Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 202016
 

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An Update, Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

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I’m back with some scarves.  I use to do a lot of knitting but working two needles and holding up the weight of a garment to manouver the knitting needles became too much for me with my arms being affected by my health issues, so I started doing some crocheted items.  Less of a problem with loosing stitches as of course only working with one stitch at a time, not a whole knitting needle of stitches that have the habit of coming off if I have to put my arms down mid row.  And it is also easier to work with the growing piece of crochet resting more on my lap, so less weight to contend with.  I can’t manage consistent tension to do any real garments, but other things, like hats, scarves, blankets, bags, etc., I do manage.

I have got a very large granny square blanket on the go, and have had it on the go for a couple of years.  It is now as tall as my youngest nephew, if not a bit taller – and as it’s a square the same width.  I have to work on that while in an armchair in the sitting room to have the weight spread across the arms of the chair. That is my large, ongoing, project.  But while working on that I’ve also been making smaller items.

What I’ve got to show you today are not exactly traditional scarves because of the yarn I’ve used for two of them, but I hope you like them.

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ARM KNITTING:

Have you ever tried arm knitting.  I got a few rolls of this “Yarn”

Scarf 104 03 Scarf 104 04It is like a very wide piece of knitted yarn that you can then work with.

For this first piece I did some arm knitting – casting on three stitches and using my arms as “knitting needles”. One skein of yarn makes one scarf.

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This photo was taken in more of a shaddow and so shows the loops of the chain a bit better.

Scarf 104 02With the loops on my arms, and sat in bed watching TV, I could just pull a few loops, knitting from one side to the other, and then put my arms down to rest, without the stitches falling off past my tumbs sticking out, and the whole thing didn’t take me an hour to make.

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CROCHET:

For this scarf I used the same yarn but decided to crochet into the side of the yarn.  By picking up a piece of the side of the wide ribbon yarn, then scooping up another piece onto the crochet hook, then another, before taking the last loop through the first two, it started gathering up the edge of the wide ribbon yarn and gave the other edge a ruffled look.

Scarf 103 01 Scarf 103 02By continuing to pick up two loop fulls of the ribbon yarn edge and taking the last through all the way along the edge of the yarn the whole lot became ruffled, and tended to twirl round on itself, making an unusual type of scarff.

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This next scarf is a more traditional crochet item.  Made using treble stitches throughout.

Here’s a closeup of the stitches and edge.

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Here’s the whole scarf.

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I’ve tried to spread the scarf a bit more out for this photo to give you a better idea of the length.

Scarf 04 04I’m going to have to take a photo of the yarn ball band with yarn content and details at a later date and put it in because I forgot to do it the same time as photographing the scarf itself.

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A Look Back At 2013

 Posted by at 06:00 pm
Jan 022014
 

Now that we are into 2014 (I hope you all caught my “Thank You and a Happy New Year” post yesterday), I’ve been steered towards having a look back at my creations of 2013, and to choose “My Top 20 Creations”, from reading the blog posts of some of my online friends who’ve done something similar.

In fact, if you go to the blog “The Manic World Of Mrs McKenzie” you will see that she’s got a link tool where anybody who’s doing something like this can add their blog post where they are displaying their favourites of 2013.

I must admit to finding this very difficult – just choosing 20 out of all my crafting projects.  And I fear that if I was to do the same exercise tomorrow I’d come up with a totally different list – but I’ve got to stop changeing my mind right now and get this published.

I’ve tried to choose a bit of an assortment of different crafts, not just cardmaking, and I’m not showing them in any particular order.  I hope you like the items I’ve picked.

(Clicking on each picture will take you to the original blog post for each project where you should find details of what I used in each case – amongst all the other stuff I made the same time.)

1.  Made as a housewarming gift for my sister and her husband – they will hopefully be moving this month.

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2. Made for a card swap, making everything other than the image white on white.NovemberCardSwap 01

3.  I like buying cheap notebooks to decorate up as an inexpensive gift.

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4. Made as a Christmas gift for a family member.  A cross between a birthday book and a card storage box.

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5.  A beaded Kumihimo necklace with the magnetic clasp at the front making it easy to do upfor a person with dexterity issues.

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6.  The image on this card was one I bought during the “Owl the Same … or Not Blog Hop” which was run by the Stamp Out Stamp Theft group to help educate people about copyright of stamps, both physical and digital, and the fact that it’s theft to make unauthorised copies.

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7. This was the first tutorial I’d done for The Dragons Den blog (well the only one I’ve done so far really, but I hope to do more in the future), and I was very pleased with how it turned out.

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8. People who visit my blog often will have seen that I love my Silhouette Cameo and the wonderful designs by the likes of Tina Fitch that can be cut out using it – even if lack of space means I can’t keep it out to use all the time, and health issues means I can’t drag it out to use as often as I’d like.  With the addition of some simple, punched, vellum flowers, this is one design that shows off the capability of the machine with minimal work on my part.

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9. This creation I love, not just because it’s one of very few decorated candles I’ve made, but because I also made the display base and put together the simple bracelet that’s around it that makes a second gift.

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10.  This selection of hand made and hand decorated cupcakes of all sizes makes it into my top 20, not because they were all made and decorated by me, but because they were a group effort with my sister having helped my sister-in-law make some of them, and my niece and my sister-in-law and myself being involved in the decoration, so it was quite a fun afternoon.

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11. I was particularly pleased with how this wedding card turned out.

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12. I like purple!

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13. I just love the muted and rustic tones of this.

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14. I put together the design for the topper in one of my graphics packages before printing off and doing traditional papercrafting with it.

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15.  Another item cut using my Silhouette Cameo, but this time a fancy box, not a card.

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16.  A little wrap I knitted for myself on one of my knitting looms to keep my shoulders warm in the spring.

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17. I love the dimensional effect of decoupage, but don’t do it very often because my hands don’t allow me to cut out anything particularly intricate, so when I do get something to look quite good I’m always pleased.

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18. I don’t often get out feathers, and charms, some buttons, some gems, die-cuts and Silhouette Cameo cuts, some glitter ribbon, etc., and throw them all at one card – but I did for this card and I love the results.cup430938_117 - card02C - Digital Stamp Garden Gate with coloured version too

19. I’ve put together pictorial guides to making several different types of paper flowers during the year, and hadn’t intended to do any more in December, but I saw the diamond waste from die-cutting out cracker shapes and just had to do a few more flower styles using the waste.

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20. And I’m finishing with one of my latest creations, because I like the fact that it has a lot of white background while still having some bits of pearls and ribbons and lace to decorate.

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What do you think of my choice of top 20?  If you are regular, or occasional, visitors to my blog – would you have picked different items from my assorted creations?  Let me know what you think as a comment below if you’ve got a moment.

Thank you for reading this far – 20 is quite a lot isn’t it?!

Crafting Mid December 2013

 Posted by at 05:40 pm
Dec 192013
 

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An Update, Cards, Crackers, Bags of Chocolate and More

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 Hope your Christmas crafting is all coming together on schedule for you all.  I’ve got most of my gifts packed now, but do need to finish off wrapping the last few items over the next few days.  The decorations were ut up by my niece, who went up to the atic to pull them down, and my two youngest nephews, though I do need to hang the Christmas cards – I’ve been through all the ones we’ve received today to make sure that everybody is on the list of people we sent cards to.

In between doing Christmas things I’ve been doing a bit of relaxing knitting – using a knitting loom of course since I can’t hold up knitting needles with attached knitting for long enough to make anything worthwhile.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

A bit of a selection of winter birthdays, Christmas, male, etc., cards this time.

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  1. Angelique blue xmas by Mishara Armenia and Pretty Snowflake Frames by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the images and one of the frame element into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved until I was happy with the layout for a topper for a 6″ square card.  I made a second copy to use for decoupaging and then printed out the page onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the framed topper and then cut out the wing and shoulder from the second image.  I took a pre-cut and scored base card and went round the edge using a Cyan ProMarker.  I then used fingerlift tape to attach the toppers and then shaped the second layer before attaching using glue gel.  I finished off by putting some clear Wink of Stella over snowflakes on the background and various areas of wings and dress, although it doesn’t show up in the picture. I think this would make a lovely winter birthday card, but as I don’t know what language it will be needed in I’ve not added a greeting yet.)
  2. Angelique blue xmas by Mishara Armenia and Pretty Snowflake Frames by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the frames and one of the images into one of my graphics packages and moved around and resized until I was happy with the layout for a topper for a 6″ square card.  I then printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the topper.  I took a pre-cut and scored base card and went around the edge using a Cyan ProMarker.  I attached the topper directly to the card front and then went around the outside of the topper with a glitter pen and over the snowflakes ans “star” areas on the dress using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen, although the twinkle doesn’t really show up in the photo.  I think that this would make a lovely winter birthday card, but haven’t put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Oh Christmas Tree 5×5 Insert Panels by Ammie Sanders (I typed “Nadolig Llawen Iawn” – which is Welsh for “A Very Happy Christmas” – onto the panels in different colours and fonts before printing out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut them out and put one of the panels on the front of a black base card, going over the baubles on the trees and the star with clear Wink of Stella before sticking the other panel inside as an insert.)
  4. The inside of the previous card.

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  1. Majestic Lion Simple Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts and Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders (I printed the pyramage sheet onto a 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and also printed the background onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took the background and trimmed, scored with my Hougie Board, folded it in half and added a ribbon of black cardstock across the front.  As I needed to keep the card shallow for posting I only used three of the layers for this card, attaching the base layer directly to the card front using finger-lift tape and using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the other layers.  I’ve put on the blank greetings panel as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  A great image for a male card.)
  2. Country cottage new home decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  I took a pre-cut and scored square base card and attached the paper-ribbon element from the sheet just below the top folded edge.  I went round the scallops using a Pear Green ProMarker.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the base layer to the card front and then glue gel to attach the central, circular, panel and then the bow, which I’d shaped before attaching.  I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet so I’ve not put a greeting on yet.  A really lovely image for a “New Home” card.)

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CRACKERS AND BAGS OF CHOCOLATE:

I’ve got most of my crackers made up, with the keyrings and bag charms I’ve shown you over the last couple of months inside.  They are all the same, except for the name, on the outside, so I’m only showing a small number here.  I’ve also bought a big box of chocolates and bagged them up for various family members, with a panel over the top with the recipients name on.

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  1. Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean (I added the panel with a family member’s name to my chosen background before I printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out my cracker pieces using a Tonic Cracker Die.  I used a small strip of ultra tacky tape at either end of a cracker snap and attached it to either end of inside the cracker.  I didn’t want to get too fussy with the crackers so simply used pieces of cotton yarn to tie in the ends.  Inside each one I’ve put a Scratchcard and a keyring or bag charm.)
  2. Closeup of the labled area on the front of a cracker
  3. Closeup of the back of a cracker

Those of you who’ve seen my latest blog post will have seen how I used up the diamond waste from cutting out the crackers, but if you haven’t the please click – Here! – to go to my pictorial guides section and scroll down.

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  1. Pretty in Pink Card Papers by Janette Padley (This pack of backgrounds and elements are lovely for crafting with and work well together for matting and layering, etc., for cardmaking.  But I decided to use them to make panels to go on the top of bags of chocolate for various family members.  I put them into one of my graphics package and added a greetings panel and names beore printing.  I chose several of the backgrounds for the different family members and printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out I went around the edges with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen, scored and folded them in half over the top of the sealed bags, and just put one staple in to hold them in place.)
  2. Closer look at one of the chocolate bags

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JEWELLERY:

Another couple of key-rings.  This time simply Mix n Mingle beads on a pendant end attached to a key chain.

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  1. Black and silver keyring for a male.
  2. Pale pink and green bead keyring/bag charm for a female.

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KNITTING:

I’ve done a bit of knitting on one of my knitting looms in bed this week.  The first thing I did was a scarf knitted out of SMC Network yarn.  And now I’m knitting a piece out of wool that can be felted by putting the finished knitting in the washing machine.  That isn’t finished yet, but you can see what it looks like now.

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This is a scarf knitted using a netting type yarn over 7 pegs on one of my knitting looms.  I used two balls of yarn for a scarf this length.

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This is a special yarn that’s mostly untreated wool.  I’m knitting it over all the double row of pegs on one of my knitting looms and using 4 balls of the yarn for my piece.  It will then be put in my washing machine for a full cycle to felt it.  I’m hopeing that it will make a nice, thick, felt to make a pair of bootee slippers for me to ware around the house, but time will tell about that.  The finished piece after knitting is approximately 11″ by 3’0″.

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CUP UPDATE:

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You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 16th December – Here! – Designer 20% Discounts, 49p DIY Card Kit, Specials & Best Sellers
  • Wednesday, 18th December – Here! – CUP News, Xmas Gift Vouchers, CUP TV, Crafty Bob Paper on Special & More

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Further December 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 08:39 pm
Dec 162013
 

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An Update,  Boxes, Cakes and More


I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.

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Well, Christmas is getting nearer, and I’m busy finishing off and packing some of the gifts I’ve got planned.  I feel I’m pacing myself nicely at the moment, with around half the parcels already wrapped and under the tree, a batch more ready to pack, and a few hand made items that just require a few finishing touches.

We had the Christmas service at the chapel yesterday, followed by a visit by Santa Clause and a tea party.  The service went well and everything was great until just after I’d given Santa the last chocolates and tangeries to give to a child with their gift – and that’s when I stepped back, the knee of my damaged leg gave out on me (yes I knew I’d done too much the last few days, bobbing up and down, and standing to do the story telling during the first half of the service, and my leg, as well as most of the rest of me, was aching and tired) and I landed in a heap on the floor taking out a coffee table on the way.  Thankfully I had tied off the scenery and backdrop very well – to prevent the children topping them during their acting or playing – so that just wobbled and stuck in place.  And Thankfully I didn’t break any part of me either, though I do think a bruise will come out across the bottom of my back a few inches below my waist where it made contact with the edge of the coffee table.  Not very dignified though getting back up with a whole congregation watching.

Normally Monday is a more of a rest day for me to get my energy back after making family lunch and going to the chapel on Sunday, but this afternoon was the first performance of the Christmas musical plays at a concert at my two younger nephews school, and I’d got a ticket.  My niece picked me up and drove me there and dropped me at the gate from the carpark to the school yard and drove round to pick me up there at the end, so I didn’t have to walk across the carpark and get even more tired.  It was so nice to see the boys taking part in their respective plays.

So, this evening I’m sat in bed taking it easy and finishing off this blog post and browsing around a few Facebook groups and blogs online.  I hope you like the assortment of crafted items I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

You’ll have seen this card in my post of the 11th December, but I’d forgotten to take a photo of the insert for that post – so here it is again, this tiem with the insert.

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Beautiful Horse Card Topper 3 by Tammy Clarke and Antique Plum Pink Rose Insert 8×8 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out at a little smaller than the size provided.  I also printed out the insert twice at a little smaller than size provided. I took a scalloped edged base card and went round the edge with a purple ProMarker.  I also cut out one of the insert pieces and went round the edge with the same ProMarker before attaching it to the front of the card as a layer using finger-lift tape.  The second insert was attached inside the card.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this beautiful horse topper and finished off by wrapping a piece of purple jute string twice around the top of the card and tieing in a simnple bow.)

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BOXES:

I’ve been decorating boxes to put an assortment of hand made greetings cards into as a gift for some family members.  This means that they’ll have nice cards to send their friends during the year.  The first one is in blues to give to a male, whereas the rest are for females.

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  1. Imagine 9 by Anna Babajanyan and soft blue lace by Karin Johansson (I printed out the backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed one background and stuck it over the top of an old chocolates box that I was recycling.  I cut panels from the other background, stuck one onto a mat of silver paper, and attached them to the front of the box.  White cardstock was put onto the bottom of the card and the two sides not covered with this background.  I finished off by writing “Cardiau” which is Welsh for “Cards” on the top and putting a dotted pattern around using a French Navy ProMarker.  The box is going to be used to give a dozen hand made cards and their envelopes as a gift so the recipient can use them during the year.)
  2. A different angled photo of the same gift box.

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  1. Salmon Pansies by Tom Curtis and LACE BACKING PAPER SHEET #L50M by Janice McFarlane (I printed both backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. This project was to recycle an old chocolate box to make a gift box to give a dozen handmade greetings card as a gift so that the recipient had them to send throughout the year. I trimmed the backgrounds, one to put over the box and one as a panel, putting a strip of white linen cardstock across the top on the diagonal.  The linen textured cardstock was also put on the bottom of the box and the two sides not covered by the background.)
  2. A different angled photo of the same gift box.
  3. A different angled photo of the same gift box.

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  1. beautiful butterfly vellum 2 by Michelle Johnson and Layered Doily 2 & Butterfly…SVG by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and trimmed it and stuck it over the top and down two sides of an old chocolate box that I wanted to recycle as a gift box.  I put white linen textured cardstock over the other two sides and under the base of the box.  All pieces were stuck in place using glue gel.  I took a die-cut panel and wrote “Cardiau” – which is Welsh for “Cards” – on it using a Mulberry ProMarker.  I added a flower that I’d die-cut using a Tonic die, and a butterfly cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.)
  2. A different angled photo of the same gift box.
  3. Ivory Roses by Tom Curtis (This is a box of approximately A4 in size with an acetate front that I wanted to decorate up to use as a gift box.  I printed this background onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out to use as a border around the box front.  I attached the strips with ultra tacky tape before attaching some die-cut embelishments and flowers.  The panel says “Cardiau” – which is Welsh for “Cards” – as this box has been made to contain an assortment of hand made greetings cards to give as a gift to a family member so that they can be on hand for them to use throughout the year.)

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JEWELLERY:

Some more Kumihimo Keyrings with a bead for you to look at this time.

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  1. The Kumihimo braid is made from a 2 to 3mm wide purple cord and finished off with end caps to add to the keychain.
  2. Closeup of beaded charm added.
  3. The Kumihimo on this one was made in exactly the same way, but it is a much narrower cord because it is made with a card that’s only 1mm diameter.  I started this one by putting the cords through a jump ring so that it didn’t need gluing into an end cap, although the other end is stuck in a small end cap.
  4. Closeup of Sodalite bead put inline with Kumihimo braid.

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CAKE DECORATING:

Saturday morning, while waiting for Tesco to deliver, I put a batch of cupcakes in the oven, and then simply decorated them after lunch, so that I had something to take with me to the tea at our chapel after the Christmas service yesterday.

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A dosen vanilla cupcakes with a circle of ready to roll icing on top and then snowflakes made out of the same icing with some sugar on top.  I used Snowflake Plungers to cut out the snowflakes.  The second photo is a closeup of one of the cakes so click on it to see a larger version of the picture.

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve added a new Pictorial Guide! You can find it at number “08” in my “Making Paper Flowers” section.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

At the end of last month we were told that it was the last of the 20% End Of Month Discount Code but that there would be new discount initiatives to be found every now and then.  Well we’ve now been told that the Designers who sell their digital creations via CUP now have the option to put their whole catalogue on a 20% discount whenever they feel like it.

You can find a list of all the Designers currently on discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 11th December – Here! – NEW 20% Designer Discounts & ALL the latest CUP News
  • Friday, 13th December – Here! – Free CD Volume 76, Whats HOT HOT HOT & a NEW 49p DIY Card Kit

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Assorted December 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 08:14 pm
Dec 062013
 

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I’ve been trying to complete a few things ready for Christmas.  Not everything is done yet obviously – I’m not rushing things, just pacing myself.  But I did get some gifts wrapped this morning.  Lots more to do, but it’s a start.

One thing I really do need to do is clear all my crafting bits and bobs that have migrated to the table in the sitting room.  We use the table for nuts and nibbles and fresh fruit, and also for putting out the Christmas cake, over the Christmas period, so it must be cleared before then – mind you, I don’t want to put things out too early or somebody will have nibbled what they shouldn’t well before the day.

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MUSINGS:

The only thing I’ve been wondering the last few days is – where did I put all the keyrings and bag charms I’ve made?  I’ve found some but not the rest.  I know I put them somewhere safe until I needed them – I just can’t remember where I put the first batch.  I’ve even looked back through my blog posts to find out what other jewellery I made at the same time and found those – but no keyring!  Isn’t it annoying when something has been put safe and you’ve got no idea where now?!  Or is that just me?

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BOOKMARKS, GOODIE BAGS, ETC.:

I’ve bought books as a part of their Christmas presant from me for some family members, and so I decided to make little bookmarks to go with them.  I’ve made 4 of this type so far in different colours so that family members don’t mix them up.

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  1. These bookmarks are made out of 6 stranded embroydery cotton floss that’s knotted in the same way as some children make friendship bracelets.  After finishing the knotting I went over the top and bottom ends with a sewing machine to make sure that the knots stayed in place and then I separated out the 6 strands to give a finer, fuller, look to the ends, before trimming the trailing ends.

I usually buy a big box of nice chocolates and split them up into smaller goodie bags of chocolate for family members for Christmas, and I will do that for several family members, but this year I decided to make some chocolate shapes for some of them.  I used food grade molds to make the shapes.  There are three red dragons in one pack made out of red Candy Melts, and there’s one chocolate motorbike in the second made out of light cocoa Candy Melts.

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  1. Blazing Autumn Mini Theme by Janette Padley (This kit includes lots of richly coloured components that would look great on a scrapbook page or greetings card.  But for this project I put on a white panel in one of my graphics packages and added a greeting before I printed out two of the backgorunds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out a fancy panel before scoreing and folding in half.  I put my chocolate shapes into a food grade plastic bag, folded the top over, then put the folded panel over it.  I then popped two staples through to hold everything in place.)

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SEWING:

A couple of years ago I was fortunate to win a box of patchwork goodies in the Sew magazine giveaway.  I’ve not nearly finished using them yet, and I have several pieces of patchwork that are a work in progress – but I did finish this quilted cushion cover made using strips from a Jelly Roll of batique finish material.  This one is a house warming gift.

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  1. Jiggys Daffodill – Rugby Welsh – Coloured by Janette Padley (Rather than make a card, this time I printed onto printable cotton at around half size, peeled the backing away, backed it and appliqued it onto the front of a cushion cover I made which incorporated a ribbon of the Welsh flag.)
  2. Closeup of the part of the cushion cover that includes Jiggy and the Welsh flag ribbon.

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KNITTING:

This is a scarf – but not for a human.  I’ve been persuaded that Blocwend, one of my nephews’ teddy, was in desparate need of a “Welsh” scarf.  So this is what I came up with:

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As usual this is knitted on a Knitting Loom over some six stitch pairs out of Stylecraft Special Double Knitting yarn.  After knitting I cut two strips of two Welsh Flags from a narrower ribbon of the Welsh flag than I’d used as one of the stripes on the cushion.  I folded these over the ends of the scarf and stitched them in place using my sewing machine.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 6th December – Here! – Latest HOT Designs from CUP, FREE CD Vol 75, 99p Card Pack and 9 New Froms

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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