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Bleurgh! Apparently that is a word, I looked it up! It is how I feel at the moment along with being very down and lacking energy, nothing new, but feels like a hard slog at the moment. Things take so long to do and lots of mistakes are made due to Brainfog. My new jumper is very appropriate at the moment and I am wearing it today. (from Unchargeables) Well I was when I started writing 2 weeks ago, wonder how much longer it will take?
Card making, slow but sure at the moment, here are the ones I can share with you.
This one was made for my Mum, she has just had her garden done and has been planting roses, we were also talking about Alice in Wonderland where they paint the roses, so that was my inspiration. Pattern from Stitching Cards, background paper printed from Etsy
This card was made using an old Sizzix Dove die cut, the frame is Sue Wilson Springtime die. The frame is in 2 parts the back piece I stamped with shades of blue ink and the front piece left blank with a few gems added. I used this for a sympathy card, but would also be suitable for birthday or baby boy in this design. I have since done one in green for a wedding anniversary, but don’t have a picture of it.
This owl is a Joanna Sheen signature die, its cut in black card, mounted on Marianne Oval die (which I bought pre cut), the sparkly card underneath is embossed with owls, (not really visible in the image) Concepts Emboss and finished of with a bow and heart shaped button.
This card was made for my daughter to wish her well in her SATS . The pattern is from Form-a-Lines, stitched in gold and purple for school colours. The shapes stitched on are Nestabilities dies, Rectangles and Squares. Background paper printed from Craftville, I think.
For this card I created my own pattern, with help from Rob. As it is a simple outline , it is easy to convert to dots and make a pattern for stitching. For those who don’t know it is Sheffield Wednesday’s owl logo, mounted on blue and white stripes as that is the colours they play in. Perfect for any fan.
Another black and white card, I think they work well. This is a Broadroot Die, mounted on Marianne Oval die (which I bought pre cut) and backing paper I had in my stash. Used little gems for the bubbles. The die does cut little bubbles but they are so tiny and fiddly.
Another card made with a Sweet Dixie and mounted on leaf, embellished with little shaped buttons.
Finally a card made with a ready made papercut which I have had for a while. I have always thought it very pretty, but couldn’t decide how to use it. This is mounted on blue sparkly card and I think it works well.
This week I added some more cards to my shop and hopefully more to come soon, it takes so much time and energy and I make so many mistakes along the way. The most recent ones are royal wedding themed and on a special price. Sadly the images do not do them justice, they are very sparkly and much prettier than they look here.
Oooo and one I missed,
For a couple in their new home, they enjoy baking. Made with Iris card template from Dee Crafts.
It’s been so long since I wrote a proper blog post. Things always seem so hectic. As usual, I have just about recovered from Christmas and New Year, when Emily and Rob’s birthdays arrive and this year they were quickly followed by half term. Add into the mix a leaking radiator, a new washing machine, a new Motability car, Emily’s high school offer, Emily’s build up to SATS and bad weather (with extra days off school for Emily, no PA and Rob working at home) and that’s me exhausted just thinking about it!! The emotions of Christmas and New Year and birthdays are as hard to deal with as the physical and I am into my 21st year of ME. I think I will leave those things for another post.
Of course birthdays require cards and presents so I have been making a few behind the scenes, though I seem to spend hours planning them even if they are only simple so each card seems to take days. Then I have to remember to photograph them and save them to my PC. I always seem to forget one stage or another and have been known to post the cards without signing them!!
So what have I made, bear with me whilst I locate the images which seem to have a mind of their own and turn up in the wrong folders! I never know should that sentence have a question mark in it?
Made with Lady with Umbrella Die cut in sparkly card. White oval die from stash and Forever Friends backing paper sample. After making this I have a desire to make more of these black and white cards as I think they are simple, but effective, so watch this space! This card is available in my shop.
Made from Stitching cards pattern, stitched with metallic thread in shades of pink and white. It took a while to make this card. I managed 5 segments without too much trouble, but final segment took about 6 attempts to get it right! All the segments are the same!! This card is available in my shop.
Made with Cottage Cutz Cat Garden Die cut in sparkly card. Mounted on Spellbinders Adorning Squares Die and Forever Friends backing paper. Made for a friend who likes cats and who feeds my cat when we are away.
It’s hard to believe, but my baby was 11 this year, I like to make a card that reflects her interests, so this year went for a thimble as she loves her sewing class and music as she is always singing! The patterns are from Stitching cards; Thimble and Music notes and stitched in metallic thread with seed beads for notes and clef. I did experiment a bit with colours and size of beads to get the look right. The card is from Craftstyle it is embossed with buttons. Backing paper is from Paperprintables
This card was made for my husband, using pattern from Stitching cards and stitched with metallic thread in shades of green. Backing paper from Paperprintables. My husband tells me that the shape has a name, I thought it was a circle and he couldn’t remember what the name was. I found this confusing to stitch and there is a mistake in the colour change, but I don’t think it is noticeable.
Golden wedding anniversary card made for friends of my parents. Pattern from Stitching Cards and lettering also from Stitching Cards, stitched with metallic thread. Baking paper created with Craftville backing paper maker
Made for Valentine’s Day using pattern from Craftsuprint and backing paper from Craftville. Mounted on button embossed card from Craftstyle. I wanted the beads to match in colour, but didn’t have correct sizes so the rice beads are a little small and the seed beads a bit big so the finished effect is not as delicate as it should be, but pretty all the same.
Made for 70th birthday using pattern from Stitching Cards, Rob used a bird from another pattern and added it with the apple so it could be personalised. Backing paper from Paperprintables Apple Blossom. stitched using metallic thread.
Anniversary card made with Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts Die cut in red sparkly card and mounted on small Craftstyle card. I actually added some red gems to the card after the photograph.
This butterfly card made for Mother’s Day using Tattered lace Build a Butterfly Die and Demi Awaking Squares die. The card is covered in blue butterfly vellum and mothers day die cut added. The wording was bought ready cut rather than purchasing the die.
This Mother’s day card created with Die’sire Tea Party Die cut into lilac card and then cups cut again in shades of purple and added to card, with sparkly gems on saucer and top cup. Mothers day wording added using ready cut wording. Card is lined with purple vellum to show through pattern.
Wow finally got to the end. I have included a lot of details and it has taken several days to complete this post. The links I have used are not where I have purchased many of the products from, but are just to show what the product is. I only buy cutting dies when they are on special offers or I ask for them as gifts.
It was supposed to be a Christmas present, then a birthday present, I finally finished it last week! Now got matching slippers to make, 1 down 1 to go! The wool is James C Brett Flutterby Chunky and is the softest wool I have ever felt. The pattern is Sleep Tight Tilly’s Wishes.
I don’t know where the year is going to and my making is so slow, with family demands and Christmas drawing ever closer, but I like to make things it gives me pleasure and a make me forget about feeling ill for a while, mind you I have to find a balance or I feel even worse, it’s so frustrating.
We went away at October half term too, so I was in a rush to get things done before we went, not knowing how I would be when we got back, which was a good idea as I was knocked out by it and am still trying to recover and haven’t felt like making Christmas stuff. Well I want to, and have ideas, just not enough time and energy.
Anyway enough of that here are my latest makes,
Another Autumn inspired make, Owl and leaves from Triplicut and backing paper from Paper printables (as above). Seed beads stitched onto Owl
Made with a precut card covered in green card, topped with brown card and bow. Labels made with die cuts and stitched with Stitching Cards lettering, but my foggy brain can’t remember which one!
When you get an invite to a Unicorn party, you have to stitch a Unicorn for the birthday girl. Unicorn pattern from Stitching cards, balloons from Cardbroidery, number from Stitching Cards. Backing paper from my stash.
A personalised order for an 18 year old who loves his X Box. Template for controller from Birds Cards, buttons stitched using Stitching Cards font. Backing paper from Card Craft Inspirations and personalisation printed using X Box font. This is the second card as the first didn’t get the effect I wanted, much happier with second attempt.
Made using pattern from Stitching Cards Geometric collection using black thread, variegated grey thread and white thread. It was the first of this collection I have stitched and not the best one to start with, but got there in the end. Pleased with the effect and found complementing backing paper in my stash. Greeting cut with Tattered Lace Die.
I have taken all the stock out of my shop to sell off for charity, it is available this week in Rothwell Baptist Church. I am hoping to refresh my stock in the New Year, but I am still able to take personalised orders for cards or frames.
I discovered yesterday that my website wasn’t working, I don’t know how long it had been like this, apologies to anyone who had been trying to look at it, it is now sorted out.
Pattern from A&N, die cut letter and mounted on glitter sheep card
Pattern again from A&N. This was a commission card for a 50th birthday. It took a long time to find a wolf pattern, but this one worked so well to get the kind of design we wanted. It is stitched using Madeira variegated thread, mounted on a shimmery night sky card, name and number stitched on to personalise, font from Stitching Cards. The person who ordered the card and the recipient were very pleased with it.
For this card I used a hotfix pattern template and stitched the letters and added beads. Mounted on black glitter card and die cut greeting and numbers. Made for my Niece who loves dancing in the colours of her dance crew.
I have a few more made, but can’t show them yet, so watch this space!
At the end of last school year I made couple of teacher cards, but only photographed one of them, the were very similar
Made in the school colours for one of Emily’s class teachers who is also the music teacher. Lettering from Stitching Cards. Blackboard and girl die cuts and backing paper created with Craftville Backing Paper maker
I also made along the same lines cards for our niece who started school and Emily who started year 6
This anniversary card is made with Die Cuts and fabric flowers and personalised backing paper Craftville Backing Paper maker
This Owl card is made with Triplicut Owl Die with beads stitched on and starry vellum. Moon is a circle diecut.
Made with blue butterfly vellum, hear die cut and fabric flowers
Made with shells and starfish pattern from Stitching Cards
Pattern from Stitching Cards and backing paper from stash
Obviously a 90th birthday card, pattern from Ann’s Paper Art
I was able to put personalised rhymes in the Wedding, Christening and Good Luck School cards, Emily loved hers, see Poems for Family blog post
I managed to attend a sewing class at River MEET and made this lined tote bag from fabric squares, I wasn’t able to attend the whole class, but did manage to finish the bag at home
I did make another couple of cards, but can’t show them yet as the events haven’t happened yet.
Well autumn is well and truly here. I love the colours of autumn and the falling leaves, but am finding the heavy rain this year rather depressing.
The Summer went busily and fast as ever and now the kids only have 3 and a half weeks to the next holiday! My daughter has just gone into her final year at primary school so we are doing high school visits at the moment and have to apply by end of October. It feels like a big decision, especially as our preferred school is oversubscribed.
I did manage a bit of craft over the summer, here is what I made for some August birthdays
This was special request for a disabled man who loves Asda, using an Asda font and Asda colours.
Another special request for a lady who uses a wheelchair and loves all things fussy and pink.
Personalised backing paper created with Craftville Backing Paper maker. The lady is a clip art and wheel made with a spirelli die cut. Umbrella die cut and Tattered Lace greeting.
I will be back with the next instalment when I feel up to it, fading fast at the moment.
It seems to have been a very muddled month this month and been doing several things, but not really feeling accomplished.
It was my Birthday and Wedding Anniversary in the middle of the month so extra energy was required for that. Last week I began recycling my birthday cards into new cards, which have been sent to my daughters school for a fundraising event along with a framed quote, all of which were sent off in a hurry and not photographed.
This was made for a Rugby mad teenage boy, I am a bit worried it looks a bit young, but I have no idea what teenage boys like.
This was made for a Rugby mad teenage boy, I am a bit worried it looks a bit young, but I have no idea what teenage boys like. Made using craft papers from Craftville
his was made for my brother who recently visited Mexico and had seen crocodiles at quite close quarters! Pattern from Stitching Cards
A PrickNStitch card for a friend who has the same wedding day as me
Many craft people have been making items to sell to raise funds for Manchester victims, I started out with good intentions but only completed one card. I do have some other items half made, feeling rather annoyed with myself about those.
Made with Tattered Lace Die Cut Bee and backing paper from Paperprintables.
Available to buy in my Conscious Crafties Shop
I have also made teacher cards, but they haven’t been given yet so can’t share yet.
I am also working on a few custom orders which I will share once they have been given.
Due to space limitations on my web hosting I am now using smaller images in posts, but if you hover over image and click it will enlarge.
Blanket made from PomPon baby Yarn, Orange/Blue for new Niece or Nephew. Nephew arrived 1st June. I started the blanket with a border, but realised that the bottom edge border was pulling in too tight, but carried on to end and did the top edge border then went to unpick bottom edge to make the same and disaster struck and I lost a lot of the stitches and had to start all over again, I was mortified, the blanket had taken me 4 months and I then only had a about 3 weeks until baby was due. Amazingly I got the blanket remade in 1 week and it looks better without border, will stick to pattern in future rather than trying to adapt myself!
Eiffel tower pattern from Stitching cards, made for my daughters Paris scrapbook.
Pattern from Add Some Sparkle, used stick on pearl for nose and black bead for eye
Template from Dee Craft and mixture of papers from stash, with pink bow for tail and stick on crystal for eye
Same pattern for pink and blue card from Add Some Sparkle, stick on pearls and bow for trim. I made one of each as we didn’t know the gender of the new addition to the family. It is a boy, I had made the blue card first, maybe I knew 😉 The pink one will be for sale in my shop.
In addition to my own shop here at Crafty Jane’s I also now have a shop at Conscious Crafties, A “WORLDWIDE Handmade Craft and Skills marketplace for creative people living with CHRONIC ILLNESS, DISABILITY or CARING for a loved one. BUY or SELL handmade crafts or HIRE our skills.
ALL customers welcome (you don’t have to be sick, disabled or a carer).” There are shop great shops and some very talented and creative people all living with illness or caring responsibilities.
When my Dad died my Mum had an unopened pack of hankies, he was never without a hanky in his pocket or under his pillow. I gave the hankies to Emily’s sewing teacher (at Rivers MEET craft cafe )and each of the girls came up with their own designs to use them. Below are some of them, sadly not all my photos were good, sorry to those missed off.
On Facebook I met a lady who make Memory Bears out of clothing, this is what she made out of my Dad’s trousers, scarf and hanky. You can read about Dee’s work at Meet Dee
He is now sitting on my fireplace, I’m going to call him Daddy Bear!
I now have some lovely keepsakes of my Dad.