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Yorkshire Crafts
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Designer/maker of hand knitted, hand crafted, handmade items, avid collector and reluctant seller of vintage china, mum, home-educator and book lover. Blogging about our crafts and makes, our home education journey, and reviews of books we use.
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Vintage Watering Can

Vintage Watering Can

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers
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Saturday, 31 March 2012

I need a present for

Don't you just hate it when one of the smalls drops the following bombshell:

  1. I need a costume for so-and-so,  it's tomorrow, or
  2. It's {insert name of relevant child here}'s birthday tomorrow, I need a present and a card
In this instance it was option 2 that greeted me when Young Sir arrived this weekend, so after spending what seemed an inordinate amount of time trying to extract information from YS as to what his friend liked, we came up with two definites:  Moshi Monsters, and drawing.

Having never heard of said Moshi Monsters, I googled them and discovered they're part of some sort of  online social networking for kids, where the child "adopts" one of these pixel characters.  Googling a bit further and I found some printables, so downloaded a couple of things.

A quick hunt through the craft cupboard turned up a sketch pad, so this was covered with some Moshi paper, and a name tag.

A coordinating bookmark - this particular friend loves reading - followed, together with a matching card.  I'm entering the card into CES Challenge Blog's challenge #79, No Girls Allowed.

A couple of days ago, I'd been looking up making a fabric cover for a notebook and while searching, I found a great tutorial for a sketch book cover, and decided to adapt this into a case to hold not only the altered notebook, but also a set of 12 colouring pencils and a couple of pens.

Here's what I ended up with, and I put a little "skull-n-crossbones' motif under where the sketch pad sits, and slotted the bookmark in behind the pad so it doesn't get lost.

I hope Young Sir's friend likes his truly unique and personalised birthday gift.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Quilted Magnolia

I've put together a couple of Magnolia Tilda cards on a quilted-look background, using four coordinating squares which have been stitched on the sewing machine to give a quilted look, overlain with a cute hand coloured Magnolia mini, which has been coloured using Promarkers.  Both cards have been left completely without embellishment or sentiment so they can be used for any occasion.

I've also used Magnolia with butterflies to create an altered notebook.

I'm entering the card below into the latest challenge from DoYouStackUp - which is "Sew It" - and to use sewing (faux or otherwise) in the project.

Magnolia with butterfly quilted card
Magnolia with flowers quilted card

I'm entering my altered notebook into the Creative Craft Challenges which is "Anything but a Card".
Magnolia Tilda altered notebook
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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mum's the word

Is it a bit off to make your own Mother's day card?  Well if it is, tough!  My littlest boy's only 2 and although he did make me a lovely card at his playgroup yesterday, I wanted a really pretty card as well.

As soon as I saw this gorgeous image over at Elisabeth Bell Designs, I knew I wanted it for my Mother's day card this year, and I'm entering my card into My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges Mum's the Word challenge.

I found a great piece of ivory card in a bumper pack I'd picked up, which I've inked with purple and made into the card base, the image has been coloured with a mixture of watercolour and Promarkers, then put on a pretty purple backing that also came with the pack.  I've added two purple rose embellishments from my stash, along with a lilac bow.  The inside has been stamped with my one and only mother-y sentiment "To a Special Mum".

Mr YC will get Possum to sign the card later, and I shall thoroughly enjoy getting this on Sunday.

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Hand knitted lace baby shoes

I managed to finish off some of these gorgeous hand knitted baby shoes, which are made with a lace trim and coordinating bows and buttons.  They've been kicking around in my UFO box for quite a while now, so I thought it was about time they were completed!

These are designed to fit baby from 0-6 months (approximately), and can be purchased for £6.50 per pair, including free postage to any mainland UK address (excludes Channel Islands).  Please note I only post to the UK.  To buy, visit our Shop and pay securely via PayPal.  One pair of each colour is available.
Red lace hand knitted baby shoes

All white hand knitted baby shoes with lace

Hand knitted baby shoes with lemon lace and bow trim

Hand knitted lace baby shoes with coordinating pink bow and buttons
Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Bear Time

A quick post and a get well soon card that I'm entering into Crafty Sentiments Designs latest challenge ... Bear Time.

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A mixed bunch

A few cards made today, all blank with no or no specific sentiment, so suitable for any occasion.

A cute little fella on a snowboard, with lots of snowflakes and a "let it snow" sentiment.  Ideal for a winter birthday, could be a Christmas card or a fun card for someone off on a snowboarding holiday.

A fun cartoon-style card for any occasion.  This one's being entered into Make it Monday's anything goes challenge.

Another of the pretty little girl in the flower basket - this time without any sentiment, which could be for Easter or a spring birthday.  I'm entering this one into the Paper Makeup Stamps challenge #26 - CAS, which must use a digi-stamp.

And finally ...
A fun card for a friend, birthday or just because!  This one's going into Catered Crop's "Ravenous about Ribbon" challenge.

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Monday, 5 March 2012

Mothers galore

With an extended family, there are quite a few mums to think about come Mothering Sunday, so this weekend I've been busy making mother's day cards.  Unfortunately, I've only got the one 'mother' type stamp, so this has had quite a lot of use this weekend!

Firstly, one for Tiger to take to his mum ... which I'm entering into TrimmiesCraft Challenge #144 Mothers Day.

One for my gardening-mad Mum ... which I'm entering into Crafting When We Can challenge #13 where the theme is 'animals'.

One for Mother-in-law - I hasten to add that this cute little guy was Mr YC's choice not mine.  I wouldn't dream of suggesting MiL was dragon-like!!!  I'm entering this one into Craft your days away challenge #40, "Mother's Day.

Mr YC asked me to make one from Tiger to me ...

I'm entering this one into Crafty Ribbons Challenge #14, Celebrate your Mum.

And as yet, I haven't done the one from Possum to me, but I have bought a gorgeous digi-image from Elizabeth Bell, so will do that one later this week.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jess. x
Friday, 2 March 2012

Spring bouquet

Another pleasantly mild spring day for the 2nd of March, although the forecast is for it to turn cold over the weekend with possible snow on high ground :(

Following on from yesterday's spring themed card, I've put together another lovely spring/easter card which I'm entering into the following challenges:

Joanna Sheen Challenge - Spring is in the air - spring/easter theme
Creative World of Craft mini challenge - spring theme
Crafter's Companion Challenge #22 - Spring
Cupcake Craftroom - Spring bouquet

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jess. x

Signs of Spring

It's been a most gorgeous springlike day today - very mild and not bad at all for St David's Day - although it's now after midnight so this post will be dated 2nd March instead of 1st!  Although there weren't any daffodils out in our garden, we did have some leeks :)

As it's nearly spring, I'm entering today's card into Cute Card Thursday's latest challenge, which is "Signs of Spring".

I'm also entering this card into Sassy Studio Designs Challenge #114, which is to use lots of green, and the S J Craft monthly challenge #2 which is to use flowers.

Some spring tulips on the card front, with a daisy and a cute little mouse on the inside.

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