Saturday, 21 February 2015

Back Again! A fab new Sizzix Basket #2 Die!!


I am back after a long break!  I started a job and it seemed to take up all of my time and left me with no time to craft!  It's only a temporary contract and due to end soon so hopefully I will be able to start crafting again!!

I've bought some nice crafting bits recently - this beauty arrived today!

I've been looking at it for weeks and tried to order it from the US through BIC on Amazon but they had advertised it incorrectly and then changed the photo to something else so the die that arrived was the wrong one.  Very disappointing!  Anyway I ordered it from Countryview Crafts for £18.99 - the die is a lovely little basket and just perfect to put chocolates in for Easter.  It is the Sizzix Basket #2 659897 and it is a 'L' sized die so works without the need for extended cutting pads.

This little basket measures approx just under 11.5cm long at it's longest part and 6cm wide and 6cm depth so a very usable size.  The die is a Bigz die and it creases the folds and punches out the holes for the brads to go in to hold it together so very little work left to do!  You just cut 2 of the main part and stick one on top of the other so that you have the triangle parts on both sides.  You then bring up the 2 triangle side pieces and line them up with the middle triangle piece and the holes on your handle and insert a brad.  Once you have done this on both sides you have your basket!

I had a play with this die and made a larger basket by cutting out 4 of the main basket part and sticking 2 together for each side of the basket.  I overlapped them so that I had a base double the size of the smaller basket.  See pic below

I pulled up the 2 triangle pieces on each side and put a brad in through the holes.  This left a large gap in the middle between the 2 ends so I cut 2 strips of card from the spare handle die cuts and punched a hole in either end and put through the brad that I had put through the side pieces.  I then took 2 o the handle diecuts and glued them together to give me a longer length.  I punched a hole in either end of the basket and handles and fixed them on with a brad.

The finished result is a different type of basket that is much larger - 18cm in length and quite sturdy.

**Note this is a rough prototype made with cheap card and I used brass fasteners just to test it out to save wasting nice brads!  I will make it using nice card when I have more time!

Hope you like thiis cuter die as much as I do!!!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Makes 2014!

Hello there - I've not had much chance to blog lately as I was busy organising a Handmade Christmas Market and of course making things for my stall at that market!

The Christmas market was last Saturday and was a great success.  We had some fantastic sellers and a brilliant crowd of people that came along to support us.  It was a very busy day and everyone that took part enjoyed themselves.

Now I can relax and have time for other things like Christmas shopping!  Yikes I have only just started mine!!  Will be off into town today to try and get as much done as possible!

Yesterday I made my Mincemeat Christmas cake - I just need to feed it lots of brandy and get some marzipan to cover it with!  We don't like icing so it will just be marzipan for us!  Very easy recipe and you can find it here.  It's a quick and easy alternative to traditional Christmas cake!

I thought I would share with you some of the tree decorations that I have made this year.

I also made my flannel reindeers - this year I used a variety of coloured pipe cleaners including red and white candy cane!

I also made some flannel crackers with soap inside of them as well.

I still have some great items available that are suitable for stocking fillers, Secret Santa, tree gifts etc over on my Facebook page Bumble Bee's Craft Den - pop on over if you are still looking to buy gifts!!

Well - I had better get myself prepared for some Christmas shopping now!!


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Market - 6 December

Hi all

Just a quick one from me to let you know about the Handmade Christmas Market I am co-organising.  If you are in Bristol, UK and free this coming Saturday 6 December, pop along to it.  Lots of lovely handcrafted items from a variety of craftspeople so perfect for Christmas gifts. Details on the poster below or on our page on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Flannel Crackers

A quick post from me today.  I've been making something different with flannels or washcloths if you are not in the UK!  Flannel Crackers!  I made a few up to see what they looked like and was pleased with the result so took them along to a craft table last Saturday and they seemed to go down well.  So this year I will have reindeers and crackers made from flannels and I am using the most gorgeous smelling soap ever to go inside of them - Johnson Baby Soap with Honey.  I think I may start putting a bar of it in my clothes drawers, a lovely fragrance every time I opened the drawers!!

Anyway, here is the finished flannel cracker - abit more adult than the reindeers!!

I made a sleeve to go around them and glittered up a holly die cut and added ribbon to the ends.  I'm doing some different coloured ones as well and I think I will put little die cut gingerbread men on those!

These are easy to do - you just wrap your flannel around your soap and put an elastic band on each end!

Hope you like them as much as I do!!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Santa Gift Decoration

Good afternoon - I've not blogged for a few weeks due to the fact I've been sewing like a good un'!!  I have been trying to get as much stuff as I can together for the stall I am doing at a Christmas Market and as I get so easily distracted it has been tough lol!!

I was in the middle of sewing some little owl brooches when I got side tracked by a lovely Santa decoration that I saw on Pinterest made by Amber from Craftin' Owl!  It was made using Stampin Up products but I actually didn't use any of them for this.  I did use my newish Sizzix French Bow die that I told you about recently and it is very similar to the SU Bow die used in this tutorial.  I really loved how my Santa turned out and wanted to share it with you.

Here is my take on the tutorial

Cute isn't he!!

If you want to have a go at making him, the tutorial that I used was on Craftin' Owl here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Halloween Treat Boxes

Hi there - I'm busy sewing and making items to sell at a Christmas Market I am doing.  I took a little time off though to make some Halloween treat boxes for my 2 nieces.  I saw these boxes over on ChicnScratches Youtube channel and couldn't resist having a go!

They are easy to make and you don't need super fancy equipment to make them.  Here are the ones that I made

I popped them into a cello bag and tied it with black ribbon.

I also made a lolly cover for a chocolate lolly

These are very simple to make, just cut your paper to 2 inches x 11 inches and then score at 4 1/2 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 7 1/2 inches and 8 1/2 inches.  Use your bone folder to go over the score lines, they all fold the same way except the last score on the bit where the stick will go through.  You need to punch a small hole to put the stick through. You then stick the top two pieces together.  I used a Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to get the scalloped top and fancy hole but you could use any punch. Pop the lolly in and put the stick through the hole you made. I then tied a small piece of ribbon through the top hole to finish it off.

I've made a batch of these to give out to kids at the Christmas Market as well - obviously Christmas themed though rather than Halloween!!

My nieces were thrilled to receive both of these treat holders!