Sunday, August 18, 2013

Forever Friends Kraft Notes - 2 cards

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

The weather has been absolutely crazy where I live:  days and days of extremely windy weather and I am just so tired of it and ready to move onto Spring.  I have been looking like the Abominable Snow-woman dressed in layers of clothes when I have had to venture out - yet I was still feeling like an iceberg as the wind has been so bitterly cold!  Somewhere in my travels, I have picked up a yucky virus and feeling pretty blah so only going out when I absolutely have to. 

I guess the up-side is that I have been very busy in my craft room and I am sharing 2 cards today:  the first card is a birthday card I made for my great-niece's 8th birthday and the second card is a Friendship/Get Well/Support card for a friend. 

I have been very good with using my stash of designer papers this year but when I saw the Forever Friends Kraft Notes range released by Docrafts earlier this year, I couldn't help myself:  I thought the range was so pretty and of course, being a teddy-bear lover, well.......need I say more LOL!!  And here is the result:

The main image is a topper from the A4 diecut toppers set.  As you can see, I added a couple of pink rhinestones to the flower centres and a pink button to the larger flower centre.  The buttons were glued on with Crafter's Pick Incredibly tacky glue.  I diecut a flower using a Die-namics Daisy die and only glued down the centre so I could bend the petals up then glued on another pink button.

All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  Kept everything very simple so it was a nice quick card.

By the way:  the pink layer between the kraft cardstock and designer paper is a sheet of pink paper from the Kraft Notes paper pad.

Whilst I still had all my gorgeous stash out, I made a 2nd card which I am giving to a very special lady who is currently undergoing some medical treatment and thought that the Teddy with the heart seemed to be the perfect image to say:  "Sending hugs and much love as you journey through your treatment".

The main image is from the Kraft Notes diecut A4 Decoupage - Special Day set.  Because everything was diecut, it was very easy to pop the pieces out and put them together with dimensionals. 

The sentiment is a freebie from an issue of Quick Cards Made Easy (from a couple of years ago) and I simply layered it onto light teal cardstock and hand-trimmed the border.  The hole was punched using a 3/16" circle punch.


I am entering my first card in the following challenges -

Papertake Weekly Challenge of Occasion-ally where you are to make a card for an occasion such as birthday, wedding, christening etc. 

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use It Challenge WT427 of May Flowers where you are to use a flower on your card.  There is no time limit to play SCS challenges and this challenge is from 16th May.

And I am entering both cards in the Crafty Creations Challenge of 'Make 2' where you need to make two cards, two tags, two scrapbook pages, two gift bags, two pieces of jewellery, etc . . . any type of craft is acceptable, as long as you "Make Two" (they don't have to be identical but they should have either the same style, colours, papers, images or pattern).

Thanks for stopping by! 


Card Recipe:

Card No. 1 -

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer paper:  Docrafts Forever Friends Kraft Notes

Accessories:  Main image from Docrafts Forever Friends Kraft Notes A4 diecut toppers, Perfect Layers tools, Big Shot, My Favorite Things Die-namics Daisy die, twine by Doodlebug Valentines assortment, Fray Stop, pink buttons from stash, pink sewing thread, Crafter's Pick Incredibly tacky glue, tiny pink rhinestones by Molossi, cardstock - kraft

Punch:  EK Success Abstract Flower

Card No. 2 -

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Docrafts Forever Friends Kraft Notes

Accessories:  Docrafts Forever Friends Kraft Notes A4 decoupage pack - Special Day, dimensionals, twine by Doodlebug Valentines assortment, Perfect Layers Tools, Fray Stop, pink pearl - Hero Arts CH173 Hearts Accents pearls, sentiment - freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy magazine, cardstock - kraft, light teal

Punches:  EK Success Abstract Flower, Carl CP-1 3/16" circle

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Knitted Cat Bookmark and Felt Owl Egg Cosy

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

A special welcome to my new Followers!  Thank you for following my blog!

As promised on my last post, I am sharing my knitted cat bookmark and felt owl egg cosy which I made for my daughter's 10th birthday (in July).  I adore knitting and find time to knit most days as I find it so calming and relaxing.  I haven't shared my knitting before on my blog as I am not really sure how to take photos of my projects but anyway, here goes:

The Cheshire Cat pattern is from the UK Knit Today magazine - Issue 84 - April 2013, and was designed by Tina Barrett.   The cat was knitted using DK yarn and 3.25mm (UK size 10) knitting needles.   I did my face a little differently to the instructions as I used black beads for the eyes instead of embroidering them.  The remainder of the embroidery was done using black DK yarn.   The head is stuffed with polyester fiberfill.  The legs and tail were knitted on double-pointed knitting needles which made them a tube eliminating any sewing of a seam making life easy.  Here are some more photos:
As you can see, the body is flat which lies in the book and the head, legs and tail hang out the end.   In case you are wondering what the book is that the cat is lying on:  it is Simon's Cat.  Here is a close-up pic of his sweet little face:
 And now, here is the Felt Owl Egg Cosy:
The pattern is from a book called Super-Cute Felt by Laura Howard which is published by CICO Books.  The edition I have is dated 2011 and I just checked around and it is still readily available.  I really LOVE this book - so many cute projects including Christmas and the instructions are easy to follow:  I highly recommend it if you like playing with felt like I do. 
I embroidered my eyes a little differently to the book and used my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies to diecut the eyes - so much easier than handcutting them.  I also diecut the Chevron felt pieces using a Chevron Stripes Die-namics die by My Favorite Things.  The original pattern had embroidery in that part but I thought it would be fun to use my dies instead.  That's the great thing about dies:  they are not just limited to cardmaking!
Here is a pic of the back of the egg-cosy:
The heart was also diecut using a heart die from the MFT Die-namics Notched Tag (and stamp) set - and all the embroidery was done using 3 strands of embroidery floss.  The outside of the owl was sewn using sewing thread.
 Hope you like my little projects.From Millan.Net  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Docrafts Tatty Teddy easel birthday card

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

It's been beautifully sunny and mild today where I live and even though it is still technically winter, I can sense that spring is just around the corner.  I had about 15 minutes of "me time" at lunchtime and sat in the sun reading a cardmaking magazine - oh, it was BLISS and so good for my soul!

The card I am sharing today was for my daughter's 10th birthday earlier in July.  She loves Tatty Teddy (as do I) so I was especially pleased when Docrafts brought out their Tatty Teddy range of designer papers, decoupage, pre-coloured toppers and sentiment panels, ribbons etc. etc. - everything that you need to make your own Tatty Teddy cards.   Because it is a little while since they brought out this particular range, I was lucky enough to pick up a few packs on special at the Picture to Page Scrapbook show in May - yay me!

I really went to town with the Easel Card as you can see and tried to make it as pretty and as sparkly as I could.  The main image, designer papers and sentiment panel are all from the 'Especially for you' A4 decoupage pack.

Just as an aside, if you are feeling confused as to what is decoupage and what is paper tole:  paper tole is also known as 3D decoupage so technically, both names are correct. Where I live, we call the layering of cut images together paper tole (well, that is what my teacher called it when I did a course at a local community centre) and when I  did decoupage at the same centre, we cut out intricate images, glued them onto a painted wooden item, then added about 50 layers of lacquer over the top so you ended up with this beautiful, glossy surface and you couldn't feel the edges of the images because of all the lacquer on top (and it took forever to do - all that waiting for the lacquer to dry and the sanding inbetween layers - but it looked amazing in the end).  I find it a little confusing but I guess it is really just semantics when it is all boiled down!

The main image came diecut so it was super-easy to just pop the pieces together with dimensionals.  The pink lace doily was diecut using a Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die and my Big Shot.  The pink diecut heart is a Memory Box Sofia Heart die and I added some tiny pink Molossi gemstones to all the flower centres on the heart.  

If you have a close peek, you might see that I tied on a silver charm underneath the ribbon bow on the back card panel.  On the back of the charm, it says 'Made with love'.  The ribbons were attached in 2 separate elements and both bows were made using my Bow Easy.  I added some Fray Stop to the cut ends of the ribbon to stop them from fraying.  The pink paper roses are from Enthaily Wholesale (Australian company).  Because the roses had a yellowy-green calyx underneath them, I removed that part because it didn't match my colour scheme and looked pretty awful.  Instead, I diecut a star from the Light Awesome Aqua cardstock and glued that underneath the flower - which looked much nicer.

The sentiment panel is up on dimensionals and I used 3 pink Sparklets (an EBay purchase) to hold the back panel in place.  The Sparklets were glued on using Crafter' Pick Incredibly Tacky glue.  The pink diecut corners on the bottom panel are a Cuttlebug Vintage corner die (I used my Cuttlebug for diecutting them as I don't know the correct sandwich for my Big Shot).  I added 3 tiny pink Molossi gem stones to each corner of the Vintage diecuts.

I went crazy with the Kindyglitz Crystlina glitter glue all over the card which I know is a little hard to see in the photo but believe me when I say that most parts of the card are glittered LOL!

On my next post, I will share the knitted Cat Bookmark and a felt Owl Egg Cosy that I made for my daughter.  I have a great passion for knitting and making small projects with felt but just run out of time to share it all here on my blog, but I hope to be able to share more of these and other crafts with you.  I have my finger in so many crafty pies and my hands are always busy with something - I just can't seem to keep them still!

Before I go, I thought I would share a photo of my cat Ruby.  I was trying to take a close-up of her pretty face and her beautiful green eyes but she didn't like the camera being so close - and this is the result.........

Should I be scared.................LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  None

Designer paper, Main Image and Sentiment Panel:  Docrafts 'Me to You' (Tatty Teddy) - Especially for you A4 decoupage pack

Accessories:  Memory Box Sofia Heart die, Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily DL102 die, Cuttlebug Vintage corner die, My Favorite Things Die-namics star die, Cuttlebug and Big Shot machines, silver charm, pink paper roses (Enthaily Wholesale - Australia), light teal organza ribbon, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, dimensionals, tiny pink gemstones - Molossi Australia, pink Sparklets - EBay, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, Perfect Layers Tools, cardstock - pink, Colormates light awesome aqua

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