Thursday, 18 September 2014

fortunately the milk crafts roundup

Here is a quick round up of the activities we did on our theme Fortunately the milk. I meant to blog more about this but we were having to much fun to spend time on the computer. 
Intergalatic space painting using paintbrush flicking and sponge printing on black card.
Pom pom and pipe cleaner green globby aliens.
Paper dinosaur stand ups using slit card
Pirate themed colouring in.
Paper green globby aliens cut outs and colouring
Paper plate and paper bowl intergalactic space ship
Pirate cupcakes.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

How to make your own exploding volcano

This was from our 'fortunately the milk' project and I must say if you don't mind the smell of vinegar for a bit it's well worth doing as kids love it.

You will need a small pot,
 a tray, 
some playdough, 
100ml of white vinegar coloured red with food colouring 
and two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.
Mould your playdough around the small pot to create a volcano shape and place on your tray.
We added dinosaurs to our tray, Professor Stegs friends are about to meet a horrible end!
Place two teaspoons of bicarb in the pot.
Pour on the vinegar
Watch the volcano erupt and bring an end to the dinosaur population.

Open a window or do this outdoors as the vinegar reaction can be a bit smelly.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Spoonflower fabric of the week - Blue fish, orange fish




Blue fish, orange fish is now available in my spoonflower shop. Inspired by studies in the aquarium these fish were created using tissue collage and pen and ink. This gives them a lively and water distorted look. Perfect for any fishy friend.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Card making

You may have read in my earlier post this week that I got a new job as a handmade wedding tutor. I also was appointed as a general cardmaking tutor and just thought I quickly show you some the cards I took to the interview with me. I tried to show as much of a range of style and techniques as I could. I wont go into loads of detail about how each card was made, I'll just leave the pictures to do the talking. I will promise to post some card making tutorials soon. 





















Friday, 12 September 2014

Wedding cards

I have just been appointed as a new handmade wedding tutor this is a new and very exciting role for me and I have really enjoyed making these sample cards. I was asked to bring some examples of cards that could be made on a limited budget but still were classic. These are a few of the pieces I made.
This card was made using brown packing paper, a rubber stamp, rub on letters and a few pearl beads. I attached the design to cream cardstock.
This card was made using brown packing paper that I scrunched first. Some wooden letters and two metal and pearl heart beads stitched on. I then attached the design to white card stock.
Close up of the LOVE card.
This card I made using a piece of embossed paper that I embossed on my sizzix machine, a band of caramel ribbon, a sticker and a organza rose which I finished with seed beads. This I then attached to white card stock.
Close up of the Congratulations card
The organza rose I made myself and will post a tutorial on how to make and use these pretty flowers.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Football cupcakes

Football cupcakes
 I have been meaning to post this pictures for ages, but lost them all in a sea of files on my computer. I jyst found them again this morning so I thought I would pop them on now. I made these for my stepdads birthday at the height of world cup fever. He is football mad and when I saw these cupcake decorations in the shop I just knew I had to make him a set for his birthday.
Football cupcakes
 I particularly liked serving them in pairs as then the boot was kicking the ball (and you got to eat two).
Football cupcakes

Saturday, 30 August 2014

New baby cross stitch teddy - free pattern

New baby cross stitch teddy - free pattern
I just wanted to share the nursery cross stitch I made for my new nephew. As you can see his initials were A, B, C which just lends itself perfectly to a nursery sampler. I wanted to rework my ted cross stitch pattern which there is a link to here.
http://craftwithcartwright.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/teddy-bear-cross-stitch-pattern.html
In blues as I was sewing for a baby boy. So I chose a bright traffic light scheme of red, orange and green to balance out the design. I enhanced the first initials in bold to make the A, B, C stand out and finished it off in a plain white frame as to not detract from the design. His mum was delighted with it and could appreciate the work as she is a fellow stitcher. I do love making handmade gifts for people and its so nice when it is something I have designed as well as made.
New baby cross stitch teddy - free pattern

New baby cross stitch teddy - free pattern


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