Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Christmas Cards - 1st batch

As promised here are the first Christmas cards I've made this year.  Now, its not that I'm that organised but for me Christmas preparation means making your own decorations rather than concentrating on cards.  The decoration making usually starts in August with the "stuff" coming down from the attic but this year it didnt come down until about 2 weeks ago.  As I no longer do craft fairs there's no hurry....
So with the help of a kit (free with Cardmaking and Papercraft mag, lots of lovely MME papers) here are the first cards:

Entering this card in the Clear it out "Trims" challenge

I tried to make the last card deliberately dull and lowkey.  Its the sort of card you might send to your grumpy relative who doesnt like Christmas....The stamp is from Woodware and I paper pieced the design.  Love, love these patchwork stamps! The sentiment was a freebie stamp from Creativity magazine. 
 The flower on the 2nd last card is made from a scrap of Tango yarn.  When I get organised I'll put the instructions for these flowers on my crochet blog.
Ger x

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reminder of Blog Hop (and 1 card)

Just popping in with a little reminder - there is one week left to enter your creation in the Anything Goes By the Cute and Girly Birthday Blog Hop.  Lots and lots of prizes on offer, just click here or on the badge on the top of this post for all the details.

Now for the card.   Its a bit fussy for me but you have to use up the ol' stash sometime, ok?
The papers are a mixture of Prima Melody, BG Out of Print and First Edition Summer Breeze.  The butterflies and flourishes are Bigz dies.  The corner is a Marianne die and the crochet flower is the pink version of this one in my Etsy shop.  Bit of glitter here and there...anything I could get my hands on!
Hoping to be back tomorrow with the first of the Xmas cards.
Entering this card in:
Flutterby Wednesdays Open Challenge No 176
Corrosive Challenges Flying things

Happy Crafting

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Just a bit of Bling.  Some eye candy for anyone who likes beads and shiny stuff....  These necklaces and earrings were made for one lady who is getting ready for the party season.  My makes have a better social life than I have!
That's all for today, folks!
Geraldine x

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Blog Hop

Welcome to our first every By The Cute and Girly blog hop!! It's our 2nd birthday and we are celebrating in style with a special challenge and blog hop!

As well as loads of prizes on the challenge blog, each design team member also has a prize on their blog from their featured sponsor, so lots of chances to win some great prizes!! :)

If you have came from Kate's blog then you are on the right track, if not, you need to start at Lora's blog.

Ok so here's what you have to do for a chance to win these prizes-
1. Enter the challenge at By The Cute and Girly as you normally would. The theme this month is "Anything Goes" and remember our challenge is for any type of crafts from papercrafts to baking, so you really can enter with anything you like. This month we are limiting the entries to 1 per person since it's anything goes.

2. Do the hop, leave a comment on each of the dt blogs for a chance to win the prize on their blog.

3. Each design team member has a letter of the alphabet on their blog that you need to collect. When you are finished the hop and have collected all the letters, re-assembled them, email Lora with the word you have made (you will find her email address and instructions on the challenge blog). Please DO NOT leave a comment with the word you have made, you must email Lora with it.


As the owner of Little Snippets Etsy shop I am sponsoring this section of the blog hop and I have a lovely embellishment kit to give away.  Its should make between 3 to 6 cards but would be ideal for making a summer-themed Mini Album.

It contains 6 Pink Paislee 6 x 6 papers, 2 crochet doileys, 5 embroidered butterflies, 6 flower motifs, 3 ribbon flowers, 3 bows with pearls, 3 deco stick pins, and finally, a selection of buttons. 

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.
My makes for October are all altered projects using embellishments from my Etsy shop:

 With  Halloween in mind I have decorated a plain white candle with the lace bats from my Etsy shop and some crochet trim.  The bats were "ironed" into the candle using the tip of my iron.  With safety in mind I have removed some of the wax from the top of the candle and inserted a tea light so that you have a permanent candle.  Of course you could use a battery tea-light instead of the wax ones and that would be even safer!  I am going to put the pattern for the beaded trim on my crochet blog HERE if anyone is interested...
 Using the Gingerbread man and Hello Kitty-style motifs from my Etsy shop I have sewn broch pins on to felt, glued them on to the motifs and cut carefully around the edges and Hey Presto a cute brooch!
Earring Display Frame
     A wooden photo frame distressed and painted with first a layer of blue paint then a layer of white.  Embellishments including flowers from a headband, Utee coated flowers from paper, die cut flourishes. hand made flower from scraps of lace, the embroidered Dress Form from HERE (sold in packs of 3), and 1 of my Vintage Butterflies.   The mesh backing that the earrings hang off comes from Halfords and is used for car repairs but you could use the mesh from a wire wastepaper bin (cheap) or the fancy radiator cover mesh (expensive!!).

Two T-shirts decorated with flower motifs  and pastel butterflies from Little Snippets.
I have hand sewn the motifs on to the t-shirts.  When the garments are worn out/lost their shape you can easily remove the motifs and re-use them!  I've made these samples just to reply to all those people who have said that my Snippets are "too good to use!".  If you've bought some go on use them - you're worth it!
For more ideas and inspiration re using my Snippets please visit my DT's blogs - Dianne, Lora, and Aideen and see their beautiful cards and other creations.....
The letter you need from me is A and the next stop on the hop is Ayelet

Here's a list of the hop order in case you get lost along the way.







Challenge Blog- You will find the email address here that you need to send the word you have made to, and of course you have to link your entry here too :)

Happy blog hopping!
Ger x

Saturday, October 1, 2011

!!!Blog Hop on its Way!!!

Coming soon the Cute and Girly Birthday Blog Hop!

October is the Cute and Girly blogs 2nd birthday and to celebrate we are having a massive blog hop with an incredible number of prizes!  Something to look forward to.  Back soon with more details!
Ger x
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