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Button Love Heart Picture


I’ve been busy this weekend getting a few bits and pieces completed. The first is this 2nd love heart picture design. I decided to use buttons as I’d been given some lovely ones with my Mollie Makes magazine.

There wasn’t quite enough for this design so I used some others that I had been saving and recycled from old shirts and cardigans.

For the background I recycled an old column table lampshade that was ready to be thrown out but I really liked the texture and thought it would look great against the buttons.

I used double-sided tape to stick the buttons on to the textured background and used the same heart template that I used for the 3D butterfly heart picture.So now they can sit pretty next to each other…

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3D Butterfly Heart Picture


3d butterfly love heart picture

After making the Christening Invites last weekend and using 3D butterflies within the design, it inspired me to make this 3D butterfly heart picture.

I made this 3D picture using:

1 8×8″ deep box frame

Approx 60 card butterflies

1x brown card for backing

dye cutting butterflies
I cut the butterflies using my dye cutting machine, you can cut them by hand using a stencil, it just takes a little longer……. it literally takes 2 mins on a cutting machine 🙂

I cut the backing card to fit the box frame and used a stencil to draw a love heart onto the centre of the page.

Using double-sided tape I arranged and fixed the butterflies within the heart stencil, sticking some flat and the rest folded with one wing stuck down to create the 3D effect.

3d butterfly heart picture

3d butterfly heart picture

I’ve got 2 more deep box frames that I will use to create a similar effect but instead of white plain butterflies I will cut them out of old book pages and maps………. I’ll update you with these later!!


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Handmade Button Heart Decoration

My friend bought me this cute heart decoration for my birthday which gave me the idea to attempt to make my own. I also had some cream buttons that were perfect for this project.
button heart decoration
I started by feeding the buttons onto thin wire. Feeding the wire through the holes or through the loop depending on the button type.
button love heart decoration
I then fed a strip of galvanised wire through the back of the looped buttons to give structure to the decoration and make it easier to bend into a sturdy shape.
button heart decoration
I then attached the two ends of the galvanised wire by twisting the ends together. Once the wires were secured I bent the wire into a heart shape.

To make the decoration even sturdier I took some of the thinner wire and wrapped it between each button to secure them further to the galvanised wire. To finish I attached some beige ribbon to the back of the heart decoration and completed with a bow.

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Handmade Tea Cup Candle

tea cup candle kit

I got a tea cup candle making set for my birthday in May and I’ve only just got round to using it.
I’ve wanted to make my own tea cup candle for ages so this kit was great  as I’ve never done it before and I now feel confident in making my own from scratch.
Here are some step by step instructions for you to follow:

(Wax heats very quickly so don’t leave unattended or heat with direct heat!!)

What you will need:
1 x tea cup and saucer.
100% Eco soy wax. (amount depends on size of tea cup, i will be using 120g)
1 x candle wick.
Double boiler – pan and Pyrex jug.
Stainless steel whisk.
2 pencils.

1. Fill the saucepan half way with water and bring to boil.

2. Place the soy wax in to the Pyrex jug and place into the saucepan. Turn the heat down to the lowest heat.

3. Whisk the wax slowly and melt the wax to 49 deg c.tea cup candle
4. Place the base of the candle wick into the melted wax and fix it to the bottom of your tea cup. Wait until the wax sets. ( I placed mine in the fridge for a minute to speed this up!)

tea cup candle

5. Carefully take the pyrex jug out of the saucepan and slowly pour the melted wax into the tea cup.
tea cup candle
6. You can straighten your wick at this point using 2 pencils.
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7. leave the wax to harden for at least 12 hours before using. You can also cut your wick to the correct length.

8. Your tea cup candle is ready and should look something like this.

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Diamond Jubilee Bunting – Free Vector Template

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is just around the corner and I’ve still got lots to do before the party on Saturday.

Today I’ve been making some Diamond Jubilee themed bunting which I have made with the help of my cutting machine. (Its new and I love it!!!)

I made the bunting design in Photoshop then converted the file to an SVG so I could cut the designs out on my cutter. I have included the JPEG images I created in Photoshop at the bottom of this post, you can convert these files easily into vector images using an on-line converter (this is what I did).

Fingers crossed the weather will be lovely on Saturday and I can take some better photographs, until then here are some photographs of my handmade bunting displayed higgledy piggledy on my study wall!!!
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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Party Invitations – Free Printable

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee only a couple of weeks away I thought I’d share with you some invitations I have made for a tea party we are having to celebrate the Jubilee.
We enjoyed planning and creating the Mad Hatters Tea Party so much we decided to find another excuse to have another party.
I’ve also included 2 free printable invites for anyone to use, one is blank and the second can be adapted to fit your own date time and venue.
I decorated a plain white envelope with the free jubilee printable you can find on the craft beautiful website
I will keep you posted with everything we do but for now here are the invites…free printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invites

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Paper Clip Bookmark – Free Printable

paperclip bookmarksI discovered these Free Luxury Best of British Papers in my Craft Beautiful magazine a few weeks ago and decided today I would make something with them!

I’m forever using post it notes as bookmarks so I thought I’d create something a bit more fun! I downloaded the free printable and created the bookmarks in Photoshop but they could also be made by simply printing the papers and then cutting and sticking them together??

I cut a slit in the middle of the design and simply pushed a paper clip through.

If anybody fancies making some bookmarks or needs any free papers check out Craft Beautiful’s archive, they have a nice collection.
handmade paperclip bookmarks
handmade paper clip bookmarks

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Handmade Crochet Pencil Pot Cover

I’ve just made this crochet pencil pot cover. I’m not the best crocheter in the world, but I made it by creating a circle motif the same width as a baked bean tin. Then crocheted a rectangle wide enough to fit around the diameter of a baked beans tin and finished with shell edging. I stitched them together and hey presto……….handmade crochet pencil pot