Friday, 31 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
The one thing all the tutorials forget to mention is how fiddly, messy and infuriating the whole process is and after an hour of frustration glueing baubles on I spent another hour picking all the excess glue off lol.
Dread to think how many baubles I've used, I stopped counting after emptying the 4th box, though I was using quite small baubles compared to the majority of people so it's no surprise I needed so many. There was glitter everywhere, over my desk, the chair, the floor and now all down the stairs to the front door where it hangs now lol!
I'm linking this to:
- Someday crafts - whatever goes wednesday
- fireflies & jellybeans - show off your stuff
- a glimpse inside - catch a glimpse
- blue cricket design - show and tell
- crafty cierra - wild wednesday
- creations by kara - look what i made
- the shabby nest - frugal friday
- chic on a shoestring - flaunt it friday
- finding fabulous - frugalicious friday
- funky polkadot giraffe - too cute tuesday
- a little lovely - saturday soiree
- taterots & jello - weekend wrapup
- be different act normal - show and tell
Friday, 3 December 2010
Started the christmas craft work and thought I'd start with the biggies.. made mum's wreath as she fell in love with my wreath that I made (will blog that one later, but it needs a few extra bits now I've been to hobbycraft again today n got some extra bits lol).
I've used (oh how hobbycraft love me after my shopping sprees):
- Heart shaped twig wreath
- White snowflake ribbon (good ol' tesco deals)
- Silver glitter poinsettas
- Glittery pinecone decoration
- Red berry decoration
- Snowy twig decoration
- Glue gun
- Pebbles to counterbalance
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Saturday, 27 November 2010
So here's what Anthro's version of the Bauble Bow necklace looks like...
Well there was no way I'd pay the £34 price tag when I had everything it's made from sitting next to me in my crafty bookcase. So i took to attacking my stash immediately...
Here's what you need:
- 42 x 6mm glass pearl beads
- 1 large decorative spacer bead
- 2 medium decorative spacer beads
- 2 decorative flat spacers
- 4 small plain spacer beads
- A silver/gold necklace chain
- 2 headpins
- 2 large jumprings
- 2ft wire
- wire cutters and good ol' needle pliers
Lets get started....
2.Take the length of wire and form a loop at one end and connect it to the loop for the medium spacer.
3. Thread a flat spacer followed by 9 pearls onto the wire.
4. Then add a plain spacer, the large spacer and another plain spacer, this is the tail for one side of the bow done :)
5.Thread 14 pearls onto the wire and then add a small spacer.
7. Now add a small spacer, 14 more pearls and another small spacer.
8. Feed the wire through the large spacer again and repeat step 7.Now for the tricky bit, don't tug too hard or your wire will break like mine did 3 times...
9. Feed the wire back through the large spacer bead to complete the bow loop (you may at this point realise like i did that you need to widen the hole in the spacer and have to take the whole thing apart again d'oh!)
10. Thread the last 9 pearls onto the wire and add a flat spacer, gently pull the wire to tighten it, then for a closing loop and attach the other medium spacer on headpin. now you have a finished bow hooray!
11. Count in 5 pearls from the centre of the bow loop and attach a large jumpring for each side of the bow.
12. Attach the necklace chain to the jumpring and voila one finsihed bauble bow necklace for a fraction of the price!
Happy days! :)
Here's my finished version that cost me nothing as I recycled old broken bits of jewellery and used some leftovers from other projects...
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Friday, 19 November 2010
Been playing with the idea of making myself an unusual bag for a while and even with a broken sewing machine I still managed to make one that holds all my gear courtesy of my hand sewing :)
- A kids skirt that I got in primark for 50p in the sale months ago
- An old white tie to form the bag handles
- 4 chunky pink buttons
- Black zipper
Not an easy thing to handsew, or at least not with my limited/poor skills lol, but after many hours and stabbing my fingers to sew the buttons on (yes i forgot to add them till after i'd already sewn the handles on, they were a bit of an afterthought) I finally had a cute little skirt handbag of my own :)
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Friday, 12 November 2010
Really am running out my stash of ikea goodies now, good thing we are going again on monday for some furniture for the new house..think a few future project bits might make their way into the trolley too lol...
So this is glass pebble heart shadowbox I've made, no idea where it's going to hang yet but I love it!
- 1 ikea plain wood shadowbox
- dulux muddy puddle paint
- wallpaper scrap (thanks to homebase lol)
- chocolate glass pebbles
- hot glue gun
- scrap of paper
To make it I:
- Painted the shadowbox inside and out with muddly puddle paint (can anyone else my mums obsession with this colour rubbing off on me yet?)
- Glue the wallpaper to the shadowbox backing piece
- Draw out a heart shaped template to draw round on the wallpaper when it's dried to the backing piece.
- Lay out the pebbles to find the best layout to fit in the heart template.
- Carefully take one pebble out at a time and glue it down till all the pebbles are stuck on.
- Even more carefully try and fit the backing piece back into the shadowbox.
- Hang it somehwere and look lovingly at it :)
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Sunday, 7 November 2010
So I've used:
- Small box canvas
- Tonic studios butterfly punch
- Flower stencil (made from an old birthday card)
- 2 x pink inks
- silver ink
- mod podge
- variety of black, pink, white, grey scrapbook paper
- clear patterned vellum
- superstrength paper glue
I started by punching out 40 butterflies from my pile of paper and vellum scraps ( got a little carried away actually and punched dozens more out of every colour pretty paper scrap I came across lol). Then I turned to my canvas and used the stencil to ink out the flower background, I'd laid the butteflies on the plain canvas earlier and it looked bland then i found the old card for the flower stencil. After letting the ink dry i applied a coat of mod podge as the silver ink has a habit of smudging and rubbing off on things, then i had to wait overnight before i could add my butterflies.
I'm quite chuffed with the result, now i just need to decide which room to hang it in when we get ourselves all moved and sorted :)
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Sunday, 31 October 2010
- gunmetal grey drawing pins
- charity shop book
- 2 flower arranging foam balls
- 1/8" wooden dowel
- small terracotta pot
- ivory ribbon
- half styrofoam ball
- brown glass pebbles
- rock salt paint
- chcolate paint
- hot glue gun
I pierced the foam balls onto the dowel, glued the balls to the dowel and then painted the dowel chocolate brown. After painting the pot, I filled it with shingle to balance the weight of the topiary, and glued half a styrofoam ball over the top of the shingle to the sides of the pot. When the dowel was dried I put it through the styrofoam and glued it into place.
To secure the flowers to the foam balls I used the hot glue gun and drawing pins. I tried just using drawing pins but they just didn't hold the weight, so they became just aesthetic and the glue did all the work. After many hours of cutting and sticking flowers, not to mention burning my fingers with the glue gun many times, I made it to the fininshing touch.. the ivory ribbon bow tied around the dowel... Now I just hope it looks lovely in the new house to make it worth all the work!
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Wednesday, 27 October 2010
So I've used:
- 2 silver earring hooks
- 2 strings of silver chain
- Too many 6mm pearls to count
- Too many headpins to count lol
Surprisingly these are a lot lighter than they look, and they went down very well with mum, along with her purple felt dahlia flower brooch.
Friday, 22 October 2010
- Lost & Found: Birds on branch pendant
- Lost & Found: Leaves links
- Silver chain (recycled from a broken necklace)
- Silver clasp (recycled from a broken necklace)
I've lived in this since I made, it just goes with everything i wear! Though i am wondering if I should add some kind of gem into the nest at some time in the future?
I've linked this post up to The Shabby nest- Frugal Friday.. go have a look at all the other fab posts!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
So here we go with another shop inspired idea recreated using more of those fab little 4x6 ikea frames! No way was I going to pay the shop prices so out came the stash of bits at home once more.
- Dulux chocloate wood paint
- 9 ikea plain wood frames
- Super strength evostick glue
- Twine for the (hanging)
Now it's hanging in our lounge full of photos from our trip to egypt, with a mix of colour and black/white prints, will look even better when it's hanging in our little cottage next month :)
Saturday, 16 October 2010
So by now everyone's seen these plastered all over the internet and in the shops.. and I thought our lounge needed something funky on the wall so I made us one :)
- Thick cardboard (for the backing to secure the skewers to the mirror)
- Barbecue skewers
- Selection of sized mirrors
- Silver spraypaint (left over from my car)
- Hot gluegun
Friday, 15 October 2010
No idea where the inspiration for this necklace came from, been staring at the pink woven beads for months and months now and never had a clue what to do with them...
And suddenly whilst searching the internet for a new house I grabbed a handful of beads and some inspiration hit me.. not bad considering I was looking for totally different colour and style of beads for a different project.
So I've used:
- Wooden ball beads
- Pink wooven wooden beads
- Pink terracotta beads
- Felt pink dotty flower
- Chocolate grosgrain ribbon
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
So I thought we needed some pretty frames in our house and typical me I imagined in my head what I wanted and once again shops let me down, so I made my own! Typical of my mum the first time she saw them she wanted a set for her too (in muddy puddle of course as she's obsessed with that colour) and then Dan's mum saw them and wanted a set too... so low and behold 3 sets of frames done and 2 christmas presents sorted good and early too lol!
- 9 plain wood ikea 4x7 frames
- 6 wickes small barrel hinges
- 9 sets of hobbycraft wooden flowers
- Chocolate paint
- Muddy puddle paint
- Caramel paint
- Papercraft pearl stones
- Papercraft victorian style ribbons
Now to find some photos to put in them before I have to give them away!
Monday, 20 September 2010
Ok so fathers day was a fair while ago in the UK but I never got round to showing these shirt cards I made for us to give. Very simple design but dead versatile with all the different papers you can use to imitate shirt material and patterns.
- Blue tones striped paper
- Grey tones striped paper
- Chunky white ribbon
- Small silver brads
- Shell buttons
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Phew finally got a little bit of papercrafting done again, was beginning to wonder if I'd even remember how to do a card lol... So anyway this is my entry for four, yes four, of this weeks challenges... Forever Friends sketch challenge, Dutch Dare Card challenges colour inspiration, Cute Card Thursday theme anniversary and Cupcake Craft challenges theme food/drink...
- Forever friends birthday bear
- Dovecraft paper
- Orange ribbon
- Black silk ribbon
- Pink chipboard tag
- Chipboard and felt flowers
- Birthday sentiment peel off
- Chunky orange brad
Saturday, 20 March 2010
And the rest...? Well they are goodies for me using some ideas gained from surfing etsy, etc and mostly from beads I've recycled from old pieces of broken or unwanted jewellery I've hidden in my move..
A bit of a green moment with all the St Patrick's celebrations going on..
..And it would appear my obsession with pearls and big fabric flowers lives on..
Monday, 8 March 2010
This weeks theme over at Simons Says Challenge is Mother's Day/Girly. Good thing I'm having to make my bloke's cards too so I've got enough to enter this weeks challenges!
- Dovecraft hint of pink papers
- Papermill cardstock
- Fabric flower
- Charcoal buttons
- Hobbycraft ribbon
- PB image Buzz in the air
Wow so it really has been a while once again and this time I'm gonna try to keep my blog a lil more regular..
Anyway this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge is Flower Power and here's my card.
- PB hedgie stamped image
- Poppicraft dotty flower
- Fabric brad inked bronze
- Papermania borders paper
- Dovecraft hint of pink papers
- Pink flower ribbon (hobbycraft)
- Tortoiseshel button
- Papermill cardstock