Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Hello friends

Today a tip when using the Bauble Blossom dies, these are the ones that contain a quilling strip.
When these were first launched I had a flurry of emails and I recently received a couple
more questions so thought I would offer some tips.
 For the middle of the flower, you can use a proper quilling tool if you have one,
if not I found the end of a pokey tool works well.
Once you get started coiling try to keep it as even as possible.
Cards coil differently, if your card feel inflexible lightly mist with water to break down the fibres.
Once your base is complete, secure the end with liquid glue and allow to dry.
To attach the petals to your quilled base, the embossed/right side goes on the inside.
You may want to use two strips of petals to create a fuller flower.
A fine line of glue along the entire length of petal strip ensures it's a permanent flower!
 The rolled flower before tweaking!
Bauble Blossoms come in two designs to each set but look good mixed and matched too.

The shop is still having some maintenance carried out at the moment but re-opening tomorrow.
The paperwork at home is depleting, I can nearly see the bottom of the filing tray - hurrah!

Take care friends - have a great Tuesday.

Monday, 22 September 2014

A Grand Day Out!

Monday, 22 September 2014
Hello friends

As mentioned yesterday was a day out - a visit to The Handmade Fair 
at Hampton Court Palace and what a lovely day out it was too!
Sally and I set off nice and early and arrived at the beautiful palace grounds.
Huge marquees had been erected as shopping villages, demo areas, theatres and more.
Our first stop was a talk all about Etsy, Kirstie Allsop was on hand in full pom pom headgear!
She is such a nice person, very approachable and friendly.
In fact pom poms featured prominently around the fair...

The shopping villages were wonderful with a huge array of craft items,
I sought out some lovely tags!
 and a few more!
Oh to be a quilter, such amazing fabrics.
A vintage tea room had been installed which included an incredible display of bloomers!
Knitting anyone?  Probably not visible from this photo but these needles are huge, 
at least three feet long!
The day was brilliant and I can't wait to go back next year.

I did make some purchases, a new design of pom pom maker and the materials 
to make a mohair teddy bear - I will be sharing those with you soon.

Hope you all had a great weekend.
Take care friends - I'm back tomorrow.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Something Simple on a Sunday!

Sunday, 21 September 2014
Hello friends

Well, I'm heading out the door at the crack of dawn to the 
Handmade Fair, from what I've seen on Facebook it looks amazing,
I will be sharing all the details and photos.

Today revisiting a simple card using Spellbinders Borderabilities,
Foliage, Bitty Blossoms and Labels Twenty as a frame for the sentiment.
I intend to remake this with different papers as this one looks autumnal 
but I'm sure in bright papers it would look effective too.

Over on the website there is a sale on all Heartfelt Creation dies and stamps
and more items have been uploaded to Pre-Loved

The shop is having some electrical work carried out so I've been able to tackle
my paperwork...it looks less like a mountain now, just a steep hill!

Take care friends - have a lovely Sunday,
no roast for me, may have to fit one in mid-week!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Autumnal Gift Tag

Saturday, 20 September 2014
Hello friends

One of my projects appeared on the Crafty Power Blog yesterday,
an Autumnal gift tag.  Well, it must be a few days since I made a tag!
This really was a 'scrap' project, I often challenge myself to make something
from all the bits and bobs left on my craft desk.
I am also attempting to reduce my button stash, admittedly having only one button
on this project isn't really going to deplete my supplies but every little helps!
 All the details to make the gift tag are here including step by step photos.
Have a great Saturday - it is tomorrow that I visit The Handmade Fair so hoping to
have photos for you beginning of next week.
Take care friends.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday Die Day

Friday, 19 September 2014
Hello friends

It's Friday Die Day and today's featured die is Dragon Delight.
This is a Die D-Lite™ and the approximate sizes are:
Solid Dragonfly: 2½ x 1⅝”
Intricate Dragonfly: 2½ x 1⅝”

This is how they look cut/embossed.
The die cuts can be used separately or overlaid.
So many colour combos work beautifully.
Today a mini gift card.  I've cut two solid dragonflies and one intricate.
Created an overlay (mounted on foam pads) and kept one plain. 
Positioned onto a small square of cream cardstock.
You will note the larger solid one is on the edge of the card...
I've trimmed it away to keep in line with the card edge for a different look.
Attached a little tag (Back to Basics Tags) and secured with twine.
Mounted this onto matching pink cardstock and a cream card base.
A pretty mini gift card....
not festive at all!
Have a brilliant weekend everyone,
I'm off to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace - photos to follow.

Take care friends.

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