Thursday 15 December 2011


I have lots of projects stacking up to show you, so I thought I had better make a start tonight with a few of them to begin with.

Firstly a dangly heart project I made with our new plate CI-335 - I really, really, like this plate of girly things.

I actually made this for a Craft Stamper article - but made it in completely the wrong colours (not what was asked for - note to self - must read instructions!).  So this is the reject.

You may be able to see the stitching around some of the edges on my heart project.  I am just loving an old Singer sewing machine we purchased in Saltburn in a charity shop.  We bought the one below for our sewing plate CI-328.  Malcolm photographed it and I made it into a stamp.  I am now totally in love with these machines as they just adore stitching through paper and card and because they are hand operated rather than electric you can stitch nice and slowly too.  One of the gentlemen involved with the charity shop has a passion for servicing the old sewing machines so all the models they sell work beautifully, and you can pick one up for around £30 - £40.  I now have TWO - so may be starting a collection I feel!  If you would be interested please get in touch and I can give you the name of the shop and other details - I believe there are two little beauties in stock at the moment, and its all for a good cause too.

On the subject of our latest stamp releases Lynne sent me over a couple of card images where she has used stamp CI-333 to great effect.

Very delicate and pretty!

Lynne has also made another 'all wrapped up' project as inspiration for our current CHALLENGE.  Entries are a bit on the slow side this month, but I guess that is only to be expected as you will all be involved with the Christmas side of things.  However this does mean that you will have a greater chance of winning one of the 5 prizes if you give it a go.  Still nine days left to get crafting!  Here is Lynnes lovely project - a Christmas pillow box.

Finally tonight I want to show you a fabulous box made by Isabelle.  She made this as a present for her father - and I'm sure he was 'over the moon' to get this!

The beaky birds Isabelle used on this gorgeous box were from stamps CI-265 and CI-266.  Check out Isabelle's BLOG for more details about how she went about creating the decorative effects used on the box.  Thanks for sharing Isa!

Back soon folks.

Jean x


Ephemera said...

Such stunning and inspiring projects by everyone. I don't own a sewing machine but these vintage ones are so beautifully crafted and more stylish than modern ones, such a great price for a little piece of history. Want to enter this month challenge but snowed under ATM so may not manage too. XX

Craftychris said...

All these projects are fantastic, so much work and talent involved! I am unable to enter this challenge but will try and have a go in the new year. The sewing machine is wonderful. I have a friend who makes clothes with hers, she loves it x

Anonymous said...

They are ALL fabulous projects. Love the heart dangler. Want to have a go at one of those. Lynnes work is always so pretty. Great to see a male themed project. Isabelle's box is a really nice gift idea for that special man.
Regards Florence x

Mandy Makes and Mends said...

Love that heart a reject ....never it's too beautiful the cards to and the box is stunning x

Craftyfield said...

I do love the vintage feel of all those fantastic projects and I am wowed by all the metal bits and pieces on Isabelle's box. Lots of inspiration !

Maggie said...

Gorgeous inspiration projects!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful projects!!! ;)

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Imagine your piece of art being a "reject"!!! I love your use of the new stamps on this adorable hanging.
Isa's box is remarkable, a true labour of love.