Handmade Flowers

A quick post today folks,  just wanted to share some handmade flowers I have made,

using a variety of dies that I have in my collection.

When I make a project using flowers, I often find that I need some form of filler flowers.  You know the rather

tiny ones just to fill a gap, or soften the look on the edges.

So I set about making some in the appropriate size that I wanted.  Then I made some slightly larger, then I added

an extra twist to some, then I inked all the edges….. and the list goes on!

I got rather carried away and ended up with a stack of flowers to save for projects in the future.  I really do get

sidetracked when I enter my craft room, it’s my happy place, and even when I do simply clean my craft desk,

or make a few dozen (hundred) flowers, I leave feeling relaxed and calm.

Now that’s what it’s all about.

Handmade Embellishments

Today’s creations are somewhat simplistic in design,

but stylish and a definite must have in your crafting armoury.  Yes we all need a wide variety of embellishments,

whether it be tags or toppers, sentiments or flowers. Us crafters need to have a

crafty stash of these essentials.

I often browse the internet looking at such products, then look at the price tag, and to be brutally honest….

I can make my own for a lot less money, and at least that way, I get the enjoyment out of creating them myself.

Another good thing about making your own embellishments, is that you can use up

you scraps.  YES!  Get out that bit box that I know you are all hoarding, and get creative.

Use dies and punches, that 3 inch piece of trim that you kept hold of,

those pieces of ribbon that were once attached to the inside of your pj’s!

Get it all out on you desk, have a good rummage and see what you can put together:))

 I used some corrugated packaging that I purchased from Poundland, many moons ago,

the doily that can be seen is a die from Dreamees, all the images are from my stamp stash, and all the other

bits and pieces are from my stash, ie-: ribbon and lace offcuts, sequins and pearls, handmade flowers.

Go ahead see what you can create :))

Love my Scan n Cut

I have owned my Brother Scan n Cut for quite some time now,

however I feel like I don’t utilise it anywhere near enough.  So today I decided to do a little stamping and colouring,

but instead of hand cutting, (which I would if it had been one image), I decided to let the Scan n Cut

do the work for me.  Whenever I use this piece of equipment, I can honestly say that I am in awe of it’s capabilities.

I took an A3 piece of card, ( roughly 17×11 inch) and stamped it full of images from Hunkydory and Dreamees, sat peacefully and

calmly colouring them all in, before placing them into the Scan n Cut.

I simply scanned the images in,  before it cut them out with a perfect 2mm border all the way around each image.

Absolute perfect cuts, every single time.

Although I don’t use my Scan n Cut to it’s full potential at the moment, I can honestly say that when I do use it…

it gets quite a good workout.

Here are some of the images that I cut out and they are roughly 1inch in size.

These will now be addded to embellishments and toppers, ready for use when I need them.

Happy crafting xx

Tom and Jerry

I have been spoiling myself of late, with lots of spending going on at Create and Craft.

They have had some fabulous products for sale, with some big name licences, one of which was Scooby Doo,

and another is Tom and Jerry.

Did I splurge and buy the kit?  What sort of  crafter do you think I am?  Of course I did!!! (ROFL).

The kit I bought was slightly smaller that the Scooby Doo kit, but still came with fabric fat quarters included.

I haven’t crafted much with this kit yet, but I did manage to make a couple of cards with it.  Nothing too elaborate,

but definitly fun.  Think I will have to send one of these to my Dad for his birthday….. he loves Tom and Jerry,

although it may leave him felling rather nostalgic for his childhood.

Do what makes you happy x