Hi Everyone – what a week here! Coldest weather in decades – my kids got to play in snow and I am showering this evening in case my pipes are frozen again in the morning and I have to wash in a basin again! Snow Pictures – because it’s such a novelty! No – this is not my house! It’s our Cobb Cottage and it’s where the men who built our homestead lived in the 1860’s. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to spend a winter living here. Before all my North American friends fall off their chairs laughing at this pathetic amount of snow – this is BIG NEWS where we are!! Miss Nelly Flowers and Sparklets Last week I wanted to make a bunch of flowers for someone special who is due to have an operation – so I thought it would be a perfect excuse to try out the new Miss Nelly collection from Kaisercraft and some of their really cool new giant sparkly sticky things called Sparklets. I have cut the flowers using my Cuttlebug and Tim Holtz die. The whole bunch took around 45 minutes to make and they look wonderful. […]
Hi Everyone I have had three people ask me in the last week how I made these flowers so I thought I would share again! These old maps are beautiful and came from my MIL’s second-hand bookshop. They had been there for ages and weren’t in great condition so I decided to recycle them into decorations for the shop! You can easily see the progression in map-styles… I actually thought the differences so obvious in the maps would be reflected in the flowers – but they weren’t really – probably because I was a little tentative about cutting right into the middle, “business end” of the maps! These maps are made out of the most beautiful paper. Crisp, thin but very strong – perfect for folding! The index portion of one of the maps had some wonderful plain black and white text – so I made one of of that too (bottom left in the pic below) To mount them I hot glued them onto a lightweight bamboo skewer pressed lightly between the joins of the petals – as long as you hold it firm until the glue dries they will be pretty solid I wrapped some map paper inside […]
Hi Everyone A couple more Sassafras Lass ideas today. Here I have taken 2 previous ideas of mine and just given them a new purpose! Ruffle Flower Invitations These are fun to make and I am guessing would be a unique idea – especially amongst your non-crafty friends. Instead of giving out a flat invitation – why not think 3D! Your invite is sure to be a hit and what’s more – it will probably ensure that none of your guests forget the date.. It goes without saying that this idea can be adapted to any occasion and you can see my tutorial on how to make the flowers here. I have used the Indie Girl Collection from Sassafras Lass – it has some lovely printed paper and I have just printed onto the patterned paper and then used Spellbinders to cut and emboss the scalloped circles. Lachlan Memory Book OK – so this is just ANOTHER example of my folded mini – but I just love this technique and the 4″x3″ book that is produced is so perfect and small for slipping into a purse.. This one has some fun pictures of my son and all the things he […]
Hi Everyone. This week, the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown is all about making Home Decorations. I will be showing more of my projects later in the week but I wanted to get this tutorial up at the same time I posted on the AC blog! I am not really a ruffley (is that a word?) person – but these flowers are everywhere right now so I thought I would seek out how to make them. There are heaps of tutorials that all looked a bit complicated, so I broke out the hot glue gun and got to work! I have made these examples using the Kaisercraft Be Merry Collection and the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly Collection. Here are the Cosmo Cricket examples.. And last but not least – here is the tutorial. I would love to see what you come up with – and please let me know if you have any questions!
Hi Everyone I made these flowers this afternoon. It’s actually surprising how quick they are to make – to give you an idea – I made these in the time it takes for 2 “Dora the Explorers” to play on DVD.. You can also see these flowers made with maps here For those with no kids or kids over the age 8 – that’s about 50 minutes! It’s also the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month too – so a big HELLO and THANK-YOU to anyone who has donated in any way or helped fundraise for this very worthy cause. I have also attempted a tutorial for the first time! I have seen a few on-line for these flowers but I think this summarises the steps pretty easily. Would love some feedback! I have used the Cosmo Cricket “Jolly by Golly” collection from last year and I am going to put something similar together for the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown next month using one of the Kaisercraft collections. I used leftover papers I was not too keen on for these flowers – I can’t wait to make some using papers I really like! Having experimented with different numbers […]