I love vintage brooches and try to wear them on jackets often
i have turned their storage into a display with this project
a piece of corduroy and contrast linen which was three inches longer and wider were sandwiched (right sides OUT) around some batting so that the corduroy was centered on the bigger fabric giving an equal border.
the border was pressed in half and then folded over the edge of the cord and pressed agin then pinned in place, creating the look of bias binding
I top stitched around the frame that was created (twice, once at the crease and once on the outer edge to sharpen it up).
the corners were folded as hospital corners on a bed with the long edges on top, to create a mitre effect but these were left unsewn so I could poke a curtain rod through the channel created when I sewed the frame
I threaded cord through the convenient hole in each end of the slim metal curtain rod (an adjustable one designed for net curtains) -and knotted it to secure it
Oh dear, I was Trying to use up supplies as the cupboards are full, but a sale in paperchase undid my efforts
bAck homeI made two quick cards, just lining up the range of tapes direct on to cream linen effect card bases.
For the first I stamped in the gap, taking care to line it up.l I then realized if I put the greeting on first I could easily line the tape along it so for the second I stuck on a greeting (my handwriting scanned into scan n cut, cut three times on card and layered to create dimension) before taping around it
in both cases the tape is glamorous enough (Paperchase peacock collection, only four pounds for 8 rolls) to leave off embellishment but some gems on one and black stickles on the other just finished it if
now back to my resolution about not adding to the craft hoard!
I want my handmade cards to be personalized and usually light-hearted so stamping a message isn’t the answer for those special cards. The scan n cut draw function with the universal pen holder means my gold gel pen can deliver a professional greeting, even direct on to this kanban linen look note card.
To add dimension I used the cat die from the crafts beautiful free gift this month and foam mounted it .
confession, although the card looked fab, clean and classy without, I had to add scan n cut ric rac border of gold top and bottom to hide a glue splodge
I also used the draw function to write ‘thanks’ inside. By keeping all the elements to gold this card looks understated and grown up. Love it
PS a dog version might be contemplated if I can work out the greeting !
Beautiful papers from Craftwork Cards Antiqued and Chinoiserie pads were used to make some serious cards for ‘thinking of you’ messages
I used the scan n cut to create a decoupage effect with the water lilies (very impressed with the direct cut feature now I have tried it) and the trellis strip (a border from the pattern library) Continue reading →
A simple way to make envelopes, particularly useful for large items or flat presents
measure the item you want to insert diagonally from one corner to another, say six inches. Then cut a square (always a square even if the insert is rectangular) of paper one inch bigger ie 7 inches square.
place the insert on the paper and fold each corner of the paper loosely over the insert towards the centre, crease the folds and then put the insert to one side
where the four creases intersect at the edges, cut out the triangle overlaps as shown
stick double sided tape along both sides of one corner (in this case the westerly corner with my mug on it) and stick the adjacent flaps to it to form an open envelope
round the shoulders and tip of the remaining corner for neatness and seal as you choose (stickers can be usefully used up here)