I’ve been wanting to practice colouring hair with my copics for a while now, but I haven’t had any stamps that I could use to practice. I went on holidays a few weeks ago and found this La La Land stamp is a craft shop…..I guess I’ll have to add it to the next craft confession post I make because I couldn’t resist buying her!
I think I still need a lot of work to make the hair really nice, but I’m thinking that for a first effort it’s really not that bad. Hopefully you’ll see her again in the future with some even better hair.
I paper pieced the dress and shoes – I’m very happy with how that turned out. I think the dress looks just like something I’d wear 🙂
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Lawn Fawn……I seriously love their die-cut sentiments. I’m possibly a bit of a Lawn Fawn addict…..everything is just so cute!
Have a great week everyone!
Here is a Christmas card I made using a fun technique called ‘smooshing’. I watched Kristina Werner’s You Tube video to learn how to do it.
The background is created using distress inks (chipped sapphire, dusty concord, shaded lilac) smooshed into the watercolour paper using a piece of acetate (I just used the packaging from a stamp set). I then used some pearlescent acrylic inks I’ve owned for about 10 years and never even opened (yikes!) and flicked them on with a brush.
While I waited for the piece to dry I die-cut the word ‘Joy’ (which comes from Lawn Fawn), and the reindeer (which came with the snowflake too – bargain). I stuck everything down using Glossy accents, and overall I’m really happy with this as a first attempt/experiment.
I think I will definitely using the smooshing technique again in the future – it was fun and the results were pretty snazzy (if I say so myself).
Have a great week!
This week is a card which I made for a very special friend of mine who will be having a baby boy very soon.
I stitched the little baby from an old pattern I picked up at a jumble sale about 7-8 years ago, he’s been sitting there waiting for his moment to shine! He’s stitched on linen because I just l-o-v-e to stitch on linen.
The decorative paper is from Rosie’s Studio. The paper pack isn’t baby specific so I was super happy to flick through it and find out there was the perfect baby paper in there.
The baby block stamp was the Sullivan’s brand from Lincraft. It’s not a great stamp…..I mean it stamps fine, but the actual stamp itself just seems messy…..I might need to look for something better in the future.
The embellishment on the ribbon was something I’m a bit proud of, I made it myself using a button and a diamante. I wasn’t too sure what to put on a boy card, I didn’t want anything too girly. Personally – I think I nailed it 🙂
Enjoy your week!
It’s been about 4 months since I set myself the challenge of not purchasing any new craft products and using up what I already have. Here is a reminder of the rules I set for myself:
1. Do not purchase any new craft items between now and 31 Dec 2015
2. Continue to craft using existing craft supplies
3. If someone else purchases craft supplies for me as a present I can use those.
4. If someone gives me a gift certificate, I can spend the certificate.
So I’ve failed a little bit…..the photos in this post are my ‘confession’ :P.
I joined a few Facebook card-making groups and some of the creators on there are absolutely amazing! The feather die and the feather stamp set I purchased thanks to the Facebook groups. They were actually free gifts with a card making magazine, and so many people in the Facebook group had used them to create these amazing projects, I felt I just has to get them.
The pile of clasps and findings was a bargain that was too good to pass up. My local craft store had a sale on their old stock. 10 packs for $1. Seriously…..it was such a good deal!
Lastly…..I ran out of adhesive for my cards! I thought about using foam tape instead (which I still have 2 rolls of), but then I decided to just suck it up and make the purchase. It was something I really needed after all!
Otherwise I’m pretty happy with how I’m going. I feel like I’m using up quite a lot of my stuff (and making some nice looking craft items). Plus I’ve become more creative with using what I already have, rather than rushing out to buy even more stuff.
I hope you get inspired to use up your own stash!
This week is a necklace I made for my mum for her birthday. It’s a Cellini Spiral, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I think one of the things I love most about this necklace is that it looks very complicated, but in fact it’s a very simple stitch performed over and over.
It’s just a circular peyote stitch worked using different sized beads.
There are quite a few tutorials on You Tube for this type of bead work so if you’re interested in learning, you should check some of them out!
One of the best things about this stitch is that you can use pretty much any beads you like. Provided you have some small beads and some larger ones, you’re going to get the cool spiral effect.
The beads I used:
Size 15 black seed beads
Size 11 silver Delica beads
Size 11 red Mill Hill beads
Size 10 black triangle seed beads
Size 8 frosted red seed beads
It takes a long time to stitch – I think this represents about 12 hours of work. I really hope my mum likes it!
Have a great week!
This week is another small Royal and Langnickel cross stitch I completed in just a few hours.
Again, the instructions in the kit were a bit dodgy (still instructing me on how to colour my horse), but the image is simple enough that you really don’t need the instructions.
This will become another Xmas card at some point so you’ll be seeing it again in the future 🙂
Have a brilliant week!!
16 cards from one sheet of paper?! You bet!!
This week I attempted a ‘one sheet wonder’ card. This is a set of cards which are created using 1 sheet of 12×12 patterned scrapbook paper. The template I used for these cards can be found here.
I also used 1 12×12 sheet of pale pink cardstock, and 2 A4 sheets of magenta cardstock. The end result was enough pieces of paper to create 16 cards.
It took quite a long time to cut all the pieces out! Part of that was because all the measurements were in imperial, and I’m used to only working in metric. It meant that each time I cut the paper, I had to double (and triple) check my paper was in the correct position.
The sentiment stamps are from Penny Black, I particularly like the “Wishing you a day filled with love and laughter” sentiment because it’s very versatile. I can use it for birthdays, weddings, and any other ‘special’ day.
The embellishments are all from my stash, I’m loving the larger pearls, I think they make the cards look really nicely finished. The little hearts are all punched out using a tiny punch, then I added some Glossy Accents to make them shiny.
I hope everyone is having a great week!