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Father’s Day – Embellishments For Your Own Cards

For readers resident in the United Kingdom or the United States, Father’s Day is now not far away, occurring on Sunday 18 June in 2017.  Although many may think it as a recent invention, perhaps cynically designed to help the card industry sell lots, it has it has been celebrated on St Joseph’s Day (March 19) in Catholic Europe since the Middle Ages.

Rather than buy ready made cards for your father, this celebratory day provides the ideal opportunity to design your own card or use a card design template. You can personalise it with all sorts of embellishments relevant to your loved one.  This is the time to be adventurous and even quirky, adding different levels of detail as you feel inspired.  For some interesting ideas to get you started, you might like to check out other people’s handcrafted father’s day cards.

You can choose to reflect Dad’s interests and hobbies on the card – for example, you could add beer related card toppers for a home brew expert, sports motifs for an athletic dad or even birds for a keen ornithologist.

 

Express Yourself Red and White Football Icons DIY Embellishments Pack
Football fans might appreciate a footie themed Father’s Day card which could be made using these card toppers.
Express Yourself Gardening Stick-On Card Toppers 9 Pack
If your dad is a keen gardener, this set of card toppers would allow a themed, fun card to be produced.
Altenew - Best Dad stamp set
Rather than using card toppers, if you fancy stamping a card for Dad, you might like to try this set of stamps.
How about this for a man who likes his golf?

 

I’m sure any father would love to receive a hand made card so why not get your creative juices going and create that personalised, special card?

We’d love to see and share your creations, so why not get in touch with us, via the comments section below?

Article originally seen on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/card-making/fathers-day-card-embellishments/

Baking

Embroidery-Inspired Biscuit Decorating

 

Hungarian pastry chef and artist Judit Czinkné Poór is the Leonardo da Vinci of the cake and biscuit decorating world.

Working from Mézesmanna, her cake-decorating shop in Ajka, there seems to be no limit to what she can do with biscuits. From complex Hungarian patterns to more contemporary designs, Judit uses her skills as a porcelain painter to take her work to a whole new level.

And believe it or not, she’s only been doing it since 2014. How does she do it? “practice, practice, practice,” she says. I think we’ll be practicing for a very long time!

These videos show a couple of examples of her amazing work

 

How could you eat these? I’d frame them and hang them on the wall!

Embroidery-Inspired Biscuit Decorating initially seen on Crafty Bug – Baking at http://baking.craftybug.co.uk/decoration/biscuit-decorating/embroidery-inspired-biscuit-decorating/

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101 Creative Card Sketches

As someone always on the lookout for inspiration, I came across a book by Gloria Pouch called 101 Creative Card Sketches and thought you might find it helpful if I shared my review of this book.

Inspiring - 101 Creative Card Designs

Background

Gloria is a keen card maker.  But one day she had the card maker’s equivalent of writer’s block, finding she was completely out of fresh ideas.  She had sat down to make a birthday card for her sister but had zero inspiration and found herself in a bit of a quandry.

As a result of this somewhat panicked moment, Gloria started searching for a solution to her lack of ideas and found that card sketches could be a great source of inspiration.  Since then, she has gone on to produce many sketches which can be used as a template for card design.  These sketches feature in her book along with some sample cards so you can see how the sketches can be used to create a variety of finished designs.

Content

In some ways, 101 Creative Card Sketches is a bit of a manual for card making.  It contains over 100 sketches which the card maker can then use to lay out their design.  Personally, I think this book is inspired and of great benefit to the experienced card maker and beginner alike.  There are some really neat ideas, which when you read them, make perfect sense along the lines of “why haven’t I thought of that before?”.  And the beauty of this book is that you can use the same layout template over and over again but create a fresh design each time just by varying the cardstock or embellishments used!

There is help for the complete beginner as Gloria breaks down each element of the card layout explaining how these work together and what sort of impact you can have by which design elements you choose.  For example, “the background of your card design will set the tone for the overall card”.  Kind of obvious when you think about it.  But it’s the sort of pointer that is of great benefit to a newbie, who might be keen to get going with the decorative elements and not pause to think about how the background is key to how the card will turn out.

The sketches provided by Gloria in this book are extremely versatile, with each one being capable of being used in a multitude of ways.  Gloria gives a worked example of this, demonstrating how one sketch can be executed in different ways and thus give completely different outcomes.  If you take a look at the picture below, you can see the template sketch (in the centre) she has used to create the two different cards.  If you were just looking at the finished cards, it would take a while for you to work out that they are essentially the same design!

 

The great thing about the sketches given in Gloria’s book is that they are intended for you to use whatever craft supplies you already have to hand.  There’s no reason why you can’t treat yourself to some new stock, of course, but the idea is that you don’t have to buy anything special to complete a project.

To get you started and inspired to make your own cards, the book contains several sample cards along with the instructions on how to make them.

Overview of Contents

Included in 101 Creative Card Sketches, you’ll find:

  • 30 Horizontal Card Sketches
  • 30 Vertical Card Sketches
  • 30 Square Card Sketches
  • 5 Long Horizontal Card Sketches
  • 5 Long Vertical Card Sketches
  • 1 Surprise Card Sketch
  • Over 25 card samples based on these card sketches, plus instructions
  • Handy summary sheets to see all the sketches at a glance
  • Tips and techniques for making the most out of the card sketches

How to purchase 101 Creative Card Sketches

You can buy your own copy of Gloria’s 101 Creative Card Sketches from her website which you can access here.  It’s priced at $17 and there is a 60 day money back guarantee if you are not completely happy with your purchase.

In addition to receiving this book, there are some bonus elements included for free, such as the Envelope Making Guide (including 6 patterns), Adhesive Guide for Card Makers (providing information on the best adhesives to use with which materials) and 17 Money Saving Tips for Card Makers.

And finally …

We’d love to hear from you and see your brilliant designs made using the templates supplied in Gloria’s book.  Please get in touch using the Comments box below so we can feature your fabulous creations on this site!

101 Creative Card Sketches first seen on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/card-making/101-creative-card-sketches-review/

Embroidery

Top Embroidery Tweets this Week

Here’s another in our regular series of what’s going on in the twittersphere regarding embroidery.  A round up of the tweets which have stood out this week.

1. Delicate Work

The detailed work required to clothe this tree in leaves is just stunning.  It’s so delicate and so pretty.

 

2. Machine Embroidery Work

 

3. Pretty and seasonal

 

4. Embroidery but not as we know it!

This is just stunning!  I’d be afraid to take a bite.

 

5. It’s all Greek to me!

 

Top Embroidery Tweets this Week initially published on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/embroidery/top-embroidery-tweets-this-week-1-may-2017/

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Great Father’s Day Cards

As we are on our way towards Father’s Day in the UK in June, I thought this was a good opportunity to showcase some home made cards seen out and about on the web.  I hope you think these set the right tone for Father’s Day and inspire you to have a go yourself.

1. Straight to the point

There are times when I really approve of simple, straightforwardly designed cards that aren’t embellished to the hilt.  Don’t get me wrong – these can be beautifully executed and stunning – it’s just that there are times I’m happy with the “less is more” approach.  I hope you’ll agree that this card is one of those.

Great idea for any occasion. Cut out letters on Cricut or buy them:

Image source: click here.

2. Vertical alignment

This card has the text aligned vertically rather than horizontally as in the previous example and has ramped up the design stakes.  It still gives a clean, neat and tidy result and by using the same colour for the letters as for the main background, the eye is drawn straight to them.  So there’s no doubt who the card is for.

Vertically designed father's day card

Image source: click here.

3. Card and Gift Combo

This next “card” is just brilliant!  It uses very little in terms of crafting skills but, importantly, it instantly solves the problem of finding a Father’s Day gift for Dad.  I can think of people I could adapt this for as a birthday card for example – anyone who’s a bit of a chocoholic will love this!

Fathers Day card for any Dad who likes chocolate

How could Dad fail to be impressed by that?

Image source: click here.

4. Finger Painting!

Here’s a card that’s a great project for involving the kids.  Who doesn’t love a spot of finger painting after all?

Easy and fun finger painted Father's Day card that babies, toddlers and preschoolers can make.:

Image source: click here.

5. Old Fashioned Vibe

I think this one has a bit of an old fashioned vibe to it.  Probably something to do with the bowler hat. This would be a great card for an older chap maybe or one with a stylish sense of humour.  Either way, I think it’s pretty darned clever and love the slightly quirky design.

Handmade Father's Day Card for a Gentleman

Image source: click here.

 

Great Father’s Day Cards initially available on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/card-making/great-fathers-day-cards/

Quilting

How to Make a Catnip Kitty Quilt

Everyone loves a cute kitten photo don’t they?  I am no exception to this and when there’s a great quilting project on offer to boot, well, I just had to share this with you!

Lee Meredith wanted a catnip toy for her kitten – which she bought due to lack of time – but then she had the great idea of making a quilt for her kitty which was heatable.  Here’s how she did it:

Ever since I got my kitten, Garbanzo, I’ve been trying to find toys that she likes to play with on her own, to distract her from wanting my attention and being bad. So when I found Craft Leftovers’ Heatable Catnip Pouch, it seemed perfect! I planned to make one, following Kristin’s tutorial, but I didn’t have time and ended up buying one.

 

Garbanzo goes crazy with Craft Leftovers’ Heatable Catnip Pillow.

So I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to make a bigger version, like a kitty quilt, but heatable with catnip? It worked out pretty well, using a recycled vintage pillowcase, so I’ll show you how I did it-I recommend making a pillow to go with it!

You’ll need:

  • A pillowcase or fabric
  • A bag of long-grain white rice
  • Catnip
  • Sewing machine with thread
  • A container to mix rice with catnip, and a funnel if necessary

For maximum kitty pleasure, use equal parts rice and catnip. In my blanket, I used much less catnip than I should have, resulting in Garbanzo not loving the blanket as much as I wish she did. So I definitely recommend using a generous amount of catnip! And, you must use white rice-I almost used brown because that’s what I had in the house, but then I read that brown rice will spoil.

First, you need to cut the pillowcase (or fabric) to size. If using an old recycled pillowcase as I did, double it up so it’s thicker so the kitty won’t rip it open. My pillowcase was extra huge to begin with, so I folded up the closed end as big as I wanted the blanket (about 1 foot) and cut the rest off.

Now to double up the fabric, tuck the cut end into the case, pushed down to the closed end. So, the right side of the fabric will be showing on the outside and inside of the case, with the cut edges down at the bottom of the inside. Pin along the bottom to hold the cut edges down there.

Sew along the bottom to hold the cut inside edges in place. I sewed three lines of stitches, for extra strength and also because I like how it looks. I also used a contrasting thread color both so you can see what I did and because I like how it looks.

Next, sew some vertical lines across your blanket, starting at the closed end, stitching all the layers together. You can pin first if you want, but I find it easy enough just to hold the layers together straight as I sew. I did superwavy lines for fun, but you could do straight lines or smaller waves or whatever you want! Four lines spaced across my 20-inch blanket worked well.

Mix your rice and catnip together so it’s all even. I suppose you could just pour the rice and catnip into the quilt without premixing, but I mixed it up first. I poured most of the rice into a clean coffee beans can, poured the catnip in, and shook it up. Then, I topped it off with the rest of the rice and shook some more. If your container isn’t big enough for all the rice and catnip, you could mix up half at a time.

If you need to, use a funnel to pour the rice/catnip into one section of your blanket. Approximate the right percentage of rice to pour in-I had five sections, so I eyeballed about one-fifth of the rice in each section. Sew the section closed.

Repeat for each section. Depending on the size of your blanket and the amount of rice you’re using, your sections might be more or less full than mine were, but it wouldn’t work for them to be too full. You need enough space to sew the top, and if the blanket is too tightly stuffed, it won’t be comfy for your kitty.

Now just sew one or two extra lines all the way across the top for extra strength and you’re done. I did two more lines to match my three lines on the other end.

Make sure you sew everything securely so your kitty can’t break it open!

Before you let your cat at it, stick it in the microwave to heat the rice and bring out the catnip smell. Roll it up and heat it for as long as it needs, depending on your microwave, and how much rice you used. My blanket needs about two minutes, but my microwave is lower power than most, so try one minute first and see how it feels.

The heat will make the catnip smell stronger, so your kitty will go crazy over it!

This is why you wouldn’t want to use one layer of thin fabric!

Now if you make a pillow to go with the blanket, your kitty will have a whole set to distract him/her from getting into trouble! Use leftover fabric from the pillowcase for a matching pair or scrap pieces of fabric left over from another project.

So there you have it.  A top tip for keeping your cat amused and out of trouble and the satisfaction of completing a quick and straightforward project.

Article source: click here.

Article for published on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/quilting/make-catnip-kitty-quilt/

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Cards with a Scalloped Edge

When making cards to send to friends and family, it’s sometimes good to add in that extra bit of detailing, that certain something extra which makes yours stand out from the rest.

I’ve found this tutorial for card makers on how to give the edges of your cards a fancy looking scalloped edge.  The process is straightforward to follow and the results look pretty darn good!  I rather think that a steady hand is required when punching out the patterns as I feel it’s only too easy to move the hole punch a fraction and then the pattern becomes distorted.  Anyhow, I’m sure you are all far better at this than me, so take a look at this tutorial and see how you get on.

 

To read the tutorial from Aunt Annie’s Crafts and to have a go at producing scalloped edge cards yourself, click here.

Article for published on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/card-making/greeting-cards-scalloped-edge/