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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.
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.
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.
I was asked if I could make a 16th birthday card for a girl who was into vampires and zombies and not a girly girl. After discussion we decided on a Sweet 16 card on black card. Using the pattern from Stitching Cards. As with all card orders I want them to be perfect for the person ordering so played around with the best way to present the card.
This is the basic stitched design on black card
Below are ones with sequins and beads added
Next is the making it into a card, I ended up with 13 different designs plus the above options, most of the differences are quite subtle, but do change the overall appearance.
The final decision was this one.
I don’t know which one I would have gone for myself, it was amazing how many different ideas I ended up with and it was a good excuse to play!
I am rather frustrated as I have typed quite a bit of this post already and then lost it!!
It’s been a long and hectic month and right now my head feels full of cotton wool and I wonder if I should really be writing at all, but I need something to distract me so here goes take 2!
If you follow my blog you will know we spent a lot of the summer hunting elephants in Sheffield. October marked the end of the Herd of Sheffield and an auction to sell them off. I decided to do my bit and make some cards to mark the occasion, but whatever I might make will be small fry compared to the £410,600 made at the auction. Not sure that my cards are that good, but they are unique and I think they are cute. They are available to buy in my webshop with information about which elephant inspired them.
You can read more about our own goodbye to the elephants here
Yay just sold 3 as I type this!! Plus a donation so £15 winging it’s way to charity.
Made with pattern from Stitching cards
Made using die cuts and Ikea box frames (available in shop)
Golden wedding thank you cards made with heart cut with large heart punch, greeting printed and stuck on.
Made with pattern from Form a Lines, heart embossed card by Craftstyle
I also made a box frame with a button heat and the couples names and wedding date, but forgot to photograph it!
Emily at chocolate workshop in Scarborough many thanks to Amelia’s for squeezing her in at the last minute.
Pumpkin pizzas for Halloween.
Think I will finish here, it’s taken 3 days to get this far and I need to rest up for Our Handmade Collective Christmas launch tonight, it’s always a great event.
Hot on the heels of August makes comes September makes.
Made from an old Cross stitch and available in my online shop
A stitched card, pattern from and available in my online shop
Card made for Lee who created my website and who loves planes, pattern from Stitching cards
I created several items for my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary, to follow on from the invites in August makes
Stitched card, pattern from Form-a-lines, heart done to point at bottom as I preferred that look and 50 added.
Iris folded, card from Dee Craft, using a mixture of papers, some printed from Card making downloads. This one was made for my Dad to give to my Mum, but he managed to get one himself so I took off the peel offs and let Emily give it to them.
Simple die cut heart with printed greeting and ribbon.
Come back next month for October makes and hopefully I will be a bit more organised and remember the information about what I have made and hopefully have better photos too.
August as ever was a chaotic month with school holidays, a family holiday and needs of extended family.
I must apologise for any typing errors in this post, my keyboard is not working properly and I feel like I have to type each word several times, so it is slow frustrating progress and I am bound to miss something along the way.
I can’t believe that is it nearly the end of September and I am still somewhere back in August.
I don’t get a lot of things made during the school holidays as there just isn’t the time or energy needed, but this year we did go on a craft/activity holiday to Manor House Hotel in Devon. We had a good time and tried many of the activities, well Rob and Emily did, I was limited, but tried what I could. The hotel was fairly disabled friendly and I was able to hire a mobility scooter to get around, but still needed someone with me to negotiate doorways!! I was going to write a separate post abut it, but so much time has passed, I will post here what we made. As ever my computer technology is letting me down and I have to move to PC to get my photos that I should be able to access from my laptop!
Please bear in mind most of the time we were new to these activities and they are all harder than they look and sound!!
We did this activity together, I made the orange one of the far left and the purple glass one. They are far from what I intended, the purple one is actually meant to be a rainbow one, you can just see stripes, but not the colours I intended and you had to let each layer set in fridge between adding the next and I ran out of time, but it did at least mean that I got plenty of sit downs. Emily made the black looking one mainly achieved by dropping the whole thing in the molten wax and having to get it fished out! She also made the stripped one, no idea how. Rob managed to be more creative and achieve the ones on the right. You can see how it should be done here.
I accompanied Emily to this activity and she made a bag and two aprons, just with fabric pens on the items and then set with an iron. See here for how it is done. These pictures were taken after we got home and they needed another iron!
We all enjoy pot painting, but are not very good at it, these are painted with pearlescent and glossy paint and they are not fired so cannot be used for food. There was an amazing range of items, but as we were travelling by train we had to keep to the smaller items. Emily did the blue owl and the Christmas plaque, I did the brown owl and Rob did the gold. See Bisque Painting for how they could look!
Emily and I did this session together, we went for preprinted objects to save time and precision. It was nice to do, but quite fiddly and the colours run very easily and I found it very tiring. The scarf was much easier and quite therapeutic as just splashed colour on and it looks quite good, Emily has worn it in her hair. I did the orange one and Emily the flowery one, we now have them hanging in windows that get the sun and they look good. The experts made it look easy and the items were amazing see here.
We all did this session together. I had done enamelling at once at school. It is quite fiddly to do and I was feeling particularly ill that day so found it hard and had to get Rob to do the firing for us all. I made the cat and the orange pendant, Rob made the dragon fly and Emily made the shoes, butterfly and heart. They are still waiting for me to put the jewellery findings on them to finish them off. Again we didn’t really get the effects that we wanted, but are quite pleased with our efforts, and of course you can here what we wanted it to look like.
Rob did this on his own and produced some beautiful glasses, see here to find out how it is done.
Emily and I did this as a team effort, cutting the shapes together and taking them and I did the fine stitching to fasten them together whilst Emily painted her owl. You can probably see one of the pieces is not attached that is because I ran out of energy. We have a bag to sew the patchwork piece onto which is also waiting for me to attend to. Here are the experts!
Something I was more at home with, but wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t do much with Emily wanting me to help her or watch what she was doing. Got some new ideas though and I have a much better stash of items to use at home. Rob made the Robin which is decoupage and is my Christmas card this year apparently and I think the fish one is his. I made the elephant and the hearts cards and Emily made the others. Of course here is how to do it!
Other things I made in August were; a bracelet for a friend, sadly the picture doesn’t do it justice
a bracelet for a friend, sadly the picture doesn’t do it justice, using beads and instructions from Beads Direct tiger bracelet.
Card for friend who loves reading, pattern from Joke De Vette Embroidery on Paper for all occasions
A couple of box frame pictures, using Ikea box frames and assorted die cuts these are available to buy on my website
Invites for my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Card for my Mum in Law using x cut Marquee Alphabet dies.
Before I finish I must share these two signs seen on holiday
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With all the ME stuff and doom and gloom I feel like I haven’t done anything else. Just to prove to myself here is what I made in May
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