Tuesday, 18 July 2017

No paper anywhere in sight

The open day for the Lincolnshire Cats Trust is looming (3/9/17) and I promised that I would make some teacup pincushions which can be sold on the gift stall. I asked for some pretty cups/mugs that were struggling to sell in the shop and now hopefully they will sell as a novelty gift for someone who sews.

The pincushion base is made from a large curtain ring which is padded by wrapping wadding around until it fit nicely into the top of the cup.

Wrap a strip of Tshirt material around the padded ring and stitch it into place on the inside of the ring (it gets covered so don`t bother how neat the stitches are).

Cut out a circle from some pretty fabric using Tattered Lace essential circles die (circle No 16).
and sew a running stitch around the edge of the fabric. Place a handful of stuffing in the middle of the fabric and then draw up the running stitch to make a cushion.

Pin the cushion onto the ring and then neatly stitch into place trying to eliminate as many tucks as possible. Add extra stuffing from the ring base to make the cushion nice and firm.

Using Tattered Lace essentials circles die No 8 cut out a circle from grey board (I used a piece of board from the back of a reporters notebook, I always tear them off and keep them when the notebooks are full).
Cut a circle of Tshirt fabric slightly larger than the grey board circle and on the reverse side of the grey board run a strip of tacky glue around the edge, stick the Tshirt material in place.
Carefully stitch the circle base to the ring base.

Decorate the pincushion with lace, flowers, bows etc to hide the stitch line where the cushion is attached to the base ring.

I didn't want to start making these pincushions as I haven't sewn for ages but when I had finished my first one I couldn't stop and ended up making all of them in one day.


I really did enjoy doing a bit of hand sewing for a change and am inspired to keep my sewing box out for a while longer. I have a shop bought quilt which managed to get torn whilst in the washer so I think I am now inspired to get out my material stash and have a look how best to patch it up and of course I will show you photos if it all goes well.

I am so lucky to have a lovely view of my garden and my old Apple tree from my craft room window and once again the tree is laden with cooking apples. The tree is the oldest Apple tree in our little village and sadly it has canker which I am not sure how to get rid of so I guess it is coming to the end of its long life but it is a beautiful tree and still giving great crops. My freezer is still full of last years Apple harvest so I think I will take some of this years crop to the cat shop and see if they can sell them (or even give them away for a small donation).


Friday, 7 July 2017

Quick and easy

I`m sharing with you today a tag card I have made using another of the Little Claire Christmas stamps which will launch on Hochanda today at 11. Its a simple card to make and is made easier because the tag shape has already been cut as a base card, you just add the cute little image and a bit of trim.
what was used:
Little Claire Designs stamp
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Rustic Lattice die
Crafters Companion, Luxury Cardstock, gold pack
corner punch
black Versa Fine ink pad
Glossy Accents
Pebio Empire Gold gilding wax
1" wide fancy gold ribbon
This card is so quick and easy to make. The only thing which I did that is perhaps not noticeable from this picture was to apply a bit of gilding wax to the edge of the card where the lattice die cut was stuck so as to define the lattice trim.
It was so hot yesterday at work in the school kitchen, it was sports day and I managed to get outside to serve some burgers but even there on the playing field it was hot and sticky. We had a fantastic thunder storm last night and I sat outside for ages watching the big black thunder clouds roll in. I love thunder storms, the way the air becomes charged and the lightening is always a spectacle I will never grow tired of watching. The air feels much fresher today but as I am going to work again I don't suppose it will be feeling fresh in the kitchen.
I didn`t get any crafting done this week and I am feeling withdrawal symptoms so I keep looking at the lovely crafty things on Pinterest. I do get inspiration from all kinds of things but Pinterest provides instant gratification. I must knuckle down and try harder next week.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

You couldn`t have Chrisrtmas without Robbins

This is a much more traditionally coloured Christmas card which I am sharing with you today and again it features one of the new stamps by Little Claire which will be launching on Friday morning at 11 on Hochanda. The base card is also a new product from Little Claire and also comes in red, they are £1.99 for a pack of 10 cards and envelopes.
what was used:
LC Designs stamp
small snowflake stamps
red card
cream linen card to stamp onto
gold mirri card
gold embossing powder
black Versa Fine ink pad
Versa Mark ink pad
gold liquid pearls
opal liquid pearls
decal edge scissors
Glamour Dust glitter
1cm wide green sentiment satin ribbon
1cm golden yellow faceted gem
This is a really easy card to make.
I stamped the image onto the cream linen card and coloured it in, cut it to size and dribbled the gold Liquid Pearls along the edge. Leave until completely dry and then mount onto mirri card.
I made the red background card by heat embossing golden snowflakes onto red card. I then cut the card to size using decal edge scissors and mounted it onto mirri card.
Its plain sailing from here on.
I am at work for the next six days so I was out in the garden with Stu yesterday trying to get the hedge cut now that the birds have finished nesting (its definitely a two man job). The hedge in our garden goes all around the perimeter of a 3/4 acre plot and it is a massive job to cut and not something that I look forward to doing. I tend to let Stu work the hedge trimmer as it makes my arm weak for days after with the vibration, so I was on tidying up and bagging up duties. Tiding up is not without its perils as the hedge is Hawthorn, wild Rose, Holly and fiercely stinging Nettles and always seems intent on causing as much pain as possible. I did manage to not get too beaten up by the hedge but any one walking on the outside must have heard a lot of bad language as I got pricked and hooked up on the thorns. It does look so much neater now that the sides have been cut but the top will have to wait until after the weekend and Stu can take a trip to the tip to empty the garden bags which are full and overflowing.
I managed to catch one of the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas shows on Hochanda yesterday and as I suspected from looking at the design samples I really NEED quite a lot of the things I saw on the show. The samples were fabulous and Sara did a fantastic job with her domos. I did manage to stop myself from ordering straight away on impulse and will wait and see if they come up for sale on the Crafters Companion web site, so there goes my over time money.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Summer colours for Christmas

A new week and another Christmas card made using a Little Claire stamp which will be launched on Hochanda on Friday morning. If you`re in a Christmas card making mood why not tune in to Hochanda today and see the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas launch, I`ve seen some of the samples for this show and they look amazing.
what was used:
Little Claire stamp
Creative Expressions, Festive Collection, Poinsettia Additions dies
flower middle die
Kanban snowflake stamp
pink card scraps
pink paper
green pearlescent paper
white glitter card
2 x small AB gems
pastel chalks - to make background
Crafters Companion, Sheenas stamping card
black Versa Fine ink pad
Versa Mark ink pad
clear fine detail embossing powder
masking tape
lead pencil
Another easy card to make once the background is prepared.
Simply mask around the base card and stamp the snowflake image, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss.
Colour the masked background using the pastel chalks.
Carefully remove the masking tape and using a ruler and pencil draw around the edge of the coloured background area.
The rest of the card is straight forward from this point on.
I am really getting into the spirit of Christmas crafting after seeing the fantastic samples for the Crafters Companion Scndinavian Christmas show but sadly my Christmas cards will have to wait a little longer as I have a few other projects to make first. I`m sure its a crafters thing but I have so many things that I want to make but at the moment not enough time to do them - roll on the summer holidays.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Its that time of the year again

I know we have had rain, rain, rain, grey skies and I even gave in and lit the fire on Thursday but  it  is still the middle of summer and that is the time when all crafters start to think about Christmas. Next Friday Little Clair are launching a new set of stamps on Hochanda which are all Christmas themed and this is a card I have made using one of those stamps.
what was used:
Little Claire stamp
snowflake stamp (mine was from a Kanban stamp set)
small hole punch
5" x 5" base craft card
green & blue backing papers (mine were from Kanban and Do Crafts)
Crafters Companion Sheena stamping card to stamp onto
black Versa Fine ink pad
Tim Holtz distress oxide - faded jeans
brown twine
craft card from stash
Glossy Accents
Glamour Dust glitter
snowflake embellishment
A very simple card to make the only tip I can give with this is that I stamped the snowflakes using 2nd generation stamping with the faded jeans ink pad (2nd generation is where you ink up thee stamp and then stamp it onto a piece of scrap paper before stamping it onto the image).
The snowflake embellishment was cut out of air dry clay using a cookie cuter and then I stamped a pattern onto the wet clay and made 2 holes using a cocktail stick. When the clay was dry I coloured the snowflake with the faded jeans distress oxide and varnished it with clear varnish.
Its been a funny sleepy week here with the weather being so miserable so I had a bit of a break from crafting and got lots of jobs done that I had been meaning to do for ages. The first job was to get my broadband changed from my terribly slow (less than 1 megabyte) speed to a blisteringly fast speed (up to 10 megabytes) and I can`t tell you what a massive difference this has made. 
Then we had fleas which were brought in by Rosie and I saw them on her ear when they arrived. Of course the cats were administered with flea drops but the fleas were in the house and decided they wanted to stay. The fleas took a real liking to me and my legs and so they just had to go and it has taken the best part of a week to get rid of them and now we have to make sure they do not return. My house has never been so clean what with vacking and steam cleaning every day not to mention the constant washing at 60 degrees of clothes, bedding and any soft furnishings I could fit into the washing machine - its exhausting.
So now I can go into my craft room without being bitten I will be crafting again and because I have been able to watch video tutorials on the internet I have seen some really interesting techniques that I will be trying out, I may be in here for quite a while.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A bit of old England

Here is another card which I have made using one of the Creafters Companion "create a card" dies which are such beautiful designs but I think this one is my favourite. They are still featuring on Hochanda today although there have been a lot of sell outs so if you can not find what you want take a look at the Crafters Companion web site.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sir, Create a Card, Scenic Village dies
Crafters Companion, Floral Delights, Preetty Petals die
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Beautiful Borders die
Crafters Companion 12" x 12" Shabby Chic paper pad
Joy Crafts leaf die
15cm x 17.5cm off white base card
yellow marl paper
cream linen card
craft card
ream 210gsm print paper
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist graphics program
Tim Holtz distress inks - vintage photo, broken china, stormy sky, peeled paint
2 x cram mulberry paper flowers
A fairly easy to make card to make, the border frame takes a bit of time to line up and cut out but not at all difficult.
I cut the border frame from the marl paper and then cut the village scene die image into the marl paper. Using the vintage photo distress ink lightly sponge over the die cut.
Cut the scenic village from cram card and then sponge in the clouds. Loosely attach the sky background to the village scene foreground. Stick this topper onto the shabby chic pre coloured paper.
Mat and layer up the card and add embellishments and the sentiment.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Im feeling a bit regal

It`s Friday and the launch day for the dies that I have been featuring all week, and here is a card with a designer look about it. I just love how you can make so many different designs with just one particular die set. Don't forget to tune into Hochanda tonight at 6 to see more amazing ideas from the design team (I`ve seen them and they are mind blowingly good).
what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Love is in the Air dies
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Essentials, Decorative Corners dies
Sheena, Grooving 60s, Crazy Perspective stencil
Crafters Companion, Opulent Flourishes foil transfers
Crafters Companion, Gold Foil
Crafters Companion, Luxury Cardstock - gold pack
Pebeo, Empire Gold gilding wax
Cosmic Shimmer misters - Peaqcock green & antique gold
Tim Holtz crackle medium
black Versa Fine ink pad
gold embossing powder
black card
green card
black & gold thread tissue paper
gold bow
4 x 3mm gold gems
1cm AB dazzler gem
crown card embellishment made with Scan n Cut machine
This is not a difficult card to make but perhaps not for the beginner.
Cut the heart shape from the green card by cutting once and then flipping the die over onto the reverse of the card, matching it up with the already cut out section and then run it through the die cutting machine.
Burnish the side of the heart on the front of the design to smooth down the die cut shape.
Roughly cut out a heart shape larger than the die cut heart and secure it over the die cut shape to form a mask.
Secure the Crazy Perspective stencil onto green card and then spritz with the Peacock green mister and allow to dry. When dry spritz lightly with the antique gold spritzer and allow to dry. When dry carefully remove the stencil and cut to size.
Select a crown from the scan n cut pre installed shapes and cut to required size (if you do not have a scan & cut machine you could find an image of a crown, print it onto card and cut around it).
Paint the crown gold and when dry cover with the Tim Holtz crackle medium and allow to dry.
 When the crackle medium is dry rub over the top of it with a black Versa Fine ink pad to pick out the crackles and rub off the excess with a baby wipe.
The backing paper with the heart die cut is finished off by lightly rubbing on the Empire gold gilding wax.
The sentiment in the centre of the heart is applied to the tissue paper and secured to the back of the heart.
When securing the heart paper to the card it is really important that you get the tissue paper as flat as possible so I used double sided tape and tried to but each strip up to the next so as to not allow any air pockets to form.
Have fun if you try this and remember its only paper.............