Friday, 26 August 2011

Lavender Hanging Hearts

Quite often, people pick up the hanging hearts on my craft stall and smell them!  Alas they don't smell as they're only stuffed with Hollow Fibre stuffing.  I have been meaning to make some Lavender Hearts and finally got around to buying some lavender.

So here is my Lavender Hanging Heart, it is inspired by this post on Marmalade Rose's blog!

I have a policy of trying to use what I already have from my sewing cabinet, and luckily had some bleached calico and some white lace which was sent to me in a fabric swap!

They were very quick and easy to make and were very well received on my craft stall.

Sarah xx

Friday, 19 August 2011

Cute Embellished Tissue Holders

I had a week off work a couple of weeks ago, during that week I found out about a village event which was asking for stall holders for an upcoming event on the Saturday.  My craft stall stock was fairy depleted, so I needed something quick and easy to make a few of....  I have made tissue holders before, but was unimpressed with them - what they need is a bit of cute embellishment and co-ordination.

There are many tutorials out there so I adapted one and added a cute fabic yo yo and button to give that little something extra... This tutorial from Skip to my Lou is closest to what I did!

The lining is gingham to co-ordinate with the outer cover, and the yo yo made in the gingham too!

I then made 2 other colour ways - the pink ones was proved most popular!

I think adding the yo yo vastly improved this simple item.

Sarah xx

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Silhouette SD Envelope

Of course I needed an envelope to go with my birthday cards and found a free template to use.  The size of the card dictates the size of the envelope. My card was too big for an envelope cut from an A4 piece of paper, so after a bit of trial and error, I successfully cut one the right size from 2 A4 pieces.  I managed to join the pieces more or less at the fold of the base of the envelope, and I added perforated lines at the folds to make folding easier.

The end product looked pretty good!

Sarah xx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Silhouette SD Birthday Card

I had 2 friends with birthdays recently so, I'm of course I thought this was a great opportunity to try out making birthday cards with my Silhouette. I'm not a card maker but, I thought somehow this was going to be easy, I downloaded a template design from the Silhouette Shop.  Unfortunately the template didn't come with any instructions (there may be a general tutorial, but I'm too impatient to look).

Anyway, I cut the design the way I thought it should be and this was the result...

Somehow, its not quite right, I kept looking at the template and the picture of the design and wasn't quite sure how it was supposed to go together, it was quite fiddly and all the pieces had to be stuck individually, there is another piece which I haven't used here. I didn't like the paper I used either!

Then I thought I can design my own happy birthday message,  and use the template shape to border it....  This was the result, made with  metallic card.

This was closer to what I was expecting... So having done this I thought maybe, if I layer the border over the words, it would cut them out together...

I think I may have cracked it... although I re-sized the design to make it smaller that the actual card and have got the resizing wrong, I am much happier with the result although I'm not sure if this is totally the way the designer intended it to be.  And as this is for a female friend I added a Butterfly, also cut with the silhouette to feminize the card a bit.

I was very impressed with the Butterfly, it was a large template and I reduced it quite small, the silhouette coped really will with cutting the delicate bits.

I don't intend to make lots of cards, but with a bit of practice I think I could make a few fairly passable cards for the odd occasion!

Sarah xx