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Cards, cards and...well some other stuff

Picture heavy post today, as I've been busy making things.

To start off with, a pair of earrings. These were made with the items from the last Beadhaul box, except for the hook earrings themselves.

The necklace I made to go with the earrings (well actually I made the necklace first. I used the arrowhead beads and heart pendants on here, as well as some of the other beads to alternate. I then used the doll pendant in the centre.

One of my mums workmates is coming back after a long time off, so she asked me to make a welcome back card. I used a card that already had an aperture, embossed it, inked the edges, then gathered some flowers I had in my stash, die cut some butterflies, which I added perfect pearls to, a metallic star, and the phrase welcome back in the centre.

A birthday card for a soon to be eight year old. I embossed white card, cut some presents and hats out of some paper I have, and made some balloons out of more paper. I then added a birthday message, purely because i'd tried to draw some balloon strings and they looked awful.

A birthday card for my brother. I decided to go with a guitar theme, so I took some motif paper (woodgrain) inked it and cut a whole in the centre. I then backed it onto black card, using foam pads to emphasise the space. I cut another piece of card for the fret, and added perfect pearls. I die cut a star for the centre, and added a sentiment. Finally I took some jewellery wire, using it as strings.

Finally here is where I am on the cross stitch at the moment. Progress is a bit better at the moment, although with long shifts at work I'm not going to be able to do much over the next couple of weeks.
Month nearly over so usually this would be the time I would be buying a treat, but obviously I already have so I am now trying to be as good as I can and not buy anything (other than food, a cinema trip, and my brother's birthday) until next payday. Wish me luck!


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I love Lindy's sprays - they call them magical for a reason!

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