Birthdays :D

This week sees the birthday of my husband andΒ  wonderful step daughter Katie πŸ™‚

I had fun making a gift for Katie similar to a pin she had put on pinterest!

The owl touches on her Harry Potter obsession and my owl obsession so is personal to us both.

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Such a clever idea where you update your calendar each week with a dry wipe pen πŸ˜€

Here is her card . . .

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And here is her dad’s card . . .

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He has recently taken up walking so this digi stamp was just perfect.

Both images were from digi stamp boutique coloured in using pro markers.

And then there was the cake πŸ˜€

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The recipe called it a Jaffa Cake but really it was just a chocolate orange cake, possibly the best cake I have ever made πŸ˜€

I’d never even heard of a ‘ganache’ before I made this cake πŸ˜€

It went down very well!

I’ve also been busy on the phone sock front . . .

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I simply do not have time to work πŸ˜‰

Various cards

First of all I recently went to the wedding reception of a lovely young lady from work.

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The papers are from a publication called ‘The Paper Stack’ and the topper another wonderful purchase from Digi Stamp Boutique, what a lovely idea for a spring wedding.Β  The purples match the colours Lucy had on the day and the bird frame papers match a theme she had on her tables etc.

It was a lovely reception πŸ™‚

Then I had a play making some birthday cards using the gorgeous papers from Craftseller magazine.

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The main die I used is from a company called Go Kreate who were selling at a recent craft fayre at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.Β  A great fayre that only costs three pound to get in and has free parking!Β  Leaving more money for crafting goodies πŸ™‚

The birthday and butterfly die were both free with Simply Cards and Papercraft.

I have been busy practising my crochet and next week start a dressmaking course so I can get to know my sewing machine a bit better πŸ™‚

I have in my possession 184 4inch squares of Cath Kidston fabric ready to start making a quilt πŸ™‚

Back to work next week 😦

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More crochet!

Today I have produced two items of crochet that I’m well chuffed with πŸ˜€

Firstly I decided to make a scissor case and line it using my sewing machine.Β  I chose to do a striped case so it was a bit more of a challenge (I’m still quite new to crochet and have a lot to learn!)

I didn’t go out and buy the colours especially, I’m trying to use up what I have while I’m still practising, and here is the result . .

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I try to use my sewing machine at least once a week so I can get more comfortable with it πŸ™‚

I know the wool and lining clash but that’s the rebel in me coming out!

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The case is done in double crochet with a slightly ripply edge added.

Then I went on to make a ‘Fruit Cosy‘ which is used to protect a loose piece of fruit you may pop in your bag for a snack later in the day.

It’s an idea I found on the internet that included a free pattern!

What I love about it most is it only took me around two hours to make! Its proud owner has now took it off home to show off at college tomorrow, and that is the one and only Katie Cooke! My lovely stepdaughter, who always encourages me with my crafting and doesn’t mind looking like a geek πŸ˜€ Thank you my lovely xxx

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I already have an order for another ( thank you lovely stepdaughter Rachel πŸ˜€ ) and no doubt friends and family will soon be proud (?) owners also πŸ˜€

The reason I am trying out all these different projects is I plan to make a giant leap and do a craft fayre later in the year :S selling cards and various crochet items.

I’ll keep you posted πŸ˜€

Mother’s Day and Phone Socks

Today I have been busy creating Mother’s Day cards πŸ™‚

Still using my free papers from Craftseller magazine, my Sizzix die by Brenda Walton, a lily of the valley sentiment stamp and some flower dies from my stash.

I spent some time planning the inserts and cutting out the sentiment toppers first, which made it feel like the cards came together much smoother than usual.

Here are the results . . . .

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Another card using the same papers and a Sizzix heart die . . .

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Also, my phone socks are coming on nicely, these were made for my daughter and step daughter to give me some practise . . .

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This week I have made one which comprises part pattern off You Tube and part my own pattern. I decided to use double crochet, here is the part finished result, I haven’t decided how to decorate it yet for my lovely friend Pam πŸ˜€

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I’m really pleased with how the pattern has worked out πŸ˜€

Crochet smart phone cover :D

Using a fabulous tutorial on youtube:Β 

Learn How to Crochet Easy Cell Phone Tablet Case Cozy Holder (iPhone, iPod, Samsung, Smartphone) by Naztazia

as a guide I had lots of fun making this for my friend . . . .

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I originally had the idea from mooching about on Pintrest, a brilliant site for inspiration πŸ˜€

Oh my day’s how old am I?

Hi everyone!

Not so long time no see this time πŸ˜€

This weekend my beautiful daughters turned 21!! To coin a phrase I do not know where the time has gone πŸ˜€

To celebrate this event I made cards and cake πŸ˜€

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I got the recipe for this Red Velvet cake from my new favourite magazine Craftseller (issue 33). I don’t bake very often so was pleased as it was quite easy to follow and I had many compliments (and requests for me to make it again!)

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The cards I made were using free papers from Craftseller, a Brenda Walton die for the sizzix and a stamp from Lily of the Valley. I just love these papers and how they go together πŸ˜€

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My one daughter had a Puggle for Christmas so I couldn’t resist adding a personal pic to the inside πŸ™‚

We had a lovely family day πŸ˜€

Other stuff I have been working on are valentine cards using digi stamps from Digistamp Boutique . . . .

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I watched lots of videos on you tube to help with the ‘colouring in’ πŸ˜€

Today I am going to tackle crocheting a smart phone cover (I get so excited about these things it’s ridiculous!!)