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Friday, 27 July 2012

Rustic Sewn Flowers





I think when I use the word rustic it should be rubbish as I am not a neat worker at all. I think it is because I craft from the heart and make things up as I go along. If I do get organised or use a pattern or anything like that I over think the project and it ends up in the bin or unfinished forever.



This is the bag I made for challenge 18 at Out of a Hat Creations and Sandra asked how I made the flowers so I thought I would write down how I made them. The tutorial flowers may not be exactly the same as the ones on the bag--well none of those are the same as each other either because they were just made roughly with no pattern or anything else.

Here goes--hold onto your hats and use your own measurements and adapt anything that I have written to suit your style. I have hand sewn my flowers but I am sure they could be machine sewn and look even better.
Just to say that thinner material is the easiest to work with--the one I used for the middle was very thick and it made it a harder to work as the thickness of layers grew..

you need 12 pieces of  of the larger size in one material and 12 pieces of the smaller size in a contrast.
Sizes I used were 3.5x 2.5 inches and 2.5x 1.5 inches

Pair the pieces and then angle the top as in the picture
right sides together sew around the edges leaving a fairly good seam-turn right side out
sew around the edges--you don't need to do this but if you hand sew it is extra insurance that the seams wont come apart--especially if your sewing is as bad as mine:( Gather up the base of the petal to give it shape
when you have all the petals ready cut a circle about 2inch radius
pin the petals around the circle
sew them to the circle and to each other as near to the base of the petals as possible
do it all again with the other size and colour
Stitch them together

Now comes the nice part--chose something for the middle--big enough to cover all the messy stitching in the centre--if you are like me that is.



Hope you enjoy making some and that if you have any hints or tips on how to improve the tutorial you will let me know.

Love Chrissie xx







Thursday, 26 July 2012

Out of Hat Challenge 18-sewing

Hello Friends

This week at Out of a Hat Creations we are asking you to make something that shows some of your sewing. Hope you will join in with us as it is always terrific to see what people make. Loved the pieces for the Time challenge and visiting the blogs of the people who joined us with the challenge.

Do pop to Florence's, Janet's and Sandra's blogs to see what they have made for the sewing challenge-we Hatters love company :)

I have lots of material and cottons and a sewing machine but I rarely sew anything these days. This was my chance to have a go.

This is what I made from an old curtain and a pillowcase that we have never used. The pocket is a double one but I am not sure what the bag is going to be used for yet. It is lined with the pillowcase material-this determined the size of  the bag as I used the part already sewn, and when I had made the flowers as well the whole of the pillowcase had been used up--one flower is a petal short as I didn't even have enough material to make that. The pleating was already on the pillowcase so I can't take credit for that.

close up of bottom flower--made all by hand and showing my stitching
top two flowers--on the right the one with a missing petal :(

I have written a tutorial for you to make some of the flowers here



Buttons and Bow at Craft-room challenge

So pleased to see the challenge here at Craft-room Challenge as I needed to make a little gift for a friend and it gave me an idea. I had bought a few note pads weeks ago and didn't know what to do with them so I used one of them to make this rustic looking wall hanging.


It started out as two bits of card and the note pad and with a bit of distressing, cord, buttons and bows it ended up as a little gift.

Thank you for the challenge.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Addicted to Stamps-Sketch

I was pleased to see a sketch as their challenge for this week at Addicted to Stamps . I needed to make a birthday card for my daughter and couldn't think what to make at all. She used to make lots of cards and sold them at work for charity but now her passion is patchwork. I have made this card more in her style than mine and I think she will like it.It is a fairly big card.

Made the shapes with nesties and my Cuttlebug. The flowers were from a sheet that my daughter gave to me years ago-so were the words. I made the sentiment in Paint Shop Pro. Simples!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Artful Times European Journey Tag

I was so pleased when I saw this challenge as I have just bought 'Book 5' (Travels in Italy) pages from Crafty Individuals and they are so beautiful. I do like the challenges at Artful Times . Always lovely to see what the team have made and to join in there. For the next 2 weeks the challenge is 'Travels in Europe Tag', so lots of things to chose for sure.



I covered a tag with part of one of the pages then looked for a menu board in Italian. I found one without writing but it was in garish colours so I made it black and white and removed the white background to use it like a digital stamp. After that I found an old Italian Proverb and printed that onto the tag using Paint Shop Pro.

Next the edges of the tag were distressed in three different colours of Rangers Distressed Inks and finished off with a thin strip of Cosmic Glimmer Mist used like a paint. A bit of fluffy wool for the tie and that's it really.

Oh the proverb when translated says

'At the table with good friends and family, you do not grow old.'

Clean and Simple at Addicted to Stamps

Not sure why I find this type of card so difficult to make cause I only had to add three things to a piece of card :(. I do like to join the Addicted to Stamps Challenge and it is clean and simple this week so I have tried my best to make a clean and simple card.

I went outside in the beautiful sunshine and took a close up of a few of our poppies--I thought they were red but they are more orangey--hence the ribbon colour. Just did a border in Paint Shop Pro on the photo. Added a simple stamped sentiment and the ribbon and that's it really. Well I tried lol. I am more an, add as much as possible and make it complicated, type of person.




Friday, 20 July 2012

My RAK from Cindy

I love to visit Cindy's blog here she makes such wonderful things and is so kind and generous with them. You have until July 28th to comment on her latest giveaway and maybe win the canvas.

I left a comment and she has sent me an ATC with the image that I loved so much. We haven't got a car so all our shopping etc. goes into our rucksacks and I thought the little 'lady' looked liked me with a very full bag on my back :)

Cindy also sent a beautiful little card as well. Both will be treasured. Thank you so much Cindy


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Challenge 17 Out of a Hat Creations-Time

This week at Out of a Hat Creations the theme is Time. Lots of scope with that subject for sure and difficult to know where to start.
Lovely to have people join in with us on the Twinchies last week and I would like to thank Lorraine for the tut on her page marker here. I did make this sample for the Time challenge a few weeks ago but the page markers on my project can be made as the ones in Lorraine's tut so do pop and have a look.

I'm am sure you will want to visit Florence  Sandra  and Janet to see what they have made for this challenge and also don't forget that for the whole of July if you enter in a challenge at Out of a Hat you will be in Janet's Hat for a chance to win the Tando Prize.

I covered a piece of card with old book pages that I distressed with various Rangers Distressed Inks. Then I stuck on a Clock image that I found online. Added text around the edge and a cog in the middle. Now for the exciting part lol


I made 4 page savers to fit around the edge as a lot of people have more than one book on the go or more than one page in a book that they would like to save. The page savers were made from the four corners of a good quality sealed envelope. These were distressed with various colours from the Rangers Distressed Inks. Stick on a small length of folded ribbon before adding the triangle.

The clock image is a one from the Kanban Jasper 9039 stamp collection The triangles were dry embossed in the Cuttlebug then embossed with various embossing powders. Not sure of the names of them as I was given them in little plastic bags by a friend-thanks Von. This was before I even knew what embossing was and it is still a bit of a mystery to me.:(







Saturday, 14 July 2012

Sport at Craft-room

I really enjoyed Wimbledon this year and I will be following lots of tennis at the Olympics so I decided that tennis was to be the sport for me to enter a card for the Craft-Room Challenge


There are lots of the pattern images online and I loved this Butterick one.

The backing paper is from a craft magazine.The heart paper is the top layer of part of a serviette and I used the other two layers of the piece to make the simple flower. Distressed around the edges of the image then layered in on some card with a bit of a sparkle though you can't see that on the picture. The faux ribbon is from a magazine and the sentiment I made in Paint Shop Pro

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Out of a Hat Challenge 16 Twinchies

At Out of a Hat Creations this week we have Twinchies as the Challenge.

I had to look up Twinchies as I wasn't sure what they were when they came out of the hat but it is always nice to try something different I think.

I'm am sure you will want to visit Florence  Sandra  and Janet to see what they have made for this challenge and also don't forget that for the whole of July if you enter in a challenge at Out of a Hat you will be in Janet's Hat for a chance to win the Tando Prize.


I made the twinchies with eggshells which is a technique I have never tried before. There are lots of tutorials online and all seem a bit different so I used them as a guideline then did my own thing.

The background is a piece of corrugated card from a packaging box. I emulsioned it and while it was still wet added alcohol ink drops and worked them into the background. Distressed a page from an old book for the next layer-then some gold mesh and lace-all finished off with a feather, buttons, copper wire,a stamped quote and a bracelet that was too small for me to wear. The butterfly stamp is one from Personal Impressions

Egg shell techniques.. All are similar in that you stick on eggshell -add drops of alcohol ink which spreads out on the eggshells-then coat with something to seal the whole thing--I just used some ordinary clear varnish.

 The round ones have ground pieces of egg shell to fill in the spaces, the twinchies I just added bigger pieces and left the rest blank as it was thick card and absorbed the alcohol inks and the varnish.



Blue at Addicted to Stamps

I seem to having a blue fest at the moment so couldn't resist the challenge at Addicted to Stamps again this week as it is anything blue.

Here is the card I have made for the challenge. I used two of the stamps from the Chocolate Baroque sheet Punky Romance which I just adore. The sentiment is from a very old stamp set by See D's-not sure who the wooden butterfly is made by--I wish I knew as I have two boxes of leaves and butterflies that I sent for ages ago but I forgot to save the labels. The background paper was from a magazine and I made the little felt flowers with the help of a Marianne die and my trusty Cuttlebug.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Summer Days at Sugar Creek Hollow

Well it certainly isn't very summery here in the North East UK but nice to be able to make something to remind us of Summer Days. The challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is to do just that so I made a card with something I always enjoyed doing when I was kid. Bike rides in the summer holidays meant adventures for me.


I used a big sponge swirl for the background then distressed the edges with Rangers, broken china, distressed ink. The image was a free digi image which I painted in pale shades. The circles are cutout of a paper tray cover.  That's about it really apart from lace, ribbon, buttons and a die cut flower

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Artful Times -Mode of Transport

At Artful Times the challenge for the next 2 weeks is Mode of Transport. I noticed that 2 of the three samples were bikes and I had already decided to do a bike one as well--looks like bikes rule so far lol

Not decided if this will be added to a card or just stay as a canvas but I just had to use my new Chocolate Baroque, Punky Romance Stamps on something.

The tandem wasn't one of the stamps-I got it at A Surcee Life where Cathy shares some digital images.

I made a background with Big and Juicy Waterfall and ditressed the edges, then printed the tandem onto it. Masked the tandem and lightly stamped over it with one of the Chocolate Baroque stamps-a bit of dodgy stamping by me but I think it adds to the effect. Then I used other stamps from the same set to add some finishing touches. There is so much on this A4 sheet of stamps I will be able to use them for weeks and not repeat them. I added the cog stamp to the middle of the wheels to make it look more Steam punk. Just did simple text in my own printing.

Thanks for the challenge Artful.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Out of a Hat Challenge 15- travel postcard

Here we are on Challenge 15 already-time flies when you are enjoying yourself doesn't it?

This week at Out of a Hat Creations we have the challenge to make a Travel Postcard. I didn't know where to start at first but my ideas seem to evolve once I had started and then I didn't know where to stop as usual
Do go and see what Janet, Sandra and Florence have made for the challenge as we all love to hear from you.

This week sees the start of Janet's special prize which will last all month so do go to Out of the Hat to see how you can join in and have the chance to win.


This is a postcard size with smaller postcards on it, all of places that we visit regularly and not too far from us. The little postcards are made from our photographs

I started off with this photo of some old suitcases that I took at Grosmont at the steam train station Then I used a simple programme to change the photo into a digital stamp and printed it onto a background that I had distressed with various colours of ink, then coloured it here and there in 'old suitcase' colours.

Should have stopped there really cause it looked different but you know me----


I added 2 strips of elastic and coloured them

Then I printed out lots of our photographs in smaller sizes like postcards and tucked them under the elastic.

Imagine what would would happen to this if I sent it by Royal Mail :(   It will fit neatly into an envelope though :)

Stamped some text and stuck on some bits and bobs of around the world to show that there is somewhere outside of Yorkshire lol and we do have airports here.

You are welcome to join us with your take on the Travel Postcard Challenge.



Christmas in July

At Addicted to Stamps this week we are challenged to have Christmas in July. I must say I was a bit stuck as to how I would make anything for this as I haven't got much at all that is Christmasy at the moment. After a bit of searching I found a few things

The reindeer my daughter made on her 'magic' sewing machine', the little trees were a pack from a company called Craftime-the snowflake buttons I have had for ages-same with the flowers. The Merry Christmas was a free digital download.