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When life gives you lemons

A few different makes this week. First some jewellery, and as the title suggests, there are lemons involved.


I didn't work on the thing that i had been working on last week, so that will be for another time. I have made a necklace, and a pair of earrings that i will wear for an upcoming wedding. The earrings were made by gluing some vintage cabochons to a pair of cages, and adding some seed beads.



The necklace is made of seed beads, leaf connector charms and a geometric fox for the central piece. 



Papercraft wise, i have made a tag and a card. i wanted to use a prima coin as a focal piece for the tag, so i coloured it with metallic waxes, then distress inked a tag and stuck it on. Once i had done this i coloured some lace, and alcohol inked a butterfly before coating it in metallic wax. I used prima art stones and resin rain drops, as well as a flower, a Tim Holtz sentiment. I cut the end word off as i had a wooden sentiment of 'lovely' so i cut the l and y off. Finally i …

Sailing, sailing, heading god knows where. And now that we're all here, we're not all there.

A few makes this week. Before I go onto those, here is the latest update on the cross stitch.

That's page 7 done, and only 2 more to go.

I've also made a couple of pairs of earrings. All you need for these is some chains, head pins, eye pins, earrings and beads. Relatively easy to do, and they look pretty cool. One thing you need to bear in mind is to keep an eye on the amount of beads you use on each bit, as well as the size of the beads. That goes especially for the lead eye pin, as if the beads are too small, the fringe pins will move around too much. Anyway, here they are.

I've also been working on a new jewellery technique, but I want to wait until they are finished before I share them. Instead I will share a nautical themed notebook I made. 



This is mainly using things from the Craftboxes I have received so far. The inside is just patterned paper. The outside started with distress inks on plain card, with transparent gloss texture paste through a bubble stencil, and …

Busy bee

Ok I haven't really been a busy bee, but it works with what I have made this week. I was going to just post a little teaser, but I ended up actually finishing it.


So this was the original teaser I was going to post, hence the title of the post. I got some new distress ink pads and, coupled with the Rare Earth insect stamps, it gave me an idea. I decided on a tag as a base, inking with various yellow and orange distress inks, and stamping with a dotted background and script stamp in brown. After finishing the background I cut out a globe in black and put it on there. I then got some wooden hexagonal shapes and coated them with distressed embossing powder. I made some honeycombs on the tag, then stamped some bees and coloured them with distress crayons, and Glossy Accented the wings. Finally I added a circular metal tag, and some metal things on the corners (filigree I think they are called?)

I kind of wanted to illustrate the importance of bees to our planet, especially in terms of…

Stitching of a different kind

Not done much this week to be honest, as I spent an enjoyable weekend up in Plymouth watching Sarah Millican. I tried a new technique (for me anyway) to make some earrings, which was beadworking. They are only simple ones, and there is a mistake on one pair, but for a first try it is not bad.




I liked the technique so much that I ended up buying some books so that I can learn more. Hopefully this means that I will be able to make a dent in my bead stash, even if buying something more to lessen the amount of things I have is a bit of a paradox. 
As well as this, I have of course been working on my cross stitch. Here is the latest. 

I'm hoping to get it finished by August, so that I can get the other one done by the end of the year.  Sorry for the short post today, but I am absolutely knackered after this weekend, almost to the point of falling asleep whilst I am typing this. I have an idea for a piece that I will be working on this week, so hopefully next weeks will be a little bit …

Making cards

You can probably guess by the title of this post what I have been making. Two cards this week. The first is a birthday card, and Mr Holtz had the perfect sentiment for the inside.

For the outside, I decided to go for a cross between dapper and steampunk. To start with I cut out some black card, and edged it with fire ruby wax. I then made my own background, by inking plain card and using some stamps and stencils and brown ink. I then stamped a bowler hat and a moustache, coloured them in, and used Glossy Accents on them. Now the strange thing is I coloured the bowler hat with grey pens, but for some reason it ended up a delicate red! Still, it goes well with the colour scheme. I also die-cut a pair of glasses out of black card, using fire ruby wax on them. I added some snip art cogs coloured with gold and silver wax, a clock with fire ruby mixed with silver, and finally I stamped a sentiment, die cutting 60th on there.

The second card is for father's day, and I went to my Muppet…

It's been an expensive month

What with buying a Big Shot plus, and having to replace the broken fridge freezer and all the food that was ruined, this month has been a bit of a bad one, in terms of both saving and losing weight. I seem to have lost the drive for both if I am perfectly honest. That's not why I write this blog though. I have been busy making things this week, so here are the makes.

Here is a necklace that reminds me of sweets, especially the pear drop style gems on the bottom. Findings include eye pins and jump rings.

This was a simple necklace. There is a head pin with yellow and black beads on to represent bees, a cabochon with a stamped bee in it that I coloured with docrafts markers, a leaf bead, and a metal flower. This was originally silver but I painted it with black gesso then coloured it with wax.

The birds from this necklace were from a craft box. Another simple design  with some beads that I received in my Beads direct grab bag.

I got a Beadalon grab bag from Beads Direct the othe…

Odds and sods

I've been working on a few things this week. First of all, I dug through some of the items I got in my last Beads direct grab bag (so many beads) and found a few things, which gave me an idea to make a bracelet based on a bunch of grapes, as they are on the vine.


It doesn't photograph that well, but it looks lovely in real life. The purple pearls are perfect, as are the ceramic leaves.
I've also been trying out my new candy machine die. This is a Sue Wilson kinetics one. I was dubious that it would work, but it really does! The only thing I would suggest is to use smaller sweets than M & M's.

Obviously you would decorate the outside as well, but for now I just wanted to test if it worked.
I've been working on the cross stitch as well. Here is the update so far.

Finally, I dug into the craft boxes I have received recently and made a tag. I started off by gluing some circles on a wooden tag, then added crackle paste, before spraying it with a pink Lindy'…

Just a quick one

Haven't really had the chance to do any crafting this week. One of my works colleagues had his leaving do, so that was an evening out. This weekend I have been focussing on the cross stitch, as my creativity was a bit low. Well, actually I did have an idea and a couple of new dies to try out, but unfortunately I did not do my research properly. Partly my fault for not looking at dimensions, but I am going to point some blame at the magazine I got that stated a manual die-cutting machine was needed, but failed to mention the fact that the normal Big Shot was too small for the die. So now I have a Big Shot Plus on the way. I've actually been asked to make something for someone for the first time ever - that and the amount of likes I got on Facebook when I posted my savings shadowbox has made me have a little faith in my work and ironically made me kind of not be able to design something new.

So, cross stitch update only. I am a third of the way through though!


Next week I will …

Money...does grow on trees?

Ok no it doesn't (more's the pity). I decided that to help me keep going on with my savings I needed a visual aid. I didn't want to go for the usual thermometer, so I did something a little different. I started by grabbing the box that the Tim holtz stamp platform (always keep the packaging!) and painting it with sparks paint. I put a patterned paper inside, and then die cut some branches and flowers. I also die cut three butterflies, coating them with gold, silver and copper wax respectively, to represent the coins we in Britain have.



As you can see, it is completely bare on the right hand side. This is because I have set myself a target. Each branch is worth a tenth of that target, and each flower is worth a fifth of a branch. So, I am just shy of halfway on my target.
I also finished my other stag. I kept it simple this time, just coated it with foam cogs, painted it with black gesso and then used silver wax. Simple, but striking.


Finally, here is the progress on the …

Spring has sprung!

Ok we have had two nice days, but it's a start! As the weather has been a little better, I decided to do a spring themed tag.



I started by covering a tag in resist paper, spraying it with Lindy's spray in blue then inking it over with distress ink. I then used the crackle stamp and some blue embossing powder, to create something more in the background. I had already die cut some paper using a honeycomb die (for the second tag which is below) so I coloured it with blue pen. I sprayed some paper with Lindy's sprays and die cut wildflowers, as well as the word spring using the edge of the sprayed paper, so that only a few drops were on it. Finally I used a metal bird and a little bow.
My second tag came about because I tried to cut the honeycomb die with grungeboard, which did not work. It did leave a nice embossed feel though, so I decided to use it to do a second tag.

After cutting the grungeboard I die cut the honeycomb die again, using the inner shapes to glue onto the…