Saturday, 31 December 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HI EVERYONE! I WOULD JUST LIKE TO WISH ALL MY WONDERFUL BLOGGING FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR AND TO LOTS OF WONDERFUL CRAFTING!

HUGS


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Lili's Little Fairies Challenge Blog

Good Morning to you all!  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.  I cannot believe how quickly it went, all that preparation and then it was all over!  It is my birthday tomorrow so fingers crossed I will get spoilt again lol!




Anyway I wanted to spread the great news about the new Lili's Little Fairies Thursday Challenge Blog which is the old Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge Blog (also the same blog address as before) but which is now being run by Jacqui and a fab new design team!

They have a really fab blog candy up for grabs which ends at 6pm on 4th January 2012 so make sure you head on over there to grab their banner for your blog and add your name to Mr Linky for a chance to win! 

The LOTV stamps really are my all time favourites and my New Years resolution is to participate more in the challenges (s)

If I dont get a chance to get on my blog again this week then I wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR FOR 2012!

Hugs,


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Bookmarks

Good morning to you all!  Today I wanted to share with you a couple of bookmarks that I've made.  A friend has asked me to make one for her so I set about having a look around different blogs to see if I could find any ideas and I came across a wonderful corner bookmark on the wonderful Tracy's blog post, dated 29th November!  She has made a fab candle to match, you must go and have a look its beautiful.

I have never seen a corner bookmark before and couldn't believe how easy it was to make!  I decided to make a normal type one as well so she can have both!



Here's a couple of close ups!







My Recipe
Cardstock - Stash
Decorative Paper - Papermania Henbury Lane
Martha Stewart Punch - PATP Ribbon Loop
Flowers - Tonic Petal Pairs Punch Set 2
Ribbons, Pearls - Stash
Stickles - Stardust
Pearlescent Purple Brilliance Pad



Happy Crafting!

Hugs,


Saturday, 26 November 2011

How to make a Box for my Easel Card on a Box with Drawer Tutorial

Hi there, I have been asked what size box is needed for my Easel Card on a Box with Drawer Tutorial that I done.  I have two sizes that I use but it depends on whether I have put a handle on the drawer or used brads.  They are both really easy and straightforward to do :-)

I can make both the boxes out of 12" x 12" cardstock.  I've done a little tutorial below.

Box 1 - (drawer with a handle) - Score all 4 sides at 6cm and make up as below

Box 2 - (drawer with brads as a handle) - Score all sides at 7cm and make up as below


Score both pieces of 12" x 12" cardstock on all 4 sides at 6cm or 7cm






Cut the corners diagonally and glue.


This is the finished box!  Simples!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,




Thursday, 24 November 2011

Decorative Pins

I have been doing quite a bit of blog hopping recently and came across this brilliant tutorial by Mandy which is on her blog A Sprinkling of Glitter about how to make decorative pins.  She has made some beautiful pins and you really must go and check them out they are so nice!  (Click on 'Mandy' for the link to the tutorial and the blog name for her actual blog).

I decided that because I have loads of jewellery making things that I haven't used (I don't think I am alone there along with lots of other crafting goodies lol) I would give them a try.  Here are a couple of pics of my attempts!



The one's with the little chains on the end are for hanging charms on...just for something a little bit different to the others.



I hope you like them, and be sure to go over to Mandy's blog to see her fab tutorial!

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Partridge In A Pear Tree...

Hi everyone!  Today I made another Christmas card which is a criss cross card design which I got inspiration for on Bev Rochester's blog 'All the things I love'.  She has done a great video tutorial showing you how to make it which you can watch here.




The card has a pull out insert which I have stamped with a Christmas greeting!





My Recipe

Colouring medium - Copics:
Pears - Y13, Y15
Leaves - G82, YG67
Bow - R29, R24, R22
Partridge & Basket - E55, E57, E59

Stamp - 'Crafty Individuals' Partridge in a pear tree
White & Red Cardstock - Stash
Decorative Paper - Papermania 'Christmas Paper Pack'
Cuttlebug Die - Corners
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Ten
Sentiment - Denami Designs
Embellies - Ribbon, Star Gems - Stash


Happy Crafting!

Hugs,



Monday, 21 November 2011

Easel Card Tutorial

I wanted to share with you how I make an Easel Card.

Firstly I make a 6" x 6" card then I cut another single piece of 6 x 6" card.




I then scored across the the top part of the card horizontally at 3" and folded it to stand as shown.




I then glued the extra piece of card onto the front but only on the bottom half so that it can still be folded flat for posting.




You can then decorate your card but you will need to place an embellishment or perhaps a raised sentiment on the bottom part of the card so that the easel part of the card can stand up!




I hope that you find this helpful!

Happy crafting!

Hugs,



Easel Card On A Box With Drawer Tutorial

I wanted to share with you how I made an easel card with a drawer underneath so that I could put some notelets in as a gift (or you could put anything else in that you wanted).   

Because the majority of the cards I make are 6" x 6" that was the size I decided to make. I originally saw the box design on Splitcoaststampers  which was a smaller one but I wanted to make a larger one so I tweaked the design and this is my take on it.

What you will need:

3 sheets of 12" x 12" heavy cardstock (I used 300gsm)
Guillotine
Scoring Board
1" circle punch
Glue
Cardstock and paper to decorate
Embellishments



First you will need to cut the 3 sheets of heavy cardstock to the following measurements:

1  x  9" x 9"
1  x  9 1/16th  x 7 9/16th (A)
1  x  9 2/16th  x  7 10/16th (B)



Firstly score the first sheet (9" x 9") at 1 1/2"  on all 4 sides.  AFTER you have done the scoring you will need to trim 1/16th of an inch off all 4 sides, you must REMEMBER to do this AFTER as this is to allow the drawer to fit in the box so it can be pulled in and out easily.





Next I cut up to the score line on all 4 corners and glued together to form the drawer.  I then measured the centre of the drawer and used my 1" circle punch to punch a half circle to allow the drawer to be opened.





I next scored the last two pieces of card each at 1 1/2" along the TWO short sides and along ONE of the long sides.  Then I cut up to the score line on two corners.  They are both cut differently as shown. 



I then glued the two flaps onto the outside of the smaller piece and glued the two flaps on the larger piece onto the inside, this is so that when they are glued together there are no flaps on the inside part where the drawer goes so that it does not catch on anything when being pulled it in and out.  I marked these pieces 'A' and 'B' to help me to remember which piece fits inside the other.  'A' is the one which is the slightly smaller piece which will fit inside 'B', the slightly larger piece which will form the box.





Next I glued the two pieces together.  I have used wet glue on this project that way it will make the box stronger and also it will allow you a little bit of time to form the box whereas if you use double-sided tape it will adhere straight away and not allow you to line everything together neatly.  Once this is dried you will then be able to put the drawer in.





When glueing and forming the box and drawer please take your time to get all your corners nice and neat so they match up properly otherwise this will affect the look and operation of the box and drawer.

Next I made a 6" x 6" easel card which can then be decorated along with the box so it matches. It just then needs to be glued onto the top.  (I have done a seperateTutorial on how to make the easel card).



I hope you find this helpful and understand my instructions.

Hugs,

Felt Flowers Tutorial

I wanted to show you a little tutorial about how I make my felt flowers.

I used:   Grand Calibur
              Spellbinders Shapeabilities Spiral Blossom One
              Spellbinders Shapeabilities Spiral Blossom Two
              Felt
              Glue
              Star Dust Stickles



I bought two types of felt, one was a bit thinner than the other and I found that the thicker of the two cut much better!  They were approximately A4 in size and I cut in them in half and was able to cut two flowers out of each half. 



I also found that when cutting the flowers they needed to be put through the machine 4 times which gave them a good cut, apart from the thinner felt which was still attached in places (you would have thought it would have been the other way round)! If you are careful you can just cut these pieces with some scissors. Once you have cut your flowers out you can start to assemble them. 



I put a small bit of glue along the bottom edge then started to roll the felt making sure not to roll it too tightly, and keeping the bottom edge flat. I done this a little bit at a time so I didnt get glue all over the flower!





Carry on until you reach the end then glue the last piece to the flat bottom part of the flower.  If you wish after doing this you can trim the last piece so it looks neater.




You will then need to arrange the petals so your happy with the look, then if you want put some stickles on the tips of them and leave to dry.






I hope you enjoy making them.

Happy Crafting!

Hugs,


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Bringing Gifts...

Happy weekend to you all!  My goodness where does the week go?  I think it has sped up because it knows Christmas is on its way and will be here soon and most of us will be running around like loonies trying to get everything done!  I have some Christmas shopping planned for this weekend...about time I made a start lol!  My hubby said he would buy me some craft goodies for Christmas so I ordered some gorgeous goodies from Wild Orchid Crafts which came in the post today and I am having to restrain myself from opening the box...think he may have to hide it lol!

Today I have a LOTV Christmas card for you which is called 'Bringing Gifts'.  The image is one of the Cute Squares that I bought a while ago, I gave it a bit of sparkle with some stickles to make it that bit more Christmasey!




My Recipe

Image - LOTV 'Bringing Gifts' Cute Squares
Decorative Paper - Papermania (old stash)
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Two
Spellbinders - Ribbon Tags Trio
Cuttlebug - Vintage Corners Die
Lace and Rhinestones - Stash
Star Dust Stickles


Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Hugs,


Friday, 18 November 2011

Flower Power Card

Good morning to you all!  What a lovely day it is here today, really sunny and not cold for a change, the last few days have been horrible! 

Today I would like to share with you a shaped card that I made yesterday.  I had no idea what I was going to do when I sat down but isn't it strange when you don't know what kind of card your going to make but it all starts to come together once you start playing!  I couldn't put it on my blog yesterday as the lighting was dreadful and you know my picture taking is awful at the best of times lol.

I had to have a good old sort out yesterday aswell and put some stuff away, I had allsorts out lol!  That's the downside of having no craftroom :-( but one day I will for sure :-)

I am going to use this card for a couple of challenges which I will list below.




I also took a picture of it side on.




My Recipe
(A nice easy one)

Spellbinders Labels One
Handmade Paper Flower - Papermania Paper
Backing Floral Paper - Stash
Lilac Card - Papermania
Ribbon - Stash
Gems - Stash
Sentiment - LOTV

I have entered this card into the following Challenges:

Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge 15 - Flower Power
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges - Challenge 32 - Mix and Match It


Hope you all have a great day crafting!

Hugs,


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