Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Baubles Card

Baubles galore...I apologise for the really rubbish photograph, I hope you get the idea nevertheless. Using a selection of different Christmas papers, I cut a circle into each. After strimming these into small sections, I then distributed them between the cards to form a bauble. This was perfect as it meant I could create multiple cards at one time and they are all slightly different. You could even use scraps of Christmas wrapping paper. I decorated mine with sticker braids but you could add sequins or buttons, whatever you fancy and make them really personal. I went for the traditional red and green, however why not try different colours? Add a bow and ribbon and done. :)

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

How to Make a Christmas Stocking

Yes it is that time of year again, CHRISTMAS. So let's get cracking with some Christmas stockings..

Christmas Heart Tree Card

I made this card from the patterned pages that you often find at the back of craft magazines. These were absolutely perfect for the job. Using my pinking scissors (or zig-zag scissors as I like to call them), I cut out small long rectangles from the paper, cutting each new section slightly smaller than the previous. I then layered these up to create a Christmas tree shape. Really simple. Finally, I added small sparkly felt hearts, a trunk and greetings label to finish it off. 

Cute Little Reindeer Card

After seeing this cheeky reindeer character on a blog I discovered, I couldn't help but have a go at creating my own cards.

Check out this blogger, she creates some really beautiful cards, worth a browse if you are ever looking for some creative inspiration.

I wanted a card that I could duplicate quickly and that would still look effective. Luckily, this worked perfectly. And even better, I got a chance to use my red sparkly felt that I had been saving all year. Worth waiting for I think. If only I had some googly eyes, I think this would have set the card off perfectly. Nevertheless, I am pleased with my make and I am sure anyone would be pleased to receive this little cheery fella in the post. Happy Crafting. :)

Apple Computer Card

I loved this card as soon as I saw it on,

Their card is so much neater than mine, but I am still pleased with my efforts.
Absolutely perfect for those techno lovers. Although I loved their design and it is truly brilliant, I also wanted to add a screen to enable me to leave a greetings message. I chose the stereotypical apple background and added a white message as I felt this stood out the best. I wrote the keyboard letters in tipp-ex, I wouldn't recommend this as it is very difficult to make it neat, however white acrylic would work well.  I take no credit for this brilliant idea, but I couldn't resist sharing it. I hope you like it too. :)

Monday, 16 December 2013

How to Make a Simple Pumpkin Costume.

Firstly, I would like to apologise that it has been so long since I last posted. Final year at university has made me a very busy bee. However, let's catch up on a few things we have missed starting with HALLOWEEN.
I had very little time to make anything this year so let me show you a simple costume that I created in under an hour and even better it cost me very little too. It would be perfect for children as unlike so many costumes, it was extremely comfortable to wear.

Starting with a plain orange tshirt/dress, I stitched on black and green felt cut-outs. And that was it. Or if you are in even more of a rush, perhaps a quick dry fabric glue?

Why not add a different pumpkin face on the back, for that extra spooky surprise. Add a pair of stripy or orange tights and you are sorted. 

It received so many lovely compliments, which was great considering it took me so little time. Hope you like it. :)

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fabric Hearts

I had some scraps of fabric left over from something I was making and fancied creating something sweet and simple. I love making these little hearts as they are just so easy and can make such lovely gifts. You can stuff them with lavender or other smellies and transform them into  little wardrobe fresheners. Add any odds and ends you can find to give them that extra pretty feminine touch and done. :) I used little fabric roses, lace trimming and ribbon on these two. The little red bow is from a lindt chocolate rabbit and is perfect for little crafts like these. Have fun :) 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Nature's Own Bouquet

I have always liked hydrangeas. I love how they grow into readily formed bouquets with each of the individual flowers perfectly formed within the bunch. This particular hydrangea shows different shades of what I would like to think as pink ballet skirts, an ensemble of dancers. Comments appreciated, I would love to hear your thoughts :)

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Flower Pot Card

                      Voila, one flower pot card. Bill and Ben would be proud. I will admit that the plant pot looks a bit bare at the moment but I have left this blank so I can write an appropriate greetings message on it. I think this card would be suitable for so many different occasions; birthdays, anniversaries get well cards etc, so I am yet to decide what to use it for. Again, made from a mishmash of buttons, beads, sequins and card. Yes it is scrappy (alike so many of my cards) but it is bright and jolly, I think anyone would be proud to place it on their mantelpiece. This card was very easy to make and would be a great for getting children involved in it's creation. Also why not make the plant pot out of patterned paper and make the card that extra bit more jazzy? Hope you like it, comments welcomed. :)

Thursday, 10 October 2013

An English Tea Party

This collection of four cards is inspired by an English Tea Party, brimming cups of tea and yummy treats.

1. A Slice of Cake: Why settle for a scone when you can have a nice big slice of cake? Ingredients for this delicious cake include bugle beads, buttons and fabric trimmings. For the centre of this cake I used a pink ric rac to create the jam and a lace trim as the cream/frosting. Ribbon would also be great but I liked the wave in the trims that made it appear more lifelike. You could even add a candle. I hope you find this design as sweet as I do.

2. Cute Cupcake: Sugar and Sweet with a cherry on top. :) I admit i went a bit overboard on the sprinkles (bugle beads) but that's just how my cakes look, I always get over-excited with the decorations. And a sweet button cherry to top it off. The font used here is called 'crafty girls', I downloaded it for free from this website, It's just a cute and bubbly font, ideal for card making.

3. Tea for three: Our penultimate card. :) Cups and saucers arranged in a toppled tier like fashion that reminds me of the Mad Hatter's teaparty. These are made from left over wrapping paper scraps and are framed using a lace trim.

4. Teapot: Where would a good old fashioned English tea party be without a cute teapot? Made from wrapping paper and completed with little paper daisies and green beads. Ohh fancy. :)

Here is a picture of the complete collection. If you have a go at making any of these cards please comment and let me know how you got
on. I would love to know your thoughts. :)

Monday, 7 October 2013

Spider Halloween Card

Couldn't wait to get started on this card and since I am trying to be an early bird in preparation for Halloween, here is my spooky spider card [actually more cute than scary]. I always seem to have lots of black buttons in my sewing box and never really seem to find a use for them, well I have finally found one.

Ps: This has only just occured to me but why not add a little cobweb in the corner of the card?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Funny Little Critter

This funny bug captured my attention as soon as I saw him and what a great excuse to use my macro setting. If you have any idea what this mysterious bug is, I would love to know. I have looked in my British wildlife book and no sign of anything similar so please let me know your thoughts. I just think he looks like a weird little almond on legs.

UPDATE: I have now been informed that this bug is a Vine Weevil (thanks to the Natural History Museum). Unfortunately I also discovered they are a bit of a pest in the garden, as he munches through all the plants and flowers. Let's hope for the garden's sake that I don't find any more.

Monday, 30 September 2013

How To Make Button Hairpins

Another way to get a few more buttons into your life, button hair pins. These were SO easy to make and look very cute. A great way to make a hair accessory to match an outfit or just create something unique :) I'm sure children would love them too. An idea for a little Christmas gift or maybe party favours?

These flat pad bobby pins were another fab find from good ole' ebay. I bought 20 bobby pins for £2 (including postage) in a antique bronze colour. Other colours were available to match different hair colours and preferences. So have a look around and see what suits you best :)

These great pins made this craft so simple and easy. I used multi-purpose strong glue to apply the button to the pin, then just waited till dry. I did consider using hot glue but I thought it might need a bit more of a industrial hold (especially with my hair). 

Although this approach is fab with flat buttons, problems arise when using shank buttons (the little ones with the hoops on the back). You can attempt to cut off the hoop or stitch them to normal bobby pins.

And here is how you do it...
1.Knot the thread to the hoop/shank of the button.
2.Wrap the thread through the end of the bobby pin and into the hoop. Repeat this multiple times ensuring that it is really secure.
3.Secure the end of the thread. SIMPLES.

Just to emphasise the brilliance of this. 10p for a flat pad bobby pin and a 20p button, just 30p each. Not bad considering you have something completely unique and personal. I hope you agree.

The possibilities are endless, so see what you make with them. I'm going to try some felt floral bobby pins and will keep you informed. I would love to hear your ideas. :) 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wild Cornflower Blue

Wild Cornflower Blue or Cenaurea Cyanus to all you 'green fingered' friends. I know summer has past and the rain has arrived again but I have a few photos left to celebrate the summer we have been lucky enough to have. The bright blue and purple shades of this cornflower are so stunning. How can this possibly be defined as a weed? Simply beautiful. As usual, comments appreciated. :)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Bits, Bobs and Buttons Frame

The clue is in the title here, this frame is made from all sorts of bits and bobs from little pearlescent buttons, to fabric roses, parts of broken necklaces and old beads.  
     I started off with an old dented wooden frame which really needed a revamp. I then sanded this down and painted it white which made it look all brand new and just like a nice clean canvas all ready for some button crafting. You might already have a suitable frame so you are all ready ready to get going.

I then got out my trusty hot glue gun and started sticking until I was happy with the result. A really cheap and pretty craft so have a go and please let me know how you got on. :) I think I will try this with bold, bright buttons or a mirror next, I will keep you posted on the result. 

Monday, 16 September 2013

How To Make Button Earrings

I thought I would take my button loving to the next level... BUTTON EARRINGS. How exciting :) I purchased some silver plated flat pad stud earrings off ebay. 50 pairs for only £2.50 (including postage), that's a bargain you bargain hunters. As you may have guessed I was very proud of my buy. I'm sure you can get these in lots of craft stores and they are also available in gold and clip-on, depends on your preference. 
Then I set off on my mission to collect an array of different buttons to make into earrings. Here you can see my little treasures. 
Making them was very simple. I used a strong multi-purpose glue to apply the buttons onto the flat plate of the earring.

HINT: With the larger buttons, I suggest that you place them against your ear before gluing them to the stud. This will help you decide upon the appropriate place to glue the pad onto the back of the button. The centre is not always the best place as they don't always sit well upon the ear lobe. Look at the picture below, you can see how this may vary. 

These green daisy buttons were my favourite but they had shank backs so unfortunately they would not sit happily on the stud. This meant that I had to break off the back with some unknown tool from the shed. If you discover a better way of doing this, please let me know. 

THE AMAZING PART.... These buttons cost me approximately 20p each and the earrings 10p a pair. So 50p per pair of earrings. :) And no one will have earrings like it. Now that sounds good to me.

I have included some pictures of a few of my favourites. I would love to hear your thoughts. :)

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Hanging Stars Card

Yes you do spot jelly beans and iced jems. They came from some fab wrapping paper I rescued. :) I didn't imagine using them on a star design but wouldn't that be great and rather yummy in reality? :) You might like to do a hanging moon to go with the design but it's up to you.

This card was so simple I also decided to try it with hearts. I would love to hear your ideas. :)

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ladybug Card

I realise that you can get ladybird buttons in lots of haberdasheries but I needed an excuse to get my nail pens out again [see bumble bee card below]. I think the ladybird adds a little extra cute touch. The rest of the card is just a mismash of card, beads and sequins. Hope you like it :) Comments welcome.

Summer Bunting Card

This is such a jolly card and reminds me very much of summer. However, staying true to the British summer, I have also included some clouds. Great for using up little scraps of paper. Please comment, I would love to hear your thoughts. :)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Cute Mushroom Card

Shirt buttons are usually the last left in the button box and now I have finally found a use for them. Yay :)  I am really proud of this cute design. I hope you agree. This little mushroom fella really is as cute as a button. Inkeeping with my simple style this card was, as usual, really easy to create. I chose to use the opposing side of the shirt buttons which are matte and plain but you could also use the pearlescent side too. His eyes are just hole punched paper that I drew onto, easy peasy.
 Have a go and please let me know how you got on. :)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bumble Bee Button Card

I didn't have any stripey buttons so I had do a bit of improvisation. Using my nail art pens, I painted black stripes onto yellow buttons. You might be lucky enough to already have buttons that would be suitable but in my opinion, this was all part of the fun. So why not have a go? I wonder what else I could do this for? I feel experimentation is needed, I will keep you posted. Hope you like it, I would love to hear you thoughts. :)

Birthday Balloon Card

Another 'easy peasy lemon squeezy' button card. At this stage, my button box is getting very low, I think I will have to go on a button shopping spree. :)

Monday, 9 September 2013

Flower Vine Card

This delicate flower card is one of the easiest and quickest cards to make. All I had to do was clip the top and bottom of the card to make sure the thread stayed in place, then using my flower stamp I cut out card flowers before gluing on beads. And Bob's your uncle, it's done. :) Have a go, it really is easy.