We went to meet our newest grand niece today – Allegra. We bought her this cute little Kaftan dress.
And I made this flower brooch that would look ultra cute on the dress.
Baby = freshness, so the milk carton I’d been wanting to make was perfect. I used very pretty Bazzill Basics paper, the Martha Stewart scoring board, followed this template I found Pinterest, glued the side and top and punched a hole to attach the tag. The bracket tag was black cardstock to create the chalk board effect. White pen came in handy. I punched 3 holes in the tag – 1 to tie the ribbon to the carton and the other 2 to secure the crocheted flower I made.
I simply sealed the bottom of the carton with a sticker.
Here is a card I made which is displayed on an easel. I made another easel card previously. I got the idea from Australian Papercrafts Magazine [many many years ago]. This one I made for my mum. The easel is made from mat board off cuts – this one happened to be green. The ‘hinges and nails’ on the easel are brads. I made the topiary bush/cluster from gathered organza ribbon and beads for the centres. A chain stitched trunk. And a pot made from air drying clay – pierced with holes to turn it into a button and painted to resemble a terracotta pot. The backing was calico and this was stretched onto chipboard and secured with tape. The ‘art piece’ was then framed with a miniature double mat board.
The message was written on the back of the art piece.
..when we are invited to friends for lunch or dinner so I thought I would make some fabric coasters as a hostess gift. I used my Accuquilt hexagon dies to cut 12 hexies.
I then made a paper template slightly smaller then hexies. I used this template to iron the edges neatly. Kept one side in place with a hair clip. And work around the hexagon ironing all edges inwards.
Once they were all ironed [I kept them pressed with paper clips while I finished the rest]
I sewed 2 hexies together [wrong sides together].
I wrapped them in cellophane, stapled a label and attached to the wine bag with grosgrain ribbon and a handmade charm. It is a very quick handmade hostess gift to make.
I have just completed and shipped off my first swap. My swap recipient loves:
Pink and Aqua
Colourful and Vintage
Making Bunting Flags
Sewing Craft Anything Handmade
So I made her a cosy little needle book – so all her needles would be safe. And it gave me an excuse to crochet my first African flower. This is such a pretty crochet pattern. I enjoyed stitching a border on the fabric book pages.
It was only fitting that her pair of scissors be kept safe too – so I made her a little case out of felt and a crochet closure. Blanket stitch, French knot embroidery and button to finish it off.
Not sure if likes tea or coffee or neither but a mug with your favourite beverage needs a nice little rug to sit on – don’t you think. I made this hexie mug rug with 7 hexies.
And to finish off I made her a little packet of note cards – using recycled magazine pages for envelopes and old novel pages, I printed a silhouette of a sewing machine and adhered them to pink card stock.
This caught my eye because I could use some of the rosemary from our herb garden.
And here is my version which I made it to take to my friend’s house to share over lunch.
This edition of the Better Homes and Garden magazine [July] has an excellent feature on felt craft. I couldn’t pick just one page to capture here so here is a few.
Overlaying felt and stitching inspired me to make a felt embellishment for a baby shower card I wanted to make. Hereis the other part [of the gift] of the recent baby shower I attended. I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut the felt with my flower dies. A combination of French knots for the centre with variegated perle cotton, simple stitching with embroidery floss to sew one flower to the other and blanket stitch for the brown/grey background piece. I also added some matching baby pink and baby blue beads to each petal. I secured the embellishment with some double sided tape so that it could be removed. And a simple “boy girl” boy girl border.
I found this trio on Pinterest. They were too cute to just pin, they had to be replicated. So yes, I decided to make one for my niece that is expecting their first bub in September. I made a mistake and did not make his paws white but I like how he turned out nonetheless.
Here he is, my first amineko cat.
Click here for the pattern to make one of these cute cats!
So my friend gave me a bunch of card stock. She said, I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. She had a surplus from the supplies she purchased to make her wedding invitations. Of course, card stock equals hand made cards. I had 13 sheets of red and 6 sheets of textured pearlescent cream.
I decided to make a batch of Christmas cards and a batch of ‘any occasion’ cards. Plan was to make these and return them to my friend for her to use.
The ‘any occasion’ batch was made with printed [Best wishes] up-cycled dictionary pages and sewn [creative memories punch] dragon flies. I fed the dictionary pages [stuck on a scrap piece of normal sized paper] through my printed using the free font ‘satisfaction’ – love this font. I wanted to come up with a design that could be used for male, female, birthday, congratulations, bon voyage anything really. I think next time I would use the sentiment ‘thinking of you’.
The Christmas batch consisted of a little wreath of textured leaves. Some mounted with foam tape. Little tiny red bows made using a fork [tutorial on Pinterest, of course] and joy stamped with black ink. I used my alphabet stamp and taped the 3 letters together for quick stamping.
I wrapped them into cute little packages, cellophane, coloured twine and stickers.
The 2014 Craft and Quilt Fair finished today. I went yesterday with my mum and had a great day, attend a workshop, soaked up inspiration, bought quite a bit [ran out of cash, I still had plastic though] and took these photos. Enjoy.
Quilling on Instagram! Just when I think I have seen the most gorgeous creations I see more unique designs and variations. I am hugely inspired by all this talent. Just last week our neighbours offered us a little look at their collection of fabrics from when they were in the ‘rag trade’. And we were allowed to take any that we fancied. They are a such sweet couple and would not accept any money, in fact they were grateful we helped them clear out as they will soon be downsizing. Well a thank you token and card was the least we could do. When we were shown through their home it was evident my neighbour loved lady bugs. So here is my little thank you card I designed. A few coils, tight, loose and someone pinched, secured with a little glue created these shapes and eventually Miss Beetle came to life. Martha Stewart round corner punch to a add a soft touch. Some freehand typography.
Oh and of course a bit of research on Pinterest didn’t hurt either, follow me or my board for some inspiration.