Friday, 25 May 2012

Crafty Ideas Folder

I wanted a folder to store ideas for craft so I went to buy a 'funky' ringbinder.  Once in the shop, I realised I could decorate my own, so I might as well just buy the cheapest one!  I used decopatch papers to cover the front and spine and added black lettering to the front.  I covered the whole thing with a layer of sparkly Mod Podge. Looks better than any I could have bought!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Crayon Rolls

Having started sewing just before last Christmas, I found these online and really wanted to have a go at them.  I finally found time to try them and found them incredibly easy to make!  So good, I made two in one evening. I used a tutorial from 'The Pleated Poppy's' website which was relatively easy to follow.  I used a fat quarter of fabric and made it into quarters to make the size of the rolls.  I used 3 pieces of the same size in differing fabrics.  The pockets were made with one of the pieces folded in half and then stictched to the front piece (and a piece of interacing to add a bit more thickness) in 1 inch sections.  I then added the back piece leaving a small hole to pull it all  the right way round.  I added a length of ribbon to the hole and then stitched the whole way round to seal it alll together.  The ribbon can then be used to tie it up.  I love these things and am planning on making some for Christmas presents for the children and some bigger ones for adults :o)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

More butterfly cards

I haven't made any cards for a while so decided to make a few this evening.  Here's a couple I came up with.  They are very simple designs, but I am a very simple person when it comes to crafting and am not very good at doing complex things.  But at least it proves you can get a good effect with minimal effort :o)

Monday, 14 May 2012

More cards

Here's todays selection of random birthday cards I've made.  I love trying out new cards and these were all really easy to make with leftover bits from my craft stash.  I definitely have too much in my collection at the moment so need some more time now to make some more! 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Decopatch Giraffe

My daughter loves giraffes and for the last couple of months, every time we go into our local Hobbycraft, there has been a 5 foot Decopatched giraffe in there.  Last time we went in I finally agreed to buy her a little one and she helped me decorate him.  I used all the different Decopatch papers I have collected over the last few months and have created a very pretty little giraffe.  I'm thinking of adding some little 'googly' eyes as a finishing touch at some point!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Quick and Easy Cards

Here's a couple more quick cards made with the stickers I got from The Range.  A few shapes cut out with my scalloped square hole punch plus a sentiment from the Works. Simple but pretty!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Alphabet Canvas

We've just finished redecorating my daughters room (she's nearly 3) and I decided it would be cheaper if I made a couple of canvases for her wall instead of buying ones with pictures.  I bought the canvas from Home Bargains for £1 and used one of the wallpaper samples from when we were deciding on her wallpaper.  I stapled that down using a staple gun on the back of the canvas.  We then got a pack of puffy alphabet stickers from The Range for £1 and added those. I'm quite pleased with this for a grand total of £2 and my daughter loves it!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Boofle cards

I saw some Boofle cards on another blog and thought how simple yet effective they were. I bought a sheet of Boofle die-cut images and the Boofle small paper pack from Hobbycraft and set to work.  These cards were made with minimal effort but have turned out really well.  I added a few extra embellishments most of which came from The Works to produce a set of fun Boofle cards.

Friday, 4 May 2012

My first quilt!

Here is my first attempt at a quilt!  A big thanks to Roxy and Katherine for all the help with this one!  I used pre-cut squares for this and found it really hard to get the seams all straight but am still very pleased with it.  I did a 6 x 5 pattern and then added some strips to the edges.  I put some wadding and a backing on and tacked them down.  I then folded the rough edges over and pinned it round and over the backing and sewed it all down.  It was really hard to get it all stitched evenly round the edges, but for a first attempt I'm happy and as my daughter thinks it's fantastic, I think I'll try another one soon.