Dylon got in contact a few months ago and asked me to review their fabric dyes, and although not my usual product I also am a crafter so thought that I wouldn’t mind giving dying my own fabric a go. What arrived was a great variety of colours and two immediately jumped out at me: a gorgeous vibrant ‘tropical green’ and a deep ‘burlesque’ red.
What else do you do on a Sunday morning other than craft. Lie in you say??? Yeah I wish, those day are over!
However, one benefit to being up and out by 7:30am is the ability to crack on and get some jobs done while the bear played with her toys.
Stamping was first on the agenda as I still wasn’t happy with the layout of Darcie’s first birthday invitations. Hubby can vouch for a stroppy wife last night when nothing was going right!! Drama over though and all were finished by lunchtime. Though it is at times like this I wished we had a child born in May!! That’s a lot of s’s and e’s…
Love love love this patterned paper that I used for the back, personal details plus our address was written around the edges – however that bit isn’t for Internet consumption!!
The party itself is going to be a really small one, just a couple of babies she sees all the time plus their parents and a few family. We’d love to invite everyone but before you know it we have a party of 100 adults so we’ve decided less is more for her first birthday while she’s so young and to keep it small and (hopefully) fun.
The rest of the day held a lovely surprise as some friends popped in for a catch up and a roast on their way back home with their gorgeous little girl. M is only 7 weeks older than the bear so it’s awesome the they’re going to grow up together.
However, these little ones move so fast nowadays its so hard to get a picture of them together!!
And that concludes this weekend!! family, sunshine, friends and a lovely roast dinner to finish it all off. Bliss.
I did this with the bears congratulations cards from when she was born and it worked really well, so I’ve been meaning to do this with our wedding cards for ages but just hadn’t found the time. I mean, we’ve only been married 6.5 years and these poor cards have been rammed in a gift bag ever since!
So…..may I present the homemade card book!
A lot of people scrap book their special cards into albums with their photographs but I wanted to read them again from time to time. So making them into a little book I could flip through really appealed to me, as long as you don’t mind a few hole punch holes in the edge of said cards!
It’s so quick and easy to make this, all you need is: (1) 2x pieces of a5 card for the front and back cover, (2) a piece of coloured paper and picture of your choice to decorate the front, (3) some double sided sticky tape for the front cover, (4) some hinged rings which you can pick up really cheap from eBay, (5) a hole punch, and (6) your cards!
So first of all, use the hole punch to create the holes in the 2 pieces of card to make the front and back cover. I just used some cream card from my craft stash.
You can then use the double sided sticky tape, the coloured paper and picture to decorate the front in any way you like. As you can see I kept it simple with a wedding themed Mr & Mrs:
You then need to go through your cards, and hole punch each one centrally on the folded left hand line. Obviously position it as best you can and although this feels horrid to do, it makes it easy to flick through as a book and allows you to open and read the messages inside as you do so.
You should now have hole punched cards and a decorated cover:
So all you need to do now is put it all together on the hinged rings:
I told you it was quick and easy!!
You should now have a little card book that I as a great keepsake for all your special cards. Easy to store on a bookcase and easy to pull out and look through from time to time:
Why not have a go yourself and let me know how it turns out?