Saturday, 9 March 2013

Crafty Creatives

So far I haven’t shared any of my makes from February’s Crafty Creatives Box, so without further ado, here are a couple of the makes.  The first is a design that features on their blog, and as I had a friend’s birthday to craft for I decided to make it:


The candles are straws from the box and the green stripey tape was also in the box.  I only had to add a stamp, some string for the candle wicks and a card.  It was lovely and quick to make and made a really effective card.

The kit inside the box was a spotty clay heart.  I’ve never tried crafting with polymer clay, and was really excited about trying this kit. My kit had pink and blue clay and these are the pendants I created from the instructions:


I made the blue one first and then mixed the colours to make the purple one.  There was plenty of clay in the kit, so I gave the rest to Daisy to play with.  This is what she came up with:


She made two pendants and then with the last of the clay she made some clay beads which she is planning on turning into a bracelet. 

This box is far and away my favourite so far, I loved the kit and there was nothing in the box I won't use.  


Thursday, 7 March 2013

A New Friend & Artist Trading Cards

At the beginning of the year I saw a blog post on Whipstitch asking if anyone would like email sewing buddies.  I signed up, and using a very scientific calculation (favourite colour - Red & number - 7) I was matched with Ginger who lives in North Carolina. 

Our first challenge was to create and exchange an Artist Trading Card.  I must confess I had to look this one up as I’d not heard of them before, but once I’d found out a bit about them, I set to making one.

This is the ATC that Ginger sent to me:


How lovely is that flower.  I’ve been reliably informed it’s a Kanzashi flower, another new technique for me to have a look at.

Here is the back of the ATC:


Ginger also sent me a gift of Fat Quarter of fabric, in a lovely bluey colour, which I've used as the background for the photo.  Such a pretty piece of fabric and it'll be perfect for several projects I have brewing in the back of my mind.

Just in case you are interested, here is my take on the ATC:


I stamped onto some white fabric, and used free motion embroidery, buttons and fancy machine stitches to hold all of the fabric together.  I wanted the card to reflect the two countries we lived in, so I chose red, white and blue fabric.

It was a really fun challenge, and a good way to get to know our sewing buddies. Thanks again for the card Ginger, it's now propped up on a shelf in my sewing room.


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Simply Homemade issue 27

Slightly later than I’d intended to show this, but here are my ballet themed items in this month’s issue of Simply Homemade


A ballet bag, some crochet legwarmers, a bun cover and a tutu.


How pretty!  If you have a girl who loves dancing then these patterns are just perfect.