Sparkly 16 Birthday Card

20140204_181618I like to make my own cards much more than buying one. It was my lovely little sister in laws birthday last week so I made her a card, full of sparkles and buttons and glitter. Here’s how.

You will need: A5 card, beads, buttons, glitter, sequins, double sided sticky tape, black ink and a happy birthday stamp.20140204_174619

First of all draw out the birthday number you want to use in pencil. Then use little strips of double sided sticky tape to cover over the number forming a sticky number, making sure you leave enough space for your greeting stamp.20140204_175058

Peel off one of the backing pieces of tape and start to cover it with sequins. Only use a couple of small buttons and then fill in the gaps with seed beads. Make sure you press down on the buttons and beads hard so that they are stuck down safely. 20140204_180030Carry on peeling off section after section and covering with sparkles. Once you are happy with the effect give the buttons another push down. 20140204_181018Cover your stamp with ink and press down firmly onto the card in the place that you want. I find these plastic reusable stamps and a see through block are the best as you can see exactly where you want to put the design.20140204_181448

That’s it – super simple but really effective and tactile. And sparkly. You could do any number (11 is a winner!) and use coordinating colours. Why not add other embellishments like mirrors and gems. What about scrabbles tiles or sweetie wrappers? Get creative!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Pyrographed Heart Signs

2014-02-13 08.22.46This year I made lots of my own christmas presents, and these pyrographed heart signs I made were very popular! I was unsure about putting how to make them up on the blog, however I had a bit of research and you can get a pyrography tool for less than £15 on the internet, for example here or here . I am very lucky to have a creative family, I borrowed the pyrography kit from my Mum and my Dad cut the hearts out of beech faced plywood with his scrollsaw. If you don’t have access to a shed full of tools, you can buy ready cut wooden hearts on the internet, for example here or here.

You will need: a wooden heart, a pyrography tool, pretty ribbon, a rubber and a pencil.20140127_182021

First of all lightly draw your design onto the heart in pencil. I wrote a simple word in curly lettering, and then a doodly pattern around the outside, lots of small teardrops, hearts and flowers that interlock together. 20140127_184043Turn your pyrography tool on to a low heat and start to trace the pencil design. Pyrography is just like drawing, use the tool exactly how you would use a pen. 20140127_185236Make sure you go over the lettering a couple of times to make it really stand out, and go around the outlines of the shapes.20140127_190234Choose a couple of shapes and fill them in completely, and for others just go around the outlines, splitting the shape into two sections. Thread some pretty ribbon through the top, I used a polka dot red ribbon. You can write names, words, quotes, whatever you fancy that is unique to the person you are giving it to!

20131219_164423This is a larger heart I did in pine for my friend Becky for Christmas. I think these make gorgeous presents, and are totally unique, you could also do them for Valentines Day. This is a craft you can enjoy and be completely creative with, just like sketching, I think it’s really fun.

Love Mrs Gardom

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Happy New Year

IMG_31417057296983Happy New Year folks! I know it’s the second of January but we had a pretty blow out new year and spent yesterday watching battlestar galactica in a sofa nest. I’m feeling positive about this year, me and Sam sat down and we’ve made a list of all the things we want to do this year, from going to the theatre, brewing our own beer, seeing our city as tourists to having an all day games marathon. I want this year to be an adventure, I have the most wonderful husband, a lovely flat, I live in a beautiful city and I am going to enjoy it. So I thought I would share some of these adventures with you, the internet! I’m going to keep this blog updated with the usual fabulous recipes and DIY ideas but I am also going to add some new features. ‘Mr and Mrs Gardom think’ will be an evening where we go to a restaurant, or  see a film or a band or a play and we will both write reviews. I thought it would be an interesting perspective to see what we both think, and hopefully give you some ideas of things to do. I am contemplating a ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ section where I will talk about my faves, from cooking ingredients, to things around my house, to highlights of my extensive wardrobe! I will also keep you updated with life, and the various adventures and mishaps we encounter in 2014. Oh, and who wins the epic games tournament. Because that’s important. So I wish you all a very merry year, and look forward to keeping you updated! Any feedback or ideas you have would be great, feel free to comment! And here is a photo of us on the trampoline at our wedding, because we’re cool like that.

Love, Mrs Gardom

Beaded Heart Decorations

20131219_151216I made these beaded heart decorations for our christmas tree this year and used red, gold, clear and pearl beads. They would also be lovely to hang as decorations all round the year, in colours to match your room.20131219_134421You will need wire, thin enough to thread beads onto, round nose pliers, wire cutters, invisible thread and beads. Beads can be quite expensive from haberdashery shops so I would suggest buying cheap jewelery with small beads from shops like Primark and using those beads, also try stationery shops like The Works, who often sell nice sets of beads for a couple of pounds.

20131219_134724Choose a set of colours, no more than 4 to keep it simple and measure about 20cm of wire for large decorations, and 15cm for smaller decorations. Cut your wire and fold it in half, using your pliers to squeeze the middle into a neat V shape. Start threading your beads, make sure you use a variety of colours and sizes.

20131219_140741Thread the beads on one side of the heart, leaving about an inch of wire free, use the pliers to squeeze the wire, stopping the beads from slipping off. Do the same for the other side of your heart.20131219_144711Then join both ends of the wire with a twist and bend into a heart shape.

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Twist the ends of the wires tightly together and then fold the twisted wire into a loop, securing it by squeezing the loop with the pliers.

20131219_150615Tie a loop of invisible thread through the wire loop you have created and bend the heart into shape again. And thats it!

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You can try different wire shapes, like stars, but hearts are easy enough to shape and look lovely.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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