Friday, 29 March 2013

How To: Make An Easter Bunny Bag

Soooooo, I have finally returned from my holidays, and thought as a little treat today I would share with you this little tutorial from Love Me Sew:


This is a perfect project for this weekend, so enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly 
xx

Scrap Bang Wallop

Sooo, it's Friday, which means it is blog hop time:

http://scrapbangwallop.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Normal service will be resumed from Tuesday.

Happy Crafting

Holly
xx

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Paper Love Affair

Sooo, today I should be heading on home.  I'm very excited because I get to go on the Eurotunnel (my sister doesn't like the Ferry).

Here is today's blog for you:

http://paperloveaffair.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Paper Addictions

Soooo, I am still on my holidays and should today be in Luxembourg, so this is a pre-set post for Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

This week, we are sponsored by Paper Addictions, founded by the amazing Jackie Matthews:


My name is Jacqueline Mathews and I am a crafter and designer.  I love paper, pens, doodling, stamping and above all designing.  I have a degree in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design.  I worked in the graphic design industry for many years and quit 15 years ago to become a stay at home mom for my 3 kids.  Now that the kids are older and don’t need me as much, I am reinventing myself and have decided that I wanted to create my own line of digital stamps.  I have dabbled in rubber stamping and became a “Stampin’ up!” demonstrator and had a blast, but thought it would be more fun to create my own stamps.  I decided digital was the way to go.  It is affordable for the customer and for the designer.  I now have a digital stamp shop on Etsy called “PaperAddictions”.  I would love to create my own line of rubber stamps someday, but for now I am testing my designs out in my shop to see if anyone likes them.  I am pleasantly surprised that I have gotten a good response to the images I have designed so far.  This positive response has motivated me to create more images in the future.

And here is this week's sketch:



I found it quite a good sketch to use and here is my offering:



Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Cupcake Craft Challenges

Sooo, I think I am heading to Luxembourg today.

Here is a challenge blog for you - one I have entered a few times.

http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 25 March 2013

The Stamp Fairy

Soooo, it is Day 3 of my jolly holiday, and now I should be in Leichtenstein. 

Not entirely sure of our plans in this country, but I am sure I will be enjoying myself.

Here is a great digistamp site - The Stamp Fairy.

http://stampfairyworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting

Holly
xx

Friday, 22 March 2013

Claire's Handmade Cards

Soooo, it is Day 2 of my I'm on Holiday, so you can have a blog/website hop.

Today, I will be on my first full day in Germany.  I think the plan may have been to go to Cologne.  My little sister is organising so I will just go with the flow.

Today's blog comes from a lady called Claire Murphy. 

http://clairemurphycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Like me, she has a bit of a love for LOTV.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A Cherry on Top

Sooooo, I am now on my first lot of Jollies for this year.  I am away between now and Easter, on a little road trip through Europe, starting in Germany, so rather than posting everyday I have set up a blog/website hop for you.

I bring you for today a US online craft store with loads of freebie downloads - A Cherry On Top.

http://www.acherryontop.com/

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly 
xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Digistamp Boutique

Soooo, today is my last post before I go on my holidays until after Easter.

I'm very excited because I am going to Germany to see my little sister, and then we are going on a little road trip to Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

But first, it is time for this week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge, which is this week sponsored by:



All images/designs are created and copyright owned by Sally-Ann Hancock. My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - often the inspiration for my designs. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating.

And here is this week's sketch:



And my offering:



I found this sketch pretty easy to use.  The image has been coloured using distress inks, with added glitter.  I rounded the corners of my image an the black layer behind it using a corner rounder punch.  The coloured paper (which is actually bluer than it looks on these pictures) is from my stash - a freebie from a magazine I think).  The white paper is thin card which I have embossed.

Finally, the little hearts are from stash and I stamped congratulations onto white card.  I struggled to cut the card straight (I was making this quite late at night and I was tired). so decided it looked OK on an angle.

I hope you like it.  I think I will give it to my friend who is getting married on Friday.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue 116 (April)


Sooooo, hopefully I will have been able to set this post up before my internet decides to do one again.  Fingers crossed.  If I haven't, sorry once again that this is late.   Anyway, this is my last proper post for a couple of weeks - it is Sweet Sketch Wednesday tomorrow and then I am on my jolly holidays, so I have scheduled some posts for you.
Anyway, let's move on to today (which is hopefully Tuesday) and to my review of the new Cardmaking & Papercraft.  This isn't actually out until Thursday, but you get a heads up at least and you would have to wait two weeks otherwise.
This month's issue comes with a free stamp and paper set from Jayne Nestorenko.  I like the stamp set as one of the stamps in it reminds me of me and my little sister when we were kids - FYI I'm the one in the dress looking all girly and my sister is scruffy in the jeans.  She's still a tomboy now.  The stamp set also has some cute puppies and some lovely flower stamps.  As always, the first project in the magazine is some ideas for the freebies.
Simonne Clay has some lovely cards in Vintage Glamour, made using toned down colours and butterfly and bloom stamps, they really are gorgeous - perfect for anyone who loves vintage.
Quick Makes has some pretty new home cards, some lovey dovey cards and some fun cards.  My favourite is the rocket 'Have a Blast' card.  This would be perfect for any boys, and they are always so hard to make for.  I might even have a go at this one.
Karen Watson demonstrates resist technique in Simply Irresistible.  I love the effect that this has, leaving the motif in white, standing out against a coloured background.  I am led to believe that a similar effect can also be achieved with clear heat embossing.  I think I might have a go at this when I come back from my holidays.  Only problem is, I have loads that I want to try, particularly as I came back from the Great North Papercraft Extravaganza at the weekend with a bag full of goodies (courtesy of mother!)
Other projects this issue include:
  • ·         10 ideas for gilding flakes
  • ·         Shrink plastic button tree in Bright as a Button
  • ·         3 Ways with Sketches has an Easter theme going on
  • ·         6 Ideas for Felt Toppers - I love the toadstool
  • ·         Upcycle with Old Jewellery
  • ·         Advanced Masterclass has glass painting in Picture Perfect - I won't try this - I am probably not to be trusted with glass :-/
  • ·         Leoni Pujol has an embellished notepad and photo frame using clay
  • ·         Sharon Armstrong has hints and tips on using colour mists in Crafter's Guide

Giveaways this issue include: 
  • ·         Big Shot die-cutter and Tattered Lace dies from Hobbycraft
  • ·         Craft Studio Kits (subscribers only)
  • ·         Fizzy Moon goody bags (subscribers only)
  • ·         tickets to The Chilterns Craft Show
  • ·         tickets to the Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show
  • ·         LED Flexilens StarMag lamp
  • ·         Woodware goodies.

There are a couple of things in this mag that I think I shall be having a go at.  I'm also already looking forward to the next issue, which is out on 18th April, and has some interesting looking projects.
In the meantime . . .
Happy Crafting!
Holly
xx

Monday, 18 March 2013

Review: Sew Magazine - Issue 46 (April 2013)


Sooooooooo sorry this is late.  I have been having internet problems (intermittent is an overstatement) and sat down to write this last night and lo and behold – no internet.  I am seriously considering decamping to the pub down the road to use their Wi-Fi until mine is sorted.  No idea what is going on with it.  Anyway, enough ranting, shall I get on with my review of this month’s Sew magazine . . .
I really like this month’s issue.  I think I was won over just by the free pattern, which comes in bigger sizes so will fit fatty here.  It is a gorgeous fifties style tea dress and I am going to use the pattern to make a dress for my friend’s upcoming wedding.
I was also very impressed that one of my makes is in this issue – the moustache toiletries roll I posted up on twitter.  I’m right there on page 11!
There are loads of projects I want to try in this issue – the only problem is they are all bigger projects, so I haven’t had chance to complete any of them yet.  One could be an Easter weekend project if I get my act into gear and go buy some fabric.
So, the first project is the fifties style tea dress which is the free pattern this month.  I am intending to make it up in some gorgeous flamingo fabric I found on ebay (and which I still need to purchase – pay day cannot come round fast enough), but then I am wondering – are flamingos suitable for a wedding?  Will the bride actually care that I am wearing flamingos, so long as I look fabulous dahhhhling? And most of all, do I care?  I don’t think I do and I’m sure Mandy won’t mind – at least I won’t be clashing with her bridesmaids (a cardinal sin I am sure).  It does say in the magazine that you can make this dress up for a tenner, using sateen curtain lining at £4.79 per meter.  However, I think this is only for the skinny minnies out there, as two meters of fabric will not cover my curves.
Just after this feature in the magazine is a suggestion for fabrics – I love the Mirage Navy fabric by Alexander Henry, but I think I would definitely be in trouble with Mandy if I turned up to her wedding wearing fabric with nude ladies on it.  It has been decided that this fabric would not be suitable for work either.
I love the mother and daughter macs.  I may not have a daughter for whom to make one, but that won’t stop me making one for myself.  The ones in the magazine are made from laminated cotton, but equally they could be made from oilcloth (which I already use a lot of).  However, the laminated cottons featured in the magazine are not that expensive anyway, so this could be a treat to myself.  There is also a longer cotton mac, which I love and is more my style, so I might make that one.  This project is also followed by a feature on waterproof fabrics.
I am also very much in love with the kimono robe, which doesn’t look too horrendous to make.  I do wish I had seen this before I cut up some lovely Thai silk that I had to make pyjamas for the nieces – they could have had cotton.  Anyway, I will just have to get some more silk/satin to make this up.  I think this could also be made up in a pretty cotton for a lovely lightweight summer dressing gown.
There is definitely a vintage feel going on this issue, as there is also a gorgeous vintage slip.  Not sure I would have the patience to make one of these when they are quite cheap to buy, but if I wanted one in an unusual colour (to put under a lace dress or something) this could be quite handy.
I was also very interested to read the envelope clutch project clutch.  I wouldn’t be too bothered about printing my own fabric, which is the main feature of this project, but I do like the bag and it doesn’t look too difficult to make
Other projects and features include:
  • ·         Trinny & Susannah have advice for all body shapes, or rather the body shapes they think exist – I don’t fit in to any category, so I shall just keep wearing what I want
  • ·         Dressmaking SOS has advice on achieving the perfect fit, including darts, toiles and trousers
  • ·         Travel set
  • ·         Padded letter decorations
  • ·         Animal cushions
  • ·         Quilt and cushion set
  • ·         Lavender pillow set
  • ·         Felt kangaroos
  • ·         Russian doll pyjama case
  • ·         Business Bites has pattern designing advice
  • ·         Cross stitch soldiers
  • ·         Henry horse toy
  • ·         Cummerbund

There are a few little tutorials this month, including:
  • ·         How to adjust a multi-size dress pattern
  • ·         How to lengthen sleeves
  • ·         How to add a lace hem
  • ·         How to stitch a French seam
  • ·         How to transfer a motif

 Finally, the giveaways this month include:
  • ·         Fabric bundles from My Fabric House
  • ·         Book, Drape Drape 3
  • ·         Mettler thread sets
  • ·         An Eden Rose sewing machine.

There is also now an ‘Essentials’ section at the back of the machine, including info on stitches, patterns and symbols.
The next issue is out on 12th April, but this one is out now, and I highly recommend you go buy it.
Happy Crafting!
Holly
xx

Friday, 15 March 2013

Love Me Sew

Soooo, it's Friday, which means that it is blog hop time:

http://blog.lovemesew.co.uk/

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 14 March 2013

How To: Do Patchwork Background

Soooo, today's tutorial comes from one of my favourite blogs - LOTV's ideas to inspire:


Design team member, Lou, shows you how to recreate her gorgeous much-loved patchwork backgrounds.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: A Day For Daises

Sooooo, it's Wednesday, which means that it is time for another challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and this week we are sponsored by A Day For Daisies:



A DAY FOR DAISIES provides themed categories of over 1000 fun and whimsical digital images, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

And here is my offering:



This was made using Pearls In My Hair image,which I coloured with distress inks, and some papers that came free with a recent issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft.  The sentiment also came from that same issue.

The ribbon and lace were from my stash and the little wooden birds were free with a recent Let's Make Cards kit.  The butterfly I think was also from Let's Make Cards.

Finally, this is this week's sketch:



Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Mother's Day 2

Sooo, here is the second card I made for Mother's Day, this one was for my step-mother (non-wicked):



This was made using a LOTV die-cut and is one of my favourite images.  I'm going to have to buy this as a stamp.

I used her favourite colour - turquoise - which I thought would look with kraft colours to match the image.

I used a kraft blank and some turquoise pearlised card.  I also used some cream and blue backing paper from a paper pack from Cardmaking & Papercraft.

I die-cut a flourish from the turquoise pearl card and stamped flourish corners in brushed corduroy distress ink in two corners of the die-cut.  I also used brushed corduroy to stamp 'happy mother's day' onto a punched circle, which I 'distressed' and added a blue flower stamp.

To finish I added some cream and brown flowers.

I really like this card, and I am entering it into the following challenges:


Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Mother's Day 1

Sooooo, tonight I want to share with you a card I made my mother for mother's day:


The image is a LOTV mini masterpiece to which I added some faux stitching with a pale pink pen.  The backing paper is from a paper pack which came free from last month's Cardmaking & Papercraft, to which I also added faux stitching and then layered onto red card.

The sentiment was stamped using black versafine and I distress inked the edges with victorian velvet.  To finish, I added a padded pink heart which I found in my stash and a red ribbon.  I added a home-made red/white spotty button, made from shrink plastic.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Lili's Little Fairies - for mum
Fashionista Challenge - pink
Incy Wincy Designs - something beginning with F (flowers)
Dream Valley - Mother's Day
Fab n Funky - add a sentiment

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx




Just Like Clockwork



Sooooo, first off, I would like to wish my oldest friend, Kirsty, a very happy birthday.  I'm not sure she reads my blog, but as I have known her pretty much all my life, I think that her birthday deserves a mention.

clip_image001Anyway, today I am not going to share with you something I have done, but something I came across on the Lili of the Valley's Ideas To Inspire Blog:  A decorated clock!

It was made by one of LOTV's design team, Gretha, and can be found on her blog here.

I really want to have a go at one of these.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


Monday, 11 March 2013

Bluebells


Soooo, today I would like to share with you the wedding invitations I made for my mum’s friend, Sandra, recently.
The specification I received was Bluebells and Purple, but other than that I pretty much had free reign on this.  I based the design loosely around this simple wedding invitation design that I love:

I then started adding the specs.
I spent aaaaages trying to find a bluebell stamp, and had nearly given up hope when I eventually found one at The Great North Papercrafting Event in Harrogate.  It was here that I also developed my love of distress inks, and bought Dusty Concord as my purple ink.  I struggled to find some bluebell coloured card, so in the end I decided to use white card coloured with a bluebell promarker.  This seemed like a good idea at the time, but I fully used up two promarkers in this endeavour.
I made five different invitation samples (photos at the bottom), based around the same design, so Sandra could choose which one she wanted.  This is the one she chose:

So, here is how I made the invitation:
I stamped the ‘Wedding’ image, which I love and came free with Crafts Beautiful a while ago, with dusty concord distress ink onto bright white card.  I then heat embossed this with clear embossing powder.  Due to the nature of the distress ink, the embossing is a little patchy, but I like that effect.
I then stamped a bluebell at the top and bottom of this, using grey memento ink, and I coloured these with promarkers.
I was also asked to add an S (for Sandra) and a T (for Trevor), so I used some swirly letter stamps from my stash and again the dusty concord distress ink.
I then layered this onto some bluebell card, which I then layered onto a white square card blank.
All in all, I made 70 invitations – 20 daytime, which were a proper card, and 50 evening, which were a card cut in half, so just the front bit really.  I practised my printing techniques and printed the details directly onto the card.  I am very impressed with my new printer.
Anyway, Sandra seemed to like them, although from now on I may realise what a mammoth task 70 invitations are, and I might keep the designs a little simpler  I did enjoy making them though and you can guarantee no-one else will ever have the same invitation.
I have some more wedding invitations to show you soon, along with some more wedding bits and bobs, but in the meantime . . . .
Happy Crafting!
Holly
xx






Friday, 8 March 2013

Lili's Little Fairies

Sooooo, it's Friday, which means it's blog hop time, and this week it is a challenge blog:

http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Review: Crafts Beautiful - Issue 252 (April 2013)


Sooooo, this may be my last Crafts Beautiful review, as I have decided to cancel my subscription.  I may still buy it from time to time, but I have realised that it is very rare that I make anything from this magazine anymore.  Others have come on the market that are of more relevance to me and my crafting. 
Anyway, I’m not entirely sure when my subscription finishes (I am still waiting for the confirmation email) so I can’t guarantee that I will get next month’s copy.  But enough about that, shall we get on with the review. 
Easter is definitely the theme this issue, which hit the shops last Friday, but so far I have had enthusiasm to do very little, most of all writing.  Thankfully, my enthusiasm seems to be increasing a little.  Enough for me to write this post anyway. 
After reading through this issue, although there are loads of great projects, I am glad I have made the decision to cancel my subscription, as there is very little in it that I would make – maybe due to lack of time, maybe because my crafting has become more about two or three things, rather than everything. 
Having said this, there are a couple of projects I was interested in, the first one being Mosaic Revamp, which has ideas for transforming plain old vases using mosaic techniques.  There is also a mosaic greeting card. 
I also like Floral Pretties, which features a make-up bag and smart phone cover, both of which I think I will have a go at – I need to remember to buy some bias binding first.  I am constantly forgetting!
I was also interested in Paper Mementos, as this features scrapbooking – something I really intend to try this year, as soon as I find time!
I am also slightly in love with the place settings in Chirpy Cheer – they are sure to brighten up anyone’s table.  They also look pretty easy to make.  This project has a funky appliqued flower coaster and an appliqued chicken place mat, which is easily adaptable to other designs.  I would probably substitute the chicken for a flower for a summery setting.
I was quite disappointed to notice that they have recycled a project from an issue of (I think) Sew Magazine – Vintage Passion.  I know that they are the same publisher, but so far I had been impressed that projects never crossed over.
Other projects in  this issues include:
  • Quilled Easter decorations, featuring rabbits in plant pots
  • How to use your free gift to create some vintage-style cards
  • Birthday cards featuring punched balloons – I did like these until I realised how much stuff you needed to make them
  • Watercolour painting in Card School
  • Cross-stitched cards and bookmark
  • Decorated journals, boxes and make-up bags
  • Decorated blown eggs
  • Numerous cards using embossing, paper piecing
  • Favours
  • A gift card holder
  • Crocheted throw
  • Embroidered booties
  • An embroidered welcome sign
  • A felted teddy (so sweet)

Giveaways do remain pretty good, this month including:
  • Goodies from Fantastic Ribbons
  • A huge goody bag from The Little Wool Company
  • Personalised stamp from The English Stamp Company
  • Scissor sets from Klasse
  • Edible Glitter goodies
  • Floral storage boxes
  • Dremel set
  • Book, Precut Patchwork Pretty
So, there you have it.  I will of course continue with my other reviews and keep you updated on all the craftiness that I am up to.  I have wedding invitations, bouquets and candle holders coming up, but to name but a few.
Happy Crafting!
Holly
xx

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Dearie Dolls


Sooooo, Hello and welcome to another Wednesdays.  These Wednesdays certainly seem to be going fast.
Anyway, Wednesday means that it is time for another sketch challenge over at SSW, and this week's is (I think) a little different to the usual offering:

We are sponsored this week by Dearie Dolls, whose amazing digistamps are all free.  They are so great, I chose three, but decided to go with this little princess for the card I am sharing with you today:

I must admit, I was umming and ahhhring about this card all the time I was making it, but I think that could be because the sketch was so simple to use this week that it could be interpreted in many different ways.  Here is how I chose to use the sketch:
I cut the image into a circle and coloured her with promarkers, sticking to pinks and purples, because everyone knows that they are 'princess colours'.  I added some stickles glitter glue to her wings to make them a little bit sparkly - a princess can never have too many sparkles.
I am not sure quite what possessed me to do this, but I decided to border the circle using lace.  It was a bit tricky but I got there in the end.  I then used some backing paper I had from an old issue of Crafts Beautiful and bordered this with lace too.
I finished off the card with my own take on the bunting across the top left-hand corner.  I made 4 hearts using shrink plastic, colouring them with promarkers before shrinking.  I then attached these to some thin pink ribbon, and that is my bunting.
Finally. I added three pink flat-backed pearls in the bottom right-hand corner.
I hope you like my card - I am still umming and ahhring a bit about it.  Maybe I have made it too fussy with the patterned background paper and the lace.  Hmmmm . . .
Anyway, I did enjoy using the sketch and shall be using this again in future.
Happy Crafting!
Holly
xx
Mary Ellen of Dearie Dolls

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