Monday, 20 June 2016

Vintage Notes

Not made any cards for such a long time now because I have been doing several new things lately. I have set up a new venture Confetti Wishes, which is making and selling biodegradable tissue paper confetti and soon to be other event, party and home decor, as well as some greeting cards.
In addition to this I have started a new part-time job, and of course I am trying to keep rested with my health condition so I don't get sick again.

The last few days I have been missing making cards, so I decided to raid my old stash and found some Papermania Vintage Notes and I made these three 6 x 6 cards.

All papers are from this stash, and I just added some ribbons (also Papermania) and some buttons & pearls.

Gotten so used to making cards from CDs that it made a welcome change to not have to worry about printing and just getting going,

Hope you like them Xx

Friday, 1 April 2016

All Creatures Great and Small

Something different from me for the latest CD Sunday Challenge. Recently I have become a bit obsessed with pinterest and looking at ideas of different sorts of cards I could make. There is only so many rectangles, squares, matt and layer techniques you can do without them becoming a bit "samey". I find it is good to get some additional inspiration once in a while. I found a few amazing shaker cards, a technique that I have never tried before. So, here is my first Shaker card! 

I have chosen a lovely vibrant image of a hummingbird from the Joanna Sheen paper crafting CD 'Jane Shasky - From the Heart of the Garden' as the background. This CD is such a good "go-to" CD; there are a lot of beautiful images of flowers, birds and butterflies which can be used for so many occasions. I used plain card from Rymans for the background and the cute flowers are made with an Xcut palm punch, adding a gem centre. The palm punch is amazing but if you do use it upside down the flowers fly everywhere! I am finding them all over the bedroom haha. I think I went a bit crazy with the amount of sequins I used for the shaker part but it's fun to shake it...  

Materials Used:

Image from Jane Shasky - From the Heart of the Garden CD
A6 card blank
Pink, black and white cardstock from Rymans
Gems from papermania
Sentiment from Spellbinders D-Lites
Flower palm punch from XCut
Sequins and cello from Stash
Circle die in Cuttlebug
Quicky Glue Pen, double-sided tape

Challenges Entered:

Far from perfect but a good first attempt, I guess... What do you think? xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Suzy's Making Bobbin Lace - part 1

Red & gold lace doily I made in my early twenties

My journey with lace making started many years ago when I visited the Church Farm Museum in Skegness with my primary school. This lovely little museum is well known for holding demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts including the making of corn dollies. I remember buying my mum one with a little peach bow, which she kept hung above the toilet door for years. On this particular occasion they were also showing bobbin lace making and I instantly wanted to do this. The lady demonstrating dressed in Victorian costume asked me if I wanted to have a go but I was too worried to mess it up and said no. Something I later regretted.

When I reached high school, in my first year I met a girl in my village whose mother was a lace teacher and ran a fortnightly Saturday children's lace group. So I jumped on that light lightning! I couldn't believe there was a class in my village all alone I had never heard of. I attended from the age of 11 until I was 16, continued at home until I was 18, collecting some beautiful personalised bobbins along the way. I then went away to Staffordshire University where I didn't take my lace making equipment through fear of it getting ruined. I dabbled a bit when I  was in my early twenties (see above) but now in my early thirties, I am starting it all over again.

First attempts at half-stitch diamonds with this mini-mat from Variations on Theme by Jennifer Ford
I am currently remastering the basics. I purchased a book called Variations of Theme by Jennifer Ford, as recommended by lace designer and teacher Louise West. I have found this to be a good and concise overview of the basics on Torchon bobbin lace.

Bookmark from Variations on Theme by Jennifer Ford with cloth-stitch & half-stitch diamonds, plus fans and spiders
I am now working on a much larger mat from Bridget Cook's Torchon Lace Workbook. I am not too keen on this pattern, I think I should have used thicker thread and I haven't really enjoyed the outer fans but it is proving to be a good practice piece. I am not even half-way round yet and it's taken over 26 hours already.

from Bridget Cook's Torchon Lace Workbook.
Until my next update... 

Thanks for reading Xx

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

A Very Dotty Thank You

So, here I am again with another entry to CD Sunday Challenge. Sorry to have missed the last one. I have not been making cards so this month, but boy, the month has flown by! The theme of Thank you this time is quite apt because I need to say another huge THANK YOU for choosing my wild flower entry to be in the top 3. You really are spoiling me over there!

I have been quite  busy of late beavering away at bobbin lace making. A hobby I have not really touched since my very early twenties. I have so far successfully made one bookmark and started a rather large mat, that has made me swear like a trooper, as well as close my eyes and count to ten more than a few times. You know what they say though: practice makes perfect. I shall write a blog post at the end of the month to show my progress. Despite what I have just said, I have enjoyed it so much and an abundance of Taylor Swift and Dan + Shay music has embraced my headphones during  my crafting sessions. Not sure Stephen has enjoyed my tone-deaf singing though!

This morning I have loved making this very simple thank you card using Halcyon Days CD by Crafter's Companion for the cute hedgehog image and backing paper. I particularly love the way the images give a fabric and embroidered look. I used this gorgeous sparkly washi tape from Paperchase and kraft card to create this look. I must admit I am not 100% sure whether it hasn't turned into an over spotty mess but, it is what it is. A super easy make when short on time.

Materials Used:

Halycon Days Papercrafting CD by Crafter's Companion.
Glitter washi tape from Paperchase
Kraft Card
Sentiment stamp from Hobbycraft
A6 white hammered card blank

Challenges Entered:

Thank you for reading - any comments always appreciated :) xx