Monday, February 18, 2013

Easter Buckets

I found these tiny metal buckets in a local shop a few weeks ago and they were just too cute to resist. I had the idea to make them into little Easter gifts for friends and family.  I like the rosette type decorations so thought I would make some into flowers,  The chicken is cut on the Cricut using Animal Kingdom cart

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Altered jewellery stand

Can't quite get the effect of the gilding with the camera

Rubbed back for a more distressed look
Yesterday I did something I have not done in years, I went to a Jumble Sale.  I came away with loads of rubbish with an aim to up-cycle it into nice things.  Well that was the plan but a lot went into the bin!  

I got some lovely vintage fabric, napkins and clothes, mainly to wash and use for patchwork.  A nasty mirror and thing for hanging jewellery on and some books, some to read some to alter and all in all I spent about 2.00 :-)

Here is the first of them, altered and in my opinion better now.
Not my sort of thing as it is
Painted with acrylic paint, first leaf green followed by a coat of cream.  Then touched over with gilding size and flakes rubbed on for a random gilded effect
Not great photo's but it looks nicer in real life

Big 40th Birthday Card

This is a regular baking doiley, sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Mists.  Cut another oval on the Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook) and stamp around the edge using the Kaisercraft Vintage lace stamp and versamark, emboss in silver powder, ink lightly with Distress Paint in pink and mount doiley on top

Cut Happy Birthday in font and shadow from the Celebrations cartridge at 3 inches and glitter
 A variety of flowers, paper, silk and ribbon and the stick pins
Using the tag feature cut numbers using the Celebrations Cartridge
K & Co Valentines papers and silver mirror board for the mount
Ribbon and lace attached at the bottom

It took me a day to make this as I kept going back to it with new ideas.  I wanted to incorporate the doiley's I had sprayed and also some florist pins.  I love seeing those on other people's card's but not got around to using them before.

Valentine cute mini

Just playing round with some of the leftovers from my main Valentines card.  These little mini cards where to good to ignore, so I made a folded element to add to the front of the card and tied with ribbon.  Downside is it won't now stand up :-( should have made it into an easel card maybe?
Kaisercraft Lace Stamp
K & Co Valentines Papers
Nestabilities Dies to cut card blank shape

 Honeycomb paper pop up heart, cut freehand
 Leftover Die cut hearts for a card to daddy from Betsy :-)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Crochet and sewing detour

Have been taking a Craft detour this weekend finishing up some WIP's.  I had loads of balls of wool leftover from various project,s so knitted and crochet'ed them into squares to make a multi-colour lap blanket.  It's not finished yet but looking funky so far.  I must say putting the pieces together today kept me nice and warm with all the snow falling outside.  Just found Betsy curled up on it!! another conquest for her?   I think not, this is mine baby girl :-)

Using up some of the zillions of fabric off-cuts from SIL to make some new cushion covers as mine all looked a little sad.

And I wanted to try my hand at an Owl, he is a little wonky, but I am sure when Betsy gets her paws on him he will look a lot worse.  She has been watching his progress and thinks he is her's so I dare say she will win in the end!!
After all it's hard work this weekend my sewing machine has given up the ghost :-(   Damn and blast as I have a new Jelly Roll to sew up into a patchwork.  I had better visit the sewing machine doctor....

Friday, February 08, 2013

Remember Book

I wanted a book to jot down little things that happen this year.  I love these papers that I got recently and the Teresa Collins stamps fit the bill just fine.
Papers are 
 Papermania - Vintage Notes linen 
Vintage Notes Big Bloomers - flowers
Papermania Vintage Heart die
Vintage Notes Linen notelet cards


The Big 40 guest book

I made this as a little gift for a family member who is having a milestone birthday soon. I thought it would be nice to have a little book for all the guests at the party to put a message in for her to look back on.

Cricut Craft Room
Plantin Schoolbook
Marianne flourish die
Marianne frame die
Bind-it all
K & Co sentiment "stickers to go"
Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder
Fiskars heart corner punch

The sizing of each page is 3/4 of an inch longer than the last to let the letters show, emboss each plain piece for texture
K & Co boxed selection of patterned paper
Bazzil Sugarspun plain card
White index cards 

cut a few plain paper pages for guests to sign for each section of the book
I have not added lots of bulky embellishments to make writing messages easier
Measures approx 5 1/2 x 8 inches long

Greetings Cards

I don't often use pre bought toppers etc but I got a load of Kanban and Hunkydory card for a bargain price so thought they might make some quick cards for emergencies!!

This is what I have made so far. TFL x
I like the cute little LP that fits inside the pocket
I finally got round to using my new Grand Calibre to make some aperture cards which worked a treat with these toppers

Why do my larger photo's always go sideways :-(
even after resizing them!!

Circle of gems look nice on these greetings

Gardening Theme Card - flowers made using Marianne Dies

Fiddling with a 3D card, which will not look straight no matter how many times I restick it :-(  it is now in the bin!!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Finished Hearts

Pictures of the Valentine's Heart's now they are glued and finished.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Betsy's Birthday

My little girl is One today, she is the light of my life and such fun to have.  I made her a platter of iced doggie biscuits and of course a Birthday cake
Happy Birthday Betsy xx