Papercraft

Easter Treat!

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I was so excited to go home to Morpeth in Northumberland for the Easter break. It’s a really lovely place. even if the weather isn’t always the greatest! I moved to surrey almost 4 years ago and I really miss living up north so I love it when I get the opportunity to go back and visit all my family and friends.

As we were all planning a big get together I thought I would make them all something for Easter. I made them all little cellophane pouches of Cadbury mini eggs tied with ribbon and a personalised Hoppy Easter tag to get the most out of the Lawn fawn stamp and die set I bought for another project (Check out the Hoppy Easter interactive card I made ).

hoppy easter tags

I die cut the white and pale blue card using my stitched rectangle dies picking a larger hoppy easter tags 1and a smaller size so that they can be layered and still leave a border. I also die cut the grassy border out of green card . Using the same size stitched rectangle die as the one used for the pale blue card stock die cut out a piece of grass to continue the stitched border along the bottom and sizes as it appears on the sky.

Once the scenery was layered using 3D foam tape, I stamped the bunnies and eggs onto solar white Neenah Card stock using memento ink as I wanted to colour them in using my Nuvo alcohol marker pens. I coloured all bunnies and eggs different colours to personalise them for each of my friends. Then using the corresponding dies cut them out and added them to the tag.

Once complete I stamped out the hoppy Easter sentiment onto the back of the white stitched rectangle and added the scene to the front, hole punched the corner and added it to mini egg presents with white and gold ribbon.

Let me know if you are doing/did anything eggs-citing over your Easter break.

Happy Easter

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Till next time make something with love!


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Crochet

The unexpected Christmas gift

Christmas can become a bit of a commercial holiday with mass produced gifts which are available everywhere you go. It can start to lose its meaning a bit. Which is why we started a thing a couples of years ago that has fast become one of our favourite Christmas rituals. As well as the store bought presents we try to set each other a present challenge. Last year we decided we each had a day to make a gift that we thought represented the other person. My hubby made me a spice rack as I love to cook. It was both pretty and practical and capable of holding together a multitude of things (which I thought was quite sweet). I decided to go with something a little less practical and made this…..

IMG-20151224-WA0001When deciding what I though would sum my beloved up perfectly and what he needed most in the world I knew it could only be one thing… a crochet festive Lobster bedecked in a tinsel scarf and a tiny Santa hat. After all who doesn’t need one of these little critters in their life!

I remembered the episode of friends where phoebe was talking about how lobsters mate for life and my husband is definitely my sole mate so I went for it and I’m so glad I did! Just like him my project turned out to be cheeky, full of joy and completely adorable.

I used A free Crochet lobster pattern from red heart which was actually part of a set including a mermaid. I adapted the pattern slightly in order to make it longer in the head and body. I used a 4mm hook instead of the recommended 3.75 and Marriner DK acrylic wool in claret to give him a deeper red colour. For stuffing I used an old pillow although any soft toy filling would work well. I gave him brown safety eyes used for soft toys and I sewed on a nice cheeky smile. This was a really cute little project which took on a personality all of its own. As you can see below it has definitely evolved from the original patterns picture but it is still just as cute.

 

Do you like to make gifts for loved ones?

I hope you had a very merry Christmas and have a happy 2017!

Till next time make something with love


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