Tuesday 20 May 2014

Sunshine and zombie bears

Evening crafters. Loving the sunshine, how nice is it to actually feel the summer sneaking on in! Amazing. I've had a lovely few days as well. Yesterday Kathryn and myself had a brilliant spa day. I absolutely loved it. The treatments were brilliant - I picked it just for the mud, if the truth be known, which was really funny (and my skin did actually feel nice as well!).

I got home and made my zombie bear! Had to do a zombie bear....I mean, who doesn't want a moulding, bloody, and mad zombie bear! I also decorated a watch and a stripey monkey. All in the name of work. It was fun actually.

And then today, another lovely day. Myself and Alice had a walk in the sun with the hairy kids, saw lots if baby birds from ducks, swans and geese. Followed the rules of "sunshine = pints", then had a very lush selection of nibbles. New obsession - fruit in my salad. Looks pretty and tastes damn good as well!

I'll share some pics for you...prepare for scary birds and mud - 

Thursday 8 May 2014

Ribbon flowers

I'm obsessed with ribbon. I own tonns of the stuff. And will never have enough! It's okay though, it's a very versatile product, so I know I will use the mountains of stash - eventually.

I decided to share one of the projects I wrote for Cardmaking and papercrafts. I like to share them as sometimes you don't get to see the photos in detail. However, the instructions will be in the magazine.

I wanted to use ribbon as my focal point. I picked beautiful grosgrain stripe ribbon as a centre piece on my card, teamed up with a lovely die and sentiment, nothing else is required.

The second sample was made using the fantastic luxury silky crush ribbon. It's soft and pliable, so perfect for making beautiful roses. Because it is so light weight all I simply needed was a little red double sided tape. The rose colour is perfect.

Last, but not least. Spots and more spots. Again, simple strong double sided tape holds the loops of ribbon in place. I began with the white dotty ribbon, followed by reversible red dotty ribbon. In the centre I placed a sentiment and a wonderful, delicate die.

Ribbon is affordable, beautiful and readily available. How's your ribbon mountain?

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Crafty days

Do you ever wonder where a room disappears too when you start to craft? I mean, one moment it's a room. You can see a carpet, there's definitely a table...but give a crafter 1 hour and that's engulfed. Nothing, just craft stuff, is visible. Good job it's fun.

Myself and Alice had a lovely crafty day, I was working on my next project for Cardmaking and papercrafts magazine, which was a good excuse to stick frozen on the telly, get out the chocolate, and get round a crafty mate! Alice is one of the producers at work - one of the voices in our head, and loves crafty/arty stuff.

We dug out the Cinch from We are memory keepers. I've wanted this machine for years - and I should have bought it years ago! It's fab. We could have made books for hours....aaaah, actually we did! Hours. I was absolutely made up with the results. I even managed to do a little bit of cool recycling as well! 

Now, I can't share my photos yet, you will have to watch out for them in the magazine. However, I can prove my sitting room is a tip, and show our happy crafty Alice :)