Sunday, 28 February 2010

Simple Butterfly Card

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This is a very simple understated card/notelet, suitable for any occasion. The paper and butterfly are both from K & Co.  All I have added are a few extra yellow gems on the background paper.  I have mat and layered with gold and white card.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Easter Treat Bag

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There’s a bit of a story about the template for this box, which I downloaded from a scrapbooking forum;  when I cut it on my Silhouette, it fell to bits, as it cut along the fold lines instead of perforating them.  I was gutted as it was just what I was looking for.
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I am very much a novice with the Silhouette, but after several attempts, I worked out how to do the perforations – I am dead chuffed with myself!
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I have also saved myself a bit of money, as I was planning on buying a Sizzix Bigz die that makes a very similar bag/box.
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I’ve kept it pretty plain, just adding a textured paper strip, stickers from Poundland (from last year, I’m not sure if they have any this year) and a bit of faux stitching, all I need to do now is pop some eggs inside.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Two More Very Quick Flower Cards

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I got these ribbon flowers from Hobby Crafts Show a couple of years ago, but have never used them. 
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I just glued them onto a card blank and doodled the stems, leaves and grass, first in green pen, then outlined with a black fine liner pen, adding Happy Birthday.
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These foam flowers were from HobbyCrafts, they have self adhesive backing.
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Nothing fancy or complicated – just plain, simple and quick.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Bunny Tails Easter Treat Bag

Bunny Tail Treat bags
This is a lovely idea from my mate Lisa that I have adapted – check out her blog for a brilliant tutorial on how to create wording using a Craft Robo/Silhouette.
I have used my Silhouette to make the bunnies.  Their heart noses are leftovers from Accessorize sticker packs.
Easter Bunnies
(The template is called Flexible Bunny Rabbits)
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I have used toffee bon bons for the tails!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Card for a Film Lover

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This is a card I made using a Scrappin Doodles Digi Scrapbook set.  It was for a colleague who's daughter is mad about films.

 I used my newspaper design template for the base of the card and then jiggled around with the various elements of the digi set until I was happy with the design.

The tickets, clapperboard and exclusive elements  are simple decoupage layers using foam pads (from Poundland), as is the popcorn box, which I have glammed up with Anita's 3D clear gloss finish. To make the popcorn stand out I have used Anita's 3D Dimensional Glossy Paint. The card is completed with a scattering of small silver star confetti.

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What’s On My Desk Wednesday

My desk is very tidy and boring at the moment,  but as I went on a shopping trip with my mate Lisa on Saturday, I thought I would lay my shopping on my desk……
Home Bargains Mini Marshmallows
Mini Marshmallows from Home Bargains – 69p, brilliant for the Bunny Brew Hot Chocolate I am planning to make for Easter.
Ikea Fish Ice Tray
Ikea fish ice cube tray, 99p – I am thinking about using this for making chocolate fish for Father’s Day.
Nuts and Bolts
Ikea Nut and Bolt jellys – 49p, I thought I might make some Sizzix shaker boxes with gentlemen in mind.
Nail Decorations
Nail decorations – very small gems, brilliant for tiny weeny designs – 99p
Pirate Confetti
And finally pirate confetti – 79p – cute silver swords and pirate flags, I don’t have a project in mind – but I am sure they will come in useful sometime.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Easter Bunny Treat Bags

Easter Bunnies Treat bag
How cute is this?  I have 26 more to make for a colleague at work, to give to her class at Easter.
To make life a little more difficult for myself, the bag is exactly the same on the other side – yes, I am quite, quite mad!
Close Up Easter Bunny Treat bag
The idea came to me because I wanted to put four bunnies (from Marks & Spencers) in a bag, but they were all squashed up, and didn’t look very pretty!
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The card inside the packet measures 3cm x 2.5cm and the flower stickers are left over from Accessorize packs with a bit of doodling.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Going Bananas - Monkey Treat Bags

banana Treat Bag 
With a few days away from work I have managed to have a good “play” on my Quickutz Silhouette, which is a much under used tool in my craftroom.
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I have a monthly subscription with Quickutz, which  they have recently changed slightly, but for approximately £7.00 a month I can download about 50 templates. Going Bananas
I bought a huge bag of foam bananas and remembered this monkey template that I had downloaded – and thought I would try it on some sweetie bag toppers.
I can’t say it’s the easiest tool to use and I think it helps that I am quite good at using a computer. It took me quite a while to sort out the template, making separate sheets of bodies, faces, noses and eyes in the different colours that I needed to make up the monkeys. But now saved, I will be able to use them over and over again, and it beats cutting everything out by hand!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Two Simple Flower Cards

Sometimes It’s nice to cut out the fiddlefarting and make something very plain, simple and quick.
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The flower brads and paper in this card are from the Margo range by K & Co.  I have cut the scalloped square using a Nestabilities die on my Big Shot
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The daisy card is also made using a K & Co flower, but I have added a flat back gem to the centre, I am sorry I don’t know the name of the paper I have used though.
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I love K & Co embellishments but they are SO expensive, I only buy them from e-bay, where you can sometimes find them at a reduced price or in craft shop sales, which to be honest is a rare occasion!
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Saturday, 20 February 2010

17th Birthday Card

17th Birthday Card
I made this card for my nieces best friend Beth.
I cut the large numbers out of my Quickutz Silhouette.  It is a brilliant tool, but I don’t use it half enough, despite having a monthly download subscription for templates from Quickutz.  (I was dead chuffed recently when I managed to master print and cut on it, no mean feat).
The letters are a mishmash of two different sets of letters from American Crafts (bought from QVC).
The large flowers are made using my retro flower whale of a punch, and the smaller flowers with a similar punch. The flowers are finished off with clear flat backed gems.

I’ve Been Shopping ….

A couple of days a way from home ….. and lots of time for mooching…..
So from Paperchase ….
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All £1 a packet – they are small, but ideal for when I make a card using nine small square punchies.
I am not sure what I am going to do with the Bear Hug stickers yet – they might be good on Hug in a Mug hot chocolate packs.
I want to try the butterflies on my glass pendants as they are transparent.
From Accessorize ….. at £1.75 a packet …
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The dolls are soooooo sweet – and I thought the hearts in this pack would make brilliant noses for Easter Bunnies.
I couldn’t resist getting another packet of the bird stickers as I have had some new ideas on how to use them……
Then on to Primark ……..
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These earrings were £2, but I got 18 embellishments from them, the photo doesn’t do justice to the very sparkly jewel in the centre.  I know its a long way off – but my immediate thought was snowflakes……
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These cute sweeties are from Poundland – I think I will put two in a sweetie bag with a cute bunny topper.
This nest is from Hobbycrafts - £1.99 – aint got a clue what to do with it ….. think I might just put some blue mini eggs in it and keep it on my shelf and see what they hatch into!
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This is just pure indulgence from Harriet and Dee, a shop in Chester – when/if I have a crafty stall in the summer my braclets will look lovely hanging from it. (£5)

Friday, 19 February 2010

Christening Card

My apologies, these pictures contain shots of wet glue!
This is a simple card to make using punchies. I think the pictures explain how I have made it.  The daisy punches are nothing special, just ones I have collected over the years.  There are three layers of petals on the large flowers and two on the smaller ones.
The font used is Papyrus in a sepia shade of brown.

I have used flat backed pearls as they give a softer and more sophisticated effect than clear gems.
When the glue is dry I like to fluff up the petals, by separating the petals and lifting them up a little

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Easter Ladybird Treat Box

I can’t promise a lot of Easter ideas as I am not good with pastels and bunnies!
Easter Ladybird Treat Box
….. And you wouldn’t believe how many attempts I have made to get this box to look right, colours, materials, positioning, embellishments, every which way I did it, it looked pants!
Easter Lady Bird Box (Inside)
However I was determined to get it right, especially when the Tesco Express in our village was selling off the Valentine ladybirds at half price (50p) and I had got erm,…. several nets of them! It’s Ok, the sell by date is in May, so no one will go down with food poisoning!
Easter Ladybird Treat Box 1
The box is made using my Sizzix Bigz XL Shaker Box Die.
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And the embellishments were made using various punches, including my trusty Stampin’ Up scallop and plain circle punches. The small circle of gingham in the centre of the flower was made using the silver single hole punch.
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The wooden ladybird came from e-bay and the handwriting and doodling is mine.
Not bunnies and Easter eggs I know, but I thought that ladybirds would be something different and very Spring like.