Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Crafty Creative box 26 - Wet Felting.

Crafty Creatives is a monthly subscription box that sends a new craft to your door each month (£15 + £2.95pp)  to view past boxes click here.

I love working with felt, and after trying a needle felting kit that was provided in a previous Crafty Creatives box, I had a feeling I would love this kit just as much. Felting works by binding the fibre of the wools together, wet felting in particular can be used to create flat objects such as coasters and 3D objects such as slippers!!

crafty creatives box 26 wet felting
crafty creatives box 26 wet felting
crafty creatives box 26 wet felting
This months kit included the following - A variety of different coloured wool (and yes, it's cruelty free!) I was happy to see a mix of colours and being provided with lengthy pieces of wool. Soap flakes, bubble wrap and netting. We were also given three projects to try, the first one being a coaster, another being a seamless purse which I would love to try but I need to think about how it would close?! (you use the bubble wrap and netting in conjunction with these two project, which I am yet still to try) The last project was for a 3D felted ball. I actually did a google search on wet felting to see the kind of things people make, some had made slippers, bags, 3D cats, there was so many amazing things. After spotting a few 3D felted balls in the shape of animals that's what I decided to do. 

crafty creatives box 26 wet felting
crafty creatives box 26 wet felting
I made quite a few wet felted balls (I'll be posting a tutorial soon) some things I found out were the balls took a while to dry and I also struggled with getting them 100% smooth if anyone knows why/if I'm doing something wrong please let me know. One of the animals I made was this little Frog, I threaded the eyes on and ended up needle felting onto the ball with green felt and then attaching some string so he could be hung somewhere! I still feel like he is missing something, I tried adding a tongue and it didn't look right so I removed it. Someone also suggested giving him 3D feet which I wish I thought of before!! I might have to make another one with 3D feet, what do you guys think? For my first attempt I don't think I did too bad. 

I really loved this craft, it was so much fun! Have you tried wet felting before? Let me know your thoughts on this months box.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review - PikStick Photo Magnets*

I've mentioned before how I love photographs but it's rare that I ever print them out, they just end up in folders on social media sites. I love having photographs and sticking them in albums, and writing a little bit about where I was, what I was doing etc. Now photos can be printed on onto anything, which can also make perfect gifts, from items such as pillow cases, mouse mats, mugs, t-shirts the list is endless.  

PikStick transform photos into magnets, a sheet of nine magnets cost £9.50 (roughly £1.05 per magnet.) Which I think is very cheap, not only that but you can also use code IVORY25 to get 25% off. The website is easy to use, by uploading photos from facebook, your computer, phone etc. Then you crop the pictures to the size you want and place your order. PikStick also offer free worldwide delivery, being in the UK they arrived super quick.

picstick magnet review
picstick magnet review
My first thoughts, I wasn't completely blown away with the quality, from afar they look good but up close some of the images are quite blurred/grainy. Whether that's down to me choosing some photos that didn't have the best quality I'm not sure. One think I really like is the white boarder around the side of each image.

picstick magnet review

The magnets are conjoined onto a bendy sheet, I presumed you could just snap this and they would come about, I was wrong. When I was doing this I noticed some of the images on the magnets were peeling slightly. It's not something that bothers me too much, it's only noticeable wen you lift it up with your finger or bend the magnet etc. I used scissors to cut the magnets about which was easy enough.

picstick magnet review
Overall, they aren't 100% amazing but for around £1.05 for each magnet I don't think you can really go wrong. It's a cheap way to brighten up a fridge with some of your favourite snapshots and I think they would make perfect gifts.

Is this something you would buy? Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, 15 September 2014

#DICraftSwap Kawaii

This is the fifth #DICraftSwap !! I'm so happy to see that people are still interested in taking part, this is the last day to sign up for Septemeber's swap with the theme of Retro/Vintage. If you would like to take part fill in this form and send it to me (daintyandivory@yahoo.co.uk) by the end of today!!! Name: Age: (optional) Social media sites: Address: Likes/dislikes: Interests/Hobbies: What is your favourite era and why? Favourite vintage/retro items. Anything else you think might be useful? Please state if you want to ship international or not. To view past swaps click here. 

August's theme was Kawaii and I was sending to Hannah from cupcakemumma (who is hosting a Halloween swap if anybody is interested) After looking around Hannah's blog I discovered that she loves carebears, Hamsters and pink. 
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So with that information I made the above! I bought a wooden trinket box and painted it blue then found some cobochons in the shapes of sweets, biscuits and some resembling carebears. I did have a slight problem with this, I tried out some new glue and I have no idea why but some of the tiny balls wouldn't stick or the glue never dried, but I'm really happy with how this turned out. Next I made a Hamster plush using Hannah's favourite colour Pink! I wasn't sure on how to do the eyes but with the help of fellow crafters (Rhiannon and Jenny) I settled on these.

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For the gifts I found an amazing ebay store I wanted to buy everything! I ended up buying some stationery in the shape of a cute Panda and Cat sticky notes, some adorable rabbit stickers, photos corners with rainbows, koalas and bunnies on. As well as that I included some Rabbit magnets, a Panda purse and lastly a Panda rest (it's made for chopsticks but could be used for crafty purposes!) 

I had so much fun putting this one together, I think it's been my favourite so far! 

Charlotte was sending to me and I opened my amazing parcel today!  
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#dicraftswap kawaii craft swap #dicraftswap kawaii craft swap So the handmade items I got were this amazing pastel coloured Tortoise pin cushion, isn't he adorable? I also got a chrocheted Panda bookmark. I'm honestly so impressed with Charlotte's crochet skills, these really are amazing and items that will be used a lot! Charlotte also sent me some homemade clotted cream Fudge, I love Fudge (there was four pieces but I ate one as soon as I opened it up) this is Charlotte's first attempt at Fudge and it is so yummy, again so impressed!! I also got a cute little coaster covered in sweets and desserts. I love my Kawaii package, thank you so much Charlotte.

Remember if you want to take part in this months #dicraftswap today is the last day to sign up!!!

 
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