Sunday, 8 May 2011

I made things

So after my last post I did it - I made things. 
 A pretty napkin flower which fills my wooden bowl. If you love flowers and blooms and the bigger the better then go and check these beautiful ideas at Made perfect if you're planning a wedding or summer party. My flower is made using the wallflower tutorial. I can see them springing up (or should that be blooming) all over my house.

I always have cards to make and this one was inspired by a design featured in the May edition of Craft Stamper magazine using the free stamp. I'd made the background some time ago and thought it would make a good background the balloon. I think I might some more backgrounds ready to go for when I'm stuck for an idea. This one is a mixture of book pages and stamped images all torn and stuck to a cardstock square before being gessoed.
Next week I'm off to Scrap-a-mia, am I excited? Just a little bit, not least because I get to see Sonja and Michelle. Everyone gets sent a die cut shape to make into a name badge. Mine just happened to be cut from canvas ideal for the addition of felt onto which I handstitched my name and added a bit of stitching around the edge. If you're wondering what the crushed olive reference is that's the group I've been put in, just so I don't forget. I wanted to try and fit some paper flowers on and they do - just. I found some felted balls that I'd made and added some seed beads to them and finally a couple of beeswax butterflies.

This week I was enticed into buying a chipboard spools kit from 3D Jean I love all things sewing related so I have a few ideas rattling around my head of how to use them. I couldn't wait to crack them open and this is my first one. The little stamped doll is part of a larger stamp that also came from 3D Jean but sold out pretty quick. I bought the large button recently from a local shop where the shop owner said he really didn't know what people were going to do with them as when he ordered them he had no idea they would be so large. I could barely contain my excitement at finding it and am kicking myself now for only buying the one ( I need a return visit). What am I going to do with it? It's going to be a brooch.

And lastly I found this book in a local second hand bookshop.
Weirdly, or maybe not so weirdly as it was published in the 70's I think I made something from this book when I was at Junior School. It has perfect patterns (and some not so perfect very non PC) to make using felt and I am in the process of making a cat although as it's made from green felt looks a little more like Kermit at the moment. I'll let you know how it turns out I'm hoping it becomes a bit more cat like.


Sian said...

What a gorgeous collection of things to look at today Amanda.

Your name badge is beautiful and I hope you have a wonderful time.

That definitely looks like the kind of book our teacher used for our needlework projects in the 70's. I can remember making a non-pc one, I'm cringing just thinking about it.

Julie Kirk said...

My, you have been busy!

Love what you did with the 3Djean stuff - will send her a link to the post.

And, spookily I've done something similar to your balloon card/old paper backing for an upcoming issue of Papercraft Inspirations - will show you when it's published!


Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

The flower looks gorgeous in that lovely wooden bowl! I love scrapbook retreats - have a brilliant time!

Wrightboysmum said...

Fab badge. I need to get cracking with mine. You won't be surprised that I have also got some of those big buttons as well, in fact there is one on a Liberty LO that is nearly finished. See you soon.

Sandra said...

what a busy bee, you've been and so creative :) Have a super time.

favouriteworkofart said...

Oh yes - you have been busy and wonderful it all is too :)
Your spool is great! Fab use of the stamp!
And I love the card, the flower (yum!) and your name badge (enjoy your event, BTW!!!)
Would love to see more piccies from that book - it looks fab!

alexa said...

That book looks intriguing. ;) Yes, when I think of things from my childhood which, just to mention now, would be so un-pc and disrespectful ... Love your card with gesso-d background in particular - such a great idea to have them prepared and ready to go ...

Sarah H said...

wow - you've been busy again! Cute name badge - hope you hve fun at scrap a mia x