Thursday, June 17, 2010

Paper flowers...

Had a bit of a happy accident with paper strips a couple of days ago. I was trying to create one of those store-bought gift bows, and ended up with this flower-like thing! Have just finished making five of them, plus a flower pot for my daughter's bedroom. You could use whatever paper you like!
A nice way to brighten a little girl's wall for next to no cost. :) You will need: decorative/scrapbooking papers, glue, large punch, brown/green cardstock, foam mounting tape.
Instructions: 1. For each flower cut 6 strips of paper approx 30 x 2cm. 2. Loop over as shown. 3. Cut a 5cm square of scrap card, and glue the ends of the loops to the square as shown. 4. Glue a large flower or circle shape to the centre. 5. Take an A4 piece of brown cardstock. Mark points 3cm in from the bottom corners, and 20cm up each side. draw a pencil line between these points, and trim. Trim a 3cm width from the top, and discard. Trim another 4cm width and adhere this overlapping the remainder of the card, with two layers of foam mounting tape, for dimension. 6. Cut 1cm strips of green cardstock, in various lenghts for the stems. 7. Put up on the wall with blu-tak. I'd love your comments! :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

a thing of beauty...

You might remember in a previous post I said my Royal Albert 1930's Polka Rose mug was on its way? ...It arrived! Check them out here: Look under dinnerware, then plates/bowls/mugs. This mug feels substantial in the hand, but not heavy :) It's going to be a real treat to use, and I love the scalloped shape. It doesn't show up that well in my pic, but there's a slight fluting, or scalloping all the way around. Yes..that's gold ...22 carat to be exact ;) I just love the polka dots combined with traditional rose floral. Reminds me of that famous designer, Cath Kidston, and her work. Even the packaging is beautiful, making this a great gift idea. Any mugaholics out there like me? What do you think?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

..cue the music..and in this episode...table tennis balls!

Remember I said it was like the soap opera of craft? And I had ping pong balls? well.. ta da! Kid's Hot Rollers, using ping pong balls and bathroom rolls!! Any KIDS reading this: Get Mum or Dad's help please! Instructions:
  1. Trim down a bathroom roll to 2/3 the length (carefully!)

  2. Trim a piece of patterned paper to the same length as roll and enough to wrap around, then adhere it to the roll. I used my trusty JAC, or double sided sticky paper to do this :)

  3. Carefully punch out two small holes 1/4 inch in, and from opposite sides of one end of the roll.

  4. Carefully make small holes in opposite ends of the ball, I used a sewing needle to start the hole, then worked it bigger with a blanket needle. Hint: use the "seam" of the ball to make sure holes are in the right spot.

  5. Thread some thin elastic right through the ball, and then attach at the holes on the bathroom roll. This bit was tricky - I used a blanket needle to get the elastic through the ball.

And there you have it. It was suprisingly easy to make holes in the ping pong ball. Miss Seven even modelled it for me. You just wrap a section of hair around, and secure with the elastic going over the top, and held in place with the ball. I haven't tried any heat on it, but I suspect it may even stand up to a bit of heat..yes they may actually work. So, you could whip up a dozen of these for your little girl - she'll be wrapt! :) have fun....