Saturday, 26 April 2014

Floral 60th Birthday Card

It's my Godmothers 60th birthday soon so decided to make her a lovely spring coloured card. 

I cut out 1/2 inch flowers from 4 different coloured pieces of card of my Cricut Mini and then used my ball tool to give them some shape. 

Once I done all the flowers I matted and layered some card then drew a '60' very lightly on the card as my guide for my flowers. I then used Scotch Scrapbookinf Glue (my new fave) to glue them on. 

I finished it with a ribbon and sentiment from DoCrafts Bellisima range.

I'm entering this in the below challenges

Monday, 21 April 2014

Creativity Strikes! - TTPH

The theme for this weeks challenge at Through The Purple Haze is 'Creativity Strikes' and the design team were given some lovely digis by Milk Coffee Stamps.

I was given this lovely lady and decided that she needed to be big and take up the majority of the card so I printed her onto cardstock and coloured her in with Spectrum Noirs. I cut around the right hand side of her and then on the right hand side I made my own dotty background.

 The only problem with using Spectrum Noirs (or the majority of alcohol markers) as that they bleed through the card and it doesn't look great when you open the card, but to fix this I cut another piece of card in the same shape as the front and placed this behind her concealing the bleed through.

I really like how this card turned out as I was worried that too many embellishments would ruin her.

Why not head over to Through The Purple Haze and check out what the other DT members have made and enter this weeks challenge.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Wrist Watch Pin Cushion

I saw the Dandelion Deaigns Watch Pin Cushion on Create and Craft and loved the idea as I don't have a lot of room in my craft room and when I'm sewing I always misplace my pin cushion but this attaches to your wrist so you always know where it is.

I put this on my Amazon gift list (which I always keep up to date) and my sister kindly brought it for me for my birthday last week. Unfortunately delivery took ages (over a week) but when I got it I found it also came with instructions to make a watch tape measure (just without the extra materials even though the contents said it contained them but I know Laura brought just the watch pin cushion kit).

I read the instructions through first and found I needed to provide my own thick plastic circle and needle and also need to cut all the pieces. It would have been nice to have been provided with an embroidery needle as I only have thin sewing needles not being into embroidery so the thread was a bit thick for my needles. I think kits should come with everything you need so you can make that item straight away so this was a bit dissapointing. The instructions suggested a circle of plastic from an old school folder but I used a circle cut/melted from a CD! (Hubby's idea and he is the one who cut it out). I did think of cutting a large piece of shrink plastic and shrinking it so it went thick but the CD idea worked fine.

The instructions also didn't seem very clear, with some steps not explained such as how to transfer the clock face onto the fabric (luckily I was aware from using iron on pens so used the same process of ironing on a hard surface and using a dry iron with no steam).

You are given a sheet of basic embroidery stitches but the sheet doesn't tell you what herringbone stitch is or how to do it (for one step of the instructions) so I had to google it (although the instructions did say you could purchase a book from them with more stitches...) It also mentioned tacking the interfacing for the middle of the watch, but looking at the interfacing I found it had adhesive on so was able to just iron it on which worked fine and sewed the ends so it didn't pop off. 

It only took me a few hours to make it and I'm pleased with the results but think I would have struggled with the instructions if I hadn't seen it on TV and the finished results they had and also if I'd never hand sewn before it would have been a bit confusing.

Now I won't loose my pin cushion while sewing! 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Try A New Folding Technique - TTPH #36 Stitchy Bear

This week the challenge at Through The Purple Haze is to use a new folding technique and the challenge is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps.

I was given this 'I love my Mom' stamp designed by Reeces Scrap Pieces - her blog can be found here:

The theme was to use a new folding technique and I decided to make a twisted easel as I've never ever made one before! 

Instead of colouring my image I paper pieced it using the png digi stamp and overlayed it onto different materials in Craft Artist 2. Once I was happy with the materials I printed it out and cut out each section before gluing it to the main background piece.

I matted this onto kraft card then onto some Hunkydory pattern card and assembled my twisted easel. I used DoCrafts paper from their Bellisima collection on the base and added buttons as my stoppers.

I think this card looks a bit like a picture handing on a wallpapered wall! 

Why not head over to Through The Purple Haze and check out what the other DT members have made and enter the new folding technique challenge.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Mothers Day Cards

I apologise, this was meant to post on Sunday evening but blogger was playing silly and it was in my drafts.

I made the below two Mother's Day card designs; one using the Rachelle Anne Miller CD-Rom from Crafters Companion and the other using my Cricut Mini and a cutting file from their online store.

I printed this twice and secoupaged the rabbits and used the left over patterned card to line the inside. I added button and some text cut from the paperlace cricut cartridge. I then added some glitter to the rabbits (tails and noses)

 I also made another for someone at my husbands work but added text in the CD-Rom before printing

Below is the other style of card I made using my cricut mini. The cutting file was so pretty and I added acetate so you can see through the cuts and I then added an insert (so you can't see what's written in the card until you open it) and I finished it with a hand made envelope made using my Ultimate Pro