Monday, 24 March 2014

My Besties UK Challenge & Blog Hop - For Mum

Today we have a new challenge and blog hop launching today at MY BESTIES UK and this time its in the theme of  FOR MUM.... or as we say around here 'For Mam'

This little cutie was my inspiration - I thought she'd look adorable peeping out through a bouquet of flowers. Coloured with watercolour pencils, a little glitter added to the tip of her wings for a bit of glamour

I mounted her on a coffee stirrer and put her in among a half dozen tulips contained in a watercan 
 Not sure where got the template  for the watering can as it was hidden among the files on the laptop. To make the tulips I found a very easy to follow tutorial on line and have added the link :

Each side of the watering can has a different added detail including layered up flowers that were made from a combination of punches and dies and no project would be complete without a bow and a butterfly

If you are hopping with us then please follow the hop links below to continue with the next project.
We have 
5 digis on offer as a prize so to be eligible you need to hop and comment on all the participants blogs. You will be sent 5 halloween related digis as your prize.

You can still take part in the challenge theme too and be eligible for the blog challenge candy too - we look forward to seeing your creations.
Challenge Prizes!
The Winner -  will receive 3 Besties digi stamps of your choice from the ones used on the previous challenge 
1st runner up -  will receive 2 Besties digi stamps of your choice from the ones used on the previous challenge 
2nd runner up  -  will receive 1 Bestie digi stamp of your choice from the ones used on the previous challenge 

Blog hop Line up:
Gill (DT co-ordinator) -
Donna -
Jan -
Anita -

Carol -
Pixie -
Michelle -
Jenny -

Good luck if you are taking part in the Hop. Thanks for stopping by, and now I really think you should visit Michelles and Jenny blogs  - you know you want to

Monday, 10 March 2014


IMG213 - Swinging on a Star

 This months Bestie challenge  was flower power - I took IMG213 (Swinging on a Star) and I actually cropped out the star before I printed it.

 I took an A4 sheet of black card diecut it and embossed the righthand side of it, I then trimmed a yellow A4 sheet to use as an insert and die cut it also. My Bestie image was coloured using water colour pencils and trimmed to allow the image to appear as though swinging freely.

I took some co-ordinated yellow paper stamped and layered up the sun flower as the main flower image .
Finally I punched out the large butterfly and the tiny flowers, I inked the edges of each with various shades of browns and yellows and arranged them on the card

Friday, 7 March 2014

Craft for the Craic - Something Green

                                                                                                                                                                                   This months challenge was to create something green - I decided to create a matchbox book and yes I cheated, I used a large matchbox as my starting point, made a cover for it from stiff card which was then covered in a soft green patterned paper. For the sides of the 'book'  I searched online for some images of the side views of books. I then printed it off the image, trimmed it accordingly and glued it to the sides. I stamped and die cut the 'Wish' sentiment, die cut the tiny butterflies for pink tissue and finished it off with a green ribbon and tiny butterfly bead. Inside the cover the book has a 1st page

Insert of the book\ box opens- to reveal a wool doll book- mark. 

 Below are some photos that show how the doll was made ( Many of you may already know how but there maybe some who need a reminder). I started with a piece of card that was 4.5 inches long - this makes a doll thats approx. 4"   Wind the wool around the card as shown 
 Repeat until the 'doll' is about the correct width ( thats a personal decision)
 Slip the card out
 Wind the wool around the centre
  And tighten it
 Measure about 1/4 way down the shank and wind the wool around tightly - at this stage head and body have been created
 I feed the scissors through the wool, pulled it to straighten it out and tidy it up
 This part can be a bit fiddley - wool needs to wound around the top of the head ( about half way down the head) this allows for the hair
 At this stage, take the piece of card, wind the wool around it,ensure its slightly less that the amount used for the body - this can be used to make the arms
 Again wind some wool arond the middle
 I used the point of the scissorsto make a gap in the body
 Feed the arms through, as shown below
 Wind some wool around the end of each arm to create the hands, and  trim the ends so they no longer form loops but are free ended. This creates hair, hands and a skirt.
 If a girl doll is required leave as shown above and finish off by adding facial features, If a boy doll is required split the 'skirt' in two equal parts and wind the wool around each leg to create the feet
 For the boy doll I glued googley eyes and stitched a mouth, For the girl doll all the facial features were stitched. To finish off - I brushed the tufts, it fluffs them out and gives it a softer feel  
I think these a cute simple project to do with smaller members of the family- they can be made in various sizes, pop a pin on the back and use as a brooch, put a loop or chain out of them and attach them to bags or keyrings, Vary the colours and use them as team mascots. Just have fun with them