Saturday, 31 August 2013

Decorative lantern

This is a beautiful but quite complicated piece to make.  I bought the instructions and template from  cut and craft  but should warn you it is advisable if you don’t download them that you photocopy as it took me several attempts of some pieces before I got it accurate enough to make the actual part.  The instructions are ok but I personally found I had to read them a couple of times, but that is probably because I didn’t read them through before starting and tried guessing at the next steps. 

The only thing you require for this project is strong Double sided tape, scissors, a craft knife and lots of patients.  I will display pics of the lantern as it progressed. 

There are poinsettias included in the templates but I’d have enough of cutting by then and chose to die cut mine and then coloured them with pro-markers and added glitter.  I stamped the holly and cut it painstakingly out.  For me the final touches of detail are always the best as those are the bits I enjoy the most, I’ve also strategically placed them so that they cover my poor cutting or gluing. 

The shapes are fairly easy when you think about it reflectively, the stand it's hung in is merely a few triangular prisms and octagonal? My maths including shapes is awful sorry! sections with a few flaps to glue together to make the shapes, this is the easiest bit.  However the lantern roof is slightly more complicated but again as soon as you see the shape you will know how it fixes together.  What's difficult is working out how to hold things together whilst glue dries and which way around the shapes go.  I realise that the price means it is a considered purchase but one that is well worth it.  This isn't my first template and I do admit to loving all the ones I have used.  

Sorry there are a lot of pics, but I wanted to show as many stages of this project as possible.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam

Hey everyone, sorry to say it's back to me this week.

To make this you will need:

800g rhubarb trimmed and chopped
500g strawberries hulled and halved if large
juice of 2 lemons
1.2kg of Jam sugar


Pop the sugar and fruit with the lemon juice in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave for at least two hours but I prefer over night to allow it to macerate.
When ready place all the ingredients into the stock pot or jam pan and slowly heat to melt the sugar then bring to the boil and keep boiling for at least 15 mins, after this you can test for a setting point at regular intervals.

You will know you have a setting point when you take a teaspoon of the jam and place it on a plate, the jam will move like skin if you press it when the setting point has been reached.

If a white scum has appeared on the jam remove this and bottle in warm jars and seal immediately.

This Jam will keep for a year and tastes delicious on scones, bread and butter, in cakes or anyway you chose to eat it so it makes the perfect gift.  Personally I am not a jam fan but I fully admit I do love this jam.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Handmade gift wrap

Hi everyone, Shell here again this week with another crafty Christmas idea. This week I am going to show you how easy it is to create your own unique Christmas gift wrap. Of course this idea can be used for any time of year.

This is what you will need.

  • A roll of paper, this can be craft paper, lining wallpaper, Childrens art roll
  • a selection of stamps
  • A selection of inks
  • A stamping block
  • Scissors

The first thing you need to do is cut a piece of the paper to the size you want it.

Now you can get creative, pick some stamps to use and stamp your design all over the paper.

I have used the tree from the Gothic Christmas set from smeared ink which you can find here. I also used a greeting stamp from an Anna Griffin set.

I have made a video with this tutorial too if you would like to go and take a look.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Cute Kids Gift bag

Hi everyone, Shell here today with another cute idea. This time I am sharing with you a cute idea to make with kids. What you will need for this is:

  • A brown paper bag 
  • brown paint
  • plain card stock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • white, brown and red paper scraps
  • twine or ribbon if you want to tie up the bag
  • a black marker
  • a willing child
First off get your willing child...if they aren't willing bribery works well LOL (mine was willing) and cover their hands with the brown paint, poster paints are best for this as it might get messy and acrylics aren't really suitable for younger children. When the child's hands are covered with paint get them to place their hands onto the plain cardstock, make sure they press down hard so you get a full hand print.

While the paint is drying (and the child is cleaned up) you can start to cut out the circles for the eyes and nose then cut out some eye lids out of brown. On the white circles  use the marker to colour in the pupils. These can then be stuck down onto the paper bag.

When the hand prints are dry cut around them and stick them onto the top of the bag for antlers.

The bag can be filled with any type of goodies and makes a perfect gift for teachers and grandparents.

Don't forget to check back next Sunday for another fun Christmas idea.

Until then Stay crafty
Shell xxx

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Thank you Card Sets

Thank you cards aren’t regularly sent anymore but I like to send them and these are ideal for children to send to grandparents and other relatives.  You can of course make traditional cards but I wanted to be different so have used two different tag methods.

The first is the easiest.  On an A4 sheet of card I drew around a tag five times making sure one side was lined up against the other.  After cutting it out I used those lines to score down through and folded first to the left then the right so that the tags are concertinaed.  Now you’re ready to decorate.   You can use papers, ink, die cuts, embellishments or stamped images.  I used distress inks for the background and then I die cut the letters THANK and YOU from two different sets of dies then I adhered them using a quickie glue pen to the tags.  I then stamped images and coloured them using inktense pencils. 

For the second one I drew and cut out {you can use a die if you want} multiple tags and inked them with two similar colours of distress ink, then used a Stamping Dragon Deisgns sheet to pop a small embellishment picture on the tags. I made the tag box from scratch but there are plenty of templates you can use that are available on the internet.  Alternatively you don’t have to use a box at all just pop one or more in an envelope.  I Decorated my box and wrote THANK YOU on it, then on the tags I placed inside I wrote messages, “for” and what I wanted to thank them for.