Friday, December 31, 2010

{a quick share..}

..of some decos that are about to be packed away soon...This angel was given to me by my childhood art teacher! Very special. As it says on her dress, I hope "twenty-eleven" brings you joy. I hope this blog continues to bring you a little joy as well ;)
This is a hand crafted wooden piece, brought back for me, from Germany. You can see in the second pic down, the teeny tiny Santa at the bottom. Awwww!

Here he is.
Last but not least, a cross-stich worked by my sister, with the name of one of my children at the top. You wouldn't know it, but it is actually worked on...erm..plastic. No Zweigart Belfast linen for us. Apparently, plastic would be very faux pas in the world of cross-stitchers, but it came in handy for trimming down to the stocking shape! We are actually on the lookout for more, as there as been a third child for a while now, and he doesn't yet have one ;) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas cards *with sound* !

blue board shorts for a boy
both cards together
green bikini for a girl
inside the card. it's not as lumpy as it looks!
You may have seen Christmas cards in the shops, that play messages. The thought occured to me that you may be able to purchase the sound modules...it turns out you can! I got mine here. They are 10 second recordable sound modules - quite inexpensive too! I've made cards for a special niece and nephew, who will receive them Christmas day, complete with a message from their cousins! :)
Yes..it's a bit late to be making Christmas cards, but you can adapt this idea for other greeting cards.
Instructions:
1. First, complete the front of your card. You don't want to be unhappy with the front, having already attached the sound module to the inside!

I used a background that I made in Word. As time permits I might put a link to the file on this blog. I also used a Carl Teddy punch, and small ume flower punches. The Christmas hats were hand cut. The teddies were stuck down with foam mounting tape.

2. Attach the sound module to the inside of your card. I positioned the play button, microphone, and record button, left to right across the top.

The middle piece has the circuit and batteries, the bottom circle is the speaker. I attached these pieces with double sided tape mostly. Carefully stick down the wires so they're out of the way. There is a red pilot light too, I covered that up.

3. Cut holes in another piece of card, so the top three pieces can be accessed. The speaker is mostly concealed, but there is a gap in the middle, plus vibration on the card, to help the sound be heard. I used a 3/8" circle punch for the microphone. I stuck this piece of card down with staples, and then concealed those with strips of white paper on double sided sticky paper.

And that's about it.

Hope you like it. I would put extra packaging on these before putting in the post :) Keep out of reach of children under 3.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

{A Friday Funny for you}

Here in Australia we have a dip called "Skinny Dip" - it has less fat content, as you can see on the label. I couldn't resist taking this pic.... Skinny Dipping in the Skinny Dip!! ...:)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Card for a new baby...:)



Bought a little bit of gorgeous ribbon from Etsy. (..must stop looking at etsy, must stop looking at etsy...anyways). It arrived! From everythingribbons, thanks girls! They call it preppy stripe ribbon, 7/8". Sorry about my pic, the top ribbon is actually hot pink! and black. Have made a new baby card with it already :) A different colour scheme - it's for a boy baby. You don't need to go to the expense of investing in die cutting tools and dies! The very cute tractor is a Quickutz die cut, it was ordered online from Scrap and Die .

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas card

Even if you have no "Christmassy" type bits in your craft stash, it's no excuse you know. ;) Just do the red and green thing. This is what I came up with. The little pink stencil from Kmart, was a *great* find at just $2.99! There are three sizes. I have to say everything else Kmart have in their craft section seemed a bit sad. :(
Ingredients:
  • Paper is Kaisercraft, Trapeze - Circus (yes, it has patterned ball shapes on the reverse)
  • Olive green satin ribbon from the "cheapie" shop
  • White Keaycolour colour for the card
  • Paper shapers large flower punch
  • Uniball Signo pen in Angelic
  • Jute twine

Monday, November 29, 2010

{Using up a *lot* of red buttons...}



Here's what you can do with a lot of red buttons, some ribbon and card. Cut out a heart shape, then hot glue on a loop of ribbon, to hang from the tree. (Did I mention I don't like using hot glue?..anyways). Then hot glue on, all your buttons. You can arrange them first on another heart shape, to see what they're gonna look like. Then just transfer them all over to your 'real' heart, one by one. In some of them, I added some red rhinestone hearts, to fill in the gaps.
Cute? These too were for the kids Christmas craft stall.

Monday, November 22, 2010

{Hair Ribbon Girls}

hi there, just a simple idea of mine, to use up ribbons in school colours. I call these "Hair Ribbon Girls", and they are to be sold in a little Christmas stall at the kids' school. Just start on the back of a paper plate (a convenient face shape), use some off-cuts of "hair"-coloured card stock, and trim to a fringe/ pony tails/pig tails. Before adding to the "face", punch holes to thread the ribbons through. I secured them with glue and..um, .. staples (..ick, I know) but hidden where ever possible. Tie your ribbons into pretty bows, and add a face. I used grey cardstock for the eyeballs, 1" circle punch, and pupils are from a 1/2" circle punch. Love heart punch for the mouth. Easy. My eight year old thought they were very cute ;)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Time for another Chinese Proverb..

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604BC - 531BC)

Friday, October 15, 2010

The "before and after" of necklaces..

One of my necklaces was looking tired, with the "silver tone" findings starting to tarnish. It was really simple to fix this.

Materials:
*Some 1mm black, waxed, cotton cord (which was cheap as chips)
*2 x 6mm sterling silver beads, with a 1.3mm hole. The beads were from
Benjamins Crafts.
*Sewing scissors to trim the cord

Technique:
-Carefully cut apart your old necklace.

-Take your cord, and leaving a long "tail" tie your first knot, then start threading your beads on, pushing a half reef-knot right up to each bead.

-Put another knot right after the last bead, leave another long section.

-Put a knot, about an inch and a half from each end.

-Thread on your silver beads, and secure with one more knot.

-Trim ends if needed.

This worked well, and you just wear the necklace with a little bow :)



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Something for Barbie =)


A necklace for my daughter's Barbie dolls. Great project for using up beads, you may have around the house. A little bit big looking, but that's ok - good for little fingers. Just tie a knot at the end of some ribbon, thread beads on, then another knot. Put on Barbie with a bow - that's it. Easy.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Window-face envelopes

I had the idea of doing a different kind of "window" in the face of an envelope. I made the envelope with my Stamp-it envelope template, and I used the case of one of my paper punches as a template, and cut a square with rounded edges. Then I added some thin plastic film / polypropylene and adhered it with glue. Doesn't look too bad? You can send this in the mail, and the recipient will see the little bear peeking through the window.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Paper flowers...

Had a bit of a happy accident with paper strips a couple of days ago. I was trying to create one of those store-bought gift bows, and ended up with this flower-like thing! Have just finished making five of them, plus a flower pot for my daughter's bedroom. You could use whatever paper you like!
A nice way to brighten a little girl's wall for next to no cost. :) You will need: decorative/scrapbooking papers, glue, large punch, brown/green cardstock, foam mounting tape.
Instructions: 1. For each flower cut 6 strips of paper approx 30 x 2cm. 2. Loop over as shown. 3. Cut a 5cm square of scrap card, and glue the ends of the loops to the square as shown. 4. Glue a large flower or circle shape to the centre. 5. Take an A4 piece of brown cardstock. Mark points 3cm in from the bottom corners, and 20cm up each side. draw a pencil line between these points, and trim. Trim a 3cm width from the top, and discard. Trim another 4cm width and adhere this overlapping the remainder of the card, with two layers of foam mounting tape, for dimension. 6. Cut 1cm strips of green cardstock, in various lenghts for the stems. 7. Put up on the wall with blu-tak. I'd love your comments! :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

a thing of beauty...

You might remember in a previous post I said my Royal Albert 1930's Polka Rose mug was on its way? ...It arrived! Check them out here:

www.buyster.com.au Look under dinnerware, then plates/bowls/mugs. This mug feels substantial in the hand, but not heavy :) It's going to be a real treat to use, and I love the scalloped shape. It doesn't show up that well in my pic, but there's a slight fluting, or scalloping all the way around. Yes..that's gold ...22 carat to be exact ;) I just love the polka dots combined with traditional rose floral. Reminds me of that famous designer, Cath Kidston, and her work. Even the packaging is beautiful, making this a great gift idea. Any mugaholics out there like me? What do you think?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

..cue the music..and in this episode...table tennis balls!

Remember I said it was like the soap opera of craft? And I had ping pong balls? well.. ta da! Kid's Hot Rollers, using ping pong balls and bathroom rolls!! Any KIDS reading this: Get Mum or Dad's help please! Instructions:
  1. Trim down a bathroom roll to 2/3 the length (carefully!)

  2. Trim a piece of patterned paper to the same length as roll and enough to wrap around, then adhere it to the roll. I used my trusty JAC, or double sided sticky paper to do this :)

  3. Carefully punch out two small holes 1/4 inch in, and from opposite sides of one end of the roll.

  4. Carefully make small holes in opposite ends of the ball, I used a sewing needle to start the hole, then worked it bigger with a blanket needle. Hint: use the "seam" of the ball to make sure holes are in the right spot.

  5. Thread some thin elastic right through the ball, and then attach at the holes on the bathroom roll. This bit was tricky - I used a blanket needle to get the elastic through the ball.

And there you have it. It was suprisingly easy to make holes in the ping pong ball. Miss Seven even modelled it for me. You just wrap a section of hair around, and secure with the elastic going over the top, and held in place with the ball. I haven't tried any heat on it, but I suspect it may even stand up to a bit of heat..yes they may actually work. So, you could whip up a dozen of these for your little girl - she'll be wrapt! :) have fun....

Monday, May 31, 2010

The before and after of clothes peg baskets...

Had a fairly productive weekend on the craft front. As promised, I have sorted out the clothes peg basket situation - I'm sure you're happy to know! ;) Here is the before and after. The replacement was made totally out of materials I had lying around the house! Instructions: 1. Carefully punch many holes in the bottom of an icecream container (for drainage) with a small screwdriver 2. Punch 2 holes on either side, as pictured. 3. Optional - take some matching ribbon and put a running stitch along one edge, and gather to frill, attach. 4. Take cable ties and put through the holes, as pictured, note you will need to use the 'hole' part of one cable tie as a stopper on the outside (you can just see this in the pic). 5. the final step is to attach the basket to your line, connect the cable ties in the middle to do this. Note the pic of the finished basket, with the old basket a sad and distant memory, in the background :) he he he. Oh and this is an earlier proto-type (->), I was not lucky enough to have two of these coathangers lying around, or I could have just have placed it on the other side in the opposite direction, and skipped the cable ties.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Jam Jar idea :)

I've been thinking about fairs and cake stalls lately... trying to think up a new way of presenting homemade jams, chutneys and the like. I always think the round piece of fabric placed on top with a ribbon, looks like a lady's hat. So...this is what I came up with. It's a jam jar lady. Instructions: 1. Cut a circle of fabric or patterned paper, place on lid and secure with rubber band and a ribbon over the top. 2. I used a large oval punch on cream paper, and then trimmed one end off for the face. 3. Eyes were 1/2" and 1/4" circle punches, and a loveheart mouth. Hint: you need the right weight of paper - I used 110gsm, and I also used double sided mounting paper, or JAC paper, to secure them nicely, with no glue! I adhered the mounting paper to the coloured paper, before punching the shapes :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It looks different!

A new background. It was time for a change. You like? :) Oh! and can you please help me feed the fish to the right? That'd be great, thanks.

Monday, May 10, 2010

"New" craft materials :)


Look what materialised on Mothers Day. It's a book mark, although a little thick for that purpose just between you and me, being a couple of mm's thick. It's 13cm long. Looks like layers of pine or birch layered together, then it's had the shape cut by laser I'm guessing. Anyone know where to get them? I'm sure it will dawn on me, what to make with them. I have some half ideas in my head already. A later post maybe...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sewing themed kisses?


Large, button-themed brads, or split pins, with 1.5mm wide, white quilling strips for a 'x' or kiss. You could use fine ribbon, twine, what have you. I think this idea could be carried over to sewing too :) What do you think?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The best little gadget..



I thought it was lost - but I have just tidied out my craft area, and uncovered my envelope template! :) These are distributed in Australia by http://www.stampit.com.au/, and I see they are sold online by http://www.scrappamania.com.au/ . It's called the Kreate-a-lope and you can make envelopes out of any sort of paper, without measuring or cutting. Here are some pics to show you mine - needs a wipe over with some tea tree oil me thinks! I have the "series 1" and the smaller of the 2 templates in this set, will just fit onto a sheet of A4 paper. I tried making an envelope out of striped vellum...hmm not too sure.

More non-papercraft posts are coming...