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:


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mystery origami!


A friend was playing with this when I visited her a few days ago.  She was looking on the internet for ideas for kids papercrafts and found this on a site called Grandma's Toys, or something similar.  She remembered making them at school when she was a child in the 1950's but can't remember what they were called.  I remember having them too; we used to sit around and wiggle the paper with our fingers in the pockets underneath!  There were numbers or letters written on the paper and we used to count or spell, but I can't remember exactly what it was.

I don't think many people read this blog, but if you do, and you remember this game, please let me know, either by leaving a comment, or emailing me!

Mail art workshop with the Calligraphy Society.

Last month I attended a one day workshop with my paperlovin' friend Val.  We had done workshops with this particular tutor before, and she (Marg) is a lot of fun to work with.  She has a large studio in her back yard with every imaginable pen, paper, and ink that you could think of, and she is very generous in sharing it with her pupils.

She started out showing us how to make our own envelopes, origami style.

Then we went on to decorate them, using various mediums and styles of lettering.



The above photo shows bits of sponge that we cut into shapes like hearts, starts, fish, etc. then dipped into inks and used to decorate envelopes.  Who would have thought?!

Crafts with used stamps.

I used to collect stamps.  From when I was about 10 years old, up until a few years ago, but by then I had long lost interest in saving, soaking, peeling, and putting them in albums.  So I sold most of the albums to a stamp dealer, and hung on to the few albums that I wished to keep.  Old habits die hard, and I still tear stamps off envelopes and toss them into a tin for some future purpose.

I have seen this technique before, but I saw it again on Pinterest recently, and decided to play :-)
The idea is that you glue stamps close together on a sheet of paper, then cut out a shape.
So I glued stamps on to paper last night, giving them time to dry.


I don't know what other people do, but I figured the best way to get a good shape is to draw an outline on the reverse side of the paper, and cut it out from there.  I chose to draw a rooster.


I will do this again, but first I'll look for a different glue, as I only had Modge Podge, Napkin Glue, Glue sticks and white craft glue.  I tried all of them, but none were really suitable, and the best of the lot was Modge Podge.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Felt figures and mini clothes pegs.



The first time I saw one of these mini clothes pegs was at an office where they were being used in the same way as glider clips, to hold papers together.  I was entranced by these tiny pegs!  Years later, I discovered them again, being used in various craft projects.  So when I saw a picture on Pinterest of a mini clothes line complete with pegs, I decided to have a go.
There were no instructions, so I drew the clothes on to freezer paper, pressed them on to iron-on interfacing and cut each piece out.  Then I fused that to coloured felt pieces, machined around the edges, and cut them out.  I wrote the LAUNDRY letters on to the felt in permanent marker, but I'm planning to embroider over that later.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Various paper crafts in progress.

I am taking a short break from patchwork and stitching, to play with some more paper crafts.  The first item is a simple mail art envelope to a friend with whom I swap cards and envelopes from time to time.



This is one of "Val's boxes"  I used a paint sample card to make this.
   More paint sample card art.  You can do millions of things with those sample cards!  I used a craft punch to cut out the hearts from one side of the sample card, then glued them back on the other half of the card.

This didn't turn out as nicely as the one I saw on Pinterest.  I cut the fish and seaweed out from the paint sample cards, and glued them on to a sheet of pre painted paper I did last year, using watercolour and salt to give the mottled effect.  There is silver foil on the right side, part of an experiment, so it doesn't really give the effect of the sea!


These two were fun.  I downloaded a bunch of stencils on to my hard drive, and printed them out on old sheet music that I found at the opshop.  Saw this idea on Pinterest - where else!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Little boxes

My friend Val has been making cute boxes out of greeting cards, and invited me and another friend to her place last week to show us how to make them.  We had such a fun afternoon!  I can see myself making little boxes in spare moments over the rest of this year, and giving all my friends one next Christmas, complete with a chocolate or two inside!

I made these two at Val's place - two different styles.  The next day at home I made two more of the box style, while I still had the technique in my mind, as I can forget things very quickly if I only do it once!  I haven't done the triangular box again yet, but I do still remember how to do it, so I'm not too worried.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Felt Seahorse

Sorry this is sideways.  I have a new computer with Windows 10 OS and haven't yet figured out how to correct photos!  Anyway, I saw felt seahorses on Pinterest, and as I have a friend who loves seahorses, I decided to make one for her for Christmas.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Xmas mail art envelopes

I have been admiring all the mail art on Pinterest and it motivate me to decorate the envelopes that I sent my Xmas cards in.  I bought the Xmas stamps first, and tried to match my decorating to the stamps.  Moderately successful...

This was one of two cards I made using scraps of patchwork fabric.  Effective but simple!