Monday, 28 November 2011

Busy week ahead

Today I am off to the post office with some lovely gifts that people have ordered plus this special parcel that is off to my Advent swap partner Dawn
It took an age to wrap all the little gifts but looked so lovely in the box ready to send, I am hoping Dawn likes what I have wrapped for her.

I hope everyone has a fab week dont forget to check out my tutorials for candles and robbie the robin there is now a tutorial tab at the top of this page.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Tutorial - Image on Candles

A lot of people ask me how I do my candles and last year a did a tutorial for a forum so this year I thought I would share it here with you so you can get a idea of how its done.  
There are however lots of tutes on Utube that may be of help.  Also practising first helps you find your way of doing it successfully. 

You will need
  • Heat Gun
  • Grease proof Paper
  • Tissue Paper the same colour as your candle
  • pro markers
  • ink to stamp your image
  • a stamp of your choice
  • scissors

Stamp your image on to your tissue paper carefully and then colour with your pro markers very carefully 
Next cut around your image leaving a tiny edge around it.

 Next place your image onto the candle in the specific place that you want it, usually if you gently rub over it the image will stay in place by itself.
next place the grease proof paper over the top place your fingers on the image to keep it in place as you are wrapping the grease proof paper around.  you will need  a large piece of grease proof paper so that you can grab it on the other side and hold. tight.
 I slide my fingers down both sides making sure that the image is nice and flat and in the right place then grab the grease proof paper on the other side
See how the image is flat agains the candle and how I am holding the paper tight.
 Now using you heat gun start heating the image through the paper, do not stay in the same spot I work in small circular movements from one side to the other making sure I get all the image do not go too close to the candle as the heat will intensify.
You will see a change happening under the paper as the wax melts keep moving dont stay in the same spot, its almost like little droplets of water coming through the paper.  The whole process is no longer than a minute depending on the size of candle you are using.

Once I am sure my image is in place I always roll it on the table so that it evens it all out.

Then I gently peel away the grease proof paper 

There will be little bits of melted wax on the candle but these can either be smoothed out by using your finger or gently brushed off.

And here is the end result once you have made your finishing touches 

You can also use rub ons to decorate candles or decorated vellum but obviouslly with vellum it must be removed before burning and you MUST put a warning on candles about how to use them safely.  You can also use gems to decorate and ribbon to pretty it up a bit.

I hope this tutorial is of use to some of you that have always wanted to have ago


CYDA Challenge - Button Or Bow

Its a new challenge over at craft your days away and this fortnight the theme was chosen by me. 
The theme I have chosen is BUTTONS OR BOW or both if you like as long as it has either on then you will be included in the draw for a fabby prize from 

So for this challenge I knew I had to add a button or a bow but I have been wanting to have ago at heat embossing for ages and I bought a gorgeous stamp the other day and thought it would be good to have ago with it.  I used gold embossing powder and my heat gun.  I stamped the image onto some velum some thing  I haven't done before I love the way it looks I am totally impressed with heat embossing and think I will be doing it alot from now on!

 Right Off to carry on with other things that need doing, I am sure you are all busy with Christmas preparations!

Thanks for popping by 

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Robbie the Robin christmas decoration tutorial

I thought I would share a really easy Christmas decoration with you that you can make either on your own or with your children.  It takes about 20 minutes and really is a simple make.

Here is Robbie

Click on the template then right click and save to your computer then resize to your preferred size robin and print off.

You will need :
  •  The template or make one of your own.
  •  Brown Felt or colour of your choice depending on what you would like your robbin to look like
  •  Fabric for his tummy I have chosen red polka dot you could also use red felt
  •  Thread in the colours you would like I have used brown for around the outer edge and white for securing his tummy and for the white dot in his eye.
  • Ribbon 
  • Stuffing you dont need anything fancy even scraps of felt or fabric will do the job nicely.
  • Sewing kit, scissors, needles, pins etc
 How to make:

 1. Using the template cut out all the pieces you will need it should look like thi, you do not have to use fabric as your tummy piece another piece of felt or fabric will work just as well.
2. First of all you will need to sew all the bits and bobs on to one side of the large circles. 
So to start off  you will need to sew his tummy on, I  pinned my tummy to the circle and stitched across the the top securing the tummy in place. 
 Stich across the top so it looks like this 
3. Then sew all the other bits and bobs on here is a piccy of all the bits you need to sew on before you stich your button onto the wing. I used white to stitch the eye in place creating a cute little eye you could use a small button.
Once you have stiched all of your bits and bobs on sew the Button on to the wing, you do not have to do this if you prefer to leave it off.
4.   Now take the back piece and starting from just above the eye blanket stitch or running stictch if its easier around the the circle shape of his body remembering to stop once inch from where you started. 
5. Then sew in your ribbon 
6. next you need to stuff your robbin, you can use stuffing or felt remnants or fabric material anything that will make him a bit puffy.
7.  Continue to sew to close the whole and finish off.
8. You should now have some thing that resmbles a little robin to hang on your tree.
  The brilliant thing about robbie is you can use different materials or different colour felt to create the same little bird the options are open, you could also make a little garland of robbies :)
I hope you find this tutorial useful if you do decide to use my template or make one of these robins then please send me the link as I would love to see and also mention my blog as the place you got the template from.

Thank you


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sparkles Challenge - Vintage Christmas

Today we have a brand new challenge over at Sparkles challenges and the theme is 'vintage Christmas'  We are a multi crafts challenge blog so I have created some Tags, I don't know about you but I am getting a little bored with making chrimbo cards and it isn't even December yet!

So here are my vintage style tags all ready to go on their parcels

This fortnight we are sponsored by stichy bear stamps I look forward to popping by to see your makes.


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Pretty doves

I just wanted to share this photo of the doves I made recently, this is the last piece of this fabric I have and it is lovely I havent been able to find it anywhere :(  Similar to me is just not good enough lol

And then with the last peice of my kath kidston retro spot material I made these too
But I have plenty of other gorgeous retro spot to use thankfully .  

Have a lovely saturday 


CYDA Challenge - Embellishment Bingo

Good morning, we have a  new challenge with a difference this fortnight over at Craft Your days Away, its some thing I have never done before!  
Its Embellishment Bingo (picture are bottom of post to give idea)  I love a challenge but I think I was given too much choice lol but I settled with 
Pearls Ribbon and Flowers.

The sentiment is from the Whimsy store its from the christmas digi set well worth the pennies!  
Coloured with Pro markers, the papers are both from freebie packs in magazines.  
The ribbon is from my stash the flowers are from my never ending Duck Pond Crafts Christmas Blooms Kit, and the pearls are papermania.

So here is how embellishment bingo works, obviously you can nip 
on over to the blog and get the full details
all you need to do is pick one line of three embellishments, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.  The rules are to just use the three embellishments in your chosen line on your craft project which of course dosent have to be a card it can be anything!

This fortnight we are sponsered by 

I look forward to seeing your makes!
Take care and see you in blogland

Sunday, 6 November 2011


Hello everyone on this sunny sunday!  We have a new challenge over at sparkles Challenges the theme this fortnight is AUTUMN.  I did struggle with what to make to fit this theme then I came across the gorgeous new range called NeighbourWood by By Helz Cuppleditch its part of the woodland friends range. 

I dont tend to use decoupage but this was so sweet and the papers arent really my bag either but I love them!
The Card candy is from the lovely Blooms Kit from Duck Pond Crafts Yes I still have loads left!

So if you fancy getting involved with this fortnights challenge and winning yourself some Di Digis Stamps then get on over to Sparkles Challenges and find out the deets Simples!

Catch you soon off to sew more chimbo decs!

Challenges I would like to enter are:

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A spot of Thanks

Morning all, I have another quick make to show off to you today using the fab Blooms kit from
the blooms kit from october was christmas themed but I had some gorgeous blues in mine and I decided to use them to make a every day card.  There were also some wired decorations with beads on the end (like berries) dont even know what their proper name is so we shall go with 'wired decoration' lol I cut the wire and used just half with one berry as the centre of my flower.  The twine is from the kit too!

The bloom kits are £11 posted and are full of goodies the next one is due out very soon and has a fabulous theme!  There are also Card makers kits that have lots of goodies in to make complete cards.

Off to catch up with some sewing, I shall be back soon

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Duck Pond Delights

This week I am playing catch up which isn't a bad thing as yesterday I had some time to play with the gorgeous Blooms Kit from Duck Pond Crafts.  If you check back a couple of posts you will see the fabulous goodies that come in a blooms kit but each month they are very different but still fabulous.  This month was christmas themed BUT as you will see in tomorrows post you dont have to use your goodies for christmas makes they can be used for anything!

Ribbon, Flowers which have been layerd, buttons, ribbon and card candy are all from the kit but you get LOADs of each so plenty to make lots of things.

I also made a little gift box card that can be filled with sweets or anything christmasy.
The Snowflakes are chipboard and I have painted them with Acrylic paints and added some fine glitter.  The ribbon is from the blooms kit.
Here is a reminder pic of what was in the Blooms Kit this month
The Kits are £11 posted and this month (november) has a fantastic theme that I had a little part to play in!

I shall be back tomorrow with another blooms kit piccy 

Thanks for stopping by and dont forget to go check out
there are some other great examples to see.