Monday, 26 February 2018

Docrafts Moroccan Papermania Collection

There are lots of lush new goodies from Docrafts that I've had the pleasure of creating with for my next loop of demonstrations.
The first collection I've used is Moroccan Blue and Moroccan Haze, they are so lovely and everything coordinates wonderfully.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Circle cluster plaque for SamanthaKGifts

Here's a quick step by step for the circle cluster plaque made for SamanthaKGifts, Hochanda debut shows.
Using the medium long plaque and one of the circle clusters, both of which I quickly primed with gesso.

Then using a favourite technique I added some distressing, simply using the scourer part of a washing up sponge, far better than the use they are intended for!
The scourer is used to "dry brush" a couple of colours of DecoArt chalky finish paint, firstly in Yesteryear  and then Relic, drying in between colours.

I use and teach this technique frequently and find it produces great results for distressing effects.
The circle cluster and plaque edges were then coloured with a gold gilding wax before gluing the circle cluster on to the plaque.

These clusters just shouted out to be filled with various beads, gems, glitters and embellishments.
It was a fun project to create and makes a lovely decorative piece that would look great in any colour choices.

I finished with some twisted soft wire and threads to hang the plaque.

Sam will be back very soon with more amazing goodies and I will be blogging the rest of the pieces I made for the shows.
Do take a look at her website and blog for amazing MDF pieces and inspiration from the rest of the team.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Craft class candle wax resist technique

Today I'm sharing a step by step tutorial by request for a technique used recently at craft class.
It uses a wax candle to create a distressed resist background.

 Ingredients to complete the card include - Inkylicious Bigz Butterfly 1,
Sentiment stamps from Mama Makes, watercolour inspirations,
Spellbinders die set - card creator, curved borders 1,
Jeanine's Art Christmas Classics embossing folder - Christmas Tree.
I also used distress inks and Versafine Clair cheerful ink pad, these ink pads are a dream to stamp with, I love their vibrancy and clarity.
To start with I've used the embossing folder and cut a piece of glossy card to size.

Once the card was embossed I rubbed the whole surface with the side of a candle to apply wax to the surface, then on top of the wax surface blended distress ink with a smoothie sponge.
The colour used is Peacock Feathers.

Once finished inking, polish the whole area with a paper towel, this will reveal the embossed resist leaving a distressed background.

Place the stamp in position to decide where to cut the curved die through the card.
 Remove the stamp and use low tac tape or a magnetic shim to hold the die in place for cutting.

Stamp the butterfly onto smooth white card using the Versafine Clair.

Roughly cut round the butterfly edge and apply sellotape behind the antenna area, this will allow for easier detailed cutting, as the image has not been heat embossed which also makes cutting easier.
At this stage I also blended some Squeezed Lemonade distress ink over the stamped image.

Then fussy cut the butterfly. 

Mount the butterfly in position on the embossed, coloured card and glue in place.

Choose a sentiment to stamp and position the card pieces before gluing to determine how much space is needed for the stamped sentiment/s.
This is where a stamp press tool comes into it's own to stamp the sentiment/s in position on the card.

I stamped the sentiment with the Versafine Clair ink, look how crisp and vibrant the colour is.

 The embossed pieces can then be glued or taped into place

We had a lovely time using this technique at craft class and below are some more ideas and cards created in the class, aren't they all just fabulous!
Have a lovely day xKx 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Needle Felting technique class

Yesterday I had a great time attending a lovely beginners needle felting workshop run by Judy, who along with her sister Roz own
Woolly Felters.
Fabulous talent and awesome creations by both these ladies!
On my agenda this year is to fit in time for new activities and things that I say I must do that but never get around to doing!
It's was so good to actually attend a craft workshop for a change and learn a new skill, very refreshing!
Friends of mine had attended these classes and thoroughly recommended them and yesterday did not disappoint.
The class was called Wee Woolly Wonkies and we could choose a character to make in the 2 hour 30 minute class.
I chose to create a Hare.
Now I though I was going to be rubbish to be honest and was seriously worried about pricking my fingers!
My doubts diminished quite quickly and I was pleased and quite surprised with how I took to the technique with Judy's expert tuition and written instruction.
I started off and progressed quite quickly but then the perfectionist in me took over a bit so I didn't quite finish in class by my own choice.
I found the features quite tricky but once I got home I soon tinkered with my character and got him completed and was very happy with the result.
At the moment I'm in the middle of teaching myself some basic weaving techniques, another task that was on my to do list! Lol
I do have a plan with here this is all heading but that is for another day.
So without further ado let me introduce you to Harvey Hare, I'm going to show my age here and refer to the 1950's film staring James Stewart with Harvey the rabbit, but I've chosen to name my Hare Harvey, he has a character all of his own and I really am a little in love with my first needle felted creations.
Enjoy your weekend, crafty hugs xKx

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Some lovely class makes

Time for a coffee and a breather in between work projects to update with some recent class projects and makes.
Classes have been very varied and included decorating calico pencil cases/make up bags and gift bags using a variety of techniques, mixed media, stitching and stamping.
Another card making class used a resist embossing technique which I will be blogging shortly.
What a fantastic selection of makes, aren't they all fabulous, well done everyone!
We now have a designated craft area at our local community library and meeting place with a lovely tearoom where classes are held.
Saturday classes are starting in February.
For details about any of our local events or classes please don't hesitate to get in touch

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Networking and the benefits of a craft experience

It's full steam ahead for 2018 with specific goals and targets planned.
One thing I am passionate about is promoting the benefits of a crafting experience, the sense of achievement and satisfaction that comes from creating a piece of artwork, whether you are an experienced crafter or a complete novice.
This year will see quite a few changes for me, like many I use various social platforms to share and talk about crafting.
One of these, Facebook, has made significant changes to the way our newsfeed is viewed.
Coincidently the focus going forward for me has been on branding and a new website where everything will be in one place. A complete makeover for my little business!
This has been a personal goal that I set myself going forward and it's very exciting to know that I've reached the target where this is currently being worked on.
It's taken time to get to the stage where this was right for me and also to know exactly what I wanted and what felt right and resonated with me.
I have dabbled myself in building websites previously but these things take time to get right and it isn't something I know enough about or have the skill to achieve what I'm looking for, so there comes a point where it's far better to delegate the task to a professional.

Opportunities have presented themselves that allow me to share my love of craft.
Last night I attended another local networking event where I chatted to many people from local businesses and charities about crafting and the benefits of a crafting experience.
The event was attended by the local Mayoress and it was lovely to speak to her about crafting too.
For whatever reason someone chooses to craft it should be an enjoyable experience, providing relaxing, calming and therapeutic emotions.
I don't very often talk about how I got into crafting as a career but, it came about from a period in my life that involved bullying in the workplace and unprofessional misconduct.
I was doing a job that I loved but that became impossible to continue with because of the unprofessional working environment that I found myself in.
I'd always crafted from a young child and with the total support of my family and friends I turned it into my career.
This is one of the reasons that I'm so passionate about promoting a positive and therapeutic experience when it comes to craft classes, workshops and demonstrations.
Turning my hobby into a career has been thoroughly positive achievement for me and it would not have happened had the unprofesionalism that preceded it not taken place.
Don't get me wrong it's not always easy and there can be many obstacles and hurdles along the way but if you're passionate about what you do and you love it, it shines through and gets you through.
There are many things I want to focus on this year so planning, preparation and focus are key.
These things I know, can be especially challenging at this time of year, it can be quite a low time for so many.
So I began by setting little goals, making notes and lists and gradually things are coming together nicely, it's still only January so I'm very pleased with progress so far.
Ticking jobs off the list and keeping focussed but allowing time for relaxation and a few treats too, its all about balance.
So onto some crafting and the first class of the year is on Sunday, it will be nice to catch up with the lovely ladies and spend a few hours chatting and creating over tea and cake.
Here's some samples of what we will be making.
Thanks so much for reading today, crafty hugs xKx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Warm and Cosy Love Place

It's so cold, I wanted to create a comforting, cosy looking card with a Valentine theme.
I used a piece of wood effect paper on a kraft card blank and layered with the pink embossed card.
The embossing folder I used for this is from a set of 2, Sizzix Texture Fade set "Holiday Knit"
These have been in my stash a long time I recently used them again for some of my Christmas cards.
I had a lot of interest in these cards and contact about the folders used.
The knitted look is fab and needn't just be for Christmas.

I the die cut the red and pink felt hearts and used 
Polly Allsorts Whimsical Street Sign stamp set to create the 
Love Place sign, adding wire and foam pads to mount on to the hearts.

The wood effect paper for the sign board was mounted on to a piece of card for strength and stamped with Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves ink, Love Place is stamped in the Pincone colour.
Once cut out, red wire was formed to shape and attached through holes made with a pokey tool.
Red ribbon has been threaded through a length of rustic ribbon and a bow tied to finish.

Polly Allsorts Whimsical products can be purchased here

I'm working from home today so I think a warming hot chocolate will be on the menu for this afternoon, keeping snug and warm.
If you have the awful flu that's is prevalent I hope you soon feel better and can avoid it if you haven't had it already.
Crafty Hugs xKx