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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 🙂

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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 🙂

Penblwydd Hapus

12 Apr

My other half’s brother is very passionate about his Welsh heritage, and so for his birthday I decided to use a pattern I have in my stash for a Welsh dragon to make a card fitting for someone so proud.

Cross Stitch

The cross stitch itself is a very simple one, from a kit to make a key ring. The dragon is stitched mainly in red, with a little bit of white backstitch. This was the same dragon pattern I used to change the flag on the Wedding Sampler I stitched last year.

Card Layout

Of course the card is styled so that it looks like the Welsh flag, with a dragon on the green grass. This was achieved by inserting the stitch into an aperture of a white card, then cutting a strip of green card out and removing the half-aperture from it. Welsh stickers translating to read “Happy Birthday” were then added to fill the blank space on the card.

The uniqueness of the Welsh flag does mean that it makes a very effective card, especially when the dragon is cross stitched. It was so easy to come up with the idea for this card, and it’s a shame not all flags would work as well in cross stitch cards, otherwise I could create a selection of Nationality themed cards.

Keep crafting 🙂

Happy 17th Birthday Card

7 Apr

Let’s be honest, most of us in the UK start learning to drive once we turn 17. My little sister (who’s now 20) was no different, and for her birthday my parent’s had bought her a little blue Clio to learn to drive in.

I decided it would be appropriate to make her a car-themed birthday card for her 17th birthday, with a personalised numberplate, and this was the product of much planning and crafting:

I love this card. I cannot remember the thought process that went into it, but I do love it. Of course that is my sister sat behind the wheel of the blue car; the wipers, wheel and tyres were cut from black card and the windshield and headlights from white card.

The only cross stitch on the card is the numberplate, which was copied from a simple alphabet pattern I found in a book I was using at the time.

I remember spending a lot of time drawing out templates for this card, and getting very stressed that the shape of the car wasn’t what I wanted etc etc, but I am proud of the final product. It’s a shame I didn’t keep the template really,in case I ever feel the need to create this card again. If I decide to do it, I imagine my living room will suddenly became a stressful zone again hehe.

I’ll give you a warning if it’s set to happen 😉

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 🙂