Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tried and Tested Tip Number 33 [VHS Cases for Small Projects]

I'm one of those slightly odd people who still has a bookcase full of VHS. I even have a VHS player, although it didn't work the last time I tried using it... Anyway, I've realised it's about time I get rid of some of these VHS tapes and cases. Only, it seems such a waste to throw them all away if I can find alternate uses for them!

I recently began a new sewing kit ('The Good Life' by Dimensions) and as normal it came in a small cellophane bag which isn't very easy to work with. I grabbed one of my empty VHS cases, and it all fitted together so well! I was able to put the picture of the cross stitch in the cover slot, so I knew what the project was.

Inside it fitted the chart, fabric, threads, and my pencil and scissors (both, of course, with lids). And when open, the lid of the box even worked as a stand for my pattern! It is so much easier to pick the box up to take out, and I know it's safer in my bag this way. I'm so pleased with the set up, now just to find something to do with the rest of them...

Thursday, 9 March 2017

A Cuppa Cocoa Card

I made this card for someone who loves their warm comforting drinks! I felt like experimenting with my beautiful Whispers Strokes pens, and I blended them using my water brushes - they are so convenient. I love how I can layer up these water-based pens to add shading, and I took extra joy in drawing the layer of whipped cream with just hints of gentle colour. I wanted some extra sparkle so added some glitter paint to finish off. Just a shame it's not edible!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Forever Friends Baby Card

One of my relatives recently gave birth to a baby boy, giving me the perfect excuse to use this (new to me) Forever Friends stamp! It is quite dinky but so cute. I added colour using Whisper Strokes pens, with a touch of blue to emphasise the white of the nappy. I love how these pens allow you to shade. I layered the stamped image up with some patterned paper, brown parcel paper, and a sticker from my stash. I like the rustic texture the brown parcel paper lends to such a clean cut design.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Crochet Octopus for a Premature Baby

When I was pregnant last year we were told that if our child survived the likelihood was that they would be premature. It was around this time that I found out about octopi for prem-babies, and decided to make one in case we needed it. As I have mentioned previously, our daughter didn't make it, but I completed this octopus and have wrapped him away, just in case.

If you are donating to a hospital they ask that the octopi are made from cotton. Since this is a personal octopus I used some Stylecraft DK I had in my stash.

The tendrils must be within certain length limits, but are designed to mimic the feel of an umbilical cord when a baby wraps their fingers around it. I suspect any young baby would appreciate an octopus, not just those born prematurely!

I stitched the outline of a heart to the back of the head. The octopus was made with love and it seemed a nice way of adding extra detail. I'm currently wanting to experiment with cross stitch over crochet thanks to the Scheepjes Hygge crochet-a-long (which I wish I could afford to participate in!), but it wasn't to be on this octopus, as the increases and decreases of the curve made it more difficult.

You can find the pattern I used here.
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