Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Cross Stitch Cards Kits

I'm getting really close to actually finishing all the free kits I have sitting in my craft room (after like 3 years of trying to get rid of them all!). I have a lot of Mollie Makes sewing type ones to do, that I never seem to find the time to sit down and do, and a few cross stitch ones that just seem to take forever and get looked over.

The reason I seem to avoid a lot of the free cross stitch kits is usually because the pattern doesn't interest me and I'm not too keen on spending that much time on something I don't love!

Last year I cross stitched some Christmas cards I had the kit for, but I just used whatever patterns I felt like instead of the suggested ones, and it worked so much better! I got the cards done in no time because I was super excited about making them, and it meant the supplies actually got used instead of sitting there forever.

I had two similar greetings cards kits from Cross Stitcher which I pretty much decided I was just never going to do with the provided patterns. I decided to look through X Stitch by Sarah Fordham for some awesome patterns instead and finally get those cards made.

X Stitch is one of my favourite cross stitch books as not only does it have amazing, quirky little patterns, it also features a lot of really small patterns, which are obviously super fast to stitch. And, there is very rarely any backstitch!

I managed to use a lot of the free thread I got with both the card kits, and also used a little of my own stash, and one stitching sessions later I had 7 lovely cards!

Excuse the fact the cards aren't folded in the pictures, but I couldn't get a good photo as they kept popping open!

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

They are super cute, worked up really fast, and I managed to get rid of two free kits in one session, which made me super happy!

I still have a couple of cross stitch cards kits left, two of which I actually like the provided patterns, and I'm not sure about the other ones yet! I may end up dipping into X Stitch again to get those bad boys finished!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.
  • Make things from my huge collection of craft books.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Tim Burton Adventure Time

It's been ages since I've drawn something. In fact, according to my sketch book, it's been since July! What! I love drawing but making the time for it can be a bit of a challenge. However, the other night I just got a massive urge and went for it once the little one was in bed.

Tim Burton Adventure Time

Tim Burton and Adventure Time! What a lovely mix of two of my favourite things! I found this image on Pinterest and you can see the original here.

I pinned a whole lot of other pictures I would like to have a bash at while I was on Pinterest, so I'm definitely feeling like I want to draw a lot now! Hopefully I can make a little time for it so it's not another six months before I draw something else.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Mollie Makes Envelopes

So when I finished making the wool cards I talked about in my last post, I knew I would have to make some envelopes for them so I could actually use them.

I also have two Christmas cards I made that also that never had envelopes due to their strange shape (a stocking and a Christmas tree), so they also needed something.

I've had an idea for ages to use the free papers you've been getting in the most recent issues of Mollie Makes to make paper envelopes, so I decided to give it a bash.

I did have a look for a tutorial on how to make envelopes but in the end I just winged it and basically made little paper pouches to fit each card. I taped the edges together with washi tape to make them look a bit prettier, and popped a pink label on the front of each so I could write on them no matter how busy the paper's pattern was.

When it comes time to seal them I think I'll stick down the final flap with either some more washi tape or a nice sticker!

Here's the front and back of all the envelopes!

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Yay, all my cards are usable now, so I can start dishing them out to people, though obviously the Christmas cards will have to wait a while!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wool Cards

Ages ago I bought a little crafty kit from Tiger which contained cards with pre-punched holes in them which you could then stitch wool through.

I thought these would be great as little birthday or thank you cards, as I always have a stash of them in the house for popping in with people's presents.

However, when I sat down to make them I realised that by cards they literally meant squares of card and not actually greetings cards! Doh! However, I still wanted to make them into greetings cards, otherwise they were going to be pretty useless!

It only took me an hour or so to stitch up the four cards in the box, but it took me a while to actually sit down and finish them as I had to run out and get a pack of A4 card so I could transform them into greetings cards.

I folded four pieces of card in half, attached the stitched cards with double-sided tape, and then decorated them with some happy washi tape, and woo hoo, I actually have some usable cards!

String cards

String cards

String cards

String cards

I'm sad this kit wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but happy I was able to make them into cards in the end! And I do think they look rather cute!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Pom-Pom Gift Tags

The other day I had a bit of free time, so I had a rake through my crafty kits basket and pulled out a pom-pom gift tag kit which I got in one of the Lucky Dip Club boxes a while ago.

I have to admit, this kit was actually really easy to put together, and is more of a customisation deal than actually crafting.

You get three different kinds of gift tags - circle ones which can be taped to presents, tag shaped ones, and little flag shaped ones. You could then attach pom-poms or punch holes in the tags and then attach some of the coloured twine.

I decided to use some of my shaped punches to punch holes in the tags to make them a bit more fun.

I also decided to leave one tag to be attached to a future present with the tiny clothes peg that came with the kit.

Lucky Dip Club gift tags

Lucky Dip Club gift tags

Lucky Dip Club gift tags

So, not the most difficult crafty kit in the world, but it is another kit that I've finished and ticked off my list!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.

Friday, 29 January 2016

More Sticker Magents

I'm so happy I finally found a way to use all the awesome stickers I have that I feel are just "too good" to actually use on paper, and that way is to make them into magnets!

I made a whole bunch of them a few months back, and I had another little pile of stickers waiting to be made into magnets, so I finally got around to it.

These were all stickers I got free with various things I bought. I do love a free sticker!

Sticker magnets

Some of the more interesting shapes with these ones meant the cutting out did take a bit longer though!

Sticker magnets

The magnetic back of my desk is now full of super awesome sticker magnets! Yay!

Sticker magnets

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Arbour Alphabet Flags Bunting

This make is the last thing I had left to make for Ivy, but I had to wait until she was here to see if she was actually going to be an Ivy, or if she was going to surprise us and be a boy.

The pattern is from What Delilah Did's Secret Garden Embroidery book. When I bought it I paid a little extra and got a little kit with everything you needed to make up the Arbour Alphabet Flags project from the book. It came with literally all the supplies, right down to the sewing thread and the waste canvas, which was great as it meant I could get started right away.

The designs were stitched on waste canvas over felt, using a number of embroidery stitches. I didn't notice that you were supposed to be using specific stitches to begin with, so had to do a bit of unpicking to get the daisy stitch looking like it should do, but I got there in the end.

I also think my designs are a little more squished than they should be, as I found it quite tricky to get my counting correct, but they looked lovely when I was finished, so I'm not too worried if I'm a square or two off in places.

Ivy embroidered bunting

Ivy embroidered bunting

Ivy embroidered bunting

Ivy embroidered bunting

I really love the colours for this project, and I love how simple it was but how effective it looks. The book says each flag takes about an hour to stitch, which I think was about what I managed them in, so it was actually a really quick project.

I've hung it on the end of her cot just now, though I may move it when she actually moves into her room, as I'm not sure how reachable the knots will be to her!

Ivy embroidered bunting

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.
  • Make things from my huge collection of craft books. 
  • Craft for Ivy.