Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Cuddly Bear


Here's another Whoopsiedaisy Design that the talented Sharon Gammon has designed.  

My younger son and his wife were expecting their first baby last November and I wanted to make something to welcome my seventh grandchild (!) into the world.

Sharon designed this lovely bear with his snuggle blanket as well.  As we didn't know the sex of the baby I had to go for neutral colours and I was struggling to find neutral fabric that co-ordinated in the local fabric shops when lo and behold, Debbie Shore came on Create & Craft and had this matching fat quarters set,  There are six different fat quarters all in neutral colours.  Perfect!  I decided to do teddy in patchwork too but I could have done it all in one piece of fabric. He is stuffed with toy stuffing and is lovely and squidgy!

I also used Minkie fabric for the front of the ears, his little nose which is heart shaped and the bottoms of his feet.

The blanket is quite straight forward although it took a while to work out where to put the squares!  The picture makes the blanket look a bit creased, but I promise it wasn't.  It was lovely and smooth!  I sewed the blocks together and then put a border around it. I backed the quilt in the lovely 'bobbly' Minkie, which I got from the wonderful Pumpkin Patch in Hailsham, East Sussex and also brought it round to do the edges too.  I then quilted along the seams of each square, sewing right through to the backing.  Sharon is a expert at putting quilts together and she helped enormously, showing us every step of the way, with the binding and quilting which is not as easy as it looks!!

Here are the two together.  Don't they look smart?  My son and daughter-in-law were very pleased and I don't think they were being polite!  They had a little boy called Rory and the quilt and teddy sit proudly on his little crib!  Brilliant.  Thank you Sharon.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Some more dreaded 'C' cards!!


These are some birthday and Christmas cards I made for my friends last year.  I had just bought the Katy Sue Designs of Fabulous Fashion and Fabulous Shoes CD Roms and loved them to bits.

This one is a birthday card I made.  I printed off the paper and the design from the Fabulous Fashion CD Rom.  I cut out and decoupaged the hat and hat stand.  I also used Craftwork Cards' Card Candy.

These two Christmas cards are printed from the Fabulous Fashion and Fabulous Shoes CDs.  The card stock is from my own stash and the hexagon topper has been raised using Collall Decoupage glue.

This one I printed off the backing paper from the CD and I used some Art Glitter Adhesive along the top of the boot and sprinkled it with glitter.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

All aboard!


This time I want to show you a card I made for one of my Australian grandson's birthday.  It was for his 2nd birthday.

I have used Jayne Nestorenko's Cute Companions Playtime stamps.  I love her stamps; I have to confess to having any of them!!  They are very cute.  

I stamped them onto card, painted them using my water colour pencils and then cut them all out.  I have used Collall decoupage glue to raise the pictures off the page. 

I was so pleased with the result I made another one for my grandson here in the UK.  After all it was not as if they'd compare birthday cards, is it?

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Christmas Crackers


These are some Christmas crackers I made at my sewing class.  Sharon from Whoopsiedaisy Designs gave us the patterns and they are very clever.  One assumes they are made using cardboard rolls but these do not.  One piece of the cracker fits inside the other one meaning you can put little toys, sweets, jewellery or anything small.  

I made six of them for my grandchildren for Christmas and popped little bits and pieces in there.  I thought they were a novel way of giving little presents.

This one is much bigger.  I would say its nearly three times the size of the smaller ones.  This one would be suitable to put on the table on Christmas Day as a centre piece.  This one uses much more fabric (obviously) and was a bit trickier to make.  Still it was worth the effort.

If you would like the pattern you need to contact Sharon on Facebook - look up Whoopsiedaisydesigns.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Thank You noteIets

A while ago I went to a crafting class with Gaynor and Anne.  I am afraid I don't remember their surnames, so apologies to them both.  They showed us how to make little card caddys with four notelets inside.

I was so pleased with them I bought the Sissix die to make the caddy and used my various stamps to decorate the note lets.  The little note lets and envelopes I bought from The Range which were just the right size to fit the caddy.

These were stamped using Stamp Doodles by Polka Doodles and coloured in using Promarkers.

And these used Katy Sue Designs called Fabulous Fashion.  I'm lucky enough to have both the CDs and the stamps.  These were also coloured in with Promarkers.

I made about 20 boxes in all for various little gifts for my friends and family and they were well received.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Monday, 21 September 2015

Door stops


I first saw Debbie Shore when she was demonstrating on Create and Craft.  She always made everything look so easy and she would make items in the hour, which I found very interesting!

One of the items made by Debbie Shore was a door stop in the shape of a cube, made with hessian and decorated with various ribbons.

This was one of my first efforts which I gave to my son and daughter-in-law.  As you can see its just decorated with different types of ribbons and some appliqué, anything you want.  

This was was made for my daughter and son-in-law.  Their colour scheme has green and purple in it and my son-in-law is a bit of a Goth (I think that's how you describe it) and likes skulls etc. but you can see how different it looks.

When my son and daughter-in-law were married, the people at whose premises were used were so helpful and kind that my son and daughter-in-law wanted a little present to give them to say thank you so they asked me to make an appropriate coloured door stop.  This was the end result.  Apparently they were over the moon about it, so I was glad.

To stuff the door stop I used ordinary toy stuffing and weighted it down with a rice envelope in the base.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Friday, 18 September 2015

More Whoopsiedaisy sewing

Hello, me again

I want to show you my cushion I made using Sharon's pattern.  Sharon gave us the appliqué patterns for all the flowers, birds and butterflies.  It did take me quite a while to do but I was very pleased with the result.  However it strengthened my belief I do not particularly enjoy appliqué nor blanket stitch!!  It has become quite a joke at class regarding my dislike of blanket stitch.

We started off with the appliqué and then went onto the border - this was made up with many small squares, using fabric to match.  We sewed each square into strips and then attached the strips using some wide ric rac to the appliqué square, adjusting where necessary.  

The little birds have some wadding under their wings to give some depth and texture and some of the flowers were made using little Suffolk puffs or curved petals.  Very effective.

The back was finished off using buttons and button holes.  Sharon showed us how to make button holes using the sewing machine and made it look so easy.  Which it is really once we knew how. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the back so I'm afraid you'll just have to imagine it!

Thank you for looking.

Liz x