The 24 hour scarf! I bought this yarn quite a while a go for 99pence a ball from Poundstretcher. I should have known better. It really is the most revolting yarn to knit with. However, I don't like waste, and I know the colours will suit my friend, so I decided to persevere. I used massive 10mm needles so it would knit up quick, and 24 hours later a reasonable scarf appeared. But look how much of the yarn is left!! and I have a whole other ball. it will stay around to haunt me for ages will this yarn!!
It's so easy to make presents look special without costing the earth. I found these lovely velvet poinsettias in a cheap shop, about 5 to a stem, plus two sets of berries, that look equally good, for £1. I then just used coordinating cheap wrapping paper, and gold raffia (which I also found in a cheap shop 49p for 25 metres) I'm thrilled with how they look under my tree, just a shame I have to give them out to other people!!
This week the challenge at gingersnap is Purple, gold abd green. As this month is being sponsored by Hearts in Touch I decided to use one of their stamps for my DT piece.
I felt that this tree image worked well with the colour scheme, and to achieve the colour effect I inked the stamp with whispers brush markers, using to shades of purple for the background, to try and achieve a wintery sky colour. The baubles are done with gold liquid pearls. I love this olour scheme and glad I tried it out for a christmas card.
How much does my youngest son love these? (it's a rhetorical question really, but the answer is "a lot") I got the pattern from here from a link given to me by her. The only change I made to the pattern was instead of making pom-poms for the tails (I don't like pom-poms) I made knitted balls (I'll add a picture of the tails later) to make knitted balls,
cast on 10 stitches (or whatever size you want), knit until square, cast off.
sew a circle of running stitch around the square, gather, stuffing the corners inside, and sew the hole closed (there is no need to add further stuffing unless you want to.)
I can't believe it's taken me so long to get round to making a wednesday stamper this week, after all it's the easiest theme! I have made this to go on my secret santa gift at work. I'm pretty sure I'm safe, I don't think anyone at work reads my blog. The stamp is by Hearts in Touch, who are also sponsoring this month's challenges at Gingersnap Creations this month.
in fact to be in with a chance of winning not just this stamp, but the whole plate you can take part in the gingersnap blog hop
Welcome to the first-ever Gingersnap Creations Blog Hop and Hop Stop #7!
If you’ve already been hopping then hopefully you have just come from Jean a Bluebird Paperie. If you are starting here, welcome! It's a loop so you can start anywhere along the way!
At each stop, you need to collect a word! There are 10 stops in all starting and ending with the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can get all the specific information and get a peak at the Christmas 2009 plate from Hearts in Touch. I have used this plate for the image and word on this mini canvas.
When you get all your words, 9 in all, unscramble them to form an art quote. Once you have your guess at the quote, email it and your name to email@example.com by December 13, 2009. We will be picking one lucky winner at random from the correct entries to win the Hearts in Touch Christmas 2009 plate!
I made this as a commission for a fortieth birthday. I used an image from The Stampsmith and made yet another easel card. This time I added a tab, which tucks behing the words, this holds it really well.
The papers are yet more from the huge K&co pad I got from QVC (I've hardly made a dent in it yet)
The quote says "Don't see yourself as 40, but 18 with 22 years experience"
As the crazy amigos challenge is happy birthday, I will enter this card.
It just shows you, it doesn't matter how early you start your christmas cards, you always end up with a last minute rush. I suddenly realised that today is the first of december and I have nowhere near done enough christmas cards..... Time to start the batchmaking!!!
so here is all the stuff I need to make 20 superquick christmas cards
I have made this for this week's forever friends challenge (starting tomorrow) where we have a guest host, Jackie, who has set the theme "anything but a card" a great theme as these bears are useful for so much more than just cards!
The paper is from a mega K&Co pad I purchased from QVC. great papers, but much flimsier than normal k&co papers, but at least that means I will actually use them rather than save them for "best".
This was my birthday card for Karin. I apologise that this is not a great picture, but I didn't have much light, with these horrible short days and I was in a rush to get it posted.
I love making these tag cards at the moment, they just seem to come so easily. I picked this image (from Inka) mostly because it was the right size for the tag, and the right colours for the backing papers I wanted to use, but then her hair made me smile and I thought the words would be funny.
there is actually no stamping at all on this card, which is a bit unusual for me!!
I used "care to dance" to make this tag card "nature's little helper" to make this acetate card and "Holly" to make this canvas back decoration, from a tiny canvas. (The mounted holly is from the same stamp.) All other stamps used are also by the Artistic Stamper
I have used the stamp that came free on the current issue of Docrafts Creativity magazine. I have used glitteron the crown(applied over Quickie glue pen), a strip of glitter (applied over double sided tape)and red glitter card!
Post four of today, and probably the last one!! (but no promises)
Have you ever been in a tricky situation, where you think, "hmmm what I need to get me out of this is about 3 metres of strong cord"?
oh well you are obviously not a 10 year old boy then!!
As soon as I saw these bracelets on Calvin's blog I immediatly knew I would have to make one for my eldest son. The idea is that in an emergency situation (such as the finding the perfect tree from which to hang a rope swing) you can unravel the bracelet and use the parachute cord.
I immediatly got onto ebay and ordered 100ft of desert camo parachute cord, and 10 10mm curved buckles.
I got the instructions from here I ordered my cord from here and my buckles from here
I thoroughly recommend these sellers. They both provided excellent service.
I liked these bracelets so much that the one shown is actually one I made for myself. so next time I am in that survival situation, I'll be just fine!!
This is post three of today, and it just gets weirder!! maybe if I explain, it will help.
My favourite yarn shop, Baa Ram Ewe, have decided to have a knitted nativity (a Knitivity, perhaps?) and I have offered to make a sheep. Of course to be different, mine is crocheted!!
I just hope it's the right size, I have photographed it on my hand to give some idea of size. I did not use a pattern to make this, but made it up as I went along, using the principles of amigurumi. In other Baa Ram Ewe news, Verity has started selling kits to make my mug cosies, which apparently attract a lot of interest. How cool is that? Verity sent me one of the kits. I love this wool!
And finally in knitting news. I have finally finished this waistcoat for MEEEEEEEE! I hardly ever make anything for myself so this was a real treat and I love it. knitted in Rowan Pure wool Aran, it's so snuggly to wear. (excuse the rubbish picture)
Prepare for a busy blogging day , this is post one of four. I was going to do one long post, but decided to split them as I know some people are more interested in knitting some in cardmaking, etc. So post one is cardmaking. The Paper Temptress is kindly sponsoring the gingersnap challenges this month, and as part of the the design team wer given the opportunity to try out some of the delisious papers and card.
Just a shout out to all the radiographers out there, on World Radiography Day. I am very proud to be a radiographer, I honestly think it is one of the most interesting careers there is. I have been in radiography for almost 20 years and still love my job.
I am happily married with two wonderful sons. I work full-time as a radiographer. I like to make stuff. Cardmaking, knitting, crochet. I'll try anything crafty.I also have an unhealthy love of maths: I did a degree for fun.
I post on my blog in the hope that I will inspire others to create. I am more than happy for you to be inspired by anything I post, and make it your own. Likewise, I get inspiration from all sorts of sources including the blogs of other crafters, although I would never knowingly directly copy another's work I visit so many blogs I pick up inspiration all over the place. Please know that if you are in my blog lists then you inspire me.
Disclaimer: Some of the products used on my blog may have been provided by the vendor mentioned in my posts Companies that have gifted me product for promotional purposes (directly/indirectly through craft stamper magazine): PaperArtsy, Inka, Scrolls Work, Frantic Stamper, Happy Daze, The Artistic Stamper, The stampsmith, Serendipity, Hearts in touch, Joanna Sheen, I am Roses, Paper Temptress, innovative stamp creations, Crafty Individuals, crafters companion, Stempelglede, stampotique, rogue redhead, digi doodles, whimsy stamps, black leaf studios,