Thursday, 31 December 2015

Trying out new watercolour paints and a couple of pastel paintings

Good morning friends,  followers and visitors,  I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas. I was very lucky to receive a set of 24 tubes of watercolour paints from my husband so just had to try them out. I have always used pans but found that I got a stronger depth of colour with the tubes. So here is my quick little painting which I have turned into a greetings card:

I also painted a couple of pastel pictures which I turned into greetings cards too

This fairy was inspired by one of Linda Ravenscroft's paintings 

The ballerina was inspired by The Frugal Crafter's painting

Thank you for visiting my blog and may I wish you all a very happy new year.
Hugs Lainie xx

Friday, 27 November 2015

Latest makes

Hello friends and fellow crafters. As it's been a little while since my last post, I thought I would share with you some more of my latest makes using the wonderful cross stitching by my friend.

The book mark was a special order and the 3 cards I hope to sell at our next craft fair on the 11th December.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are all keeping well.
Hugs til next time
Lainie xx

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Craft Fair

Good morning friends, followers and visitors, I hope you are all well.  Today I thought I woukd show you a couple of photos of Lainaire Creation's stall at our local craft fair on Friday evening. Unfortunately,  we didn't sell much but neither did the other stalls really. However, we did manage to hand out quite a few of our marketing leaflets, so hopefully people will visit our website and order from there. If you would like to have a browse it's We would welcome any comments on the site too.

Thank you for visiting today and until next time.
Hugs Laine xx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Watercolour Christmas Cards oh and a few more cross stitch ones.

Good day friends, followers and visitors to my blog on this very damp and murky morning. I hope you are all well.  My friend and I have been busy with orders which we are very happy about and I would like to share some of them with you. But first I would like to share a couple of watercoloured cards I did just for a change.

I was inspired to paint these by a tutorial on YouTube by Patrick Ley-Graves,  a very talented artist. He makes you realise that painting isn't as difficult as you imagine.

The next selection are special orders which our customers are really pleased with.

These 2 bottle covers have been requested by our Slimming World Consultant as prizes for our Miss Slinky and Mr Sleek competition to be held next week.

 The Rocker baby card was requested after seeing the one we posted on our Facebook page.

We have also been preparing for another handmade Christmas fair to be held on 13th November, so busy busy busy but we are having such fun coming up with different ideas.  
Thank you for hopping by today and I do hope you like the items I am sharing.  If you choose to follow my blog please let me know so that I can return the favour.
Hugs for now Lainie xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Last of the special order cross stitched cards

Good morning friends, followers and visitors to my blog, I hope you are all well. It's a wet and miserable day here so I aim to make a few more cards for the 'Open House' that my Slimming World consultant is holding tomorrow.  Every year she holds one or two in which she has a items from various traders available for sale throughout the day from 9am to 9pm.  My friend and I have been invited along to sell our projects, quite exciting really.  However, the past couple of days we have been beavering away to get our special orders completed. So today I would like to share with you the final 3 orders.

The first one was ordered for a Stepdad who likes birdwatching. This was a very simple card to create, just cut an aperture to house the cross stitch and added die cut 'birds on a wire'

The pop up box card features a beaded snowflake on the front flap in gorgeous black AB beads.  The snowflakes popping out of the box are metallic pearlised white card and I used snowfall acetate to attach them to the base.

The bauble in this last card hangs from the centre of the card. I cut an 8" × 8" cardblank and then die cut an aperture in the front.  I created a bauble 'frame' to house the cross stitch and then attached some plastic bobble cord so that it could be hung inside the aperture.  The snowflakes on the front of the card are die cuts.

I hope you like seeing these cross stitched designs which we have thoroughly enjoyed making. I also hope that you may be inspired to get together with a creative friend and make some joint different projects.
Thank you for visiting today, do let me know so that I can return the favour.

Hugs for now
Lainie xx

More Cross stitch creations

Good morning friends, followers and visitors to my blog. I am still trying to get through the orders for the cross stitch creations.  So today I am sharing with you 2 of the orders I completed yesterday.
The first is a personalised Christmas card. I cut an 18cm square card base and die cut an aperture in which I adhered the cross stitch panel. I then die cut the corners, which was a free die in a magazine and attached them for added decoration. To match the iridescent aida (which you can't really see in the photo) I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella.  The customer loves it.

This second creation is a personalised bookmark which was a real challenge to do.  To begin with I could not get the aperture to go right, considering I had to do this by hand as I don't have a suitably sized die. So after wasting reams of card stock,  I finally gave up and decided to hide the mistakes with a border. Seems to have worked ok.  This one was also loved by the customer.  Phew 2 happy bunnies, 3 including me lol.

I have 2 more orders on the go at the moment plus 2 waiting to be started, so busy, busy, busy me today.   
I hope you all have a lovely day and I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today.

Hugs Lainie xx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Cross stitched creations

Hello again to all my friends, followers and visitors, I know it's a long time since I last posted a blog but have been suffering with stress and have been very busy. I hope you are all well and although I have not posted myself, I have taken a look at some of your a recent blogs.  Today I would like to share with you some of the projects that I have created with my cross stitiching friend.  We have our own page on facebook if you would like to take a look at our other creations.
Christmas tags

Special order for a'Mum' card

Special order for a Golden Wedding Anniversary card

I hope you like our creations and that you visit our fb page. Thank you for visiting today and I shall share more of our creations with you soon.

Hugs Lainie x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Envelope card

Good afternoon friends, followers and casual visitors,  today I am sharing with you a card I made at my local craft class.  I have called it an envelope card, I am not sure if this is the correct name for it but it does remind me of an envelope.  So instead of just showing you the card I decided to do a quick step by step tutorial on how to make one.
 So you will need 2 x A4 sheets of card,  patterned paper, rubber stamps, ink pad and double sided tape, as well as a paper trimmer,  Hougie board or ruler and bone folder and a corner rounder.

1. Cut one A4 piece of card to 14.5 cm wide and the other piece 14.7 cm wide

 2. On the 14. 5 cm piece, write the word 'bottom' somewhere in the middle

3. Score each piece at 7.5 cm,  turn and score at 7.5cm

4. Lay the 14.7 cm piece on top of the 14. 5 cm piece, as shown and check that the flaps meet on both pieces without overlapping, trim off a tiny slither if they do.  You may also need to trim a tiny piece off the 14.7 cm piece too to ensure it fits neatly.

5. Round the corners on both pieces and set aside

6. Cut the patterned paper to 14cm square

7. Stamp your chosen design around the edges. I used the 2 swirly flourishes from the free stamp set from Creative Stamping and a Happy Birthday stamp from another set but use whatever you have or leave blank

8. Attach the 14.7 cm on top of the 14.5cm piece of card as shown with double sided tape and attach patterned paper to centre

 9. Cut 4 pieces of patterned paper 6.5 cm square and stamp each piece.

10. Fold in the flaps of the base card as shown, tucking under the last flap. This will help you determine where to place your patterned pieces.

11. Once you are happy with your layout, corner round each piece adjacent to the rounded corner on the base card

 12 Your card is now complete

I hope you like this little tutorial and that you have a go at making this unusual design.  I think it makes a great masculine card and you could write a message on the inside too.
Thank you for visiting today and if you have any questions on this or any other projects,  please feel free to ask.
Hugs Lainie xx

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Dog treat jars

Good afternoon to you all. No painting today as have had to do the dreaded housework but I would like to share with you 2 dog treat jars that I made to go to my dog groomers to sell.  I made a generic one and a personalised one ( Jo my groomer's English Bull Terrier is called Albert, so did one for her to put on display as an example). These are made from empty Douwe Egberts coffee jars, adhesive vinyl die cuts, some ribbon and gems.  I decorated the lid of the generic one with heat embossed paw prints. I hope you like them.
I used a labels die and alphabet die for the front

For the back I used my XCuts dog die

Label and alphabet die on the front. Lid has photo of an English Bull Terrier (not Albert though)

Same X CUT die but different dog shaped to look like Albert.

Thank you so much for looking and for any comnents which are always very much appreciated.  Hugs Lainie xx

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Shoppers in Watercolour

Good morning, friends, followers and casual visitors,  I am sharing with you today, a little painting I did last night where I was practising painting people.

Not sure if I will have time to paint today as I have been invited by my dog groomers to make some of the dog treat jars which  they will try and sell for me, yay.  I am also going to the wedding reception of the friend who I made the invitations and bunting for, so busy, busy, busy.
I hope you have a lovely day enjoying the sunshine if you have any. So until next time........Hugs.
Lainie xx

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Watercolour landscape

Good evening one and all, I thought I would share another watercolour with you. This time it's a landscape, nowhere in particular, I just made it up.  It isn't a masterpiece by any means but I am reasonably pleased with it.  I still need to practice more, therefore I have decided to paint something every day, rest assured I shall only share the ones that I think are passable lol.
So here it is.......

Thank you for visiting and I hope you like my little painting and perhaps you feel encouraged to have a go yourself.   There are some amazing tutorials on youtube on how to get started etc, well worth a look  any way.
Hugs Lainie xx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Watercolour goldfish

Good morning to you all, I hope you are well.  I have been watching YouTube tutorials again and saw this fabulous one by my favourite lady, Lindsay Weirich AKA The Frugal Crafter.  Lindsay made this look so easy that I just had to have a go. Whereas she used some homemade gold gloss, I used my Wink of Stella to add a bit of glimmer.  I am actually quite pleased at how mine turned out, so thanks go to Lindsay for inspiring me.

I am so glad that I decided to hunt out my watercolour paints and brushes as I am really enjoying trying out different techniques and if I mess up, hey its just a piece of paper.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you like my painting.

Hugs Lainie xx

Friday, 10 July 2015

3D Dragonfly Picture

Goid afternoon friends, followers and casual visitors,  I hope the weather is good wherever you are.  It is gloriously sunny and warm here in Kent but I have been busy in my craft room playing.  The project I would like to share with you is very simple and could make a lovely little gift.  I bought a box frame from The Range a while back intended to mount some decorated wooden letters in it but the frame was too small. So I decided to incorporate all my favourite craft techniques and make a picture.  Here is the result:

I stained the frame with Pinflair Gentle Blends in Lavender. The background was inked with Tim Holt Distress inks in Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. I used a freebie flower die from a magazine but any flower die will do and the leaves were Spellbinders Foliage. The dragonfly is sculpted Grosgrain ribbon.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and if you do leave any comments or choose to follow me, please let me know so that I can return the favour.
Hugs Lainie xx

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Teacher gift set

Good afternoon friends, followers and casual visitors,  I hope you are all well. I have been watching The Frugal Crafter on youtube again and she showed a great little idea for Teacher Gifts or they can be for anyone really.

I made a bookmark from white card measuring 20cm x 5 cm ( 8" × 2") and attached 2 strips of patterned paper down either side. I then added the word  'BOOKMARK' with letter peel along the centre. I added an eyelet at the top and threaded some fibres through.
The wallet is actually a bookmark wallet which I purchased from my local craft shop and attached matching patterned paper cut to size to fasten the opening. I also die cut a label on which I stamped 'Thank You' and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.
The mechanical pencils cost £1 in Tesco complete with leads and the Sharpie cost £2 for 2 but there is only room for one.
My 13 year old grandson saw this and asked for one for his form tutor, so it must be ok lol.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have been inspired by my little project, which of course would make in ideal gift for anyone,  you could always swap the pencils for sweets if giving to younger children.
Bye for now.
Hugs Lainie xx

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Notelets and Holder

Good afternoon friends, followers and casual visitors. Well it's a bit cooler today thank goodness,  so I spent a little time in my craft room making this Notelet Holder and Notelets.  I made one similar at a craft class at my local craft shop and decided to have a go using my own stash. These could make great Teacher gifts.

What I used:
3 sheets A4 card for holder
Card candi pad which was a Create and Craft member freebie
Card candi

For the Cover - Score 1 sheet of A4  at 13.5 cm and 16.5cm then cut long side to measure 18cm

For the pockets - cut each piece to measure 17cm x 17cm and score on 3 sides at 1cm and 2.5cm attach with extra strong DST

Decorate these any way you wish

For the notelets
Cut card 14.5cm x 21cm and score at 10.5cm
Decorate any way you choose
Thank you for visiting and if you do wish to leave any comments they are always appreciated. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have on this or any of my other projects.
Hugs Lainie xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Another Kanzashi Hair Clippie

Good afternoon, friends , followers and casual visitors....Phew its a hot one today.  While waiting for Mr H to come home from work yesterday evening I watched another youtube tutorial on Kanzashi flowers.  I have just recently purchased some coloured bottle caps and epoxy domes and wanted to use them as flower centres. This one took a lot of cutting, heating and sticking but for a first attempt.....not too shabby. Mr H said he didn't like the image in the centre but I was just trying it out.....anyway who said he had to wear it???? Lol.  The lady who made this on you tube is Alina Bobolin, if you want to take a look. I am hoping to get a few of these made for my craft stall in September.

Thank you kindly for visiting and for any comnents you may wish to leave. Constructive criticism always gratefully received. Hugs til next time Lainie xx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Watercolour Swans

Good morning friends, followers and casual visitors, thank uou for visiting today.   Each month over on the Docrafts site there is an inspirational challenge  which is usually a photograph from which you can choose any elements that inspire you.   This month's photo was of a swan which I combined with a friend's photo from facebook and I painted a watercolour scene.
Docraft's image

Facebook image

My interpretation in watercolour
Hugs Lainie xx