Monday, 25 April 2016

New Lavinia Stamps

Hi! I bought two new stamps at the NEC Hobbycrafts show in March, and this is the first card I made with them. I coloured the background with ink dusters on watercolour paper, and then spritzed with water to blend it a little. I coloured the flowers with promarkers, and used a Gelly Roll 'clear star' pen on her wings to make them shimmer.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Color Throwdown:

Dragonfly Dreams: "Spring is in the Air"

Uniko: "Use Metallics" - the wings look metallic, so I hope that is ok for the challenge!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Muse Flowers

Hi! Here's a card I made, inspired by this week's Muse challenge:

Here's this week's inspirational card:

I'm also entering this one in the following challenges:

Thinking of You

Hi! I bought this stamp at the NEC Hobbycraft Fair in March, and have finally got around to trying it out :)  I stamped onto watercolour card, and coloured with inks and a waterbrush.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations: "Your Favourite Things" - watercolour paper, water brush and inks!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cat in a tree

Hi! Here's a card I made for this week's Muse challenge:

Here's the Muse inspirational card this week:

I was inspired by the branches and the colours. I kept it simple, and just added colour with ink dusters.

I'm also entering this one in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: "Clean and Simple"
Curtain Call: "Simplicity"
Crafty Sentiments: "Anything Goes"
Crafty Calendar: "Anything Goes"
Crafts Galore: "Anything Goes"

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Little Bird

Hi! Finally got around to using the Woodware stamp I bought last November! Here are a couple of cards I made with it. I coloured them with inks, and added a Wink of Stella for some sparkle.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
Clear It Out: "Add a Flower"
Suzie Bee's: "Anything goes with a twist... CAS"
Come and Get It: "Bright Colours"
Creatalicious: Things With Wings"

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:
That's Crafty: "All Things Bright and Beautiful"
CAS on Sunday: "Flowers"
Deep Ocean Challenge: "Spring is in the Air"

Sunday, 3 April 2016

A Hen!

Hi! A friend of mine has a couple of gorgeous chickens, called Talula and Henrietta, so I decided to try to make her a fabric chicken! It's an easy one, but I think she's quite cute!

Here's a video of how to make one:

Made a Draft Excluder!

Hi! Ok, so it's not fancy, but I made a draft excluder for my baby cuz and her new house. I found the fabric on Etsy and fell completely in love with it!

I'm thinking about getting some more fabric to make one for the pantry door - there's a gap under it and Darwin's favourite cat toys keep getting pushed under there! So maybe we need a Cat Toy Excluder :)

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Color Throwdown Guest Star Stamper!

Hi! I'm lucky enough to be the Guest Star Stamper at Color Throwdown this week! I used some new scribbly flowers stamps from Card-io, which I bought at the NEC Hobbycrafts Fair a few weeks ago. I didn't have quite the right colours for the challenge, but I was able to borrow some ink pads from my lovely friend Crafty Distraction! :)

Here are the colours:

And here's my card:

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, 28 March 2016

Made a Huge Cushion!

Hi! I've really got the bug now with sewing. Still struggling with sewing straight lines, and I'm not great at measuring - I've found it's much easier to make a template with card, and draw around that.

I've spent all day making a big cushion for the cats! They like to sleep on top of some boxes on top of a chest of drawers, so I've always put a blanket up there for them, but now they have a cushion! I measured the top of the boxes, added 3" each side (bit of a guess, just thought I needed to make it bigger, because it'll be smaller when stuffed), and made the pillow. I stuffed it and took it upstairs to see if it fitted, before making the cover, but I put it down on the bed for a moment and Darwin immediately curled up on it!

Well, at least she likes it :)

I spent the afternoon making the cover. I made it with a flap inside, like a huge pillow case, so I didn't have to worry about zips or anything fancy! Here it is:

Wondering what to make next...

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Bought a Sewing Machine!

Hi! I went to the NEC Hobbycrafts show a couple of weeks ago, and ended up getting a sewing machine! I've been thinking about getting one for a while, but I've never been very good at sewing, so I was worried that it would be a waste of money. But you know how it is, you see something, realise you 'need' it, and then start worrying about how to tell your Other Half... But I already have a bit of a fabric stash, from years ago when I decided to try quilting, but never got started :-s

I managed to get the machine threaded up and ready to go (with a bit of help from my parents, who were visiting at the time!) My bloke suggested I start with a pin cushion - something simple! I'm not great at straight lines yet, but I'm really pleased with my first project! I just used two squares from a charm pack I bought ages ago, so I didn't even need to do any cutting :)

So now I am hooked. I found instructions for a tote bag, and even though it looked complicated because it has a lining, I decided to give it a go. I messed up the straps, so I had to faff around with them a little bit, but otherwise I'm really happy with the results. I was up 'til nearly 3am this morning finishing it!

It's a different pattern each side because I used a pack of fat quarters, so there wasn't enough to use all one pattern. I like it though, and it's all a learning process!

I'm itching to do something patchworky, but with large squares so it's straightforward, but I might practice my straight lines a bit first. I want to make some large cushions for the cats, too. It might be a late night again tonight!

Happy New Home!

Hi! I just made a New Home card for a guy at work, so I tried to keep it very simple, not too girly, etc! Hopefully it's understated enough for a bloke :)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks: "Less Is More"

That's Crafty: "Red & Green"

Addicted to Stamps: "Anything Goes"

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Painted Eggs

Hi! Here's an Easter card I made today, which I tried to bling up a bit with Stickles, but I might have overdone it a bit! But I still like it :)


I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Just Us Girls:

Pink Gem Challenges: "Easter"

The Card Concept: - CAS style, inspired by the painted eggs