Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Just for adding links to prizes.

Found this when I was browsing about. Supposed to put it in the side bar but I dont know how to so this is going to have to do. Pop over and have a look....great prize up for grabs. http://bearlymine.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Shamballa Tutorial

Ive been making Shamballas for a while now and have been asked how to make them. I learnt by Googling Shamballas and printing the instructions off. Here is my version of how to make a Shamballa.

First you need 3 lengths of cord (waxed is best for starting out with). 120cm, 50cm and 40cm. The longest piece (120cm) is called your knotting cord, the medium piece (50cm) is your lazy cord and the short piece (40cm) is for the Slider. Thread your beads onto the Lazy Cord. I put one of the dangles on first then the beads I'm going to use for the bracelet then another one for the dangle. Tie a knot in both ends to stop the beads falling off.

In this picture I'm using Miracle Beads. Red ones in 10mm and 8mm with Black waxed cord.
As you can see, I have a board to clip my Lazy Cord to. I have moved the dangle bead to the end of the cord, allowed for the length of the dangle and cross over section where the slider goes and will clip this in place. Put your other dangle bead behind the board and clip at the bottom too.

Now for the fun part. Take your Knotting cord and tie it near the top of the board. You must make sure the knot is as close to the middle of the 120cm.

Now for your first knot. This is done by taking the left cord over the top of the Lazy cord leaving a loop, then you take the right cord over the left cord tail, under the Lazy cord, up through the loop and pull. This is Knot 1 as I call it.

Knot 2, as I call it, is take the right cord, loop it taking the tail over the top of the Lazy cord. Next take the right cord and go over the tail that you have on the left, under the Lazy cord and up through the loop and pull.

There, now do that for 8 knots.....then push up your first bead and do Knot 1 again.

Next do Knot 2, Knot 1 and Knot 2.....push up the next bead and do 4 knots again. Once you have pushed up your last bead do 8 knots.

There.....simple. The main part of the Shamballa is done. Now for the slider. You need to take the left dangle and meet it with the opposite end of the Shamballa so that the dangles cross over. I clip this to the corner of my board and secure the other end too.

Now for the Slider. Take the short piece of cord (40cm) and tie it around the two dangles......then just do your knots 1 and 2 till you have 14 knots.

Now I close the Shamballa and cut the tails down as they get in the way....I will also shorten the dangle. Make sure you move your bead down the dangle cord before you knot it and cut it.

Now I'm going to seal the ends....I'm sticking the end of the dangle, with the knot into the adhesive. I like to make sure the bead is glued to the knot so that it doesn't move up and down the cord.

Now to seal the loose ends. Open the Slider a little bit.  In the picture the Slider is at the top...add some glue around the tails (and the slider if you want but be careful as the slider needs to be able to slide and it wont if you glue the cords inside it to it). On the tails beside the bead in the picture you don't need to be as careful because there is no sliding here. Next I leave the Shamballa to dry and will trim the ends off carefully when its all dry.
This is a few I have hanging out to dry. When I am making a Shamballa with Disco Balls I will use 7 Disco Balls and 4 Hematite beads. I usually work with 10mm and 8mm for the dangles. The Miracle Beads are mostly the 8mm I work with but I got some 12mm to add a bit of a difference. Depending on the size of your beads you will use more or less beads. If you use 3 beads only at the front of the bracelet you will need to do a lot of knots so your Knotting cord needs to be longer. 

I hope this is helpful to anyone who is interested. If you are stuck....just shout me. I'm usually around somewhere. :O)

Friday, 20 July 2012

My Birthday (42nd)

 From this.........................................
To this.................................................. 
 To this ...........
and this. :O)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Crafting Prize from Nikki

 Hey, this is the prize I won from Nikki when I took part in the Blog Hop for Crafting Cafe.....the tray wasnt included. lol
There is 2 Boofle sheets of A4 diecut toppers...Tatty Teddy A4 card kit.... CLANGERS Deco sheet (I actually have that)... the other one I dont know who made it, sorry. lol
Here we have Daisy and Dandelion die cut deco and patterned papers, metallic flutterdies toppers, 2 sheets of pyramage (one has Anita on it and the other Crafting.co.uk), Christmas stamps-the alphabet, 2 packs of decorative papers from express yourself diy, some patterned papers, Hot diggity dog elements toppers and Papermania adhesive shimmer dots.
 these last two pics show Papermania Dew drops, Tatty Teddy pick and Mix and coloured stickers, Anita mini dimensions, A5 Country Companions paper pack, K&Company embossed stickers and Papermania Elements in black and gold.......I LOVE IT ALL.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Just something I made.

Wellington.....been out in the garden watering the flowers....not that we need any watering up in Scotland. lol 
Heartwarmers.......this just wasnt working for me and Id been at it for 2 hours trying to decide what looked good.....decided to take a break and look for some inspiration but ended up playing Farmville. lol.....went back to it and it just came together.....quite pleased with it in the end. Its one of the 'slushy' verses....my step dad had asked me to make a card for my mum from him.....not a problem I said. LOL....ended up making a few different styles cause she isnt really a 'cute' person. lol

Elegant Ladies

I was never a fan of CD roms although I had bought a few. These are Elegant Ladies 2 and are produced by Fee J Designs or Jammi Pandas as they are now know. Fiona Ferguson was on Create and Craft one day and I fell in love with her designs so bought some...never used them till now. Im not a lover of cutting things out but decided to try as some crafters were doing amazing things with the graphics. Im now nearly hooked. Nearly, because Im still not liking the cutting out. Im hoping to solve this problem soon with a new purchase so am saving hard for it. The lady in the pink/crimson was my first attempt.....I didnt deco the flowers as there was quite a bit of fidgety cutting. The blue one however, I did add a bit more to is and was quite impressed with the outcome. Once the printer has new ink there will be no stopping me. :o)

Blog Hop

Today I did my first Blog Hop as a commentor (sound like Gary Linekar lol) and it was faily painless and easy......might even participate once I figure out all this first. lol

Monday, 7 May 2012

Bottle Bag

I had bought a bottle bag that looked like a suit and decided it was too nice for a bottle. I sliced it open to put it on a card...namely one I was making for my sons 18th. I had cut it in half so that I could stick it to the card and use it as a pouch. I then put the back of the bag on the back of the card, lined up with the bit on the front. I made a special envelope style thing so that money or a gift voucher could be put into it and then slipped into the pouch. Turned out quite good and I was rather impressed with myself. Here are the pics.(apologise for the blurr......I had broke my wrist and had pins and stuff sticking out of it at the time....Im right handed and that was the wrist I broke so it was a bit tricky to make and had problems holding the camera still too)

Friday, 4 May 2012

Loo Roll Book

I recently found a tutorial for a book made from the inside part of the toilet roll. It looked so good that I had to try it. My finished product wasnt as good as the one made by the person who did the tutorial but it turned out well. I made it for a friends daughter who just had a baby girl at 7.05am today (04/05/12) and she weighed in at 8lbs. Im pretty chuffed for both 'mummy' and 'granny' lol

The book closed.

Open with the tags laid out.
The book opened.

Elegant Easel

I bought some things that were out of my comfort zone. Eventually came up with some design and here they are.

One of these will be in the mail in the next day or two to a very special person that I admire. ;o)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Just getting started on Blogging.

Hi, this is my first Blog. I have been making cards for a while now so Im sharing photos of what Ive made recently in this blog.