Sunday, 25 June 2017

Crochet Stegosaurus


Confession: I've never really got "into" dinosaurs. They've always felt scary and not caught my interest. Dragons on the other hand? Love them. Metallic scales, huge wings, breathing fire and jewel encrusted stomachs? Awesome.

Anyway. This dinosaur I do love. He's cute and friendly, and loves roaming through overgrown grass. He has four cute tubby feet and amazing pink spikes. I crocheted him using Stylecraft DK (still leftovers from my rainbow blanket!), following this pattern by The Button Ship. The pattern works in a new way to me, as it requires you to break your yarn and restart in a different place. But I think the finished look is worth it.


Rawr.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Perfectly Parchment Cards


I used to do parchment craft with my sister when I was younger, but when she left home I no longer had access to it - being the youngest has it's pros and cons! Thankfully the other year I inherited a set of parchment craft tools and some stencils, so I just had to buy myself some paper in order to get back to it!



I really enjoy doing parchment craft, poking the different sized holes through the parchment, and applying pressure in areas to almost "colour" the paper white. It can look so effective, especially when combined with solid colours and simple embellishments.


The most difficult part about using parchment paper in cards is finding the right adhesive, as many show through. I personally found it best to work the adhesive around the design so it was best disguised, for example PVA behind a white area, glue dots behind a highly patterned area, or adding a split pin as part of the overall design. It can also work to leave a larger border around it to stick it down and then frame with another piece of card. I think I need to buy myself some more stencils!

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Perfect Cup of Tea [Card]


How beautiful is this cup of tea?! I found it in a series of free printables of British biscuits here. It includes watercolour illustrations of (my favourite) party rings, custard creams, and this gorgeous cup and saucer. I mounted the cup and saucer on some cream hammer card, and pink polka dot paper which is included in the printables. I used Liquid Pearls for the added details - you know I can't resist a bit of shimmer or sparkle! A lovely, pretty, summery card. I think I'll be using these downloads a bit more in the future!

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