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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Embroidery is very much alive

Good evening crafting folk and everybody else.Let me ask did you ever start a project and think that it was going to take forever yet when you'd finished it you wanted to start another?? Well that describes this project,it took me a while as I kept putting it down and doing other things but I am so pleased with how it turned out.......my embroidered table cloth...
as you can see the pattern has only 2 birds but these are repeated 4 times....
I have loved stitching everyone but sometimes I did scream at it!!!!! Now I have to look for a new one to start in between cardmaking and knitting!!




                                                  Dorothy x

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Paper Flowers

I was at my nieces wedding on Thursday 6th and it was a wonderful day but being the crafter I really don't like to buy a flower to wear and being the traditionalist I can't go without one!!! So on goes the cricut explore and I cut out some 3d flowers but the crafters companion quilling flowers would do the same job! Start of cutting it out just ordinary paper mine came from a cheap shop
I wanted a particular shade of purple so I coloured the whole thing both sides with spectrum noir PL5
then starting from the outer edge just roll and there you have a beautiful flower!
for my piece I added some feathers and 2 badge pins on the back also some pearls..
forgot about the shamballa bead in the center just for a bit of sparkle!!
Then I made my little granddaughter and daughters their flowers the same way but I also used the crafters companion pretty petal die for the back....

I used 3 pipe cleaners twisted together for the red flower stem.Lastly with some silver card,white paper,white feathers,ribbon,gems and some peel offs and ofcourse my trusty glue gun I cut out 2 horse shoes and made this for me little granddaughter to give the blushing bride.....
the peel offs were to add the date....
I used 3 different sizes of the same flower
this way for having flowers I love as they will never die and may always be kept as a reminder of a wonderful day!



Dorothy x

Friday, 7 August 2015

Think Pink!!! New Challenge

Ok it's that time for a new challenge over at getcreativechallenges.blogspot.co.uk this time our fabulous sponsors are Qkr Stampede,if you can head over to their blog and have a look it's great.Anyway our challenge is to make a card with our choosen image with monochromatic pink so I am starting my Christmas cards and thought  why can't I have a pink Christmas well be honest we all like to be a little different sometimes!!!!
I must admit I was a little nervous but when I seen the finished card it actually looked ok,I used a crafters companion snowflake embossing folder and some pink holly peel offs for around the edges,I used my spectrum noir pens to colour and added some snow acetate (hunky dory)and finally the Merry Christmas I cut out on my explore.I wanted to complete the card by keeping the inside the same so when I had finished colouring the image and before I made the card up I scanned the image into my computer and resized it and printed it onto some pink paper.....
and when I added a little verse the inside looks like this....
So come on over guys and show of your work,have a play and maybe even get a little inspiration,but above all have fun.A great big thank you as always to our wonderful host Angie who makes this all possible and we couldn't manage without her,don't forget if you're not in you can't win!!!!



                                               Dorothy x

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Christmas Elves

My goodness it really doesn't feel like August with all this rain we should be basking in sunshine but on the plus side it's great weather for crafting,yesterday I got the knitting needles out and created these 2 Christmas elves......
after making the Santa Keys I thought who better to give with them than Christmas Elves,they are so quick and easy to make....

they are from the Christmas pattern book by Jean Greenhow,she makes the patterns so easy and simple it's a pleasure to knit them and as they only take an hour or so they can be a quick knit present!!!




                                               Dorothy x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Santas Key

Ok guys before you all start shouting it's only July as crafters we have to start early to get ahead,so with that in mind I was on the cricut sight on face book the other day when one of the ladies was talking about 'Santas Keys' I have never heard of this and decided to google it(oh the power of the interweb!!) and these great little poems came up,so having my wonderful cricut explore and the great design space and my subscription I put in keys just to see if anything would come up and sure enough there were beautiful keys,so I cut out several keys and layered them.....
I used pinflair glue gel to glue each key just to give it the 3d effect and I glued one gold key to each side making it look like a golden key,in the meantime I printed of the poems which were free to download and print....



these are just four of the many poems available or why not try writing your own!!
I cut these out and glued them back to back before adding a hole to tread some ribbon through to attach the 'key' once it had dried....
and there we have a selection of 'Santas Keys' great fun for the little ones!

I finished of several and am considering maybe added a knitted elf to each one just for that added touch of magic!



                                                    Dorothy x

Friday, 24 July 2015

Two Faced!!!!!

The title sounds a bit mean but it's not really.I haven't been card making or paper crafting recently but I have been doing some knitting.This is from one of Jean Greenhowe pattern books,these patterns are so easy to follow and basically contain just stocking stitch and garter stitch,so here she is the two faced little doll.......Firstly asleep....
 and then just take the bonnet of and turn her round,put the bonnet back on and she's awake!!!
what I love about this is that it's for my 6 month old granddaughter and because it's all knitted there are no hard bits so she can't hurt herself and it's unique to her.!




                                           Dorothy x

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Challenge Time!

Hey guys it's that time of the month again where you should head on over to Get Creative Challenges for a bit of witty banter,some great inspiration and a fantastic competition.The theme this time is must have stars and the sponsor is the very talented Francesca at 'Cute as a button',as always our wonderful host is Angie who manages to keep us all under control even though she has a busy life,hope you're feeling better soon!Anyway this was the image I choose,I coloured it with spectrum noir pens and decided to go for an easel card for a change....



I used a star embossing folder for the background and my explore for the writing,I also printed of some extra cats to use as the stoppers for the card,I adore cats and this just makes me smile so much.So don't forget to head over to Get Creative Challenges and join the fun because don't forget if you're not in you can't win!!! and you may find some inspiration I know I always do!



                                             Dorothy x