Thursday, 29 March 2012

Coaster Calendars

These were great little Christmas stocking fillers I made last year.  Again I found the idea on another website and thought it was a really simple idea.  I used old beer mats and covered them with a variety of papers.  I added a tear-off calendar to each one and then used different embellishments to decorate them.  I think they look quite effective!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Name Plaque

I went to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC yesterday and found this brilliant seller of mdf blanks.  I wanted to buy them all!  Instead, I just bought a few and this name plaque blank was one of them.  I painted this with a wall paint tester pot, added some chipboard letters I bought yesterday and lastly added some butterfly puffy stickers.  This is especially for my daughter.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Patchwork cushion

I decided to learn how to use a sewing machine just before Christmas and with the help of a very lovely textiles teacher and her room, I have been able to make this (very) small patchwork cushion for my daughter.  Even though it's a bit crooked, I'm very proud of it! 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Butterfly Card

A nice simple card again using a big shot die cut flower paper with a butterfly sticker on top.  Sticky ribbon, a sentiment card and some flower stickers finish the look.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Wall hanging

I saw this design in a magazine and as my sister had just bought a BigShot, we thought we'd give them a go!  The shapes are all cut using the nestabilities dies on the BigShot and using different patterned paper.  I used some embellishments and a photo to make the design and then added ribbon on the back with smaller die cut shapes to hold them in place and give more stability.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Froggy card

A bit of an escape from the norm with a card without butterflies!  I thought these frogs were so cute and so bought a pack of them.  Half have got crowns and the rest bow-ties. I punched three scalloped edge squares and stuck them down and added the frogs and some flower stickers to the central one.  I used some sticky ribbon along the bottom and added a silver sentiment sticker to finish.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Meal planner

I just had to blog this as I am so excited about it!  I saw these on Pinterest and wanted to make my own and having had the chance this week, here's my finished one!  I used an old picture frame and took the glass out.  I added a piece of scrapbook paper of the right size and used sticky foam letters to write 'menu' down the side.  I used sticky ribbon on some wooden pegs and used glue to attach these to the edge of the photo frame.  I added a sticker to each peg to show the days of the week.  I made the cards on the computer and printed the meals onto yellow paper and laminated each of them.  The box is made from some scraps of patterend card I had which is then stuck down with double sided sticky tape.  And finished! 

Mum card

As its coming up for Mother's day, I've had a go at making some cards for mums.  This card uses 3 scallop edged squares punched from purple spotted paper.  On the middle one I added the word 'Mum' using silver peel-off stickers. The flowers are actually wooden flowers which I have coloured purple using an ink pad and then stuck down.  I'm quite pleased with the simple design.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Jars of...

I made several different designs of these for Christmas presents this year.  I made a 'jar of love' with little bits of paper with sentiments on them; a 'jar of treasures' for a little girl with hair clips, bobbles, mini stampers etc; a 'jar of crafts' with crafting embellishments and buttons; and a 'jar of sweets' with the person's favourite sweets in.  I bought the little jars from Asda and added sticky ribbon round the lid and embellishements on top.  For some of them I also added a scalloped circle punched with the name of the jar on it.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Butterfly card

Not the best picture, but one of my favourite layouts.  I've used 3 scalloped squares punched out of patterned paper and added them to my card.  I used sticky ribbon down the left side of the card and added a sentiment I got from The Works.  The butterfly was part of a present from a friend at work who knows I like crafting; it came from Hobbycraft. A couple of embellishments and a finished card.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Pretty Notebooks

I've seen covered notebooks done in various places and here's my take on them.  I bought some cheap, boring notebooks and used a variety of paper to cover them before adding various embellishments to them. Not sure how useful, but they're very pretty!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Love Cards

Here are two Valentines cards I made this year.  Not my best theme as I have never 'done' Valentines Day, but I think they turned out okay.  They could easily be used for other occassions anyway!  I rely a lot in my cards on using a scalloped square punch and patterned paper as I really like the look. Sticky ribbon, stickers and embellishments complete the cards.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tree Mints

I saw this idea in a lot of different blogs and made it my own.  Using Elizabeth Shaw mints which I covered with a circular cut out piece of paper covered with an embellishment. I added some ribbon with double sided sticky tape and put the paper on in the same way.  I used a die cut shape folded in half to make the topper; added some dodgy hand-writing and a matching embellishment.  ready to give away for the Christmas tree.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Christmas Cards - a little late I know...

Having a sister with a Big Shot turned out to be very useful before Christmas when I was able to cut out these nested squares to make an easy load of Christmas cards.  Add some embellishment and you're done!

Magnetic Pegs

I saw these on another blog and thought I could give it a go!  I made these for Christmas presents last year.  I bought cheap wooden pegs and covered them with sticky ribbon from Hobbycraft. I then added different embellishments to them to co-ordinate and added thin magnetic strip to the back of each.  I put them in a cellophane bag sealed with double sided stickytape and added a matching piece of folded card to the top with more tape. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Cute Birthday Cards

I bought a selection of 4" x 4" backing papers from ebay and this one was included which had 4 squares from the 'Naughty but Nice' theme (I think!).  I cut the 4 squares out and added some pretty backing paper to some white cards to produce some cute girly birthday cards.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Blackboards for little ones

These are some blackboards I made for my daughter and her friends for Christmas.  They are made using old cork backed placemats which I covered in blackboard paint from Wilkinsons and added some large wooden embellishments from Hobbycraft.  Add some chalk and it's a lovely present for a young child.

Sunday, 4 March 2012