Handmade greeting cards

There are a lot of lovely greeting cards out there (one of my favourite brands is Able and Game!), but generally I prefer to make my own. I like the process and the ability to personalise the design of a card to the recipient! Here are a few cards that I’ve made recently.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is a fairly simple birthday card that I made for a good friend. I used washi tape, coloured card, gold Thickers and a few bits of ephemera from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ collection.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is an easy card I made to celebrate our friends getting engaged! I used a Project Life card from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic kit. The card originally said “You & Me”, but I covered the words up with a strip of textured paper, which I embellished with a wood veneer heart and some stamping. The gold spot border is made up of strips of washi tape.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is the wedding card I made for the same couple! They had a rustic, colourful theme for their wedding, so I tried to match their wedding colours by making confetti out of washi tape. This was a pretty easy process – I just placed strips of washi tape on a small piece of baking paper, punched out the circles using a regular hole punch, and then removed the baking paper from each little circle so I could stick the circles to the card base.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This card was made by repurposing an old birthday card I received a few years ago. I cut out the front balloon motif and shaped the corners with a corner cropper. Then I just mounted it on red card, and added a few copper hexagon sequins from a past Studio Calico kit!

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

Lastly, here’s a card I made for an upcoming wedding. I played around with layering for this card. The blue layer is a nice textured card, which I embellished by making dots with a gold paint pen. The second layer is a bit of star-patterned vellum, right underneath the wood veneer heart. I coloured the wood veneer heart using a metallic bronze Sharpie – it has a nice coppery metallic finish, which was hard to capture in the photo. And the final layer is a few black Amy Tangerine Thickers, spelling out the initials of the couple. The whole card has a sort of constellation theme to it, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

That’s it for now, but I expect to add posts to this series every few months or so, as I make cards throughout the year. Do you prefer to buy or make your greeting cards? Let me know in the comments!

Fun with gold foil – lyric tote

After the success of my gold foil cushions, I decided to try another fabric project with Deco Foil – a tote bag featuring lyrics from my favourite Sia song!

all the little happy things - gold foil lyric tote

I used the same technique that I used for my cushions – trace the words onto fusible web, adhere to the tote, then iron down the foil. It was a little fiddly to cut the individual letters out of the fusible web, as the backing paper wanted to lift off the smaller shapes before it had been ironed onto the tote, but if you’re careful it’s all pretty manageable.

I ironed down the words one row at a time to make sure everything stayed in place – when you’re working with lots of small shapes, it’s definitely easier to do one small area at a time. Another tip is to make sure the fusible web has cooled completely before removing the backing paper, because if it’s still a little warm, the paper will lift off bits of the webbing, resulting in more ‘patchy’ foiling in certain places. You can see where this happened on the word “I’ve” on my tote.

all the little happy things - gold foil lyric tote

All in all this was a fairly easy project, and it took me about an hour and a half to complete from start to finish. I really like how the gold foil looks against the plain calico. I get ‘Elastic Heart’ stuck in my head whenever I look at this bag now, which is definitely not a bad thing!

all the little happy things - gold foil lyric tote

DIY gold tech accessories

For most of my life, I’ve been a silver girl. Jewellery, home decor, crafting – I’d always pick silver over gold. But these past couple of years, I’ve noticed myself gravitating towards gold instead of silver. Gold foil on my cushions. Gold-toned jewellery. Gold accents on my Project Life pages. I think it’s time to accept the fact that I’ve become a golden girl!

In that vein, I’ve embraced gold and made some golden tech accessories. I made a simple mousepad, a case for my iPod and earbuds, and a few cord organisers. My favourite crafts are the ones that are functional as well as pretty, and these definitely fit the bill!

all the little happy things - gold tech accessories

Continue reading

Using up leftover supplies – a Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

I have a pretty big stash of miscellaneous leftover supplies from past projects. Sometimes when I get the urge to make something, I reach for my stash to see what I can whip up without having to buy anything new.

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

This tsumami kanzashi flower brooch/headband is a little craft that I put together on Saturday morning, just using bits and pieces that were leftover from bigger projects. I picked colours and embellishments that were reminiscent of Princess Jasmine’s outfit – turquoise, sapphire and gold. The only ‘new’ thing I had to buy to finish it off was the brooch back! Here’s the breakdown of the supplies I used:

  • Satin fabric scraps and rhinestone from my Princess Jasmine costume
  • Printed cotton fabric scraps from the single bed quilt I made for my niece
  • Gold sequin trim and gold elastic leftover from my Wonder Woman costume
  • Turquoise felt leftover from when I ran a kids’ workshop on making felt phone sleeves

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband
I’d never made a tsumami kanzashi flower before, so I just searched for tutorials on Google until I found one I liked. The whole thing came together in only a couple of hours, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! The flower can be detached as a brooch, and the headband can be used on its own as well.

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband
This is the ideal hair accessory for a Princess Jasmine Disneybound, and I’m looking forward to adding this bit of Disney-inspired whimsy to my outfits in the future!

DIY Wonder Woman costume

One of my colleagues got divorced recently, and to celebrate she decided to have an ‘anti-hens night’ with a bunch of the girls from work. The theme: superheroes! I love the theme and I love costume parties, but the difficulties were that a) it’s the beginning of winter and female superhero costumes are not exactly cold weather friendly; and b) I can’t wear regular ready-made costumes because they’re always much too big. So I decided to make my own Wonder Woman costume!

all the little happy things - my Wonder Woman costume

Here’s how I put my outfit together.

The basic outfit: jacket, top, leggings and shoes
I lucked out and managed to snag the red satin top on eBay. Then it was just a matter of gluing down some gold sequin trim, which I also bought from eBay.

The rest of the outfit came together with star print leggings (another eBay steal, and I figured they would be a much better option for a winter evening than a miniskirt!), cute red heels (because I didn’t have the money to buy a pair of red boots!), and I borrowed a gold cape from a friend to add to the overall superhero look and feel.

all the little happy things - my Wonder Woman costume

Accessories: logo brooch, belt, bracelets, headband and lasso
To make the brooch, I printed out a picture of the Wonder Woman logo and used it as a template to cut the shape out of red glitter foam. Then I used some leftover gold sequin trim to fill in the details, and glued on a couple of brooch pins to the back.

I picked up the gold bracelets on sale from Lovisa and modified them slightly by making them a little tighter and sticking on a couple of stars made from red glitter felt. The belt was a loaner from a friend, and the ‘lasso’ is just a long length of gold elastic cord.

I don’t really like wearing hair accessories, but I knew I had to figure out some way to make a Wonder Woman tiara. I couldn’t find anything sufficiently crown- or tiara-like that I really liked, and those types of hair accessories never seem to attach well to my head, so I decided to make a soft headband. I bought the glitter elastic from eBay and cut and stitched it into two headbands. Then I cut a star out of red glitter foam and a matching star out of red felt, then glued the stars together with the elastic headbands sandwiched in between. Voila! A substitute tiara!

Altogether it only took me a couple of hours to make or modify the different elements of my costume. Here’s the final breakdown of costs:

Top: $16.39
Leggings: $6.31
Cape: borrowed
Shoes: already owned
Belt: borrowed
Gold sequin trim: $3.20 for 5 metres
Red glitter foam: $1.50 for 1x A4 sheet
Red felt: already owned
Gold elastic cord: $4.40 for 5 metres
Gold glitter elastic: $2.60
Brooch backs: $3.00 for 4
Bracelets: $14
TOTAL: $51.40

This was a pretty simple and fairly inexpensive costume to throw together, and I had a lot of fun making it. And the party itself was heaps of fun. Throughout the evening, people kept stopping us to chat and take photos with us. As a group of about 10 superheroes out in the city on a Saturday night, we made quite an impression – we definitely had a ‘girl power’ vibe going!

all the little happy things - my Wonder Woman costume
Spidergirl and Wonder Woman!