Thursday, 15 December 2011

Butterfly papercut notebook

We're doing Secret Santa again at work this year. I had £1 left of my budget and couldn't find much under £2 in central London apart from this cheap notebook in Paperchase (although it was £1.50... I know, 50p over budget!). So I decided to cut a little butterfly to decorate the front and make it look pretty. I hope she likes it and doesn't guess too quickly who gave it to her.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Papercut Christmas card

Inspired by the laser cut christmas cards in Paperchase I decided to make my own version. Not a card for mass production as it took 4 hours to make!

I designed it on corel draw, flipped the image and then printed it on to card so I could cut it out from the back so you wouldn't see the lines. I'd forgotten how hard it is to cut card with a knife - it would probably have been easier to cut it from paper and glued it on the card.

Now I just gave to decide who to give it to!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Strawberry tote bag

I'm very proud of this tote bag I decorated for my Aunt's birthday - I think it turned out quite well considering I didn't really plan it. I've had the strawberry fabric for ages and now I've finally found a use for it (although there is still a lot left!). The fabric square is also a pocket, which will be handy to put keys in when she's out shopping.

The strawberry is made out of some red fabric that I also found stashed away in my cupboard. I ironed some bond-a-web to the back so it wouldn't fray. Unfortunately we didn't have any double sided bond-a-web so I still had to sew the strawberry on to the pocket. The stalk is made out of felt (I had to use felt somewhere!). The seeds are sewn on with white thread.

I found one of my old school uniform tags to use as a label. The reds match really well and finishes it off.

Now I've got 3 more plain tote bags to decorate for Christmas presents. Just got to decide what to do with them....

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Butterfly card

It was my cousins 21st so I made her this butterfly card with some pretty butterfly paper I found in my local art shop.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Cath Kidston birthday card

For Christmas I got some lovely Cath Kidston note paper. I just couldn't resist using it on my cards...

I also used a Cath Kidston label for the message on the front and rubber stamped Happy Birthday inside it.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Meet Jonah!

The felt bible friends man is finished! The children loved him so he will definitely be helping me in Sunday school again. Although they got a bit concerned when his sandals fell off - so he might have to leave them at home next time.

Jonah even stands up by himself (although only on the rug!). As his arms have wire in them you can move them around so he can do different poses.

His hair is attached with velcro so I can use the body again with a different hair style (I could even make him into a woman!). I made his hair like I would make a pom-pom but I tied it off before the disc was fully stuffed. His coat is made from strips of felt sewn together.

For his next Sunday school outing I need to give him a beard. I found some great fringed ribbon in the Sunday school craft box so stay tuned for the beared version....

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Attempt at making a Bible Friends character

I'm leading the 3 year olds in Sunday School this week and we're doing the story of Jonah and the big fish. We use this really cool bible called the Big Bible Storybook by Maggie Barfield, which has great pictures of the Bible Friends characters acting out the stories.

I though it might be fun to try and make one of them to use to tell the story on Sunday. What would be even better is if I could make it stand up and also make the arms bend!

I got him to stand up by himself (although only on the carpet!). He has a wire frame inside him so his arms and head can be moved around. I know he has one odd coloured section of his head - but I initially thought the head would just be tester. I was going to make another one but I got a bit carried away with making him and before I knew it the head was attached to the body.

Now I just have to make his face and clothes...

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Crafty biscuits!

A few years ago I got sent some lovely biscutis from a catering company called Lettice who had launched a biscuit company, Biscuiteers. They have gorgeous designs and taste good! They even sell biscuit cards too.

They've just launched a tin of sewing themed biscuits - perfect for your crafty friends. When they've finished eating them they can use the tin to store their crafty things. You can buy them here.

sewing kit tin