTV image a while back with my Inktense pencils, which I really need to use more and get some practice in, especially as this isn't the neatest colouring, but practice makes perfect.

I then edged the panel with silver ink and layered it onto some purple glitter paper and then silver glitter paper.

I wrapped the panel with some silver twine and stamped some LOTV tag sentiments in purple, attaching these to the card, then topping with a purple button from my stash.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Little Mermaid

Sooooo, our holiday is booked for December 2015.  Only problem is, my husband won't tell me where we're going.  How am I supposed to make myself a fabulous holiday wardrobe if I don't know where I'm going I ask?!!!??!?!??  He NEEDS to tell me.  I hate not knowing things, which means I hate surprises, and he know this, so he deliberately doesn't tell me things just to annoy me,  Then, to top it off, because he wanted  to play on his Xbox/PS3 when he got back from the travel agents, I got kicked upstairs into my craft room . . .  grrrrrr.  

Benefit of being in my craft room - I made a few cards and it is one of those I will share with you now:


I stamped and coloured up this LOTV mermaid a couple of weeks back, but hadn't turned it into a card.

This little lady is stamped in black memento and coloured with promarkers.  I think I am still preferring my distress inks, but I do get the old promarkers out every now and again.  After all, it's where I started!  To finish the image, I added a little bit of glitter to her wings (should mermaids have wings? are they in fact supposed to be something else?).

Anyway, I decided this afternoon to make this into a card.

I used a 5x5 card again and used papers all from an LOTV paper pack, with some pink card as a base.  

I added some extra detail to the image panel.  I added some faux stitching (which went a little wrong) and I stamped an LOTV label using my new rose memento ink.  I then added a little pale green flat backed pearl.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Pink Elephant

Sooooo, before I get on with some sewing today - a quick new work skirt me thinks - I just want to share with you this card I made last weekend (or was it the weekend before?!) with one of my new LOTV stamps.  


How adorable is this baby elephant?!  It is one of the new releases and I just knew that I had to have it.

Anyway, this little dude(tte) is stamped with black ink and then coloured with distress inks.  I then stamped a 'new baby' sentiment in the top left hand corner and added pink faux stitching around the edge of the panel.

The backing paper is from an LOTV pad, but I forget which, and the pink card is from my stash.  I then mounted it all onto a 5x5 card, which I am still using muchly and LOVE.

To finish the card, I stamped an LOTV 'so cute' label with blank ink, added a little silver feet charm, which you can just see peepin and a pink bow from my stash.

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

I also made a boy version of this card which I will share with you eventually, but I'd best get on with some sewing, which I had planned to do yesterday, but in all honesty I barely moved from the sofa . . .  oops!  And my coffee has gone cold, so I'd best remedy that.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Afternoon Nap

Soooo, I have a spare few minutes before I have to make tea and thought I would share with you one of my weekend makes:


This is another little 5x5 card made using one of my new LOTV stamps, which I coloured using distress inks.  I thought I was getting the hang of colouring skin, but then I gave this poor little man sunburn on one of his legs.  Oh, well, that will teach him to fall asleep in the sun - at least he covered his head though.

Anyway, I love this image and always like to give it a vintagey feel, so I kept my colours as muted as I could with the options I had in my stash.

I added some faux stitching to the image panel with a brown fineliner.  I then layered this onto some paper from the LOTV country gent paper pad, to which I also added some faux stitching.  I backed this with some kraft card and then to finish, I stamped an LOTV tag in brown ink and added a bow made from some blue baker's twine.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New Fairy

Sooooo, a quick share this morning.  This is a card I started last night and finished when I finally got my backside out of bed this morning (and that was NOT early . . . oops!):


I stamped and coloured up this image last night.  I seem to be having a bit of a cardmaking weekend, which I am glad of, as I have been fearing for the permanent loss of my mojo recently, but maybe it was the stress of Christmas and just being too busy.  Instead, this weekend, I have been sat in my craft room instead of finishing off my essay.  Oops!  Never mind, I will get it finished this week.  The plan is there, I just need to make it into English, instead of gibberish.

Anywho, as I said, I stamped this LOTV image last night.  It is a newbie, which I allowed myself to buy just before xmas (I haven't had the making mojo, but the buying mojo has been just fine!).  I coloured this little lady up with distress inks (some of which are new too) and I'm pleased to say I seem to finally have the skin colouring down.  The hair leaves a bit to be desired, but I think what I need to solve that is more colours!  I also used a wash of a memento ink for the grass, but I don't usually colour with memento inks.

I added glitter to the wings and the star wand, as well as the flowers on the headdress and a little bit on the skirt, because you can never be too sparkly (even at the grand old age of 29 I like to sparkle wherever I go).  Because I'd decided to add stickles at this stage, I thought I'd best let it dry overnight and instead I got on with colouring some other images, which I will share with you later (eventually!).

So when I finally got up this morning (at 10.30 - I never used to be a sleeper in, but I seem to be good at it lately), hubby made me a cup of coffee (read my mind) and I ventured into my craft room to proceed with some crafting.  The first thing I did was finish off this card.  

I am loving my 5x5 cards at the moment - I think they just look so sweet and cute, so I used one of those.  I then added the sentiment, which is an LOTV one, and I stamped it with peacock feathers distress ink, which I had used on the image.

I layered the image onto some navy card (my fave colour) and then used a scrap of LOTV spotty paper (at a jaunty angle, naturally) and some LOTV checked paper, which I also layered onto navy card.  I think the pink in the final paper just breaks up the blue, but I love blue.  It also tied in nicely with entering the new Cupcake Inspirations challenge.

To finish, I added two small blue gems in the bottom right-hand corner.


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:


I have made loads more this weekend, which I need to share with you, and I promise I will get round to it eventually, but first I have thank you cards to write and tomorrow's stew to make.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

cupcake inspirations, photo inspiration

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Evie Fabulous

Soooo, this is an older make - I actually made this for my niece Evie's birthday back in November.


It was a last minute make as I was going through my rubbish at making cards stage due to lack of inspiration and (probably) too much sewing to do - she got an Elsa dress for her birthday from me.

I used an LOTV art pad image, as I thought this one looked like Evie, which I layered onto purple card.  I also used an LOTV 'fabulous' sentiment, which I had stamped a while ago in dusty concord distress ink.  I also layered this onto purple card.  I backed the two panels with some gauze (which I thought went well with the spider-web in the image) and then some pink spotty paper.  I wrapped a bit of pink baker's twine around the top left-hand and bottom right-hand corners of the card.  I added various colours and shapes of buttons on each corner of the card and two corners of the image panel.  

I die-cut Evie's name from some card and attached this above the image panel.  I used a flat-backed pearl as the dot on the eye.  I also used flat-backed pearls on the corners of the fabulous panel.  I also made a little bow from some pink ribbon and added this at the end of the name.

To finish the card, I made a little bouquet from some pink roses from my stash, a swirly thing from The Ribbon Girl, some leaf pins and pearl pins, also from The Ribbon Girl, all tied with a ribbon.

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


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Thank You Butterflies

Sooooo, I've had a bit of a creative day today and, despite the fact that I have loads to share with you that I made before Christmas, I thought I would instead share one of today's makes.

I know that I am supposed to be using up my very extensive stash, but my friend, Helen, is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and this means that I can't help treating myself every now and again (read:  pretty much all the time).  In fact, she dropped some goodies off for me yesterday, so a quiet day in today (hubby at work, sister in bed dying of a cold) meant that I fully intended to use the the time to hole myself up in my craft room and do some creating.  I should really be finishing off the last 250 words I have to write on my latest assignment - the use of mythology by the Roman Emperors - but I didn't want to.  I will no doubt finish it off one lunch break this week.  I know what I need to write, but I just don't have the enthusiasm today, so I crafted instead.

These were the first make of the day:


These are some thank you cards for me to send out for my birthday/Christmas/wedding anniversary present (see, another reason to do it all in one week - only one set of thank yous need writing!),

These are made using the thank you butterfly from the Stampin' Up! Well Worded set, which also has a birthday cake, a mustache and a flower with various greetings on each.

I also decided to use my new Stampin' Up! stampin' write pens, after they were recommended to me by an LOTV DT member.  Anyway, I stamped the first pink and blue cards with these, and as you can see, the quality wasn't that brilliant, so for the other cards, I swapped to some Memento inks I have, and they worked much better.  

After doing the first four, I decided that I liked them and I would need to make some more to have enough for all the thank yous I need to write.  Instead of using the pens though, I decided to see how my distress inks would work, as I had the colours I wanted in distress ink, but not in memento.  I also decided to add a purple, as these are small 5x5 cards and I could get 6 blanks for stamping on from an A4 sheet, so I thought I might as well do that and end up with 2 each of each colour.  I think the distress inks work quite well - not quite as crisp as the mento inks, but then again, that is the idea of distress inks, isn't it?

I ummed and ahhed about adding some faux stitching so decided to add some to a pink card to see what it looked like - a use for the stampin' write markers!  I decided it didn't really add and in fact I preferred the starkness of the cards without it.  

I really like how these have worked out and I love how the black and white card has worked out, but my fave has to be the orange, probably because it is a colour I usually don't use, but it is so bright and works so well with the butterfly to inject a bit of Spring/Summer into the world, which is desperately needed - it is miserable and rainy here in Ilkley today.

Anyway, to sum up, I like the stamps with the memento and distress inks, and the jury is currently out on the stampin' write markers.  I might try them on something less solid, maybe a sentiment stamp, to see how they work.  I will definitely be investing in some more memento inks though.

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


I have been a busy bee today making, so I will no doubt be back with some more makes later (or I'll blog about them eventually - maybe in 3 months! lol).

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx







Holly Christmas

Sooo, thanks to my uselessness at blogging these days, I still have a Christmas card to share with you:




This was an Order from my friend and I decided to go with an easel card, as I think they add a bit of something special.

I'm still trying to use up my stash (although I have treated myself to a few new bits, which I have been using today) so I used an LOTV mini masterpiece and papers from a Kaisercraft (I think) paper stack I have had in my stash for a while now.


I love the paper I used for the inside of the card as it has a little hidden decoration in the top left-hand corner, which you don't see until you open the card.  


I die-cut the name 'Holly' from a scrap of paper and layered this up to make a stopper.  I also used some gold ribbon from my stash to make a bow and added red stickles in pretty much every corner.   To finish, I stamped 'merry christmas' using red ink and a stampin' up! sentiment.

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


I am planning on a day of making today, so I might be back later with some makes.  In any event, I still have loads of makes to blog about that I made before Christmas.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx




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