Another One PHD Completed

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Apr 162018
 

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Another Patchwork Cushion Cover Complete

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A few weeks ago I showed you one completed quilted patchwork cover for a foam cushion that I’d made for one of the kitchen chairs (blog post – here)

I said at the time that I have a lot of Projects Half Done (PHDs), including cutting up some more foam into the right size for other chairs.

And sewing together more of the squares I already had cut out to make covers for them.

So, by now I’ve cut four more pieces of foam to the required size. One for a box stool inside the front door, two for kitchen chairs, and one more of a more random size made by glueing three bits I had left together with Pinflair Glue Gel.

The glued together one needs a bit of trimming to make sides even once glue has completely dried.

I also sewed together the patchworks for the cover of the one for the box stool and quilted it. (Have a look at my previous post to see what I used as I followed the same method for these as I did for the previous one.)

This cushion was wider than my first, hence 5 not 4 blocks to each row, but it isn’t as deep front to back.  Rather than cut one row in half I decided to wrap it round the front edge rather than putting the strip all the way around.

I sewed the 2.5″ (2″ finished) strips round the other three sides, which is the depth of the foam, before adding the back.

And here’s the finished cushion.

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So another done and a few more to go.  I do these when I feel up to doing a bit of crafting but not up to constructing more complicated blocks, so keep ane eye out a post in the future showing how I get on with covers for the two with a curved back.  Need to get my brain in gear for them.

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My ‘Big’ Work In Progress

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Apr 102018
 

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UFO Quilting

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Today I don’t have any finished items to show you. What I have got to show you is how I’m getting on with my “big” project to make 2 single bed sized patchwork quilts.

Hopefully, by blogging as I go, it will keep me on track to steadily work at the project and get it finished quickly – well sometime this year!

I’ve worked on several patchwork and quilting projects over the years, but haven’t made anything full bed sized before, so deciding to make two at the same time is a bit of a stretch.

I tend to stick to “safe” colour schemes, with a limited colour palet, when sewing, but wanted to go outside my comfort zone for this project, so when I saw the “Kaffe Fasset Artisan Box of 15 Fat Quarters” on Create and Craft I decided it would be a great way to go wild with colours and different materials that were made to go together. Material assortments I would never have chosen to put together.

Quite expensive to go down this route, but in addition to the fat quarters the box also contains 10 reels of cotton thread, which don’t come cheep by themselves.  I also bought the box when there were offers on, on top of my 10% off as a club member.

I’ve actually bought two boxes as I want to make two bed quilts. I also got some white cotton fabric to put in some places as contrast to all the colours.

I’d bought an AccuQuilt GO Qube Mix and Match 8 Inch Block and an AccuQuilt GO Qube 8 Inch Companion Set – Classics some time ago, together with an AccuQuilt strip cutter.  I’ve now also bought the Companion Set – Angles, though I’ve not used that to cut anything yet.

I wanted to play around with lots af different blocks for this project, rather than making a one pattern quilt, so I turned to the Accuquilt literature, pulled some of the fat quarters from the box, and got cutting.

While I did want variety, I did decide to go for three or four of the same block to make it a bit easier for me.

As I was cutting out the pieces for each block type I put all the pieces for that block tupe into a plastic bag. Then I pulled out enough pieces to make up one of the blocks, layed the pieces out how they should be, added a number – which went into the bag with the relevant pieces – and photographed the unsewn block with my tablet. (should have done that before shoveing them in the plastic bags as they got very wrinkled, but never fear I did re-iron before sewing).

Here are a small selection to show you.

The reason for this numbering and photographing was so that, when I pulled the pieces out of the bags and started sewing them into blocks I could see exactly how they should fit together by having my tablet open by my side – rather than searching through leaflets, booklets, etc., to find the original block pattern I’d chosen and then trying to work out which pieces I’d cut corresponded to which in the diagram.

At this point I decided that I didn’t want all the blocks joining together in my finished quilt, that I wanted some sashing between them.  So the next job was to decide on what colour, and also what material to use to back the quilt.

White didn’t have as much impact as I wanted, and after a discussion with Mam I decided to go for black for sashing and back.  I bought 2 large, king sized, 300 count, Egyptian cotton, black, flat sheets.  A bit unconventional, but I decided to go with it in any case.

I did wash the sheets two times and then dried them, before cutting a piece large enough for the quilt backs off, and then using my strip cutter to cut strips ready for the sashing. (The washing was to minimuse the risk of colour run in the quilts when the time comes that they have to be washed in the future, especially as one wash was at a much higher temperature than I’d ever wash a quilt at).

Then came the time to start ironing the pieces and sewing.  I’ve said before that I don’t do ironing, but I do make an exception in the case of patchwork pieces, but I do use a small travel iron rather than a full size iron or a ‘craft’ iron – the first because I find them too heavy and the second because I think they are more expensive to buy than travel irons, depending on the manufacturer and model of course.

In any case, here are a few of the blocks sewn up.

One of the number 4 blocks as above.

One of those I’d labeled number 1.

And another block.

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Keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Apr 082018
 

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Nightdresses

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Previously – here – I showed you a warm dress I’d made for my mother quite a while ago but never got around to blogging  – as far as I can remember.

I said that I’d made a mistake in pinning the hem of the dress up when Mam was standing upright but that she walks bent forward over her walking frame so the hem rises at the back –

So – when I used the same pattern to make her lighter dresses in summer weight cottons, which she uses as nightdresses, I made further adjustments to the patern (created using The Golden Rule) and drew around the curved “high/low” hem of one of my skirts to adjust things to give her a more suitable longer length in the back without risking her tripping by having any extra length in the front that could go down to the floor when she leans forward to walk. Like this –

Sorry they are a bit wrinkly, but I don’t do ironing except for very rare occasions, and one nightdress was in the airing cupboard, and the other I fished out of the drier to photograph.

Here’s the 1st one I made.

And here’s the 2nd I made her a few month’s later.

This time I bound both the neckline and capped sleaves with contrasting bias binding, rather than putting interfaceing round the neckline as I’d done for the dress.

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Mar 222018
 

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A Dress And  Wrap

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This morning, Monday early, as I’m trying to put together this catchup post, there is a little snow on the ground outside. Not a lot, but a bit, as you can see in this photo taken from our back door.

This is another catchup post and will probabay take a day or two to get the photos of the items I’m going to write about, and get everything written up.

A year to eighteen months ago I made a nice, warm, dress for my mother.

I used the “Golden Rule” system to make a pattern of a dress shape she liked, but I adjusted the sleeves to make them more capped rather than the ones in the original pattern, as Mam has problems getting dressed and needs the more roomy sleaves.

It fit her fine, but I did make one mistake – I had her stand up straight to pin up the hem! The problem is that my mother doesn’t walk up straight – she leans forward quite a bit onto her walking frame and therefore the back of the dress goes up a bit higher than she’d like as she walks.  Nevertheless she has worn it a bit at Christmas and when using her wheelchair, as then she was then sitting down.

Then, just as it started getting cold at night autumn last year, my mother asked me to look out a bed jacket or cardigan for her to put on during the night if it got cold, which I did. But I got thinking – as she has a carer come in to help her get changed morning and evening, how would she manage to put on a cardi on her own at night?

Earlier in the year I’d bought a wrap for myself that is easier to throw on and I thought something similar would suit Mam as well, but the sale I’d got it in had finished, so I decided to crochet her one for Christmas – something I could do a very little at a time, in bed, with pillows supporting my arms. As she likes the colour blue I decided to use various shades of blue yarn.

I’ve got this much left, so another project for the future.

I crocheted it using the classic “granny square” stitch of the clusters of three trebles for the main body, with a few rows of evenly spaced trebles around the edge.

The main part of it was made using various shades of blue Aran weight, while the edge was made of darker blue Double Knit Yarn.

And this is the finished wrap.

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I said that Mam had worn the warm dress I made her first at Christmas, well this is her wearing the dress together with the wrap.

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Some Patchwork

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Mar 172016
 

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An Update, Some Musings and Some Patchwork

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I’d bought some footstool/storage boxes for the two youngest nephews so that they could put away some of the large collection of toys and crafting things they keep here, rather than have an assortment of cardboard and plastic boxes that were begining to show their age littered around the place – not that they managed to get everything in the new footstools, but the room does look tidyer now.  But one of the nephews decided that the top could be softer to sit on if a cushion was added.  And of course, as soon as one wanted a cushion the other did – so off I went to make a couple of cushion covers.  It did take me four or five months to get both done, but at least they are done now.  Just wish I could say the same about all the other part done crafting projects I’ve got, as well as the “got the stuff ready” projects that I’ve not even started.

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MUSINGS:

UFOs – for a lot of people this, of course, means Unidentified Flying Objects.  But for us crafters it has another meaning – Un-Finished Objects.  Objects that have been started, and the aim is to finish them “one day”, but there are always other things that get in the way.

Often it is life in general that gets in the way, but also other crafting takes up the time, and trying something new.

As I’ve seen my bundle of UFOs grow over the last year I got to thinking about other crafters and how many of you out there have lots of UFOs, and what type of UFOs.  I’ve currently got a couple of crochet projects, some patchwork and quilting projects.  As well as several bits of jewellery and beading in general, as well as a couple of papercraft projects.  Very depressing not getting them finished – but I will “one day”.

So if any of you want to make me feel better about my collection of UFOs please comment below to tell me about any of your UFOs.  It really would chear me up.

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PATCHWORK:

I’d bought some footstool/storage boxes for the two youngest nephews so that they could put away some of the large collection of toys and crafting things they keep here, rather than have an assortment of cardboard and plastic boxes that were begining to show their age littered around the place – not that they managed to get everything in, but the room does look tidyer now.  But one of the nephews decided that the top could be softer to sit on if a cushion was added.  And of course, as soon as one wanted a cushion the other did – so off I went to make a couple of cushion covers.  It did take me four or five months to get both done, but at least they are done now.

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I think this is called a pineapple patchwork pattern.

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There is wadding behind the cushion cover front and I’ve done free-motion quilting on the centre panel and quilting in the ditch around some of the other  pieces.

This is the 2nd cushion cover I made.  This time the pattern is the disapearing nine patch.

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This time I quilted in a cross pattern across the middle and then stitch in the ditch between the disapearing nine patch and the border around the outside of it.

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Back In October 2015

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Feb 222016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, Fancy Dress And Pumpkins

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post. The creations are near the end!

Just found the photos I took of two quick and easy fancy dress outfits I made for my two youngest nephews.  For the last few years they’ve been phoneing me up asking me to make something for them to ware to the school fancy dress disco just before Haloween – and the call has usually come the day of the disco or the day before, which really only leaves time for the quick cutting up of a white sheet or some calico to dress up them as ghosts, with no time to stitch or over-sew the cut edges to prevent further tareing along the head, eye, arm, etc., holes.

So in 2015 I thought I’d be prepared and made them some outfits well before the day.  Starting a month ahead and just doing little bits as I could, and buying in a few cheap gloves and face masks (think the masks were biker masks and were only a few pounds).

And guess what – they both decided they didn’t want to go!  Just typical when I was actually prepared for the call.

Never mind, they did wear the fancy dress outfits here, and they did carve a couple of pumpkins and we made soup and pumpkin pie from the inside flesh (we do scoup out a lot of the flesh before carving).  For the first time the boys got to do all the carving themselves, although I’d had to help them scoup out the seeds and the flesh – well that’s the boreing bit, isn’t it!

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MUSINGS:

Do people actually send Haloween cards? – that was my main thought in the run up to Haloween last year as I saw some of the Haloween creations appear online.  Lots of lovely creations, but, do people actually send Haloween cards?

I certainly wouldn’t.

I can understand people making Haloween themed decor creations if they are having a Haloween party of some kind, or some hangings to put outside the door if they welcome children trick-or-treating.  I can understand people using all sorts of Haloween themed papers, images and embelishments if they are scrapbooking photos of youngsters dressed up for Haloween.

But I just don’t know why anybody would be making Haloween cards – and I’m certain I saw some online in the run up to Haloween last year.  Nothing wrong with the cards themselves as far as creativity and quality were concerned – well I wouldn’t expect anything less from the crafters who’s work I look out for online.  It’s just the question – why Haloween cards at all?  Why do they need to exist?

To be perfectly honest I don’t actually know why Haloween as the trick-or-treating, fancy dress party, etc., etc., thing exists at all.  I’m sure the way it’s developed over time has been a lot to do with shops and their profit rather than the root of the day.  But with youngsters in the family who get immersed in the excitment of the run up to the evening I do feel the need to do something “Haloween” with them.  Just because I think it’s a waste of time and money I’d feel bad if the little ones were made to feel ostrasised within their circle of friends because they had nothing “Haloween” to speak about.

But rather than spend lots of money on “Haloween” outfits and other things that are considered Haloween necesities, I prefer to go “home made” like carving pumpkins and not wasteing all the inside but cooking with it – and the nephews do love pumpkin soup.  And also go “hand made” for costumes, and what was bought to go with what I could make were not things with the price hiked right up because of Haloween either.

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SEWING:

I used cheap, supermarket, single bed sheets to make the outfits, and used cheap bias binding to bind edges that were not hemmed so that they would last the evening – and they are now packed up so that they can swap come Haloween this year and ware the different outfit.

One of the outfits I made was simply a large black cape.  I just folded it in quarter, cut as an arch, cut up the front and a few inches either way across the top for the neck hole and then got my sewing machine out to hem the bottom and put bias binding around the neck and for tieing.  Then it was onto eBay for a cheap skeleton mask and gloves.

A bit of a Grim Reaper

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The second outfit was made using a white sheet, again folded in quarter and cut out an arc but this time there was no cutting up the front, just making a slit at the centre point for a head hole.  The hole for the head was again bound with bias binding leaving a long length for tieing.  I hemed around the whole of the “cape” and used bias binding to attach ties at the two points where the arms would go so that it remained over the arms when nephew was moving around.  Onto eBay then for a balaclava with just holes for eyes.  I then used spare bits cut off when making the black cape above to make black tubes which I sewed, turned inside out, stuffed with toy stuffing, sewed across at a couple of places to give the impression of leg joints, and then sewed to the inside edge of the white poncho neck.  I finished by taking a wide, black, alcohol marker and a big (quilting) ruler to draw lines radiating out from the neck of the poncho and then lines between the long lines to resemble a spider’s web.

Giant Spider on a Spider’s Web

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PUMPKINS:

Here are the pumpkins the boys carved.

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Carved by my 9 year old nephew –

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THANKSGIVING SERVICE

I was at least mobile-ish for the Thanksgiving Service in October.

Diolchgarwch 2015I wasn’t involved with putting together the table display in the front this year (did a vase of flowers for the back of the room – and completely forgot to take a photo of it), but I did work with the youngsters to decide on what should go on the posters and then printed them out afterwords.

The theme was Diolch – Thank you, Cofio – Remember, and Gwneud – Do Something.

We were thanking God for all the good things were had received, remembering those who were not as fortunate as us and were suffering badly, and doing something to help.

The doing was collecting together dry goods to send off with a truck that was going from our area to help the refugees – I painted the box and then added the poster (now got a nice splodge of paint the same colour as the box on my stick LOL).  There was a few more bits added to the box by the end as some hadn’t brought forward their gifts during the service but put them in after the thanksiving tea which was taking place while I was photographing this.

We also donated the money collection from the service to the Bible Society to help with the cost of getting Bibles and Bible tracts to the refugees who were searching for the word of God.  We’d raised over £50.00.  Not bad for one collection made in a small congregation.

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Jun 102014
 

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Cards, Bracelet and Bag

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Well the good news is that my tooth is feeling much more comfortable, though I’ve still got the joy of a few visits to the dentist to go – the bad news is that I’ve tweeked my back around the top of my hip and my usual slow waddle with my damaged let is now a very painful, even slower, waddle.  It’s been a few years since I’ve done something to set it off quite this bad and it took over 6 weeks to settle down then – though it was the other hip that time.  Just what I didn’t want to happen at the moment with my trying to putter more out the garden.  Mam recons that I’ve probably been doing more than I should, even though I do the vast majority sitting down, and that’s why I’ve managed to pull something.

So between the rain and my aching muscles I’ve been doing less out in the garden and more crafting the last couple of days.  I hope you like what 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.)
(I try and provide some information regarding what I’ve used to make my creations below each set of photos.)

Every month on the Stamping Dragon Design Facbook Group we have a “Colouring Challenge”.  This time we were challenged to use the silhoutte stamp “Happy & You Know it”.  This posed a different challenge to the usual where we could use our prefered colouring medium to colour the image.  This time we need to colour in the background.  I think, of those who’ve already done and uploaded their June entry, most have gone for some sort of background behind and cutting out the silhouette.  It’s so interesting to see what different crafters make with the same image.  As it happened, I’d already been tempted by this image and bought it the end of last month, before I knew it would be this months challenge.

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  1. Happy & You Know it Stamp by Janette Padley and Blue Sky and Clouds Backing Paper 2 by Apetroae Stefan (For this card I took background cup545576_1051 into one of my graphics packages and re-sized it before adding a green background below it and printing it out twice onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock (should have done on 300gsm cardstock because it wasn’t quite heavyweight enough for the base card).  I used my HougieBoard to score and mark cutting lines on one of the printouts and made it into a central stepper card.  I printed out this image at a smaller size than provided, cut it out and stuck it to the 2nd copy of the background, putting a semi circle of mottled orange cardstock behind the figures before sticking down.  I trimmed around the octagon shape and around protruding limbs, stuck it to a piece of white hammered cardstock and trimmed around to leave a border.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this to the front of the card.  I then raided my box of pre-cut embelishments for leafy branches and flowers to decorate around the outside of the card.)
  2. A different angle of the card.
  3. Another slightly different angle of the previous card.

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  1. SVG Tags & Mats….. by Angela Burke (For this card I cut out various layers of a tag out of 270gsm Basal cardstock using my ScanNCut.  The middle layer was cut out of the same “buttermilk” coloured cardstock as the top layer but I went around the outside quarter of an inch with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen before attaching it behind the front.  This was then added to the base layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The scalloped 6″ square base card was bought in a while ago.  I went round the edge of the card with a pink FlexMarker in a bit of a deckle pattern.  I’d cut some flower layers out of the same cardstock as the base layer of my tag.  Some of these I randomly stuck to my base card as a background.  Some of the other flower layers I snipped and shaped and made into a dimensional flower before getting some leaves from my stash of cut pieces and attaching both to the tag front.  I put on a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – that I’d also cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.
  3. Closer angled view.

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  1. Pirate Ship Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan and Anchor with Rope Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (The pyramid sheet was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the layers were cut out.  I also printed out background sheet onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper at half size.  I took a 7″ x 10″ base Kraft card from my crafting stash.  I attached a piece of card to a panel of the background and attached it to the card using finger-lift tape.  I went around it using a Wallnut ProMarker.  I also used the same colour ProMarker to put a double wiggly line around near the outside of the card.  I used fingerlift tape to put the base pyramid layer in place and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach a few of the layers on top.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly different angled view of the card.

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JEWELLERY:

This beaded bracelet is actually two black fishbone/fishtail patterned bracelets – as I showed you in a different colourway in my last blog post.  I then took some jump rings and every other elastic band I joined both bands together using the jump rings, putting a small acrylic rondelle bead on the jump ring before closing it.  This gives a wider band bracelet with some sparkle from the beads.  I’ve joined the bracelet ends up using jump rings as well.

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SEWING:

This bag was made for one of my nephews to keep his knitting and textile work in.  It’s been a project I’ve had on the go for months but only got around to finishing when I had to get my sewing machine out to do a job for my mother last week.  The nephew’s learnt to knit “with sticks” with one of my sisters and has been wanting some knitting needles of his own and a bag to keep the two knitting projects he’s got on the go for a while.  I let him choose some pieces of fat quarters and strips from a jelly roll for me to make him a bag.  It is lined with cream material – I’d got a new bed sheet for odd jobs like this to keep my nice fat quarters for the outside of projects.  I’ve bought him some bambook knitting needles and then made sure that the bag was wide enough for those to fit in across the bottom before deciding on sizes.  My mother had a re-sizeable strap with hooks either end, that had come off a bag at some point, which we’ve cliped onto the loops either side – nephew had insisted that he wante a big strap that he could carry his bag over his shoulder – and as he’s a growing boy a re-sizeable strap seemed the most obvious choice.  As well as the pack of assorted knitting needle pairs I put in a pack of kniting notions that included plastic sewing needles, knitting needle point protector balls, measureing tape, etc.

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  1. This is the back og the bag with a fold over flap and a tie closure.
  2. I used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces for this Fat Cat.  I sewed it to the front of the bag before the bag was sewn together and then did some free-motion sewing to put on eyes, nose and mouth.  My nephew is going to finger-knit a tail for the cat at some point and we’ll just attach that after it’s done.
  3. Close-up of Fat Cat.

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CUP UPDATE:

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Jun 082014
 

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An Update, Cards, A Bracelet And Another Owl

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I’ve now finished the antibiotics for the absuss on my tooth.  The pain is much reduced, though I’m not sure the infection is completely cleared – I suppose time will tell as the antibiotics clear from my blood whether it flares up again or continues to settle down – either way I’ve got a few appointments for drillings, etc., to come starting before the end of the month.

I’ve still managed to do a bit of crafting though.  A bit of this and a bit of that crafting – some of it just putting together bits I’ve cut out ahead of time.  I hope you like my latest assortment.

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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.)

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  1. Blue Sky and Clouds Backing Paper 2 by Apetroae Stefan and Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed the sky sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I cut a panel from the printed background and matted this onto a piece of white, hammered, cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I then went around the edge of the mat using an Aubergine ProMarker.  I prepared my base card by scoreing a sheet of A4, hammered white cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  I put a strip of blue blingalicious cardstock down the left hand side some half a centimeter out from the side.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out a hot air baloon using an in-built cutting file – the back layer of the baloon is cut from one of the dotty backgrounds printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the other layer and basket was cut from purple 270gsm Basal cardstock.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – was also cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Blue Sky and Clouds Insert 2 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality paper, trimmed it, scored it using my Hougie Board and then stuck it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Someone Special Floral Dress Topper…ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch and Daphne Rose Print by Karen Wyeth (I put the downloaded cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut to allow me to cut the various layers out.  I used Basal and Blingalicious cardstock to cut the layers out of.  I then built up the topper, using finger-lift tape to attach some layers and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach others.  I made a base card by scoreing and folding an A3 sheet of cream Adorable Scorable in half  to make an A4 card.  I took some of the young ladies from the Daphne Rose kit into one of my graphics packages and copied, resized, played around until I got a card front slightly smaller than A4 that I was happy with.  This was printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed, went round the edge using a Ruby ProMarker, and stuck to the front of my prepared base card using finger-lift tape.  The cut out layered dress topper was then stuck on top.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.
  3. Closer look at one of the “Daphne Rose Print” images.
  4. Closer look at “Someone Special Floral Dress Topper”.

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  1. Jiggy plays the Drums Card Kit by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm hammered white cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to create my base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the main layer to the card.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greeting panel and second image layer.  I went over the wings, horns, and front of drum using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.  This final layer was then shaped a bit and then added to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by adding the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – which I’d cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. An angled view of part of the card.
  3. Closer, angled, look.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. The latest of my fishbone pattern elastic loom bracelets.  This time I’ve gone for a pattern made of every other red and green eleastic bands. This format of joining the eleastic bands together produces a square braid of bands.
  2. Closer look at the pattern made by entwining the bracelet.

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SEWING:

This is the third owl I made.  This one is for my niece who asked for one with a purple breast.

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  1. This one, like the previous two that you can see in the posts here and here, was based on a template from Blue Sky Confections, that I’d then adapted and added to it to make each one different.
  2. Another angle of the same owl.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Most crafters I’ve ever talked to have a “box of bits”!  It starts off as a folder or small box of bits of cardstock that were left over from a project that were just too nice and a little too big to throw away.  Then, before you know it, it’s either several boxes or one cavenous box.  You can’t find the bit you want when you want it, or by the time you do need it it’s looking a bit frayed and tattered and you were not planning on doing distressed edges on the card you are working on.  Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve started cutting up the spare little bits into embelishments as I’m going along now, and only putting the larger cut off pieces into my plastic tray to keep.  So …

Bits and Bobs 03Today’s tip is – If there’s spare space on your working area when cutting out with either an electronic/digital cutting machine, or a die cutting machine, put flowers or flourishes or leaves, or even small greetings size panels, on to cut out at the same time.  Flower layers can be shaped and layered and built up into larger flowers while sat in front of the TV at night if you want.  Put them all into embelishment boxes and you’ll have things ready to dip into when you need a little something extra on any of your cards.  The more you do this the more likely you will be to have something to match every card you make.  You might even like to have a look at the “Making Paper Flowers” section of my blog for ideas on how to build up different shapes to make flowers, you don’t always have to cut out flower shapes from your bits to make paper flowers.

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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:

  • Friday, 6th June – Here! – WOW! Come and see Crafty Bob’s Freebie Vault

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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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Jun 042014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards, An Owl And A Few Other Bits

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I’m still on antibiotics for the tooth absuss, so I’m still not feeling even up to my usual which, let’s face it, isn’t totally well to start with.  I’ve been spending more time in bed – the problem is that, when I’m worse than usual, I tend to do more browsing online rather than creating, and that means I see more “must have” stuff – and my purse won’t allow me to get everything.  And I’ve certainly not got the space to store any more crafting goodies.  I have managed to put a few items together – the cards are ones I’d used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces and none are particularly embelished or difficult.  I do hope that you like my latest creations.

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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.)

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  1. Boy & Girl Folded Card HAND & MACHINE Cut Files *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg cutting file into the Brother online Canvas application and downloaded it in the correct format for my ScanNCut onto my USB drive.  I then cut out the card out twice, once out of purple and once out of buttermilk 270gsm Basal cardstock.  For this card I used the purple back and the buttermilk back.  I folded the back at the score line, put glue on the top strip and attached it to the front.  I then decorated using two sizes of sticky back faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. A slightly different view of the previous card.
  3. A side angled view of the same card.

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  1. Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed two of the backgrounds out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then chose some of the cutting files built into my ScanNCut digital cutting machine and cut out an image of a dress, some flowers and a few other elements from the cardstocks.  I also cut out two white mats out of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock.  The base card is also a 300gsm Hammered white cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I used quick grab wet glue, finger-lift tape, and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card front, finishing off with a greeting peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – which I’d also cut out of sticky back vinyl using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly closer angled view.

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  1. Music Lover Pop-up Insert *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg file into the Brother online Canvas application and then downloaded the file to my USB in the correct format for my ScanNCut.  I cut the insert out of Blingalicious 216gsm cardstock before folding it and sticking it inside the base card cut from 300gsm Hammered white cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I then used the cut out pieces to decorate the front of the card.)
  2. An angled view of the insert.
  3. An angled view from the other direction.
  4. (The card front decorated with the cut-outs from the insert attached with quick grab glue, a blue frame line drawn using an Indigo Blue coloured ProMarker, and a “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – peel-off greeting cut using my ScanNCut from holographic peel-off vinyl.)

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

In case some of you missed my blog post of the 31st of May I thought I’d mention the Design Team call for Stamping Dragon Designs again today.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.  The closing date is the 30th of June so that gives you some time to think about it and get your application in.

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In fact there are two chances to win, which is great.

Please click – Here – to go to the relevant post on her blog to see what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of a couple of vouchers Lisa is offering as Blog Candy.

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SEWING:

Another quirky stuffed felt owl.  You can see the first quirky owl in my previous post – here – together with some details.

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  1. Like the first owl this one is stuffed with toy filling and dried lavender.  This one has a pale blue breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently blue.

I’m currently working on a third owl which will be for my niece.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Today’s tip is – Whether you use a die cutting machine or a digital/electronic cutting machine – have a good look at the “waste” that’s left, be it the card you’ve cut out of, or the pieces that drop out of your cut.

Have a look at the card below.  It is actually made with the “waste” cut out from the first card above.

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I took an A4 sheet of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card.  Before I made the 1st card above up I put the card front on the centre of this card.  I put some quick grab wet glue on the back of the “waste” pieces and put them back in place within the card front.  Once all three pieces were stuck in place I removed the card front leaving the waste in place on this card front.  I then used a ruler and an Aubergine ProMarker and did a double row of lines around to frame the picture.  I finished off by adding some sticky back faux gems and a “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Wedding Anniversary” – which I’d cut from a holographic peel-off sheet using my ScanNCut.

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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:

  • Tuesday, 3rd June – Here! – Gordon Fraser Titanium Designer & Crafty Bob’s Cards of the Week!
    (I do love Gordon’s artwork and have used both his sheets and digi-stamps on my cards over the last few years – so please do check out his work.)

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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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Last Post Of May 2014

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May 312014
 

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An Update, Design Team Call, A Card, An Owl, And A Couple Of Elastic Band Bracelets

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Unfortunately I had to go to the dentist this week.  Got an absuss on on the root of a tooth.  So I’m on antibiotics and, as you can imagine, I’m feeling a bit miserable.  Doesn’t help that the pain killers don’t keep working through the night so I’ve been woken up by the pain around 3am the last few nights.  Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in over the weekend and I’ll feel better by next week.

So, I’ve not been doing much crafting the end of this week.  I did get my ScanNCut out this morning and set it to cutting a few things while waiting for Tesco to do the grocery delivery, but I’ve not put anything I cut together yet.  Something for me to show you next week hopefully.

I hope you like the small number of projects I’ve got to show you this week, but before that – A Design Team Call!

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

Regular readers of my blog will know I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs, putting “Inspired by …” posts on The Dragons Den blog, creating inspiration pieces for the Stampin With The Dragon challenge blog, as well as being active on the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group.

Sadly, a few of the Design Team members have left over the last few weeks so our Design Team Leader is now running a Design Team Call.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.

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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.)

This card is made using an 8″ square base card and elements from the current Create & Craft club members free gift.  I just added bakers twine and dotted a white gel pen around some of the edges.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve been making some more elastic band bracelets.  One for the nephew who likes blue and one for the nephew who likes yellow.

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  1. This is a different pattern to the elastic band barcelet I’ve shown you before.  For this one I used light and dark blue elastic bands.
  2. A different angled view of the same bracelet.
  3. Close-up of the pattern of the bracelet.

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  1. Same design as the previous bracelet but this time in yellow and green.
  2. A different angled view of the previous bracelet.

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I don’t often do hand sewing any more because my hands hurt or go numb or pins and needles after very little work, but I had some felt pieces I’d bought and I decided to tackle making some felt owls for my nephews and niece.  To make things easier for me I used the biggest needle I could find and used 6 stranded embroydery thread as it was.  I’ve been stitching in bed, doing a bit and then resting, while watching TV.  The first owl is complete, if a bit lopsided and quirky, and I’m well on the way to getting the second done.  I got the basic template from Blue Sky Confections, but then I adapted and added to it to make each one different.

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  1. This first owl has been made with a deep yellow breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently yellow.  It is stuffed with toy filling and a small handfull of dried lavender.

Hopefully I’ll have the second complete by the time I do my next blog post.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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:

  • Friday, 30th May – Here! – Robyn Cockburn on CUP TV, Free CD Vol 100, New Froms, Last Chance £5 Voucher & NEWS!

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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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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