Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Long Overdue Catch-up

Three months!!! It can't be that long can it? Where does the time go?

It's definitely time for a quick catch-up, so I think I'd better start with all of the projects that we've been doing at our Wednesday workshops.
Just photographs and short descriptions for now, but I'll be doing some tutorials and more detailed step by steps very soon as so many people have requested them at my Docraft demos. So it's a case of 'Watch this space!'
Going right back to 24th April, where my last post left off, we made slider cards using the beautiful Vintage Notes Collection.
 
The 15th May was an extremely busy day, for the morning workshop we decorated wooden bird houses which I had persuaded my husband to make for us. We used to gorgeous Home to Nest papers and everyone was really pleased with their makes.
In the afternoon, we had a coach party of lady crafters and we made tea bag and cookie holders. We had 17 ladies in our little workshop and I was exhausted at the end of it. It was good fun though and they all said they had thoroughly enjoyed it. Special thanks to Jackie Turner for helping me that afternoon, I was really grateful for her support.
The plan was to decorate a take away bag too but the ladies barely finished their first project so they all had their bits in kit form to take home.
 
Our project on the 22nd May was a birdcage card. The card blanks were from Craftwork cards and the beautiful papers are Perfect Pets. Lots of stamping techniques with different mediums for this one.
For the last workshop in May, we had a go at iris folding. I'd made up my own pattern and used the Xcut butterfly die to create the aperture. Papers are me-to-you spring collection, a lovely fresh range.
I absolutely love the next card that we made, using the Sizzix Accordian Die and Diggety Dog papers. It's such a statement piece and I love this colour combination.
Our next project was another Craftwork Cards card blank, this time a birdhouse shape.
We used the Bargello paper technique to decorate it and got some fabulous results.
This next card has been extremely popular at my demos and is worthy of a detailed tutorial which I will do asap. It really is easy when you know how. This was my first attempt and used Lincoln Linen papers. There are other versions using the new Docraft range on my Docrafts gallery.

Into July and we're playing with the newly launched Docrafts products, I have added all the photos of my latest projects to my Docrafts gallery now, so have a look on there if you need some more inspiration.
 
Our first workshop projects with the new Christmas in the Country range were an altered Bisto tub, using the new rolls of fabric paper, and a stamped masculine stag card.
Finally, last week we made a folded Star card. These have been very popular at my demos too, so I will be doing a full set of instructions / tutorial for this style of card as soon as possible.
We used the Capsule spots and stripes festive collection for this one. Interesting trying to photograph it, to say the least, but hopefully you'll be able to see how it works.

That's all for now. I'll try not to leave it so long between visits next time.
Hope you've enjoyed looking at all my projects and will pop back soon xx

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Neverending Gorjuss

I hadn't made a neverending card for a while and thought it would be a perfect little project for my Wednesday workshop over at Mountain Ash Crafts. They're very simple to do, especially if you have a pack of the Papermania pre-cut and scored pieces to hand. Full assembly instructions are on the packaging, but of course all the fun is in the decorating.




I chose to use the new Gorjuss papers for my card. The colours are so rich and jewel-like and already shaded to give a distressed feel. I just love them. To decorate, I used a mixture of  stamped images and some mini tags and toppers from the Ultimate Die-cut pack. The butterflies in the Urban Gorjuss stamps are a particular favourite of mine. I have also stamped Ruby's cat and a single butterfly onto coloured paper and cut them out to add to create perfectly co-ordinated embellishments. I have added some blue scallop mats to some of the elements to frame them. The stamped message on the front of the card is from a range of sentiments by Lily of the Valley.

These cards can take a while to decorate and are a bit of a labour of love but they never fail to bring a smile to the recipient's face and will fascinate the uninitiated for hours :)

If you haven't tried making one of these cards yet, why not give it a go? They're such fun :) xx

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Workshop Wednesdays

I have really enjoyed the last few weeks doing workshops at Mountain Ash Crafts and thought you might like to see some of the projects we have been having fun making. We're a very relaxed little group and the ladies prefer to take their time making one project from start to finish rather than having kit form projects to stick together, but we are still evolving and trying different ways of working. We're also trying different cakes each week :)

Last week we made a teabag and cookie holder which would make a lovely little gift or treat for a friend. I had received a similar one from my friend Naomi, which had contained some pretty buttons, and couldn't wait to share the idea at my next workshop.
I made mine from a single sheet of Capsule Lincoln Linen paper, which was enough to also make the tag and butterfly embellishments. Then I added Vintage Notes lace, button, gems, twine and a gem brad. The 'cookies' are suspended in a clear plastic bag, fastened in the middle of the holder. Any small gift could be held in the same way and I think it looks really special.

In previous weeks we have made a Gorjuss Girls handbag:
A stretch card:
 A folded keepsake card using Vintage Notes papers:

A bobin card:
A stamped and embossed stepper card:
A Postcard Pocket:
A double pocket card:
A hanging notepad holder:
 
Haven't we been busy little bunnies?
Hope you've enjoyed looking at our projects. If you'd like to join us, please do get in touch. All skill levels are welcome and what better way is there to pass a couple of hours :)


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Balloons or Baubles? You choose.

I'd like to share a couple of cards with you that I have made using my newest X-Cut Build-a-scene die. I must admit when I initially saw the preview of these dies, I didn't think they would appeal to me, but I was so wrong. They are so much fun, and I keep spotting new little die pieces that could be used for other cards. I think I might have to get the full set after all ;)

My newest addition is the hot air balloon and as soon as I opened the packaging, my first thought was, Wow, Baubles! I had been looking to get some bauble dies before Christmas but either couldn't make up my mind or they were out of stock.
So of course my first two makes were Christmas cards and I would happily have bought the die set just for that, then I tried making an actual balloon and absolutely love it. So much so that I made another card, almost the same, straight away as I knew I wouldn't be able to part with it at my next demo ;)

The pastel balloon card is made using Papermania 12x12 Designstax double sided papers. They're a lovely weight for die cutting. The card base is a Papermania 7x5" kraft card and I have used little bits of kraft card in the scene too and also some Papermania white textured cardstock.
I have inked some of the edges with Artiste dye based ink and stamped the sentiment with it too. The stamps are from the Vintage Notes Urban Stamp Set. To finish I have added some Papermania adhesive pearls.

If anyone has tried any of the build-a-scene dies, I'd love to hear what you think of them and which one is your favourite :) xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Look What's New for 2013

This year looks like it will be a busy one for me with lots of new craft events to look forward to :)
I have already added 30 bookings for Docrafts Cardmaking Events to my diary for this year, including a few new venues, which I am really looking forward to.
Keep an eye on the listing at the side of my blog to see where I will be next.

I will also be running regular weekly workshops at Mountain Ash Crafts, Halfpenny Green Vineyard, Tom Lane, Bobbington, DY7 5EP. The store has just had an extension on the side to house a purpose built workshop area. It is a wonderful and long awaited addition to the store and is already proving to be very popular.

My workshops will initially be held on Wednesday mornings from 11am to 1pm and will cost £6 which includes refreshments and all materials. I am hoping to give everyone a chance to work with the latest Docraft goodies and to get the most out of the new products available. I have lots of ideas and plans for altered art projects and keepsakes as well as a variety of greetings cards.

Everyone is welcome and it may be possible to drop in on the day and join in if there are places available but it is advisable to book in advance to secure a place and ensure that I have enough activity packs prepared and treats for everyone.

For bookings or further information contact the store direct
Tel: 01384 221554  or Email: enquiries@macrafts.co.uk

So... Exciting times ahead and lots to look forward to. I wish everyone a happy new year and hope that it will be a fun-filled time for us crafters.