Friday, 18 May 2012

FF "Best of British" Cards for Create and Craft TV

As promised here are a few of the cards I made for Create and Craft TV. 

I think I need to make the cards more sturdy in future as everyone seems to like playing with the Kinetic cards that have moving parts. The teapot above tips so it looks like its pouring out a cuppa. I love this range of products as it's so versatile.  Keep watching for more ideas using the range from Jo Austin, Sheila Halliwell and Becky James throughout this week.

The Forever Friends "Best of British" shows should are on today, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday (if the product doesn't sell out before then) at various times. Check the docrafts website or Create and Craft TV schedule for times. For more samples click here - My Gallery on the doCraft website.

I'll be Demonstrating the doCrafts May/June products - Wellington Bear, Lucy Cromwell range etc., in The Range in Exeter on Saturday 19th and Trago Mills in Newton Abbot on Sunday 20th so if you can make the demo's - see you there.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

My Cards on Create and Craft TV-18th May

On Friday 18th May it's the doCrafts Pick of the Week "Best of British"  on Create and Craft TV - take a look some of the samples Iv'e made for the show.

I'll be showing examples on my blog on Friday thru the week and putting them onto my doCrafts Gallery too, so that you can see close-ups etc.

The "Best of British"  is a lovely range of products - just right for the Jubilee celebrations, Olympics etc.,
Watch this space and please revisit my blog and doCrafts Gallery for details of the shows and pictures of the cards which include some Kinetic (moveable) fun cards.

Monday, 14 May 2012

More new ideas - Melted Free-form Flowers using Embossing Powders

Melted Embossing Powder Flowers.

As I'm one of those people who try and experiment with all sorts of crafting, I love seeing what I can make with the stash that I already have (saves money too).

Iv'e used my Embossing Powders to make Free-form Flowers and leaves here.   

Melted powders can be manipulated with your heat gun into flowers, then you can add a centre to the flower with an alternative colour powder. Each one turns out different and can add lots of dimension to your cards and scrapbook pages.

I love to experiment with different techniques. More to come in the next few days - next time using glue, stamps and foils.......... Watch this space...........

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Check out this Fantastic Spring Giveaway

Wow, check this blog out for a Fantastic Spring Giveaway. Keepsakes by Melissa's blog
Iv'e Followed the blog too.

Watch this space for my own Free Digi-stamp Give-away to come complete with a "Challenge" to win some Blog Candy.
I'll be back soon............................

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

My Favourite Quote: Creativity Blog Prompt 9

One here to make you think... read on... Following the Creativity Blog Prompt "My Favourite Quote" there is one quote that sums up how I feel about most things in life. 

The quote is taken from "The Little Prince" a book for children but with a very important message for adults and something that I think we should all think about now and again in this material world that we live in.  - the quote is
  "what is essential is invisible to the eye"......

This quote always makes me think, appreciate what I have and although a bit ironic as my main hobby is creating and making something to "look at" - it's the joy behind the actual "creating" process that I love as much as the end product itself.

The quote above always makes me smile - what is essential to you that is invisible to the eye? Have a think and I bet you end up smiling too.............

Talking of creating things and ending up smiling, I thought you might like to see this picture of a lettuce I grew last year. Not sure what I fed it on but whatever it was, I want some if it.

Oh and I am stood behind it (smiling), it's not wearing a hat honestly.

Friday, 4 May 2012

My Craft Style


Well, where do I begin.... I don't really have a style - I love all sorts of styles from Shabby Chic, Retro, Vintage, Soft and Feminine - you name it - I like it.

I use a lot of my crafting knowledge and skill (if you can call it that) to make things for my house, paint pictures, make 3D objects - make cards -  the list goes on.  I am into recycling too so like to use things like recycled bottles and silk and vegetable fibres to create something a bit unusual.
 I started by painting a long time ago and still paint today but use my painting techniques for my card-making and stamp designs.
This picture was painted in oils and taken from an ideas from an old Christmas Card I had . It's is rather an old fashioned image but one which I can copy and put onto my own  Christmas Cards.

I also make my own Silk Fibre creations as well as making Silk Paper which I use to decorate all sorts of items.

The journal you see here was made by covering a small book with my own Silk handmade paper and I have added some Friendly Plastic embellishments.  I love Friendly Plastic as it's so versatile and you can make all sorts of things with it from jewellery to pictures.

Being a DoCrafts Designer, I am lucky enough to be abe to design my own range of cards using all the lovely products.
I also design my own stamps and simply love Landscapes of all kinds.
I have made my own range of stamps and Digi-stamps (more Free Digi-stamps coming to this blog soon.)  which can be seen on my website .

For this card Iv'e used one of my own designs of stamps and used Embossing Powders to create a moonlight scene.  Iv'e added embossing powder to the foreground to create the look of snow and embossed the moon with pearlescent powders to make it look like it's shining.

No actual style as such, just lots of experimenting and playing with crafts and products really.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

DoCrafts Creativity Club Downloads - "Live, Love, Laugh" Card

This card was made using the new Downloads from the doCrafts Creativity Club Download page.

I used my Big Shot to cut out some flourishes and flower punches to create some corner flowers.

The two main sentiments are from this weeks' downloads. Inks were used to distress the edges and a small piece of coredinations cardstock which I crumpled up and then sanded was used as a backing for the embellishments.
I'll put this card up on my Gallery too. Just click here to see my Gallery which I add to every week.

More projects to come in the very near future.

Felt and Fibre Wall Hanging

Decorated Wall Hanging.

As working with Fibres is now so popular, I thought I would put up one of my Felted Wall Hangings.

I used Merino wool fibres along with my favourite silk fibres to create this Wall Hanging. Using the "wet felt" method,  which is the method I used to create this piece, I also make decorate  felt squares which I then make into handbags, glasses cases, make-up bags etc

Keep looking on my blog to see more creations using all sorts of different fibres. My favourite are the silk fibres and now Iv'e started using natural fibres such as Bamboo and Banana fibres. -- yes you did read it correctly - Banana fibres.

  Iv'e been naughty and bought myself an embellisher now so you will see many more creations using all sorts of different fibres in the weeks' to come.  I love embellishing as you can use up all your fibres and scraps of material to create new and exciting projects.  Watch this space for more to come using fibres in unique ways..................

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

DoCrafts Creativity Club Blog Prompt

Lucy Cromwell A4 Decoupage
Card Making Set
DoCrafts Creativity Club are hosting a 31Day Blog prompt and the subject for today is- "5 reasons why you should craft".  I may not be able to join in everyday but will do my best to add to my blog as much as possible over May using the Creativity Club Blog prompts on the Creativity Forum.

My 5 reasons why I craft are:
1.Crafting makes me think more about creating something new from something old. 
2. Crafting make me lose myself in creating.
3. Crafting makes me think about recycling materials
4. You can eat chocolate whilst crafting - yummy - and finally - 
5 Crafting makes me explore new ideas and techniques - to explore new methods, to seek out new materials and products - 
To boldly craft where no crafter has gone before.
 (Sorry couldn't resist that) 

Iv'e added a card Iv'e made using the new A4 Decoupage Card Making Kit from Lucy Cromwell Card now in your local retail stores. This is just one of the card samples for my forthcoming demo at Buy and Save in Wellington on Saturday 5th May. Hope to see you there.