Sunday, 14 October 2018

Baubles Galore ...

About a year ago I attended a Christmas Bauble making class taught by the totally amazing Kathryn Rudd at Crafter's Companion in Evesham. I enjoyed the class so much that I recently attended it again! Having been inspired by Kathryn once again. I have had a wonderful weekend creating a set of 6 baubles. The fabric I used is from the Moda Morris Holiday fabric range, based on William Morris fabric designs that are in the V&A museum in London. I absolutely loved making these. Thank you again Kathryn Rudd for patiently and expertly teaching me how to make these. xx

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Teepee Style Christmas Card

Yes ... I am back, after almost a year of not blogging at all. I have been crafting but life has been so hectic I just did not have time to blog. Lots has happened over the past twelve months but the highlight has to be that as of September 2018 I was invited onto the Crafters Companion Design Team. I still cant believe that I was actually chosen and will admit it was a real buzz to see some of my DT samples being shown off on the television, on Hochanda in the UK and on HSN in the US. This week I sent off my 3rd lot of samples and I have to say that they are my favorite ones so far. I cant't share the photos of what I made just yet but I am convinced that the new items are going to be hot sellers.

Anyway as I said I am back with a blog post and a tutorial on how to make a Teepee card. It is very simple to create but looks very impressive on the mantelpiece.

You will need 3 pieces of square cardstock to form the base card. You can use any size square, but the one pictured below was made using 3 pieces of 6 x 6 white cardstock. I also used 2 pieces of 6 x 6 paper from the "A winter's Tale" Signature Collection by Sara Davies. which I trimmed down to 5.75 inches square.

Take the three pieces of white card stock and score a line from one corner to the other. I used the fabulous Crafters Companion Guillotine/Cutting Board that has an integrated score board built into it, to score my card stock.

Then burnish your score lines and fold the pieces of card in half

Take two pieces of card stock and stick them together, using a wet glue or a strong tape runner as shown in the picture below, 

Then take the third peice of white card and also stick that in place as shown in the picture below

Take your patterned paper and cut each piece in two from corner to corner. You will only need three of the four pieces you end up with.

  Stick the paper to the card stock as shown, again with either a wet glue or a strong tape runner

Pick up the card base and stick the none decorated side to the underside of the triangle next to it, to form a pyramid or teepee shape, as show below. The card base should stand up very easily.
If you wish to be able to post your card flat, then use a velcro dot to stick the two sides together and pop a little note in with the card so that the recipient knows how to put ot together.

Decorate your card how ever you wish. On mine I cut a sentiment fromgold mirror card using aed a Merry Christmas die from Crafters Companion, which was mounted onto a couple of die cut oval shapes

 I used the same ovals to create a space to write a personal message underneath the sentiment, but if you wanted to you could leave one side of the card blank to write your message on.

I then added a few gems and a ribbon bow

 Hope you enjoy the tutorial, as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to leave them in the comments box.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Scandinavian Christmas Card 2017

Many years ago (in my early crafting days), I used to make individual Christmas cards for my colleagues. But it got to the stage where I could not remember which card I had made for which person. So now I make it easy for myself, I make a batch of the same card and keep one and label it up as a reminder of what I made that particular year. This year I have kept it very clean and simple. I die cut the Scandinavian Christmas tree from white card stock, matted it onto some fine red glitter card (which was actually an A6 card cut in two!) , this was then matted and layered again onto white card stock and then onto the gorgeous Scandinavian A3 cardstock. I finished off by adding a few adhesive gemstones to the tree and hey presto I have some super 6.75 inch by 8 inch Christmas cards for my colleagues.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

The 4 Weeks of Advent - part 2

Continuing on from my last advent gift post, this is another  very quick, simple and inexpensive gift idea, that I will be giving to colleagues in week 3 (of the 4 weeks up to Christmas)

The material/tools used to make these gifts are as follows:
The Big Score Board
Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
A Paper/Card Trimmer
Strong wet glue
Christmas Eve  A3 Double Sided Centura Pearl card stock
Leaves Are Falling Die from the Autumn Morning collection by Sara Davies A pack of Moser Roth White Mousse au Chocolate (£1.69 from Aldi - there are 5 mini bars in each pack)
Cinnamon Sticks
Red Berries
Dark Green Card stock
Some glitter glue
Merry Christmas peel offs

Cut a piece of card 9.5 cm x 12 cm
Score at 4.5 cm, 5.5cm 10cm and 11 cm

burnish your score lines and wrap around your mini chocolate bar

using strong wet glue on the last section thin section of your wrap, glue into place

cut and emboss a leaf from dark green cardstock

adhere a cinnamon stick to the top of the wrap.
add the leaf, carefully bending it around the cinnamon stick
add 3 wired berries (poking the wire under the leaf)
add some glitter glue to the leaf to add a bit of frosting/sparkle

Monday, 23 October 2017

Christmas Boxes

I adore the with A3 Cardstock from Crafters Companion, it is simply perfect for creating all kinds crafty projects and gift boxes.

Yesterday I made a set of five boxes using a collection of their Festive cardstock. The largest box measures  6 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches and the smallest is 3 inches x 3 inches x 1.5 inches

I added a few of Sheena's new Christmas Word dies to the front and back of each box ( the word snow was made by trimming down the word Snowflake) and then I popped on a few adhesive pearls and gems. I finished off with some cream ribbon and a xmas floral embellishment from my stash

I'd love to get a stack of presents like this!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The 4 Weeks of Advent - part 1

I have a small crafting tradition, in that I like to make small inexpensive hand crafted gifts for my colleagues for the 4 weeks up to Christmas. Last year I was in an open office with 40 colleagues, so the gifts had to be VERY quick and simple. This year the company I work for has relocated us to another floor with a different office set up, so now I share an office with 12 colleagues. This means I can put a little more thought and effort into the 12 gifts I make.

The first gift I have made, which will be given as the main advent gift (in week 4) is a small handcrafted box containing four christmas scented Yankee Tea-light Candles. The boxes were made with Crafters Companion (CC) A3 double sided Traditional Christmas cardstock. I adore this cardstock, as it is the perfect quality for creating boxes and other projects with.

The boxes I made measure 3 inches x 3 inches x 3/4 of an inch when finished, which is the perfect size to  hold 4 Yankee tea light candles.  I used acetate, (which actually came from some CC  Die'sire packaging) to form the window in the centre of the box and added a Merry Christmas sentiment, die cut from CC's gold mirror card and a bow made from CC's  Traditional Christmas luxury ribbon pack.

Hope you like them xx

PS I know there are only 8 in the photo, I have made 12 but four were repeats!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bonkers about Baubles

Attended another fabulous workshop at Crafters Companion Evesham yesterday, where I learnt how to make my own fabric covered xmas baubles. Absolutely loved learning how to do this ... huge thank you to Katherine, who put the workshop together and who patiently showed us what to do.

I loved it so much I bought 4 more polystyrene balls (4 inches in circumference) and made the ones you can see below last night/this morning. Can not wait to buy some more blanks on Thursday during the CC 12th Birthday Watch event.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Another three cards for my neigbours

...loved the card I made yesterday so much, I decided to make three more for my other neighbours. Hope you like them xx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

6 cards from 1 A4 sheet of card

Crafters Companion in Evesham stock a fabulous selection of A4 card stock from PaperBox. You get to pick either a small or a large plastic wallet and fill it with as much cardstock as you can for a set price. When I spotted this Nordic patchwork card stock I just had to buy some.

I used one A4 sheet of card  and cut it into 6 pieces with each piece being made up of  9 patchwork squares . I added a few buttons and some twine from my stash and simply matted and layered them onto coordinating cardstock. In less than no time I had six 6 x 6 christmas cards made. I love how they turned out, hope you do too.

A card for my neighbours

My next door neighbours are always so good to me through out the year that I like to make them a special card at Christmas. This is the 8 x 8 card I have made them this year:

The Merry Christmas die is by Tonic, the woodland scene die is by First Edition, the gold mirror card is from Sara Davies Black and Gold Collection, the background cardstock is an odd piece I had from years ago, (it may have been Kanban?) and the mini adhesive gems came from the Range. The woodland scene die is very intricate, but it was no problem at all for the Gemini ... it cut perfectly in one pass. Yaay.