Welcome To Rayley Crafts Blog

Welcome to my Blog I am a crafter and I enjoy all types from knitting and crochet to papercraft, jewellery making and sewing join me on my crafting journey.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Card and box templates

Ive just found this great website that has loads of templates for different cards and boxes here is the link

Thursday, 8 December 2011

My first vintage card

i have been wanting to make a vintage card for a while, i had some lovely papers that i downloaded from various websites for free!, and i used Tim Holtz distress inks to colour the paper and added a lovely ribbon and a wooden button and here it is my first vintage card I am very proud of it too.

Children's Craft Blogs

I love to craft with my son so i thought i would share a list of some great craft blogs with things to do with your children.

Cluster Bracelet

Cluster Bracelet

This is the tutorial for my cluster bracelet it is easy and fun to make and looks really nice too and one size fits all, you will need
Headpins (how many depends of the length of bracelet and the size of the beads you are using)
Round nose pliers
Beads of your choice
Clear nail polish (optional)

First take a piece of bracelet elastic and cut to the required length, then tie a few knots at the end so they make a larger knot so the the charms you make don't fall off.

 Begin by threading beads onto the headpin (don't fill the whole headpin as you need to coil the metal a few times around the pliers)

Now using your pliers make a loop and keep coiling until you reach a few mm's from the bead(s)

Make lots of the  charms and add them to the elastic

Your cluster bracelet will start to grow, keep adding and making the charms until you think you have enough to fill the bracelet, to finish the bracelet simply tie the two ends tightly i would knot at least 5 times and the knot is hidden in all the charms, and add a touch of clear nail polish if you wish to make the knots even more sturdy.

This is my finished bracelet, I used 4mm bicones in clear and black to make a really sparkly bracelet. the pattern was simply thread one black onto headpin followed by one clear, followed by one black and then coil and add to elastic.

Memory wire bracelet

I made some memory wire bracelets here's how

You will need; memory wire, beads, round nose pliers

First i made a loop at one end, using my round nose pliers, i wrapped it round about 3 - 4 times. This will stop any beads falling off when threading them on.

I then started threading the beads on, do this in any design you like, pushing them down to the bottom where you made the loop, Continue to add the beads until you reach about 2 inches from the end of the wire. Next using your round nose pliers make a loop and wind it around until all the wire is coiled and the beads secured.

This is the finished bracelet and it took me just over 10 minutes to make, they also make great candle decorations, go on have a go its really easy!!

These are my finished creations, 3 memory wire bracelets, and a cluster bracelet, the cluster one will be my next tutorial.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Staring a new project tonight

I have bought some memory wire, ive seen lots of demo's on create and craft from sara from beaders companion so i have finally bought some and i'm really looking forward to having a go at it later on tonight, i will post pics and instructions later on.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Wire wrapped necklace

I made a lovely wire wrapped necklace and created all the wire and fixings by hand, I wrapped wire  round nose pliers to create the twist shapes and added loops each end, some beads were also added onto wire and i created the loops at each end attaching them as a chain.
The spirals were created by first creating a loop and then coulding the wire round and round until i had a spiral shape, i created loops at the end of each and added into the chain.

I followed this pattern of the spirals, coils and beads until the necklace was at the right length and then i added fastenings to the ends.

Weave bracelet

This is a lovely bracelet I made, i made it by having 2 pieces of tigertail, i simply placed a bead on each piece then every 3rd bead was threaded onto both pieces and pulled down to create the weave effect.
The spiral charm was made buy using wire, i started with just a small basic loop and moulded the wire around and around until i had the spiral shape. I finished off the end of the spiral by making a small loop so that it could be attached to the bracelet.
I opened the attaching loop and hooked it through the tigertail in the place i wanted the charm to hang and closed the loop back around the tiger tail.

And this is another jewellery set I have made  

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Ordered some crafty goodies

I an very excited, just ordered some lovely crafty goodies courtesy of my lovely husband from my favourite shopping channel and website www.createandcraft.tv only trouble is i'm not allowed to open til christmas.
I ordered something ive been wanting for ages a wax stamp sealing kit i think it will add a lovely finishing touch to my handmade crafts and will make the packaging look fanttastic.

I also ordered some Tim Holtz distress inks ( i love these for ageing the paper) border peel offs and some embossing powders and heat tool.

Rayley Crafts

Hello and welcome to Rayley crafts,

Firstly here is a little story to how I came up with the name, My father Ray passed away this year on the 23rd June so i wanted to pay tribute to him, i miss him very much and this will be my first christmas without him and I have found the past few months that crafting has really helped  me during this difficult time.

My name is Beverley so i took my fathers name and the end of my name and came up with the name Rayley Crafts, I hope you like it as much as I do.

I am a crafter who loves to make anything and everything and here on my blog i will be sharing all my idea's and designs for everything i make.

I first started out crafting with knitting and over the past few years it has now developed into
Knitting, Crochet, Cross stitch, Cardmaking, Jewellery making and scrapbooking.

I have recently invested in a sewing machine as well got to admit i am a bit scared of it at the moment but i will make it my resolution to learn how to sew using my sewing machine.

In the new year i will be creating my own etsy store where you can purchase the items i have made, i will also be showing the items as i make them so that you can see the designs in progress and the story and the thinking behind the design.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will visit again soon X