Sunday, November 19, 2017

Handmade Christmas cards

It is that time again!  And I am in another card swap on the Home Makers Forum, with two ladies both in England who will be receiving these cards well before Christmas, I hope!

I would have liked to do better than this, but I haven't been feeling up to par lately after the diagnosis of bladder cancer.  Even though the operation removed all the tumours, and I am now undergoing treatment to clear any remaining cancer cells, it is all a bit draining.  Still, I hope the recipients will like their cards regardless!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Xmas colouring book boxes and more cards.

I found this unique colouring book in a local bookshop last week.  Each page is removable, to be coloured in and then made into a gift box.  Very clever!

I've made two so far.  Here is one of the sheets coloured, and yet to be made up into a box, and a box already made up.  I'm using mine to put handmade soaps in to give to friends.

I have also made another card, for a friend who has recently adopted a Scotty Dog.

And added stars to a couple of my paint sample chip Xmas tree cards.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Three more Christmas cards made.

Everyone who seen my handmade cards loves the way I've used paint sample cards as above.  So far I've only made stylised Xmas trees, but I've seen other shapes on Pinterest, and hope to made some more cards using different Xmas icons.
The button card at the top of this page is the first one I've made using buttons.  Again, I have sourced Pinterest for ideas, and this was a quick easy design to start off my button cards!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hand made Christmas cards

This year I am in a Xmas card exchange on a forum. In fact, it was my idea to have the exchange as I knew there were quite a few members who loved making cards, and I thought it would be fun for them all to swap with each other. I got so enthused, I looked up the card ideas I'd been saving on my Pinterest account, and made these cards all in one afternoon! Some of my friends said they were amazed at how quick I was, but really, once you have all the bits and pieces on a table in front of you, it doesn't take long to make up a few cards. I don't spend a lot of money on expensive cardmaking equipment; I'd rather recycle things like old sheet music, paint sample cards, and cutting up old Xmas cards. Then with some card stock and glitter glue - away I went!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Felt and fabric coasters

Like most of us who are into crafts, I get many emails from various organisations and online forums, with ideas for projects and new products.  I browse through them quickly and save what interests me, then delete the rest.  Last week I noticed this project on one of the emails, and couldn't wait to try it, as it is so quick and easy.
Find a square of fabric (mine is 5" square), and find a square of co-ordinating felt that is slightly bigger than the fabric.  Machine sew the fabric to the felt, around the design, or at random, then around the edge of the fabric.  Cut the edge of the felt with pinking shears.  That's it!  The samples on the craft forum were florals, and they had machine stitched roughly around the flowers, so the stitching on the reverse side, showed up as a design on the felt.  I chose to use Christmas fabric for three of mine because I wanted to see if they would be good enough as small Xmas gifts.   They will, but not these ones - next time I'll be a bit more careful with the stitching, and use contrasting thread so it looks better on the back.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hand made cards

One of my friends always makes lovely hand made cards for me for birthdays and Christmas.  So when her Mum passed away within a week of my friend's birthday, I wanted to make two special cards for her.  This Sympathy card is based on something I saw on Pinterest, using paint sample cards.  I used black marker pen to black out the names of the colours on the card, and the flower was on a sheet of decoupage images that I had in my stash.  I glued the paint card on to a plain white card, and added the thin brown line around it.

For her birthday, I made this one, also based on something I'd seen on Pinterest.  Yeah I know, I am a copycat, but there are such great things out there, and I don't have much imagination :-(
I folded a piece of light cardstock, glued some Japanese paper at the top and bottom of the front.  Drew the snails in green marker pen, and glued the buttons over the snail image.  Added the words on a separate piece of decorative paper, and circled that in black marker pen.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hand made cards

I try not to get too involved in making cards, as like a lot of crafts, it can become addictive, and you can end up with dozens/hundreds of cards that you don't know what to do with!  So I only make them when I have a specific reason, or person to send it to.
On the Down to Earth forum, the moderators recently organised a swap, where the participants exchanged three recipes, plus a hand made card or a photo of your home town.  I decided to do the hand made card because I'd seen something on Pinterest that I was keen to try.  We crafters all know how important it is to have all kinds of paper and/or fabric to play with, and two item that can be used to make lovely cards or collages, whatever you are in to - are sheet music, and Asian printed newspapers or books.  I have bought both at opshops in the past, and have found many uses for the pages.  Such as this: