I saw an idea on Julie's blog HERE for little treat boxes containing a creme egg - so I thought they might be a good idea for my craft stall on Saturday. I created my own version, using a Nesties scalloped rectangle die for the sides and various other dies and puches to make the chick, sheep,etc. There were lots of challenges to do with Easter and spring this week, but of course I have left it far too late to enter most of them!!
I was asked recently to make a few personalised cards and this is one of them. The paper is from an Echo Park 6 x 6 pad called 'Scoot' and for the layout I followed this weeks Sweetstop sketch. The image is one of my remaining LOTV cute squares (with a little bit of extra colour using Promarkers) and the letters and number were die cut using a really old set of Quickutz dies.
I've been a bit neglectful of my blog recently - too busy sewing! Everyone admired the oilcloth owl bag and wanted one, so I thought I would make a few more and hopefully sell them at a craft stall on Saturday. Mind you, now that I've them made, probably no-one will want them! Here are a couple of the variations.
I can't let you see my actual wordesk this week as its covered with components of wedding stationery, waiting to dry, so instead you are seeing a couple of sewing projects I made in the last few days. The cupcake oven mitt (thanks to Karen for the pattern) and towel hanger are made from the same half metre of material as the peg bag and carrier bag holder from a couple of weeks ago. The shopping bag was made from oilcloth (with thanks to Jan, for the tip about putting sellotape under the sewing machine foot so that it doesn't 'stick' to the oilcloth) and some plain pink curtain weight fabric. I had thought about selling all this stuff at a craft sale when I was finished using it for examples for my students, but I don't think I'll be able to part with the 'owl' bag! - it's a great size for carrying all sorts of things and has a handy wee pocket inside for your purse and mobile (usually my mobile has stopped ringing by the time I find it under everything in the bottom of my bag!) Hannah liked the owl oilcloth so much, she is intending to use it as well, to make a bag for her final item in the Creative craft class.
A couple of the blog challenges this week are to do with springtime (CCT and Allsorts) - although it certainly doesn't feel very springlike here - we even had some snow yesterday! This card was made using SU card, paper, stamps, marker pens, and punches. The flowers were made using a couple of other punches and the petals were curled using reverse tweezers as demonstrated by Ruth (A passion for cards) at Paperworks in the Linen Green last Saturday. They were finished off with some tiny self adhesive pearls. TheSimon Says challenge is to use 'a bit o' green,' so I can enter it there as well, although I wish I had used an embossing folder on the green card - it's a bit too plain I think.
I had a lovely wee trip down to the Linen Green in Dungannon this morning with Eleanor to attend the Demo Day at the Paperworks craft shop. Ruth Hamilton was demonstrating Tonic studios products (her own designs) and she showed us how to construct all sorts of beautiful flowers. We then had a look round the shop and bought some 'necessities'! We had a photo taken with some of the products and ideas in the background. Afterwards we had a lovely lunch and a wee look around some of the other shops. I even found some more nice fabric I 'needed' - I'm going through a sewing fad at the moment. Hopefully I'll have some more cards to show you soon! By the way I'm hosting a Stampin Up workshop on Friday the 15th of March at 2pm - so if there's anyone in the area (Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh) who would like to attend, feel free to get in touch!
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.