I have been a little slack posting but have been busy crafting (made 50 pairs of earrings this weeknd using my new 1 step looper) and going to a craft show. I have also had a couple of craft days with lovely friends, instead of crafting together we have changed the format so one teaches the other a new project. Such fun. Mine is going to be for mothers day so will post later.
My parents LOOOOOVE Hawaii. Dad has also acquired many ukes and we now have some lovely Hawaiian friends from the uke circut. Dad’s birthday is coming up next week and I suspect uke 7 (I think) will be acquired from a special friend, and talented uke maker, Joe, owner (with the lovely Kristen) of Kanilea Ukulele.
I have made mini ukes (for the uke no. 2 that did not arrive in time for xmas), uke themed stepper cards and cards with every hawaiian islands sticker I can find in Brisbane. All I could find this time was a 4 Hawaiian dancers. But after the recent craft show doing stencilling I was inspired.
I cut the palm trees layers using my baby cricut and the stretch your imagination Cartridge, assembled. I used the negative to stencil trees, using two shades of green for the leaves and two brown for the trunk so it looked like it had rings. Layered on the cricut palm trees and coloured the palm leaves with copics to match. Used some distress ink to create the sand, added the hawaiin dances and voila!
I wanted to find something, not expensive to make or post but which would show some new overseas friends that we were thinking of them on their wedding day. Voila i found this great blog which is another variation to my congratulations decorated banner. Since I have used my stash of congratulations I thought perfect!
I raided my stash to find everything I needed except the right colour ring to join everything together and a crop a dile. But thats ok mum used to do leatherwork so dad will punch the holes for me. I was very impressed, in about 30 minutes I was done. This time included making a wedding card to include so they can see what to do with the gift.
Elegant on the outside and on the inside showing a little character of the bride (photographer) and groom (loves computer games, also a professional muso but that was too easy!). Phew I finally used that wedding scrapbooking paper I have had in the pile for 5 years and the vintage decoupage bride and groom.
Off to see dad to get the holes punched and buy a silver large ring.
So the family christmas card has been handmade by us for over 20 years. Each year we must come up with something a little better and a little different. Yes there are expectations from those that receive them but it is also fun. Sometimes I get an idea, sometimes mum likes bits and pieces she has seen in my cardmaking magazines. Sometimes I need to do two designs as Dad decrees they are a bit cutesy for business use. After quite a bit of playing around test designs were provided to the family for approval. Yes its serious business!
This year I was inspired by this tutorial on making a folded xmas tree from a half circle. Great I though, I can use the cricut to cut the circles. I was also keen to destash particularly brads. I did have to buy some xmas paper with smaller designs but I did economise by choosing a pad which worked for these and our gingerbreads plus the 12 days of xmas tags I still need to make.
Usually I split up the construction tasks between myself and mum but as I am not working and she is, its all me. I have completed 1/4, 1/4 need some stamping, bases are 90% made for the balance of our 120 odd xmas cards. A bit of stamping, colouring and attach our handmade stickers to the back and I will be done. Hope you like them. I am quietly in love with every one.
So today was the day, I had base coated the remaining 38 gingerbread, cut 80 sets of clothes (3 goes to get the design right so I could use the cricut to cut out, still needed a small trim as I went but much easier than doing all by hand), raided the stash for ribbon, bling, buttons and anytng else we could use for decoration.
I ended up using a glue stick rather than the xyron after some advice from a friend to attach the clothes and pressed flat with my bone folder. It took mum and I about 5 hours to dress and bling all of them. Great to do a far bit of destashing. They are all resting in a box until they are gifted to the lucky recipients safely layered with greaseproof. Not what we had actually planned to do today but pleased to get this job done.
So earlier this year I took my bestie along to a cosmetic and soap making course. Both of us love handmade things – making and using. We have made two batches of soap thus far and it is better to do in pairs so you don’t forget anything.
But as I am currently not working and she is I have been experimenting with a few other beauty items – lotion bars, body scrubs and lip balms. Dr Google is great for finding different idea’s of how to do this.
Here are the ones I have selected for 3 things, simple clear instructions, minimal ingredients and one pot makes.
Lip Balm – I used coconut oil instead of jojoba as I have an allergy, added peppermint essential oil and a little bit of brown lipstick for colour
Lotion Bars – my favourite is to use beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil and put into either ice-trays (plain or shaped) or mini muffin tins (don’t worry they pop out once cooled). Ice-cube ones can be stacked in a glass jar and the mini muffins fit into those little plastic one serve sauce containers you can buy at the supermarket. If you remember add some essential oil I have found around 12 drops per batch is about right.
Body scrubs – I find sugar great, doesn’t sting after shaving and disappears down the drain instead of remaining on the shower floor.
You can reuse your old containers or buy some new at the cheap/thrift shop or when you buy the ingredients from a speciality store. Best of all these are not expensive to make and can be made at the last minute if needed!
OK I am currently cutting 85 sets of clothes for gingerbread decorations. Took a little fiddling but have managed to get it right with my cricut so I do not have to cut by hand (phew!).
As I am not working at the moment but still wanting to get ahead with my Christmas crafts I am trying to be extra thrifty. My big discovery… wait for it, 3m edge lock tape. I might be behind the game but I have not seen this tip anywhere.
Use a 2 inch piece top and bottom of your paper (I have 6×12 inch matter so if you have a bigger one perhaps each corner) and if using chipboard each corner to hold in place. Much better than glue sticking the mats and no more discarding once have been cut up badly.
Well as I am still looking for a new job I thought I would get stuck in to the christmas craft projects, in my christmas box I found wooden decorations and laser cut shapes. Aah that’s right a friend gave me a chipboard christmas ornament with laser cut shapes painted in gold and tied with a ribbon. So what will I do. Paint them, add the laser cut shapes painted in antique gold and when I ran out, added some bling.
I also had two gingerbread garland with 5 gingerbread people. Mum saw it and asked how many I had. Mmm not enough she said, she had 40 staff. So off I went to kaiser craft and yes, craft gods, thank you, they had enough to get to 40 and they were on sale. So a sample was made and provided for approval.
And here they are, decorated front and back. Approved! So 10 left to undercoat and need to play with the cricut to see if I can cut the clothes using it instead of by hand. So, go mum, it was a garland but they look great as individual christmas decorations.