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Etsy Roundup: 28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds

28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds. A roundup of some of the amazing items available on Etsy created by UK artists and designers. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

With Halloween just around the corner many of us will soon start thinking about decorations, costumes and parties (for both kiddies and adults!).

There are lots of DIY options out there but, lets face it, sometimes we just don’t have the time (or the desire) to pull out the craft box and make our own.  With that in mind I have pull together a list of fang-tastic Halloween items that can be found on Etsy*.  All items are created by UK artists and designers.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links (*), meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Screamingly good Halloween party accessories

28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds. A roundup of some of the amazing items available on Etsy created by UK artists and designers. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

  1. Halloween Invitation Printable* by Designing For Peanuts*.  A fully customised invitation that you can print off at home.
  2. Happy Halloween Banner* printed on 100% recycled card by Little Silver Leaf*.
  3.  Ghost, Tombstone or Candycorn Planner Charm* by Claytive Designs*.  Use these cute little charms as stitch markers, or a zip pull or even pop them onto a chain to wear as a necklace.
  4. Day of the Dead Banner* by Heart 2 Heart By Helen*.
  5. Halloween Party Straws* by Confetti Day*.
  6. Black Bat Felt Garland* by Little Miss Delicious*.
  7.  Spooky Table Confetti* by Little Card Cupboard*.

Spooky decor

28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds. A roundup of some of the amazing items available on Etsy created by UK artists and designers. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

  1. Trick or Treat Plaque* by Rose and Fawn*.
  2.  Spooky Bat Window Sticker Set* by Bumy Craft*.
  3.  Halloween Black and Orange Paper Garland* by The Craft Fantastic*.
  4.  Six Wine Glass Charms* by Lily Leaf Designs*.
  5.  Personalised Trick or Treat Bag* by Tailored Design*.
  6.  Pumpkin Necklace* by Gizzys Gifts*.
  7.  Witches Cat Brooch* by Hello Crumpet*.

Sweet treat alternatives

28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds. A roundup of some of the amazing items available on Etsy created by UK artists and designers. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

  1. First Halloween Keepsake* by Made By Izzy Gifts*.
  2. Crocheted Halloween Owl* by Made By Steffie B*.
  3.  Skull Earrings* by Kitty Ballistic*.
  4. A6 Sugar Skull Notebook* available in 8 colours, from By Nikomi*.
  5. Witch Badge* by Gifting Moon*.
  6. Voodoo Magic Waterslide Nail Decals* by House of Wonderland*.
  7. Papercut Mummy Halloween Card* by Pretty as a Picture Gift*.

Creepy (and some not-so-creepy) Costumes

28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds. A roundup of some of the amazing items available on Etsy created by UK artists and designers. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

  1. Glitter Bat Hair Adornments* available in 35 colours from Janine Basil*.
  2. Devil Mask Printable* download the pattern to create a demon mask. Available from Ntanos*.
  3. Sugar Skull Mask* by A is for Alice Shop*.
  4. Halloween Dog Bandanna* available in three sizes from Bourne Wild Pet Wear*.
  5. Kid’s Bat Wings Costume* available from Dressing Up Daisy*.
  6. Kids Giant Squid Costume* from Handmade Costume Shop*.
  7. Voodoo Doll Pincushion* from Charlotte Crafty Attic* (ok not a costume but it’s so cute I just had to squeeze it in).

If any of the above items are no longer available, I would suggest contacting the maker as I am sure they would be happy to recreate that item for you.  I hope you have found this post useful for planning your Halloween, you can see all of these items plus a whole load more in my Halloween Favourites list here*.

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Heidi x

28 Be-Witching Halloween Finds. A roundup of some of the amazing items available on Etsy created by UK artists and designers.

Crafting for Charity

Crafting for Charity - use your crochet skills to make nests and cave for animal shelters near you.

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During the Easter school holidays earlier this year, my son completed two weeks of work experience at the PACT Animal Sanctuary, a local charity which rescues, rehabilitates and, hopefully, re-homes neglected, injured and abandoned animals.   I’ve been feeling that I need to give back as a thank you for taking him on but how to do that and put my love of crafting to good use?

An opportunity presented itself after seeing this post on the PACT Animal Sanctuary Facebook page

The post mentions the knitted and crochet nests they had received and would be using in their wildlife ambulance when rescuing baby animals and fledgling birds.  In the comments they included a link to a non-profit project called Wildlife Rescue Nests which lists charities world wide who are in need of these nests – they even provide the knitting and crochet patterns!  Super!

After registering as a volunteer I quickly checked the list of UK charities and sure enough PACT Animal Sanctuary  is on the list as needing both standard (as seen in the image above) and cave nests of all sizes.



Like many of you I always have a stash of yarn hidden in the back of cupboards or on top of wardrobes… you know what I mean, the small amounts of yarn left over from previous projects that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away.  I had a rummage and came up trumps, I had enough DK yarn to whip up three standard nests and three cave nests (one of each measuring 3 inches; 5 inches and 7 inches across).  Here are the finished products…

crochet nests crochet cave nests

Thankfully I managed to finish them just in time for my son to hand them over on his last day.  At this time of year they have so many tiny birds and animals being brought to them for hand-rearing that I’m sure they will be put to good use.

How you can help

If you’d like to have a go a making a nest for a charity near you please visit the Wildlife Rescue Nests website www.wildliferescuenests.com and register for details on which charities need help as well as knitting and crochet nest patterns (they have special requirements so that tiny feet and claws are not injured by holes in the nests).  Be sure to share your photos.

Happy crafting

Heidi

Quick Card Tutorial - how to use an inking and stamping technique to create a quick and easy card. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

I am always forgetting people’s birthdays so sometimes I need to make a quick card.  Not only that, but shop bought cards are expensive! This card tutorial shows you how to use a simple inking technique that will allow you to make a great looking card.  Even better this card will cost pennies to produce and only takes a few minutes to put together.

Quick Card Tutorial - how to use an inking and stamping technique to create a quick and easy card. www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links (*), meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Here’s what you’ll need for this card tutorial:

Materials you will need - stamping and inking tutorial for a quick and easy birthday card

 

  • Stamps of your choice (I used a stamp that came free with a craft magazine,temporarily mounted onto an acrylic block).
  • White 17.5cm/7in square card blank (although you can use any size card blank).
  • Inkpads* in two coordinating colours – I used Spiced Marmalade* Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad and Dandelion* Memento Inkpad.
  • Jet black Stazon Ink Pad*.
  • Post-it notes*.
  • Clingfilm.
  • Plastic supermarket bag.

Step one:

Use post-it notes as a mask - quick card tutorial www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

Place post-it notes 2cm down from the top edge of the card blank and 9.5 cm from the top of the card leaving a 7.5cm space in between.  You can see that I have used tape to help keep the two post-it notes together, you don’t need to do this but you may find it helps to keep the edge straight.



Step two:

Use cling film to ink a textured border on a birthday card - tutorial

Take a piece of cling film and scrunch it up.  Use the cling film to stamp the Dandelion ink onto the space between the post-it notes.  Roughly fill the space using this technique rotating the cling film with each stamp so that the ink is placed more randomly on the card.  I forgot to take a photo of the finished look – sorry! I’ll do better next time.

Step three:

Use a supermarket bag to add texture with an ink pad - quick card tutorial

Next, scrunch up the supermarket shopping bag and repeat with the Marmalade ink pad.  This adds an extra layer of colour over the yellow.



Step four:

Create a marble effect using ink - quick birthday card tutorial

Allow the ink to dry fully (if you have one you could use a heat gun to speed up the drying time) then carefully peel off the post-it notes to reveal a panel of colour across the card.  NOTE – if the ink is not completely dry, the post-it notes could tear your card!

Step five:

Stamp an image over the inked border - quick card tutorial www.gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

Stamp your chosen image in the middle but on the left-hand side of the yellow panel using Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad. I used a sunflower stamp which was slightly larger than the inked panel to add a little bit of drama to the card.



Step six:

Stamp a sentiment under your inked border - quick card tutorial

Finally, stamp a sentiment on the right-hand side just below the yellow panel using Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad and you are finished.  You may have spotted that the inked panel in the photo above is larger than the previous photo… this is because I accidentally dropped the inked sentiment stamp onto the card and had to start again.  The inked panel ended up being larger than the original but I think both styles look great don’t you?

You could experiment with the size of the panel or even create a square panel in the middle of the card instead of across the top.  This technique will work just as well with other shaped cards too, have a go and see what you can come up with.

If you have a go at this card tutorial, or try experimenting with the inking technique, I’d love to see the results. You can tweet them to me @GorgeousCrafts or you can find me on Instagram #GorgeousCrafts

Happy crafting!

Heidi

x

 

 

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I’m so excited!  I’m having six cards featured in issue 18 of the Creative Stamping magazine!

For those of you who haven’t seen it, Creative Stamping is a craft magazine with ideas on how to use stamps to create various projects (the majority of which are handmade cards).  Each issue comes with a set of free stamps and has lots of ideas on how to use those particular stamps.

I’ve been given a set of the stamps that will come free with issue 18 and I’ve been asked to create six cards using those stamps and the finished articles will be published inside the magazine.

Unfortunately I can’t give you a sneaky peak at the stamps or the finished cards, but what I can say is that I’ve used papers from the Happy-Go-Lucky and Collecting Moments ranges by Fancy Pants.

As soon as the magazine goes on sale, I’ll show you exactly what I’ve created with full instructions to recreate each card plus the an extra card that didn’t quite make it.

Issue 18 of Creative Stamping goes on sale on 11th July 2014, you can find it at Tesco; Morrisons; Sainsburys; WHSmith and Hobbycraft*.

Happy crafting!

Heidi

x

 

 

 

Gorgeous Crafts Joins Etsy

After a fair amount of consideration I’ve decided to open an Etsy shop, you’ll find a limited selection of handcrafted gifts and accessories.

Yes I’m afraid that’s one of the main reasons I’ve not added to this blog for a while, I’ve been busy sewing, knitting and crocheting things to sell on Etsy.  I’ll showcase my handiwork here over the next few weeks.

I’ve also got some great new scrapbooking stock on order, some fabulous new collections from Fancy Pants and Bo Bunny –  I’ll tell you more when they arrive…

Until then, happy crafting!

Heidi xx

Birthday Card Made with Kaisercraft Papers

This week was my friend’s birthday so I thought I would make a card using the new Hopscotch papers by Kaisercraft.

 Card made with Hopscotch papers by Kaisercraft

First I used brown A4 card for the base card, I’ve then used the Marvellous paper as the background paper.   The banner flags were cut from the small examples of the papers on the packaging from the Hopscotch scrapbook kit.

banner flags        Introduction card from Kaisercraft scrapbook kit

This saved me having to cut up the papers themselves for such a small embellishment.  I could have used the bunting sticker that is included with the Hopscotch kit but I decided to save that for another time.  Corrugated card was used underneath each flag to give the banner some extra dimension.

I hand cut some flowers from the Unreal paper and attached them to the front using silicone glue.  I’ve used a label and the lettering from the sticker sheet to create the sentiment, I used foam pads to give it a bit of lift to make it stand out.  I finished off the card by adding gems to the corners, sentiment and to highlight the middle of the flowers.

Have you ever used the packaging from a craft product on a card or scrapbook page?  If so I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment with a link to your card or send me a photo heidi@gorgeouscrafts.co.uk

Happy Crafting!

Heidi xx

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