Thursday, 28 October 2010

Trick or treat gift

I made trick or treat gift bags at school card club last week, using some brown Kraft envelopes. I used some Halloween gingerbread biscuits for the goodies inside, from Sainsbury's
To make the envelope gift bag, I first stamped the envelope with some scary images - spiders, skeleton arms and claws from Mad Rat rubber stamps. Then we scored the envelope and folded as in this tutorial here . I added the gingerbread biscuits and included a copy of the allergy information from the packaging, just to be sure. To close the envelope, I added a pumpkin die cut from this Brenda Pinnick plate from Sizzix and stapled it in place.
For extra decoration, I added a "trick or treat" tag which I made on word and printed out on to orange and purple scrapbook paper through the printer, with multiple pages per sheet to make them smaller (I did 2 pages per sheet.) You can download it from here.
I attached the tag by making a hole with my Cropadile and tying it on with string. What I forgot to do was take a picture of the ones we made and my prototype is a school and now it is half term! :{ I am sure you can imagine the finished article! The You Tube video link shows some other Halloween finishes too! TFLx
Updated since we went back to school! Here is the finished article!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Who's for a Christmas Countdown??

As you can see from the sidebar, I have hosted a Christmas countdown of 24 projects in 24 days starting on November 1st, for the last two years. I know I am not going to be able to make it as detailed this year,as I do not have the same amount of time available to me, but I have already identified 24 projects that I will want to have a go at, so this is my thought; I will post and idea, sometimes I will have pre-made it and have brief instructions and sometimes it will just be the idea for you to take forward in your own way. The projects I have ear-marked will be just as varied as before, it is just the step by step daily instructions, I wont always have the time to post. So pop back on Nov 1st and see the starting project! Just a teaser! Can you tell what it is yet??? TFLx

Thursday, 21 October 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! Lol!

December Daily on my desk, all backing papers done! Blue and pinky-red theme!
Ready to roll when December comes around!! TFLx

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

It's a girl!!

Just completed another nappy cake for a friend's baby that arrived last weekend. Was waiting to see what colour to go!! Welcome to the world Olivia! With love from me to you! TFLx
Remember my tutorial on nappy cakes if you want to have a go yourself! Here is another one I made! And here is my original inspiration!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Yay for autumn crafting!!

Today I decided to have some "me" time and make a little autumn project that I have been wanting to do for a while! I ordered Tim Holtz "tattered leaves" die from Cutting Edge Crafts quite a while ago and have not even it out of the packet! i liked the inspiration on the pack, of using old book pages and so I stuck some to some thin card before I ran them through the Cuttlebug.
I then used some distress inks in various colours to give the leaves some "fall tints."
I mentioned before about some Jenni Bowlin Halloween buttons I had bought, these I threaded on to embroidery thread or baker's twine and then knotted each one separately.
Somewhere on the web, and I just cannot remember where I saw it, I made a mental note of a picture frame with various dried leaves inside it as decorations. I had the perfect frame! It already had leaf decoration imprinted in the wood!
First I removed the back and the glass, so it was literally just a frame, then I threaded some orange ribbon through the eyelets on the back as if I was going to hang it up. From these ribbons suspended across the frame, I suspended all the leaves and buttons using some fine linen string.

I love how it turned out! I wish I could credit the original inspiration!! TFLx

Friday, 15 October 2010

Have you noticed???

The Christmas theme that is creeping up on this blog??!! I decided to make a start on my December Daily album, like the one I made last year. Although the initial idea comes from Ali Edwards, I do my own thing. I make my album ahead of time, using up items I have collected and repurposed. I like all the pages to be mixed shapes and sizes, it's a bit shabby chic! I salvaged the covers from last years diary so the basic size and shape will be identical to last years. Here are a few of the other things I collected to use!
The same usual suspects, of paper bags, old tags, plastic notebook covers, envelope and cards will contribute to this album.

Added to some large book rings, it is all ready to be covered in this years paper selection. Talking of which, I have decided to use some of my existing Christmas papers and have gone for a different theme, based on a fifties style blue!

This old K&Co glitter cardstock prompted the theme and I have tried to select various papers that have a blue theme with an odd red/pink thrown in! I also bought some K&Co Brenda Walton Christmas embellishments on sale in Florida and I will be using these too. I hope this album will be distinctive from last years. Anyone care to join me and play along? If you want to watch some video clips of last years albums, see here and here. TFLx

Friday, 8 October 2010


Cupcakes made with my new Kenwood Mixer! Why do we all make cupcakes all of a sudden?? What happened to good old fashioned buns??? These are twice as big and therfore twice as fattening!! Mind you, saves you eating two!! TFLx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

R.I.P Mr Kenwood

My Kenwood mixer died, quite spectacularly last Sunday when I was preparing a pudding for Sunday lunch. There was a loud crack, I thought I had been shot, then a smell of burning and smoke. Mr Kenwood is no more :(  It has been a trusty family member for many years, in fact it was a wedding present! I did toy with the idea of maybe treating myself to a Kitchen Aid instead as they seem to be be "de rigueur" these days, but then I did some swatting up and I realised that there were far more recommendations for the trusty English Kenwood than the American Kitchen aid and besides I have some attachments that would still fit. If I bought a Kitchen Aid, I would need to have a separate blender too! So I Ummed and I ahhed (if that's how you spell it!) and came to the decision that a new Mr Kenwood was the way to go! If this lasts another 23 years, that will be long enough!! So now I have this gorgeous looking baby sitting on my worktop and I can't wait to get started!!
It came with all this as standard and believe it or not  Amazon had it on a wow deal (£170 off) so I was well pleased! Cheaper than a Kitchen Aid too and I don't need a separate blender!! Happy Christmas (come early) to me!!! There is a lot of cooking gets done in this house, so to be without this baby was a tall order! By the way, that lower pic is from their advert and not a picture of my kitchen! Lol! Just need to clear out the cupboard to store all the bits and pieces. Got to be a page in this story! TFLx

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Happy World card making day!!

Made three cards from scraps for a challenge over on Studio Calico! I can craft, but I still don't do cards! Lol! TFLx