Thursday, 11 September 2014

Craft for Craic - Something with Circles

This months post was to include circles... So I decided I wouldn't use paper on this occasion and i'd involve other family members.. so Mammy Flutterby came up with the pattern for this

I started by casting on 40 stitches. Knit one row, Purl one row. On the next row- knit one stitch, wrap the wool around the needle and knit 2 stitches together (If you want different coloured points on your flower - this is the row to change colour on). Purl one row, Knit one more row and cast off. You end up with something like this  

Bend it over so the cast on and cast off rows are touching and sew them together

When the sides are sown together - a natural curve develops 

Use this curve to stitch it as shown below 

Thats the basic pattern.
Obviously by increasing the number of stitches and\or rows the flower size will also increase.

 In the picture below the same basic pattern was used to create the leaves- but when sewn together rather than follow the natural curve, the two ends were stitched together and sewn in a straight line to create the spine of the leaf.  
     Once the basic pattern is used - have fun add buttons in the centre,  put a pin in the back and use it as a broach or scarf holder,  Attach the to a hair band or bobbin or just put them on a chain or ribbon and hang them from a bag

I did say that the family were involved in this blog post. I can take absolutely no credit for the next part but I thought you might like to see them as they fit perfectly with the circle theme. This gorgeous selection of 'cakes and biscuits' came all the way from Australia - a huge thank you goes to 'Auntie Flutterby'

The pattern can be found on the following link

Thanks for dropping by .. Now anyone for a cuppa and a treat ?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Fairies in Time DT- Fairy Party

This is my very first post for  Fairies in Time blog team and its been kindly sponsored by Dilly Beans

I used this gorgeous  image
Coloured her using watercolour pencils markers and promarkers.

I layered her up firstly on a piece of dark purple card and then a light green card. Using a piece of acetate I wrapped it round the front of the card. Using a bone folder I creased the edges so it would sit correctly  on the card. Its difficult to see in the above photo- so the one below may show it more clearly 

 Using some flowers from my stash, I shaped them and attached them to the acetate using some brads. I finally stuck the layered up image to a card amd finished off with some gems, leaves and flowers 

As always thank you for dropping by and please head over the Fairies in Time blog and see what the team have created


Monday, 1 September 2014

Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes September Challenge

Sisters of Craft  Challenge this month is sponsored by my buddy Vince at Crafty Moments he was asked, encouraged .... ok then plagued to do something special for us and I think he out did himself. His blog is a place of happiness so please go it check out, the link is above and you'll be glad you did.

To see the gorgeous butterfly and bird digis he created and how my fellow crafters used them just go to the SOC blog page (again the link is above). I used one of Vince's previous creations, he's called
Aloysius Sick Dragon digi and when you see him, you'll know why I just couldn't pass him
I used Vince's pre-coloured image and layered it up on diecut shapes. Using the smaller I die-cuts and same colour scheme, I printed and stuck the Get Well sentiment and attached it by means of a gold coloured chain. 
I created a small pocket between the layered up image and main body of the card- into that I slipped a well known cold 'cure'  

 From the side image shown below - you can see how the main card was created. I took a packet of tissues and wrapped an A4 sheet of paper around it, just to create a template- from that I then i made the final version of this. Naturally no creation is complete without a bit of ribbon, bling and a butterfly 

On a personal note - this is my last blog for Sisters of Craft :( ... Ladies its been a blast, thank you  for having me and building my confidence to believe I could do this.

As always thanks for dropping by and hope to see you back again soon