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Friday 4 January 2019 Weaving

Happy New Year everyone. Just thought I would share a little woven project with you which has been mounted on a canvas frame. Very therapeutic to do and also suitable for kids parties in the age range 9-12 years

Friday 28 December 2018 – Cross stitch Poppy

Completed cross stitch, ready to be framed. This piece of work gained first prize at Castlewellan Show earlier in the year.

Friday 21 December 2018 - Clean and simple notecards

Little handmade notelets for a range of occasions using chipboard floral pieces, stamps, paper flowers, twine, washi tape, doileys, diecuts and embossed card. Kits available with a selection of materials for you to make similar at home. Two options available, 6 card pack (£5) or 12 card pack (£9).

Friday 14 December 2018 New Home Card

Alternative use for Christmas dies before they are put away. Die cuts are layered up and put behind an aperture. By snipping out the Christmas trees and adding in other trees, the card would be improved even further.

Friday 7 December 2018 Decorated Tote bags

Stencilled cotton tote bags with little fabric decorations for added interest. These are applied with fusible adhesive backing so no stitching required.

Friday 30 November 2018 Christmas Cards

Following on from the blog on the 16 November, I have created 4 cards using only 1 A4 piece of printed backing card, toppers and card blanks. This really makes your stash go a long way. Here’s how. The swing card was created by cutting a piece of card 22cm x 18cm. The square card with 2 matching triangles was created by cutting a 7.5cm square and then cutting this in half diagonally. The gate fold card was made from a rectangle 13.5cm x 7.6cm and finally the banner card used a strip 3cm x 17cm. By clever cutting you can achieve this too.

Friday 23 November 2018 Christmas Gift Bag

Another little recycling project. Christmas gift bag made using an Easter egg box. Had originally thought of adding panels of printed card to the sides but then decided to cover in paper. Added a piece of card to the base to strengthen it and punched holes in the top for handles which are an old shoe lace! The front is a picture cut from an old Christmas card placed on a die cut shape with a scrap of ribbon made into a little bow. Costs pennies to make.

Friday 16 November 2018 Christmas Cards and Tags

Challenged myself to make three cards from a topper sheet and one co-ordinating piece of card as well as plain card blanks and this is what I came up with. The printed card was cut into 3 equal sized pieces to produce a standard DL card, a tent fold card and an 8x8 Z fold card. Even the printed waste was used to create borders and the left-overs made 4 tags. Why not enrol on a card making class and have a go at making something similar? Next class Wed 21 November at 7pm.

Friday 9 November 2018 Christmas Tags

A couple of different tag options using the same die from Printable Heaven. One is cut on white card and coloured whilst the other is cut on green card. Layers are decoupaged on top of each other.

Friday 2 November 2018 Lavender Sachets

Upcoming workshop in time for Christmas making lavender sachets. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated from stitched pockets, to organza bags to paper sachets. Options on fillings will also be presented as well as techniques to extend the use of the lavender seeds.



Friday 26 October 2018 Halloween Luminaries

Different techniques used to make these sample pieces for a workshop. The orange one is created using strips of tissue paper and then die cutting a scene which is applied on top. The lilac one is created by outlining a scene in permanent marker on the front of the jar. Just needs a little more filling in to create a solid black effect. The purple jar was purchased but a jam jar painted with PVA glue and food colouring will give the same effect.



Friday 19 October 2018 Applique Sail Boats – FOR SALE

Sail boats using applique and machine embroidery techniques. Mounted in a contemporary curved edge frame. Email for further information.



Friday 12 October 2018 Exam Congratulations

Some of the Exam congratulations cards produced last month for those receiving exam results. Dimensional stars were common on all 3 cards.



Friday 5 October 2018 Batch Christmas Card Making

Why not come along and make 6 Christmas cards using embossing folders as the main technique. Class is scheduled for Tues 30 Oct at 7pm. Sample packs will also be available to participants at a reduced cost (£3) so as more of these cards can be made at home, simply by using your own scissors and adhesive.

Friday 28 September 2018 Dreamcatchers

Making a dreamcatcher is a suitable party activity and the project can be tailored to suit most age groups. At the end of the session, participants have the opportunity to take home something pretty for their room.

Friday 12 February 2016 Wedding Card

Thought I would share with you a wedding card which was made at one of the cardmaking classes. Diecut hearts used to create the bride and groom. Matted and layered on white and grey card. Background paper is beautiful wrapping paper which allows you to co-ordinate your gift with your card. Simple and effective.

Friday 5 February 2016 – Baby Quilt

A piece of patchwork coupled with some stitched farm animals combine to make this baby quilt.

Fri 29 January 2016 Oversize Tote Bag

Made this for a Christmas present, although it was hard to part with it. I adore the fabric. Pocket with a flap on the front with a little ribbon rosette and button. Bag is lined. You may see this coming as a workshop if anyone else would be interested in making one of these.  It generated a lot of interest on Facebook so get in touch if you would like to make your own bespoke bag.

Friday 22January 2016 – Sympathy cards

These sympathy cards were actually made from a printed card. The first card uses the printed card insert behind the aperture of the die cut card which is embossed and matted and layered on silver card. Butterflies and ribbon are then added to decorate. The second card used the front of the purchased card which is matted and layered on white card and butterflies with gems added to give dimension.

Friday 15 January 2016 – Stamped ‘Just a note’ cards

Stamped cards with the Just a Note or Thank you sentiment are a personal touch to thank those for all the super gifts you received over the festive season. Made using peg stamps.

Friday 8 January 2016 – Happy New Year and Candlewicking

A New Year and a craft for you that I haven’t featured before. Candlewicking is a traditional embroidery technique and is a form of whitework embroidery that traditionally uses an unbleached cotton thread on a piece of unbleached muslin. It gets its name from the nature of the soft spun cotton thread which was braided then used to form the wick for candles. Motifs are created using a variety of traditional embroidery stitches as well as a tufted stitch. Subject matter is usually taken from nature - flowers, insects, pine trees, and so on. More recently patterns have been worked using coloured embroidery thread.

Friday 18 December 2015 Kids Craft - Christmas Decorations

Some ideas of Christmas Decorations which were made at the kids Christmas classes.  More ideas at the kids party section on the workshop page. Classes worked well for youth groups and were tailored to the age and ability of the groups.  Can I just add a word of thanks to those who have supported me over the past year and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Friday 11 December 2015 –Christmas Iris Folding and Diamond Top Card

One of the cards made at a recent class using the iris folding technique. Green card was diecut using an X Cut banner die and laid over the pattern for laying down the origami papers. Kits available to order which include patterns, die cut card and papers.  The Diamond Top Card is a favourite fold of mine. This card starts life as an A5 piece of card.  A great card for mass producing and looks a little different on the mantelpiece. Embossed detail on the white card with a little stickles added to highlight the snow on the roof of the house.

Friday 4 December 2015 Gift Packaging

I just wanted to highlight that on Wed 16 December 2015 from 7.30-9.30pm we will be running a workshop on making Christmas Gift Bags. Further details and booking available on the website at the Christmas Crafts section. Also, in April 2016, Hillhead Crafts are offering 2 classes on gift box making. By varying the card used, gifts in unique packaging can be presented for any occasion.

Friday 27 November 2015 Christmas Decorations

A range of Christmas decorations using a variety of techniques. The little sheep was stitched on canvas using beads and the shepherd was a little cross stitch. The red wood decorations were upcycled from a bargain buy and participants at the class were able to personalise their decorations with stamping. The cone was made using folded ribbon, pinned to a polystyrene oval shape. The floral arrangement was made using artificial foliage, ribbon and a little candle.

Friday 20 November 2015  - Pop up box cards

I demonstrated how to make these cards recently at a card making class. They also fold flat for posting. Initially made the green card but didn’t like the stamped toppers and so changed these for poinsettias. Still not entirely happy with the stamped and embossed poinsettia and so it was replaced with die cuts at the class. Class photos on facebook at hillheadcraftsbelfast.

Friday 13 November 2015 – Upcycling and Triple/Double Easels

Gold and black triple easel card made from an ordinary printed card. Photo shows the card both before and after cutting. The red and gold double easel card was also made from a simple printed card. A bauble diecut was added to the top of the printed card to give extra dimension and then a gold ink embossed bauble was added to the other side. The card greeting was used as a stopper. Even the inside of the card got a makeover – simple embossing and matting and layering transformed it into another card. Remember after Christmas, not to throw out all those printed cards.

Saturday 7 November Stamped Christmas Cards

Just one of the cards which will be on offer at the workshop on Sat 14 November. At this workshop you will have the opportunity to make 6 stamped cards and take home materials to make 6 more. All this for £8! An opportunity to get a batch of Christmas cards made in 2 hours. Limited places available.

Friday 6 November 2015 – Pop up box (Bon Voyage) and frame card

The pop up box card was completed for a competition during the summer. These style of cards will be two of the choices at an upcoming card making class where we will be making statement cards.  The basic construction of both cards will be demonstrated and then you will be able to make and decorate these for whatever occasion you wish.

Friday 30 October 2015 Bookmark – Recycling idea

Snippets of thread and small pieces of silk were trapped in a sandwich between 2 layers of organza. A fabric backing provided stability. A little bit of machine stitching around the outer edge keeps all the layers together. Clips added either end and a tassel and charm added to complete the bookmark.

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