Thursday, 29 March 2012
These were great little Christmas stocking fillers I made last year. Again I found the idea on another website and thought it was a really simple idea. I used old beer mats and covered them with a variety of papers. I added a tear-off calendar to each one and then used different embellishments to decorate them. I think they look quite effective!
Sunday, 25 March 2012
I went to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC yesterday and found this brilliant seller of mdf blanks. I wanted to buy them all! Instead, I just bought a few and this name plaque blank was one of them. I painted this with a wall paint tester pot, added some chipboard letters I bought yesterday and lastly added some butterfly puffy stickers. This is especially for my daughter.
Friday, 23 March 2012
I decided to learn how to use a sewing machine just before Christmas and with the help of a very lovely textiles teacher and her room, I have been able to make this (very) small patchwork cushion for my daughter. Even though it's a bit crooked, I'm very proud of it!
Monday, 19 March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012
I saw this design in a magazine and as my sister had just bought a BigShot, we thought we'd give them a go! The shapes are all cut using the nestabilities dies on the BigShot and using different patterned paper. I used some embellishments and a photo to make the design and then added ribbon on the back with smaller die cut shapes to hold them in place and give more stability.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
A bit of an escape from the norm with a card without butterflies! I thought these frogs were so cute and so bought a pack of them. Half have got crowns and the rest bow-ties. I punched three scalloped edge squares and stuck them down and added the frogs and some flower stickers to the central one. I used some sticky ribbon along the bottom and added a silver sentiment sticker to finish.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
I just had to blog this as I am so excited about it! I saw these on Pinterest and wanted to make my own and having had the chance this week, here's my finished one! I used an old picture frame and took the glass out. I added a piece of scrapbook paper of the right size and used sticky foam letters to write 'menu' down the side. I used sticky ribbon on some wooden pegs and used glue to attach these to the edge of the photo frame. I added a sticker to each peg to show the days of the week. I made the cards on the computer and printed the meals onto yellow paper and laminated each of them. The box is made from some scraps of patterend card I had which is then stuck down with double sided sticky tape. And finished!
As its coming up for Mother's day, I've had a go at making some cards for mums. This card uses 3 scallop edged squares punched from purple spotted paper. On the middle one I added the word 'Mum' using silver peel-off stickers. The flowers are actually wooden flowers which I have coloured purple using an ink pad and then stuck down. I'm quite pleased with the simple design.
Monday, 12 March 2012
I made several different designs of these for Christmas presents this year. I made a 'jar of love' with little bits of paper with sentiments on them; a 'jar of treasures' for a little girl with hair clips, bobbles, mini stampers etc; a 'jar of crafts' with crafting embellishments and buttons; and a 'jar of sweets' with the person's favourite sweets in. I bought the little jars from Asda and added sticky ribbon round the lid and embellishements on top. For some of them I also added a scalloped circle punched with the name of the jar on it.
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Not the best picture, but one of my favourite layouts. I've used 3 scalloped squares punched out of patterned paper and added them to my card. I used sticky ribbon down the left side of the card and added a sentiment I got from The Works. The butterfly was part of a present from a friend at work who knows I like crafting; it came from Hobbycraft. A couple of embellishments and a finished card.
Saturday, 10 March 2012
I've seen covered notebooks done in various places and here's my take on them. I bought some cheap, boring notebooks and used a variety of paper to cover them before adding various embellishments to them. Not sure how useful, but they're very pretty!
Friday, 9 March 2012
Here are two Valentines cards I made this year. Not my best theme as I have never 'done' Valentines Day, but I think they turned out okay. They could easily be used for other occassions anyway! I rely a lot in my cards on using a scalloped square punch and patterned paper as I really like the look. Sticky ribbon, stickers and embellishments complete the cards.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
I saw this idea in a lot of different blogs and made it my own. Using Elizabeth Shaw mints which I covered with a circular cut out piece of paper covered with an embellishment. I added some ribbon with double sided sticky tape and put the paper on in the same way. I used a die cut shape folded in half to make the topper; added some dodgy hand-writing and a matching embellishment. ready to give away for the Christmas tree.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
I saw these on another blog and thought I could give it a go! I made these for Christmas presents last year. I bought cheap wooden pegs and covered them with sticky ribbon from Hobbycraft. I then added different embellishments to them to co-ordinate and added thin magnetic strip to the back of each. I put them in a cellophane bag sealed with double sided stickytape and added a matching piece of folded card to the top with more tape.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
I bought a selection of 4" x 4" backing papers from ebay and this one was included which had 4 squares from the 'Naughty but Nice' theme (I think!). I cut the 4 squares out and added some pretty backing paper to some white cards to produce some cute girly birthday cards.
Monday, 5 March 2012
These are some blackboards I made for my daughter and her friends for Christmas. They are made using old cork backed placemats which I covered in blackboard paint from Wilkinsons and added some large wooden embellishments from Hobbycraft. Add some chalk and it's a lovely present for a young child.