Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hi blogging friends
Happy Easter everyone!
I have been a busy little bee putting the finishing touches to some Easter gifts and an Easter card for my daughter. I have been knitting some ducklings after I go to bed at night so I could hide what I was knitting for her. It was sooooo hard to get decent photos today because the weather turned cold and it was so dull but I hope you like my creations.
First up, here is the yellow duckling:
The pattern is out of a book by Jane Bull called "Crafty Creatures" published in 2013 - which is meant to be a craft book for kids but I really love it. I originally borrowed the book out of my local Library but my daughter and I loved it so much that I bought the book. I have quite a number of books by Jane Bull and always found them detailed and well-written. Anyway, I have had my eye on the knitted ducklings in the book and thought they would be fun for Easter. It is simple garter stitch and knitted in one piece using 8 ply yarn and the pattern was very easy to follow and was quick.
Once you finish your knitting, you simply sew it up and stuff just the head but leave the rest of the duck because you put in your Easter egg through the bottom to fill the gap: a fun little surprise! I glued on the felt beak and the 4mm bead eyes with Fabric glue. Here is a pic of the bottom filled with an Easter egg:
Because my daughter loves rainbows, I knitted a duck with rainbow yarn as well just for a bit of fun:
Then all I had to do was decorate the baskets:
The baskets, little chicks, green and yellow shredded paper (and the Easter eggs which are at the bottom of the box) all came from Woolworths - the yellow ribbon is from my stash. Here is a pic of the closed box:
My daughter will get a nice little surprise when she opens her boxes tomorrow!
And now here is my knitted baby duckling:
Isn't he cute? The pattern came out of the Jean Greenhowe Knitted Animals booklet and was knitted in 8 ply yarn. This was my first time knitting from one of her patterns and it was really easy to follow and understand. I have already started knitting another project from the booklet as they are great little projects to do when I watch TV at night.
The little white bucket also came from Woolworths and is very tiny - about 3 inches or 7.5 cm high and again, I just filled it with some shredded tissue paper.
Because the bucket came in a set of 3, I decorated another one with Easter eggs and a cute little bunny bottom on one side - a CASE of one that Sue Nelson did way back in 2007 which you can see here at her gallery at Splitcoaststampers (please note if you are not a member of SCS, you may not be able to see Sue's sample).
I used a Lifestyle Nesting Circle die, a Spellbinders Nesting Oval die and heart punches to do mine. I did two layers of the hearts for mine and glued on a yarn pom-pom. Here is a side view:
Thanks for visiting my blog today! On my next post, I will be sharing the Easter card that I made for my daughter. Stay tuned!
Knitted Duck Recipe:
Pattern: From Crafty Creatures book by Jane Bull
Yarn: 8 ply knitted with 4mm needles
Accessories: 4mm black beads, felt, fabric glue, wool needle, stuffing, Easter takeout boxes (Woolworths), green + yellow shredded tissue paper (Woolworths), ribbon (stash), coloured chicks (Woolworths)
Knitted Baby Duck Recipe:
Pattern: From Jean Greenhowe's Knitted Animals booklet
Yarn: 8 ply yellow and white yarn knitted with 3mm needles (makes a denser knitted finish than 4mm)
Accessories: black yarn (for eyes), wool needle, stuffing, white bucket (Woolworths), ribbon (stash), green + yellow shredded tissue paper (Woolworths)
White Bucket decorated with Bunny Bottom:
Accessories: white bucket (Woolworths), green + yellow shredded tissue paper (Woolworths), Big Shot, Lifestyle Nesting Circles die, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities die, Carl CP-2 Heart duo punch, Carl CP-1 heart punch, yarn pom-pom (Riot Art and Craft), cardstock - white, pink
Monday, April 14, 2014
Hi blogging friends
A special welcome to my newest Followers - thank you so much for taking an interest in my craft
It is school holidays here in Victoria which is wonderful as I love spending time with my daughter as well as having more precious family time together and catching up with friends. The first week of the holidays, we had 4 routine medical appointments for my loved one so that took out quite a few days - and I had to take our cat Ruby to the Vet as her gastro from a few weeks ago flared up again. Thankfully, Ruby is OK and been on a special diet from the vet and probiotics to help restore the good bacteria in her tummy.
This week, we are relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather as well as doing plenty of crafty things. We have been to see 2 movies so far: The Lego Movie in 3D and The Muppets Most Wanted - both of which were fantastic and I highly recommend them! I have also been knitting in the evenings which I am loving and hope to share those projects very soon.
It is my niece's 12th birthday shortly and this is the card that I made for her:
I wanted something that looked fresh and clean and not too young because at 12, my niece is very much a young lady and not so much a girl anymore - so I hope that is what I achieved.
The Penny Black image - Acrocat - is a recent purchase from PB Stamps in the USA (awesome service - highly recommended!). I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured the image with Tombow Pens: oh, he is so CUTE and quick and easy to colour - I love him. I coloured his cheeks with pink chalk and coloured around the image with blue chalk plus I went around the image with a very pale grey Tombow pen to give the image a bit more depth. I also went around the image panel with I-Kan-dee pearlescent chalks in lemon and pink to add a bit of interest and sparkle (not that you can see it in the photo...sigh.....). I use eye-shadow foam applicators for applying chalk to my images as I find these are very easy for me to use and cost very little.
All the presents had the glitter treatment with Crystalina glitter glue - glitter isn't too "young" is it?
I added the teal and pink sequins using Glossy Accents and underlined the sentiment with a teal and pink pencil just to tie all the elements in together. I really like how sequins are "in" at the moment. I don't really follow trends much with my cardmaking but I do love the sequins and best of all, they don't cost much and are easily available. I buy them from Riot Art and Craft or from $2 shops.
The designer paper came free in a pack with a Quick Cards Made Easy (UK) magazine in 2013 and are by Lilly Bimble who has a store on Etsy HERE where she sells Digital papers. I really love Lilly Bimble papers - great range and I could buy all of them! Not sure if the paper I used is available in the store as there were so many to look through and I'm a little short on time.
I diecut the cardstock base using my Big Shot and one of my Lifestyle Nesting Scallop Square dies but just moved the die up on the centre fold so it didn't cut the top. I then ran the cardstock base front through my Big Shot using a Crafts Too 5 inch x 5 inch square dots embossing folder. The Duck Egg cardstock layer was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools and the main panel is up on dimensionals.
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - April - Cats and Dogs
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Challenge #30 - Anything Goes (as long as it's square!)
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Penny Black Acrocat 3442F wood mount, Sentiment from Penny Black clear set - Sweet and Cute 30-153
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Designer paper: Lilly Bimble (freebie pack with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine in 2013)
Accessories: Big Shot, 140lb watercolour paper, Tombow Pens, pink and teal pencils, Crafts Too 5" x 5" square dots embossing folder, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, dimensionals, Kaisercolour blue and pink chalks, I-Kan-dee Pearlescent chalks, Glossy Accents, teal and pink sequins (Riot Art and Craft), cardstock - Paper Mill white and Kaisercraft Duck Egg, Lifestyle dies - Nesting Scallop squares, Nesting Circles, Lacey Circles
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hi blogging friends
I have been away on holidays at Bright for almost 2 weeks - our first break since our loved one became ill over 2 years ago. It was absolutely wonderful to not only spend time in a beautiful setting but to have a complete mental break from doctors, hospitals and medical appointments. We had lovely, warm weather coupled with thunderstorms and heavy rain and did lots of walking, feeding the ducks (the house we rented backs onto the Ovens River and there are tons of ducks) and plenty of relaxing. We visited Beechworth which is about a 45 minute drive from Bright and tried lots of different types of honey at Beechworth Honey and came home with a large assortment of varieties: creamed honey with ginger, creamed honey with cinnamon, blue gum honey and chocolate honey - just to name a few. You can check out their online store HERE to see their range of products. I have no personal connection to them but I am very happy to give a plug for an Australian company. We also went to the famous Beechworth Bakery and had a delicious lunch of their wonderful pies.
I took a whole swag of images for colouring as well as my Tombow pens and watercolour pencils and was able to get alot of colouring done when the weather was stormy. I find it so relaxing to sit and colour and it was great to have some uninterrupted colouring time without thinking that I should be doing housework! I also did a lot of papertole (decoupage if you are in the UK) in the evenings.
Here are just a few holiday snaps:
|The famous Farrington's Poplars planted 1960|
|Farrington's Poplars during a thunderstorm|
|View of Bright township from Huggin's Lookout|
It was sooooooo hard to go back to the school run and the usual chores when I returned home BUT I was very, VERY happy to see our cat Ruby who we boarded in the Cattery as I missed her so much! And she was extremely happy to see all of us and wouldn't let us out of her sight for the first few days. I couldn't even go to the toilet without her opening the sliding door and coming in and trying to hop on my knee - LOL!
I used one of the images I coloured when I was away on a birthday card for my sister-in-law:
This cute little teddy bear is from an old retired set from Stampin' Up called Gift Tags which I bought second-hand on EBay ages ago. Of course, technically the stamps in the set are meant for gift tags but I think this teddy is cute enough to use on a card! The sentiment is part of the stamp which is very handy! I love the older style teddy bears by SU as they don't seem to date.
I coloured the teddy with a mix of Tombow pens and Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils. I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the present/bow, the heart on the bear, the teddy's bow plus his cheeks. I lightly coloured around the image with blue chalk. Here is a wee close-up so you can see the detail a bit better:
The tiny little hearts either side of the sentiment were made using the leftover punchies from my Arrows border punch and I added some glitter to them too.
The main image panel cardstock layers were diecut using a Lifestyle Circle die and a Spellbinders Blossom die and my Big Shot. I thought the Blossom die matched the flowers on the designer paper really nicely.
The designer paper is by Echo Park: Sweet Girl - which I picked up from a scrapbooking store about 5 minutes from where we were staying at Bright. The cardstock base and layers were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/4" using my Perfect Layers Tools.
I glued on the three Sparklets which I bought from EBay a while ago using Helmar Tiger Grip glue. Lastly, I tied on the 2 different coloured twines and added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
I made my card for the following challenges -
Fan-Tastic Tuesday (where it's hip to be square) - Anything Goes #28 as long as it remains square. This is my new favourite challenge as I make so many square cards - a perfect fit for me :-)
Crafty Catz Challenge 224 - Anything Goes
For your information:
Note sure if you have noticed but recently I added a 'Pin It' button for Pinterest for my photos so if you hover over my photos, a red P should appear and you can 'Pin' my photos with the correct link to my blog post about my card. I have a few of my cards on Pinterest that don't have the correct link to my blog post so I thought having the Pin It button might help in that regard for future pins. Thanks to my Aussie blogging friend Merry from MerryMade Cards and Crafts who did a blog post about how to add the Pin It button to your blog HERE.
Personally, I find it extremely frustrating to click on a Pin on Pinterest and find it is just a generic link to someone's blog or it goes to a Google Image search or the link just doesn't work and you don't know where it came from originally. Personally, I won't re-pin anything unless it has the original link so I usually do a Reverse Image Search to find out where the image came from. If you don't know what a Reverse Image Search is, there are a couple around: I use src-img which you can find HERE. There is also Tin Eye and a Google Reverse Image Search.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fab weekend!
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Gift Tags (retired)
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Designer paper: Echo Park Sweet Girl 6" x 6" pad (2012)
Accessories: Big Shot, Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies, Spellbinder Blossom Nestabilities dies, Tombow Pens, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, paintbrush, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, Pink Sorbet twine - The Twinery, Yellow twine (from Etsy), Fray Stop, Kaisercolour blue chalk, Sparklets (EBay), Helmar Tiger Grip glue, Perfect Layers Tools, cardstock - buttercream, soft crimson
Punches: EK Success Arrows border (tiny hearts)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hi blogging friends
A special welcome to my newest Followers! Thank you for taking an interest in my craft.
Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my brother-in-law:
The image was stamped onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured with a mix of Tombow pens + Faber-Castell, Lyra and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils. I stamped the image again and cut out just the dog bowl/candle and coloured them. I then popped the dog bowl/candle up on dimensionals to give the image a bit of depth. I chalked around the image with blue chalk and then added some yellow chalk to add a glow around the candle and added a little to the dog where there would be a bit of glowing candle-light on him. I also added a little bit of Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the candle flame to make it sparkle - I can get away with that on a man's card can't I?!
Here is a close-up:
I have no idea who made the dotty background designer paper - it is one-sided and there is no name on it. If you know, please leave me a comment so I can update my post. The green designer paper is by My Mind's Eye: Lil' Robots Gizmo Gears from 2010.
The sentiment is a freebie stamp that came with a Quick Cards Made Easy magazine ages ago - "The Wild Ones" clear set designed by Adam Pescott.
The cardstock base and the side panel have had their layers trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.
The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements as it is easier for me to tie the knot on a separate piece so that I can get both the ribbon and knot to to sit flat. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
I diecut some stars out of green glitter cardstock using my Memory Box Celestial Bodies die set and Big Shot and glued them around the main panel. Lastly, I glued on the blue buttons using Glossy Accents. I sewed some matching thread through them first just to make them look finished: I don't like 'naked' buttons on my cards - guess I am a little quirky LOL!
I made my card for the following challenges -
Fan-Tastic Tuesday 'Where it's Hip to be Square' - Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes - with the optional extra to make your own flowers (which I obviously didn't do!)
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Penny Black Where's Dinner 1705J wood-mount, Sentiment from 'The Wild Ones' clear set by Adam Pescott (freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy magazine)
Ink: Ranger Black Archival
Designer paper: Dotted - unknown, Green - My Mind's Eye Lil' Robots Gizmo Gears (2010)
Accessories: Big Shot, Spellbinder Labels One large and small dies, Memory Box Celestial Bodies Die set, blue buttons and matching sewing thread, blue ribbon, Fray Stop, Perfect Layers Tools, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, 140lb watercolour paper, Lyra + Faber-Castell + Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, Tombow pens, #2 round paintbrush, Kaisercolour chalks, Glossy Accents, dimensionals, cardstock - denim blue, green glitter
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hi blogging friends
I am feeling pretty yuk this afternoon as I had a vaccination (Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough) this morning and just want to sit on the couch and do nothing as I have a bit of a temperature and I'm tired and a bit achy - but thought I should get on with finishing off some cards as I have a lot of extended-family birthdays coming up over the next few weeks. We were at hospital all day yesterday with my loved one for routine appointments - all is going well thankfully - and we have more appointments next week so I don't have alot of crafting time at the moment. So instead of being a blob on the couch, I have been busy trying to get ahead with my cards instead of leaving them to the last minute as is often the case!
Today I am sharing a card that I made for my sister-in-law's birthday:
The image is by Penny Black (of course - what else??!!) and is called 'Cat Frolic' which I think is adorable: check out that happy smile! I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and coloured it using a mix of Tombow Pens plus Watercolour pencils and a paintbrush. I lightly chalked around the image with blue chalk and added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the flowers, butterflies and cat's cheeks. I used my Arrows Border punch to punch 5 tiny little pink hearts out of pink glitter cardstock (ie: the leftover punchies which look like tiny little hearts to me) and glued them around the image.
I went for a really simple layout - one of my "go to" layouts when I can't think properly like I am now: my head feels like it is stuffed with cotton wool!
The tag and sentiment are from My Favourite Things: Notched Tag and Die set. The heart on the sentiment is a die from the same set. I picked a pink flower from the designer paper to diecut the heart then gave that the glitter-treatment too around the edges. Here is a close-up:
The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
Lastly, I added the 3 x pink Candi Dots using dimensionals.
After I finished my card, I thought the brown ink on the image/sentiment looked a little insipid so I went over the image/sentiment using a Faber-Castell Dark Sepia Artist pen which I was far happier with.
Finished size is 5-1/4" square or 135mm if you are metric.
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 310 - Springtime
Fan-Tastic Tuesday where it's hip to be Square - Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
Thanks for visiting my blog today - and thank you for any comments that you care to leave: they make my day!
Stamps: Penny Black Frolic 3972K wood-mount, Sentiment - My Favorite Things from Notched Tag stamp set
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Designer paper: American Crafts Yes Please - Play 12" x 12"
Accessories: Big Shot, Spellbinder Decorative Labels 1 dies, My Favorite Things Notched Tag die set, 140lb watercolour paper, Tombow Pens, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, small #2 round paintbrush, Kaisercolour chalks, Candi dots, dimensionals, 1 cm wide ribbon, Bow Easy, Fray Stop, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, cardstock - pink glitter, duck egg blue
Punches: EK Success Arrows border
Monday, February 24, 2014
Hi blogging friends
Today I am sharing the Valentine's Day card that I gave to my daughter. I couldn't share it before Valentine's Day as my daughter looks at my blog and I didn't want to spoil the surprise! I really love how these days Valentine's Day has also become an opportunity to tell your nearest and dearest how much you love them. My daughter gave me some flowers, a card and a little container of handmade heart flowers - ♥ so sweet ♥ We made heart-shaped shortbread biscuits together and iced them with pink icing and added sprinkles.....mmmm, yum!
My daughter LOVES the 'Me to You' Tatty Teddy - she is crazy for anything Tatty Teddy (me too!) - so it was an easy choice as to what image I would choose for my card:
A while ago, Docrafts brought out a 'Me to You' Tatty Teddy Valentine's Day range of papers, kits, diecuts and paper-tole (or decoupage if you are in the UK) and I snapped up a couple of packs on special at one of the Craft Shows I went to last year. This particular card was made using the 'With Love A5 Decoupage Card Kit' which includes the cardstock, image, sentiment and designer paper - the only thing I added were the red glitter hearts either side of the sentiment.
The photo shows that the card front is cut around the image and the designer paper is attached to the card inside.
Here is a close-up pic so you can see the dimension on Tatty Teddy - the layers came already diecut so it was super-easy to just pop them out and trim off any daggy bits and put them together with dimensionals:
The sentiment is up on dimensionals and the red glitter hearts are stickers which I bought from Riot Art and Craft.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day
Stamps and Ink: None
Designer paper: Included in Card Kit
Accessories: Docrafts 'Me to You' Tatty Teddy 'With Love' A5 decoupage card kit, dimensionals, red glitter hearts - Sticker Cafe - Glitter Icon Stickers Item No. 416/206190 (from Riot Art and Craft)
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Hi blogging friends
Well, the summer school holidays are over and my daughter is back at school. The weather has been incredibly hot and dry and my garden looks brown. Many of my plants have been burnt from the fierce temperatures - and some plants look dead I am heartily sick of the heat and will be glad when Autumn comes! We had a busy holiday time and saw a couple of kid's movies - Frozen was my favourite - and went to the beach on one day trip - we did shopping together and went out for lunch/afternoon tea and had lots of fun times. We also had some visits to hospital for my loved one (just routine appointments).
We also had a major upheaval at home as my daughter moved from her small bedroom into my Craft Room which is much bigger; I moved into the other spare bedroom which my husband was using as a Hobby Room; and, my husband has moved into my daughter's old bedroom. Talk about the house being upside down and a GIANT mess! I still haven't quite finished my Craft Room yet as I am still putting the finishing touches on making my space practical and usable. The built-in wardrobe is alot smaller than my old room so it has been a bit of a juggle to get things to fit but be easily accessible. I find that if I can't see something, I forget about it and don't use it.
And of course, if you are going to pull things out of the cupboards, you may as well go through them (even though I did that a year ago) and sort out what you want to keep or donate. Plus I thought I would try my hand at selling on EBay as I had a box full of different things that were still in pristine condition and wondered if I could turn them into a few $$$. I also had an antique Remington typewriter which needed some TLC and was so heavy that I think it would hold the house down in a cyclone - and listed that as well. My husband is a seasoned seller on EBay so he helped me alot. I was quite nervous about it but I am pleased to say that I have sold quite a few things - even the antique typewriter (which surprised me!). Anyway, I shall move onto my card............
I thought I would start off the year with a Christmas card for the Splitcoaststampers Christmas February Fan Club Challenge of "Red" which can be embellishments, ribbon, cardstock - anything you like. Now, my camera hates photographing red - it never comes out the right colour for some reason, so I went for a card that had some red in it and accented it with red rhinestones rather than using cardstock or papers with lots of red.
The papertole (or decoupage if you are in the UK) image and sentiment that I used - called 'Somebunny to Love' by artist Adam Pescott - came free with the UK Magazine Quick Cards Made Easy September 2013 edition. The set has quite a few images so you can make multiples of the same design and I think they are so sweet. And bonus that they were diecut too: although I did trim around the edges more because I thought the finished result would look better. The designer papers are from Lili of the Valley from their Frosty Christmas pad.
The snowflakes were diecut and I glued down just the centres and bent up the pointy bits (sorry, I don't know what they are called LOL!) a little to give the snowflakes some dimension then added red rhinestones to the centres. The large snowflake is by Simon Says Stamp and the small ones are by Impression Obsession.
Here is a close-up so you can see the dimension on the card:
Apart from the SCS Christmas February Fan Club Challenge, I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Winter Wonderland - No Stamping Allowed - use diecuts, decoupage, toppers etc.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - February - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by - have a fab weekend!
Designer Paper: Lili of the Valley Frosty Christmas 8" x 8" pad
Accessories: Lifestyle Circle and Scalloped Circle dies, Big Shot, dimensionals, Kaisercraft red rhinestones, Papertole/Decoupage images from Quick Cards Made Easy - September 2013 edition, Simon Says Stamp Kate's Snowflake SSSD111309 die, Impression Obsession Die100-F snowflake die set, Perfect Layers Tools, cardstock - white