Saturday, 25 May 2013

Notelet card sets

Notelet cards are blank inside allowing the sender to write a short {or long if they are like me} message or letter. Not everyone is interested in vintage communication as I am but it also offers a great personalised way of dropping someone a note to invite them for coffee or to let them know you are thinking of them and want to make them smile.

For this gift you will need any variation of the following

  • Stamps of your choice
  • Colouring medium of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape and possibly tacky glue
  • Paper
  • Card Blanks
  • Envelopes
  • Ink and if using distress inks the applicator of your choice
  • Stamps or printed sentiments
  • Pinflair or glue gun and glue
  • Embossing folders 
  • Embossing machine of choice
  • Any premade embellishments you may want to use
  • Ribbon
  • Dies for cutting shapes

To make these cards all you need to do is:

  • Stamp and colour images
  • Cut out/around images
  • Matt and Layer {placing slightly smaller sheets of paper on top of one another} or use just one sheet of paper to back a card {it needn't cover the whole card} 
  • Adhere your stamped image to the card
  • Print/stamp and cut out your sentiment and adhere to the card
  • Add any embellishments e.g. ribbon or gems etc


You do not need to use premade papers for backing your cards. I have used cheap white cardstock on some which I have run through an embossing machine using a variety of embossing folders and then used distress inks to detail the embossed areas then used this as my backing paper.  You could also use distress inks and stamps to create your background, the only limit is your imagination.

I would also like to highlight that decorating the envelopes is not necessary but in this instance I stamped a sentiment in the corner of the envelope...I got a little carried away.

Here are a few photos to give you some examples of what you can do to make notelet cards.  In order to turn these into gifts simply bundle half a dozen together with their envelopes and tie with ribbon.  They can then be wrapped, or if you wish put in a box or bag you have either bought or made.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Easy Xmas Cards

Throughout this blog we will discuss the many ways of making xmas cards but this post is about easy and cheap, using up old supplies.

To make these cards you will need:

  • Joanna sheen xmas cd
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Scrap or whole sheets of old xmas or wintery or xmassy coloured paper
  • Card blanks
  • Distress ink
  • Xmas Sentement stamp
  • Stazon ink
For the first one I scrunched up a half used sheet of paper, ran a walnut stain distress ink over the creases having unballed it.  Glued it to be my card blank and adhered my xmas topper to it.

For the other cards I have literally used up some old papers.

Cut out your toppers and papers to fit your cards, the paper does NOT have to cover the whole card.  Glue onto the card using double sided tape and that's it your card is complete.  It doesn't take long and uses up all those half used supplies.  I have decorated my envelopes in a way too, in the bottom left hand corner I have stamped a simple greeting for the season using stazon ink and a sentiment stamp.

Here are some pics of my cards:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Chocolates are always a welcome gift at Christmas the season of over indulgence and these are simple to make.

You will need:

A silicon mold
Various chocolate {dark, white, milk} {you can use the cheapiest or most expensive chocolate it makes no difference to the end result}
A heat proof bowl

To make the chocolates:

  1. melt the chocolate in the bowl over a pan of water
  2. At this point if you want a decoration on top the chocolates place it in the bottom of the mould
  3. spoon chocolate into mould {at this point you can hide a surprise in the chocolates, nuts or fruit}
  4. leave to set, if essential this can be done in the fridge
  5. Pop out the mould and put into cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for a quick easy gift.
Here is a pic of some chocolates I've made:

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Altered Bird House

This is an indoor bird house but you could paint it up to be used outside just make sure you use waterproof paints {ask at a DIY store} and hang it outside.

To alter this birdhouse you need:

  • A bird house {available from many craft outlets}
  • Distress inks
  • Stamps
  • Scissors
  • Colouring medium
  • Glue
  • Gesso
To make the birdhouse you need to first cover the wooden birdhouse in gesso this will help make the ink a more vibrant colour and is a mistake I made when altering mine.  Then using your applicator of choice {I use inkilicious ink brushes} apply your choice of colour{s} of distress ink to the bird house.  

NB: you may need to add multiple layers of ink to build up the colour

Then stamp and colour the stamps of your choice if you wish to add embellishments.  I used leaves and a bird.  Now cut the stamps out and using either a glue gun or pva glue adhere the stamped images to where ever you want them.  

Here are some pics of mine.