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Crafting for Charity

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

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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

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

Materials to create Have a Sunny Day 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:

PostIt Notes as a mask

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:

Stamping with cling film

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:

Stamping with a supermarket bag

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:

Inked border

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 sunflower image

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

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

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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, abut 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 the grade.

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

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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

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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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Quick Father’s Day Card

There’s still time left to create a Father’s Day card.  I’ve used papers from the Hopscotch scrapbook kit by Kaisercraft to create this card.  Initially the Hopscotch kit looks quite feminine with lots of floral and pink papers but this card just goes to show that the kit can be used for more masculine projects.

 Father's Day Card

How I made it:

I’ve used textured brown card for the base which I’ve cut to shape using a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, however, a plain DL card with rounded corners would work just as well.  I’ve then cut the DAD lettering from the Fab, Marvellous and Wicked papers.  I’ve attached them to the card using double-sided sticky tape.

To finish the card off I’ve used a flag from the sticker sheet that comes with the kit, I’ve added it to a piece of card to give it strength and then attached it to the card using adhesive foam pads.

Flag sticker

Have you made a card for Father’s day?  If so, tag me on Instagram @GorgeousCrafts.

Happy crafting!

Heidi x

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