Archive | March, 2012

Hello Sweetie!

28 Mar

Whilst on my papercraft adventures, I found some wrappers left over from a box of Quality Streets (I’m assuming the cat stole them for her games) so I thought I’d use them up on a fun little card.

The sweets were made by wrapping the sweet wrappers around coloured buttons, and secured using double sided sticky tape. They were then attached to a small square of white card at random angles.

The card itself was a plain white card covered with patterned paper and a patterned ribbon attached to the left hand side for a bit of extra brightness. The card with the sweets mounted upon it was attached to the card using 3D foam pads.

I love how bright and fun this card is; perfect for a birthday for a boy or girl of any age (if a boy was the intended recipient I probably wouldn’t use the flowered ribbon). I’ll have to remember to keep all my wrappers this year from all my choccys so I can make more of this card in lots of different colours. My colour scheme was slightly limited this time by the fact that I only found three sweet wrappers 🙂

Keep crafting 🙂

Flower Buttons

26 Mar

Mother’s Day has been and gone, so of course I had cards to craft and give out. I decided to give my mother a bunting card similar to the one I blogged about previously (I did go to the effort to make her a new one having already given out the one I posted previously) andthe other half gave his the easel card I posted before.

This card was made especially for my Grandma. I love my Grandma to pieces, and her father used to be a florist, so I know she has a particular love for flowers. What better way to embellish her card than with flowers I made myself?

The centres of the flowers are self cover buttons. I spent ages trying to think of two different things I had that I could stitch onto aida to act as the centre of the flowers, and eventually settled on a ladybird (from CrossStitcher Magazine) and a butterfly (from The Cross Stitch Motif Bible by Jan Eaton).

I’ve made self cover buttons before, and I do love them. The hardest part of this card was cutting flower shapes from felt that were even and tidy. I ended up making a template flower out of waste felt (it became waste after the felt pen I drew with showed up through the material), pinning it to a feash piece of felt and cutting around it.

The flowers were made by cutting a small hole in the centre of the two flowers, layering them on top of each other and puching the button (already covered with the stitch) through the middle. I used glue to secure everything in place, and the stems for the flowers were drawn using a green felt pen.

The end result is a fun and happy card, with two pretty little handmade flowers dancing in the breeze. Perfect for someone with a love of flowers like my Grandma 🙂

Happy sewing 😉

Happy Anniversary! – Inspired By …

23 Mar

I visited some friends back in 2011, and on their mantelpiece they had a beautiful wedding invite that looked very handmade. It was turquoise and brown, and had a little ribbon bow on it, and some buttons, and the names of the people getting married stamped on the front. Of course, being rather crafty minded, I just had to have a go at replicating this card myself, and this was the outcome.

I opted to use red and white for my colour scheme, mainly because I wanted an excuse to use my gingham ribbon, and I must admit I’m very pleased with the result.

I decided to embellish my finished card with a small “Happy Anniversary” sticker, as my parent’s anniversary was approaching and I thought this would make a different card for them as they’re so used to receiving my cross stitched ones. I might add that my mother in particular really liked it.

I should really go to the effort to find out who designed the original card, as it acted as my inspiration for this one. That said it’s a very simple card, which definately has a touch of handmade-ness to it. The colour scheme could be adapted for any occasion; even to suit individual tastes, and in place of buttons some 3D embellishments could be used to make it a themed card e.g. bells for a wedding or balloons for a birthday.

It just goes to show that inspiration for a card could come from anywhere, and when you least expect it. I’ve been thinking I should probably get a small notepad to jot my ideas and inspirations down in, as by the time I get home I’ve usually forgotten that amazing idea that just waltzed into my head four hours ago.

Or maybe I should just get a better memory 😉

Keep crafting 🙂

Butterfly Heart Sachet

21 Mar

It was my sister’s birthday last week, and I decided to make her something as well as buying her a gift. As my parents have recently moved house, I thought I’d make her a heart sachet to go with her newly decorated room, and I chose to stitch a butterfly onto some blue material using soluable aida.

Cross Stitch

Cross stitching using soluable aida was relatively easy. I did need to change to a smaller needle as the one I started using was leaving massive holes in the material I was sewing onto. The soluable aida was fastened to the fabric using pins, and then once the design was finished I cut the excess aida away from the pattern so dissolving it would be a little easier.

Soaking

I followed the instructions that came with the aida for the soaking process; simply filling the sink with soapy water and allowing to dissolve. I did have to repeat the process, as after the first soak once the sewing was dry there was still a sticky residue over the sewing. Once the aida was completely dissolved, I hung the material on the radiator to dry, and once completely dry I sewed the sachet together.

Heart sachet

The finished sachet is a little bit skewiff; probably because I was tired putting it together (I did have several arguements with my machine as well) but overall I am happy with it. The butterfly has been stitched in the colours my sister has decorated her bedroom with, and this time I managed to get the ribbon in the right place first time (yay me!). I threaded two purple/blue beads onto the top of the ribbon as a small embellishment, stuffed the sachet and slip stitched the opening closed.

Aside from it being a bit uneven, I’m happy with how the sachet turned out. I certainly enjoy making these sachets. I think they make lovely little gifts, especially as they seem to be for sale in most of the quirky home stores at the moment. Handmade gifts are definately the way forward.

Happy crafting 😉

“Love” – A Work in Progress

20 Mar

I’ve been trying to learn the art of needlepoint as one of my 2012 resolutions, and have come up with the idea that I’m going to make a cushion spelling the word “Love” on it using Emily Peacock’s circus alphabet. The alphabet is being published on the “Subscriber’s Only” pages of CrossStitcher Magazine and so far (in three months) I have managed to stitch just half of the “L”.

I think it’s going well: I’m using what I understand to be “half cross tent stitch” or, to me, just half cross stitch. My tension is very uneven, as I expected it would be as I’m only just learning this technique, but I think I’m getting the hang of it slowly.

I plan to stitch the four letters for the word “Love” in a kind of square, with L and O on the top row, and V and E on the bottom. I’m then planning on filling in the rest of the canvas using a mustard-y shade of yellow, before finding some pretty backing fabric and making a cushion (probably my first).

And then it’s going to live on the sofa.

Probably for the cat to sharpen her claws on 😉

More on this cushion as and when I make progress.

Keep crafting 🙂

A Little Ship

19 Mar

Just a short post about a quick card I made back in January for my dad’s birthday.

My dad is a particular fan of boats; not any special kind of boat, just boats in general. The issue of CrossStitcher Magazine I received around that time had instructions in it for stitching onto paper, or card, so I thought I’d give it a go and this was the result:

ImageThe cross stitch was achieved by copying the ship design onto aida, placing this on top of the card I wanted to stitch on and punching holes in the card with a needle. Pretty simple really, and I must admit this was actually the most time consuming part of making this card. Cross stitching directly onto the card was simple: much like stitching on ordinary aida except the “fabric” was a lot more sturdy.

I chose to mount the cross stitch onto a red square, and then again onto a simple white card to add a nautical theme to the design. Again, simple, but effective.

I really love the resulting card: I think it looks rather modern, and very appropriate for a male card (I find stitching cards for males difficult as so many designs seem to be built for girls, and stitching in general seems to be a girly subject) but I was extremely happy with this design.

With regards to the technique for stitching directly onto card, my main advice would be to keep the design simple, using only one or two colours and keep it fairly small. Too much crowding would probably weaken the card/paper and cause it to tear, and large designs would get complicated very quickly.

Happy stitching 🙂