...ha ha. I have just finished a little card using mostly punches. The brilliant thing about the punches is that they are great for using up little scraps. This was really fun to make, can you spot which punches I used?
Do not adjust your set, Reader, the photo is indeed out of focus, sorry.
Ornament (english translation: bauble)
Bird builder punch (branch only)
Blossoms punch (smallest flower)
Credit to the lovely michelle for the blossoms/branches idea.
...using my lovely, lovely designer papers from the sale-a-bration promotion from Stampin'Up (free with any £45 order, offer ends this Saturday). I covered my filofax in lovely orla kiely style paper in November (see here) but it was getting a bit tired, so I've replaced it with this:
I love that damask-y pink/red and doesn't the stripe look like fabric?
I used a cute kit from Tando Creative and covered the panels with some pretty papers from a few years ago that I re-discovered as I was moving everything into my new crafting unit. I used my cropadile to make the holes and was very impressed how easy this was, it even inspired me to try making holes in some little mdf tiles I had, and it worked a treat on them too (more of them another day). If you have done a home project lately, why not put a link to it in the comments, I'd love to see it?
...I gave in. I love this little card, which I have plain and shameless copied from Tami. If you haven't looked at her videos on YouTube, you should, she's the most enthusiastic demonstrator ever! So, this morning, I got an email saying Tami has put up a new video, and as soon as I saw it I decided this was way better than the project I had planned for my lunchtime craft group today. So I very quickly copied it and assembled the necessary equipment. This is why, Reader, the sample is so very shabbily produced with the glaring accidental stamp at the top (I dropped it). But you get the idea, and you wouldn't hold it against me...would you????? It's very quick and I think really really cute, well done Tami!
I followed Tami's instructions by using the birdpunch to make the little chicks and the oval punch to make the eggs. I used dimensionals to pop up the eggs and all that lovely sale-a-bration paper. If you could have seen my face as my ladies started cutting into my precious new paper, but it was worth it the cards all looked so cute. And I have got another set hidden away!
1) for every £45 you spend, you get a beautiful stamp set or set of papers from the Saleabration catalogue
2) if you give the starter kit a test run, not only do you get the usual amazing value starter selection, customised by you and worth over £240, but also your choice of stamp set - any one at all - from the current catalogues, worth up to £44.
Both these offers finish at the end of the month, so order with me by Friday if you want to take advantage and not miss out on these two great offers.
PS remember the clocks change tonight for those living in the UK!
...is what life is all about, isn't it? These photos are from 1999, so it's taken me a while, but I'm pleased, especially with the giant chocolate bar effect over the bottom half. I've followed this week's sketch over at Shimelle's, again!
The tag reads: "The only way for a one-year-old to eat chocolate pudding - NAKED!".
...why not come along and have a lovely relaxing evening turning a photo into an heirloom? It's from 7:30pm-9:30pm at my place, please call if you'd like to come along...
And here are my next few classes after the Easter break:
TUESDAY APRIL 24th : STAMP-A-STACK 7:30 - 9:30pm
Build up your stash of cards for all occasions. Lots of lovely designs for you to copy or make up your own designs. Free use of all Helen's stamps and equipment including the big shot. £8 a head for basic cards, extra consumables available at cost price.
TUESDAY May 1st: EXPLORE SCRAPBOOKING AND JOURNALLING 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy two gentle hours exploring the craft of scrapbooking. There will be plenty of examples for you to look at and to consider what styles you like. Bring a photo and get into the scrapping habit using some of Helen's scarily big stash of scrapbooking materials and tools. £8 each.
TUESDAY MAY 8th: WE LOVE EMBOSSING 7:30 - 9:30pm
Of all the techniques in papercraft, embossing has got to be the easiest "wow". Learn how to make a simple card pop, use embossing to turn "homemade" into "Handcrafted", and see how embossing can even be used to glaze 3-D projects. £8 a head.
...not just for Christmas! The pattern for this little sweetie arrived this morning and I just had to make it, and because I haven't been at work this week, I was lucky enough to have time to give it a go straight away. I dug into my Stampin'Up fabric stash and pulled out this one - Candy Cane Christmas - and after a few mistakes, I produced this:
You get three coordinating pieces of pure cotton, of about 68x45cm, for under £9, a bargain I think. I only used about a quarter of one piece. I wonder whether it's a "he" or a "she" - what do you think?
...for this page based on Shimelle's current starting point. I had a pink moment having picked out some really pretty designer series paper (Flirtatious from SU). It comes with a die cut page of "doily" shapes, so I used one first as a stencil on the bottom half of the page, then stuck it on at the top of the layout. I also discovered that you could cut another of the papers in the same set with the Lace Ribbon Border punch and it matches up exactly with the pattern. I confess my top paper is not multicoloured per the sketch, but I think it would have been too much. I stamped "friend definition" for the fourth piece of paper in the cluster, because they really are even though they're sisters.
... this week, what with the jubilee coming up, so I made some cute union jack cards, which I confess to copying from a fellow SU demonstrator Lesley Lendon. The great thing is you can make them in advance and then just add a sentiment in the middle whenever you've decided what it is. I realised afterwards that it would have been more accurate to do the diagonal stripes first, then the horizontal/vertical ones, but otherwise I'm really pleased with these.
I used the subtles patterned paper pack, which I have used sooo much, in rose red and marina mist. The stamp in the middle is from the hostess Happiest birthday wishes. I edged the flag in marina mist ink with a dauber, just to finish it off. Hope you like it!
...are not really my style, but it's my little nephew's birthday soon so when I came across the Stampin'Up circus designer paper, I couldn't resist this one. I think I will put a number for his age in each of the strong-man's weights too, I remember really liking age numbers when I was a kid!
...providing you've got a good imagination! I made this little cutie entirely using needle-felting.
You just cut out two bird shapes in pre-made felt, and use a dry-felting needle to apply your choice of fleece. Cut two wings, and apply a bit of fleece to them while poking the wing onto the body. Join the pieces by poking the needle through the joined edges (wrong sides together), and applying extra fleece over the edges. Stuff some scraps of fleece into the body before closing the last gap. Stick a feather in as a tail at the back and a folded felt diamond for the beak and use the needle to close up the holes. I stitched a couple of little black beads as eyes, but you could use tiny balls of felt instead. My robin doesn't have any legs but when Kirstie Allsopp did this project, she poked a thin stick in so the robin could be stood in eg a plant pot, or I guess I could make some little legs with wire.
...and am working on some projects to show you very shortly. In the meantime, if you've come seeking inspiration, may I recommend another blog I've just found that I'm very impressed with, by a lady called Michelle Joy Wecksler. Michelle has lots of lovely projects and masses of you tube videos, as well as entertaining reflections on life. For example, there's a lovely series of posts about a technique that Michelle calls "Acetate Effects", that uses Crystal Effects medium, ordinary re-inkers, and acetate sheets - so cool! - just click on the picture below to go to the post.