Archive | May, 2012

Butterflies

30 May

Butterflies seem to be around a lot at the moment, embellishing everything from cards to handbags. When I saw this card idea I just had to have a go at making them myself.

This card uses another idea from Papercraft Inspirations using a large butterfly punch and a small butterfly punch. A section was removed from the front of the card, then the butterflies attached across the gap using a small amount of glue. The smaller butterflies were then mounted on the card by the bodies only, so that once the glue was dried the wings could be lifted up.

I’ve made this card so many times over the last few weeks, using different colour combinations each time, and each end result is slightly different. I particuarly like the effect of the colour scheme on the second card displayed on this page, and I love how for the sake of an hour or two, I can create a fair few of these.

Keep crafting 🙂

Happy Birthday – Self Designing Patterns

12 May

A lot of the cross stitch patterns I use are from magazines, books and kits. I do, however, want to start designing my own patterns to sew which does prove to be very difficult for someone like me with very little artistic talent. I have had a go at it though, and this was the pattern I came up with for a birthday card (admittedly using one or two alphabet designs dotted about in my stash to help):

I used the internet to find all the different translations for “Happy Birthday” – on a side note it did amaze me how long the phrase “Happy Birthday” is in pretty much every language. Particularly German for some reason hence why I opted not to use that language in the design. It did take a while for me to squeeze several phrases onto my page of squared paper, but I am happy with the outcome.

The languages I’ve used are:

Happy Birthday – English

Penblywydd Hapus – Welsh

Bon Anniversaire – French

Iyi Ki Dogdun – Turkish

Buon Compleanno – Italian

Parabens – Portugese

If for any reason my translations are incorrect I do apologise; the only language I am fluent in is English. If they are wrong please blame Google search, not me o:-)

I have also designed a “Thankyou” card in the same theme as this pattern, but I have yet to get that one stitched for a tester.

I’m also planning on designing a “Merry Christmas” one.

Keep crafting 😉

Silver Wedding Invites

2 May

It’s my parents 25th Wedding Anniversary this December, and my mother has decided that she wants to throw a garden party (early, in the summer as opposed to winter) as a celebration. If you know my parents you know this is cause to get excited, as their garden parties are pretty epic 🙂

My mother was talking about buying some invites to send out to everyone invited, and I had to point out that she could save a fortune by making them herself (she wanted some 50 invited and the ones she liked in the shop were £2.99 for 6). As my mum suffers with MS, she asked me to help her do this (my mum ended up refusing to do anything except measure and cut things I needed), and this was the result of a whole afternoons work:

We went for a silver and white theme, as it is for a silver wedding party, and my mother is very into simple yet stylish, and I think these cards sum her personality up perfectly.

The word ‘invitation’ was added using a stamp with silver ink, and I don’t know how it ended up straight all 58 times I stamped it, but it did. The ribbon was attached using double sided sticky tape, and does a complete loop around the inside and outside of the card, and the two little hearts are simple adhesive gems to save us fiddling around with glue and getting ourselves all sticky.

We wound up spending around £25 on supplies to make these invites, and we still have stuff left over in case my mum wants any more conjured up. If she’d gone ahead and bought the ones she liked in the shop (which she admitted to me later she didn’t like as much as the ones we made) we’d have spent around £30, and there would have been no guarantee she’d have been able to get more of the same if she needed more. They didn’t have enough in the shop for the numbers she wanted them in anyway.

I guess the moral of this story is handmade over shop bought any day. It was my first attempt at mass producing any kind of creative work. I tend to make things once then not make them again for a while, if ever again, but I did enjoy doing this. Once I got into the rhythm of putting these cards together I got faster and faster; it only took us around two and a half hours of actual crafting to put them together. It did take my mother about an hour to decide what she actually wanted though.

Make it yourself, don’t go and buy it just because it’s easier. You might surprise yourself 🙂