Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue 111 (Christmas)

Soooo, I've had this issue a few days now (the benefits of being a subscriber to a magazine that actually shows up!), but I have been so busy (making bags mostly, but also going to the Lili of the Valley open day, spending time with the nieces and a road trip to Doncaster to see my friend) that I haven't had time to make anything from it yet, even though there is soooo much I want to make from this issue.

So, this issue comes with two freebies - a 2013 calender, with some pull out papers (and they are lovely) and a Christmas collection CD-Rom, which has backing papers, tags, border etc for all your Christmas makes.  I will certainly be utilising these when I next get round to making some more Christmas cards.

One of my favourite projects is The Spirit of Christmas which uses some gorgeous Wild Rose Studio stamps (I want them all) to make some amazing, modern yet traditional (strange, I know) Christmas cards.  There is even a step-by-step guide on how to make one of these cards.

Colour your Christmas is a brilliant feature - it has ideas for all your colour schemes this Christmas, be it the super trendy teal and blue, or the more traditional red and greed.  Some of the less traditional colour schemes, I think, can easily be adapted to birthday cards and other occasions, sometimes, just by changing the sentiment, especially for winter birthdays.

There are 3D folding techniques in Style That Stands Out, including a step-by step guide for one of the cards.  I love these cards and their 3D effect and (when I have some time), I would really like to try some of these.

The Masterclass has a never ending card, which seems to just keep unfolding to reveal a new image/theme.  I would love to try something like this, but I got confused just looking at the instructions.  I'm choosing to blame this on my blondeness and tiredness and I'm sure I will get my head around it eventually.

I love Christmas lights, in which Jane Gill makes votive holders from jars.  I am very tempted by this as I have loads of jars that I haven't decorated yet, it looks pretty easy and I think they would look great on the tables at my wedding . . . hmm . . . something to think about that one.

Other projects include:

  • How to use your free gifts, including a cute tree decoration;
  • 10 ideas for Christmas patchwork, including a bookmark, a box and some tags;
  • For subscribers only, there is a card made using Penny Black stamps;
  • 6 ways to use wool on your cards;
  • Bonus papers and ideas for how to use them;
  • a mini advent calendar house by Leoni Pujol;
  • another advent calendar in one of the Masterclasses;
  • ideas for santa suits;
  • Christmas decorations;
  • gift ideas for a domestic goddess;
  • modern Christmas cards in 10 minute makes;
  • Fizzy Moon decoupage cards in Quick Makes.
Giveaways this issues include:
  • a Penny Black stamp set (subscribers only)
  • a Strawberry Kisses CD-Rom (subscribers only)
  • a Letraset gift set, including ProMarkers, Metallic Markers, Christmas sets, rub down lettering and a storage tin
  • Baker Ross kids' goody sets
  • House Mouse project book
  • A Crafty Christmas CD-Rom
  • Trimcraft goody bag.
This really is a good issue and I would advise you to go out and buy it now.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

No Stamp Challenge

Soooo, this month, I decided to enter my first blog challenge.  

This challenge came from Cardmaking & Papercraft, and the brief was to make a card without using any stamps, so no heat embossing, stamped shrink plastic, stamped sentiments or digi stamps.  Easy! I thought.  I must have made loads of cards not using any stamps.  Little did I realise how often I used stamps. . .

Anyway, after searching through the hundreds of cards I have made, I submitted these ones:

Jelly Bean Tree Card - the image on this one is actually hand-drawn

Ruby Wedding Anniversary card - die-cut shapes and ribbon used for this one, and the greeting is hand-written

Pearl Wedding Anniversary card - made using a Forever Friends decoupage topper.  The sentiment is hand written.

Butterfly card - the butterflies are cut from patterned papers

The other entries can be found here:

Now, all I have to do is wait for the results.

Fingers crossed.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 29 October 2012

Review: Sew Magazine - Issue 41 (November 2012)


Soooooo, many apologies that this review is late – I had to wait until pay day to go buy the magazine – still waiting for a good subscription offer.  I am doing the ultimate in multi-tasking to bring you this post – I am writing it whilst travelling back from Doncaster to see my lovely friend, Bex, who has just moved there to run her new pub – The Eden Arms – lovely pub, do go visit.  I have a feeling you will shortly see some of my makes there.  I used to make all sorts for her old pub and help with the decoration.  Sadly, I’m a bit too far away to help with decoration now, but I can still provide makes.  I’m also testing out my touch-typing skills here, as I can’t see a thing other than my screen.  I should be good at this, being a secretary and all, but maybe the movement is putting me off.

Anyway, on to the review:  I think that this issue was definitely worth the wait – there are loads of great projects and features, and a cute little freebie – a Christmas peg angel kit.  I’ve not finished making mine yet – otherwise occupied making bags - but I have started it and will maybe take it to work with me to finish one lunchtime.  I’ll no doubt blog about it as some point as it is a lovely idea and I would like to find time to make some with the nieces.

Featured on the front cover is a cute no-pattern shrug, the instructions for which can be found inside the magazine.  It really does look quite simple and the magazine has styled it for day and night.  I’m not too sure about the one styled for daytime, but then again it is not the type of thing I would wear anyway, but I do like the one styled for evening.  Again, I probably wouldn’t wear it, but it is something I could picture my (quite trendy) step-mother (non-wicked) wearing.

I love the little straw clutch bag in this issue, which is made from a woven place mat.  I think this would make  a great bag for spring.  It looks pretty simple to make, so I may have a go after Christmas (which is the next time I think I have chance to try something like this!).  I’m not too keen on the embellishment shown in the magazine, but this will easily be changed to my own taste, or I think it would also look good left plain, with the decoration around the sides providing colour and interest.

I am also very much in love with the Liberty girls’ dress, which can be styled with both short sleeves and without sleeves.  I really like the sleeveless design and I am willing myself to find time to make this for my youngest niece.  She can never have too many dresses!  Although she is not a girly girl she does love her dresses and probably changes on average three times a day so she can wear more dresses.  Anyway, back to the dress . . . This design has a lovely tie belt which perfectly finishes the dress.  I do also like the sleeved version, but maybe not as much as I don’t think it would suit my niece as much.

The Dorothy Apron is a great way of using up those left over scraps of fabric, as it is a patchworked pinny – Very useful and looks amazing.  I hope to find time to try this out myself, as it seems, once you have the patchwork done, it is easy to make up.  It could be one of those projects that you could pick up and put down whilst you are doing the patchwork and then not take too long to finish off.  It even has pockets for your utensils etc.  Tres handy!

There is also a festive apron for kids, which I would like to make for my nieces.  It even has little reindeer on it.  Maybe if I have a spare afternoon next weekend (fingers crossed) I will be able to run one of these up.  It doesn’t look too difficult and doesn’t require any expensive fabrics – polycotton will do.  I think that this could also be easily adapted away from the Christmas theme – just change the colours and the motif.

Dressmaking SOS I have found particularly useful this month as it has advice on how to make princess seams fit those amongst us that are gifted in the buxom area.  I didn’t know this, but most patterns with princess seams are designed to fit a B cup – definitely no good for my H cups! Or in fact most of the people I know.  It also has advice on French seams (perfect when sewing chiffon) and rolled hems.

Sticking with the techniques of dressmaking, there is an amazing feature on couture, including an interview with the previous dressmaker to HM The Queen (can you imagine having that job?!), Alison Pordum.  This also has guidance on how to make and add a scalloped edge to a piece, and how to line without facings (something I am trying at the moment for a project – but I’ve just been making it up as I go along (as I do).  I seem to have been doing it pretty much correctly thoough – I will be blogging about this at some point, so keep checking back).

Other projects and features in this issue include:
·         Sewing Machine Spotlight, which this month features high end machines;
·         The Sewing Room, which has an interview with Bridget & Co owner, Debbie Peasley.  I love the kids clothes that she designs – gorgeous trendy clothes, but still keeping kids as kids, rather than them growing up too quickly, as they seem to do these days;
·         A 70s style patchwork pouffe.  I like the idea of this, but I’m not sure I would be able to make it.  Maybe one day, when I have the whole day free (that would be never then);
·         An embroidered handbag in Woodland Handbag;
·         Advice on Christmas lines in Business Bites;
·         An interview with Jacqui Pearce, who does all things cross-stitched and oversized;
·         A log cabin quilt by Corrine Bradd – I will make one of these one day;
·         Bollywood-style bunting;
·         Baby bibs;
·         A make-up brush roll from Anthea Turner;
·         Get the Look talks full length and fabulous; and
·         Sarah Jane Baxter talks sparkles in My Vintage Life.

The giveaways this month are:
·         Tickets to The Clothes Show Live
·         Bundles of Mysterious Pom Pom Trim from My Fabric House;
·         A Husqvama Opal 670 sewing machine.

As I say, I think it was definitely worth the wait for this issue.  Still not the best subscription gift, so I will have to remember to put some money aside for it this month so I can buy the new issue when it is out.

Don’t forget to check back for the results of my attempt at making the Christmas peg angel.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Light The Way



Soooo, I bring you another weekend blog post, so that I can bring you my blog challenges entry for this week:


I'm entering this card into both the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge blog for this week (http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/) and the Lili's Little Fairies challenge blog (http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/), whose theme this week is 'A Christmas Card for the Girls'.

To make this card, I followed the sketch on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday blog.  For the backing card I used some pale pink glittery card I had in my stash and then the two panels were done using paper from a freebie paper pack from Simply Homemade magazine a couple of issues ago.

The image is a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece, which I cut to an oval, as per the sketch.  I then layered this onto a scalloped circle, die cut from my Dovecraft Fairytale Princess paper pack.

Along the top, I attached a piece of pink and white striped ribbon to bring together the stripy paper.  I then stamped three label sentiments using my new Lili of the Valley stamps which I bought today.  I attached these to a piece of sparkly string and attached this along the ribbon.  To tidy up the joins, I then attached three small white roses from Wild Orchid (which I also bought at Lili of the Valley today).

Finally, to finish, and you may not be able to see from the photograph, I added glitter glue to the centre of the roses, the candle flame and the pompoms at the bottom of the girl's scarf.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Card Corner of Gretha

Sooo, this week I bring you another talented Lili of the Valley designer, Gretha.

This lady blogs in Dutch, but there is a translator on her blog, or you could do what I do and just look at the pictures.


Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Holly Hobbie

Soooo, in this month's issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft, I was treated to a free Holly Hobbie stamp set and paper collection.  Holly Hobbie always brings back childhood memories for me as I'm pretty sure I had Holly Hobbie duvet, curtains and wallpaper at some point . . . along with Strawberry Shortcake!!!!  Anywho, I seem to be digressing . . . 

These freebies have come in very handy and I started using them pretty much straight away to make some Christmas cards, or at least the elements of some Christmas cards, and they have been well used.

At the time, I was struggling from card-maker's block, but I have always found that when suffering from this, the best thing to do is make toppers etc.  You don't need to have a set card in mind, and more often that not it will inspire you.  So, this was what I did . . .

I was desperate to use my new distress inks also, so I combined the two:

For the first topper, I stamped with the brushed corduroy distress ink (the only one I had at the time) for a vintage/sepia look.  Word to the wise, don't try to explain this to a boy - I tried to explain sepia to my darling fiance and got the same blank look I give him when he talks IT/internetty things to me.  I then got his explanation of it (wrong of course!).  

Anyway, moving on, as I said, I stamped this in brushed corduroy distress ink, which is a lovely rich brown colour.  I then used promakers to colour in the image.  I tried to stay with vintagey, subdued colours, so I used antique pink for the hat and a couple of patches on the apron, buttercup for the hair (not that you can really see, but I know it's there) and ivory for the dress.  Other colours I used for the presents and patches were pair green, soft mint, bluebell and oatmeal (I think, its a few days since I did this image), along with tan for the boots.  I would just like to say that I am amazed at my shading on the hat on this one - I keep practising and I am getting better.  I then edged the card with brushed corduroy.

Once my creativity returned and inspiration hit, I made this card:


This card was made using some free papers from an old issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft.  They are not actually Christmas papers, but I think they go very well with the image and have a Christmassy feel regardless.  I finished the card with a length of snowflake ribbon and a peel off sentiment.

For the second image, I had more distress inks and wanted to try them out, so I stamped the image in Memento London Fog (grey) and coloured using distress inks victorian velvet (hat and apron), dusty concord (dress), forest moss (leaves) and brushed corduroy (boots and plant pots).  To finish, I used a cardinal red promarker for the poinsettias (as I don't have a red distress ink - yet).  Again, I am impressed with myself on the shading.  To finish, I used victorian velvet distress ink to edge the card.

I then made this card:


This was made using various papers from the freebie Holly Hobbie paper pack and a white 'Happy Christmas' peel off, which I coloured with the cardinal red promarker and before it had chance to dry dabbed with a piece of tissue to lighten the colour.  I really just did this to see what would happen, but I like the result.

I am loving these freebies and can't thank Cardmaking & Papercraft for them.  I will be using them much more . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Box Clever

Soooo, as promised in my earlier post about Lili of the Valley, here is my post on the gift box I made for my mother for her birthday.  


My mother is always most impossible to buy for, so this year I want for the fail safe - 5 bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk, and a mini bar of Dairy Milk Bubbly (for variety).  I also decided to make a fancy box for her to store her chocolate in.

To make this box was pretty simple.  I used a paper box lid and cut it to shape/size for five chocolate bars stacked up.  It was just the right width and size.  I utilised the creases already in the box lid.  I then covered the outer of the box with some green flowery paper from a Fairytale Princess paper pack.


I took the rest of the colour theme from the image.  I inked the edges of a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece with Tattered Rose Distress Ink (my new addiction) and  attached this to the top of the box using double sided sticky tape.  I wrote the sentiment 'Mother's Chocolate Box' in black onto a piece of narrow white card the same length as the box and attached this to the top also.

I then die-cut a flourish from some pink card.  I think this card came with my Sizzix Big Shot started kit, and I then attached this to the box lid also, tucking the edge slightly under the sentiment strip.  This would then form the stem of a flower.


To make the flowers, I layered up some pink and lilac flowers from my Dovecraft Tea Party paper flower pack, finishing with a flat-backed pearl.  I attached one flower to the top of the flourish and the one to the opposite corner of the box top.


To finish, I packed the box with the chocolate and tied a purple ribbon around the box.


I am very tempted to make some Christmas versions of these boxes using Christmas images and papers.  Hmmm, I'll have a think about that one.  

In the meantime, I am submitting this for my Lili's Little Fairies entry for this week.  The theme is 'Anything Goes', so I'm hoping (fingers, toes, everything crossed) that even though this isn't actually a card, a decorated box will come under the anything goes heading.  Check out some of the other entries (probably better than mine) at http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00Z&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00Z&max-results=48.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 22 October 2012

Lili Love

Sooo, as you have probably guessed by now, one of my favourite craft shops is Lili of the Valley in Farsley, Leeds, and just recently, I have been making loads using their products, and I want to share some of them with you:

This first one was an order from a colleague, and she wanted a trophy, so I gave her a trophy.  The Lili of the Valley on this card is the footballer image, which is actually one of their mini masterpieces (I will be raving about these in a future post).  They are pre-printed and pre-coloured images of some of Lili of the Valley's stamps, and I love them.  Unfortunately, I can't remember where the papers or the ribbons came from - they have been in my stash for a while.  Sorry.  My customer loved this card (or seemed to anyway).


This second card was an order from my auntie.  The Lili of the Valley element is the image, which is the LOTV rugby stamp (yes, I actually stamped and coloured something myself).  The image was stamped with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder (so I didn't go out of the lines when colouring).  I then coloured with promarkers.  The papers are from a Wellington paper pack I have had for a while and the card was finished with some black and white twine for laces, some gold and silver star confetti and a sentiment from I can't remember where.  

My memory is not doing too well at the moment is it?


This next card does not feature a LOTV image, but rather some of their new papers - Frost Christmas Paper Pad.  I have ranted about this card further in an upcoming blog post.  Hope you enjoy.


This card is a true LOTV creation, using some of the new Classic Christmas Papers and another mini masterpiece.  This was another order from a colleague, and I think I will tell you more about this in a future Christmas-themed post.  If I find time to write one that is with everything else I seem to have to blog about.


This final order from the same colleague resulted in this card:


This was made using papers which I think came from a recent issue of Simply Homemade, and the image is once again an LOTV mini masterpiece.  The card is finished with three stamped presents in the corner.

Moving away from orders and onto more personal ones, this card is my mother's birthday card: 


This card was made using a larger LOTV mini masterpiece to the other cards.  I 'inked' the edges with pink pearlescent poster paint.  I then matted this at an angle to paper from., I think, my Dovecraft Back to Basics paper pack.  I added faux stitching in pink to the edge of this, and then I matted this in turn to some pink starry paper from a Fairytale Princess paper pack.  This was then attached to a square blank.

I then stamped in black a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment next to the image, coloured a peel off with a dark pink promarker and attached this to the bottom right hand corner of the image.  To finish the card, I added flat backed pearls to the corners of the mini masterpiece and added glitter to the dots on the flower petals.

For something a bit different, I made this box for my mother's birthday present (lots of bars of Dairy Milk).  This is the subject of a future blog post, but I will tell you that the LOTV element is the image of the little girl on the front.  Again, this is a mini masterpiece.


Finally, this is my most recent LOTV make:

This was a card ordered by my Grandma for my Grampy's birthday.  Her specification was 'something with aeroplanes on', as my Gramps is a bit of a plane spotter.


The image is an LOTV stamp, stamped with my new obsession - Distress Inks.  This shade is brushed corduroy.  I decided to go for a vintage/sepia theme to match the image.

The papers used are from a Wellington paper pack, with the sandy-brown textured card coming from my craft stash.  I have no idea where this originated from.  I also used my new Spellbinders Nestibilities dies in this card, for the image, the image border and the sentiment border.  The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is also an LOTV stamp, and is also stamped in brushed corduroy distress ink.  To finish off the card, I used some brown ribbon from my stash, to stay with the vintage/sepia theme.  

At the time of writing this, I have not given this card to my grandma yet, so I hope she (and my Grampy) like it.  I also have his card to make from me, which I think will also involve a LOTV image.

I have loads more mini masterpieces to use and I have a monthly pilgrimage to the LOTV shop, so there will be more coming up for you.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Sunday, 21 October 2012

New Home

Sooooo, this weekend, I bring you another weekend post.  This is to enable me to enter two blog challenges this week.  I was going to try and post this as a normal week-day post, but I just have so much already scheduled that I want to tell you that I didn't want to move anything, so thought that I would do an extra post this week.

Today, I would like to show you a card which I am entering for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday blog challenge (http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/) and the Craft Boots challenge blog (http://craftybootschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/).

My plan is usually to try and make a different card for each challenge, but I have seen other people enter the same card for many challenges, and this card does suit both.



It follows the sketch set out on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday blog challenge, and also goes with the theme of 'Home' on the crafty boots challenge.

To make this card, I used a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece, cut into a circle.  I added a border with purple fine liner and backed this onto a circle of lilac mulberry paper from my stash.  I then die-cut a scalloped circle from a sheet of star paper from my Dovecraft Back To Basics II paper pack. 

The background was done using yellow card and stars and strips paper from the same paper pack.  I also added some stripy ribbon from my stash, which I thought went quite well colour and stripe-wise.  To finish, I used a Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp, which I stamped using dusty concord distress ink and then backed this onto some yellow card and a flower from my Dovecraft Tea Party flower pack.  I added a yellow star gem to the middle of the sentiment to draw everything together.

As I have used a Lili of the Valley image, I also think I will enter this into this weelk's Lili's Little Fairies challenge (http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/anything-goes.html).  The theme this week is 'Anything Goes'.  I also have another entry for this scheduled for later in the week, so keep popping back.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Georgina Giles

Sooo, this week's blog hop offering comes from the extremely gifted Georgina Giles. 

She sews the most beautiful projects, and even shows you how to do them yourself.


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Isn't It Amazing What You Can Do With Jeans?

Soooo, this project harks from a project in the latest issue of Sew magazine.  

My friend, Nat, had asked for a knitting bag for her birthday, and having decided that all the ones out there available to buy were a bit 'granny',  I decided I would make her one.  This is the end result:


So, this bag is made from an old pair of my fiance's jeans.  In fact, the jeans are not that old, but they simply don't fit him any more.

The bag was made by cutting the legs off the jeans, and then using the legs to make the bottom of the bag and the handles.

The lining is made from some fabric from my fabric stash.  I tried to coordinate everything by using fabric with pink hearts and flowers on, stick on pink and purple flowers as embellishment, and then the 'belt' is made from a long shoe lace which has pink hearts on. I toyed with the idea of putting a zip in, but instead decided on a popper fastening instead.

The bag was actually quite simple to make in theory.  However, the article in the magazine failed to mention the difficulties you can have when sewing through more than two layers of denim.  I had real difficulty sewing on the handles, as the belt loops kept getting in the way and causing issues.  Same problem when I tried to sew in the lining.  In the end, I hand sewed the handles and the lining, taking a lot longer than I hoped to. 

Still, it was a one evening project and something I would make again.  At least now I know how to avoid the frustrating aspects and where to just give up and hand sew.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

In The Night Garden

Sooooo, this blog post kind of follows on from my Hannah Montana rant a few months back, so I am warning you and apologising in advance for the rant that follows:

A couple of weeks ago, I got a large order from a colleague - a little lunch bag and four personalised Christmas cards for her grandchildren.  It seems early for Christmas card orders I know, but some people are like me and super organised, and anyway, one of her grandchildren lives in Australia so will need posting quite far in advance.

Anyway, within this order was a request for a Christmas card themed around In The Night Garden.  As anyone who knows me knows, I am morally against this children's programme.  Not only am I convinced that, like The Magic Roundabout and Tellytubbies, the creators are clearly on drugs, it is simply not suitable for children.

For a start, Iggle Piggle is just a little git, and is teaching young children not to go to bed when they are supposed to.  Oopsie Daisy has questionable morals - I mean, her skirt pops up when Iggle Piggle is near, not something we need to be teaching the younger generation.  I wonder if there will be a noticeable increase in teenage pregnancies in ten or so years time?

Anyway, on to the other members of the 'cast'.  Makka Paka, although clearly has OCD for cleaning, does not cause me too many issues.  This could be due to my own OCD tendencies, but I think he could maybe do with getting some professional help.  And, if he is old enough to be living on his own, he is too old to be writing that sodding scooter - he needs to pass his driving test.  The tombliboos (spelt wrong, probably I know, simply worry me as they seem to have no feet, but so far, I can't find much else wrong with them, and will somebody please buy the Whattingers and the Pontipines (again, I know they are probably spelt wrong) a TV each.  Surely it would be better than producing all those children?  I'm surprised they haven't lost one or two yet.

Anyway, rant over, shall we move onto the card?

I did voice my concerns to my colleague about In The Night Garden and explained that it would be practically killing me to make a card featuring such morally abject characters, but she was quite insistent.  So, I sat down a couple of weekends ago and made the card . . .



I struggled to find a Christmassy picture with In The Night Garden characters, so I decided to adapt an everyday picture but copying the image and then adding a santa hat to Iggle Piggle, a halo and fairy wings to Oopsie Daisy , to make her into a Christmas angel (I know, I know!  totally wrong), and I turned Makka Paka and a Tombliboo into elves and added some mistletoe to 'legitimise' the kiss between Iggle Piggle and Oopsie Daisy so to speak.  The image isn't great, but please bear in mind that I was drawing free-hand, so I don't think the result is too bad.

I then coloured the image in using promarkers.  I used the blender pen on Iggle Piggle, and it gave a lovely effect, making him look like the plush 'toy' he is.  Then I layered this image onto a rectangle of blue trees paper from one of Lili of the Valley's new paper pads.  I drew a border on this and then layered this onto some blue spotty paper from the same paper pack, to which I added blue faux stitching around the edge.

In the bottom right hand corner, although you can't see it too great in the picture, I heat embossed three Christmas trees using a stamp I got free with an issue of Crafts Beautiful a couple of months ago.

I then wrote the sentiment on white card and cut this out using some wavy scissors.  I drew a silver border following the outline of the wavy cutting and the attached this to a piece of blue scrap card.  I then attached this at an angle to the card.  The whole thing was then attached to a white card blank.

To finish, I added glitter to Oppsie Daisy's fairy wings and the mistletoe, and a bow made from blue twine to the sentiment.

I think I did OK on this card, bearing in mind my objections and the fact that the image is hand-drawn.  I suppose it wasn't too bad to make and I got to try out a few different techniques and use my pretty new papers.  I'm sure I will have some more cards to show you soon.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Review: Crafts Beautiful - Issue 247 (November 2012)

Soooooo, the latest issue of Crafts Beautiful is now available in the shops.  This month's issue comes with a free quilling kit and ideas book.  Now, as you have probably all gathered, I can't quill, so my freebie is currently going to waste.  Maybe one day, if I ever have time to get bored, I may make another attempt at quilling . . .  There are also some free Scandinavian-style papers with this issue.

Anyway, on to the magazine . . .

This issue is a mixture of Christmas and non-Christmas projects, ranging from cards to knitting to enamelling, but shall we start with what you could win this issue:
  • PlatiKote bundle
  • voucher for www.craftshapes.co.uk
  • Dremel 7700 decorating kit
  • Planet Bake goody bag
  • The Contemporary Home bundle
  • The Great British Bakeoff's Showstopppers book (this is on my Christmas list)
  • carry all tote from Spoilt Rotten Beads
  • goodies from dotcom gift shop.
There is also once again a Hobbycraft money-off voucher.

There is something for pretty much everyone in this issue, but one of my favourite projects has to be 7 Ways With Festive Ribbons, with cute Christmas trees, candy canes and wreaths made from ribbons and attached to cards.  I wanted to try this one out to show you, but as is typical I don't seem to have any of the right types/colours of ribbon to make it work well.  

Same problem with another really good project - Party Season.  This is another card project using twine to make fireworks cards.  I have turned my craft room upside down, but I appear to have lost my twine *sad face*.

I also like the cute knitted toddler cardigan - with hood - to keep out those winter chills that are rapidly descending on us in Stitch in Time, along with the lovely button bag in Button Up!

Other projects in this issue include:
  • Cut out and keep, which has some cute Christmas cards featuring cheeky elves, reindeer and santas
  • Sticky Business, which has some good ideas for using decorative rollers, which seem to have become really popular just recently
  • Corinne Bradd's card school had some pocket cards
  • There are some slider cards in Glide Into Season
  • Vintage Boudoir has a stunning candle and matching card made using Spellbinders dies
  • There are some more traditional-style Christmas cards made using Woodware stamps in Silent Night.  I particularly like the Bethlehem card
  • Decoupage in Snow & Sparkle
  • Sewing Circle has a haberdashery-themed card.  The magazine states that this is a Christmas card, but it doesn't seem that Christmassy to me, and at first glance, I thought that it was a birthday card
  • Blending techniques on cards and diptychs in Mellow Moments
  • Paper Decs has some cool Christmas decorations that you could get the kids involved in.  I think I might have a go at some of these myself
  • Gift ideas in Bake to Give
  • Come Dine With Me sets your festive table using Posca pens
  • There is a gingerbread village in Sweet Treats
  • Scandi Style has some wooden Christmas decorations and a sweet card
  • Learn to enamel with Easy Peasy Enammelling
  • Make a cute rag doll with Stepping Out.  She even has a little shopping bag.  A project for me maybe? The templates are even included in the magazine for this one.  Maybe the publishers have paid attention to my moanings about having to download them all.
  • 30 Minute Napkin Decs shows you how to make some lovely Nordic Christmas decorations using napkins, including a candle holder and some cards
  • Homespun style cards and decorations are the order of the day in Feeling Folky
  • Hug a Mug has some mug cosies and cafetiere cosies.  I already have a knitted mug cosy, but might attempt these fabric ones, maybe in Christmas colours?
  • Staying with the fabric and sewing, Something Blue has some place mats
  • Go crackers and make your own with help from Table Manners
  • There are some lovely beaded bracelets in Shamballa Style, and a necklace in Nostalgic Sparkle.

Other articles in this issue include:
  • an interview with Kirstie Allsop and ideas from her new book, Kirstie's Vintage Home.
  • Joanne Sheen has some hints and tips on fragranced cards and lining envelopes in Crafty SOS
  • an interview with Willow Crossley and
  • Editorial Assistant, Holly has tried out screen printing.
This is a good issue and I would recommend buying it for all the different projects.  There are  a fair few I'm going to have to find time to get round to making anyway.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Monday, 15 October 2012

How To: Make A Paperbag Album

Soooo, this week's tutorial comes from one of my favourite places - Lili of the Valley, and their Ideas to Inspire blog, which I read every day.

Here they show you how to make an album from paper bags:


Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Lili's Little Fairies

Soooo, today is a rare weekend blog post, but I wanted to share with you my first entry to the Lili's Little Fairies blog.

This is a challenge blog and each week a new challenge is set to use a Lili of the Valley image on a card.  This week the theme is 'Traditional Christmas', so without further ado, here is my entry:


This was made using a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece, and I thought I might as well go all out and use the Lili of the Valley Classic Christmas papers.  I mean, how much more traditional can you get?

The card is finished with some ribbon from my stash, together with a little velventeen bow and a jingle bell.  It really jingles.  Great card for a big kid I think.

Anyway, I'm sure that the card will not be winning anything, as I've looked at some of the other entries and they are AMAZING.  My card is certainly not ornate enough compared to some of the other entries, but you know I like to keep them simple.  

In a later post I will be telling you more about this blog (I will do it as a Friday blog hop), but if you want to look at the rest of the entries to see how I compare, the website is: http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/classic-christmas.html?m=1

Anyway, fingers crossed, and in the meantime I shall keep practising to get up to standard.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
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