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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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