We held our craft sale to raise some money for school today. This picture of my friend was taken just after we set up this morning - by the time we'd finished we were half frozen! At least we had been advised to brind a wee piece of carpet to stand on to try to keep our feet from freezing - next time we'll maybe bring a blow heater. We raised quite a lot of money, but still have lots of things left, so we're planning on going back to the next one on the 15th of December.
More mini crackers this week! A few people were wondering how they were made - so I'm showing some unfinished ones here. We made these at a SU workshop last winter and I kept the card template then scanned it into my computer and used the scan to make a template for the Craft Robo - you can cut two out of an A4 sheet of card - and the Craft Robo saves a lot of time cutting out. The size of each cracker before folding is about 5 inches wide by 5.5 inches long and you can see where the litlle diamonds are cut out to leave 5 'sides' - one slightly smaller than the others - you overlap and stick this side to form the shape. The folding is made easier by scoring each side first. You punch a strip of patterned paper with an edging punch and stick this across the centre before folding. Then you can put a couple of wrapped sweets inside and tie the ends tightly with ribbon. Finish by decorating with a small poinsettia or snowflake.
You can also see lots more felt keyrings, bookmarkers,etc, just waiting to be packaged for our craft stall on Saturday!
To view lots of other workdesks, visit Julia's blog HERE.
The Allsorts challenge this week is to 'Make a gift.' So here are a couple of felt brooches I made for my sister, to co-ordinate with a scarf she had been given. I used various dies to cut the felt - it cuts really well on my Vintaj machine. The heart shaped button came on a label from White Stuff! - I have to buy lots of their stuff just to get the buttons now!!!
My blog is feeling a bit neglected these days - just too busy getting stuff ready for our craft sale next Saturday - if you'd like to see what we have been making click HERE. Anyway, I have still been making a few cards and here is one I made for a customer recently, for an 80th birthday - why is it that ones for men are so much more difficult - I think all men should have a hobby, then it would give you some idea as to what you could put on their cards! If all else fails, I generally go for a boat, car or plane, so this time is it was a boat! This is a stamp I've had for years now, made by Hobby Art. The leathery look paper came from my visit to the NEC - I think the company was called A1.crafts and the sentiment stamp is from two co-ordinating clear sets by Personal Impressions. The colouring was done using Promarkers, although it looks as if it was left uncoloured in my photo!
A very untidy desk this week, due to the fact that I still haven't put away all my purchases from the NEC (all the buttons, ribbons, brads etc you can see lying in a mess) and instead, I have been making more stuff for our craft stall in a couple of weeks. The wee crackers contain a couple of chocolate mint sweets and the 'house' boxes contain four tea lights. I have knit a couple more scarves as well, so I hope we get lots of customers!
To see what everyone else is up to visit Julia's blog HERE!
While I had the wee bear stamp from Panduro out on my desk, I also made another baby card using the layout on this weeks Sketch Saturday. The paper is from one of the Nitwits pads from LOTV. The oval were diecut using Nesties dies and then embossed. The scalloped strip at the top was made using a border punch from SU. I think the lilac card is a retired shade from SU as well. I thought maybe this lilac colour would do for either a boy or girl and would be a change from lemon.
A bit late with myWOYWW post this week - hadn't time this morning with rushing out to school - and went to bed early last night, well, earlier than usual - around 1am! I have been knitting some scarves for our craft stall at the end of the month and here they are, waiting to have all the 'tails' stitched in - I just like knitting them, but not the finishing off bits! I also have been planning more wedding stationery samples, hence the lace and 'angel hair' fibre stuff. The notebook underneath all this is where I have been making my lists for the NEC on Friday - no doubt I might buy a few things that aren't on the list as well!!
Another baby card today - following the Sketchy challenge layout. The shaped card is from Craftwork cards and the paper is from a First Edition pad (Love Letters). The cardstock is from SU (crumb cake and pink pirouette). The seam binding ribbon is also crumb cake from SU. The bear stamp is one I've had for years now, from Panduro, coloured as usual with Promarkers and Flexmarkers - so I can enter this weeks I love promarkers challengeas it's 'Cute.' I can also enter this weeksSimon Says challenge as it's 'Get in shape' - ie, anything but a square card.
As I had the paper and card out on my desk, I thought I would use it to make another 40th card - for a different customer and recipent. So SU certainly celery, and paper from one of the Nitwits pads from LOTV. This time I just used one of the LOTV die cut squares and added some extra colour to it. For the layout I followed thePapertake Weekly sketch (#73). The flower was from a little pack from WH Smith and the leaves are a sizzlets die from SU. I embossed the green card with a craft concepts embossing folder, called 'cottage floral.'
I have just come back home after a couple of days down at Mum's. While there, I don't get any cardmaking done, but I managed to knit five scarves for our craft stall - I even knit one in the middle of the night when I woke up, wide awake at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep!
Anyhow, I have a card I made a few days ago still to blog. I was asked to make a 40th birthday card for someone who likes to craft and makes cards, so I thought of this Elyzabells stamp of a girl making cards. I used cherry cobbler red card from SU and paper from Teresa Collins that I have looked at for ages now and finally plucked up the courage to cut into it! - I bought it ages ago in Doodlecraft in Cookstown. For the layout I followed the sketch on Friday Sketch challenge.
I'm a part time teacher, married for over 23 years and Mum to Hannah and Nathan. I dabble in most crafts and have been making cards for about 15 years now. I'm a big fan of Stampin Up, Lili of the Valley and Magnolia products. I also make wedding stationery and sell my cards in a local craft shop to help school funds.