Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Happy Birthday

I really haven't been paper crafty for a while and although I have a card to show you, its one I've had stashed away for a while, ready for my Mum's birthday this week.

She loves the shabby look and I had to use some of my favorite sets. I love this colour combination.

Millie and I went to visit mum and her dogs this week, look at all the good doggies ...


 

Monday, 7 April 2014

My current project

My current crocheting project is growing very, very slowly. I'm managing 4-6 rows an evening, if I get a chance to pick up my hook at all.

I chose a granny stripe blanket after seeing it on Lucy's blog (Attic24) and instantly falling in love with it. I have to say, it is really Not my usual style at all, I don't do bright colours ... But after I saw Lucy's project look what I had to order ...

Oh my ... Just beautiful.

I was really not sure about using acrylic yarn (Stylecraft Special DK) as my previous projects had all been crocheted up using what I thought was a much better quality ( and a LOT more expensive!) but if it didn't say it on the label I wouldn't have known. Stylecraft yarn is wonderful to work with :). And the range of colours .... Wow!

I ordered Lucy's colour pack from Deramores.

I set about chosing my colour combination by laying all the balls on the floor, once I made up my mind I started hooking ... Chained 260 ...

I'm loving it, loving the colour/s

Be back soon with an update on my progress :0)

 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Millie's Blankie

In order to get the full use of my babette blanket back from Millie the puppy I set to work on creating something just for her. I scoured the internet and pinterest and finally decided on Sarah London's Wool Eater Blanket because of the lovely texture, she has a wonderful free pattern here.

The pattern was really quite easy to follow once you get the hang of it.

Millie loves it, but I have to admit that once I'd finished it I actually prefer the reverse side. .... I know I'm wierd like that!

Maybe next time I try this stitch I'll try different colours and the 'right' side will grow on me?

My current project is growing ... Albeit very slowly.

Pics to follow later in the week.

 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

My New Addiction

My new addiction.

I didn't ever get round to showing you how my stack of squares turned out last year.

I have to say I was absolutely terrified of sewing the blanket together, it was such an enormous project. I made up a template so I knew which size square went where but the colours were pretty much a lay it out and see how it looks! I even got some help from the cats ... Not!

In desperation I tried to farm out the sewing but couldn't find anyone willing to take it on. So after thinking about it long and hard I decided to divide my pattern into lots and lots of bitesize chunks. It worked, it wasn't nearly so scary, tacking the squares together and sewing them together, then taking those chunks and sewing them to all the other chunks. I did in fact really enjoy it. Although it took me almost two weeks working on it every evening and weekend.

Isn't it just beautiful, even if I do say so myself. Millie the puppy, loves it too! So much so, the next project was a little blankie for her, just so I could get mine back!

All self taught using books and utube. I'd love to find a local class, if anyone knows of one in the Bexhill area?

 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Paper flower wedding

It's been a long while since I last posted. It's not that I haven't been busy in the craft room, I just needed to take a break. I'm back in blogland but I'll be posting about more than just my paper projects from now on :)

What have I been up to?

Big News. Dannii and Ben announced their engagement at Christmas .... Wooohooo

Big Shock. We had just three months to prepare, they'd decided against a long engagement, and "Oh Mum, you'll do all my flowers for me won't you. I would really like paper flowers" ;) and it goes without saying the invites ....

Dannii found some invites she liked on Pinterest which I dutifully put my own spin on. She loved them.

Then she found a bouquet she loved which she asked me to recreate in her colours ...

I invited some really good crafty friends round to help (a really big THANK YOU to Sam, Chris and Cindy for ALL of your help) we needed to make a lot of flowers. Then we needed to make a lot more because they just don't go as far as you think.

I finally finished putting together the bouquets, one for her, and one each for her two bridesmaids and I have to admit I loved the finished item, so much so I really wanted one for myself. They were so pretty. Unfortunately neither Dannii nor her bridesmaids wanted to give them back LOL

I really thought after all the cutting and rolling, I'd have enough flowers left for the cake .... Did I mention she also wanted paper flowers on her cake ... Cue more crazy flower cutting and rolling ....

I also have to thank my wonderful friend Monica Gale for the wedding cake. As soon as Dannii announced she was getting married up North I knew I had to ask Moni to make her cake, and she didn't fail me. It was AMAZING.

I loved all the paper flowers so much I then went on to make the button-holes and corsages

They had a fabulous day .... The new Mr & Mrs

 

 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

If you can't get crafty

If you can't get crafty, get tidy ... I'm still not up to crafting so I'm doing the next best thing (in my world) and tidying the craft room, clearing some of the stash that I'm not using.  So watch out on eBay for lots of cheap, hardly used (if at all!) bargains







Sunday, 14 July 2013

MIA



Long time no blogging ... I'm sure you thought I'd given up crafting. In truth I haven't been in the craft room for sometime due to health issues which I won't go into.  But I have been sat on the sofa with my crochet hook, I'll post some photos of the finished product soon but here's a sneek preview.



I have managed to venture into the craft room today and create a card, it's taken me all day but I'm glad to be able to do something with glue, card and paper!




With this card I'm entering a few challenges: 

First of all Clearly Besotted's 'Seeing Spots' and as you can see there are more than a few spots to qualify, and I've used Stephanie's beautiful stamp set Butterfly Wishes.

For colour I've taken inspiration from both Color Throwdown and A Passion for Papertrey (if the team wi'll let me get away with the Kraft I've used).

For the design I popped over to Mojo Monday for some well needed layout inspiration, although as you can see I've juggled the layout just a tiny bit.

Supplies

Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Butterfly Wishes.  Papertrey Ink - Botanical Silhouettes, Polka Dot Basics II
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Whisper White
DSP: SU - Designer Series paper stack
Ink: SU - Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo. Memento - Tuxedo Black. Versamark
Embellishments: SU Basic Rhinestones


With luck I'll get back into the craftroom sometime soon.

Thanks for visiting

Dawn
xxx



Monday, 25 March 2013

A Valentine


Found this picture on my camera roll, its the card I made for DH for Valentines Day.  Its a great design, especially for masculine cards.

 

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Stamps: SU Tiny tags
Inks: Royal Velvet
Card stock: Ripe Avocado, Royal Velvet
DSP: PTI Pacific Vineyard
Tools: PTI tiny tags die, twine, dimensionals, Multipurpose liquid glue

Friday, 22 March 2013

Shabby Notebook

 

I had a plain notebook in a drawer, which I re-covered. I’m really quite pleased with the result.

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Stamps: Established elegance, French foliage
Inks: Early espresso
Card stock: Very vanilla
DSP: Tea for Two, soft suede DSP stack
Accessories: Rhinestone basics pearl
Tools: Itty bitty shapes punch, Multipurpose liquid glue

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Mother’s Day Cards


Mother’s Day crept up on me this year, I didn’t forget, it was just a little last minute.com so our two mum’s both received the same card, just ever so slightly different.

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I love this colour combination, and the gorgeous stamps of course

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The only difference between the two cards is one is laid portrait and the other landscape.

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I love seam binding triple bows.

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Stamps: Established Elegance, French Foliage, Elements of style
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly celery, Crumb cake, Early Espresso
Card stock: Perfect plum, certainly celery, Very vanilla
DSP: Crumb cake DSP stack
Accessories: Rhinestone basics jewels, Antique brads, Seam binding
Tools: vintage wallpaper embossing folder. Itty bitty shapes punch, Multipurpose liquid glue, stampin dimensionals