57. Valentine Card

Some days crafty things just don’t go right. I was full of enthusiasm to make some Valentines cards and had found one online that I thought I would have a try at making.

Take a look at this one

Gorgeous and relatively simple, I thought.

Not so fast…

I gathered the equipment together

and marked out the lettering.

Then I carefully cut around the solid lines and folding at the dashed lines.  This took a while.  I was engrossed in listening to Danny Baker on the radio that was mistake number 1! I wasn’t concentrating on the card and glued the wrong side of the cut out piece:

How can I fix this? – mistake number 2. I should have put it in the bin at this point.  I decided to put glitter on the glue and make it look like I meant to cover the front with glue.

The pot of glitter had not been opened before and was covered in tape. I took much too long trying to get it open – mistake number 3. By the time I had finally got into the glitter the glue was almost dry.

But I carried on – mistake number 4. Glued it to the card and found that I had cut the heart too big so it didn’t fold properly – mistake number 5.

At this point I decided to try making a different card.

This one is much simpler.

Cut 2 hearts the same size from some pretty paper. The picture below shows enough for 3 cards.

Here comes mistake number 6.  I had drawn the heart shape on the reverse of the design and found when I turned it over that I had missed the design in some places – the white stripes in the picture above.

Stick one heart to the front of the card.

Then stitch the matching sized heart on top of this one.

If you look closely you will see mistake number 7.  I accidentally got some purple pen marks on the large top heart and had to disguise it by going around the whole heart with a purple outline.

As I made these 3 cards, I refined the method.  On the last one, I glued some tissue paper to the reverse side of the top heart which hid the print on the underside.

I also made mistake number 8…as I was finishing off the stitches on one of the cards, I snipped off the thread too close to the card and cut off the knot I had carefully made to secure the stitching so the inside has a loose end.  If I had more time and wasn’t making so many mistakes today, I would cover the stitching on the inside with another layer of card in a contrasting colour but I’m going to stop while I’m ahead.

3. Origami Earrings

I think this one is going to be a bit of a stretch because

1. I’m not very au fait with origami

2. I really don’t know if it will work!

My first use of origami was making Christmas cards last year.  See below:

The cards, I thought, were very successful. What I didn’t take into account was that with all the layers of folded paper, they turned out to be quite bulky.  And bulky post = higher cost of postage.  So, only one person got their origami card posted the rest were hand delivered or put in a parcel with a gift.

I will be running a children’s art and craft morning at Burnham library this Saturday and I’ve promised to do some origami with them (why did I do that???).  This ‘make’ will, I hope, hone my skills in folding paper so that I can appear to know what I’m doing on Saturday.

This is what you will need for the earrings:

  • A piece of coloured paper approximately 4.5cm square.  The piece below was originally designed as scrapbook paper.
  • 2 jump rings (you will find under jewellery findings)
  • 2 head pins (from same place)
  • A selection of small beads
  • 2 fish hook ear wires
  • Round nosed pliers
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Snippers (don’t know if there is a technical term for these)

First make the origami:

Cut a square of paper about 4.5 cm square.  Like I mentioned above, I used scrapbooking paper which is double sided but you could use anything.

Fold the square along the diagonal, crease and cut with scissors so you have 2 triangles:

I will give instructions for one origami heart but if you would like 2 earrings you’d better make two of them.

Fold the triangle in half along the longest side:

Make a crisp crease along the triangle’s axis, then open out again and lay it in front of you with the long edge at the bottom.

Now fold the top point down to just over halfway down the middle crease.

Fold the other two points in so that the bottom edges are aligned with the middle crease.

Flatten and make the creases sharp.

Turn the paper over.

Fold the points in so that the edges meet the line of paper below them:

Turn the piece over and fold in the 2 upper and 2 side points a little to round the shape out:

If you’ve had enough at this point you can stop and stick the hearts on a card, especially if you are reading this on February 13th and have forgotten to go to the shops.

Or…you can carry on to make earrings.

Make a hole in the heart with a fat needle just below the middle V. Open jump ring out, put it through the hole. Sometimes they are soft enough metal to do open with your fingers, if not, use the needle nosed pliers.

Thread the beads onto the headpin

Then using the round nosed pliers make a loop in the headpin at one end.

Snip the other end of the head pin leaving enough wire to make another loop.

Attach one loop to the jump ring on the origami and the other to the fish hook ear wire and close the loops and ring so that they are tight.

I hope you enjoyed this ‘make’.  Let me know what you think about it and how you get on if you decide to make some.

2. Personalised Cufflinks

Right – on to ‘make’ 2.  This time I’m going to have a go at making some personalised cufflinks.  Here is what you need:

These are going to be for son’s girlfriend’s brother who is besotted with his new dog.

The cufflink blanks and cabochons are 12mm diameter.  The challenge so far has been getting a clear photograph, sized correctly so that Biggie’s head fits into 12mm. The cabochons magnify the photograph as well so be sure to take that into account. (Remember to print off 2 photographs).  I have printed the photographs onto card rather than photographic paper as I think the glue might be kinder to card.

Place the cabochon over the top of the photograph and draw around it with a sharp pencil.  Cut out carefully with sharp scissors or a craft knife.

Attach photographs to cabochons with a thin layer of PVA glue.

Once these are dry attach the photos to the cufflink blanks with all purpose strong adhesive.

Taaaa  Raaaa…a much easier make than the first.

If you would like to make some of these yourself please see my folksy shop for the components.  Some ideas for personalisation could be a piece of map showing a meaningful place; pause and play symbols, sports related pictures, children’s drawings.  The list is endless.

An alternative make  to the cufflinks is a bracelet like the one below.  You could have matching jewellery!