Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Rag Doll Christmas Pressie for Ma Wee Mamma


Whata' 'bout ye folks?  Have you missed me?  Thank you to all those who have left comments or emailed me to check Im alive and well, lol. I can feel you all swiping at me and clipping me around the ear for not being around at all for over these last few months.  I'm so sorry.  I just don't know what has happened to my time! I swear I did have some over the past months but I just don't know where it went or how I lost it.  Its around here somewhere, I just can't seem to find it just right now, lol.

Are you all well and truly full to the brim and stuffed like your Christmas Turkey's?  Lol.  I had a great Christmas.  It was my very first Christmas away from my family in 32 years!!!!  I've never been away from my ones on Christmas ever in my whole life!!  But it was spent with my other in-laws.  And it was a fantastic day and we had a tonne of food, gorgeous pressies and great craic.  Thank you to my lovely in-law's, Brian and Lorraine for a lovely day.

So, I did manage to drag my butt to the Creative Craft Show up in Belfast last month.  It was up at the King's Hall in their new Pavilion and the first thing I must say is that the Pavilion is a much better building for the craft show.  Do you agree with me Northern Ireland Crafters?  For starters.....the floor is even!  I realise that is a strange plus to find at a Craft Show when there are tonnes of stalls crying out for my money but if you have ever been to the Craft Show in the King's Hall you will know what Im talking about, lol.  It's like walking on a knobbly broken up cobbled street and as much as I love the early 1800's, Im living in the 21st Century (sometimes!) and I don't fancy breaking limbs over their dodgy flooring or having a Craft Stall land on my noggin! lol.

And I do realise that at the age of 32 I should be able to get myself around the place without fear of toppling head first from quite a height - I am 5ft 8" after all so its quite a drop!  But I was at this craft fair with my sister who is 21 and she is ALWAYS having strange and weird accidents.  So it wasn't even me I was worried sister T, is a total klutz.  Sorry Tara....but really, who breaks their foot by merely jumping up and down on the bed? are a klutz, lol.  Yes, you heard me right.....Tara was jumping up and down on the bed with our wee brother, playing "No more Monkies jumping on the bed".  And the biggest monkey of them all somehow managed to break the bridge of her foot........on the bed.  No....not the hardest parts of the bed, like the frame or bed posts.  Oh no, T broke her foot off the softest part of the bed.....THE MATTRESS!!  Honestly....who breaks a foot by jumping on the bed?  You'd laugh if someone told you that......which I did of course (being the supportive big sister that I am!).  I swear, I would wrap her up in cotton wool and bubble wrap, only she'd probably break her arm on that!  Pfftt!

Anywho, the Pavilion is much bigger so the stalls had much more room and the walk ways were much wider too. It was a great day's craic.  I met up with my bessy mate, Maddy who is another blogger here in Blogland, click HERE for Maddy's awesome blog.  So as we sat supping on a cuppa, we had a bit of a crafty gossip and a good aul giggle and we put the world to rights before shopping!  As per usual, Ali-Crafts had the pleasure of receiving the majority of my money.  I love their stall.  I had a great aul waffle with Ali and her other half.  If you want to have a nosey on their online shop, please click (Link no longer in service).  They also have a blog, click HERE.  If you are a Graphic 45 fan as I am, their prices on the Graphic 45 goodies is amazing.  I love'em.  And in case you think I am biased because I am affiliated with their company somehow.......I'm not.  They are just a really fabulous craft company and I like to give a shout out to any craft company I think is worthy of it.

Anyway, here is a little creation I made.  I do have a few other things up my ever filling sleeves, so hopefully I will be about Blogland a bit more this month and next.  Thanks for dropping by.

Rag dolls have become very big again in the crafting community and I saw a few videos on Youtube showing you how to make them. But there was one lady in particular, Anneli Võika who is a doll maker and inspired me so much to design my very own pattern of doll.  Her tutorials are absolutely fantastic and so easy to follow.  Click HERE to go straight to her Part One of a series of doll making tutorials.  Here are the channels of the other ladies who inspired me, Va (click here for here channel) and Fiona (click here for her channel).

Here is the wee doll I designed and made for ma wee Mamma.  Isn't she cute?  I made her out of cream coloured muslin.  First, I had to make a template for the doll.  So I designed the head and body shape on A3 paper and once I was happy with her size and shape, I used the paper template to cut out the shapes onto the muslin fabric.  I used my sewing machine to sew her head and torso and then the arms and feet were sewn separately, stuffed and then sewn onto the body section.  This was much easier for me than making a template with the arms and legs attached to the body.  She was simply stuffed with some quilting wadding.
I made a wee layered heart applique which I sewed onto her chest.  The dress was quite plain looking and needed something on the front of it.  Her face was left to the very last.  I was so nervous drawing on her face that my hand was actually shaking!!  Even my Scrubby got involved and the pair of us sat drawing tester faces on scraps of muslin.  But we finally came up with a face we liked and it got to the stage where I just had to go for it. But because her face was the final bit to be done, if I messed that up....well the whole doll would essentially be ruined.  Its not like I could just rub it out and start again.  But I think I pulled it off considering I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, lol.  I used a white gel pen to add the little white parts to the eyes.  And used Cosmic Shimmer pigment powders and a blusher brush to add her rosey little cheekies.  
The biggest and most time consuming job of the whole doll was her hair.  I tore strips of duck egg blue cotton, a white small flower patterned cotton and strips of lace.  I tore tonnes of pieces of fabric.  I took one piece from each of the 3 fabrics and doubled them over together and added a small stitch at the fold line to hold the 3 pieces together.  Then........all of that hair was individually sewn in to the head.  I could have cheated and used hot glue which would have been much quicker, but I want this doll to last and also wanted to have her that she could be put in the washing machine too, so I knew hot glue would not stand the test of time and the washing machine, lol.  Oh my good Giddy Aunt.....if ever there was a job so tedious and frustrating......its was sewing in ALL that hair. There is nearly as much hair on this dolls head as there is on my own.  And anyone who has seen my hair.....thats a lot!  My hair goes way passed my waist.  My hair dresser was so tempted to whack about 6 inches off my nut a few weeks ago.......but I saved my hair from a good whacking!  I love my Rapunzel hair, lol.
Her wee dress was actually made from an old gypsy skirt of mine....well the outside dress anyway.  Under the skirt, I made a layered petticoat style dress to give her outfit a bit more volume.  So there is a lace underskirt, with a duck egg blue sheer underskirt under that and then.....
I made her some bloomers!!  I love these bloomers, they are so cute!
Look at that wee face!  Who couldn't love that wee face?  I gave her a dodgy little cut fringe to remind ma wee Mamma of how she used to cut my fringe when I was wee.  Boy oh boy are there some funny photo's of me with a dodgy looking wonky fringe!
I made her a wee pearl necklace with a duck egg blue cameo.  The pearls are off white and duck egg blue too.  My parents have just recently redecorated their room've guessed egg blue and off white.  So this wee rag doll will sit on their bed.

Considering she is the first rag doll I've ever made and my sewing skills are, well quite frankly at zero level, I'm pretty chuffed with her.  So much so, that when my wee Mamma opened her present yesterday, she thought I had bought her from a shop but I didn't know she thought that!  So when I was sitting later on with her, I was talking about how I had made the doll.  Mammy is sitting listening to me with a confused look on her face wondering what I am explaining.  Then I'm looking at her wondering why she is looking at me that way!   So I carry on waffling away and the pair of us are looking at each other with a puzzled look of confusion and "What are you on about"? sort of expressions.  And then the penny drops and almost at the same time we look at each other and say (Mammy) "Did you make this rag doll?"  (Me)  "Did you not know I made this rag doll?"  It was really funny.  
Anywhoodles people, I think I have waffled enough in your ear.  Considering I haven't been about Blogland for around 2 months.....I had a lot of waffling to do, heehee.  But let's face it.....I can't use my absence as an excuse for waffling......I'm always bending your ear about something when I come on here, lol.
I hope you like my wee creation.  If you have any questions please give me a shout.  I am more than happy to help in any way I can.

Toodles Noodles.

Loops xx

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Spooky Ghoul Halloween Earrings

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!  These earrings are perfect for Halloween.  Look at them....they are the Spice Girls of the Underworld all ready for their big debut on Halloween night.  OMG did I just say Spice Girls?  I'm showing my age, lol.

Ok I know they won't be to everyone's taste, but I love these earrings. And how amazing would these look on you at a Halloween Party when you are all dressed up to the ghoulish nines?  I love them, I think they are brilliant.  But of course I am biased, because I made the little blighters, lol.

The skulls are actually dyed polished Turquoise stones. 
 I added glass seed beads to look like the spine and leg bones and added little crowns made with a sparkly crystal rondelle and a bead cap.  I made their little skirts from 2 different kinds of bead caps.
These purple ones are the same as the above earrings only with purple dyed polished turquoise.
Look at those wee faces.  How could you not love them?  Lol.  I added the wee metal Angel wings to them because even these little lassies can be angelic too, heehee.  Or maybe its their Halloween costumes......I'll leave that up to you.
These ones are a little shorter than the above two in that they don't have the beaded extension between the Ghouls and the earring piece.  These two are a real pair of diva's with their large sun hats and dark eyes that look like sunglasses.
And here are the Blue Ladies, all dressed up ready to part on all Hallow's Eve.
And here are the Afterlife Pink Ladies, heehee.  They have their Swarovski Crystal shoes on all ready to hit the graveyard dance floor.
 And there you have it my friends.  My fabulously ghoulish earrings, all ready to celebrate Halloween.  I really enjoyed making them.  I will hopefully start to get round everyones blogs over the next few see what Ive been missing, lol.

I'll be back hopefully very soon with another Halloween creation......if I ever get the bloomin' thing done, lol.

Toodles Noodles,  Lee x

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Tutorial -How to create a faux leather texture and look

Hello, hello my crafty buds.  I know.......long time no see, eh?  I've been a bloomin' disaster lately!  Lol.  And I can't really think of any excuse other than........"Hi....I'm Mrs Disaster Pants, nice to meet you".  Time just seems to have disappeared of late!

I haven't made much of anything lately.  My brother, Jay and his lovely Fiancée Karen have set a date to get married next June............WOOWHOOOOO!  Karen has said that she might like to make her own invitations.  So I have offered my crafty mitts to her.  As I pretty much have everything she needs here, I've said that we can have a play day with some designs.......Yippeee!  I can't wait.  I'm so excited for her, lol.  I pretty much made EVERYTHING for our wedding and I loved every minute of it.  And our day was perfect.....for us anyway, lol.  I can't believe we just celebrated 2 years of marriage this month.  Anyway, if we have a play around with some designs she can decide if she wants to make them or not.  That way if she hates the idea of making them, she won't be out any expenses with buying all the materials. That would be such a waste of their money.  And we all know how tight money is when organising a wedding.  So this way she can save a few pennies by playing with my toys first, teehee.

Soooooooo.......Ive been designing a few wee invites and favour ideas for her, so at least when she does come round to mine to have a play Karen will at least have something to look at and compare to designs and ideas she wants.

Sadly though..........I can't show you any of the designs just yet, Sorry!

But all is not lost.  When I made my Expedition Journal, see here a lot of people asked me could I do a tutorial on how I made the book look like proper old cracked leather.  I know its taken ages for me to get it done, but here it is finally.  If you have any questions or queries, please comment below or send me a message through the contact button above.

 I hope you try this technique and if you do, please let me know so I can come over to see your wonderful work too.

Ps....for all of you who have popped by asking if Im ok and where I've been.....THANK YOU.  I'm fine and dandy.  I just haven't had much time of late for blogging or crafting lately.

See you all soon.  Toodles Noodles.......Loops xx

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Secret Envelope Trinket Box

Secret Envelope Trinket Box
Hello my lovelies.  "Well Finally"!! says you......"She's made something"!!  I know, I know but I have been sickie no well you know.  And Im now hitting my second week of the heebee-geebee's and its getting a little boring now.  And of course, I wasn't happy to keep it all to myself, oh no........I shared my cooties with my Scrubby.  And we all know what men are like when they are sick.  They all think they are dying!  Heehee.  Awwww bless him, he's actually been really good.  Through his sniffing, sneezing and coughing he's been making me lots of cuppa's and big Scrubby hugs.

Anywhoodles, my parents have just redecorated their bedroom.  I'm actually very impressed with ma wee Mamma as instead of buying new wardrobes and storage......She ALTERED the ones she had!  I must be rubbing off on her, heehee.  Her bedroom furniture is all really good solid wood, so she painted them all with an antique cream paint to give them a shabby chic style.  They have gone for a beautiful cream with duck egg blue accents.  So I wanted to make them a little something to add to the shabby chic look.

Here it is.  Its meant to look like a stack of old letters tied with a bow, but it is actually a sneaky little stack of letters.  It is in fact a secret trinket box.  I was inspired by the incredible Miranda from MsLiberty25's channel on Youtube.  Click Here for her video.

Pretty little secret box.  I love that old 3d stamp.  I bought a bag of old stamps on ebay for pennies and I use them whenever I can.  The colour of it was perfect for this project.
As you can see, these are a stack of envelopes or are they old love letters?  I have distressed them big time by wrinkling the envelopes up, flattening them back out and going over them with Old Paper and Antique Linen Distress Inks.  I filled the envelopes with thick pieces of cardboard to make it look like the envelopes were stuffed full of love letters.  This lace is just stunning.  It was very kindly sent to me from a lovely lady from Youtube called Dee.  She has a facebook group also.  Check out her channel here
Here is one of my wee Fluffy Goodness flowers with my flower centres.  I wanted to make a spray of flowers that would be secure and not fall off.  So I cut a cream doily in half and used it as the base to glue the flowers onto.The teeny tiny cream and teal flowers are from an Zibbet Store called DiscountCrafts1 and the bigger cream ones are WOC flowers.  DiscountCrafts1's items are just beautiful and at the moment there is a deal for 20% off when you spend $25 and Free Shipping for all orders over $60. The discount codes are on the front page of the shop....Link no longer in service
Here it is without the lace, I did cover the address though lol.  I added some beautiful Recollection bling that the lovely Jean Hall very kindly sent to me.  She was in the USA and found me some Recollections bling.....yippeeeee!  Thats my first time EVER having any blingy flourishes so thank you Jean.
I added little beady sprays too with the flowers, again from DiscountCrafts1 on zibbet
Ta-da!!!  Its a secret trinket box inside!  I used the Prima Pixie Glen papers and the Prima Romantique papers also.  Oh yes, how did I get the secret compartment then?  There are 6 envelopes that have cardboard in them.  2 are left to the side as they are the bottom and top envelope.  I cut a rectangle in the centre of each of the remaining 4 envelopes.  I didn't do each cut completely centre for each envelope, I wanted them to look naturally stacked.  Not all uniform.
Once the gaps were all cut, I glued all the envelopes together including the bottom piece making sure the gaps all lined up into the proper rectangle gap.  The top envelope was still open, as the flap on it is to become the hinge of the box.  I added this pretty Prima paper onto the inside of the envelope.  I left the paper free from decoration so the box can close properly, plus my parents can add a photo if they wish.
Then the envelope flap was glued down one side of the stacked envelopes.  This created the box lid or cover.  Isn't it pretty?  I love it.  
The parts that were cut out still looked untidy though as you could see the cardboard.  So I painted the gap with white paint then added this Prima paper in to the gap.  To tidy up the edges, I added this lace that was sent to me from Dee.  
And this is the bottom of the envelopes.  Just a little piece of the Prima paper with my wee handmade stamp.

And thats it from me for another day folks.  I hope my parents like this for their room.......and if not.....I have a place for it, lol.  I think it ties in beautifully with their design........but then I'm biased, lol.  If you would like a proper tutorial on this, just let me know below and I can do that for you.

Toodles Noodles, 

Loops xx

PS......HELLO MAMMY AND DADDY.......I know you are reading this!  Gotcha!  Heehee!


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Monday, 20 August 2012

Halloween Flowers and Stickpins

Frightful Flora Collection
These are actually Orange and Black, but the camera appears to be making them look red.
(The wee bead spider was actually made by my friend Kerry Denyer on Youtube....thanks Kerry)
Ghoul Stickpins
Ok so I know its a little early for Halloween.......but if its ok to show Christmas cards in August well, I think its more than ok to show these wee guys.  And us crafters have to get on top of these things early you know.

Anywhoodles...........I'm in need of A LOT of "Awwww's" and "Ack you poor wee duck" sort of comments.  I'm sickie-no-well and I'm feeling terribly sorry for myself.  Until a few days ago, I was able to proudly profess that I hadn't been sick with any sort or bug, cold or virus for nearly 7 years.  But then....... my family has a little get together on Monday passed for ma wee Mamma's birthday and it all goes to pot!  The very next day, 3 of us (myself included) come down with the heebee-geebee's!!!  And I don't suffer well when I'm sick.  I will even go as far as to say.......I'm a bloody great big moan.  I even found myself phoning ma wee Mamma from under my duvet and moaning "Maaaaa-meeeeeee, I don't feel well".  And as a child the response to that elaborate moan would have been "Ack poor wee woman.  Get your wee self back into bed and I will make you some toast and a cup of tea."

But when you become an adult, it all changes!  It goes something like this......
(The following sentences are said in good humour and a completely "taking the mick" kinda tone with a little mix of sarcasm thrown in for good measure ((now you know where I get it from!).

Ma wee Mamma - "Awwwwww, are you not well?  Well............(wait for it.....its tea and toast time, Yippee!) Me, your Daddy and your other 2 brothers are just fine and dandy (What the???)  In fact, we feel great, hahaha (OMG did she actually laugh?)  But you aren't alone, because Tara and Jamie are sick too". (my other 2 sick siblings).  But, we are fine, so I just have no idea how you three got sick" (I do believe that there will be no offer of tea and toast at all here!!).

Me - "Well then".......(getting a bit desperate for any sort of acknowledgement of my illness.....there's tea and toast at stake here!) "You 4 are obviously the carriers.  Because if me, Jamie and Tara are sick and you 4 are not, the only conclusion I can come to is......................ITS ALL YOUR FAULT!"

Ma wee Mamma - "Hahaha" she laughs "Is that how it works then? Haha.  Well, since we don't want to get whatever it is you have........we won't be down to visit you".

What????  You won't be down to visit me??????  What about my tea and toast????

So not only did I not get offered toast and a cup of tea.........but I'm not even unique in my plight!  Two of my other siblings had to jump on the "sickie-no-well" band wagon which completely diluted and spread all "Awwww, my poor wee woman"' thin.  So, in circumstances such as must go searching for another source of sympathy.  "Ah-Ha!"........Scrubby!

"Scrubbbbbbyyyyyyy.......I don't feel well"!!!!!  heehee.

Now, on to my new makes.

These are my Frightful Flora Lollipops.  Sorry about the photo but these are actually orange satin.  
I am so sorry, I do not know what is up with my camera and the colouring!  These are not dull in real life.  They are in fact a proper Halloween Orange!  Orange Satin Lollipops with black lace to give them the web type look, with different button centres.  Some of the buttons were given to me by my wee buddy, Maddy (Izzwizz Creations)
Here is another Frightful Flora fluffy Flower.  This is the side profile.  They are beautiful.
They are made with black and orange satin with button centres
These are perfect for your Halloween projects
These are a different type of the Frightful Flora Fluffy flowers.
These are made from Orange satin with soft black lace.  They have a lace centre with buttons.
And finally here are my new Ghoul Stickpins.  Aren't they cute.  The girls are all dressed up in their wee dresses, ready to go out on a date with their boyfriends, heehee.
And here is the other set of Ghouls.  I love them.  They may not be everyone's cup of tea but I love making these.

Thats it from me folks.  I'm off to climb back under my duvet and moan at my hubby for tea and toast, lol.  See you all later.

Toodles Noodles,

Loops xx

Ps.  A big THANK YOU for those who bought my destash goodies on ebay.  Watch out for more coming soon.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Selling a few goodies on Ebay........trying to destash

Flowers Galore.......Going up on Ebay
Here they all are before they went into their little homes.....their packaging!
I have tonnes of flower centres sitting made up too so I thought I'd destash some of those too.

Hey folks.  I know Ive been a bad blogger.  I have a serious bout of Craft's block at the minute.  My room is a complete war zone and looks like a bomb has hit it so its making creating a little difficult.  So, with that in mind, I have decided I am going to destash some things that are just lying about doing nothing.

So, I have set up a Crafty Loops ebay account just to destash some things from my room.  Now, I am a little weird on what I think my stuff is worth, as I usually just give all my stuff away as gifts and RAK's.  So at this moment in time I will not be doing any "Buy it Now" items.  I want to see what my flowers and other bits and pieces go for first so I can get a feel for what they are worth.  And then in future, I may have "Buy it Now" pricing.  I will be adding some things over the next week or two, so please keep your eyes peeled for that. I can come on here and let you know when things are added so you can have a look.  So, here is what I am selling......

These flowers are in packs of two and are the photos are shown above.  Made with my hand made flower centres.  Lace and a stretchy fabric and measure just under 3 inches in diameter.  This is how you will receive them, but they will need fluffing up once removed from the packing.  Photos of them out of their packaging is below.....and above.
These are the smaller flowers, see below.  They come in packs of two and are around 2 inches in diameter.  Again the pink ones are made from lace and a stretch fabric and the green ones are made from chiffon and lace.  Please do not, the photos make these flowers appear more blue in colour in the photos.  They are a light pastel greeny colour.
These are the smaller 2 inch flowers from above, fluffed up out of the packaging.
Side view of them all fluffed up
They can also be less dimensional, for card and scrapbook projects just by flattening the petals down.
These flowers are stunning, made from a light pastel greeny chiffon and lace with one of my flower centres.  They are lovely and soft and fluffy.  Comes in a pack of Two......Only one available at this present time......but more to come.  These are the larger flowers at just under 3 inches
These are a pack of two flowers, made with white lace, and the other the pink stretch fabric and lace.  Only one pack of these available at this time......but more to come.  These again are just under 3 inches in diameter.
This two are using slightly different flower centres, sent to me by my friend Tricia.  Thanks Tricia.  Same material as the others and are just under 3 inches.  Just one pack available.
This is the white flower from above.
Again it has a lovely fluffy dimensional feel to it, but can be flattened down for less dimensional projects.
These wee flowers are so soft and are more of a flat flower.  Come in a pack of 3 in the above colours.  They are really cute and the lace is so soft and beautiful to work with.  I used the last of it on these flowers, and I don't know where to buy more of it, so once the 2 packs are gone - they may not be coming back.  If I can find the lace again, I will let you know.
I also have tonnes of my flower centres made up, so I have just stuck them into wee packs of 9.  They are approx 16mm in diameter.
These ones have the pearls and diamonte style centres.  You can't tell from the photo how sparkly and blingy the diamonte centres are, but they are really pretty.  They are approx 16mm.  NOTE - these particular ones are not up on ebay yet but the others are.
I have a few of these cameos too that I can sell.  There is  no point them sitting in my room doing nothing.  Though I have kept enough for myself, lol.
Here is an wee example of what I did with one of the smaller cabochon's. Isn't it pretty?
Made from Resin.  The smaller cameos are approx 24cmx18cm and the larger ones are 38cmx28cm so they are both a really great size. Because they are resin, sizes are approximate but as close as can be and some wee edges may need sanded down a wee bit to fit in some cabochons.  NOTE: These are not up on ebay yet.

And thats everything folks.  If you have any questions, just give me a shout on the "Contact Me" button above.  Here is the link to one of the items that is up for HERE  To see the other items listed, when you click on the previous link, you can "See other items" I have up for sale.  I only have 10 things listed for now, but more will go up once these are sold.

PLEASE NOTE that at this time, I can only post within the UK only.  As I get a bit more confident with selling on Ebay, I may open it up Internationally at a later date.  But for now, it is UK only.  Thank you.

Happy Bidding and Toodles Noodles,

Loops xx