Monday, 5 December 2016

A pair of cards

The top card is a birthday card for a penpal. As well as the images from pinterest, I've used some fabric flowers cut from a Rose and Hubble floral fabric both on the front of the card and on the inside.

The other is a new home card, the first one I've made in ages. It's just fairly simply with a couple of things from scrapbook table and a couple of stickers.

I hope you've had a good weekend and I'll be back on Wednesday.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Current wips*

These are a few of the things I'm working on at the moment.

From the top:

-  a commission Christmas decoration 
-  a needlecase I've been meaning to make for weeks. I need one for Christmas sewing tin so I don't have to keep needles in a bit of fabric!
-  a Christmas tree that just needs its cinnamon stick trunk
-  a felt Christmas decoration 
-  Christmas images printed onto fabric for decorations and some printed images on linen 
-  the February page of a calendar I'm making.

So, I've got plenty to keep me busy this weekend and I'll be back with another post on Monday.

Have a good weekend. 


*wips - works in progress

Thursday, 1 December 2016

A pair of birthday cards

A couple of Scottish-themed birthday cards, the recipient is a Scotland lover. I used a selection of images from Pinterest and added some postage stamps, a piece of a map, wooden embellishments, a dried aster flower head and some acer leaves that actually came from a Scottish tree. When cards are for males, I find that a collage is a good way to have a 'male' vibe as it can be hard to find a masculine image that isn't a bottle of wine, golf, car etc.

I can't believe that it's the first day of the last month of 2016! Where has the year gone?

I'll be back again on Saturday.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

An embroidered Christmas tree hanging decoration

This decoration came about after I'd been looking at primitive and folk art themed items on Pinterest. The dark cream and dull red gingham, along with the plain linen-mix fabric are a perfect match for that kind of style. I drew the pattern for the tree straight onto the fabric, stitched it and then appliqued a small piece of check fabric to serve as the pot for the tree.

For the left-hand side, I printed the 'Happy Christmas' onto a piece of fabric and attached this to the gingham with blanket stitch using vintage rayon thread. The little heart is made from felt and attached with running stitch. 

To cover the join between the two different types of background fabric I added a strip of beige and cream ric rac that I attached with a zig zag overstitch and added french knots at each point.

I've backed the whole thing with a cream and red striped fabric, with some wadding in between to add a bit of structure to the hanging. I then added a running stitch border around each of the two halves of the hanger.

I've used a heart-themed braid, that is attached with tied on vintage mother of pearl buttons, to enable the decoration to be hung up.

This decoration is now available in my Etsy store. Orders placed between 28th November and 25th December on either my Etsy store or Folksy store, will entitle you to a free gift of either a lavender heart or a length (approx 1.5m) of mini paper bunting. Indicate your preference in the notes box when you place an order.

I hope everyone has had a good start to the week, I can't believe how close we are to Christmas Day, it's less than a month away!


Sunday, 27 November 2016

I'm making a Christmas junk journal - part one, the cover and gathering papers

I have quite a lot of Christmas stuff in my paper and ephemera stashes that I have acquired over a few years, so I thought I'd make myself a Christmas junk journal to use some of this up. As with my first junk journal, I've used a Cadbury's fingers box for the cover. 

I've painted over the front of the cover with some red acrylic paint. It's not hidden the images on the front but it just adds a richer backing under the tissue paper that I've used on top. I used mod podge to stick the tissue paper down and added a coat over the top to give a glossy finish. I love the texture that the tissue paper (and the napkin I've used on the inside) makes rather than for it to be smoothed down completely flat (plus that would incur a lot of faffing about!). I used the top layer of a napkin and repeated the same process as the front for the inside cover.

So far I've decorated the front with a tag and a couple of wooden embellishments. I've used embossing powder on the Christmas decoration wooden embellishment and on the tag. I will be adding other stuff to the front when I come across something I want to use. 

I've gathered together some old Christmas cards, Christmas scrapbook papers, pages out of catalogues and some envelopes and bags to use the pages on the inside. The next job will be to create the signatures and to attach these to the cover.

I hope you're having a good weekend and I'll be back on Tuesday.