Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Valentine Chocolate Bars

Valentine Chocolate Bars
Valentines sweets are often over priced for what they are, and this year, as I said yesterday, good quality chocolate items such as chocolate hearts  to put into sweetie bags etc. are few and far between.  Last week I saw packs of mini chocolate bars with Valentine wrappings and thought I would "Pinch" the idea.Valentine Chocolate bar
…. by just wrapping Cadbury bars (pack of 6 from Home Bargains for £1.69) in scraps of heart patterned paper, which match the end of the chocolate bar perfectly.
Valentine chocolate favors
Just right for popping into someone's pocket or lunchbox for a Valentines Day surprise without costing the earth!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Stripy Hearts Card

This card measures 12.5cm x 12.5cm and is made using white linen effect card.
Stripey hearts card
I am not usually a stripy paper person so this card was a bit of an experiment. When I stuck down the punched hearts it all looked a bit flat, so I punched another set, folded them in half and then stuck them down the middle of the first hearts fluffing them up a bit.
Stripey heart Card
I thought the hearts still needed a little bit of something else …. hence a final scattering of tiny punched hearts on the inside and outside of them … done and dusted!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Valentine Bags Of Love

Valentine Bags of Love
It’s been really hard to find good quality Valentines sweets in the shops this year, I had been really hoping that Tesco would do their nets of Love Bugs again this year …. but unfortunately they haven’t …. so I have really had to scratch about for bits and pieces.  There are a few nets of chocolates about but there are not enough contents to justify buying them to split up for the price.  I  think that I may struggle at Easter too to keep prices down, as I only like to use recognised brands of chocolates.
Anyway, I managed to find bags of chocolate hearts in Marks and Spencer at £2.50 for about 25 chocolates and bags of 16 small packets of Love Hearts and Thorntons Love Rocks in Poundworld…..
Love HeartsThorntons Love Rocks
I’ve bulked up my bags with a mix of small lollies, chocolate coins, a milky way and strawberry chews.
Valentine bag Of Love sweetie favor bag
I simply put them in a cello bags, with a ribbon and wooden tags (which were a present from my Crafty friend Carly). I find that people at work like to buy “Penny Bags ” like these for their children …..I now all I have to do is cross my fingers and hope they will go down well ……

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Wooden Baby Tags

The base of these tags have been made using children’s wooden dominoes with the holes being made using a PowerCraft hobby drill.
Wooden Baby tags
I thought these tags would be ideal for tags on baby presents.
I’ve used Creative Gingham Paper Strips and and wooden heart embellishments both from Handy Hippo

Friday, 27 January 2012

Decopatch Heart Keyrings

Aghhhh, covering the hearts on these keyrings was such a fiddle fart!
Decopatch heart Keyring

I’ve had these large wooden heart beads for a couple of years and decided that with Valentines Day approaching a few of them must be used up and so I decided (fool hardily) to try covering them with tiny pieces of Decopatch paper, talk about fiddly!
Decopatch Hearts 
But, I wouldn’t be beaten and after several coats of Ronseal quick drying glossy varnish and adding keyring attachments from Hobbycraft they were soon done.
Decopatch heart Keyrings 1

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Guest Blogger – My Daughter Lucy

My daughter Lucy made me and others in the family some beautiful cross stitch and embroidered presents this Christmas and so I thought I would use a bit of nepotism and make her my Guest Crafter for today …..
cross stitch initial H
I just do not have any patience with sewing, especially cross stitch and embroidery, to be honest my eyes are rubbish and I can barely thread a needle without my tongue hanging out and going cross eyed …..
crosstitch birds
….. and then if I get any further all my crisp material and threads start to look grubby and crumpled within seconds!
cross stitch bird
But as you can see Lucy doesn’t share any of my foibles!
crossstitch notebook
Even her gift tags were cross stitched.
cross stitch tag
She treated herself to this book on doodle stitching by Aimee Ray and some of the stuff she has done already is just beautiful, I am so jealous!
Doodle Stitching
Ribbon rosettes
…. And I almost forgot these ribbon corsages!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Gingham Valentine Baskets

Gingham valentine baskets
I am finding all sorts of forgotten treasure in my efforts to use up existing “stuff” rather than buying even more new bits and pieces, ……. like these papier mache baskets (£1.69 HobbyCraft).
Papier mache heart baskets
Using a gingham print paper I drew round the baskets to get the shape and size right. I then cut out the shapes and went round the edges with a black pen to give a faux stitching effect, and finally glued the paper to the baskets, leaving to dry overnight.
Valentine Sweetie Candy Baskets
Next followed several coats of Ronseal glossy, clear, quick drying varnish.
small gingham heart tag
The finishing touches include a small tag made using a tag and heart shaped punch and a small wooden heart embellishment in the corner at the bottom of the basket.
wooden heart
I am going to fill these baskets with jelly shaped sweets for Valentines Day and see how they go.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bunting Birthday Card

Bunting card
Bunting is so on trend at the moment (hark at me, such a fashionista!!!)), so I thought I had better have a go too
Bunting card 1
I’ve used my triangle punch for the bunting, using an assortment of paper scraps.  Originally I was going to leave them plain, but found that by edging them roughly with a black fine liner it made the flags stand out more. The writing is my own.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Gingham Tags

I just LOVE gingham …..
Wooden gingham gift tags
….. and as soon as I saw the Creative Paper Strips (below) – in  pastel colours(£1.99 pack 20) they just screamed Spring, Easter and Mothers Day at me.  The colours are beautiful and quite subtle, and the paper quality is lovely and packs are available from  http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/p7246-creative-paper-strips-pastel-gingham-20-pack.html
003….. And following on from the success of all the wooden tags I made for Christmas, I am really keen to keep them coming in a wide of variety of designs for all sorts of occasions.  These wooden flower jug embellishments were ideal for continuing the idea and a perfect match for the orange gingham in the paper pack http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/p6194-wooden-flower-jugs.html
I covered children’s wooden dominoes with the paper and then took the red dot pattern on the watering can onto the edge of the tag. I know I could use card for the tags, but the domino really makes them feel that bit more special, and I reckon that each domino (bought from e-bay) costs just 10p each, which is a bargain!
Handy HippoTo carry the theme through I made two 4.5in x 4.5ins cards using white linen card, with the gingham paper mat and layered on Kraft and red card, the largest of the watering cans and a good dollop of faux stitching for good measure.
Gingham watering can card
I was determined that I was going to use up all the embellishments, but have plenty of the gingham paper left …. which I think you will be seeing quite a bit of in the coming weeks because as I said the colours are so right for Easter etc.
If you're not as keen on gingham as I am  Handy Hippo also have Creative Paper Strips in pastel and bold stripes and dots, which I  also purchased for other projects in the future http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/s253-1-paper-pads-and-packs.html

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Wooden Toadstool Gift Tags

I adore toadstools and ladybirds and thought that these old wooden embellishments I’ve had for ages should finally be all used up and would be ideal for putting on gift tags for a gardener.
Mushroom wooden gift tags
I just love the effect of the gingham sky …. and when I have a bit more time will try and replicate the design on a small card. The bases for the tags are made from children’s dominoes.
wooden domino tags

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Toadstool Cards and Tags

These are the sort of things I would like to receive.
They are bit quirky but if I may say so myself I love them! The cards measure 3ins x 3ins and are made using ivory linen effect card, a Stampin’Up text paper and wooden toadstool embellishments that I’ve had forever.
Wooden Mushroom Tags
The tags use the same materials, with the base made using wooden children’s dominoes.

Friday, 20 January 2012

90th Newspaper Birthday Card.

I’m not sure if this is pink overkill and a bit too busy, but the lady who asked me to make this card for her mum was very pleased.
I looked on Google for ideas and to be honest the majority were pretty sombre. If the lady’s eyesight isn’t too good I’ve made sure that there are plenty of texture and layers for her to feel.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

New House Cards

Kraft card New House card
I have a real thing about Kraft card and text print paper at the moment.
New House card 2
Each of these cards is made using a Kraft ribbed card and measure 4ins x 4ins, a Stampin’Up text paper, a green polka dot textured paper and house buttons I have had for more years than I care to remember.
New house Card
All I’ve added is a touch of red permanent marker to the hearts and flowers on the houses.  Very simple and very me!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Wooden Heart Tags

These tags are used using children’s wooden dominoes as the base.
Valentine Wooden Heart tag
I made the above tag first and didn’t like it …. I think it’s the wooden heart … it’s just too round and fat …. I much prefer the shape of a primitive heart and so I didn’t make any more like it  … but I still mithered about making some more tags with Valentines Day in mind.
Wooden Valentine Heart Tags
Then I had an Ulrika..ka..ka moment … I covered some more dominoes with a text print paper from Stampin’Up, and coloured the  small primitive wooden hearts, that I have had forever, with a red Whisper pen and then just glued them on…… much more me!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Easter Sweetie Box

Easter Candy Sweet Box
All the dominoes I use for my wooden tags come in lovely slide lid boxes also made from wood, so it’s a challenge to use them up too.
Wooden Dominoe Box
This box measures 6.5in x 3.5in x 1.5in and I’ve just covered it with gingham and green paper, adding a bit of faux stitching and several coats of Ronseal clear gloss, quick drying varnish and a knob, if you’ll pardon the expression!
Easter Candy Box
When completely dry I’ve then added a few wooden ladybird embellishments that I have had for more years than I care to remember.  I am hoping that Tesco will be having their nets of chocolate ladybirds in again this year as that is what I would like to fill the box with to then give as an Easter present.
Lady Bird Chocolate Box
Check out my followers gallery as I have just added a project sent to me this morning that was done by Linda using the Tesco chocolate ladybirds I am praying they have again this year.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Diamond Jubilee Crafts - Union Flag Tags

Union Flag Tags
We seems to be awash with the Union Flag on absolutely everything on  at the moment what with the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee.
Union Flag Paper Chains
So I thought I would make some tags from kraft card and using some of the left over paper chains I bought for the Royal Wedding.
Union Flag tag
I even managed to find some blue reinforcement rings at the bottom of one of my drawers to add the finishing touch. They took seconds to make and I am chuffed with the end result.  I am thinking that they might look good on sweetie bags containing red, white and blue wrapped sweets nearer the Olympics/Jubilee.
I love the new Do-Crafts Portobello Road range, but am sitting on my hands at the moment so that I can’t reach for my purse!!