Monday, March 27, 2017

Teachers' Treats

I always struggle to think of what to give to the teachers. I spend hours searching, looking, getting inspired. Then all this effort goes to sleep because I have weeks and weeks and WEEKS to prepare, until I have a week, then two days and then I'm going completely mad the night before. Yeap, that's one of the perks of procrastination. Some might call it just laziness but I prefer the big word. Plus it's not really laziness as I am doing zillion things instead. All of sudden, all those non-important little jobs get done. It's magic. Not magical, though...

Anyway, so last year late winter when I was researching a gift for the end of the year (see, the pattern?) I saw these "survival kits" for teachers. I like them but not completely as they got a bit mingled with "thank you" kits and, oh man, I can't have that. 

So I created one that was "thank you" consistent, yay! It was given to my boys' teachers on behalf of all the parents. So bit a pressure from the responsibility. Even though really... who cares. In any case, it turned out quite nice. Here it is.























I used a lot of Designer Paper that was retired years and years ago! Plus I didn't have any new back then. The sentiment is from the set called Lexicon of Love and is also retired. Meaning you can't get it from SU anymore but pay, probably more, on eBay. If you can find the set. 
But anyway, finished with a little bow, tight together with a ribbon. Inside, it had all kinds of treasure.

The latest gift I made was for Xmas. And I made these bottle hangers. 
They are very easy to make. I shall make a first attempt to make an instruction video soon. I promise. 

I used a circular punch and big label die that is, unfortunately, gone from the main catalog these days but there are so many other ones. Plus, one never knows, it can come back one day. 
I used This Christmas designer series paper and matching cardstock. The colour matching is what's great about Stampin' Up! It just matches! No more searching for the right colour and then settling for the best-ish you had.

Now off to do some crafting in the kitchen. It's dinner time. I wish my cooking was as beautiful as my papercraft. Oh well, I can't have it all, can I?



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hooked


Even though this blog is mainly for my papercraft, every now and then some other discipline would pop in. Like crochet. 

Just recently, and by that, I mean within last two years I got hooked again.  I always thought knitting was the things for me as my mum was an amazing knitter and I always had great plans in my head. 
Well, turns out, knitting is not my thing. Crochet rather is. I like just one loop to worry about. Always seems easier to repair too (not that often).




I made few dishcloths and face washcloths with scrubbies.
I fell in love with Lily Sugar'n'Cream Cotton. So many colours to choose from and such a lovely material to work with. 

I enjoyed making these, but wanted a bigger challenge. And found one. 
For Christmas, I made this beautiful toy for our youngest family addition (on David's side). It turned out just perfect. Little Mister Octopus.



I love the colours. So bright and cheery. I found instructions online (where else?) and tweaked them just a little bit. I am very happy with the outcome and so is the Mr Octopus recipient. 

Two more projects are coming up. One is done already but it is still reaching someone special on the other side of a globe (well, kind of, not literally but it's far enough) and the other one is still in the workshop and will be done, hopefully soon. More about those some other day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I am Taken with Teal

So, here it is... my first entry. With all the excitement and prospects of this new endevour, all of sudden, I'm not quite sure where to start!
How about to start with here and now?

I am Taken with Teal. No, really. It's one of the retired SU! colours and if I would have to tell them one thing, it would be "bring the teal back!" because it is just lovely. I have some leftovers from years ago when I was just too sorry to use it too much! Ridiculous, I know. Now, as a demonstrator I might be just having a different turn around of things so I am finally letting go! It feels good!

Yesterday I made these cards with the teal card stock and am pleased.



Wherever you go
Beautiful You

















In the photos it looks more green, but trust me, it's beautiful teal colour.
I saw a similar design of the card on the right on Pinterest. Loved the background immediately. I have no idea how they did it. I just smudged markers on a piece of laminating plastic, brushed watercolour paper with some water and plastered the plastic on it. It turned out lovely in my opinion.

Ok, now I have to run. I hear the boys laughing in the garden. They are working on a project with their dad. As Morgan said it would be epic! I'll keep you posted.