Sunday, 16 November 2014

Bugs and fishes Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link-Up....

Last week, Laura from Bugs and fishes organised a Christmas Crafty Tutorial Link-Up. There are 24 Christmas projects and craft blogs to check out. If you missed my tutorial on how to make a festive Christmas card string with pegs, you can check it out here.

There are so many fabulous projects including, crochet, paper crafting and baking. There are tutorials for making ornaments, stockings, some bunting, an advent calendar, a Christmas wreath, a pendant.... *deep inhale of breath*.... and some gift tags. 

Take a look at these festive tutorials....


Mini Teddy Bed - Grace's Favours
http://www.gracesfavours.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/how-to-make-mini-teddy-bed-free-tutorial.html

Shiny Reindeer Embroidered Hoop Art - Candyfloss Ramparts
http://www.candyflossramparts.com/free-pdf-pattern-shiny-reindeer-embroidered-hoop-art/

Teeny Tiny Snowman Pendant - i ManuFatti
http://imanufatti.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/crafty-christmas-tutorial-link-up.html

Nativity Bunting Tutorial - Hoogally
http://hoogally.com/2014/11/nativity-bunting-tutorial/

Floating Pompom Garland - RetroDelicious
http://www.retrodelicious.co.uk/2014/11/floating-pompom-garland.html

Printable Colouring-In Snowflake Labels - It's Organised
http://itsorganised.com/printable-colouring-in-snowflake-labels/


Patchwork Christmas Bauble - Made by Mrs M
http://madebymrsm.co.uk/2014/11/12/patchwork-christmas-bauble-tutorial/


Upcycled Jumper Christmas Stocking with Robin Appliqué - Halcyon Threads
http://halcyonthreads.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/tutorial-christmas-stocking-from.html

Felt Christmas Mouse Ornament - Molly & Mama

First Flake, Snowflake Ornament - Betz White
http://betzwhite.com/2014/11/first-flake-felt-ornament-tutorial.html#.VGRyNMnCnzQ

Gingerbread House Ornament - Shiny Happy World
http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2014/11/gingerbread-free-felt-christmas-ornament-pattern.html

Mod Winter Table Runner - Tumus / Little Red Thread
http://tumus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/blog-hop-mod-winter-table-runner.html

Shabby Christmas Denim Heart - Cocojude 
http://cocojude.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/shabby-christmas-denim-heart-tutorial/
Fairy Lights Christmas Cake - Cupcakery
http://www.cupcakerys.com/2014/11/a-christmas-cake.html

Washi Tape & Button Christmas Card - The Lilac Linnet
http://www.thelilaclinnet.com/blog/washi-tape-and-button-christmas-card


Christmas Card String & Pegs - fizzi~jayne makes....
http://fizzijaynemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/christmas-card-string-and-peg-tutorial.html

Felt Christmas Stocking - Vicky Myers Creations
http://vickymyerscreations.co.uk/tutorial-2/felt-christmas-stocking/
Felt Holiday Wreath - The Felt Store
http://thefeltstore.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/felt-christmas-wreath-tutorial.html

Penguin Pocket Friend or Ornament - Lulu & Celeste
http://luluandceleste.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/felt-penguin-ornament-or-toy-diy.html

Saint Nick Ornaments - Homemade at My Place

Modern Felt Advent Calendar - Hugs are Fun
http://hugsarefun.com/modern-felt-advent-calendar-tutorial/

Felt Christmas Ornaments - Marc's Treasure Basket
http://marcstreasurebasket.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/diy-felt-christmas-ornaments-from-marc.html

The difficult decision is which one shall I make first!  Have you any Christmas crafty plans? If want even more ideas also check out last year's Crafty Christmas Tutorials.

fizzi~jayne x


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christmas Card String and Peg Tutorial....

I'm so excited to be taking part in Laura's Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link Up today! If you haven't checked out Bugs and Fishes definitely pop by where you'll also find the links for lots more Christmas crafty tutorials.

But first, today I am sharing a free tutorial for a way to show off your Christmas cards in your home.



What I used:

  • The templates provided below
  • Felt, in Christmassy colours
  • Spray starch
  • Wooden pegs
  • Baker's twine / Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Chalk / pencil
  • Glue - You can use fabric glue but I used Silicone glue - Pinflair Glue Gel.  It bonds anything to anything (in my opinion, I'm yet to find something it can't stick together!). Whatever glue you choose to use, you need something strong enough to bond the felt to the pegs and embellishments.
  • Embellishments of your choice - I used gems, bows and ribbons from my crafty stash



How to make your Christmas Card String with Pegs....

1. First off prepare the felt. In order for them to be more stiff, spray starch liberally on both sides and leave them to dry flat overnight, ideally on a radiator. 

2. Print off and cut out these templates I have drawn for you.
To print templates click on image or click here
3. Draw around the templates on the felt using chalk or a pencil. I prefer chalk as any marks can be brushed off but it's difficult to see on white felt.



4. Cut out the shapes

There isn't a right or wrong side to the template so if you can see pencil marks just flip the felt shape over.



5. Embellishing the felt pieces

For the Stockings

Using cream or white felt you can add a trim.  The guidelines are on the template.


Use glue to bond the trim to the stocking. Hold in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue grabs.

You can decorate your stocking with anything you find in your crafty supplies or craft store.

When using ribbon, glue the ends at the back and wrap around, like so...




I also decorated my stockings with bows and gems found in my crafty stash


I also found this Pom Pom ribbon, perfect!



Candy Canes

To make the candy canes, you will need ribbon.  I cut the canes out of cream felt and used red satin ribbon.


Glue at one end, wrap around the cane and glue the other end.



Top tip 1 - I use a cocktail stick to add glue so not to add too much
Top tip 2 -Use the peg to keep the one end in place



Holly

For the holly I simply cut out green felt with the template and added a button for a berry. You could add red gems or small pom poms or use embroidery thread to create French knots.



6. Now, attach your felt pieces to the pegs by adding glue to the top half of the peg.



7. You can now hang your baker's twine or ribbon on to the wall.  If you don't want to leave permanent marks on your wall I recommend Command Decorating Clips with Clear Strips. I use them for my fairy lights on my mantle piece, they hold really well and come off your wall easily without leaving marks.



Glittery Pegs

For added glitz, why not add glitter?....




As well as Glitter you will need a good PVA, I use Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue for so many of my crafty projects.  It dries clear and holds brilliantly which will prevent shedding of the glitter. Although I can't guarantee there won't be any glitter shedding, using a good glue along with the following steps will help keep most of it on your peg.


Place the peg on copier paper and cover the peg with the PVA glue



Liberally pour glitter over the peg



Tap off the excess and leave to dry, ideally overnight.  Once dry lightly dust with a soft brush to remove any more excess.

The glitter left on the copier paper can be poured back in the pot.

You can leave them like this or add felt decorations, or have a mix of the two on the string/ribbon.







I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  If you make yourself a Christmas card string with pegs I would love to see the photos!  

fizzi~jayne x


This tutorial is for non-commercial use only. You can use it to make as many card strings for yourself, gifts or to raise funds for a charity but please don't make any to sell for profit.

If you want to blog about this project, remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog. Please ask permission before using my photography and please do not reproduce my entire tutorial or share my templates on your site.  Thank you


Please note, the Amazon links are affiliate links which means if you purchase anything I earn a few pennies (and I mean pennies!) to support my work on this blog. I only recommend products I use myself.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa.....

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Tonight's #CraftBlogClub chat saw the launch of the latest challenge ~ Secret Santa! 

My co -host, Katie is taking the reigns on this one, so if you want to take part please go to her blog here. You need to let Katie know you are taking part by 8pm on 11th November 2014.  She will give you the details of the person you need to make a gift for and you need to post it to them by 20th December. 

Last years Secret Santa was the first #CraftBlogClub challenge I took part in and it was so lovely to receive happy post in the mail, especially when the enclosed has been handmade.

Last year my Secret Santa sent me this....
You can read more about my gift here. The reindeer will feature on my tree again this year.
 and I made this....
You can read more about the gift I sent here

 Don't forget to check out Katie's blog....

 fizzi~jayne x

Psst.... Want to know more about #CraftBlogClub? Find out here.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Autumn and apples....

I love this time of year, I think it might be my favourite season. I love the colours on the changing leaves of the trees, I get to wear my winter boots and dig out my jumpers Ooo and wear a scarf, my essential accessory. 

In our village every October we have an Apple Day. The local park has an orchard and after every harvest they celebrate by selling the apples along with stalls selling apple related products as well as local produce.  It's a popular local and family event but for some reason we have never been in the 6 years we have lived here! It has clashed with craft fairs or weekends away but this year we were at home and the sun was shining so a perfect day to walk down to the park with my camera.



The event takes place in the Walled Garden








I took pictures of lots of trees changing colours for colour inspiration

and there was apple cake yummy!
we walked back home along the field and these are the fields out of the back of our house

Our purchases from the Apple Day

The day inspired me to cook Apple Crumble! Crumble is my favourite and it is how I got my Girl Guides cook badge! However, I haven't cooked it for ... well probably since I did my cook badge! 

I sort of remembered how to make it so referred to two recipes and then did my own thing.

Ta dah!

and made far too much!

I was so impressed with it, (even if I do say so myself) but especially considering I am not a cook.  My hubby is the chef in the household and he said it was "the best crumble he has ever had!" it was a winner and I have plenty left! 


fizzi~jayne x


Thursday, 23 October 2014

#CraftBlogClub Challenge Reveal Part 2....

In my post revealing the #CraftBlogClub Winter challenge I said I had set myself the challenge of making two items. The first completed item can be seen here, The second item, my beanie hat, is now complete!!  To recap I used the crochet pattern from Happy Green Frog and used this wool....


and this is the result....
The only change I made to the pattern was I added a Pom Pom with the left over yarn.

I took it out on its first outing on the hottest day in October but I was determined to wear it!....



fizzi~jayne x