Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Midweek Papercraft Party (33)

Welcome to another papercraft challenge!

This week's theme is home and family - you're free to do whatever you like within that remit.  I'm loving the design team's work this week - but before we get to that, let me announce last week's winner:


Carol, please email with your choice of three digistamps as winner this week.

OK, back to this week and our Home and Family theme...

Emma at The Sparkly Fairy made this gorgeous cottage card (I think I want to live here - it looks so cosy and welcoming!).  I love the way the slates on the roof are different shades and look old!  Emma used the pretty cottage digital stamp for this card.

Teresa at The Fat Cactus used tea and cake and special friends digis to make this fabulous card:

Lynne made this gorgeous card from the new dog at the window digital stamp.  

Elina at Scrapbooks Crafts and Cards has made another gorgeous card - and full of detail, too.  She says she had great fun creating the stone effect on the house and pavement (sidewalk).  This is another new digital stamp - it's called Happy New Home and the sentiment is included.

I guess it's no surprise that dogs feature twice in a home and family theme - they're a huge part of many families!  Frezja made this gorgeous thank you card:

Last but by no means least, we've got Josie from Sew for Soul showing us that digital stamps are not just for papercraft!  She's used the sewing machine digital stamp to make a zipped pouch, superb for keeping a few sewing essentials (especially when you are travelling and taking along a sewing project or two!).

I love that fabric Josie used for the sewing machine, don't you?

We'd love to see your home and family themed crafts this week - especially if you've used digital stamps and even more especially if you've used a Handmade Harbour digi!  

Every week you get the chance to win three digital stamps of your choice - a perfect way to build up your collection at no cost!

To join in, simply...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Handmade Monday 163

Hello!  Welcome to Handmade Monday!

This week I have to say I am completely in awe of anyone who does a lot of quilling.  Now, I haven't quilled in many, many years - until this week.  I was asked by Craftseller magazine to make some 3D quilled items for a wedding.  How many coils of paper did I create?  I'm not entirely sure but it was in triple figures.  I don't think it reached four figures, though, thankfully!

I always enjoy a diversion and a chance to try crafts I don't normally do, but I have to admit to feeling slightly relieved when all the quilling was done!  This is a craft that really requires a higher degree of patience than I seem to possess. And it was quite tiny!  Here's part of the project sitting on top of the notes I was making so I could write up the instructions:

One thing I did love about this project was the chance to try something that is really quite traditional and play around with it a little bit for more up to date results.

Quentin news...

I ordered breakfast in bed...

Guide dog puppy Quentin has had his vaccination and is allowed to go out for walkies!  This was his first walk, this morning!

He's still not allowed on grassy areas (until his next vaccination) although he's OK to play in our garden.  So his walks will be limited to pavements (and of course shopping centres!) for a few weeks, which is OK because that still gives us a lot to explore and chance to keep improving those lead skills...

...although it seems he has his posing-for-the-camera skills perfected! 

Here he is having a rare moment of quiet...

And here he is waiting for that string of sausages to start moving again so he can pounce on them!

People keep saying "How will you be able to give him back?"  I don't really know how to answer that one, because of course I love him to bits already!   It will be a day of mixed emotions, that's for sure!

For now, though, he's sleeping soundly and it's over to you for Handmade Monday!

Friday, 11 April 2014

An Easter Basket for Mummy and Daddy

What's not to love with this project?  It combines paper, glue, chocolate and a small child!

I was sent some packs of Cadbury's Egg and Spoon Easter eggs to craft with, and my granddaughter Emily, aged 3, was delighted to get sticky in the name of Easter presents for Mummy and Daddy!  

Emily worked hard with glue and paper, and concentrated for such a long time on gluing and sticking.  

In fact, once the baskets were complete, she couldn't stop herself and added more embellishments with the scraps that were hanging around ...

She chose some flowery paper from my stash for the handles and we found some co-ordinating paper that had feathers on - perfect for a pair of pink chickens, we thought!

I did the cutting, and Emily did pretty much all the gluing.  She also spent a long time peeling glue from her fingers.  She enjoyed that part almost as much as sticking the paper down, I think.

The chickens are made from bits of screwed-up newspaper held together with sellotape...

Emily then covered them to make her pretty pink chickens... I added the beaks and the hairdo!  She added their eyes herself when the (rather generous amounts of) glue had dried.

I think Mummy and Daddy will enjoy getting their chicken and eggs for Easter!  And Emily was so engrossed in her crafting that she didn't once ask for chocolate, despite it being there in front of her!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Midweek Papercraft Party (32)

Hello and welcome to another papercraft party!  Our theme for this week is Home and/or Family!

Before we get down to creativity, let me announce last week's winner, who are:

Andrea and Joanne

Well done! You both win three digital stamps of your choice from the Handmade Harbour store. Please email with your choice of images.

Home and Family is our inspiration and challenge this week and here's what the design team has rustled up for you...

I love this card by Lynne - the way just one of the houses is coloured in is really effective.  The sentiment comes with the image - it's one of the new digital stamps only just released this week.

Rachel's card uses the same image and a similar idea with the sparing use of colour...

Aleksandra used the Cat in window box stamp - a fabulous, fun image for any cat lover and definitely conjuring up feelings of home and family!  A perfect image for this challenge!  That cat looks contented!

As usual, we'd love to see what you've been making.  By joining in, you get the chance to win 3 digital stamps of your choice from the Handmade Harbour shop.

If you use Handmade Harbour images, it increases your chance of winning.  You can buy digital stamps from the website, or you can get free digis to try them out!

OK, so it's over to you if you're playing along this week...

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Handmade Monday 162

Hello! Welcome to Handmade Monday!

I want to show you something one of my daughters made for me.  My oldest daughter has begun papercutting and is loving it!

She made me a gorgeous whimsical personalised papercut for Mother's Day - this house has chickens (complete with cute chicken coop) and a little dog kennel too! Oh, and with the name Quentin papercut onto the kennel!  The finished piece measures 6" square and is cut from one sheet of paper, so some of these details are really very intricate...her artwork is always highly detailed and precise, so papercutting suits her style, I think.

The papercut is mounted in a 3D frame, and in artificial light, the papercut throws shadows onto the colour at the back.  I love the effect.

I really think she could start selling these (she's got some health problems and is finding her current work, dog grooming, quite difficult as it's very physical work at times).  What do you think about her papercut?  If you have any comments, I'll pass them onto her!

Quentin Update:
Guide Dog puppy Quentin is learning to walk on the lead.  He's not allowed out where other dogs are for another week yet, but I can walk him on the driveway and in shopping centres.  The support from Guide Dogs is really good - I have a lovely and very helpful Puppy Walking Supervisor who gives me lots of tips and techniques for getting him to do things.  He's got a long way to go as far as lead work is concerned - but I was thrilled when one of the techniques meant he trotted nicely by my side instead of pulling! In case you're interested, the trick was having a lure (a toy or tiny treat) in your hand, near him but just out of reach.  He gets to play or gets the treat during or after his short walk!

Having plenty of chew toys and tug toys is proving essential!  Luckily, Quentin isn't too bothered about what they look like and they are easy to rustle up from old jeans and T-shirts.  Ideas for more handmade puppy toys are playing around in my head just now...

Of course, all that lead work and playing makes a boy tired...his gentle snoring and muffled sleepy woofs really make me smile!

How has your week been?  If you would like to join in with Handmade Monday, you're very welcome...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Midweek Papercraft Party (31)

Hello!  It's time for another papercraft party!

This week our theme is Spring or Easter!

We've had some gorgeous spring weather here in Cheshire, UK, although it's a bit grey again today!  I love spring when everything starts to grow again - blossom on the trees and daffodils lining the roads!  So I'd love to see some cards with a spring feel!

Last week's winner is:

Laura Le

Well done!  Please email with your choice of three digis from the Handmade Harbour shop.

As always, I love seeing what the design team has been making.  Let's take a peek...

Teresa made a gorgeous Easter gift bag.  I love this - so pretty!  Teresa used the cute bunny with flowers digi for this (the sentiment with lots of love at the top of the gift bag comes with the image).

Elina went outside the box with this project! She used the Cute Easter Chick image and mod podged it onto a plain puzzle base. She thought this would make a cute Easter gift to put in her daughter's basket this year. She loves doing puzzles! The two pics to show the puzzle before it was completed and the finished product.

Emma at The Sparkly Fairy used the stripey chicken stamp to make a lovely Easter card! 

Josie has wowed me again with her digital stamps turned into super cute little egg cosies!  These egg cosies will be perfect for Easter celebrations and gifts - I know Josie has made a lot of these! Josie adapted the owl waiting for Santa digi (one of the great things about digital stamps is how you can alter details quite easily) and the flower is from the flowers on the hill stamp.  The butterfly is from the butterflies and hearts stamp.  If you love raw edge applique, you'll love Josie's blog!  Aren't they adorable?


Frezja's card makes me think of spring - lovely bright flowers and sunshiney colours!  This is a card that would brighten anyone's day!

Have you had spring or Easter in mind with your papercrafting projects?  We'd love you to join in the party if you have!  Just leave your link below, and enjoy browsing the other links!  There are digital stamps of your choice to be won every week!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Handmade Monday 161

Welcome to another Handmade Monday - and Happy Mother's Day to mums in the UK! Today is Mothering Sunday here in the UK (to give it its official title).  I think the rest of the world celebrates Mother's Day on a different date (but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).

One of the great (but occasionally very weird) things about designing projects for magazines is the peek into the coming seasons via the craft medium.  This week I've made summer-themed cards for Craftseller

and although I know summer is on the way, this made it feel more real, somehow!  As soon as I saw the summer tag (it's on one of the free papers they'll be giving away with the magazine - they send me the papers to make the cards for them) I knew I had to include it!  It's a lovely spring day here in Cheshire today and it makes summer feel close by.

In Guide Dog Puppy Quentin news... well, he's had his first bus ride without any problems at all.  He's continuing to behave himself in shopping centres and supermarkets, although that might all change once he spends more time on the floor than in my arms (which isn't far off - he's definitely growing fast and my arms won't hold out much longer!).

He loves going for little walks on the lead - which up to now are just up and down the driveway.  I can't wait to see his reaction when he's allowed to go further (which won't be until he's been vaccinated).  It's hard to imagine when you see him wandering, pulling on the lead, sniffing everything and picking up stones that he could one day be guiding a blind or partially sighted person around busy streets.

It's over to you now for Handmade Monday...