Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentine's Day Box Card Tutorial

I have created a tutorial for this Box Card over on the MyMakes forum - do pop over and check it out! I made it into a Valentine's card as it's February, but once you have mastered the construction you can decorate it any way you like.  And it folds flat for posting too.

It's a great little stash-buster for odds and ends of paper and die cuts: even the acetate strips are recycled from packaging materials.

Change the colours and it's good for a wedding. I made a couple of Christmas boxes last year and I have an idea for using some hot air balloon dies sometime soon... would also be good with flowers for Mother's Day.... hmm that's coming up soon isn't it - watch this space!

Upcycled canvas memo board

Memo board made from charity shop canvas
I decided my craft room needed an "inspiration board" and when I saw a large square canvas picture in a charity shop I knew exactly what I was going to do with it!

The canvas is 16" square so a Fat Quarter was just the right size for this project. I couldn't resist this adorable kitten fabric, and paired it with some pink satin ribbon for a pop of colour.

I gave the canvas a coat of gesso to make sure the rather bright picture wouldn't show through the fabric, then cut wadding to the size of the canvas and temporarily tacked it in place with a bit of double sided tape so it wouldn't slip out of position.  I cut the fabric with enough overlap to wrap round to the back of the canvas with a bit to spare, then attached it with a staple gun to the wooden frame of the canvas.  The easiest way is to staple the top centre and bottom centre to fix it in place, work along the rest of the top and bottom, then turn it 90 degrees and repeat, checking to make sure the fabric stays smooth and stretching out any wrinkles as you go.

I then pinned ribbon diagonally from corner to corner and stapled to the reverse of the frame, and then from the midpoint of each side to form a grid.  I sewed mother of pearl buttons to each pont where the ribbons crossed, which makes nice "dimples" in the wadding.  I then attached a couple of eyes to the frame at the back and stretched some cord across for hanging.

Monday, 29 August 2016

My Makes Forum Launch Party

Do come and join us at the fab new craft forum My Makes . The forum's up and running now and we're having a launch party from mid-day on Saturday 10th September until 8pm on Sunday 11th September.  Fun and games, challenges and much more!  I'm one of the moderators and would love to see you, do come and join in this friendly new craft forum.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Born to Shop card

A quick and easy way to use up some leftover scraps of paper and card.  I can think of a few people this card would be appropriate for!

I found a couple of pretty pink papers in my offcuts box and used strips of  Washi tape on a scrap of card to create a third one to coordinate.  I trimmed them to size, pierced a couple of holes at the top of each for the butcher's twine bag handles and adhered a little wisp of mulberry paper behind.  I attached a piece of white card to a pink card blank with Washi tape, added the bags with thick foam pads to add dimension and finished with a computer generated sentiment. 

Button Heart Hoop

A pretty room decoration from a scrap of dressmaking fabric, an embroidery hoops and lots of buttons and beads from my stash

A nice little stash buster I made for the Fiskarettes UK Facebook page back in June. 

I cut a scrap of dress fabric just larger than my embroidery hoop, drew a heart shape
and sewed on a variety of buttons and beads with a few different shades of embroidery silk, then filled in the gaps with seed beads.

I felt it needed a backing as the fabric I had used was quite thin, so to finish the back I trimmed the surplus fabric to about an inch, ran a running stitch around the edge to gather it and stitched a circle of felt to cover the raw edges.

I have had the hoop for years and never used it for its intended purpose but it now looks really pretty on the wall.  I think I may make some more to go with it!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Spring Surprise Exploding Box Card

A Spring Surprise Exploding Box Card

Inside is a tiny pot of flowers, complete with little bees   

This card was great fun to make!  I found a teeny tiny flower pot and made some tulips using cotton buds, green florists tape and the Fiskars petal punch, and added some cute little punched bees with Wink of Stella on their wings for glittery highlights, hovering on strips of acrylic.

I then used green card to make an exploding box card to fit the finished size of the pot, decorated it inside and out with pink and green cardstock and patterned papers and finished off with a little "get well soon" tag. 

This was designed for the Fiskarettes UK Facebook page

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Great new craft forum - introducing My Makes

I'm very happy to reveal that I've been appointed one of the moderators for a lovely new crafts forum called My Makes. It's a friendly community for all crafts and I hope you will join us and make new friends and share your own makes.

I have also done a tutorial for this banner birthday card, made from scraps of paper and Washi tape, and will be working on more tutorials for the forum in the future.  Hope to see you there!

Banner birthday card