Friday, 6 October 2017

Polly Allsorts debut on Hochanda

The lovely and talented Angela (Polly Allsorts) made her debut on Hochanda just a week ago.
These whimsical houses that she designed are just fabulous, in 3 sizes, the possibilities are endless!
I decorated the medium size Topsy Toadstool using wood effect papers and various dies to create a Gingerbread Christmas theme style. it was such great fun to do.
The small Tiptoe Palace was painted with acrylic paints and I used Halloween dies to create a Trick or Treat sweetie box, ideal for lolly's and all those sweet treats.
The next new design is awaiting my attention and I look forward to getting creative with it.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn scene Docrafts Xcut die cutting technique

Based on some stamping card samples below from an Autumn class held last year.
Today I am sharing a similar idea using die cutting techniques using Xcut dies from Docrafts.

I used the nesting leaves die set and cut into a piece of paper from the Wood Elements range, this is such a useful and versatile paper range and I have used it so much.

Behind the leaf cut outs I mounted paper from the Pigment Elements range, again another really useful selection of beautiful coloured papers.

Next I die cut elements from the Woodland Tag die set.

Something I do quite a lot which seems to be popular is to shadow some of the die cut elements with colours layered behind to make the image stand out more and give a 3D effect.
I have done this here with the Fox, Stag and Squirrel, layering a darker colour behind.

I chose some Autumnal card colours to mat and layer onto a Kraft card blank 

Finally I assembled the different elements, using foam pads for some of them to add different layers.
I also added various coloured leaves using the mini leaf die.

If you have any question on techniques or products used please don't hesitate to ask...

Thursday, 28 September 2017

A crafty weekend away

Last weekend I was invited to teach 2 workshops at
Facebook - BellaCrafts
Website -  BellaCrafts  in Hampshire for their
Autumn Festival weekend.

Visiting the girls at their wonderful craft barn has been something I've wanted to do since meeting them a couple of years ago and to be invited to teach was a real honour.
They run a whole array of classes, activities and parties for all ages, it's a wonderful atmosphere and everyone made me feel so welcome.
I always love to meet new crafters and share my passion for craft.
I was able to combine the weekend with meeting up with some best friends too, arriving early on Friday I had lunch at the garden centre with a friend who lives locally.
We were then able to mooch around BellaCrafts, have tea and cake in the afternoon and unload my stuff ready for Sat.
I was booked in to a lovely hotel for the evening so once leaving I got settled there and had a lovely meal and a glass of Rose, thinking to myself how very fortunate I am to be doing a job I love that I have created from a lifetime passion of crafting.

After a relaxing evening and a nice breakfast I was all prepared for the crafty day ahead on Saturday.
Time to join in some of the make and takes on arrival and a relaxing coffee before setting up for my first class which was this Christmas House.
I taught the techniques for decorating the house and making and assembling the elements that filled it and completed the scene.

Then it was into the second class which was this mixed media MDF heart, showing various techniques to achieve texture and layers, with colour and gilding.

 I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the ladies who attended the classes and meeting everyone.
I was also joined by best friends Angela and Selina who also have their own craft businesses and after we packed up on Saturday it was back to Angela's for a lovely takeaway and a bottle of fizz to celebrate all the wonderful things we are experiencing with our work and achievements.
We had so much to talk about!
I stayed at Angela's on Saturday and after going out for coffee with her it was time to make my way home.
A truly wonderful weekend and lots of happy memories, thank you all
Love and crafty hugs xXx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

DoCrafts demonstration samples

Before I start on my next batch of demonstration samples here are a few from my last loop of demo's.
I've used -

Papers and elements from the Pigment range
Papermania capsule cardstock

X-Cut dies -
dinky house
meadow flowers (7 piece die set)
house and garden (A5, 5 piece die set)

Embossing folders -
A6 folk florals
6 x 6" moroccan star pattern

Back again soon...
Crafty hugs xKx

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

GoPress and Foil machine demonstration samples

I have some samples from my recent demonstration held at
Crafts U Love in Charlwood, Surrey for their 11th Birthday celebration.
I was demonstrating on behalf of Couture Creations using the fabulous GoPress and Foil machine.
It was a really lovely day and so very busy with fabulous demonstrations from the other demonstrators, so much to see and do.
Here are my samples from the day which are now all on display at the shop for anyone visiting.
I have a technique to share that went down very well on the day and will blog this as soon as I can.
It's been a very busy time recently and I have a local community day with Make and Takes to finish preparing for and my next DoCrafts demo's coming up very soon.
These are listed on the right of my blog under "Events and Demonstrations"
Lots to do so must carry on working through my job list.
Have a great day, crafty Hugs xKx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Doesn't get better than this

A quick update from me this afternoon as I have a busy weekend ahead demoing and have to keep up with Wimbledon and the young Blackbird fledgling in our garden who's parents are working so hard to keep it safe.
We treated them to mealworms yesterday once we realised the youngster was around, haven't seen any others as yet but they may well be better tucked away elsewhere in the garden.
We had a lovely class on Tues at TMP practising some watercolour/stamping techniques.
As always we had lovely refreshments from the cafe and delicious cake baked by Toby while we caught up on the gossip and crafted away.
More of the same planned for next week.
I am lucky enough to pass the views of a wonderful local Lavender farm en route to TMP, pretty much perfect, stunning views, crafting and socialising, what more can you ask for...
At the demo's this weekend I'll be ultra organised with my mini X-cut die storage folder from Docrafts with magnetic sheets for each pocket.
I love it and can keep reference for each for customers die and spare die cuts in each pocket too.
Must crack on, lots to do so I'll leave you with pics of the ladies wonderful watercolour work, the Lavender farm, my die storage folder and the young blackbird fledgling.
Crafty hugs xKx