Thursday, 5 December 2013
I have exciting news. I am a new contributor for Craft Stamper. You can see my first project (technically not my first as I had a scrapbook project in there a few years ago) in the new January issue as I am making some items using that fabulous free feather stamp you can see on the front cover.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
We've loved watching the kids in the school nativity plays over the years. This year we have two in the nativity, one "Child" and one "King". We had fun making a sparkly crown with card, tin foil and some sticky jewels - along with a tunic made from curtain lining and decorated with ribbons.
My favourite costume seen in the school nativity was in last year's play and it wasn't one of our kids - it was the dancing Etch-A-Sketch! The girl's family made a fantastic job of her costume and it looked exactly like a giant version of the toy. We have to hope that there won't be so much illness going around the school this year. Last year Mary was missing in the stable as she was poorly.
We are definitely getting into the Christmas Spirit in our house now.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
A little while ago I made a felted image for a postcard as part of the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap. I was very excited to receive the postcard above from my swapee (is that a real word?) Eleanor Reilly.
She has put in so many lovely details (according to her blog, the red headed lady is inspired by me).
The theme is "Celebration"and Eleanor has cleverly included a whole miniature book of quotes about celebrating.
I love the texture elements she included.
Thank you Eleanor. It looks lovely pinned up on my inspiration board in my craft space xx
(P.S. I just wanted to add that Eleanor posted this on time for the swap and it's just me who's late adding it to my blog)
Thursday, 28 November 2013
This week it was a friend's 40th birthday and so I thought I would make a bag - we can always use a pretty bag! I found this tutorial via Pinterest and so I modified it a bit to make it a little simpler (although I do love the ruffled strip on the original).
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
More cardboard box castles here, but this time they are on a layout.I created this page for a layers challenge on last week's Cocoa Daisy online crop. It has layers of moulding paste, watercolours, papers, stickers, chipboard and stitching.
I used a Crafter's Workshop Brick stencil with moulding paste to make this background.
I continued the layering theme by layering up Maya Road letter rub-ons for my title.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Lisa Saunders set a journalling challenge over on Cocoa Daisy and so here is my page with a thankful theme and lots of journalling. I collected the bits and pieces for this page a little while ago and added the moulding paste but this challenge helped me to bring it all together and with a lot more journalling than I would have included before.
I love this chip board piece from American Crafts and I think it works so well with some papers from Cosmo Cricket's Summer Love collection behind it.
I included journalling around the edge of the page, by the photos, on a ticket and on the wooden hexagons too.
I have really enjoyed following these challenges as it is a great starting point for layouts. The challenges are well worth a look with lots of fantastic inspiration from a very talented design team.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
My previous post on cardboard box castles has proved very popular and now it's time for another one as the ginger one is learning about castles and had to go into school for a day dressed as a princess. Here's our latest castle. We got a bit carried away and it got bigger and bigger. Luckily we could still fit it through the door! We used the book "See Inside Castles" as our inspiration - even including a flap so we could "see inside".
This was how we started out, with boxes and Pringle tubes. My hot glue gun came in very handy to make sure it was all secure. We gave it a layer of papier mache with watered down PVA glue and tissue paper to add extra strength. It would be awful if it fell apart on the way to school! I didn't glue the castle onto the courtyard, which made it all easier to paint and to transport.
Then we painted it, inside and out with grey acrylic paint (and green for the courtyard). I cut out window frames which were painted separately and glued on when it was all dry.
Here it is completed. The ginger one used a black pen to draw on lots of arrow slits and we used a selection of Lego knights (from the castle set I had when I was little), which we glued on with Copydex so it could be easily peeled off later.
She wanted a dragon on the roof and so she used a packet of green Fimo Air light (with a little bit of white) to make her own dragon.
There was a garden in the castle picture in the book and here's our version with scrunched up green tissue.
In a recent school trip to a local castle they learnt how the knights would pour boiling wee onto their enemies. Here is our bucket of wee!
Luckily our pirate ship has lots of small plastic barrels we could use in the cellar
We used Lego to make chairs, tables , benches and a fireplace for the banqueting hall.
What castle would be complete without a princess and her 4 poster bed?