Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Simple Craft Tape Birthday Card

I made this card for my niece’s birthday last week. 
The hand cut card blank measures 5.5ins x 5.5ins and is made using a white linen effect card (Papermill Direct)
I cut a smaller square of card for the centre and then laid strips of adhesive paper craft tape across it.
IMG_6402I then mat and layered the square on teal and then silver, although it’s hard to pick this out from the pictures.  I layered the silver Craftwork cards sentiment on just on the teal.
And then to give the card a little extra birthday bling I added a few silver stars.  I reckon the card took me about 20 minutes to make, but that included the “thinking” and working out time, repeats of the design wouldn’t take half as long.
The tape from B & M bargains only cost £1.99 for 13 x 3m rolls which really was a bargain.

Monday, 15 January 2018

A Lovely, Lovely Present From Lucy And The Potential For Holiday Mooching.

You might remember that I was very taken by the tamata votives Lucy and I saw in a church we visited in Kassiopi in Corfu last summer.
I was desperate to buy one or two but they weren’t for sale in the church or in any shop (not that we thought they would be) and when I came home I did spend a little time looking …… but then life sort of got in the way again …………….
However, Lucy, bless her, is made of more determined stuff and without her saying a word I found this tamata of an eye at the bottom of my Christmas stocking.  You just wouldn’t believe how thrilled I was.  As soon as I got home it was put safely in an Ikea Ribba box frame and is currently sitting on one of the shelves in my lounge, however, it might move  to my new look bedroom when all the new drawers and shelves have been built…… with a change of background colour, I think a rich blue would look much, much better.
Lu and I have already booked our next odyssey to Crete in the summer, so I will be on the look out again ……. and after some internet browsing I also fancy an evil eye plate ……. though I have never seen anything as stunning as these on any of our travels, you never know!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Blast From The Past - Valentine Hug In A Mug

Hug In A Mug Valentines
The original idea for Hug In The Mug came from my friend Lisa wondering wondering what to do with her left over hot chocolate sachets etc. from making Snow Man Soup packets.
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This could be a simple little something children could make/give to someone special, Gran, Grandad, Aunties etc.on Valentines Day.  Contains sachet of hot chocolate drink, mini marshmallows, a chocolate heart lolly for stirring and a few Valentine chocolate coins. 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Random Letter Birthday Card

This is the card I made for Marc’s partner Iain’s birthday, a design I have used several times now.
The card blank, which measures  6ins x 6ins was from a pack ready made Kraft cards and envelopes that I have had for ages
The alphabet letters are either from sticker or craft packs or from word games that I have found in charity shops that I have bought solely for the letters. A mix of different sizes of gold and silver stars add extra sparkle and dimension.
I always struggled with men’s cards as not every man is into football, fishing, boats or cars, so this type of is a perfect solution to the problem.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Save The Date Wedding Cards

These are the Save The Date Cards that my nephew and his girlfriend Amanda finally chose from the eight or so I sent them, however since the photos were taken  and after final approval, we changed the wording to “Save The Date” and got rid of the exclamation mark after it, as it wasn’t really necessary.
As I said before the design isn’t mine, Amanda sent me a link to an idea she liked and I worked on it from there, making my own template in Publisher so that I could make any alterations that might be needed after finding a free font that was as near to the one used on the original as I could.
The main card body was printed on ivory linen effect card and then mat and layered on slate grey.
The text was also printed in a dark grey, which after a bit of experimenting looked much more subtle than black.
IMG_5811The Clipiola spiral paperclips were expensive, but were just so much more stylish than the usual trombone shaped clips. 
All that is left to do is for Joe and Amanda to add their own sticker photo under the paperclip and then we should be good to go!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Fiddle Fart’s First Guest Crafter Of 2018 - Marc

This has to be the cutest, cutest, cutest thing ever and just goes to show, pardon my English was an incredibly clever b****r Marc is!
All I can tell you is that this beautiful Basset Hound (Marc and Iain now have four, see below) has been felted ……..
…….. required an awful lot of patience ……
……. and is totally stunning!
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Marc and Iain’s babies.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Its New Years Day 2018!

First of all Fiddle Fart …….  as I said before, I haven’t really crafted properly since September due to my spending weekends away or people coming over etc. and as a result I think my mojo has suffered over that time, so I am going to continue for the next little while at least posting on a Monday, and then perhaps look in the Fiddle Fart archives and re-post  ideas for Valentines Day and Easter, as I did in the lead up to Christmas, just to keep things going and then re-evaluate again in a month or twos time.
My only resolution is a consequence of the above ……. not to buy anymore crafting stuff, no matter how much of a bargain or tempting, I bought too much before Christmas, mainly from The Works and none of it actually got used!  Marc and I had a bit of a discussion when I saw him last as to our buying habits, do we buy to craft or do we buy to collect (and stroke)? I need to learn to craft using what I already have and believe me I could craft for the next 20 years and not need to buy anything.  This I hasten to add will be an extremely hard resolution to keep!
The next two months are going to be pretty busy, the main reason is I that I am having a few alterations done to my bedroom (above, as it looked over Christmas). I decided I wanted drawers on either side of the bed and some extra shelving.
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This is what my carpenter Dave and I came up with to match the wardrobes and drawers he created just after I first moved in (below).
Before Pete can get started I need an electric plug socket  moved and another one added to where the top of each set of drawers will be, so the period between Christmas and the New Year seemed to be the ideal time to see where existing pieces of furniture could be moved to or reluctantly got rid of.
As it happened the bedside drawers fit perfectly inside one of the wardrobes ….. so that’s a new home for vests, pants and socks sorted!
Initially, I was going to put the Ikea Billy bookcase in the guest room but it just didn’t look right. I had measured it previously and didn’t think it would fit in the hall cupboard but I decided to try it anyway, despite my fears of it getting stuck but it was a perfect fit!  I now have a space for shoes at the bottom and then found some collapsible boxes in Home Bargains that fit after re-spacing the shelves! I was thrilled as it created even more space.  However, in creating space that gives me the opportunity to fill said space, a double edged and very dangerous sword, so perhaps I should add “one thing in so at least one thing out!” to my resolutions!
It all kicks off around 8th January, so I will keep you updated on progress.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Blast From The Past - New Years Smiley Face Favour Bags

I like to make something to “bring the New Year in” on the first day back at work after the Christmas break  …….
….. and as soon as I saw these Thorntons Smiles on a 3 for 2 offer I knew they would be perfect.
So I bagged up nine to a pretzel bag, three of each flavour, I wasn’t being mean, I just didn’t want to be overly generous, as, no doubt, everyone will be on a diet!!!!
I made the tags using punching a large scalloped circle in gold mirror card, and putting a printed calendar tags that I have had for years and really need using up, on one one side and a handwritten New Years message on the other.
Finally, I attached the tag, and a matching ribbon to the bags and trimmed off the excess on the bag. with pinking shears.
The calendar tags are brilliant as you can highlight the date on them.
I tried to look for more pretzel bags on e-bay as I only have a few left, in the past I have only been able to find them from one seller and unfortunately on this occasion couldn’t find them, which means that I am going to have to try out some bookmark bags instead, they are a little wider 65mm as opposed to 50mm, but perhaps they might be a little more versatile, we shall see.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Blast From The Past - Lottery New Year Favours!

As you know,  I like to make little favours for the first day back at work after a major holiday ….  and seeing nets of chocolate coins reduced to 25p with a use before date of August 2013 … well I just couldn’t resist, and came up with this idea…..
Chocolate Money Favours.I created the sheet of sentiments in Publisher, using  “High Tide”  font free  from http://www.fontpalace.com/font-details/2Peas+High+Tide/
chocolate money favourI cut the sentiments out and backed them onto the back of a lottery ticket,  trimming the edges to fit the narrow cello bags I used (9cm wide)
Lottery Ticket Favor FavourI put three coins in each bag,  which then I sealed with my Elitech bag sealer.
Chocolate Money Favour.I made another sheet of “Happy New Years” which I punched out,  to stick on the front of each packet
Favour Chocolate Money FavourEt voila, all that was left to do was pop them in everyone’s sling or pigeon hole on the first day of term.
It's an idea that could be altered to suit other events .....and I shall put my mind to doing a couple more versions of the wording and then offer them as a free download, so watch this space ......

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Blast From The Past - New Year Favour

As you know I like to start and end each school term with a small fairing gift that I pop into colleagues pigeon holes ready for the first/last day.
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Well, I decided to go very small this term, as no doubt half the people I will give one to will have started a new diet ….. so one teeny, weeny Ferrero Rocher won’t hurt will it?
New Year Favor
And, as I feel all crafted out after Christmas, I have used some pre-made, cut and scored wedding favour boxes (from Hobbycraft) that  I’ve had for years, all I’ve had to do is to make them up.  A bit of faux stitching, handwriting and a tiny gift bow on the top and that’s it,  done and dusted!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Blast From The Past - New Years Eve Crafty Gifts - Midnight Feast Box

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I was thinking about New Year and First Footing and came up with this really daft idea for a New Years Eve favour - as my sister would say “You have too much time on your hands!”
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It opens up to reveal a Midnight Feast – in this case two shortbread biscuits, because I always think of Scotland at New Year, but you could put anything you like in with a New Year/Midnight Feast idea Picture 384
The box is made using my Sizzix Bigz Shaker Box Die (No. 655134) in a dark blue cardboard. I have doodled on it using a white gel pen and highlighted the date on the scalloped calendar tab which is from Sarah’s Cards.
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As I said this is a daft idea but I thought it might set other peoples imaginations off……, you could adapt it for a sleepover party for example.