Sunday, 6 April 2014

Truly unique at 90

 Hello peeps.  I hope the weekend is treating you well.

The other week it was my Nan's 90th Birthday!!  I know, she is totally amazing.  She lives in New Zealand so I wanted to be 100% sure that she had opened the package before I blogged about it!

This is the card I made her, I used some vintage paper from an old finance book (in old money!) and stamped some butterflies.

I then mounted this on a patterned background and added a hand stamped and coloured butterfly.  I distressed the edges of the card adding some paper brads from craftworks which I coloured to match the card.

Finally I gold embossed the 90 twice and added them to the page.

Now the present was a real dilemma. I had NO idea what to make Nan.  It had to be something I made as I have been making gifts for my Nan since I was about 7 years old and made her a felt pincushion.  I made her a hand painted and stitched wall hanging for Christmas so that was no good, I made her jewelry recently too...what to do?

Then it hit me...I could cover a notebook with a felt and machine stitched embellished cover.

  So that is what I did.  I took a day off work and spent the day at the sewing machine, a fabulous day and I was really proud with what I achieved (as well as putting doing the ironing off again!!).

I layered different colour sheer fabrics, ribbon and hand dyed wool and first used a blue then gold thread to over stitch.

I also used a blue thread to edge the book cover so it was all nice and neat.

There you have it, a one off and truly unique gift for a one off and truly unique Nan.

Happy Crafting



  1. Aww, great prezzy!! I'm amazed that you've asked me for sewing tuition when your stuff is completely fabulous! I wouldn't even know where to start with that beautiful book cover...honestly.
    I am more than happy for you to come to my place at some point, when I can show you what I've learnt - it's all out of books or youtube tutorials! You're right, the Crop will be too busy, but we can have a chat then :-)
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

    1. Your work is so neat... I could learn a lot from you! Looking forward to the catch up

  2. Love your card. So pretty. And that notebook is fabulous. I am sure Nan loved it too.
    BTW - there is yellow in your card - you can join the Butterfly challenge - sidebar on my blog!

    1. Ooh, thanks to have a wee look


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