Friday, 19 June 2015

Wall Hanging & Card

Today I have a wall hanging and matching card to show you that I have made as a baby gift.
I've only made three or four small weavings, but I'm getting faster and better at them (well, I think so anyway!). This one I wanted to be natural colours, and suitable for a baby boy. And I did a bit of experimentation too (I can't seem to do anything lately without trying something I haven't done before). And then of course I needed to make a congratulations card too, so I did it in matching colours. Take a look:
 I know the sides aren't perfectly straight, but it's not too bad! (I am getting better). And it's interesting, and more natural looking.
I like using natural sticks rather than a processed, perfect dowel as the hangar. And I stitched on his initials, to personalise it.
 I also stitched shell type beads in a random pattern on the side. I wanted to do some triangles in the weaving, and after doing the first one it looked like a mountain which was really nice, so I didn't do any more. (Just go with the flow - your project doesn't have to turn out how you had planned at the start, sometimes it turns out better when you make changes!)
 I did a few rows (in two areas of the weaving) where I didn't alternate the stitches, so the colour stood out more.
 I also stitched on a row of clear beads. They're not plainly obvious, so they add interest when you're looking up close or touching it.
 The card base was made using a triangle stamp I carved out of a wine cork. I have never made my own stamp before, but it worked really well. The pattern it produced was a surprise - it's better than I had imagined!
I used the triangle stamp and a congratulations stamp on the inside too.
Gifts don't always have to be purchased. If you have the time or resources to make one, I encourage you to do so. There are so many different types of gifts you can make at home, and they are very meaningful.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jessica T

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A bold Red & Green floral card

Today I have a rather bold coloured card to show you. It's not my usual colour selection, but I think it turned out really nice!
I chose a very brightly coloured red patterned paper, and went from there.
These big paper blooms are really lovely. They're topped with little pieces of what looks like sugar (but is little plastic bits). And I love the metal leaves.
Some decorative stitching in matching red brings is all together nicely, and holds it together too.
I accompanied the card with some handmade muffins and cupcakes.
Thanks for stopping by!
Jessica T

Cardboard Tube & Mist Background Tutorial

This is a quick photo tutorial for how I created a circles misted background for some card bases. 
1: Gather your cardstock, chosen mists, a cardboard tube, and a box to mist in.
2: Mist down inside the tube with your first colour
3: Mist with another colour and repeat
(I did two pieces of cardstock at once so I could overlap the tube on both pieces and not waste the mist)
4: To create the rings ("coffee stain circles") you mist onto the sides of the cardboard tube and let it run down to the bottom. If you didn't mist directly onto the cardstock in the steps above this will happen anyway!

5: Finish off with some mist splatters
 I repeated the process with different colour combinations. The cardstock piece below was used to make the card in my previous post (click here to see it).

My four completed card bases.

I hope this has inspired you to try something different with your own supplies.

Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

An elegant Pink & Yellow Card

I had a lot of fun creating this card for the Artfull Crafts May Challenge.
I utilised both the colour challenge and the toilet paper roll challenge for this card.
The colour challenge used this fantastic palette:
This is what my card front looked like after using the toilet paper roll and mists to colour it:
(you can see my tutorial here)
The finished result:
I used a paint chip palette as the base, the misted piece, a yellow butterfly, and light pink silk ribbon adorned with beautiful beads. I also hand stitched three clusters of mini beads over the card to tie it all together:
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

UPDATE: My card was selected as the Colour Challenge Winner :-)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Playing with Mists

I've had mists in my craft supplies for a couple of years, but don't really do a lot with them. I usually just do a few random splashes. So earlier this month I decided to have a play with some of mine.
I used a big bunch of cotton to make an interesting pattern and four complementary colours of Plain Jane mists that I used randomly to completely cover the 12x12 sheet of white cardstock. I loved the result!
And then I created a layout on top of it. I do need to add a big title, but it is 90% finished (and I thought I would share it now or it may never eventuate!!!)
And a couple of detail shots
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

As of Late

These days I see myself more of a "mother", "housewife" and "worker". Lately "hostess" and "CV writer" has been on the list too. But sadly "crafter" seems to have fallen all the way to the bottom.

I have had a couple of small craft projects lately. Not that I've photographed them of course. And I do hope to get a few more in before "chief house packer" moves to the top of the list.

I do appreciate everyone who stops by for a look, and I do feel bad for not doing new posts often. Bare with me. Keep popping in from time to time - you might be surprised! I will do my best to put up new projects when I can - when I can get time to do them, time to photograph them, and time to do a blog post!

Thank you! See you soon.
Jessica T

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Birth Announcement Layouts

One of my favourite types of layouts to do are those when a child is born. It is always fun when a new family member enters the world (yours or someone else's) and I love to do a layout of a picture of when they're only new and include all their personal details. Especially when it's not your child, those are the details you tend to forget, but it's nice to have a record of them for future reference. 
This layout is to be entered into the Artfull Crafts February Challenge for their Colour Challenge. This was the colour palette:
And here is my take on it:
 I included some mint green to match the colours in the photo. I loved using a whole range of pinks and floral in a layout, something I don't often do as I don't have a daughter myself. Her personal details are typed under the piece of spotty paper (they don't need to be available on the internet!)
 Lots of layers and dimension. The layout is made using the divine 'Sweet Pea' collection from Kaisercraft. One of my all time favourite baby collections.
 Alphas that have been in my stash for years! Queen & Co., I think. I loved adding the sequins as the dots on the 'I's.
The whole layout is layered on a piece of pale pink fabric-ish 'paper'. I really don't know what it is or where it came from. It's been in my stash for years and this is the perfect use for it! I love using old stuff out of my stash along with newer things.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Jessica T

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Preserving Memories of a Childs Favourites

Is there something your child always had with them when they were little? Have you preserved that memory in a scrapbook page?
Mine certainly did, and it is something that I have never done a layout about. Something so significant in his life is something I should preserve for later years, and something I finally got around to doing this month.
My layout is based on this sketch for the Artfull Crafts February Challenge, which also has the theme of Love which I based this layout on - my sons' love of his teddy, blankie and dummy at 21 months old.
Here is my take on the sketch:
I had fun misting the background with two colours - teal and aqua. It gives it so much more interest, as does a few drops of the mists so it isn't just a flat appearance.
I had some aqua cardstock that matched perfectly, so I used that in three areas. And my lace trim was also in the same colour. I mustn't use these colours often, as in my random stash I also had the felt heart paperclip in the same colours, and the felt stickers. I used a little pop of yellow, in a visual triangle around my photos, so it wasn't all blue.
Here are some close up shots:

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Jessica T

Thursday, 12 February 2015

My first post of 2015

Saying Happy New Year seems a bit late, but as this is my first post of 2015 I feel I should!
Wow, what a busy start to the year I have had. Crafting hasn't been at the top of my to do list - well, it has been at the top, I just haven't had a lot of time to do any of it. I've done a handful of off the page projects, and this week I did my first layout of the year. But the project I have to show you today is part of a baby gift.
I started with these yarns:
And created this:
And the finished project:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you like what you see. And feel free to link up a project of your own if you've been inspired by mine :-)
Jessica T

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas (Eve)

Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all have a fabulous day with family and friends - and if you cant be with them, then at least get some craft time!
And Happy New Year!
Thanks for your support in 2014, and I'll see you all again in 2015.
Jessica T