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Happy Valentine’s!

Happy Valentine’s!

Mr M and I aren’t really celebrating today. We usually cook a posh meal at home on Valentine’s itself or go out for a nice meal either that night, or a night either side. This year I am at school, behind the scenes for a production, supporting my colleagues and students.

Mr M and I are exchanging cards today, and that is all. I couldn’t bear to give him a bought card, despite having no time to make one. Besides, one of my crafty goals for 2013 is to only send handmade cards. Here is his card:

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I did toy with a greeting, but decided to stick with fairly simple.

This has got to be the easiest valentine’s card ever! All I did was cut out a variety of different sized hearts out of paper and stacked them in alternating colours. You don’t need any crafting equipment, all you need is a pair of scissors and a glue stick.

As for our nice Valentine’s meal? It will be in Malta: we fly out on Saturday 🙂

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A 5 minute card

About 15 minutes before we left the house yesterday evening, I realised that I needed a card for someone we were likely to bump into. This is exactly why I have a card making stash.

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The card literally took five minutes to make and as you can see it is very basic (although most of my cards are!). I had to take my photo in artificial light due to the timing – the left hand side of the card in the photo is the most realistic.

I still haven’t bought a card since starting blogging 🙂

Button Rings

I often like to give the members of my form a present at the end of the academic year to help remind them of their year. I wanted to make something this year, but it needed to be quick and easy and relatively cheap. This idea came to me about a week ago but I had to wait for some bits to wing their way to me.

Apologies for the poor lighting in the photos – these were made and photographed using my phone at around midnight.

All you need is:
Buttons
Ring blanks
Strong glue

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I made an assortment of rings this way very quickly.

You can use;
Circular buttons ( ideally ones with a pattern)

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Shaped buttons work well, such as flowers

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Or hearts

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You can even stack buttons on top of one another. That works well with both plain buttons

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And shaped buttons

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Just make sure you give the glue time to dry before using them!

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I’ve made enough for one for every girl in my form. Each one is different and should fit as the ring bases are adjustable. They can choose which one they want and there will be some left over. My favourite is either the white flower or the three blue buttons stacked together.

This really is quick and easy!

When my time is engaged…

I seem to be making a lot of cards at the moment. It’s not really my forte, and ideally I’ll spend a lot of time on one to get it perfect. That just doesn’t seem to be happening atm. I should be writing end of year reports and I have the baby sampler that I’m working on, yet a need for cards keeps appearing and I don’t like the idea of buying something I can make!

Congratulations to our friends who announced their engagement on Sunday. Obviously I want to send them an engagement card, but crafting time is limited! I have already blogged about a cross stitch card I made for them when they moved house earlier this year (here) so a cross stitch engagement card (like this) would be too much cross stitch (especially as my WIP is for them) so I needed something different and quick. Unfortunately I can’t always come up with something different that works quickly! After far too long playing around I came up with this simple card:

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I know they toasted their engagement with champagne bought for their first date, so the toasting glasses in the heart seemed appropriate. How did it take me about an hour to come up with it?

Whilst packing stuff back into my card making box I came across a roll of metal like stuff with hearts cut out of that I bought for not very much a few years back and have never used. Then inspiration for a simple card hit:

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All the foil is the shiny silver colour – my phone/camera is creating a shadow over part of it. I still don’t know if this will really work as the foil type stuff has been rolled for years and keeps wanting to spring off the card! Some of the glue dots are poking out in the heart shaped holes (but they are hard to see) which means currently it sticks to anything you try to flatten it with. Humph! We’ll have to wait and see…

Whichever card I use at least (hopefully!) I’ll have a spare to use when time is short in the future.
(My reports are way behind schedule now!)

Fabric Flower

I find it difficult to stitch in artificial light, particularly when sewing white on white as I am currently on my WIP, so decided to take a little break from that and do a quick make instead last night. This is what I made:

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It was really quick and easy! I’d seen a couple of blogs with these on yesterday and felt inspired. It is made completely from my stash.

This is how to do it (excuse the dark photos – it was late at night!).

1. Cut out 7 identical circles. I used thin felt and drew round a small glass with a fabric pencil then cut out by hand.

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2. Fold one of the circles in half

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3. Then fold that into thirds

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4. Use glue to stick one of the sides onto another circle (which will be your base circle) and repeat it with the other five circles.

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I found that the “petals” moved quite a bit so I actually ended up doing a stitch at the bottom of each petals to hold it in place. This also had the benefit of the petals not unfolding. The glue, once dry does hold it in place, but I’m impatient!

5. Adorn the centre with something! I used one of my ebay buttons, but sequins and other things would also work.

Ta Dah!

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As I used felt and a glass as my circle my flower is quite big. It is very flexible in terms of size and uses! 

Many thanks to chic envelopements whose tutorial I read before making my version. You can find her tutorial here. It’s better than mine and her pictures are much easier to see!