A wedding vow renewal card – another paper cutting project

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I saw this idea on Pinterest and absolutely loved the phrase to had to incorporate it into a card somehow.  So when my sister asked me to make a card for a wedding vow renewal she was attending I knew exactly what had to be done.

I was quite chuffed with how the card turned out and I’m sure that my paper cutting will just keep getting better and better the more I practise.


My first real attempt at paper cutting

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I made this card for a friends engagement.  And it was my first attempt at paper cutting.  I chose a fairly simple heart pattern and a not so simple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Two things I’ve learnt – 1. Stick to simple designs and 2. Reverse the design to any ink and pencil lines are on the back.

Anyone else who enjoys paper cutting I would hugely appreciate any other tips.


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Knitting – just for a change

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Saw this in a magazine and thought I’d give it a go.  I don’t do much knitting so when I saw this was for intermediate level I almost didn’t start it.  Glad I did though as it wasn’t too difficult, I just had to google what a couple of the abbreviations meant ie ssk obviously means slip slip knit cause it told me that on the instructions but I didn’t know how to slip slip knit and that’s where the world wide web came to the rescue.

I didn’t have the recommended yellow and blue wool to make this little fella so I just used what colours I had in my stash and I think it works quite well.  In fact I’m sure you could knit him in whatever colours you like.


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Ragdoll Inspired by Lalaloopsy’s Holly Sleigh Bell

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A couple of weeks ago a lady contacted me via my new facebook page asking if I could crochet Holly Sleigh Bell for her daughter as she could only find the doll to buy in the U.S.

Now I’ve never heard of Holly Sleigh Bell, and I’ve not even heard of Lalaloopsy – but I have now.

I searched the inernet for a free crochet pattern to use but couldn’t find anything so I found a doll that looked a similar shape – which as it happens when I started to make it was nothing like what I wanted but I was able to use it for the boots, stockings, head and arms.  Everything else I had to make up myself which was a first for me as I’ve not really made anything without a pattern.

After about 18 hours of on and off crocheting Holly was finally finished.  She was picked up today and I’m told that she was very greatly received.  I’m was over the moon – children can be the best and worst critics.  And as I’d never made one before and it had to be quite specific an over the moon comment was the best compliment I could have received.


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A quick make using freebies

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I’m pleased to say that I have had a few orders from my newly formed Facebook page (Dawn’s Handmade Cards and Gifts for anybody who would like to take a look).   So I’ve had my hands kept pretty busy over the last couple of weeks.  At the moment I cannot share the pictures of finished items as the gifts haven’t been given yet and I don’t want any pictures to leak (I know it’s very unlikely but I’d rather wait than take the chance).  I promise I will share as soon as I can.

In the meantime I will share with you a nice quick make that I found in a magazine, using the freebie papers and images that came with the mag.  It’s a bit of an awkward size to get an envelope for so I think I might have to master the art of envelope making for future projects.

The mistake I made with this card, was I didn’t scan the picture or papers before making the card – so I can’t make this exact same card again but I can obviously make it slightly different.  After making this card I now quickly scan my free papers onto my computer – just in case.