The first thing to share with you all is news of our addition to the family. Baby H arrived on Tuesday night weighing in at 9lb 2.5oz and measuring 22 .5" (or 4.15 kg & 57 cms for those of you who are happier in metric!). Mother & babe are doing just fine and we are all enjoying lots of baby cuddles :) I haven't quite finished the toy I was making for him last week, but I did get the card completed in time for his birth.
I had a bit of bother getting the flower buttons to stay put, even multiple glue dots weren't strong enough to stop them giving in to gravity & falling off after a couple of hours, so I used some of that red extra strong double sided sticky tape. I don't know if it has a special name, I first saw it at the craft show at the SECC last year, but it's easy to find online with a google search if your local craft shop doesn't stock it. I have found plenty of uses for it over the last seven months!
Today I can also show you the card & present I made for a friends' birthday. Lori has been an awesome friend to me over this last year & I wanted to make her something useful to go in the package for her big day. As she does a lot of sewing (go check out the beautiful items she makes in her etsy shop HERE) I thought of a little wrist pincushion that appeared in World of Cross stitch a while back. I changed the colors to brighten it up, tied them in with one of my new buttons for the center, & used a matching bright blue felt to make the wrist band. It makes up as a little biscornu so there are eight stitched sides to it, here are a few different views of it...
I decided to try something a bit different for her card & used a collection of stamps to make a frame for a faerie paper I had in my stash.I stamped the greeting onto some pinky purpley paper & matted it with silver card for one corner, added a silver leaf charm to the other top corner, & used some silver organza ribbon to finish it off.