Friday, 6 January 2012

Fabric Friday

Aren't these bookmarks so cute! I always seem to have two books on the go and yet my bookmarks always consist of a reciept or scrap of paper. I thought it was time to actually have a bookmark that I was proud of! I've made quite a few of them for birthday presents for friends and family. They are nice and simple to make. If you like straight lines in your sewing, then a sewing machine would be good (if you sew anything like me anyway!) but it's not essential.

You will need:
  • Fabric cut to 4″ x 8″
  • Fusible interfacing cut to 3.75″ x 7.75″
  • Fabric strip for flower cut to about 1.25″ x 42″
  • Coordinating thread and sewing machine
  • Fabric glue
  • Coordinating button
  • Needle and thread
  • An iron!

I got the instructions for these cute bookmarks from Little Birdie Secrets.  The fabric is, of course, from Stampin' Up! The best thing about the fabric bundles is that you get three fat quarters of co-ordinating fabrics which takes the worry out of picking matching fabrics and you can even use Stampin' Up! buttons for a perfect colour match.

    Thursday, 5 January 2012

    Christmas past

    I think this is probably the last week that I can get away with using my new Santa mug, so whilst I was still in the festive spirit I wanted to share with you the lovely handmade cards that I received from my friends this year. Notice how they all use Stampin' Up! products! Thank you all!

    I also wanted to share with you these cute little table favours that we had on our table on Christmas day. The children all had the Santa pillow boxes with a couple of Quality Street inside them. The cute birdhouses are made using the mini milk carton Big Shot die. This is such a versatile die and perfect for putting a quick gift together.

    Right, that's it for Christmas cards but as I am still scrapbooking my Christmas photos I will be back with some layouts later next week.

    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    Spring Mini Catalogue Blog Hop!

    It's time for another blog hop! There are so many lovely new goodies in the Spring mini that a blog hop is really such a fun way to see some of them and to get inspired! I always enjoy taking part and seeing all the wonderful designs that the talented demos on In Love With Stamping come up with.

    Click here if you'd like to see some of the gorgeous new products available. As always, if you'd like to place an order or want a copy of the catalogue then please contact me.

    Welcome, if you have joined me from Hayley's blog.
    Aren't her designs gorgeous?

    I just love Spice Cake and was so excited to see it in the April mini. I immediately wanted to scrap a layout with it and was inspired by one by Megan Hoeppner. I hope you like it.

    I didn't want the embossed letters to be too shiny. I initially covered the chipboard in chocolate chip ink before covering in versamark and then the gold embossing powder. I rubbed off some of the embossing powder and didn't fully heat in patches to give a slightly distressed look to them and to let the chocolate chip show through in places.

    Spice Cake DSP 124003
    Spiced Paisley stamps w127155/c125817
    Spice Cake Designer Fabric 124066
    Just Perfect Alphabet 115358
    1 ¼" circle punch 119861
    1/2 circle punch 119869
    Distressing essentials 118762
    Gold embossing powder 109129
    Versmark 102283
    Soft Suede ink pad 115657
    Crumb Cake card stock 121685
    On board Alphabet Soup chipboard letters 119239

    Thanks for taking the time to visit, and do leave a comment if you can - it's nice to know you've stopped by. Now it's on to the wonderful Kate.

    Here is a list of everyone who is taking part.
    1. Alison P -
    2. Daisydaye -
    3. Sarnie -
    4. CarolynUK -
    5. Tracey R -
    6. Kara M -
    7. Hayley (craftydevils) -
    8. Emma_H -
    9. Kate -
    10. Theresa M -
    11. TinaFaghy -
    12. Donna M -
    13. Laura -
    14. Charlie -
    15. Sara ( -
    16. Leanie -
    17. LittleBeckie (Beckie) -
    18. Jayne (charliemenace) -
    19. Julie H (craftybug) -
    20. Fiona W -
    21. Natalie -
    22. Rozelle (LittleMoo6) -

    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    January Scrapbook Club!

    Most of you probably know my love of scrapbooking by now, and this year I've decided I want to catch up on all those photos that are waiting to be scrapbooked! So with that in mind, and after requests, I am starting a scrapbook club! January's class will be a Christmas one and we will be making two layouts.

    Date: Tuesday 17th Jan
    Venue: my house!
    Time: 8pm

    An email has gone round to everyone who is on my email list but if you'd like to know more than give me a call or drop me an email. Sign up is by Friday 5th January. Sorry about the short notice but I hope some of you will be able to join me.