Saturday, 21 May 2011

Week 20

Its funny how you can get so involved with a craft even when you have never had an interest in it before. This week i have developed my obsession and carried on with card making and i have even booked myself on a course. Again this week i have spent more money, bought more magazines and read (well flicked through) lots of books. Its amazing the scope you get with card making and your imagination knows no limits. I've begun a craft i honestly thought i would never attempt (mostly because my partners ex use to make cards and he always comment how boring she was). I was not good at art when i was at school although i loved drawing but with card making i have been able to draw with the stamps and colour the pictures in.
What i have also found quite shocking is how expensive die cutting machines can be. I bought an embossing machine last week for £20 but when i looked into the price of die cutters i was stunned on how much they cost and the accessories (templates) too.
So i have decided to use a Stanly knife and cut my costs. I also fancy trying scrap booking although i will need to look into that first before i begin.
So here are my cards from this week, including today (saturday) so i have 8 items. Hope you enjoy looking and see you next week
lots of love

I used my flower stamp to cut out the edges.

I embossed this card then for an added affect lightly charked over the card with darker chalking over the butterflys

I added chalk to the embossed writing

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Week 19

This week i have managed to keep my blog up to date (so a round of applause for me teehee) but i have managed to venture into the unknown and try out a new craft. This week  i threw myself into card making. This, i thought, would be simple and quite an easy craft to undertake but in Sarah style nothing is ever easy. What better way to begin a new craft than to go and buy a couple of magazines with simple step by step instructions. I didn't just buy a couple of magazines though i also spent a small fortune on cards, stamps, embossing machine, embossing pads, stickers etc.
I never realised just how much a new Craft costs and just how many new items i would need to buy. I suppose if you just want to make a couple of cards you only need a small starter pack but i love to have a variety of items when making things so i just thought why not build up my collection and buy what i am drawn to. 
So back to the cards, as it turned out one of my daughters had a couple of friends birthdays this week so she made the present and i used this opportunity to begin my week of card making. I allowed myself 30 minutes each day this week because over the week i have been struggling with my organisation so with 30 minutes each evening (or more if i had the time) i managed to start my craft at 9pm each night.
I have thoroughly enjoyed making cards and this morning took another trip to our local craft shop to purchase some more stamps and water colour pencils.

Anyway enough typing now and on with the pictures.

Enjoy looking and i will see you all next week.

Take Care
Lots of Love

This was the first card i attempted using a stamp and colouring in the bits which needed colour. Stamping is addictive

I wanted to make girly cards so i thought what better way but to make a ballet dress card. I bought all the bits and then glued them onto the card

This technique uses sticking pictures ontop of each one.

I made this card with my new embossing machine. LOVE IT!!!!! I cut the hearts out by hand and glued them onto the card

Again i used my embossing machine and coloured in some of the flowers

This too was using my embossing machine with butterflys glued back over

And last but not least i cut out all the shapes by hand and stamped on the card.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Weeks 15, 16,17 and 18 all rolled into one

Okay so it has been a while, a month to be exact but things have been hectic although that is no excuse. April is not a good month in my household, its a sad month so because of that and lots of other things i have not had the time or patience to upload my blog. So i have included four week into this post (lots of pictures).
As you will see from the pictures most of my items are jewellery, this is mainly because i have limited time each day to make items (although i did manage it) so i choose the things which i found easier to make. I do still intend on making lots of different crafts and get myself booked onto lots of different courses. This month has seen lots of different things also happening in my household. My baby has grown into a little monkey who needs watching all and i mean ALL the time. He now love climbing on chairs and tables and doing anything he shouldn't. Today he took to biting his sister which she didn't take kindly too as you can imagine. He is still only little and at 16 months old has a very old head on his shoulders.
I've also had lots of homework because of my breastfeeding course and to make things even harder on myself i took over the role of newsletter editor for our local branch of the NCT. In between all this i have been attending fashion shows with my daughter, lots of the usual kiddy appointments, running round like a crazy mum and even found time to ride my pushbike everyday for 30 minutes.
WOW i feel exhausted just writing this let alone doing it all. I never realised just how hectic my life can be but i suppose being a mum to 5 children its part and parcel.
So anyway back to the crafts, i haven't put a big description on each but if anyone reading this wants any more information please just contact me
So for now i will let you get on with looking at the 28 pictures and bid you goodnight.
Lots of love
Sarah xxxxxx

Earrings made with wooden beads and hemp

I love these feather earrings

Green beaded earrings


Blue love heart earrings

Beaded earrings

swarozski earrings

Flower earrings

More earrings

Wirework pearl earrings

Flower bead earrings

Green beaded leaf earrings

Wirework earrings

Bracelett made with ribbon, crochet flower and a pearl attached in the middle

Feather earrings

Flower bookmark

Green beaded necklace

Hello kitty necklace

Wire work ring

Wirework Necklace

More beaded earrings with stars

More wirework earrings

Owl necklace

Crochet necklace (or bib whichever anyone prefers)

Flower bead earrings (which took AGES to make)

Simple bow head clip for my daughter

Crochet brooch with a bead in the middle
Bow earrings