Friday, May 18, 2018

Art apron

I wouldn’t call myself a messy crafter but I have had a few accidents along the way. So I thought I would make myself an apron. Nothing special, out of calico, two pieces stitched together.   Then I decided to add some machine embroidery. 
Then I found this wonderful free SVG on the net that I cut out of iron on vinyl on my silhouette Cameo and it became  an art apron to be proud of!!                    Shame its going to get covered in paint! Oh well!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Paint brush roll

I have been meaning to make myself a brush roll for my art brushes for ages now. As the machine was out this weekend, I am taking part in a sew a long, I got to work!
I worked on three different projects, my brush roll, an art apron ( I want to finish that off with decoration ) and the latest step in the sew along.
 

I was really pleased with my brush roll! Three projects in one weeked and no pattern for any of them! 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Puppy countdown

My sister is collecting her new puppy very soon and to say she is excited is an understatement! This little pup will become a school dog so we are all very excited to get to know her.      I thought it would be nice to make her a countdown so she can count down the days to collection day! So I made one as my weekly project for The Fruit Pixie.    Here is what I made. Of course you don't have to be collecting a puppy, it could be anything you are looking forward to, a holiday, baby or just a day off!  

The papers are from the Craftwork cards Bohemian Dreams, as are the flags.

The chalk board is a piece of Chalkboard card.

The letters and other die cut shapes were cut from scrap card on my Silhouette Cameo.

I then used a white pen to add some detail.

 

You can find the paper pad in the Fruit Pixie online shop here -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-bohemian-dreams-25673-p.asp

The chalkboard card -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/chalkboard-paper-25905-p.asp

  

Sunday, April 22, 2018

3D Beehive Card

Well here in the South West of England spring is finally here! The birds are nesting and the bumblebees are busy in the flowerpots. Perhaps that is what inspired me to make this card for the Fruit Pixie.        Its a 3D Beehive shaped card. I designed it myself in the Silhouette software which comes with the Silhouette electronic cutting machines. I have designed it so it will lay down flat to post it.  

The papers I used for my card are the “Tell it to the bees “ papers from Craft Consortium, which are back in stock!

I used the gold hexagon paper for the hive and the bees I cut out of another paper which has rows of bees on it. 

I wanted my bees to hover over the card front so I attached some craft wire to them and then wrapped it around a pencil to make a kind of spring.

All the beautiful sequins are also from Craft Consortium Tell the bees set.

 

You can find the Craft Consortium Tell the bees paper pad in the Fruit Pixie online shop here -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craft-consortium-paper-pad-tell-the-bees-26864-p.asp

 

The Craft Consortium Tell the bees sequins here -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/tell-the-bees---honeycomb-sequins-26880-p.asp

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Jazz it up card

This weeks blog project for the Fruit Pixie is a card for Jazz fans!!   I made this card using the Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, this time using them on photo paper. They really swirl around on the slick surface of the paper, just make sure you tape it down on all 4 sides before you begin as it will want to warp.

Once the background was toughly dry I used the Visible image Jazz it up stamp set to stamp the main image in an archival ink.

For the mat I cut a piece of white card a little bigger than the main topper. I mixed the gold Pixie Powders into a paint by adding water and painted a strip around the edge of the card piece and left it to dry.

The card base I stamped with another Visible image stamp set, Soul music.

Once the mat was dry I layered my card up stamped and the Jazz it up stamp again on the card blank to finish it off.

I hope you liked my Jazzy card.

You can find the stamps in,the Fruit Pixie shop here-

Jazz it up 

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/visible-image-jazz-it-up-25144-p.asp

Soul music -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/visible-image-soul-music-25141-p.asp

Archival ink -

http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/archival-ink-pads-339-c.asp

 

The pixie powders can be found in the Fruit Pixies Etsy shop.

 

Any questions I am happy to answer, best to hop over to our Facebook page.

Until next time, take care,

 

Love Katrina x

Easter treats for Nephews

My nephews are all grown up now but when I approched the subject of being too old for sweets now the answer was a definate “No! We’re never to old for sweets!”          So here are their Easter treats, the white rabbits for the boys and pink for the girlfriends. The little baskets for my Mums. All filled with mini eggs.  
They were all cut on my beloved Silhouette Cameo and the files can be found in the Silhouette design shop.
 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Austrian Easter bread

Those of you who follow my blog will know I love Austria, we holiday there as often as we can and I can even speak the language, on a good day!!!

 Austrian bakers must be the best in the world, so many different breads and cakes, I love visiting them for kaffee and Kuchen in the afternoon. As I enjoy baking I like to use my language skills to bake Austrian bakes and most of the time they even work!   For Easter I made an Austrian Easter bread  
                                  
 
Delicious with a cup of tea!
 

Easter Bunny

Its not very often these days I make something just because, I am usually busy with design team projects, which I love to do, or family birthday cards etc. But today I have something to show you that I made just for me!    Last year or perhaps even the year before, in the sale on Create and Craft they had a set of Dreamees MDF Easter shapes along with a stamp set. The price was good and as I looked at the MDF shapes, an egg, bunny head, square plaque and a sign I knew exactly what I could do with them.    Here it is, all the shapes together to make my Easter bunny                                  

I used the egg shape for her body, the square for the base and the head and sign as you can see.

Her features and the word carrots were cut on my Silhouette Cameo, along with her pink inner ears.

Her jacket I cut from scraps of Scrapbook paper. The collar and pockets from scraps of coloured card.

A few buttons finished her outfit off.

To stand her up I glued a cloths peg to her back, hubbies idea, and disguised it with white paint and a strip of the paper I used for her jacket. I also added a little pom pom from some pom pom trim to give her a tail. The peg just made her easier to glue to the base.

The carrots I got from the £1 shop and the fence was cut out using an old Sizzix Ranger on the edge die called on the fence.

Her little bow was also cut with a die and finished with a glittery button.

It was such fun making this little scene and I am sure I will use it every Easter for may years to come.

Happy Easter x

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter bunny broaches

As Easter is just around the corner I thought it would be nice to make something for Easter for my Fruit Pixie blog project this week. So I designed these cute little bunny broaches which I thought would make a nice little gift. As they are quick and easy to make they would make a perfect little project for the Easter holidays.
 
I made them with the Ranger sticky backed canvas, an amazing product that you can do so much with. Using canvas means they will be supple and so you wont have to worry about them becoming bent while wearing them.
 
Making them is very simple. 
 
I made myself a template using a scrap piece of card. I drew around 2 round objects  (I used my round die set) one smaller than the other to make the body. I then drew and bunny ear and drew around that to make my second ear. I glued the ears onto my bunny body to finish the template.
 
Then I cut a strip of the sticky backed canvas, using the template to judge how wide I needed it. I then folded the strip in half bottom to top, peeled off the backing paper and stuck the two halves together. If you start at the fold and smooth up, you wont get any bubbles.
 
Using my template I drew my bunnies and cut them out.
 
I used the Cosmic Shimmer paints in pastel colours to paint both sided of my bunnies.
 
When dry I drew around the outside with a crayon.
 
I decided not to draw any features on my bunnies but just added a little bow and a pompom from a pompom trim I had for his tail. You can add what ever you have to finish them off.
 
I added a broach back to the back using a small strip of the sticky backed canvas with a little PVA glue to add extra strength. If you don't have any broach backs then a safety pin works just as well
 
 
 
I made my bunnies into little broaches but you could put them onto slide backs, key-rings or on cards too. There are all sorts of ways to use them.
 
Here are the products I used from the Fruit Pixie shop-
 
Ranger Sticky backed Canvas -
 
Cosmic Shimmer paint -
 
Bows -
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Broach backs-