Thursday, 31 March 2011

Hello fellow crafters, welcome to my crafty corner! Today was the final session of the craft course I've been doing and we made a mosiac. I really enjoyed making mine and at times it felt like doing a jigsaw puzzle trying to slot the pieces of broken tile in to the spaces.

As you can see I've still to grout it before it's finished but it needs 24 hours drying time for the PVA glue before I can tackle the grouting. I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out even in it's unfinished state. The photo doesn't do the colours justice as some of the tile pieces has glitter embedded in them or a shimmer to them. Because it's made with cut glass tiles I've even included some mirror and clear pieces to it which I think gives it a different look to just using opaque tiles.

It's Mother's Day here in the UK on Sunday so I've made a couple of cards that I'd like to share. The first is a birthday card for my future Mother in law, it's her birthday on Saturday. I thought she'd like this rather cute bear easel card. The bears come naked! lol and I dressed her in a pink sailor costume and hat as my future MIL lives near the sea, I would have liked to have made her a card with mice on as she collects ones similar to Joanna Sheen's House Mouse but unfortunately I haven't anything mouse themed in my stash and now that Riverside Craft has closed there's nowhere in Goole that sells J.S. products (big sigh). Anyway back to the card.... The bears have matching sentiments so I used a pink spotted Happy Birthday as the stopper for the easel card. I covered the card base with blue paper then fringed some green paper to make the grass, I ruckled it up with my finger to give it a bit of dimension then added the dressed bear. A simple card but I think Denise will like it.

This next card is also for Denise but it's a Mother's day card. I found some funky dory decoupage flowers which I made up using foam pads then I put it on a pearlised card base and added a purple ribbon tied in a bow - it looks like the ribbon is tied round the stems which I like. I finished the card off with a silver Dovecraft peel off.

well that's all the crafting I've done so far - I'm going to make a Mother's card for my own mum which I'll try and post tomorrow. I hope you've enjoyed reading about my latest projects and if you have any questions or comments then pls leave me a message.

Happy crafting! Sarah aka woo woo girl xxxx

Thursday, 24 March 2011

a bit of this and a bit of that....

Hello fellow crafters! Hope everyone's enjoying this lovely spring weather. I've not done a lot of crafting but I thought I'd share some of the things I've done in the past few weeks at my craft course. It's the final session next week and I'm going to miss have a few hours of dedicated crafting every week, somehow I rarely get round to it at home!

The first thing I'd like to share is a weaving I did last week, I won't go into details because it's something that needs to be seen rather than described - however I would like to highlight the beading which took ages to weave into the piece as they wouldn't go through the weaving needle thing (lol that's not the technical name for it!). The piece is very tactile and I found myself stroking it quite a few times, not sure what I'll do with  it but I was thinking of backing it with calico fabric and maybe patching it onto a bag or something.

The next thing I'd like to share is the card I made this morning, about half of the class hadn't finished their weaving last session so Julie the tutor gave those that had a bouquet flower card to make. This hasn't been my favourite project mainly because I would have preferred to have been able to create my own card not have one prescribed to me, although mine is different to the one Julie demoed I don't think it's got my usual flair and it's not one I'd be prepared to give away or sell. Basically I layered a piece of cream card stock onto some patterned paper before mounting it onto a white card blank. I cut a circle out of green card (next time I will use a yellow piece) then punched out enough daisy flower shapes to cover the circle in co-ordinating shades of yellow. I stuck these on using PVA glue starting on the outside edge and working my way to the centre. I finished off the flower head by using an orangey-yellow cardstock then dabbed orange stickles in as many flower centres as I could. The very centre flower is a pale yellow flower which I highlighted with a stick on gem thing (not sure what they are called but they are from Paperchase and very lush in real life). I cut a stem and two leaves freehand then stuck them onto the card. I finished off the card with a bow, some more paperchase gems and an Anita's dimensional dragonfly which I had to stick on with a bit of glue once I got home as it had fallen off in my bag. I love the Anita's dimensional stickers but the glue they use on them is rubbish and the embellishments end up loose or lost unless you stick them down with your own glue.

Well I hope you've enjoyed the projects I've shared with you, as ever feel free to msg me with any questions and please comment below - I love feedback!! Happy crafting everyone. Big hugs Sarah aka woo woo girl xxxx

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Better late then never.....

Hmmm not doing too well on this blogging thing, was hoping to at least blog weekly but somehow I've never seem to find a spare half hour to sit down and just write, so a big sorry to all my loyal readers out there and also a wave or two to my secret followers lol.  Sometime soon I'm going to blog about the closure of my favourite shop in Goole - Riverside Crafts (Shanda you are missed already) but today I just want to leave a quick blog on a card I made today at a craft course I've been doing since January.

The above photo is of  a twisted easel card and it is really simple to make. First of all I cut some card down to 14cm by 28cm then scored it in half to make a square card blank then I scored one half diagonally to make a triangle shape - this forms the twisted mechanism. With a second piece of card I made the easel upright part by cutting it to a 14cm by 14cm square which I stuck to the triangle shaped folded card making sure it was on the right way (it's hard to explain in words but there are tutorial videos on YouTube) I then cut some striped pattern paper approximately 5mm smaller than my blank (13.5cm by 13.5cm) and fixed this to the card front using double sided tape. I then cut another card square this time in blue which measures approximately 12.5cm by 12.5cm and decorated it using peel offs in gold I placed a butterfly "foamie" in the centre of the peel offs and foiled it in gold then mounted the entire piece centrally on the stripey paper. I then added smaller butterfly "foamies" and foiled those also in gold. To make the easel stopper I punched out 3 hearts from card, covered them in ink and embossing powder then heat set them before mounting them with foam pads upon the base. To finish the card I added another large butterfly "foamie" to the bottom right-hand corner and foiled it in gold. Like all easel cards this one folds flat for posting.

I really enjoyed making this card and will probably make a couple more for Mothering Sunday (3rd April). I hope you've found this blog interesting and as always if you have any questions just leave a comment below. Happy crafting - and I'll try not to leave it so long between blogs! Sarah aka woo woo girl xxxx