Monday, 31 December 2012

Poundland napkin ring decorations

I adore Poundland. Every time I am in town, I love to go and browse the shelves to see all the bargains. I discovered that they had a fabulous selection of wired ribbon, and these gorgeous big, glittery poinsettia with clips on the back. There were three flowers for a pound, and they were being sold as tree decorations, but I could immediately see another use for them. I cut a short length of the red wired ribbon, wrapped and overlapped it around our Christmas paper napkins, then secured the ribbon with the clip on the back of the poinsettia. These table decorations literally took about two minutes to make the seven I needed for my Christmas table, and they looked really pretty on the gold charger plates I already had.

 

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Poppy calendar

I was first prompted to start a blog almost two years ago, after attending a wonderful class by Kath Stewart, whose blog you can find here. You can find Kath's post about the class showing her calendar here, and if you look carefully, you may be able to spot me in one of the class photos! In the class, we made an easel style poppy calendar, which I am still using. You'll need to scroll down a bit to see the calendar. I always make a gift of handmade cards for a friend at Christmas, but because I was ill, I didn't get a chance to make any, so I decided to make a calendar basing it on the one I had made before, which meant I didn't need to come up with a new design at a time when my mojo was hiding. I mostly used the Hero Arts stamps used in the class, with the butterflies substituted with the new Kanban ones I bought last month. I also left out the little sentiment bit, and obviously changed the colours completely.

 

Friday, 28 December 2012

Hero Arts Social Club shout out

I am so chuffed! One of my cards has been included on the Hero Arts blog in their social club shout out. It is a simply stamped bike thank you card, and you can see it on the HA blog here if you scroll down a wee bit.

You can find the original post on my blog here.

It's made my day!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas cards versions 1,2 and 3 for 2012

I didn't manage to get all my cards made this year as being in bed with the flu for a week severely curtailed my pre-Christmas preparations. Fortunately, I had made about half of what I normally send back in November, so at least I was able to give a few handmade cards this year. I had three versions, the first two using Christmas decorations I bought after Christmas from Tesco for next to nothing. I think a pack of ten wooden decorations were about 30p. I didn't know what I would use them for, but they seemed too good to pass by.

I doctored the decorations up a wee bit with the addition of a holly leaf and some dimensional paint for berries. They were then added with a brad to the front of a computer printed card, which had been hand stamped with a Hero Arts snowflake background. The decoration can be easily removed for hanging on the tree if desired. I try to make Christmas cards with a Christian message, so used a verse from Matthew for each card front.

The post-friendly version of this year's card was made by replacing the wooden star with a gold embossed star, cut with my Craft Robo.

I already know what my New Year's resolutions will be:

  • Next year I will be more organised and make my Christmas cards in July, and
  • next year I will have a flu jab!
 

 

 

Friday, 21 December 2012

Hunkydory For All 70th card

I used the Hunkydory For All Pastimes, wine kit to make this card for a 70 year old who enjoys a glass of wine and loves books. It seemed a good fit!

I used a verse from the LOTV sentiments set again, this time gold embossing it and mounting it on some gold card. Half the front of the A5 card is cut away, with the topper overhanging the edge, and the outer frame lifted on foam pads. It really hasn't photographed well but hopefully you can get the idea.

 

 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Birthday card for a 50th birthday

I haven't posted for a while as I have been flattened by a dose of flu, which has kept me away from my crafty desk and pretty much everything else for the past week or so. Fortunately, I had already made this, and the 70th card to follow, before I fell ill, so I was able to get them out on time.

I've kept the age quite discreet on this card, for no particular reason other than I couldn't find a spot to add big numbers! The stamp set is Kanban Butterflies clear stamp, and I have been really impressed with the quality of them. They held the ink brilliantly, right from the first impression. My only gripe with this particular set is that I don't like butterflies that seem to be flying upside down. It just looks weird to my eyes! To get around this, I used one of my latest purchases, and added a sentiment from the really useful Lili of the Valley verse set. It has a verse to cover just about anything, including the offending butterfly!

I used lots of Distress inks, Glamour Dust and leaves from a Sizzix set, along with various distressed and embossed layers. The entire card front was embossed with an A4 folder.

 
 

 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Bad review for Craftycapers.co.uk

I've never felt the need to do this before, but since it is my blog and I can therefore indulge myself, and it is read by folk in the crafting world who may well come across craftycapers.co.uk, I thought I would give a little review of craftycapers.co.uk and its associated businesses, as a little warning to others. There are a few bad reviews for craftycapers.co.uk on line, and I wish I'd read them before ordering. Any good reviews have been left by people who didn't experience any problems with their order, and as the website is okay, the prices okay, and the delivery okay, I would have definitely gone on to use them again, and been none the wiser. However, the measure of a company is how they treat their customers when there is a problem, and this is where craftycapers.co.uk fail. My hope is that you have landed on this site through a search engine, and read this before you deal with them, so welcome!

Craftycapers.co.uk has a few websites (littlecraftybugs.co.uk, littlepartybugs.co.uk, craftycapers.co uk, craftybugs.co.uk and craftsformen.co.uk) which fall under the same umbrella.

I was excited to find craftycapers.co.uk as they have a good range of products. Unfortunately, one of the items I ordered was not fit for purpose. The phone number they supply with their Paypal receipt is false, and a request via their website to phone me to discuss the problem, which took some time to explain, was refused. I found craftycapers.co.uk difficult to deal with and my problem was not resolved to my satisfaction. After numerous emails, they did eventually offer to refund but this wasn't an option for me as I needed to make the best of what I had due to time constraints, so my problem was never resolved. Although craftycapers.co.uk seemed completely incapable of accepting or understanding my problem, a goodwill gesture that would have cost them a few pounds would have completely resolved the problem and led to many future orders. A great shame that their customer service is so lacking. I placed an order of almost £100, and several hundred pounds worth of orders would have followed for Easter, Mother's Day etc. throughout the year, as I order for two toddler groups, have an input to a kids' club and had already recommended them to a Rainbows leader, who has now been told of the issues I have had. Huge customer service fail on their part, and I'd recommend them to no one.