Saturday, 20 December 2014

Abigail Christmas

Sooo, another card today, and this is one that I made for a friend to give to his goddaughter this Christmas.

As you can probably tell, her name is Abigail and he wanted to ensure that he name was on the card.

I love easel cards as I think they are a little bit different, so I decided to make one.

As I am still trying to  use up my stash, I used an LOTV mini masterpiece and took my inspiration for the rest of the card from this and went with snowflakes.

The papers are all from an LOTV Christmas paper pack.  I also die-cut some snowflakes from some silver card using some snowflake dies I bought in last year's sales, but hadn't used yet.  I also die-cut 'Abigail' from the same silver card.

I added the letters to a strip of ivory snowflake ribbon, together with one of the die-cut snowflakes.

I then assembled the card also using a blue shiny snowflake from my stash and some silver 'happy christmas' and snowflake peel-offs.

I hope Abigail likes the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Christmas Table Set

Sooo, just a quick post to share with you the Christmas table set I made for my friend, Pamela, who is very excited about her Christmas table now.

I made her a tablecloth from this lovely Christmas Trees fabric, which I ordered from The Little Fabric Bazaar, one of my fave places for buying fabric.

You can't see it very well in these photos, but the gold on the Christmas trees is very shiny.

I then made eight double-sided napkins for some star fabric, again from The Little Fabric Bazaar.  Again the gold outline of the stars is very shiny.  To make the napkins, I stitched two rectangles of fabric together, turned then right-sides out and top-stitched with red thread. 

I then folded these into Christmas trees.

Finally, I arranged everything in a Christmas box, which I lined with gold tissue paper.  

I'm now thinking of making up some sets of these to see next year.  What do you think?

Happy Crafting!


Critter Christmas

Soooo, I have loads to share with you and will try and get through as much as possible while I wait for my grandparents to arrive after they rudely made me get up and get dressed (not really in my plans for today), especially as Christmas is nearly upon us and I have loads of Christmas things to share with you.

First up is another set of cards I made to send out this Christmas (not that I've done that yet - so disorganised this year!).

Again, I have used some LOTV mini masterpieces and some LOTV papers.  I haven't used Christmas papers this time, but rather papers from the Cakes & Candles pad, which I cut into pennants.  From the scraps of paper I hole punched some circles and added two in the top right hand corner of each card.

To finish the cards, I stamped a LOTV sentiment in black ink.

I would like  to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Cute Christmas

Sooo, as promised . . .I'm baaack!!!!  Tutorial was very useful and I will be making a start on my next assignment at the weekend (after finishing my Christmas making of course).

So, while I procrastinate on that and catch up on tonight's Strictly It Takes Two, I would like to share with you some cards I made for Xmas this year.  However, I won't be sending these  myself as my friend, Lauren, snapped them up straight away.   I know it is going to take me a while to catch up on my blogging, but at least this is a start. . .

I am still on a mission to use up my stash before buying any new stuff (the fact I have just bought three new LOTV stamps is, of course, to be entirely ignored . . . oops!).  So these are made using some LOTV Christmas papers which I already have in my stash, which I cut into large pennants.

Onto these I layered some of the small mini masterpieces from LOTV and then I stamped an LOTV sentiment with black ink.  I chose three images as I think they are so sweet and give me warm Christmas feelings of spending the time with loved ones, be it snuggling with the hubby, decorating the tree with the nieces or screeching, I mean, singing, Christmas songs with the sisters (our singing is out of this world!)  I also think these images go well together as a set - they were all people and had similar colours so I could use papers from the same paper pack to  tie them together more.  

I chose the papers to match the images where I could, so trees for the Christmas tree image and holly for the fireplace image to match the holly on the garland.    I used the quite generic 'merry christmas' paper on the carol singers card as I didn't really have anything that would match like the others.

I chose a different style sentiment for each one to mix things up a little bit.  I tried to match the sentiment to the image, so 'twinkly christmas' for the star on top of the Christmas tree, and 'we wish you a merry christmas' for the carol singers. I though the little couple could maybe enjoy some Christmas kisses by the fire so used that sentiment for the final image.

I added a small white bow on each, to which I added a red gem in the centre and then to finish I used some red stickles to add dots in each corners of the images and three dots in the top right hand corner of each card.

Otherwise, I think I kept these pretty CAS, which seems to be my theme for Christmas cards I intend (the intention is there) for myself this year.

I would like to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Jingle Bell Rocks

Sooo, I have been truly useless at keeping up with the old blogging recently and I do apologise profusely.  My time just doesn't seem to be my own recent, and when I do have time I seem to have lost the ability to write.

Sooo, a catch up is due, of which I am aware, but I thought I would break myself into it easily with a quick post before my uni tutorial tonight.

This is my new Xmas top:

My sister bought herself a Christmas jumper with bells on (quite literally), and as I refuse to be out-Christmassed, I decided to make myself a jingly Christmas top.

This is just a plain black t-shirt top from Dotty P's (quite fatal that I have a Dotty P's at the end of my road now).  Sew on some sequins to spell out jingle, add a gold bell for the dot on the 'i' and three extra coloured bells (oo-er) underneath the sequins and voila, one Christmas, jingly top.  I win!

I have plans for many more like this, but I might not get round to them this Christmas.  Oh well, never mind, there are only so many days a year you are allowed to wear Christmas clothes anyway.

Right, I have to go do my tutorial now and learn all about Roman mythology.

Hopefully I'll be back later with some more shares.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Krafty Christmas

Sooo, a while ago I had a bit of a Christmas cardmaking sesh (I made about 40, and I really do need to make time for another session), and these cards are some of the cards I made:

I decided that instead of spending a fortune buying new bits and bobs this year, I would try to use up some of my stash and save some money, so for these cards I decided to use of some of the smaller LOTV mini masterpieces.

I chose all cute animals and those that had more brown on them so they would go with the papers I had decided to use from the LOTV krafty christmas pad.

I added faux stitching with a brown fineliner around the edge of each image, which I then layered onto some red card.  I also added faux stitching around the papers (I chose a different paper to accompany each image, and I tried to get them to match as much as possible with something that was going on in the image), which I cut to the length of my 6x4 card blanks.

I then stamped 'merry christmas' from my new(ish) LOTV sentiments stamp with brown memento ink onto all the cards.

To finish, I then added a brown cross in each corner, two in the top right corner, to tie in the stitching theme I had going on.

I think I put these in my Etsy shop.  There is only one set, as I used up the last of these mini masterpieces and they aren't available anymore.  I am tempted to keep them for myself though, so get them before I do make that decision.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Relaxing In The Garden

Sooo, today is my step-dad's birthday (Happy Birthday!) and I would like to share with you the card I made for him:

This was a quick card as I haven't had much time for creating cards recently - far to busy sewing.  I am onto the last Elsa dress now, and hopefully I will get that finished this week.  I then have a dress currently half made and pinned onto Doris to finish, my Christmas party dress to make, along with a few stitched Christmas presents.  Fingers crossed I can get everything done before xmas, but with work, studying, not being able to get into the craft room for various reasons, I'm starting to panic a little, and I still have my Christmas cards to make.

Anyway, enough of me rabbitting on.  As this was a quick card, I used a topper from the LOTV vintage boys art pad (which I am nearly all out of, so have to get some more).  I edged this with some brown ink, layered onto some striped paper, then some red paper, then some brown striped paper.  All the papers are from LOTV paper pads, but I don't think any of them are from  the same - I decided to use up some scraps.

Before layering the panel onto the brown paper, I wrapped it with some brown baker's twine, which I got from the Ribbon Girl.

To finish the card, I stamped 'happy birthday' with brown ink, inked the edge of the the panel and attached this to the card with a red button to finish it off.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gramps in the Garden

Sooo, this is the card I made for my Gramps for his birthday, which was on Monday.

To make this card, I used an LOTV topper from the vintage boys art pad.   I thought this image was perfect as my Grampy loves gardening, and is tres proud of his garden.

I also used LOTV papers from the Country Gent paper pad.  These papers compliment this art pad so well.  Not sure if that was intentional by LOTV or not?

I also used some ribbon I found in my stash (no idea where it came from) and some kraft card.  I inked the edges of everything with cocoa memento ink.

Finding a card which says 'Gramps' or 'Grampy' is impossible, so making cards does have it's advantages.  I die-cut the letters from kraft card and arranged these along the side of the image.

To finish, I thought I would echo the little bird in the image, and I remembered that I had this little wooden bird in my stash.  I think it is actually supposed to be a robin, buy hey hum, pigs bum, it goes.

My Gramps liked his card, and loved his present - a year's membership to CAMRA - and I now need to start thinking about next year's present, as I do have a reputation for always getting my Gramps something a little different (last year he got a vintage brass belt buckle with his name on it).  So, thinking cap on!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Pink Butterfly Heart

Sooo, today I would like to share with you a card I made a while ago, but haven't had chance to blog about until now:

This card is made using an ombre effect piece of card.  

First, from the darkest piece of card, I die-cut the butterflies.  I then followed the outline of these to fussy cut out the hard shape.

I then used the lightest part of the card to cut a square, which I layered onto a square of ivory pearlescent card.

I stamped the 'congratulations' sentiment using black memento ink onto a scrap of the ivory pearlescent card.

To finish, I added some pink, gold and ivory-coloured flat backed pearls to each corner.

I think this would be a perfect card for weddings, anniversaries, engagements etc.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

When Doris Met Clara

Soooo, this evening I would like to share with you this afternoon's make.  I am off work this week and had set myself the challenge of a project a day.  Today (half way through the week) is the first time I've managed it - Monday I was barely in the house, and yesterday, although I did do a project, it was a bit of a disaster and I will share that with you later.  Events may or may not unfold with that one.

Anyway, here is today's dress, modelled by the lovely Doris the Dressform:

And the back:

This is made with the most amazing Tardis Kona cotton fabric, which I ordered from Spoonflower in the summer.  The dress pattern is the Ruby dress from Simple Sew, and which I got free with Love Sewing magazine a couple of months back.  This dress and fabric have always been intended to go together, but I simply haven't had the time to sew for myself until now.

I know that the pattern is the'Ruby', but due to the fabric, I have decided to call this my Clara dress (all whovians should understand - the rest of you should watch Doctor Who so you can understand, and because it is brilliant!).

Whovians rejoice
 at this amazing fabric.
And check out those
amazing darts
 - right first time!
Thanks Doris
Anyway, the dress was a dream to sew.  With the help of Doris, I got my darts spot on on the first sew, other than my bobbin running out of thread half way down a bust dart - how annoying.  The invisible zip went in perfectly first time too, amazing!

It took me a grand total of 3 and a half hours to sew from cutting out to hand sewing the facings down.  

My beautiful invisible zip
- inserted right first time!
I was very proud that I got this right after my disaster yesterday.  However, I did follow this up by sewing a zip on a skirt inside out doh!

There's not much to say other than that I love love love this pattern.  I just love the shape.  It suits me so well and I love teh v-neck back.  I will be using the pattern again, and again, and again.  I have a few bits of fabric in my stash that might do nicely.  The fabric was also a dream so I will be ordering more Kona cotton from Spoonflower just as soon as my bank balance allows, and I can bring myself to pay postage from the US.

Fingers crossed I manage a full project again tomorrow.   I really need some work clothes, so I will try a dress or skirt tomorrow.  Not decided yet.  Somehow, I don't think work will appreciate me rocking up in this dress and making Tardis noises, because I will do that every time I wear this dress - it's, like, the law!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Holly's House of Haberdashery

Sooo, I've decided to make a start on my long-held plans to start a little online haberdashery and fabric business.  I will blog along with this, so please check out the blog for Holly's House of Haberdashery.

You will also find the link to the items on eBay.  I decided that for the time being this was the most cost-effective way of selling my products online.

It really is a start small and build up slowly adventure, so please bear with me.

I'm also still on with my craft clear out, so you will find other bits and pieces on that link also.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 16 October 2014


Sooo, there must be something about Halloween coming up that is making me want to through green and purple together, a combo I would never usually use, but at this time of year, it just seems to go.  So, when my sister asked me to make a 30th birthday card for a friend of her's and I was rummaging through my stash for inspiration, guess which combo just leaped out at me.

I started by knowing that this would be a large 8x8 card and that I wanted to put feathers on this card to add a little glamour, and the green and purple feathers just seems to work, so I pulled them out, found some matching ribbons and then started rummaging through my paper scraps.

I found some green card, which I used to make the card border and then the purple corrugated card to cut out a 30.  I've had this card forever, but could never find a use for it, because it is just so difficult to add anything onto it without adding so much bulk, but as a standalone on this card, the extra texture and dimension it provided worked well.

I decided to add the purple ribbon along the bottom half of the card and then tie a bow from the green ribbon to hide the bottom of the feathers.  And no, it is not your eyes playing tricks on you, the green ribbon is actually loads of different random shades, which I didn't realise until I started taking it off the reel.

I then used the scraps of green and purple card left over to die-cut some stars, which I scattered above and around the 30.  I love this die - I got all those stars from just two goes through the big shot, with the tiniest scrap of paper, and there is nothing you can't put a star on as far as I'm concerned!

I did think that I had finished the card then, but I kept looking at it thinking that it just needed a little something more, maybe a little bit of glitter.  So, I decided to add some faux stitching around the edge using a purple glitter pen.

I hope my sister's friend likes it.  My sister seemed to.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Dancing With The Stars

Sooo, another quick post to share with you another card I made at the weekend.  

This is an order from a friend for her daughter, whose 3rd birthday is coming up soon, and she luuurves dancing, so that way my brief - something dancy.

I decided that I'm bored of pink girl cards, so went for blue instead, but I still wanted it to be girly.

So, I used an LOTV mini masterpiece, which I edged with blue chalk ink, which I got from a new subscription box I was sent to try out, and which I will tell you more about later. The backing paper is from the same box.

I added some gingham ribbon from my stash, and then covered that with some lace (also from my stash), which means that you can't actually see the ribbon on the photos unfortunately.

I added a doily heart behind the image and die-cut 'daughter' from a scrap of pearlescent blue card which was in my stash.

I then found the blue metal stars in my stash (no ideas where they came from and how I've not managed to use them before now).

To finish, I added some blue gems and a sparkly blue 3.

I hope my friend, and her daughter, like the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!

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