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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Thank You Tag Tutorial


I am always in need of Thank You cards or notelets for one reason or another and, when I can, I like to have a go at creating my own handmade ones.  This was the finished result from my most recent attempt.

 Let me share with you how I went about it.  Firstly I cut a piece of pale blue card 15 x 8 cm which I then trimmed to make the tag shape.

I then rounded off the corners using the corner trimming feature on my paper trimmer.
Next I cut a small piece of bubble wrap and using an Airondack Denim Blue inkpad stamped across the whole of the tag to create a lovely speckled/blobby effect.
Then I went on to cut a smaller piece of blue card measuring 10 x 7 cm in size.  I used my corner trimmer to round off each of the corners.  Then I used Clarity Stamp Alium 2 with a Versamark pad and stamped these overlapping across this piece of card.
After that I used Perfect Pearls powder (Perfect Pearl shade) and brushed this over the stamped aliums to create a lovely delicate background.
Then, using a Black Archival ink pad I stamped a simple Thank You message at the bottom of the card.  I used Clarity Stamp's Thank You clear stamp to create this.
After this, continuing to use the Archival ink pad I stamped another alium across the card.  I used another Clarity Stamp for this.
Finally I used some foam pads to attach this to the bubble wrap printed tag.  I hole punched the end and will add some ribbon.  You could use brad here as an alternative.
I am sure I will be sharing further Thank You related tags or cards in the future.  Please share your own ideas as I am always looking for ideas.
Bye For Now
Von x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Crochet Blanket a Long Update


     Gosh! Everyone back to school and it has been manic! Not had much time for crafts but the routine is beginning to settle so hopefully I will be able to find a few minutes here and there.

I have been busy with the next step of Zooty Owls Blanket a Long and have now made a further four large granny squares.  I followed the next step on Zelna's blog to make the Tic Tac Toe squares which I am quite pleased with.

So I am gathering quite a stock pile of granny squares now for my blanket.

Now for the next step.....
I will keep you informed of my progress.
Bye for now
Von x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Parcel Cake

It was recently my brothers 31st birthday and we had lots of fun with a party at our house.   We threw a game of apple bobbing in the afternoon and that gave everyone a few laughs.   
I mentioned in an earlier blog that I was going to make him a cake and I did.     I wanted to have a go at doing a tiered cake so that I can start to practice at getting my icing nice and smooth and make sure that I can stack layers on cake on top of on another.  

I have had several attempts at making novelty cakes but stacking cakes is very different.   I need a bit more practice but this was the finished result ....


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Blanket Crochet Along - The Next Step


Just a quick note to let you know how I am getting along with following Zooty Owl's Blanket Along.  I am making good progress at the moment and have managed to complete the second step in the blanket making.  This step involved making 10 smaller squares you will find the instructions for these here.  I must say I have really enjoyed this step and found the smaller squares very quick to crochet.  Here is a photo of my squares so far....

Must go...crocheting to do! Next step is four large squares...

Bye For Now

Von x