I am sorry but I can no longer send out any templates, poems etc. that I may have previously offered in the past, the files were lost when my last computer crashed and I have chosen not to remake any of them them.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Nine Square Owl Card using Paperchase Stickers

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a white linen effect,hand cut blank.
This card follows on from Monday’s post, when I was wondering what to do with the rest of the stickers from packet of Paperchase stickers I had opened just for the tree ones …… now I am trying to use up so much of my stuff I didn’t want to put the opened pack back in the box to go unused for another year or so ……..
So to use them up ….it had to be a nine square card didn't it!!! I used my X-cut 1 inch scalloped square punch to cut out the backgrounds, to be honest the Bazzill card colours I chose were quite dull and muted, colours I would not normally choose to work with, but they work.  Marc is forever telling me that “sometimes” I have to make cards that may not be to my taste but which others will love!  I had two packets of the stickers, so after the house cards and this card I should have enough left for at least another four cards of this design …… and another small part of my stash bites the dust!

Monday, 13 April 2015

New House Card

These cards measure 5ins x 5ins and are made using a white linen effect, hand cut card blank. 
These cards use the printed Fimo house embellishments I featured a couple of posts back, scraps of paper and trees that come from a set of Paperchase stickers.
Printed fimo House embellishments[4]_thumb
I thought it best to try and use the Fimo house embellishments as soon as I could, otherwise they ran the risk of just “disappearing”. I started with the picture panel, which measures 2.5ins square, creating a “country” background using scraps of paper and faux stitching.  The panel was then mat and layered on a larger 3.5in plain square, and attached with foam stickers to the card blank for extra dimension. 
When I added the house, something was missing, there was too much space around it, and then I remembered some Paperchase stickers I had, that I thought might contain trees that could be in proportion.  They were!  I don’t usually like to mix mediums when it comes to embellishments, something about the effect jars with me,  but the trees were perfect because of their matte finish and the black outlines, which both mirrored the houses.  I had got away with it!
I am so chuffed with the results and have a few stamps that I think might also suit the same Fimo treatment.  …… And the Paperchase stickers, now I have opened the pack?  A set of nine square cards …. to follow!

Friday, 10 April 2015

You Passed ….. Driving Test Matchbox

This box is made using the Tim Holtz matchbox die.
For this embellishment I used old scraps of street maps, foam car/road sign stickers (from a Poundshop) and alphabet beads. 
I decorated the sleeve of the box first …….
……. and then created a topper to go inside, sorry about the wet glue showing, and threaded the words “You Passed” in alphabet beads, the end of which I hid behind the topper when I stuck it in position.
If I could find some small chocolate cars to put in the matchbox too that would be brilliant, I remember that M & S had some a while back, but I bet they don’t have any now just because I want some!!!!!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Nine Square Cat Cards

These cards measure 5ins x 5ins and are made using a white linen effect, hand cut card blank.
I am on a mahoosive mission to use all my small puffy stickers on 9 square cards, I have had them for too long now and they really NEED to be used up once and for all.  So I apologise, as you can expect to see quite a few variations on the same design in the coming weeks/months.
I have used my X-cut one inch scalloped X-cut punch to cut the pastel Bazzill backgrounds but I am afraid I just cannot remember where the puffy stickers came from, only that they cost 99p a pack and no two cats are the same.
I also just love the odd few mice that were included in the packs which I used to add a little fun at the bottom of the cards.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

This Is A New One On Me!!!!

I have to apologise as I just haven’t been at all Eastery project wise this year, but having said that, I haven’t seen anything that new in my usual haunts to inspire me …. but perhaps I will get my act together next year, especially with little projects to do with Iris!
However, I did spot this in the only gift shop in our village …….. now that’s a new one on me …… an Easter Bunny’s Magic Key!!!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Dandelion Seed Wish Bottle

Sometimes I come back to things years after I first made them.
I remember desperately wanting to make some wish bottles by putting dandelion seeds inside them but was very disappointed with the results, as you could hardly see the seeds …..
…… however, after a couple of years on my shelf, the seeds have now dried to give the effect that I was initially looking for, but which still proves to be almost impossible to capture using my humble camera.I have wrapped a length of cream cotton thread round the top of the bottle, adding a silver wish and star charm…………… and stuck a silver spacer bead on the cork using a flat backed pearl to cover the hole.
I think perhaps now I should have put an eye in the middle of the spacer and a thread so that it could be hung up, put on a keyring or even worn,  maybe next time.
Now I am all enthused,  I need to collect more dandelion clocks, but need to find a much faster way to dry them!!!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Tiny Happy Birthday Book

I have had a set of three of these tiny 6cm x 6cm books for at least 5/6 years, if not longer, and it was high time they were used!!!!
So I hit upon putting a letter on each page to spell out “Happy Birthday” to make a little birthday book to give instead of a card. 
The books contain twelve sides in total, which meant that two pages had to double up on the letters, which then left on page at the back to add a birthday message.
I chose not to add any other embellishment on this one …… I could have added a few punched flowers, but I wasn’t sure, and I didn’t want to make the book too thick.
However, as I have two books left, I might try using a plain background paper and then add some flat stickers (if I can find where I have put them) of candles, cakes, balloons etc.
In it’s present state it is very me and less is more ….. but I can see how a little bit more, wouldn’t go amiss …… so watch this space for a second and possibly third attempt!

Friday, 27 March 2015

This Week………. Birthday Matchboxes

This week I have been mainly making birthday matchboxes using the Tim Holtz matchbox die cuts Marc sent me a while back with Paperchase stickers and Craftwork Card birthday sentiments.
They are a bit of a market research/experiment to see how they go in the staffroom at work ….. something a bit different from a card …..
If they go well, it will probably encourage me to make more for the craft markets/fayre  I can hopefully find and frequent in Evesham in the coming months.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Tom and Laura’s First Wedding Anniversary Card

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a hand cut white linen effect card blank.
Iris CardWell, with Iris arriving just weeks before Tom and The Lovely Laura’s first wedding anniversary, it was a no brainer as to what I would put on their card!
Iris Anniversary CardThe buttons date back to the days of Alan and Barry on Create and Craft, when they used to sell huge bags of mixed buttons (wish you could still get them, I had so many cards using them)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Printed Fimo House Embellishments

As you know I am not the best or most patient of stampers, but instead of stamping onto card, I wondered if I could stamp on Fimo to make my own embellishments.
So I found out some Stampin’Up house stamps that I must have had for at least 5 years and never even opened …..
…… and used a black Stazon ink pad to stamp them onto freshly rolled out white fimo……..
……. which I then cut out with a craft blade …. the roofs and house are separate stamps, but the fimo stuck together easily to create a complete house.
The houses “cooked” a dream, if not a little pongy, which was probably the ink cooking and if the colour of the fimo changed that was due to my leaving them a little too long in the oven …. but it didn’t hurt the finished effect!!!
Now, all I need is a project to use them on ….. I am think either a new home tag or card, or both or perhaps a New Home Matchbox!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Ikea Pencil Coasters

I know I am terrible, but I just cannot resist taking the odd handful (or two) of those small pencils they have everywhere in Ikea! But what on earth do I do with them when I get them home? There are only so many pencils you can write/draw with!!!
So I challenged myself, and came up with these coasters!!!
I am under no illusions that they will very last long, they are just a bit of fun.  I simply glued them together using a cement type glue, perhaps if I did them again I would use E6000, which I think would make them stronger.
I suppose a couple of coats of varnish would also strengthen them and make them more wipable …….
……. and they can be used either side up either showing the plain or printed side.
I am now thinking, that they might also look quite good stuck round a desk pencil pot (dare I return to Ikea?) ….. however a set of short Poundshop coloured pencils could look equally as good ……. hmmmmmm

Just found out someone has already had that idea!!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Collier Campbell / Ikea Storage Drawers

This set of Ikea drawers was fixed to a wall in the garage, the Duke had used it to keep his fishing bits and pieces in it, but it was now empty and it seemed such a shame not to be used, so I decided to rescue it with the help of a gentleman with a drill!
I needed somewhere to put all my tealights and small candles and this was an obvious choice.
I decided that I would cover it with Collier Campbell Flower Patch wrapping paper as I wanted something really bright for my newly decorated utility room.
I outlined the edges in red Promarker pen and then simply covered the front of each drawer with the paper.
Collier Campbell wrapping paper. Cover Ikea wooden drawers….. followed by layer after layer of quick drying clear varnish, goodness knows how many!!!
IKea wooden storage drawers.Collier Campbell wrapping paperEt volia ….. sitting underneath one of my mirrors!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Sorry You’re Leaving Card

This card is A5 in size made using a hand cut blank in white linen effect card.
I made this card for the Head of Maths at school who left at Christmas.  I used graph paper with red and silver card to mat and layer, and then went mad with  some of the thousands of self adhesive numbers and letters I have collected over the years, and then filled in the smaller gaps with doodled Maths symbols.
I think I really need to make more cards in this style in the coming year perhaps on a more general theme. I have sooooooooo many letters, and they need using up …. the combination of wording might take a little thinking about …… e’e. a’s and y’s always seem to get used first and I never have enough y’s ……

Friday, 6 March 2015

The PE Lady’s Easter Chicks

The PE Lady has been knitting her Easter Chicks again which each conceal a Cabury’s cream egg.  The colours make them soooooooooo sweet!  I just can’t pick a favourite!
All of these are destined for Marc, as he has a BIG thing for knitted novelties, ….. I am not sure I could let them go if I was him!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Easter Bunny Bags

As I said the other day,  I am not planning to make a great deal for Easter, but I think my “penny bags” are always appreciated at work as I am careful what I put in them and they are good value for money!
I kept the tags very, very simple, using a blue gingham and pale green card, yellow ribbon (left over from Tom and the Lovely Laura’s wedding), and punched sunshines.
I also finally managed to use up all the wooden Paperchase bunny’s I got at a much reduced price either last year or the year before, so they owe me nothing and another bit of my stash bites the dust!!!!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Heads Up For Easter

I am not doing a lot for Easter, but I will be making some Easter Bunny Penny Bags for work …….. and so naturally my eagle eye has been out looking for some small, good quality, value for money Easter themed sweeties to pop in them, along with lollies, marshmallows and other bits and pieces…….  and this is what I found in Tesco

Tesco Easter Chocolate Coins……. chocolate coins …… 10 coins per net ……

Tesco Easter Bunnies…… and chocolate bunnies ……. 15 bunnies per net.  And yes, I was sad and I stood in middle of Tesco trying to count them!!!! They also have nets of small, foil wrapped eggs.  Anyway they are on special offer 2 nets for £1.50, which I reckon don’t work out that bad.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Happy Birthday Lindsay

I don’t often do requests, but this is a little something for Lindsay Denville
Monkey Birthday card[9]…… for when she pops by today! Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Valentines Favour Bags

I didn’t really do anything for Valentines Day, but I did pop this little jumble of bags into the pigeon holes of some of my friends at work on the last day of term as a fairing gift.
I used a narrow cello bag and put in small packets of Love Hearts, some foil wrapped chocolate hearts that I found in Bargains UK (99p), some chocolate coins and a felt heart ……..
……. fastened together with a red bulldog clip which is always a useful thing to have in your desk!

Monday, 23 February 2015

A Special Thank You Card

This card measure 5ins x 5ins and is made using a Kraft Card blank
Making this card felt very different from me, it’s a sort collage, something I enjoy, but don’t do a lot of on cards.  The background is made from cork sheet that gives it a different, rough texture to which I have  added a mixture of Tim Holtz paper embellishments, K & Co layered poppies, antique silver and dragon fly brads, clear self adhesive pebbles, and red twine, but I think it all goes together OK (????)
The reason for making this card was a very small thank you in comparison to Lizzie, a follower of more years than I care to remember, who sent me a most beautiful parcel containing a collection of wonderful bits, completely out of the blue. 
Inside the parcel were three beautifully wrapped packages full of lovely, lovely things.
What can I say?
Each package just got more wonderful …….
…… and I was totally, overwhelmed by Lizzie’s kindness, thought and generosity.  I love everything ….. I think the most inspiring were the Tim Holtz bottles, as I have a HUGE thing for little bottles, which are already screaming Christmas very loudly at me  ……….
Thank you soooooooo much Lizzie, as I said “Thank You” just doesn’t express my feelings, half as much as what it really meant to me!