Iris Folding Birthday Card

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Here’s another card I whipped up from the book, Iris Folding by Michelle Powell.

I made it using the papers included in the book so supplies weren’t really an issue with this one. The gift bow thing was a bit fiddly to cut out, but I love the end result so I may be raiding my scrap stash and making a few more of these :D

And of course, I had to add some bling to it, this time with bling-y gems!

Scented Salt Dough Hangies…

Now I’m not exactly sure that this is classic salt dough but I don’t really know what else to call it so salt dough it is.

I found this recipe here and its listed as scented rocks – well I liked the idea of the rocks, but being a bit of a girl, I wanted something prettier so I decided to try to make some hangers.

I made the dough as per the recipe, using a mixture of green apple and vanilla oils to scent it with (YUM) and rolled it out to about 1.5 cm thick, then took one of my stamps and a blue ink pad and stamped my dough

Then I used some cookie cutters to cut out my shapes and a skewer to make a hole in the top for ribbon or whatever to hang them with. As a hint, you need to jiggle the skewer around a bit to make a big enough hole to string something through.

kittencrafts_smellies3I re-kneaded and re-rolled my left over dough and repeated the process until all my dough was used up, then left my smelly shapes on a rack to dry for 48 hours.

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Once dry and hard, I strung some ribbon through the holes I’d made and voila – scented salt dough hangies for wardrobes, or bathrooms or anywhere really – and much prettier than the salt rocks this was based on :D

kittencrafts_smellies5I’m going to seal the stamped side with some matt varnish just to make sure that the ink doesn’t rub off onto anything and leave the back uncoated to allow the scent to come out – and also so I can spritz more scent on them when the time comes.

How cute are these for little gifts? Love them :D

Tuna Quinoa Salad

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Here’s another summer salad that we love here.

I am a huge fan of quinoa – I can’t say it, but I sure can eat it! Usually when I make quinoa (or quee quee as we call it in this house) as a side, I’ll make extra so I can whip up this salad to have for lunch.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked quinoa, cold

160g can tuna, drained and flaked

1 small can sweet corn, drained

1 stalk spring onion, sliced

2 medium pickles, diced

6 (ish) slices canned beetroot, diced.

salt and pepper

olive oil

METHOD

1.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl,

2.  Add salt and pepper and olive oil to taste.

3.  Eat – or for better flavor, refrigerate overnight and eat it the next day.

Enjoy :D

Doily Dress Card

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So I finally cracked open my new stash of crafty bits – YAY!!

I decided to play with my paper doilies so after some Google-spiration I decided to ease into it by making this super cute paper doily dress card.

I found this video from Lisa Curcio on YouTube which explained how to fold the doily into a skirt shape and went from there.

For the bodice I stamped some scrap white card, hand cut it to shape and glued that onto the back of my doily skirt. Using my Aubergine ink pad from Kaisercrafts and a dabuber I edged the bodice and the bottom of the skirt and wrapped some scrap purple ribbon around the waist to hide the join. The purple paper flowers were in my stash, so I used one as an embellishment (with a gem in the middle for bling of course).

Once my dress was made, I embossed some more (scrap) white card, edged that with Aubergine ink and used foam squares to attach my dress to the embossed card.

The backing paper was another scrap I found in my paper stash – I think it’s Basic Grey, but don’t hold me to that. I wrapped some purple organza ribbon around the middle of it and stuck it onto a white card then popped my topper on top with double-sided tape and voila – super cute card finished using a paper doily and scraps of paper and ribbon from my stash – Not a bad stash buster :D

Keeping busy…

There have been too many things lately that have kept me from crafting to my heart’s content…

Work is busy – being summer and all, everyone is getting married and wants photos of their weddings, which is awesome, but also means that my time is spent working on those weddings…

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been busy making slide shows for our wedding couples which means loads of this…

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and not so much crafty goodness… or blogging :(

Then Nennie, one of our kitties, came home with a giant foot…

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We have no idea what happened to her, she was fine in the morning then went out for a couple of hours and came back like this… so the afternoon was spent checking her paw for cuts, stingers, insects, wounds etc. etc. and watching her to see if she was walking on it (yes), eating (yes), was lethargic (she’s a cat, so yes).

We tried calling our vet but he’s on holidays, so we had to call the emergency vet’s :/ They basically told us to keep an eye on her and if she started limping, having trouble breathing, not eating or just being off to call them and bring her in.

Nennie didn’t have a clue what the fuss was about and settled down for a nap and when she woke up had some dinner and went back out again. When she came back a couple of hours later her foot was back to normal, thankfully, and she was still her normal crazy self, begging for snacks, chasing moths on the balcony and rolling over for tummy rubs, so we figured she was fine… which is more than I can say for me! Being the stress head that I am I was already planning to take her to the vet’s in the morning.

Then this morning I opened up WordPress on my iPad and had a lovely surprise! My little blog has 101 followers now – which is AMAZING!! I still can’t quite believe it.

And the postman came with some eBay goodies, including a load of lovely washi tape and some super cute birdie buttons :D

kittencrafts_stash20714Oh, and I almost forgot – a friend of mine told me about a discount store over the border in France last week so I convinced the hubby we just HAD to go check it out :D Lucky for me we did cos I came home with more STASH!!

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My new stash hasn’t been touched yet, I’ve been too busy working, but I think I’m going to remedy that right now and go make something!

101 Followers…. OMG!!

I was just sitting here, drinking my cup of tea, when I flicked over to the stats page … I have 101 Followers!

How on earth did so many of you find me? And then stick around?

Aww shucks, thanks everyone, I never in a million years thought there would be that many people interested in my rambling and crafty experimentation. Your support and kind words are very much appreciated!

Hope you’re all having a splendid day!

Nat xx

Teddy

I’ve been crocheting for a while now, but I haven’t been brave enough to attempt anything with arms and ears and things that need to be attached. Mostly ‘cos I can’t sew. But then I found a pattern for a teddy bear that I totally fell in love with and decided to just jump in and give it a try.

It’s been a brilliant time for me to crochet lately – the hubby has been busy watching the World Cup, so there have been a lot of sofa evenings in front of the TV watching a sport that I don’t particularly like / understand / care about. And while it’s been a lot more interesting than I thought it would be, I’m glad I’ve had my teddy project to keep me sane :D

Anywhoo, this is my first ever attempt at a crochet project with arms and legs and ears and I’m rather chuffed with myself ‘cos he’s pretty darn cute!

I decided to embroider his features because if I ever do manage to part with him I don’t want the child I give him to choking on buttons or eyes or noses or whatever. I may also add paw pads in white felt to his feet… I haven’t quite decided on that just yet.

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Amazingly Simple Potato Salad…

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Not that you’d know it from today’s weather, but it is summer here in Swissyland and that means we eat a load more salads.

This potato salad is one of the first things my mum taught me to make – because it’s so, so simple – and it’s still one of my favorite go-to salads that happens to be a hit with everyone.

Ingredients:

6-8 medium              Potatoes ( this really depends on how many you need to feed, I usually count 3 medium-ish potatoes per person )

1-2 stalks (?)             Spring onions – just the green part (again, this depends on how many potatoes you’re making but I’ve never used more than 4 stalks in a salad)

olive oil – really good quality olive oil is best

salt

Method:

1.    Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.

2.    Peel and chop your potatoes into approx 1 cm cubes and place in boiling water for approx. 15 mins until just cooked – you want them to still be firm and not mushy, but not crunchy either.

3.    Wash and slice the green parts of your spring onions and put aside for now.

3.    Drain cooked potatoes and leave to cool (or, if you’re in a hurry run cold water over the cooked potatoes to cool them quickly).

4.    Once potatoes are cooled, transfer to a large bowl, add a generous amount of olive oil and salt to taste and mix well.

5.    Toss in spring onion and mix again – adjust salt to taste and refrigerate until serving.

This can also be made a day in advance as it just gets better in the fridge over night.

Super duper easy, and super duper tasty! try it out next time you’re overloaded with potatoes or need a salad for a BBQ, I guarantee it will be a hit!

 

 

 

 

 

Spiral Ropes…

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These two bracelets are part of what I whipped up for my stall. They are simple spiral ropes using 8/0 seeds for the core and 11/0 seeds mixed with 4 mm fire polished and drop beads (left one) and 11/0 seeds and 4 mm crystal bicones (right one).  Both of these are made with trusty Fireline thread and simple magnetic clasps.

The thing I love about these spiral ropes is that they are a great way to use up your not so ‘perfect’ seed beads. So if you happen to have a stash of Czech or Chinese seed beads that aren’t great for bead weaving work, make a few of these to use them up – perfectly sized beads are much less important here. Also, these are super easy and quick to make and look really pretty as both bracelets and necklaces.

If you want to have a try are making your own there are loads of tutorials on YouTube like this one from the incredible Jill Wiseman.