Sunday, 25 December 2011

It's in the Box

Hello fellow bloggers. We had our family Chanukah party tonight and the kids and grandkids excelled themselves in the mess making department. I've just finished cleaning up and have finally sat down with the last of the wine.
All the presents were much appreciated except the one we got for DS3. Nothing's ever good for him. There's always something wrong with what we get him. Still he's the youngest so he's a right brat and there's plenty of the green eyed monster in him where the grandchildren are concerned.

Anyway back to the presents. I couldn't find the perfect wrapping for the ponchos I knitted so in true crazy fashion I made the box and wribbon myself. There's a little tutorial on how I made the ribbon and flower for the box and you can see it below.

1.  Firstly, I took a wider ribbon and a slightly narrower one in my chosen colours.
 2. Adhere the narrower ribbon onto the wider one using your preferred adhesive. I used regular flue stick.
 3. Cut 6 lengths of ribbon, 2 each of 3 different lengths. Mine are 9 inches, 7 inches and 5 inches.
 4. Fashion your lengths of ribbon into loops with your adhesive.
 5. Take the 2 largest loops and and cross one over the other in a plus sign. Adhere at the centre. It's a good to add a dot of glue to the inside centre of your loops to hold them together like a bow iykwim.
 6. Take your next size of loops and cross them over in a plus sign again in between the first crossover of ribbon. Adhere at the centre.
 7. Take one of your smallest loops and lay it directly over the first loop of ribbon. Adhere at the centre.
 8. Cut a small piece of leftover ribbon, about 2 1/2 inches.
9. Tie it round your last loop to form a bow.
 10. Finally cross your bow over your first small loop and adhere at the centre. Your flower is now finished
 This is the box I made. I used a large piece of cardboard which I stamped with My Mind's Eye Lost and Found stamp.
 I used my ribbon to tie the parcel..........
..... and laid my flower on top
 I fashioned a little tag with distress ink and another stamp
And the present is already to hand over. My DD loved the ponchos, and Tzivi paraded around in hers all evening. They look adorable in them and I can't wait to take lots of lovely pics to scrap.

DD2 was born on Chanukah so we had a birthday to celebrate too. She's a crafter too so I bought her crafty stuff both for her birthday and for Chanukah. he was suitably chuffed and also loved her birthday card

I used pink cardstock which I inked, and some acetate which I alcohol inked and inserted into the aperture which I cut out. I stamped the flowers and finished them with liquid pearls. The sentiment are My Little Shoebox mini alphas. Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon

Monday, 19 December 2011

A New LO

The layout which I've got for you today is one where DGD2 aka Estie is lighting Sabbath candles. All Jewish married women light candles on Friday night and some (big) girls do too. Estie decided the time had come for her to take up the tradition and of course DD snapped this pic.

 I used the scrummy Lost and Found collection from My Mind's Eye. I layered a couple of pps one over the other and used a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch to create a photo mat for the picture, I cut strips of PPand edge punched them. I then used foam squares to attach the strips to give them some dimension above and below the photo mat. At the bottom I also added some ribbon to the lower punched strip. I adhered some mini pearls to the pink strips both above and below the photo mat. The photo is also attached with foam squares to raise it off the mat and below the photo is some bronze lace. The word Princess is cut out from one of the pps. I added a combination of  purchased and handmade flowers to the left hand side of the LO and a ribbon bow at the top and bottom of the flowers. On the top left corner is a crochet doily and some little banners attached with baker's twine, the end of which I left trailing. Two metal corners on the photo mat and a brown thickers title finish the layout. Below you can see some close ups.
The flowers Are made using the Spellbinders rose creations dies and the cuttlebug chrysanthemum quilling die

 The Princess cut out from one of the pps
 The doily, banner, a bow and one of the metal embellies
 The punched strips with the little pearls on

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Some Christmas Cards and Teachers Gifts

Hi everyone.
Although I don't actually celebrate Christmas, I have some friends who do, so I made 3 cards to give them. I used the Bo Bunny, Winter Joy range of pps for and embellishments these.

 I made them very simple. i more or less just cut the pps, layered them, stuck some embellishments and ribbon on and finished with sentiments. I hope the recipients enjoy them.

End of term also means gifts for teachers. I don't know why I can't just be like normal people and go out and buy something,but I suppose it's the show off in me. I made an accordian type card and filled it with teacher quotes

The pps are an old Glitz design range, and the rest of the embellies are all dug out from old stash. The front and back covers are chipboard covered in paper and the accordian part is bazzil. I inked the tag with distress ink, stamped it and the used some perfect pearls on it to jazz it up. Some bling finished that off. The quotes are all courtesy of google and the rosettes on the cover are Tim Holtz's mini rossette die. I punched some of  the pps with a Martha Stewart edge punch and printed a thank you note on the back to make it personal. Hope you like it and if I don't come on any more till then, Merry Christmas everybody or Happy Chanukah

Monday, 5 December 2011

A Poncho and a New LO

Hello fellow bloggers. I know it's been over a week since I last blogged, but I've been frantically knitting little ponchos for my grandddaughters for Chanukah. My DD really wants them for her kids, but unlike me she's not prone to spending money on what she considers unnecessary fripperies. So crazy woman that I am, instead of going into a shop and buying ponchos which would seem the sensible thing to do, I purchase the raw materials and make them a design of my own. But you lot tell me if it wasn't worth it! I can't wait to see DD's face when I give them to her. And here's a picture to prove how super cute they are. The fringes took me longer to thread than the whole poncho took me to knit

In between all the crazy knitting I managed to complete a LO which I've been want to do since I took these pictures  last summer- 2010 so maybe that's summer before last. Anyway it's Sarah blowing bubbles and  I just love that look of concentration on her face.

For this LO I used a base of very pale grey bazzil, some sequin waste and lots of spray ink and glimmer mist. The pp at the side is from the Bo Bunny Peacock lane range as are the lollipop flowers and part of the title. I cut that branch out of the paper with my craft knife. Don;t ask what posessed me, I just though it'd be a good idea. I inked and distressed the edges of the flower circle, layered them and put some purple bling on the middle of each one. I hand drew those letters myself. I'd like to show that to my art teacher now, so there! The lilac and white gromlets curving round the photo are ancient and as I was poking around for some embellies I thought these would fit the bill perfectly and make a dent in my mountain of stash. I scratched the surface of them with my tim holtz scratchy thingy and then inked them with white and purple  ink. The rest of the title is AC white thickers painted purple as I didn't have any alphas in purple which I deemed suitable for the project.  Thanks for popping along to my blog