28 April 2009

Crafty Jewellery

I love experimenting and making something out of hardly anything. Last night I had a play and made these cute rings out of the smallest pieces of left over fabric, recycled fiber filling and buttons. The ring bases I had in my jewellery stash you can get them for pence from jewellery finding suppliers.They're really easy to make. All I did was choose a button for the base - the same size as the motif on the fabric, centered the button on the motif and then did a running stitch about 1.5cm from the edge of the button. I added some filling and then the button on top and then just pulled the thread so it gathered around and then stitched back and forth to get rid of all the puckers. I used another piece of fabric stuck over the back to hide the stitching and then the glue gun to attach it to the ring base. Really simple!
Will defo be having a play with some more fabric/jewellery ideas. I love this necklace I made last year so I'm thinking I'll be making some more for this summer. These are sew simple too you just make a tube of fabric the same width as the beads you want to use and pop them inside the tube making a knot after each one. You can make the tube as long as you want but you need to at least double the length you want your finished necklace to be so you have enough for knotting.

xx Leo

25 April 2009


Quick card I put together inspired by this weeks DCM challenge, Supersize me! This week the dare is to use big big embellishments - namely paper flowers so I did use some of my hoard of blooms and layered up a few then used some fabric in the middle and carried on the layering making a button stack in the center.
All the goodies bar the blooms are American Crafts (cardstock, Thickers, ribbon and Craft Fair papers & Flair badge). Those fabric Thickers are my current obsession, they've duped the foam ones to be my favorite Thickers!

I've not updated with new stuff for a bit so I'll share some quick snaps...............
Another current retro crafty thing I'm loving - pom poms! I got a big pile of super delish wool from my haberdashers so I've been away making them, this one is about 1" across so I'm going to make more and make a necklace I think. The polka dot box is something that's sat on my desk inspiring me. The paper is one of a new set I've been designing for Crafty Templates - that's what's keeping me busiest this past few weeks!

Also wanted to share this....
It's the most super handy thing I've ever made because it keeps thread and needles together in one place! I saw the idea here and then adapted it to a jam jar so I could fill it with my bits of embroidery thread to keep with my needles. Super handy for sewing buttons on cards and LO's which I always am and if you are too I can defo recommend making yourself one :)
xx Leo

16 April 2009

Scrapping on the edge

I've not had that much time for crafty fun this past week but I did have a play at this weeks Scrap Like you Mean it challenge over on UK Scrappers. This week the theme is to 'Scrap on the edge'. I took mine a bit literally and picked out a photo I took from the edge of the Black Rocks in Derbyshire. I followed the 'high up' theme and picked out some clouds to use too. The stamp is from the Sassafras Oliver and Friends set and it's stamped all around the edge and then cut out to make a decorative edge. The cloud stickers are Sassafras too as are most of the papers, there is one little bit of October Afternoon cloudy paper in there too, Bazzill card and American Crafts Thickers that I've printed over with bubble wrap. The rest is leftovers from kits. I'm getting quite good at using up my leftover bits and pieces although as I'm using them up they do seem to keep piling up just as quickly - how does that happen??

xx Leo

2 April 2009

Another quick LO

I made this LO last night just playing around with some yummy papers. I've been printing a bunch of these kinds of heritage photos out to use for a mini book I'll be making for a birthday gift and I wanted to scrap a few for my own albums....

Papers are American Crafts from the 'Craft Fair' range, foam Thickers (Daiquiri & Lullaby) and a 'Flair' adhesive badge again from the cute 'Craft Fair' range called 'Made with love'. Cardstock is American Crafts 'Coffee' and Bazzill kraft.

It's lots more 3D in real life it's hard to show in the photo I keep using up all my 3D foam pads on my layouts when they used to go just on cards - weird how things change up like that!